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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Colorado Plateau Dark Skies Cooperative Coordinator

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:IMDE-13-012

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, October 29, 2012 to Monday, November 19, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0023/0025-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 13 months

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Moab, UT United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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

The employees of the National Park Service care for 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.

Park Ranger – Interpreters connect people to parks. They play a key role in ensuring that visitors have a meaningful, satisfying, and safe park experience, help visitors decide how to spend their time in the park, and inform them about the wonders that await their discovery. Park Ranger – Interpreters are specially trained to engage the public so that each park visitor can find a personal connection with the meanings and values found in the places and stories of that park. They help visitors explore the many dimensions of parks by introducing them to a variety of perspectives. By providing the opportunity for visitors to care about the places they visit, they promote stewardship and the opportunity for those visitors to care for park resources.

National Parks are among the most remarkable places in America for recreation, learning, and inspiration. The work done by Park Ranger-Interpreters through effective interpretive and educational programs encourages the development of a personal stewardship ethic and broadens public support for preserving and protecting park resources, so that they may be enjoyed by present and future generations.

 

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 a total of 4 years.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

DUTIES:

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The primary duties are to provide coordination for the successful development and implementation of the Colorado Plateau Dark Skies Initiative across the Colorado Plateau. Core duties include serving as a liaison with parks, partners, and stakeholders and fostering stewardship of night sky resources. Employee will provide agency support, coordination and technical assistance for the development of project initiatives, partnerships, grants, and education products and programs. Employee will assist with development of a strategic plan while supporting NPS and other partners in the implementation of this initiative. Employee will work closely with the National Park Service Team identified to support this initiative.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Work may require repetitious movements and long periods of stationary work at computer workstations.  Work also requires moderate physical activity while conducting educational and interpretive programs, lifting media and educational materials or other duties associated with traveling around the Colorado Plateau.  A substantial amount of driving to sites and partners within the Colorado Plateau will be required.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Work is performed both indoors and outdoors, requiring flexibility in immediate environments.  Incumbent is stationed at Moab, UT (elevation 4000'), but will be required to travel by automobile to various locations throughout the region.  Outside temperatures at duty station range from near twenty degrees in the winter to nearly one hundred degrees in summer.  Incumbent must be able to drive government vehicles such as sedans, light trucks and vans.  Incumbent must be able to travel by airplane to conference and meetings.  Work occurs primarily during regular office hours, but some periods of work at night and on weekends should be expected.

 

AREA INFORMATION/HOUSING INFORMATION:  Moab, Utah, 5 miles distant from Arches NP, is a town of approximately 9,000 residents located beside the Colorado River in Southeast Utah. The town is located between Arches and Canyonlands National Parks at an elevation of 4,000 feet above sealevel. The climate is typical high desert; semi-arid with temperature ranges from 0 degrees in the winter to 100+ in the summer. All amenities are available including doctors, dentists, hospital, schools (K-12), University of Utah extension, churches and shopping. Housing prices are moderate to expensive ranging from $150,000 and up. Government housing is not available. Rental units in Moab are in limited supply during the summer. The area offers many four-season outdoor activities including superb hiking and camping, white-water rafting, mountain biking, four-wheeling, cross-country skiing, etc.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Monday, November 19, 2012.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. 

 

QUALIFICATIONS:  To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below.

 

To qualify for the GS-9 you must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 in the federal service.  Examples of specialized experience include:

- Ability to deal with people of differing backgrounds and behavioral patterns

- Analysis of outdoor recreation interests, habits, and needs of diversified groups, and the means for meeting those needs

- Review of plans and programs for natural resource utilization and recreation area development

- Assist in the solution of administrative, intergovernmental, socioeconomic, and other problems involved in providing adequate recreation opportunities while preserving, restoring, and enhancing the quality of the outdoor environment

- Park guide or tour leader

- Management, assistant, or program specialist work involving the development and implementation of policy related to protection, conservation, or management of park areas or similar operations

OR

Have successfully completed at least two full years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree in one of the following fields: park and recreation management, law enforcement/police science, or other closely related subjects pertinent to the protection of natural and cultural resources. IMPORTANT - NOTE: If you are using education to qualify you must submit a copy of your transcripts

OR
Have an equivalent combination of education and experience. IMPORTANT - NOTE: If you are using education to qualify you must submit a copy of your transcripts.

To qualify for the GS-11 you must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 in the federal service.  Examples of specialized experience include:

- Ability to deal with people of differing backgrounds and behavioral patterns

- Analysis and evaluation of outdoor recreation interests, habits, and needs of diversified groups, and the means for meeting those needs

- Preparation of plans and programs for natural resource utilization and recreation area development

- Solution of administrative, intergovernmental, socioeconomic, and other problems involved in providing adequate recreation opportunities while preserving, restoring, and enhancing the quality of the outdoor environment

- Park guide or tour leader

- Management, assistant, or program specialist work involving the development and implementation of policy related to protection, conservation, or management of park areas or similar operations

OR

have successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in one of the following fields: park and recreation management, law enforcement/police science, or other closely related subjects pertinent to the protection of natural and cultural resources. IMPORTANT - NOTE: If you are using education to qualify you must submit a copy of your transcripts

OR
Have an equivalent combination of education and experience. IMPORTANT - NOTE: If you are using education to qualify you must submit a copy of your transcripts.


Education

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.

Requirements

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

2. National Park Service (NPS) uniformed position. Employee will be required to wear a uniform and comply with NPS uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided to defray the cost of the uniform.

3. You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued drivers license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued drivers license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year, or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to 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 drivers licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State drivers license.

4.  Incumbent will be required to travel frequently to various locations in the region (generally within a six hour drive or less).  There will be some travel to conferences and meetings as well.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.  

  • Knowledge of physical and environmental science.
  • Ability to plan, develop, and implement a resource protection project.
  • Experience developing and practicing teamwork to sharpen coordination, cooperation, collaboration,
  • Ability to research, develop and conduct interpretive or educational programs for diverse audience
  • Skill in written and graphical communication.

 

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 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. 
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.


BENEFITS:

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

Flexible Spending Accounts

Health Insurance

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Life Insurance

Long Term Care Insurance

Retirement Program



OTHER INFORMATION:

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 90 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 www.opm.gov/ctap

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 http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

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:  https://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 Monday, November 19, 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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 769165. 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  ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov

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 http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf 
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.

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



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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).
  • Transcripts -- if qualifications are based on education
  • 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 documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated fax cover page at http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.  

 

  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number 769165
  • 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Laura J. Chavers
Phone: (303)987-6681
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: LAURA_CHAVERS@NPS.GOV
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

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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.

View Occupational Questionnaire


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Job Announcement Number:

IMDE-13-012

Control Number:

329773000