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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Grants Management Specialist), GS-1199-09 FPL GS-11 (HRF 13-034)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  HRF 13-034 (SR864033)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$51,630.00 to $67,114.00 / Per Year
Monday, March 25, 2013 to Monday, April 08, 2013
Full Time - Recent Graduates
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles


Who may apply:  Recent Graduates

The employees of the National Park Service care for the 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.

Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service.  The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.


This is a Pathways Recent Graduate, full-time TERM appointment.  This TERM appintment is not to exceed 13 months but maybe extended up to 4 years.


Number of Vacancies:  We expect to fill 1 vacancy at this time; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies.


Full Performance Level: GS-11


This program provides managers a ready source of developmental employees and potential permanent employees upon completion of the program requirements. It also provides the recent graduate with work experience directly related to their degree and career goals while offering eligibility for non-competitive conversion to permanent employment upon completion.


Recent Graduate Program Requirements:

•Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.
•Preference Eligible Veterans unable to apply, due to military service obligations, have up to six years after the completion of their degree and/or certificate to apply.
•Mentorship throughout the program, Individual Development Plan (IDP), career planning, professional development, and training activities are available. Recent Graduates may be converted to a permanent position after successful completion of the 1-year Program period or at the end of the 120-day approved extension, unless the agency has an approved longer program based on a rigorous training and development requirement; or, in some limited circumstances a term appointment lasting 1-4 years.


• Veterans Preference applies to selection for positions in the Pathways Programs.
• An agency may appoint a non-citizen, provided that the individual is lawfully admitted to the United States as a permanent resident or is otherwise authorized to be employed.
• Appointments made under the Pathways Programs are under Schedule D in the excepted service.
• Service in a Pathways Program confers no right to further employment in the competitive or excepted service.


Full requirements for Conversion:
• Completion of at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program.
• Demonstrated successful job performance.
• Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted. Must possess US citizenship in order to be converted to a career/career conditional appointment.


For more information on the Pathways for Students go to


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  • U.S. citizen, non-citizen, or legal permanent resident.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • All documents must be received by closing date.
  • Proof of degree or certificate (i.e. transcript, Registrar's Letter, etc.).


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The incumbent examines grant applications and amendments for completeness and to ensure adherence to grants management policies and regulations.  The incumbent prepares the list of grantees recommended for funding, prepares drafts of the scores of work, lists congressional districts represented in the grant awards and all documents to refer the recommendations to the Assistant Secretary for awarding grants. 
Negotiates revisions and explains corrections needed to grantees so that incomplete or unacceptable grant applications or grant amendments can be awarded grant funding under program guidelines.  Recommendations involve appropriate coordination with other program offices concerned with grantees’ continued eligibility to receive funds and the adequacy of the grantee’s overall management and planning systems.  Examines submitted funding documents for completeness, and conformance with regulations, and recommends approval/disapproval to the Program Manager.
The incumbent reviews requests from grantees for budget revisions, changes in the approved scope of work, and extensions of time to complete grant-assisted work.  Verifies grantee compliance with timely expenditure requirements and the proper closeout of grants.  As applicable, recommends approval, disapproval or modification, and negotiates and provides technical advice to grantees so that the Service’s action on their proposed change is understood and compliance with grant requirements maintained and improved.  Suggests alternative approaches, is possible, when a request must be denied because of statute, regulations or policies.


Position Location:  Washington, D.C. 


For specific area and housing information, or information directly pertaining to vacancy status, contact:  Sherry Hutt, Program Manager, National NAGPRA,  202-354-1479.


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Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in Federal Service.  Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience include duties such as: serving as a business consultant or specialist; oversee nonprofit or commercial partner operations; assist in development of business or strategic plans; assist in development of business agreements.



Have successfully completed two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a masters or equivalent graduate degree in an accredited educational institution concentrated in a field that is directly related to the work of this position, business management, contract management, the social sciences or other directly-related subject matter.



Have an equivalent combination of such graduate education and experience.  For example, I have six months of the specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level (50 percent of the specialized experience requirement) and 27 semester hours or 41 quarter hours of  progressively higher level directly related graduate education (50 percent of the education requirement).


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


Applicants are responsible for providing documentation that the applicable educational provisions have been met.  To qualify based on education you must submit a legible copy of transcripts or list of college courses with your name, school name, credit or semester hours, major(s), and a grade-point average or class ranking.  Official transcripts are required upon selection if you qualified based on education.


Education must have been obtained from an accredited or pre-accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.


