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Job Title:Ecologist/Botanist - Vegetation Management Specialist GS-12

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:WO-COAB-12-624396-DE

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$73,848.00 to $96,001.00 / Per Year


Monday, March 19, 2012 to Friday, April 6, 2012




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy - Fort Collins, CO United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service.  Become a part of our mission to unite the past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.

This is a Career/Career-Conditional full-time appointment.


Note: This position is concurrently open under Announcement Number WO-COAB-12-625804-MP under merit promotion procedures. 


Number of Vacancies:  We expect to fill 1 vacancy at this time; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies.


Full Performance Level: GS-12


Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations.

Please read the entire announcement before you apply.  To view the full announcement, select "Print Preview" at the right hand side of this screen.



  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background and/or security investigation is required.
  • All documents must be received by closing date.


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Position is located in the Washington Service Office (WASO), within the Natural Resource Stewardship and Science (NRSS) Directorate in the Biological Resource Management Division (BRMD).

The incumbent serves as a senior advisor and practitioner in plant ecology/botany to apply a systems approach to the study, analysis and conservation of plant organisms, species, communities and ecological relationships. The incumbent is responsible for program development and implementation. The individual directs an intricate program of botany and related activities that involve sensitive and complex issues that may impact a wide variety of park issues.

Represents the Biological Resource Management Division’s Restoration and Adaptation Branch when working with others on botanical/ecological matters. Develops and maintains liaisons and effective working relations with related groups and individuals, agencies, and the public in order to encourage and facilitate cooperative regional management strategies.

Provides operational assistance and botanical expertise to the service-wide Exotic Plant Management Team (EPMT) Program.  Coordinates EPMT strategies with those on adjacent lands to advance ecosystem approaches to the control and treatment of invasive plant species.

Assists vegetation inventory program staff with critical review of proposed vegetation classifications, sampling designs, and accuracy assessments.  Develops interpretation of vegetation inventory products to increase adoption, use, and maintenance of deliverables.

Provides critical input on native and non-native vegetation management concerns raised in planning documents and those recommended in emerging service-wide initiatives.

Assists Branch restoration ecologist to incorporate plant conservation and vegetation management considerations in addressing technical assistance requests and other project needs.

Identifies service-wide plant and vegetation management research, conservation and program needs, prepares requests for research/funding proposals or scopes of work, and provides oversight of research and other projects.

Provides expertise on issues related to Rare, Threatened and Endangered plants; including federal, tribal, and state listed.

Develops and prepares major sections of resources management plans dealing with plant conservation, vegetation management and ecological principles. Prepares specific action plans needed to manage the flora component of natural systems and managed landscapes, and controversial, sensitive, endangered or exotic species.

Based on results of inventories, in-depth studies, and monitoring, the incumbent develops and conducts scientifically credible protection, mitigation, and restoration projects needed to prevent resource damage, restore and/or maintain critical habitats, plant and animal communities, managed landscapes, and minimize human impacts.

Prepares environmental assessments (EAs) related to park projects in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. Evaluates EAs and environmental impact statements prepared by other federal agencies for projects that may affect park resources.

Works closely with education staff to incorporate new information into park, regional, WASO and partner education programs.

Provides technical support to parks for herbariums. Maintains records of park collections  Works with partners on plant specimen collections – works on national plant conservation goals.


For specific area and housing information, or information directly pertaining to vacancy status, contact: 

Peter Budde, Branch Chief - Restoration & Adaptation, Biological Resource Management Division, 970-225-3559


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GS-0408 Ecologist:

Basic Requirements

Bachelor degree: biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.

GS-0430 Botanist:

Basic Requirements:

Bachelor degree: botany; or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany.


Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in botany or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Specialized expereince:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: participating in the planning, organizing and implementation of botanical and ecological investigations/studies; performing data gathering and analyses on major portions of large scientific studies/investigations; or performing established, standardized tests and analyses on a broad range of botanical samples.


Successful completion of at least three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree in biology or a related field of science underlying ecological research.


An equivalent combination of such education and experience. For example, I have six months of the specialized experience (50% of the experience requirement), and 45 semester hours or 68 quarter hours of directly-related graduate level education in an accredited educational institution (50% of the qualifying education).


Applicant must enter the position with:

Demonstrated experience in design and implementation of plant conservation projects based upon the theory and principles of botany and plant ecology. AND

Demonstrated experience in evaluating distribution and abundance of invasive plants, identifying priorities for control of invasive, exotic plants, and developing and implementing collaborative plans to execute control of invasive, exotic plants.



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:


Applicants are responsible for providing documentation that the applicable educational provisions have been met.  To qualify based on education you must submit a legible copy of transcripts or list of college courses with your name, school name, credit or semester hours, major(s), and a grade-point average or class ranking.  Official transcripts are required upon selection if you qualified based on education.

