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Job Title:  Training Specialist (Service Learning & Residential Program Coordinator)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  AZSHRO 13-054 DEU-TRM

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

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$57,408.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 to Friday, February 08, 2013
Full Time - Term NTE 13 months
1 vacancy in the following location:
Grand Canyon, AZ 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 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. 

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 full-time TERM appointment for which all qualified applicants with or without Federal status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed 13 months with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition.


Area/Housing Information: This position is stationed at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park located in Northwest Arizona, approximately 60 miles north of Williams and 85 miles Northwest of Flagstaff at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Temperatures range from approximately 85 degrees in the summer to 17 degrees in the winter. Grand Canyon Village has schools K-12, a daycare center, post office, general store, banking facilities, churches, a recreation center, a clinic with resident physicians and several restaurants. The park community consists of some 2,000 people, including employees of the NPS and concessionaires and their family members. There are often employment opportunities for family members in the park and surrounding areas. The park community is small enough that many employees choose to walk or bike from their homes to work. Complete shopping, educational, medical and professional services are available in Williams and Flagstaff. Recreational opportunities include hiking, river rafting, fishing, cross-country and downhill skiing, and golfing in nearby communities. For additional park information, please visit GRCA Camp and for local information, please visit Flagstaff AZ.


Employees obtain housing either through a bid system or by assignment into shared furnished quarters. Because of limited housing, when an employees is assigned shared quarters, the park is not able to provide accommodations for family member and pets. For additional housing information contact the park Housing Office at 928-638-7796.


  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • Current valid driver license is required
  • You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with NPS standards
  • Applications sent by mail or e-Mail to HR Office WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED


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Duties This position is in the Environmental Education Branch of the Division of Interpretation and Resource Education located at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The principle responsibility of the incumbent will be to manage the park’s immersion program for high school and middle school age youth. The average length of each immersion program is one to three weeks for groups of 10 to 20 youth ages 12-20, with several weekend programs for special groups. Secondly, the incumbent will work closely with the Branch Chief to organize and direct the Grand Canyon Semester, a university level, semester-long, immersion program conducted with two neighboring universities. The incumbent also works regularly with the other environmental education programs leading curriculum-based programs for students ranging from kindergarten to high school. In 2012 the program conducted nine programs of one to three weeks in length and numerous shorter programs with youth from across the country. Although the program is completing its fourth year, the incumbent will have a good deal of freedom to continue to develop and expand the program to include activities for other age groups. We offer multiple program sessions annually, however most take place during the summer months. Program activities include team building, education, and citizen science/service projects. The programs take place in different areas of both the front and back country of Grand Canyon National Park and along the Colorado River. The incumbent is the principal contact with two official park partners, and numerous unofficial partners, and meets with them on a regular basis. The incumbent will work closely with those partners to organize activities, to market the program to the public and to recruit participants. The incumbent will have a staff of up to six seasonal rangers who serve as science educators and lead the education and service activities and provide leadership for each individual immersion program. The work is performed both indoors and outdoors; the outdoor work is performed under varying weather conditions and elevations and requires camping in the backcountry both on the rim and along the Colorado River. When camping, the incumbent is with the youth 24 hours a day and responsible for maintaining a safe, fun, learning environment. Frequent local and occasional long distance travel may be required. This program is a high priority for the park and the incumbent will be expected to work closely with staff in most of the other park divisions. The incumbent will also manage the budget for this program. The incumbent will work a maxiflex schedule to accommodate the irregular hours required for this type of programming.


For additional information on the duties of this position please contact Jacob Fillion, Supervisory Training Specialist, 928-638-7762.


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All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Friday, February 08, 2013. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.


To qualify for this GS-11 position you must have: one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level. Examples of specialized experience includes, but is not limited to: managing or administering a service learning and education program, working with partner organizations, developing short, medium and long range plans, etc. supervising or administering an educational youth program or camp facility; supervising or administering multiday training programs, developing or reviewing training/course materials, aids, devices, etc., and evaluating training results; teaching or instructing in an adult education program, secondary school, college, military installation, or a private or nonprofit educational institution in the appropriate field(s); working in the occupation or subject-matter field of the position to be filled that required training or instructing others on a regular basis; AND/OR Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Examples of education - major study of education or a subject area related to the position to be filled.


