All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement Friday, January 03, 2014. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for review on OPM's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications
To qualify for this position, you must possess the basic qualifying specialized experience and/or education listed below as well as the selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire.
Applicants must meet the following basic qualifications.
Experience: Must have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least a GS-04 grade level. Specialized experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience include Research activity or control program work, Nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment or Work comparable to that with a large dairy farm where production records, animal environment, and sanitary conditions were kept in accordance with modern dairy practice.
OR Education: Must have a 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics, at least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to this position.
OR a combination: An equivalent combination of education and experience. Completion of a percentage of the specialized experience and education listed above and when combined totals 100%.
**If using education to qualify you must submit a copy of your college transcripts.** Education cannot be credited without copies of transcripts. If selected you will need to submit original transcripts before entrance on duty.
You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply. For further information visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Your application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
SELECTIVE FACTOR: Must have a valid state driver's license.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The nature of position requires considerable walking, running, standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, backpacking, and climbing with a load over rough terrain, sometimes for extended periods. You may be required to lift and carry moderately heavy items.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed inside and outside. Outside work exposes the employee to inclement weather, which includes, heat, cold, rain, and snow. Work entails frequent exposure to dirt, dust, and greasy areas; bad smelling fumes may be present. Tasks require the employee to work under structures and on scaffolding, ladders, rooftops, and poles. Exposure to electrical shock while working on electrical devices, and slipping hazards on surfaces of unstable or slippery footing. Field work includes exposure to extreme weather, dermatitis causing plants, poisonous snakes, cuts, abrasions, and insect bites.
These positions are not designated Wildland Firefighting positions, however, if you desire to perform wildland fire duties you will be required to be red carded and firefighter ready. You will be subject to mandatory drug testing with favorable results and subject to random drug testing during employment. Testing will be provided at the expense of the government. All NPS employees wishing to be available to perform wildland fire duties must pass the standard fire fighting fitness test. The standard fire fighting fitness test is the 'Pack Test'. The test consists of speed walking a three-mile distance in 45 minutes or less, while carrying a 45-pound pack. Selectees must also pass the arduous duty physical examination.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be rated according to responses to the occupational questionnaire. A review of the resume and other supporting documentation of the highest scoring applicants will be conducted and compared against the responses to the occupational questionnaire. The score, based on responses to the questionnaire, is a measure of the degree to which an applicant's background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that qualifications and/or experience have been inflated, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.
Category based rating will be used for this vacancy. Category rating combines the applicant's total qualifying experience and education/training into a single category. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire will be used to determine the quality of your experience, education, training etc. for placement in one of the following categories, 1) Best Qualified = 95 or above, 2) Well Qualified = 85 to 94, 3) and Minimally Qualified = below 85. This evaluation determines which candidates will be referred to the selecting official for final consideration.
Best Qualified, applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.
Well Qualified, applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.
Minimally Qualified, applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.
Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, your score will be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veteran's preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, eligible veterans are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected disability, (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category. Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.
The occupational questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following areas needed to successfully perform the duties of this position:
Fire Effects/Vegetation Monitoring
Prescribed Fire Operations