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Job Title:Student Trainee (Cartographic Technician) GS-1399-04/05

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:PWROPI-13-064 PATH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$29,865.00 to $48,190.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, May 08, 2013 to Friday, May 17, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1399-04/05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary NTE 1 year

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

05

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Seattle, WA United StatesView Map
San Francisco, CA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current undergraduate or graduate college students in good standing (GPA of 2.0 and above). In the local commuting area of San Francisco, CA and Seattle, WA.

JOB SUMMARY:

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.

**THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN AMENDED TO CORRECT THE LENGTH OF THIS APPOINTMENT NOT TO EXCEED ONE YEAR**

This announcement may be used to fill two temporary Cartographic Technician (GS-1399-04/05) positions in the Pacific West Region. One Cartographic Technician will be duty stationed in Seattle, Washington and another will be duty stationed in San Francisco, California. The position will be filled under the Pathways-Internship program.

Both position are within the Division of Information Coordination and Management, and supports the GIS and Planning Programs.

Salary:  San Francisco $33,136 per annum - $43,074 per annum
            Seattle          $29,865 per annum - $38,822 per annum

Area Information:
One position is located in downtown Seattle. Seattle is a major metropolitan city. Full amenities and services are available. Public transportation is accessible from all points in the greater Puget Sound region.

One position is located in the Financial District in downtown San Francisco, California. San Francisco is a major metropolitan city. All services and amenities are available. Public transportation is accessible from all points in the Bay Area.

This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program which is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore federal careers while still in school. Applicants must be current students, enrolled or accepted on at least a half-time basis, and pursuing a degree or certificate in a qualifying education institution (see the ‘Education' section for more information). Interns may be converted to a term, career-conditional or career appointment within 120 days following successful completion of all of their education and work experience requirements. For more information on the Pathways Intern Program, visit: http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/Pathways. 

WHO MAY APPLY: Current students in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying education institutions pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate, in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 and above).

Government Housing is not available.

The full promotion potential of this position is: 05

Position Contact:
Maria Davila
Human Resources
415-623-2165

Vacancy Identification Number: 889474


KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication
  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • You must submit legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution

DUTIES:

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The focus of the positions will be developing Park Atlases in a Geographic Information System.  Extreme attention to detail and meticulous data management are required for this project. The duties will primarily include GIS data compilation and editing, creation of metadata, development of layer files, and digital cartographic map products. Examples of GIS data that will need to be complied and/or edited for park atlases include property ownership, buildings, roads, trails, vegetation, rivers, and cultural landscapes. All data gathered for a park atlas will need to be organized in an ESRI Geodatabase to be consumed through a map service, adhere to NPS feature class naming conventions, and stored in a common coordinate system. The student will perform necessary verification and error checking procedures to ensure that the data adhere to NPS region, or park-level standards. In addition, the student will seek assistance for situations not covered by instructions or guidelines from the regional GIS Specialist and/or Planner. The candidate is required to continue their education while working in their field of study. Products produced as part of the park atlas effort should follow NPS cartographic guidelines and incorporate a cartographic standard as appropriate for the map's scale and content. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for this position at the GSGS grade level, you must possess the following minimum qualifications by the closing date (Friday, May 17, 2013) of the announcement:

GS-4: Completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as cartography, relevant mathematical and statistical sciences, or related sciences, e.g. physical geography or geodesy. Not more than 6 of the 12 semester hours should have been in mathematics or statistics. 

GS-5: Completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent, that included at least 18 semester hours in courses such as those shown above for GS-4.  Examples of acceptable courses include cartography, astronomy, geodesy, photogrammetry, oceanography, computer science, land surveying, geophysics, remote sensing, algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.  Not more than 9 of the 18 semester hours should have been in mathematics or statistics.


TRANSCRIPT REQUIREMENT: You must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work. Failure to submit the required transcript(s) will make you ineligible for further consideration.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your 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.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

Probationary Period: If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.

PATHWAYS REQUIREMENTS:

If selected, you will be required to sign a Pathways Agreement, which specifies the conditions of your employment as we've indicated in this job announcement. You must continue to meet the Pathways Program requirements throughout the duration of your appointment.  To verify that you do, we will require proof of your continued enrollment and good standing each semester or grading period throughout your internship. Failure to do so will result in termination of your internship and employment with us.

To be eligible for conversion, Interns must:
  • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program;
  • Complete degree or certificate requirements in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 and above);
  • Meet the qualification standards for the position to which you will be converted to;
  • Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement and;
  • Perform their job successfully. 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements and the minimum qualification requirements for this job. Minimally qualified students will be referred to the supervisor in unranked order by veterans preference status: 1) Preference eligibles with a compensable, service connected disability of 10 percent or more; 2) all other candidates eligible for 10 point veterans preference; 3) candidates eligible for 5 point veterans preference; and 4) candidates not eligible for veterans preference.


BENEFITS:

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Employees hired under a temporary appointment do not confer all of the benefits usually associated with permanent appointments. Temporary Employees hired through this job announcement will earn annual leave (vacation) and sick leave when assigned a regularly-scheduled tour of duty.

Interns are eligible to elect Federal Employee Health Benefits coverage if they complete more than one year of current, continuous service AND if they are in pay status for at least one-third of the total period of time from the date of initial appointment to the date of completion of the program. If you elect health benefits coverage, you are responsible for payment of the entire premium.

Employees are also eligible for a transit subsidy.


OTHER INFORMATION:

Promotion Potential: Identification of promotion potential in this position does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee at a future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for actual assignment, and performance, of higher-level duties.

PATHWAYS REQUIREMENTS:

If selected, you will be required to sign a Pathways Agreement which specifies the conditions of your employment as we've indicated in this job announcement. You must continue to meet the Pathways Program requirements throughout the duration of your appointment. To verify that you do, we will require proof of your continued enrollment and good standing each semester or grading period throughout your internship. Failure to do so will result in termination of your internship and employment with us.

Upon completion of your educational program, your internship and employment with us will be terminated. However, students who meet all the requirements at the end of the internship may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent (career/career-conditional) position at this or other national parks. However, there is no guarantee that a position will be available or an offer made to you if you do complete your education and internship.

To be eligible for conversion, Interns must:
  • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program;
  • Complete degree or certificate requirements in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 and above);
  • Meet the qualification standards for the position to which you will be converted to;
  • Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant’s Agreement and;
  • Perform their job successfully.
HOW TO CLAIM VETERANS PREFERENCE (FedsHireVets.gov):

If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15. If you don’t have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at www.archives.gov/veterans.

If you are a veteran within 120 days of dischargeyou must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.

If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15, and if applicable, a completed SF15. If you don’t have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at www.ebenefits.va.govor call 1-800-827-1000.


HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational 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 Friday, May 17, 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.
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 questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s)
  1. You may fax your documents using the following cover page: http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf. Provide the required information, including the Vacancy ID which is 889474
  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 Friday, May 17, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax all six pages of 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.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date and time of this announcement:


1.    Résumé

2.    A complete Occupational Questionnaire

3.    Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable)

4.    College transcripts

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Maria T. Davila
Phone: (415)623-2165
Email: MARIA_DAVILA@NPS.GOV
Agency Information:
NPS Pacific West Regional Office
333 Bush Street
Suite 500
Human Resources
San Francisco, CA
94104

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the occupational questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon our determination of your eligibility and qualifications for this position, your application may be referred to the hiring official. If your application is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. Interviews are not a required part of our hiring process, so we encourage you to communicate your knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies for this position in your resume. You will be notified by email of the outcome.

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Job Announcement Number:

PWROPI-13-064 PATH

Control Number:

343261500