Education must have been obtained from an accredited or pre-accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.


For further information on creditable education visit: and

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:

Knowledge of theory, principles, and methods of botany, plant ecology and conservation biology.

Ability to manage vegetation management projects and field work.

Skill and experience in data management, metadata, relational database software, and GIS software.

Ability to communicate effectively/Interpersonal skills.


Basis for rating:

If you meet the qualification requirements you will be placed in one of three Quality Categories (Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified) based on your score.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran’s preference are ranked in their appropriate categories without preference points but receive selection priority over non-veterans within their category. In addition, qualified preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of at least ten percent (CP/CPS) are moved to the highest (Best Qualified) category (except for scientific and professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). In order to receive preference appropriate documentation to verify eligibility (i.e: DD-214, SF-15, VA letter, etc.) must be provided with the application.

·         Best Qualified: Those candidates who possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including the selective factors and quality ranking factors.  Candidates must be highly proficient in requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position.

·         Well Qualified: Those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications of the job including selective placement factors, are proficient in most of the requirements of the position, and should meet the quality rating factors.

·         Qualified: Those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications of the job including selective placement factors, and may be proficient in some of the requirements of the position.


Application of Veterans' Preference:  Category rating and selection procedures place those with veteran's preference above non-preference eligible within each category.  Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

DO NOT SEND Application materials by mail or email to the WASO HR Office.



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The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits to employees.  The following web address is provided as a reference to explore the major benefits offered to most employees: or


Government housing is not available.

Must provide Social Security Number to be considered.

Pre-employment National Agency Check (NAC) must be completed for anyone who doesn't already have this level of clearance prior to entry on duty.

Travel is required. 5 nights quarterly

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: The position may require strenuous physical activity including periods of standing, walking, climbing, and lifting and carrying heavy objects. Some activities will occur in physically dangerous areas or settings. Documentary research and report writing work is sedentary, which entails the ability to concentrate and write for long periods of time.

Work environment: Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Assignments may be performed in potentially hazardous areas including steep slopes, rocky terrain, volcanoes, caves, firelines, arctic environments, swamps, deserts, and forests. Flying in fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters is possible.

ICTAP/CTAP - Qualified individuals applying based on special priority consideration rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition 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 (knowledge, 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.

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) – To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must: be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.  Veterans who were released shortly before completing a 3-year tour are considered to be eligible.  (“Active service” defined in title 37, United States Code, means active duty in the uniformed services and includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, full-time National Guard duty, and attendance, while in the active service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary.)  You must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof.


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To apply for this position, provide a complete application package, (please see "Required Documents" section for a complete list).

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, April 06, 2012.  We do not accept hard-copy or email application packages.  You must apply online or via fax (see instructions below). 


Applying Online:


. To begin the application process on-line, click on the Apply Online Button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJobs account.  Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment Questionnaire.

. Please be sure to click on the Submit My Answers button at the end at the process.

. To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page, using the Vacancy ID: 624396.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


Applying via fax:


. Click this link View Occupational Questionnaire to view and print the Assessment Questionnaire

. Print the 1203FX form found at to provide your response to the Assessment Questionnaire

. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with your resume or application and any required documentation to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203 FX will serve as your cover sheet. 


1. Go to and log in using your USAStaffing Application Manager User Name and Password.

2. Verify that your questionnaire, resume, and supporting documents were submitted successfully by clicking on the appropriate vacancy id.

3. Verify that all of your documents were submitted by reviewing the table. 

If an item (Type of Document) on the table appears with a status of "OK", that Item was successfully submitted. 


If you need help, or have problems using the online application process, send an email to

Applications must be typed or printed clearly in dark ink.  A blank OF-612, other forms, or additional information on how to apply for Federal jobs can be obtained from the Internet at, or by calling (478) 757-3000 or RDD (478) 744-2299. 

For additional information on this announcement, contact:

Name: Amanda Burnham


Phone: (303)969-2860


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 (624396) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at



1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, and

2. Your resume or application form

3. TRANSCRIPTS to satisfy any basic education requirements. Unofficial are acceptable

4.  DD214 to show Veteran's Preference (if applicable)

This announcement requires confirmation of specialized educational requirements you must submit transcripts for this confirmation.


Amanda Burnham
Phone: (303)969-2860
Agency Information:
12795 W Alameda Parkway
Denver, CO


After all application packages have been received, resumes will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 45 days after the deadline for applications.

If you are determined to be in the Best Qualified group, you may be required to submit written, essay-style responses to additional assessment questions as a continuation of the evaluation process. Failure to respond to the additional assessment questions will result in loss of further consideration for this position.

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