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Job Title:Research Coordinator

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:IMDE-13-298

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$96,690.00 to $125,695.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 to Wednesday, July 17, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0101/0401/0408-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Tucson, AZ United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

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. For more information about the National Park Service, click National Park Service.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Government-wide career or career-conditional employees; Transfer and Reinstatement Candidates, 30% or More Compensable Disabled Veterans, Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA) Eligibles, Qualified Handicapped Individuals, Veterans who are Preference Eligibles or who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service (VEOA) and returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc.

 

You must submit proof of this eligibility with your application.

 

This is a permanent, full-time position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Submit SF-50 or eligibility documents.

DUTIES:

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The incumbent serves as the NPS Research Coordinator for the Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) located at the University of Arizona and is supervised by the Assistant Regional Director, Natural Resources, of the Intermountain Region who is located at the regional office in Lakewood, CO. The CESU network was established to facilitate the delivery of professional science through the CESU host university and partner universities for the member agencies including the National Park Service (NPS). The NPS CESU Research Coordinator develops and implements an integrated program of natural, social and cultural resource research that supports Intermountain Region's park units; serves as a senior science advisor; develops partnerships and secures outside sources of support from Federal, State, academic, and private organizations in conducting cooperative research efforts; and provides technical leadership in implementing an integrated and responsive research program at the regional and service-wide levels. The Research Coordinator assists in the identification of research needs in NPS units, secures funding and other resources to support and expand the program, directs administrative activities, and facilitates resource management activities in cooperation with superintendents and regional office resource specialists. The Research Coordinator solicits, reviews and assists parks in writing research proposals, seeks cooperative researchers, monitors agreements, reviews research scientists' work plans, monitors their progress and evaluates their performance.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work involves the usual demands of the office setting as well as extended travel and occasional long work periods to meet deadlines.  In addition, extended walking or hiking under a wide variety of field and climatic conditions may be necessary.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Most of the work involves typical indoor office activity as well as the ability to travel and make field examinations of field study areas and resource problems areas in a wide variety of habitats at high elevation and under extremes of climate and terrain.

AREA INFORMATION/HOUSING INFORMATION: Tucson, Arizona, a metropolitan area with a population of over 800,000. The city provides a complex range of service and facilities which includes the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, Public Schools (K.-12), theater, symphony, hospital, sports and shopping. A wide range of rental, lease and purchase housing units are available. Summer temperatures reach highs of 100+ degrees or more and winter temperatures range from the 20's to 70's.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Wednesday, July 17, 2013.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. 

QUALIFICATIONS: To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below.

Basic Requirements: Education

GS-0101: Degree in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position OR a combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field OR Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

GS-0401: Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position OR a combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

GS-408:  Degree in biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.

You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts to verify education requirement above.  If you do not submit transcripts you will be found not qualified for this position.

S
pecialized Experience: Along with the above requirement you must also have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 in the federal service.  Examples of specialized experience includes working in a program of natural, social and cultural resource research; securing funds and other resources to support the program; writing research proposals; working with outside partners. 

Time-in-Grade Requirements: Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. This requires applicants who have held a GS position at any time within the past 52 weeks to have served at least 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for this occupation.


Education

To qualify based on education, 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. 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.

Requirements

1. You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

2. You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued drivers license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued drivers license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year, or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to 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 drivers licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State drivers license.

3. Some travel is required.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your rating will be based on your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The assessment questions relate to the following competencies that are required to perform the work of this position.

 

*  Intensive professional knowledge and experience in the natural, social, or cultural sciences, and in the broad application of science and ecological principles to scientific research and resource management as evidenced by an advanced degree in an appropriate discipline from an accredited university.

* Ability to coordinate and facilitate a complex, integrated research program of natural, cultural and social science research including program development and implementation, securing resources to support the program, and establishing partnerships with federal, state, academic, and private entities to develop a comprehensive research program.

* Knowledge of contracting procedures and regulations sufficient to facilitate contracting of research, monitoring contract progress, and insuring contractor compliance with appropriate policies and procedures.

* Ability to lead group discussions, scientific workshops and work efforts among scientists and resource managers.

* Ability to communicate scientific information orally and in writing.

 

Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic qualifications. If you meet the qualification requirements based on your online application and are found to be among the top candidates you will be referred to the selecting official for further review. All answers provided in the online process must be substantiated in your application package. If it is determined that your work history, competencies, and/or your supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you will not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers to the competencies.

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".


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  Such as:

Flexible Spending Accounts

Health Insurance

Leave

Life Insurance

Long Term Care Insurance

Retirement Program

Retirement contributions into the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) have changed for National Park Service employees who will be hired after January 1, 2013. New full-time employees will have to pay higher employee contributions, an increase of 2.3 percent of salary. New FERS employees will contribute 3.1% into the FERS pension fund and new Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters will contribute 3.6% into the FERS pension fund. To read more about the law, go to http://www.opm.gov/retire/pubs/bals/2012/12-104.pdf

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

1. CTAP/ICTAP: If you are an eligible Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 93 or above on the rating criteria for this position. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. For additional information go to www.opm.gov/ctap

2. If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, such as the initial hire, promotion; or reassignment, showing position title, series, grade and tenure (please do not submit an Award SF-50 as it does not provide the needed information) or you will not be considered under the merit promotion process. Also, you should submit your most recent performance appraisal.

3. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

4. A Veteran applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing that you were honorably discharged to be considered. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be honorable separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed 3 or more years of active service. ("Active Service" under this law means active duty in a uniformed service and includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, full-time National Guard duty, and attendance, while in the active service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary concerned). A veteran who is released under honorable conditions shortly before completing a 3-year tour is also eligible.

5. Non-competitive appointment - you may apply if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement. For additional information regarding Schedule A appointment eligibility visit: https://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

6. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses may be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the current Federal Travel Regulations; however, there will be no guaranteed home sale.

7. Number of Vacancies: This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary.

8. NOTE: Applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax. Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Applicants are advised that a variety of public facilities such as schools, public libraries, state employment offices and regional job centers provide access to computers at no charge. Help may also be available to targeted groups through a variety of public assistance agencies.



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 Wednesday, July 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.

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 questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 913360.
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 Wednesday, July 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 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:

Required Documents:

Resume --we encourage you to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you choose to use your own resume make sure it lists all of the required information needed  (including hours per week worked and month and year of employment).

  • Transcripts -- are required, qualifications include education along with specialized experience
  • Qualifications -- example, typically used for licenses or other documents that attest to the qualifications of the applicant
  • Veterans Preference documentation -- Legible copy of DD-214 that shows honorable discharge, VA letter dated 1991 or later, SF-15 plus proof required by that form, if applicable.
  • Response to Assessment Questionnaire.
  • Miscellaneous -- any supporting document that does not already have its own type listed
  • SF-50Federal employees must submit proof of their status (SF-50 showing current grade and tenure) and an SF-50 showing highest (permanent) grade ever held, if different.
  • Performance Appraisal: please provide a copy of your most current Performance Appraisal.


DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS.  Any resumes with these attachments cannot be forwarded to the hiring official.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Laura J. Chavers
Phone: (303)987-6681
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: LAURA_CHAVERS@NPS.GOV
Agency Information:
Intermountain Regional Office Lakewood
Please do not mail your application
Please see How to Apply section
Thank you
Lakewood, CO
80225 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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.

Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire: If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

View Occupational Questionnaire


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Job Announcement Number:

IMDE-13-298

Control Number:

346347200