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Job Title:  Outdoor Recreation Planner
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  GETT-13-38DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$77,585.00 to $100,859.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 to Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Bushkill, PA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


National Park Service - Experience Your America

This position is located at the Delaware River Water Gap Recreation Area in Bushkill, PA.  The incumbent serves as the technical specialist for recreation planning and management of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and the Middle Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.  This position performs a wide range of duties relating to outdoor recreation, natural resources, cultural resources, landscape architecture, socioeconomic resources, project planning, project management, public outreach, strategic planning, and planning/monitoring activities related to visitor use and impacts to park resources.  The incumbent will play a key role in developing a sustainable recreation management plan for the park.


Nestled in the Pocono Mountains, just 80 miles west of New York City and 100 miles north of Philadelphia, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area attracts over 5-million visitors each year. Visitors marvel at the rocky crags, hemlock forests, tumbling waterfalls, and meandering river. Scenic drives take visitors through rural settings along historic roads and past some of the oldest houses in the Delaware River valley. The spectacular mountain and valley scenery are ideal backdrops for a variety of recreational activities that include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, biking, fishing, and hunting. The 70,000-acre park also includes the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreation Area and 26 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Nearby towns of Stroudsburg, PA, Port Jervis, NY, and Newton, NJ provide all services, including K-12 school, college, medical services and other community needs. Additionally, several smaller communities are adjacent to the park. Summers and winters are generally mild with average summer temperatures about 80 degrees, with some humidity, and average winter temperatures about 30 degrees. Housing in nearby communities is available for both purchase and renting. Visit the park website at for more information.


For additional information on area, housing or specific job duties, please contact Leslie Morlock at 570-296-6952 ext. 10 or by email at



  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Successful Completion of Trial Period Required
  • Successful Completion of Pre-employment Background Investigation Required


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Responsible for planning, developing, coordinating and/or managing a comprehensive outdoor recreation program at the park including but not limited to; trail management program, river campsite management program, and alternative transportation program.  Manage or help coordinate recreational projects including applying for and manage grants.  The Planner will be part of the Strategic Planning & Project Management office team, but will coordinate the program with staff from all park divisions as well as external organizations.  Provide leadership and expertise to strengthen the program by initiating visitor use carrying capacity studies, scenic byway studies, and developing research, monitoring and mitigation strategies for recreational use impacts on park resources and other action plans relative to resource impacts, visitor experience, and the development of recreational opportunities.  Coordinate and/or serve as a member of resource and recreational interdisciplinary planning teams for a variety of comprehensive planning projects and studies, as well as serve as a technical specialist on recreation and visitor use issues.  This work includes understanding and implementing applicable laws and policies as they relate to recreation and resource protection.  Other critical duties will include serving as the liaison between the park and special interest groups, other government agencies, and commercial development organizations.  Responds to correspondence, conducts workshops or public meetings, conflict resolution between interest groups, and represents the park for efforts involving regional recreational opportunities. 


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One year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal Service. 

Specialized experience is Experience that equipped the applicant with 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 the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.  Examples of specialized experience would 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.

  • Evaluation of land or water areas for their recreation and related potential use, such as wildlife reserve.

  • Preparation or review 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.



Qualification standards for this position must be met by Tuesday, February 12, 2013.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If after reviewing your resume/application and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than what is apparent in your description of experience and/or education OR that your application is incomplete, your score may be lowered or you may be rated unqualified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

Knowledge of the principles, practices and concepts of outdoor recreation planning; park management planning; project management including knowledge of contracting principles and practices to work through contracting; feasibility studies; and environmental compliance practices.

Skill in the field of natural resource conservation and/or outdoor recreation including park management planning, coordinating and advising on the use of land, water, and related resources for recreational, conservation or environmental purposes.

Ability to use data from research and analysis of natural and cultural resources, recreational needs and opportunities assessments, user capacity studies (resource and social), climate change impacts, and socioeconomic impacts to support planning processes and reports, feasibility studies, and environmental compliance documents.

Ability to communicate clearly, accurately, persuasively and diplomatically, both orally and in writing.

If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).


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.


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.


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.




Veteran's 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.  


If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a legible 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 INCLUDE YOUR VETERAN'S DOCUMENTATION TO SUPPORT YOUR CLAIM FOR VETERAN'S PREFERENCE. IF YOU DO NOT INCLUDE THE APPLICABLE VETERAN'S DOCUMENTATION, YOUR CLAIM FOR VETERAN'S PREFERENCE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED IN THE EVALUATION OF YOUR APPLICATION.


Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/ Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 above on the rating criteria for this position.   For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible visit







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Working for the National Park Service offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here


You must successfully complete a probationary period.

You must successfully complete a personal background investigation prior to being appointed to this position.

Government housing is not available.

This position requires that you wear a uniform.  A uniform allowance is provided to help defray the cost.

A valid state driver's license is required.

Occasional travel is required.

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.


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

1. Your Résumé
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 Tuesday, February 12, 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 Vacancy ID 826290.

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.


·    Resume (refer to REQUIRED RESUME CONTENT section)

·    Veterans Documentation - if applicable (Form DD 214, SF-15, etc.)


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 cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.  


·    Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number 826290

·    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.




Your resume or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or by fax to the above fax number. Please be sure to include all of the following information in your resume:

Job Information:
 ·         Vacancy Identification Number, title, grade and location for which you are applying.

Personal Information:

·         Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code).

·         Country of Citizenship.

·         If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.

Work Experience for each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions):

·         Job title.

·         Duties and accomplishments.

·         Number of hours per week.

·         Employer's name and address.

·         Supervisor's name and phone number.

·         Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year).

·         Salary.

·         Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.


·         High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED.

·         Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code.

·         Major field(s) of study.

·         Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.

Other Qualifications:

·         Job-related training courses (title and year).

·         Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)

·         Job-related certificates and licenses.

·         Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments. (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.)

 Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested. 


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. 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.

View Occupational Questionnaire

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