Combination of education and experience to qualify at the GS-11 level: Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level (i.e. 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education) may be used to qualify applicants for the GS-11 level.


Please Note: If you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts.


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.


·         You will be required to serve a trial period of 1 year

·         Appointment is subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication

·         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

·         Extensive travel may be required for this position; some extended periods of backcountry travel is required; some heavy lifting and strenuous hiking is required



Your rating will be based on both your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your résumé. The assessment questions relate to the following competencies that are required to perform the work of this position.


·         Knowledge and ability to manage a residential program including long and short-range planning, curriculum development, marketing, scheduling, risk management, logistics, and program implementation

·         Ability to recruit, hire, train and supervise a subordinate staff and carry out an equal opportunity (EO) program

·         Knowledge of budget formulation procedures and demonstrated experience writing and receiving grants

·         Ability to work with diverse groups including, a variety of local, state and federal agencies, community groups and representatives of private and professional organizations


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."


All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If it is determined that your work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your responses, you may be rated ineligible and not referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers to the competencies. A panel may be used to review your application.


Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:

Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience which substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.

Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience which 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 which 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.


Information for Veterans: 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 best qualified category.


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Working for the National Park Service offers a comprehensive benefits package that may include, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life and health insurance, retirement benefits, and participation in the Thrift Savings Plan which includes a percentage of government matching contributions. You may even be able to work a flexible schedule. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees: Benefits.


For Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) eligibles - provide copy of your agency's notice of Reduction in Force and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. To be qualified you must be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP/ICTAP.


Direct Deposit: All new employees of the National Park Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment. This includes your salary and other federal payments.


Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be authorized in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations and current National Park Service permanent change of station policy.


Male applicants born after 12/31/59 and must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if future vacancies become available.


If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach 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, 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 eligible (for more information see VetGuide).


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 persons with disabilities; disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more; certain other veterans; spouses of certain members of the armed forces; and returning Peace Corps volunteers (for more information see Special Hiring Authorities). You must submit relevant supporting documentation (e.g., certification from state Office of Vocational Rehabilitation or Medical Doctor; DD-214 and VA letter; etc).


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The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59pm EST or 9:59pm Arizona Time on Friday, February 08, 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 View Assessment Questions. Ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. You will find information on applying for federal jobs at USAJobs Info Center.


If you are unable to upload your required documents, complete this cover page Fax Cover Page using the following Vacancy ID PK832979. Fax your documents by the closing date to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:

Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire. Print this 1203FX form to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire Form OPM1203fx and fax the completed 1203FX, your résumé and required documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


If you have any questions about this announcement call or e-Mail us at the contact information listed to the right under Questions about this job: prior to Friday, February 08, 2013. Please include the Vacancy ID 832979 in your message.


If you need assistance or have problems using the online application process, please send an e-Mail to


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 1-478-757-3144. Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement; include the appropriate Office Code and VIN (PK832979), so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at or online at Application Manager help.


Required Documents:

·         Your Résumé showing relevant experience, should include month, year and hours worked per week

·         Completed Occupational Assessment Questionnaire

·         Unofficial College Transcripts (if qualifying based on education)

·         Veterans Preference Documentation DD-214 or equivalent, VA Letter, SF-15 plus proof required by that form, if applicable

·         Miscellaneous-any supporting document that does not already have its own type listed


Veterans: To determine your veteran preference please use the following link for more information Vet Types


ICTAP/CTAP Eligibles- copy of your agency's notice of Reduction In Force and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.


DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS-any documents/attachments depicting the applicant will entirely disqualify them from consideration.


Marilyn A. Kozak
Phone: (602)794-3806
Agency Information:
Arizona Servicing Human Resources Office


Once the online questionnaire and documents are received you will receive an acknowledgement e-Mail. 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.

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