All qualification requirements (including any applicable selective factors) must be met by the closing date of the announcement in order to be considered.
FOR THE GS-05: You must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 grade level of difficulty and responsibility.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Defined as experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: work in the fields of hydrology, astronomy, geophysics, chemistry, engineering, geology, or metallurgy; research activity or control program work; assisting in scientific, natural resource based studies, or work involving the collection of plants, soils, water, or air quality data.
NOTE: Credit will be given for all qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received and whether the experience was gained as a part-time or full-time occupation. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive credit for specialilzed experience, your resume must indicate clearly: 1. The nature of your duties and responsibilities in each position; and 2. The number of hours per week spent in such employment for each position.
In lieu of the specialized experience requirements you may substitute the following education: a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with a major study in an appropriate field of physical science, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as physical science, engineering, or any branch of mathematics except financial and commercial mathematics.
A combination of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total minimum qualification requirements. Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. For example, 6 months of specialized experience (50% of the experience requirement) as described above, and 90 semester hours (i.e., 30 semester hours beyond the first 60 semester hours) of college that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as physical science, engineering, or any branch of mathematics except financial and commercial mathematics (50% of the education requirement).
If you are combining or substituting education for experience, you must provide complete information to show how you have met the applicable educational provisions. Provide a copy of your college transcripts or a complete list of college courses taken that identifies for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed. We cannot determine eligibility without this information. A copy of your official transcript will be required from you for verification prior to the effective date of the appointment. NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education's College Accreditation Website in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.
Special Instructions For Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit the U.S. Department of Education Recognition of Foreign Qualifications Website
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, stooping, squatting and bending. Heavy items (e.g., packs and equipment up to 40 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis. Must be able to hike long distances over rough terrain, in all types of weather, while carrying equipment in the hand or backpack.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Field work includes exposure to extreme weather conditions, biting insects, wild animals, seasonally high pollen levels, dermatitis causing plants and the possibility of the occasional poisonous snake.
You are required to properly wear a National Park Service uniform in accordance with agency policy. An allowance will be provided to offset some of these costs.
You are not required to occupy government housing/quarters; however housing may be available for rent.
You will be required to operate a government vehicle, therefore, must be able to acquire and hold a valid state Drivers License.
Frequent travel (an average of 10-14 days per month) may be required as part of the duties, as assigned.
Occasional overtime may be required.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
To determine if you are best 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 questions are designed to capture the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position. Failure to submit a resume will result in ineligibility. Eligible applicants will be assigned to one of three quality levels (Best Qualified, Well Qualified, Qualified). Ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application, you will be assigned a rating commensurate with your described experience. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.
You Must Possess The Following KSAs:
KSA #1: Ability to collect scientific data on natural resources (water, land, weather and air) using different techniques and methods.
KSA #2: Ability to safely navigate and work in remote backcountry locations.
KSA #3: Ability to record, organize, manage and retrieve resource related data.
KSA #4: Ability to plan and implement the logistics of field monitoring in the front and back country.
KSA #5: Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
The following link is a list of questions from the online questionnaire. View Assessment Questions
Veteran's preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (CPS, CP) will be placed at the top of the highest category on the referral list. XP and TP preference eligibles will be placed above non-preference eligibles within their assigned category. If you are not sure of your preference eligibility, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans Preference Advisor. For more information, visit Feds Hire Vets.
To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must score within the Well Qualified group (prior to veterans preference being applied) on the application questionnaire. For information, click CTAP/ICTAP.