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Job Title:Interdisciplinary Field Coordinator

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:WO-COAB-13-933130-MP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$41,631.00 to $66,195.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 to Wednesday, August 14, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401/0408/0430-07/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Collins, CO 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.

Who May Apply: Open to all status candidates federal government wide.

Are you eligible?

 

The Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate (NRSS) provides scientific and technical support to national parks for the management of natural resources. Mission:

The NRSS develops, interprets, disseminates, and uses the tools of natural and social science and resource stewardship to enable the NPS to fulfill its core mission: to preserve 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 position works within the Rocky Mountain Network (ROMN) for the Inventory and Monitoring Division of the NRSS. The primary mission of the ROMN is to monitor “Vital Signs” of long-term ecological health of ROMN parks. The six ROMN parks are Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Montana; and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. They are located in the central and southern Rocky Mountain Cordillera, roughly along a NNW–SSE axis that follows the Continental Divide. Together these parks cover approximately 1,373,463 acres (55,820 hectares) of park lands. Although this is an extremely diverse region, all six ROMN parks share ecological similarities. Field work involves traveling to all ROMN parks to sample vegetation and soils and wetlands and streams in diverse ecosystems from the Great Plains through montane, sub-alpine and alpine communities. 

Fort Collins is situated on the Cache La Poudre River along the Colorado Front Range, and is the county seat and most populous city of Larimer County, Colorado. Fort Collins is located 57 miles (92 km) north of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. With a 2010 census population of 143,986, it is the fourth most populous city in Colorado. Fort Collins is a large college town, home to Colorado State University.

This is a full-time permanent career/career conditional position.

Travel is required, you must be willing and able to travel extensively and continuously throughout Colorado and Montana during the May-October field season, which includes both backcountry and car camping.

This vacancy announcement is open concurrently under delegated examining procedures through vacancy announcement WO-COAB-13-929943-DE.  Candidates who wish to be considered under both procedures MUST apply and submit complete application packages to both vacancies.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must submit proof of your "status" eligibility
  • Satisfy Time-in-grade requirements
  • Fulfill all qualification requirements
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication
  • Please read the vacancy announcement in its entirety

DUTIES:

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You will be part of the ROMN team working to monitor “Vital Signs” of park ecosystem health. The core team for the ROMN includes the Program Manager, Data Manager, Science Writer/Editor, Ecologist/Science Coordinator and this position, the Field Coordinator/Interdisciplinary.

 

You will coordinate all aspects of ROMN inventory and monitoring field work from hiring, supervising and training field crews (4-8 crew members/year); obtaining, maintaining and utilizing field monitoring gear (includes often complex instruments/devices such as data loggers, stream monitoring probes, GPS units, etc.); directing field monitoring, ensuring proper field data management and stewardship, and routine data analysis and summarization (w/ guidance from the Ecologist/Science Coordinator).

 

You will direct several (2-4 depending on the year) teams of field crews (biological technicians and student interns and volunteers) to sample wetlands, upland vegetation and soils, and streams following a set of provided protocols. Sampling in wetlands, grasslands/shrublands, and in alpine communities will focus on vegetation cover, frequency, and composition (additional forest measurements are taken in woodlands); stream sampling will focus on biological, physical, and chemical characteristics of streams.

 

The sampling is often done in remote (several sites require 4+ hours hiking to reach the sampling location) wilderness areas requiring the employee and monitoring crews to safely deal with extreme conditions (including snow, sleet and rain throughout the year, storms (lightning and high winds are always possible), wilderness river crossings, and potentially hazardous wildlife encounters (including mountain lions and grizzly and black bears). The work requires careful planning and vigilance to avoid accidents and injuries and the ability to deal with them if they occur. The employee is usually working with less experienced field crews and must ensure the crews are prepared and operating safely according to ROMN protocols standard operating procedures.

 

The ROMN field season begins in May and ends in October. During this period, you will likely be conducting field work (in travel status) for about 75% or more of the time. During the balance of the year, you will work from ROMN offices in Fort Collins although minor field work may be required during the fall, winter and spring.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Qualifications

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

Applicants must meet the Basic Occupational Requirements specified below; in addition, applicants must possess one year specialized experience and meet time -in-grade requirements as of the closing date of the announcement in order to be considered.

 

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR QUALIFICATION

Ecologist, GS-0408.

 A degree in Biology or 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.

Biologist, GS-0401.

A degree in Biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to this position.

Or

A combination of education and experience which included courses equivalent to a major in any of the fields listed in above (typically 24 semester hours is considered equivalent to a major in a field of study), plus appropriate experience or additional education. In crediting undergraduate education, one academic year of education is equivalent to 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of course work.

Botanist, GS-0430

A degree in Botany; or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany.

OR

A combination of education and experience which included courses equivalent to a major in any of the fields listed in 3A above (typically 24 semester hours is considered equivalent to a major in botany or basic plant science), plus appropriate experience or additional education. In crediting undergraduate education, one academic year of education is equivalent to 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of course work.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR QUALIFICATION

In addition to the basic education requirements, you must also meet the specialized experience or education requirement for the Ecologist/Biologist/Botanist GS-07 OR GS-09 level.

