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Job Title:Physical Scientist/Chemist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:WO-COAB-13-837063-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$73,848.00 to $114,158.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 to Thursday, March 28, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1301/1320-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Lakewood, CO 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 the past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.

The Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate (NRSS) provides scientific and technical support to national parks for the management of natural resources.

Mission

The NRSS develops, interprets, disseminates, and uses the tools of natural and social science and resource stewardship to enable the NPS to fulfill its core mission: to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

 

Core Functions

The NRSS has four core functions:

• Provide servicewide leadership and coordination to assist park managers in identifying, monitoring, understanding, and protecting park natural resources and values

• Provide leadership and coordination for addressing landscape-scale, national-scale, and international issues affecting park natural resources and values

• Promote the integration of natural resource information into NPS planning, management decision making, and education

• Provide specialized scientific, technical, and policy expertise that cannot be efficiently provided at the local or regional level to parks and the NPS

This is a full-time permanent career/career conditional position.

Travel is required (four nights per month).

This vacancy announcement is open concurrently under merit promotion procedures through vacancy announcement number WO-COAB-13-836219-MP.  Candidates who wish to be considered under both procedures MUST apply and submit complete application packages to both vacancies.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Male applicants born after 12/31/59 require Selective Service Registration
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication
  • Initial appointment may require a one year probationary period
  • See other requirements under the Qualifications section of this vacancy
  • Please read the vacancy announcement in its entirety

DUTIES:

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The selectee serves as a national expert on all facets of air quality monitoring networks and provides the technical oversight and coordination of the Air Resources Division (ARD) particle, optical, deposition and gas monitoring networks and provides Contracting Officer’s and Agreements Technical Representative services. Responsibilities include the oversight of the routine operation of the network, responding to requests for data, coordination with field operators, and data collection, reduction, and reporting. You will serve as a technical expert on quality assurance for air pollution measurement systems operated by the ARD. You will also facilitate and participate in enhanced field studies, air quality data analyses and syntheses and other studies related to the protection of natural resources. The selectee will work closely with other federal agencies and partners on matters related to air quality monitoring, and identifies opportunities to increase the overall operational effectiveness and efficiency of the multiagency monitoring network and to address emerging monitoring needs in the air quality arena.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Thursday, March 28, 2013.

 

Applicants must meet the Basic Occupational Requirements specified below; in addition, applicants must possess one year specialized experience and meet time -in-grade requirements as of the closing date of the announcement in order to be considered

 

Physical Scientist Series, 1301

Individual Occupational Requirements Basic Requirements:

A. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.

or

B. Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Chemistry Series, 1320

Individual Occupational Requirements Basic Requirements:

A. Degree: physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics.

OR

B. Combination of education and experience -- course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

GS-12

You must have one year of specialized experience that equipped you with the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics).  To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (GS-11) in Federal service.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience for this position include documented examples of experience in three of the following areas of expertise:

 

        Measurement principles and techniques of gaseous, particle, and visibility monitoring, quality assurance and control procedures, and routine data analysis techniques

        Professional knowledge of atmospheric photochemistry of secondary gaseous and aerosol formation

        Analysis of air quality data to establish spatial and temporal trends and pollutant exposures to natural resources and identify sources of pollutants

        Provide expert advice or consultation (chemistry and/ or atmospheric science)

        Representation of an organization in interagency, professional, and public forums

 

GS13

You must have one year of specialized experience that equipped you with the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics).  To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (GS-12) in Federal service.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience for this position include documented examples of experience in ALL of the following areas of expertise:

 

               Measurement principles and techniques of gaseous, particle, and visibility monitoring, quality assurance and control procedures, and routine data analysis techniques

               Professional knowledge of atmospheric photochemistry of secondary gaseous and aerosol formation

               Analysis of air quality data to establish spatial and temporal trends and pollutant exposures to natural resources and identify sources of pollutants

               Provide expert advice or consultation (chemistry and/ or atmospheric science)

               Representation of an organization in interagency, professional, and public forums

Note: Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questions. 

