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Job Title:Community Planner / Landscape Architect

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:IMDE-12-217

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$47,448.00 to $80,093.00 / Per Year


Friday, April 27, 2012 to Friday, May 11, 2012




Full Time - Term NTE NTE 13 month




1 vacancy - San Marcos, TX United StatesView Map
1 vacancy - Lakewood, CO United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


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WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified U.S. citizens. You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.


This is a Term position. Initial appointment is 13 months with possible extensions up to 4 years. 


This position may be located in either Lakewood, Colorado or San Marcos, Texas.  Location will be chosen after selection is made based on input from selectee and supervisor.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.


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The incumbent is responsible for assisting Federal, Tribal, state and local governments, and private organizations with complex initiatives involving coordination of a variety of collaborative planning activities. The goal of the work effort is the conservation of rivers and associated resources, establishment of trails and promotion of open space protection through activities, including technical assistance, consultation, information exchange, and building sustainable organizations that can carry out planning strategies. The incumbent facilitates multi disciplinary teams in the development of strategies for enhancing the quality of communities and natural areas for public recreation, education, and other uses.

The incumbent will be responsible for negotiating working agreements to carry out community-based conservation projects. Principle projects may include trail and greenway development and management, river and watershed protection initiatives, wild and scenic river management efforts, park and open space protection, and conservation of natural and cultural heritage sites and landscapes.

The incumbent works in the following Rivers and Trails Conservation Assistance program activities:
Serves as team leader for comprehensive planning studies, including the development of study methodologies, evaluation of resources, formulation of recommendations, and development of long range implementation strategies.

Provides technical assistance to federal, state, local and tribal government agencies and private organizations with respect to complex, multi jurisdictional conservation projects, greenway plans, and open space protection programs through planning, dissemination of technical information, and conducting workshops.

Establishes, monitors, and updates comprehensive workplans and sets priorities for the allocation and structuring of project work, and assists in developing the region wide Program.

Develops agreements among project partners to facilitate the management and conservation of natural and cultural resources.  Builds cooperation among diverse groups to address resource needs.

Gathers in depth information and performs complex analyses of land use patterns, river and trail corridors, and open space areas for specific projects.  Writes and produces comprehensive studies, workbooks, and brochures to facilitate project acceptance and implementation.

Advises governmental agencies, private organizations, and landowners on matters pertaining to the need and techniques for effective resource management planning, community planning, land conservation, and protection of river and trail corridors. 

Prepares and delivers presentations to public gatherings, agency representatives and Congressional staff on NPS and RTCA program activities, legislation, and national policies. Communicates frequently with elected officials and representatives of public agencies and private organizations.  Prepares and reviews briefing materials, correspondence and reports related to assigned program activities., Represents the NPS at public hearings and meetings.  Maintains contact with key professionals and managers at all levels of government and the private sector.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is sedentary, although there is walking, bending, and climbing associated with on site field work. Frequent public contacts, attendance at conferences and planning meetings involve travel by all means of transportation throughout the Region, to other Regions, and to the Washington Office.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Work is performed primarily in offices and meeting rooms. Field trips may involve hiking of trails and running of rivers.



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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Friday, May 11, 2012.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.  


QUALIFICATIONSTo be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below.


To qualify at the GS-9 level you  must meet one of the following in addition to the education requirements listed below:

A. Have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree
B.  Have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service. This experience has given me the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of a Community Planner or Landscape Architect.
C. Have a combination of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience as noted above.


To qualify at the GS-11 level you must meet one of the follwoing in addition to the education requirements listed below:

A. Have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree directly related to the occupation if it provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work.
B. Have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service. This experience has given me the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of a Community Planner or Landscape Architect.
C. Have a combination of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience as noted above




To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Applicants can verify accreditation HERE 

Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter 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 click HERE.


To meet the basic qualifications of the Community Planner series you must have one of the following in addition to meet the grade qualifications listed above:

A. Have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in community planning; or related field such as urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science, or public administration that included at least 12 semester hours in the planning process, socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, urban and regional economic analysis and development finance. If your degree is in a related field (as noted above) and you do not have the 12 semester hours of specified course work you MUST have had at least 1 year of work experience in community planning acquired under the supervision and guidance of a community planner.

