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    Summary

    The employees of the National Park Service care for the special places that are the heritage of all Americans.  Since its inception in 1916, the National Park Service has been dedicated to the preservation and management of this country's outstanding natural, historical, and recreational resources.

    Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we prepare for a second century of Stewardship and Engagement.  Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates.

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    Responsibilities

    Produces large-format photographic documentation to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the HABS/HAER/HALS permanent collection at the Library of Congress. Develops photographic guidelines and standards for traditional and born-digital photographic processes and products.  Produces exhibition quality prints for exhibition, publication, or other visual purposes.  Evaluates submissions and provides advice and assistance concerning production of photographic documentation for donations to the collection or for mitigation purposes.  Makes presentations about the collection or the programs to various public and private groups. 

    Position Location: National Park Service, Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science, Heritage Documentation Programs, Washington D.C. 

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Overnight travel may be required up to 5 - 10 nights per month.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    1060 Photography

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • Background and/or security investigation is required.
    • All documents must be received by closing date.
    • Valid state driver's license is required

    Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic job requirements.  In addition, we will evaluate your responses to the attached online Assessment Questionnaire to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position.  To preview the Assessment Questionnaire click here: View Assessment Questions

    The Assessment Questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform on the job:

    KSA-1. Knowledge of the principles and techniques of large format, black and white photography.
    KSA-2. Knowledge of published standards and guidelines for architectural, engineering and landscape documentation.
    KSA-3. Knowledge of film and digital photographic processes and techniques.
    KSA-4. Ability to communicate effectively and collaborate with others.

    Basis for rating:

    Applicants who meet the qualification requirements specified above for this position will be evaluated, and a score assigned, based upon the responses provided on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position.

    Applicants who meet the qualification requirements based on responses provided in the Applicant Assessment Questionnaire will be placed in one of three categories: 

    Category Group I (Best Qualified)

    Category Group II (Well-Qualified)

    Category Group III (Qualified)

    Within these categories, applicants referred to the selecting official that are eligible for Veteran's Preference will receive selection priority over Non-Veterans.

    Qualifications

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE for GS-11:
    One year of experience equivalent to the GS-10 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include work that involved using standard processes for the photographic documentation of materials having historical, architectural or engineering values; participating as a member of a team in contributing photographic knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of cameras and equipment to the total planning of a documentation project; developing and adapting  equipment and techniques that will be responsive to unusual or highly specialized situations requiring photographic treatment.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE for GS-12:
    One year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service.  Examples of specialized experience include work that involved applying techniques and methods for communicating information with photography to create photographic products that are technically accurate and provide insight into the object itself; utilizing a variety of photographic techniques and methods to document materials having historical, architectural or engineering values; utilizing the most recent advancements in the field of photography and of the range of new equipment, experimental materials, techniques, or processes to create photographic products that meet customer requirements; evaluating possibilities for improvements, modifications, or replacements of existing equipment, materials, and techniques;  applying knowledge of the historical context of a subject matter area including an understanding of the objectives and operations involved in architectural, scientific, engineering, or landscape documentation projects to independently plan the photographic recording and reporting. 

    THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Additional information on the qualification requirements can be viewed on the OPM web site at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications

    Education

     

    Additional information

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

    Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law.

    Physical demands: Work at project sites require physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, or stretching; and recurring lifting of moderately heavy equipment and materials.

    Work environment:   Assignments at project sites often involve moderate risks and discomfort due to the deteriorating state of some sites and exposure to weather conditions.

    CTAP/ICTAP - Qualified individuals applying based on special priority consideration rights under Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  To be considered well-qualified for this purpose, you must clearly meet all qualification requirements specified for this position including any selective factors, and must also clearly meet the fully satisfactory or equivalent level for each of the rating factors (knowledges, skills, abilities, and competencies required for this position as specified above.

    Individuals claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.  This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

    Veteran's Preference - If you are claiming Veteran's Preference, you MUST clearly identify your claim on your application and provide specific required evidence such as: DD-214, "Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty", or Standard Form 15 (SF-15), "Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference" and proof requested on the form.  Failure to submit appropriate supporting documentation will result in NOT granting Veteran's Preference.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Once the basic qualifications have been met, you will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position.  The evaluation will be based on information you provide in your on-line resume, your answers to the knowledge, skills, and abilities questions for this announcement, and a review of the application material requested as part of this announcement.

    You must provide information about your experience and/or education that supports the answers you give in the questionnaire, and the KSAs required for this position.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Q - Nonsensitive

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    Required Documents

    The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How do I submit uploaded documents. Also, do not upload password protected documents.
    The following documents are required if applicable:

    - Resume – your resume should reflect the KSA’s required, listed above.
    - Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP/ICTAP Eligibility.

    - DD-214, "Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty"(ex. Member Copy 4 vs. Copy 1).

    - Standard Form 15 (SF-15), "Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference" and proof requested on the form. Failure to submit appropriate supporting documentation will result in NOT granting Veteran's Preference.
    - Veterans Administration letter stating percentage of disability if claiming 10 point veterans preference.

    Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

    You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

    NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

    If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

    1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1564575.

    2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

    To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

    2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf

    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 to receive consideration.

    * To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

    * Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

    * It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

    * To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. 

    * To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
     

    Applications must be typed or printed clearly in dark ink.  Forms and additional information on how to apply for Federal jobs can be obtained from the Internet at www.usajobs.gov.
     
    Note:  If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at 478-757-3144.  Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement; include the appropriate Vacancy ID Number 1564575 so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov.

    Agency contact information

    Penni Sandoval

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    Visit our careers page

    Learn more about what it's like to work at National Park Service, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

    http://www.nps.gov/index.htm/

    Next steps

    Once your complete application is received, we will verify your responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire against the other supporting application materials you submit, and your final score will be assigned.  Based on applicant scores, the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified when referral has been made and what the final outcome is.  We expect to make a selection within 45 working days of the closing date of this announcement.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a Case-by-Case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/422484300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.