 

Note: Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questions. 

 

SELECTIVE FACTOR (MANDATORY REQUIREMENT): 

In addition to meeting the education and specialized experience the applicant must also meet the selective factor below and demonstrate this in their application materials.

 

The incumbent will be responsible for overseeing several nation-wide, multi-pollutant, multi-agency air quality monitoring networks.  They must have previous experience overseeing networks to be able to qualify to do this particular job. They will be responsible for making critical decisions on network configurations and must fully understand the monitoring equipment that makes up the network and the scientific principles behind the monitoring techniques.  Furthermore, they must also be fully cognizant of the principles of quality assurance and the requirements of quality assurance program plans to keep air quality data compliant with federal requirements.

 

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

 

Operation of ambient air quality monitoring networks

Air quality monitoring methods and techniques

Quality assurance and data analysis

Communication

 


Applicants must submit a copy of their transcripts (or a list of courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades) to document that you have met the education requirement.  Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to an employment offer.

 

To be creditable, education above the high school level completed in a U.S. college, university, or other educational institution that has been accredited by one of the accrediting agencies or associations recognized by the Secretary, Department of Education.

Combination of Experience and Education: Equivalent combinations of education and experience can be combined to meet the minimum qualification requirements.  The total percentage of each much equal at least 100 percent to qualify.

Requirements when selecting Specialty Codes 

 

Please refer to the specialty code requirements below when selecting a specialty code for consideration.

 

001 -  Physical Scientist - All United States Citizens

        United States Citizens who have never been permanent employees of the Federal government.

002 -  Chemist - All United States Citizens

        United States Citizens who have never been permanent employees of the Federal government.

 

 

The qualification requirements are outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions, available for review at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made to ensure you meet the basic job requirements.  In addition, we will evaluate your responses to the assessment questionnaire to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position.  To preview the assessment questionnaire, click on the View Occupational Questionnaire

 

You will be scored based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire.  If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, your score may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.   Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

 

If you meet the qualification requirements you will be placed in one of three Quality Categories (Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified) based on your score.   Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference are ranked in their appropriate categories without preference points but receive selection priority over non-veterans within their category. In addition, qualified preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of at least ten percent (CP/CPS) are moved to the highest (Best Qualified) category (except for scientific and professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). In order to receive preference appropriate documentation to verify eligibility (i.e: DD-214, SF-15, VA letter, etc.) must be provided with the application.

 

Best Qualified : Those candidates who possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including the selective factors and quality ranking factors.   Candidates must be highly proficient in requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position.

Well Qualified : Those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications of the job including selective placement factors, are proficient in most of the requirements of the position, and should meet the quality rating factors.

Qualified : Those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications of the job including selective placement factors, and may be proficient in some of the requirements of the position.

 
If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP must be well-qualified for the position. A rating of "well-qualified" will be given to those candidates who in addition to meeting all qualification requirements possess the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for the position at a level which clearly exceeds the minimum qualification requirements for the position. This level is met when an applicant receives the score equal to receiving an average rating of Fully Successful or higher for each one of the rating factors considered in the announcement.
Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.  For more information please visit the OPM's Career Transition Resources website


BENEFITS:

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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.  To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees visit http://www.opm.gov/insure/index.aspx  webpage.

 

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program is run.

 

As we move further into the 21st century and the government makes many strides to allow employees to balance work and home life. Telework is an innovative management tool that provides employees with the opportunity to perform their duties at alternative worksites during an agreed portion of their workweek. Telework is not an employee entitlement. Some duties may make employees ineligible to telework.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Travel, transportation, and 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 Federal Travel Regulations.

 

Conditions of Employment:

 

Enter Travel Requirements: four nights per month

 

Physical Demands: The work may require some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; or occasional lifing of moderately heavy items such as scientific instrumentation or apparatus.