B. Have a combination of education and experience. Have successfully completed a 4 year bachelor's degree with courses equivalent to a major in one of the above disciplines, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the above disciplines of which at least 12 semester hours were in the planning process, and socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


To meet the basic qualifications of the Landscape Architect series you must have one of the following in addition to meet the grade qualifications listed above:

A. Have successfully completed a full 4-year curriculum in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in landscape architecture or landscape design.

B. I have a combination of education and experience. I have successfully completed a combination of education (with a major field of study in landscape architecture or landscape design) AND experience. For each year short of graduation, you must have had 1 year of experience under professional leadership and guidance that included original landscape design.


1. If new to Federal Civil Service, you will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

2.  Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license. This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. A valid State driver's license is required. As a condition of employment, you will be required to submit a completed GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. If you are tentatively selected for employment in this position, you will be required to complete GSA Form 3607 and submit the above State issued documents. Your employment, after your tentative selection, will be contingent upon receipt of these documents in a timely manner and that those documents establish, to the satisfaction of the selecting official, that you possess a valid driver's license.


Your rating will be based on both your responses to the Job Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs)/competencies that are required to perform the work of this position. Only education and experience acquired by the closing filing deadline will be considered.

Please Note: All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. Upon review, if it is determined that your work history, KSAs/competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified or your score may be modified. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers to the KSAs/competencies. 

  • Ability to organize and direct complex collaborative planning projects involving river conservation, trail development and management, comprehensive land use planning, recreation management, and open space preservation.
  • Ability to engage the active participation of a variety of professional and non professional agencies, groups, stakeholders, and other interests in developing conservation or recreation programs.
  • Ability to facilitate public participation in planning projects.
  • Advanced technical expertise and the ability to provide technical assistance in the multi disciplinary fields of river and trail conservation planning and connecting people to natural resources.
  • Ability to collect, organize, update and synthesize information; prepare reports and communicate well -- orally and in writing.


You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".

Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:
Category Group I (Best Qualified) - applicants who possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective factors and all quality ranking factors. Applicants considered best qualified must be highly proficient in all requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position. 
Category Group II (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.
Category Group III (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.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veterans Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category. Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.

Order of Consideration:  Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications required by the position will be considered in the following order:   (1) best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point veterans' preference who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more, best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference, and then all other best qualified applicants, (2) well qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other well qualified applicants, (3) qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other qualified applicants.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  Such as:

Flexible Spending Accounts

Health Insurance


Life Insurance

Long Term Care Insurance

Retirement Program


1. CTAP/ICTAP: If you are an eligible Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 93 or above on the rating criteria for this position. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. For additional information go to

2. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

3. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach legible a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. You must submit the required documentation to verify/confirm your claim, or you will NOT be given veteran's preference. Additional veteran's information is found at

4. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement. For additional information regarding Schedule A appointment eligibility visit:

5. Relocation expenses may 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 current Federal Travel Regulations; however, there will be no guaranteed home sale. Expenses may be limited in some cases if new to the government.

6. Number of Vacancies: This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary.

7. NOTE: Applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax. Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Applicants are advised that a variety of public facilities such as schools, public libraries, state employment offices and regional job centers provide access to computers at no charge. Help may also be available to targeted groups through a variety of public assistance agencies.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

1.Your Resume - We encourage you to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you choose to use your own resume make sure it lists all of the required information needed.
2.A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3.Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 11, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 652013. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

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 Office Code (JY) and VIN (six digit code) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire and
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.3.

Note: If you are only submitting supporting documents see the Submitting Documents instruction in Step 2 below.


Step 2

  • Resume -- We encourage you to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you choose to use your own resume make sure it lists all of the required information needed (including hours per week worked and month and year of employment).
  • Qualifications -- example, typically used for licenses or other documents that attest to the qualifications of the applicant.
  • Veterans Preference documentation -- Legible copy of DD-214 that shows honorable discharge, VA letter dated 1991 or later, SF-15 plus proof required by that form, if applicable.
  • Response to Assessment Questionnaire
  • Miscellaneous -- any supporting document that does not already have its own type listed

DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS.  Any resumes with these attachments cannot be forwarded to the hiring official.


Submitting Documents

If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.


Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process.  To fax documnets, you must use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated fax cover page at faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.  


  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number 652013
  • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
  • Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed: 

  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.


Cara Scott
Phone: (303)969-2601
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
Intermountain Regional Office Lakewood
Please do not mail your application
Please see how to apply section
Thank you
Lakewood, CO
80225 Fax: (478)757-3144


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire: If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

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