For further information on creditable education visit: and


For more information on the Pathways for Students go to


Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic job requirements.  In addition, we will evaluate your responses to the attached online Assessment Questionnaire to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position.  To preview the Assessment Questionnaire click here: View Assessment Questions


The Assessment Questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform on the job:


KSA-1. Knowledge of the principles, techniques and procedures for grants and agreements administration.
KSA-2. Ability to prepare and review technical documents.
KSA-3. Ability to communicate effectively/Interpersonal skills. 
KSA-4. Ability to use desk-top computer systems and associated software such as word processing, spreadsheet, and automated business programs. 


Basis for rating:


Applicants who meet the qualification requirements specified above for this position will be evaluated, and a score assigned, based upon the responses provided on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position.


Applicants who meet the qualification requirements based on responses provided in the Applicant Assessment Questionnaire will be placed in one of three categories: 

Category Group I (Best Qualified) – applicants who possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective factors and all quality ranking factors.  Applicants considered best qualified must be highly proficient in all requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position. 

Category Group II (Well-Qualified) – applicants possessing experience and/or education that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.

Category Group III (Qualified) – applicants possessing experience and/or education 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.

Within these categories, applicants referred to the selecting official that are eligible for Veteran’s Preference will receive selection priority over Non-Veterans.

DO NOT SEND Application materials by mail or email to the HR Franchise Office.



Once the basic qualifications have been met, you will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position.  The evaluation will be based on information you provide in your on-line resume, your answers to the knowledge, skills, and abilities questions for this announcement, and a review of the application material requested as part of this announcement.

You must provide information about your experience and/or education that supports the answers you give in the questionnaire, and the KSAs required for this position.


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The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits to employees.  The following web address is provided as a reference to explore the major benefits offered to most employees:




Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be authorized.


Government housing is not available.


Must provide Social Security Number to be considered.


Pre-employment National Agency Check (NACI) must be completed for anyone who doesn't already have this level of clearance prior to entry on duty.


Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law.


Physical demands: Although the work is basically sedentary, up to 10 percent of the job may be performed in a travel status.  No special physical demands are required, although there may be emergency periods involving intense concentration to produce work at top speed.


Work environment: Work is performed indoors in office and meeting rooms.  The normal work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated.


CTAP/ICTAP - Qualified individuals applying based on special priority consideration rights under Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  To be considered well-qualified for this purpose, you must clearly meet all qualification requirements specified for this position including any selective factors, and must also clearly meet the fully satisfactory or equivalent level for each of the rating factors (knowledges, skills, abilities, and competencies required for this position as specified above.


Individuals claiming 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.  This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.


Veteran's Preference - If you are claiming Veteran's Preference, you MUST clearly identify your claim on your application and provide specific required evidence such as: DD-214, "Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty", or Standard Form 15 (SF-15), "Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference" and proof requested on the form.  Failure to submit appropriate supporting documentation will result in NOT granting Veteran's Preference.


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To apply for this position, provide a complete application package, which includes both of the following parts:


1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, and
2. Your resume or application and any other supporting documents needed (such as DD214 to show Veteran's Preference, SF-50 or transcripts, etc.).

3. Proof of degree or certificate (i.e. transcript, Registrar's Letter, etc.).
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on
Monday, April 08, 2013.  We do not accept hard-copy or email application packages.  You must apply online or via fax (see instructions below).

Applying Online:
. To begin the application process on-line, click on the Apply Online Button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJobs account.  Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment Questionnaire.
. Please be sure to click on the Submit My Answers button at the end at the process.
. To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page, using the Vacancy ID: 864033.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Applying via fax:
. Click this link View Occupational Questionnaire
 to view and print the Assessment Questionnaire
. Print the 1203FX form found at to provide your response to the Assessment Questionnaire
. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with your resume or application and any required documentation to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203 FX will serve as your cover sheet.

* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. 

* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete. 

Applications must be typed or printed clearly in dark ink.  Forms and additional information on how to apply for Federal jobs can be obtained from the Internet at
For additional information on this announcement, contact:


Name: Jamie Phelps


Phone: 303-985-6851 


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 864033 so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at


1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, and
2. Your resume and any other supporting documents needed (such as DD-214 to show Veteran's Preference, SF-50, transcripts, etc.).

3. Proof of degree or certificate (i.e. transcript, Registrar's Letter, etc.).



Jamie M. Phelps
Phone: (303)985-6851
Agency Information:
WASO HR Franchise
12795 West Alameda Parkway
Lakewood, CO


Once your complete application is received, we will verify your responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire against the other supporting application materials you submit, and your final score will be assigned.  Based on applicant scores, the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified when referral has been made and what the final outcome is.  We expect to make a selection within 45 working days of the closing date of this announcement.

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