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Job Title:  Administrative Support Assistant (Office Automation) - Subject to Furlough
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  NPS-NERCS-13-07

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$33,408.00 to $43,427.00 / Per Year
Thursday, January 03, 2013 to Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
King of Prussia, PA United StatesView Map
Applicants eligible under Merit Promotion procedures within the local commuting area of Elverson or King of Prussia Pennsylvania


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.

This is a merit promotion vacancy announcement open to eligible applicants. You are eligible to apply under merit promotion procedures if you meet one of the following criteria and live in the local commuting area:

  • Current Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service.
  • Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service.
  • Displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP).
  • VEOA eligible, that is, veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 or more years of continuous active service.  VEOA eligible applicants can live outside of the local commuting area.
  • Individuals eligible under special hiring authorities (e.g., Veterans Recruitment Appointment, Severely Disabled, Peace Corps, or Interchange Agreements with other Merit Systems).

You must submit your SF-50, DD 214, SF-15 (and supporting documentation), or applicable proof of eligibility for a Special Hire Authority in order to be considered under merit promotion procedures.

This position serves as an Administrative Assistant at both Hopewell Furnace National Historical Site and Valley Forge National Historical Park.  You may be required to report to either duty station on a day-by-day basis.  The purpose of this position is to provide a full range of administrative support services.  You will perform administrative, operational, and clerical supportThe work schedule for this position is Monday to Friday 8am to 4:30pm.  We hope to fill this position as soon as possible.  This position is a subject -to- furlough (STF) position with a guaranteed work period of 6 months or 13 two-week pay periods per year. During work periods, the position will be full-time, 40 hours per week. The furlough  period is contingent upon funding and operational needs. For the first service year, the employer is planning a one month furlough in January 2014. 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.  National parks are among the most remarkable places in America for recreation, learning, and inspiration.  

APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT THE REQUIRD DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FULL CONSIDERATION.  Please click on the "Print Preview" to view the full announcement.  You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package.  Your application will not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined. 


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • You must submit proof of eligibility under Merit Promotion Procedures
  • Transcripts or Itemized Course List may be required, see Required Documents
  • You must submit proof of eligibility for a Special Hire
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication
  • Must be able to type at least 40 wpm, a valid Driver's License is Required


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*Serves as office Receptionist, answers telephones, and greets visitors.

*Prepares a wide variety of correspondence and documents including final drafts of correspondence, reports, permits, travel documents, and other related documents.

*Receives and distributes incoming mail, prepares outgoing mail for delivery.

*Maintains a central filing system.

*Prepares payroll for office employee, serves as timekeeper.

*Oversees office supply functions to including ordering and maintaining supply inventory.

*Makes approved micro-purchases using charge card

*Makes utility payments and other payments

*Prepares travel documents

*Assists with management of property program

*Manages lost and found program

*Makes copies and sends facsimiles as needed.

*Tracks obligations, expenditures, and accounts receivables.  Reconciles incoming invoice payments.

*Responsible for the verification, modification, and deletion of accounting data. 

*Reviews requisitions for completeness and clarity.

*Work includes limited aspects of computer technology functions such as password resets, routine hardware installations, and troubleshooting/resolving commonly occurring problems.  Computer technology duties are performed under the guidance of the information technology specialist.

*Assists other administrative staff as necessary

The work of this position is mostly sedentary, requiring long periods of sitting at a desk or computer in an indoor environment.  From time to time, you may be required to leave the office to perform administrative functions throughout the park.  Some walking, bending, physical light lifting is required. 


AREA INFORMATION:  For information, please visit 


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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Wednesday, January 16, 2013.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.  

QUALIFICATIONS:  To be eligible for the GS-05 position you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below:

A. One full-time year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 level in the federal service.  Experience includes but is not limited to experience:

·        Performing administrative functions such as payroll, personnel, travel, and/or correspondence, AND

·        Using office procedures and equipment, AND

·        Organizing and analyzing numerical information, AND

·        Typing correspondence, memos, reports, and forms from rough drafts and notes, AND

·        Answering telephone calls, filing, and meeting and dealing effectively with others.  OR

B.  Possess at least four years of education above high school (120 semester hour or 180 quarter hours) leading to a bachelor’s degree. OR

C.  Possess a combination of education and experience.  NOTE: Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements.  Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to one year of specialized experience.  For example, I have six months of the specialized experience described in A above (50% of the experience requirement), and three years of college study from an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education).

Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.You must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Time in grade requirements applies to any individual who within the previous 52 weeks held a General Schedule position under a non temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service in the executive branch.

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".

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 .

FOREIGN EDUCATION: 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 more information, please visit:

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

2. You must be able to secure and maintain a government credit card.

3. You must be able to type at least 40 wpm.

4.  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.


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.   Errors and/or omissions may affect your rating. 


1.  Knowledge of administrative procedures, including but not limited to payroll, personnel, travel, budget, property, and procurement.

2.  Skill using desktop computer systems and associated office automation software programs..

3.  Knowledge of clerical procedures and ability to handle a variety of administrative support duties.

4.  Ability to communicate effectively/Interpersonal skills. 

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you are eligible to apply for the position.  To determine your qualifications for the position, a review of your resume, supporting documentation will be made and compared with your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.

If after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher that is apparent in your description of experience and/or education OR that your application is incomplete, you may be rated unqualified.

Please follow all instructions carefully.



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The Department of the Interior, National Park Service offers a variety of employee benefits available to Federal service employees including annual leave, sick leave, health benefits, life insurance and retirement plan benefits.  For more information, go to


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 (see )

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at

Form DI-1935 (U.S. Department of the Interior Background Survey) - voluntary and can be accessed at   To be used for statistical purposes.  Please send this form directly to the above mailing address.


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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 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 job title, job pay schedule/series/grade, type of appointment, dates of employment with month and year, duties, hours per week,schools attended, degrees earned/total credit hours, and any other job-related training/skills/honors/certificates, licenses).

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 Wednesday, January 16, 2013.

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. 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. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 801972.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

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

When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below:

  • Include the 6-character Vacancy Identification Number:  801972 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.

The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

  • Not using the 1203FX cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name.

Faxed document will take 2-3 business day to process. Faxed documents with missing information will not be processed.
Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement then can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an uploaded file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.

Note:  If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the documents following the instructions above.  Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement, include the appropriate VIN (six digit code 801972) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at

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. APPLICATION MATERIALS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED BY MAIL OR EMAIL SENT TO THIS OFFICE.  IF YOU DO SEND THEM DIRECTLY TO THIS OFFICE BY MAIL OR EMAIL, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATIONDO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS. 


1.  Resume - We encourage you to use the USAJOBS 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 job title, job pay schedule/series/grade, type of appointment, dates of employment with month and year, duties, hours per week,schools attended, degrees earned/total credit hours, and any other job-related training/skills/honors/certificates, licenses).

2.  Complete Occupational Questionnaire

3.  Transcripts or Itemized Course List   (if qualifications are based on your education)

4.  Standard Form 50 showing current/highest grade held in federal service (competitive status applicants/current federal employees/re-instatement eligible applicants) - No award SF50s

5.  Most recent performance appraisal (competitive status applicants/current federal employees)

6.  Veteran's documentation (i.e., DD-214, SF-15 and supporting documentation)

7.  Proof of eligibility for Special Hire Authorities (e.g. VRA, Peace Corps, Interchange Agreements, etc.)

8.  Include the 6 character Vacancy Identification Number  801972

If you are a current career or career-conditional federal employee, you must submit  the following documents or you will not be considered for this position: 1.  A  copy of your latest SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, or you will NOT be considered under the merit promotion process. 2.  A copy of your most recent performance appraisal.

ICTAP/CTAP Applicants:

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be "well qualified" for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if he/she meets all qualification requirements for the position and is rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Applicants must provide proof of program eligibility in order to receive consideration under CTAP/ICTAP (i.e., such as your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, an SF 50-Notification of Personnel Action-documenting RIF separation, agency certification of inability to place you through the RPL, etc and your most recent performance rating).

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not 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.


National Park Service
Phone: (267)528-3190
Agency Information:
National Park Service
Northeast Region
200 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA


Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  An evaluation of your complete application will be made and 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. View Occupational Questionnaire

For questions regarding this job announcement please use the phone number and/or email address provided above.  Email is the preferred method of inquiry as it provides the fastest response time.  When inquiring by email please include the job announcment number (NPS-NERCS-13-07) in the subject line. 

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