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Job Title:  Education Technician, GS-1702-05
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  MWRC-13-OC-0079

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$31,315.00 to $40,706.00 / Per Year
Monday, April 15, 2013 to Monday, April 29, 2013
Full Time - Temporary NTE one year
1 vacancy in the following location:
Topeka, KS United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Experience your America. Join the National Park Service, and 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. For more information about the National Park Service, click here.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified United States Citizens.
TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: This position is a temporary position, with full-time work not to exceed (NTE) one year. Number of Vacancies: This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication
  • Valid state driver's license
  • Government housing not available
  • Wear a NPS uniform and comply with NPS uniform standards


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As the Education Technician you would prepare and present curriculum-based educational programs to elementary, middle, high school and college students. Duties may include assisting in the planning, researching and developing of programs. Communication skills are essential in order to make reservations, plan programs, set schedules and maintain a calendar of school group visits.
AREA INFORMATION:  Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site inTopeka, Kansas, is the former Monroe Elementary School building, once a segregated school for African-American children. The site commemorates the landmark Supreme Court decision that made segregation in public schools illegal.  The park office and Monroe school are in downtown Topeka. Topeka is the fourth largest city in Kansas, and citizens of Topeka revel in outdoor activities, excellent healthcare facilities, technologically advanced education, and a below-average cost of living...making Topeka one of the most livable cities in the Midwest. Topeka has four distinct seasons with winters being mild and summers hot and humid. The Greater Topeka area is served by six public school districts and is a hub of higher education allowing Shawnee County residents access to a wide spectrum of undergraduate and graduate level programs from surrounding colleges.


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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Monday, April 29, 2013. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for review on OPM's website  at:  
QUALIFICATIONS:  One year specialized experience equivalent to at least a GS-04 in Federal service. The specialized experience of this position would require the ability to follow core curriculum standards, techniques and strategies to teach to the developmental needs of a particular age group or size of group.
EDUCATION: four years of education above high school.  This education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university.  One year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business secretarial or technical school.
COMBINATION: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirement at grade GS-5.

Qualification:  You must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as selective factors as described in the Occupation Assessment Questionnaire.

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.

1. Department of the Interior employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay.
2. Tour of Duty: Monday through Friday, may include holidays, evenings or weekends.



The rater will not make assumptions, guess, or use personal knowledge about your experience or education in the rating process. The rater will use the written information that you provide in your application to verify your responses to the Occupational Assessment Questionnaire. Provide detailed evidence and descriptions of your experience, training, education, awards, hobbies, self-development achievements, pertinent unpaid or volunteer work, and any other aspect of your background as it relates to the position. It is important that you indicate the diversity, level of difficulty, and complexity of your experience. Method of rating will be Category based. Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:
Category Group I (Best Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.  
Category Group II (Well Qualified) - applicants possessing experience 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 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. You will be evaluated based upon the responses you provide on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position. You will be rated based on your responses and assigned a score ranging from 70 to 100 points. The scores will be used to determine the best qualified candidates who will be referred for selection. Best qualified applications rated with a score of 95 or above, will be referred to the selecting official. Additional names from the well qualified list may be added to the referral list if we do not receive enough best qualified candidates. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following TASKS. Note: Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questions. The occupational assessment questionnaire was developed from these TASKS:
Develop and present curriculum-based education programs
Written and oral communication
Problem solving skills
Resource stewardship


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The Federal government offers exceptional benefits to its employees. The following web address is provided to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees: .


1. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans' preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at
2. Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to Veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of Veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your Veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For more information on Veterans' Preference please visit .
3. Temporary appointments are not eligible for promotion.
4. Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid. No guaranteed home sale. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee, unless otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulation, i.e. current career/career-conditional federal employee.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational assessment questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 29, 2013 to receive consideration.
* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 
* 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.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible. If you completed the occupational assessment questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 875395
2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 29, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational assessment questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational assessment questionnaire items
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.


Include personal information, education, work experience; including dates of employment - month and year, and hours worked per week, and other qualifications pertinent to the position on your resume.  Applications lacking required information may be considered ineligible. The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement: 

      1. Resume - Showing detailed relevant experience. Your experience must verify the answers given on the occupation assessment questionnaire. YOU MUST USE YOUR FULL LEGAL NAME (Do not use nicknames or shortened names).

      2. Transcripts: To meet basic education requirements transcripts must be included or if using education to qualify you must submit college transcripts.

      3. Qualifications:  Complete Occupational Assessment Questionnaire.

      4. SF-50: Federal employees must submit proof of their status (SF-50 showing current grade and tenure) and a SF-50 showing highest permanent grade ever held, if different. Awards SF-50s will not be considered as proof of status.

      5. Legible copies of DD-214s showing honorable or general discharge. If claiming Veterans' preference as a disabled Veteran or other Veterans eligible for 10 point preference, include a SF-15: Application for 10 Point Veterans' Preference with required proof as stated.

      6. CTAP/ICTAP documentation if applicable.

      7. Selective Factor documents if applicable.


Kay Laughlin
Phone: (314)655-1602
Agency Information:
Midwest Region Central SHRO
Mailed Applications Can Not Be Accepted
Saint Louis, MO


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made 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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