 

Work Environment: the work conducted primarily in an office setting, but may require travel to review contractor operations, assistt in the selection of monitoring sites, or inspect monitoring sites.

Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval. 

EEO Policy Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.  

Veterans Information: Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were separated under honorable conditions may be eligible for veterans' preference. Veterans' preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service or to internal agency actions such as a reassignment or promotion. When claiming preference, veterans must provide a copy of their DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other acceptable documentation. Applicants claiming 10 point preference will need to submit Form SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. If you have questions about the applicability of veterans' preference for a particular vacancy please contact the agency posting the announcement. To learn more about veterans' preference, special veteran appointing authorities, and other veteran related topics, please review the VetGuide.

Legal and Regulatory Guidance

Social Security Number - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials, will result in your application not being processed.

Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

False Statements - If you misrepresent your experience or education, or provide false or fraudulent information in or with your application, it may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work. Making false or fraudulent statements also may be punishable by fine or imprisonment.

Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. 

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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How to Apply

 

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

 

LATE APPLICATIONS: Applications that are not received by the closing date through USA Staffing WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. There is no option for mailing, emailing, or otherwise submitting applications outside of this system, unless it is due to a request for reasonable accommodation.

 

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 Thursday, March 28, 2013.

 

Applying Online:

 

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.

 

Applying via Fax:

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this USAStaffing cover page using the following Vacancy ID  837063.  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.

 

How to verify your application materials have been successfully submitted:

 

1. Go to https://applicationmanager.gov and log in using your USAStaffing Application Manager User Name and Password.

2. Verify that your questionnaire, resume, and supporting documents were submitted successfully by clicking on the appropriate vacancy id.

3. Verify that all of your documents were submitted by reviewing the table.

If an item (Type of Document) on the table appears with a status of "OK", that Item was successfully submitted.

 

If you need help with the online application process:

 

If you need help, or have problems using the online application process, send an email to applicationmanagerhelpdesk@opm.gov.

 

Applications must be typed or printed clearly in dark ink.  Other forms or additional information on how to apply for Federal jobs can be obtained from the Internet at www.usajobs.gov, or by calling (478) 757-3000 or RDD (478) 744-2299.

 

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 Vacancy ID Number (837063) 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.

 




REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

        Résumé or application

        College transcripts or List of college courses, with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking.   (Prior to appointment, an official college transcript will be required.)  {This is only required if education can be used for qualification or position has a positive education requirement}

        Responses to the questionnaire

        ICTAP/CTAP documentation (a copy of the agency notice, a copy of the most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.)

        Application for veterans preference must include a legible Member 4 copy of DD-214. Other acceptable documentation of dates and status of military service, type of discharge, receipt of campaign badge or qualifying service medal, etc. will suffice for tentative preference only. Applications for 10 point veteran preference must include a SF-15 and the Veterans Affairs letter dated since 1991 showing percent of disability, and/or other official documentation as noted on the SF-15 form.

        People with Disabilities - you MUST submit a certification statement from a state Vocational Rehabilitation Service (state or private), Department of Veterans Affairs, a licensed medical professional (e.g., a Physician or other medical professional duly certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory, to practice medicine); or any Federal agency, State agency or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits along with your application/resume package.

        Peace Corps and VISTA volunteers must submit supporting documentation of eligibility.

        Identify any other required documents here

 

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

Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or fax. 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.

Education:

- 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.

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.

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. (LIST ONLY, PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT COPIES OF CERTIFICATES AND/OR LICENSES UNLESS SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED IN THE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT).

 

- 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.

 

View Occupational Questionnaire

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Amanda Burnham
Phone: (303)969-2860
Email: AMANDA_BURNHAM@NPS.GOV
Agency Information:
WASO SHRO
12795 W Alameda Parkway
Denver, CO
80225
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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

 

You may be required to submit written responses/writing samples as a continuation of the evaluation process.  Failure to respond to the additional assessment questions will result in loss of further consideration for the position.


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Job Announcement Number:

WO-COAB-13-837063-DE

Control Number:

337932700