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Job Title:  Visual Information Specialist
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  AZSHRO 13-079 DEU-TRM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$38,790.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year
Monday, April 01, 2013 to Thursday, April 4, 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.

Who may Apply: U.S. citizens


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 GrandCanyon 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
  • Applications sent by mail or e-Mail to HR Office WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" sections


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Duties Grand Canyon National Park’s Center for Creative Media develops a wide array of printed and digital communication products, such as newspapers, brochures, factsheets, posters, exhibits, signs, podcasts, videos, social media, and websites; including more than 250 publications. These products convey information and serve as tools to help audiences form their own intellectual and emotional connections with resource meanings and further Grand Canyon National Park and National Park Service goals. The incumbent produces detail work and basic design components for visual media concepts that are conceived by others; uses existing templates, designs, and visuals as reference; and consults with others to design visual media products that meet assigned objectives for readability, aesthetic appeal, and interpretive awareness. The incumbent assists in implementing the publications plan and long-range interpretive plan by producing products that satisfy park and NPS goals and objectives for interpreting park resources and providing visitors with a safe and enjoyable park experience. The incumbent researches, writes, and/or edits informational and/or interpretive text; edits submitted material for content, style, and audience-appropriateness; ensures that the ideas presented are consistent with park and NPS standards; and confers with subject matter experts, other divisions, and park partners to obtain or verify information to use in visual media products.


For additional information on the duties of this position please contact Johanna Lombard, Writer-Editor, 928-638-7902.


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All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Friday, April 05, 2013.


To qualify for this GS-07 position you must have: one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level. Examples of specialized experience include, but not limited to: planning the preparation and use of photographs, illustrations, drawings, and other art work, charts, diagrams, dioramas, maps, slides, overlays, and other kinds of visual material for use in communicating information through visual means. OR Education: one full year of progressively higher level graduate education with major study related to the position, for example, commercial art, fine arts, art history, industrial design, architecture, drafting, interior design, photography, visual communication, or other fields related to the position.


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

·         Driver License: Applicants must possess a valid state driver license. This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. As a condition of employment, you will be required to submit a completed GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also 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 driver licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Your employment, after your tentative selection, will be contingent upon receipt of these documents in a timely manner and that those documents establish, to the satisfaction of the selecting official, that you possess a valid driver license

·         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


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.


·         A developing knowledge of professional disciplines related to graphic design: design theory, process and trends and associated software/hardware; typographic and color theory and application; diverse audience outreach techniques, i.e. “universal design” techniques; agency graphic design standards, formats and templates

·         Ability to create maps and illustrations that accurately depict items for use in visual media products

·         Ability to edit and produce clear, concise and grammatically correct communication materials

·         Ability to synthesize and translate park information and mission into audience-appropriate visual media products


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.


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) eligibles - provide a 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 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 are not authorized.


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 EDT or 8:59pm Arizona Time on Friday, April 05, 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 PK856424. 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, April 05, 2013. Please include the Vacancy ID 856424 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 (PK856424), 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.


DO NOT SEND writing samples, if interviewed, you may be asked to provide a writing sample.


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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