GS-07

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level of the federal service. Examples of experience include the following types of duties 1) assisting in designing or developing field projects that required professional knowledge of common methods used for sampling vegetation composition and structure, soil surface attributes, sampling wildlife populations or habitat, or conducting hydrologic surveys; 2) assist in conducting field studies and literature reviews to collect and obtain natural resource data; 3) assist with compiling data for reports, briefings, outreach materials or other documents on natural resource issues for a variety of audiences; and 4) Using interpersonal skills in order to work with people of diverse cultural and educational backgrounds and strongly differing goals or conflicting missions.

OR

One year of graduate-level education related to biology, ecology, natural resource management, botany, plant science or related disciplines.

OR

A bachelor's degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a closely related discipline to this position AND meet Superior Academic Achievement. Superior Academic Achievement is defined as: cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last 2 years of undergraduate study; (2) GPA 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years; (3) Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision; OR (4) Membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies).

OR

A combination of education and experience. For example, an applicant for has successfully completed 6 months of graduate coursework (50%) and has 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 (50%)

GS-09

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level of the federal service that includes experience that required the following types of duties: 1) Participating in designing or developing field projects that required professional knowledge of common methods used for sampling vegetation composition and structure, soil surface attributes, sampling wildlife populations or habitat, or conducting hydrologic surveys; 2) Conducting field studies and literature reviews to collect and obtain natural resources data; 3) Preparing reports, briefings, outreach materials or other documents on natural resource issues for a variety of audiences; and 4) Using interpersonal skills in order to work with people of diverse cultural and educational backgrounds and strongly differing goals or conflicting missions.

OR

Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in biology, ecology, natural resource management, botany, plant science or related disciplines.

OR

A combination of education and experience that equals 100 % or more of the above EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE. For example, an applicant for has successfully completed 1 year of graduate coursework (50%) and has 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 (50%).

Selective Factor (Mandatory for qualification)

In addition to the basic qualifications and specialized experience described above, selectees must possess the experience below. NOTE: you must provide support documentation to receive credit.

A. Possession of a valid State Driver's License

B. Field work for 6 months doing biological/ecological data collection in areas with steep terrain and extreme temperature conditions and camped for several days at a time.

OR

Backcountry camping in areas with steep terrain and extreme temperature conditions for several days at a time on a regular basis.

 


If substituting education for experience, applicants must submit a copy of their transcripts (or a list of courses with your name, school name,  course titles, credit or semester hours completed and grades) to document that you have met the education requirement.  Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to an employment offer.

 

To be creditable, education above the high school level completed in a U.S. college, university, or other educational institution that has been accredited by one of the accrediting agencies or associations recognized by the Secretary, Department of Education.

For further information on creditable education, visit: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html and http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

 

Combination of Experience and Education: Equivalent combinations of education and experience can be combined to meet the minimum qualification requirements.  The total percentage of each much equal at least 100 percent to qualify.

The qualification requirements are outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions, available for review at: OPM qualifications information .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

To preview the Assessment Questionnaire click here: View Assessment Questions

 

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your application and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determinations is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

 

A panel may be used to review your application.

 

ICTAP/CTAP - Qualified individuals applying based on special priority consideration rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition 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 (knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies) required for this position as specified below.  This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their 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 for this position.  For more information please visit the OPM's Career Transition Resources website. Applicant will have to search in order to find the guidance.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp#icc.

 

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized.  Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program is administered.

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

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 Federal Travel Regulations.

Conditions of Employment:

Valid state drivers license.

The incumbent must be willing and able to travel extensively and continuously throughout Colorado and Montana during the May-October field season, which includes both backcountry and car camping.

The incumbent must be able to work under strenuous field conditions. Field work locations vary from 35-1,000 miles from the duty station in Fort Collins. The work often requires hiking 1-10 miles to sample sites (often off-trail), carrying up to 50lbs. of gear over irregular terrain at high elevation (from ~5,000-13,000+ feet; and working long days in the field (8-12hrs. per day depending on tasks and travel- work week may be 40-55 hours (rare cases); and working under a range of weather conditions including (not limited to) heat; intense sun (in alpine environments especially), wind exposure; and rain, sleet and snow. Stream monitoring includes wading in cold and often fast mountain streams.

The incumbent may sometimes be expected to work under stressful conditions that arise from heavy workloads and short deadlines.

Please indicate the lowest grade or salary you are willing to accept.  If not indicated, we will only consider you at the highest grade for which you qualify Identification of promotion potential in this position does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date.  Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher level duties.

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

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. Travel Relocation Expenses Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.

Telework options:

National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

 

EEO Policy Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. 

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

 

Veterans Information: Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were separated under honorable conditions may be eligible for veterans' preference. Veterans' preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service or to internal agency actions such as a reassignment or promotion. When claiming preference, veterans must provide a copy of their DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other acceptable documentation. Applicants claiming 10 point preference will need to submit Form SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. If you have questions about the applicability of veterans' preference for a particular vacancy please contact the agency posting the announcement. To learn more about veterans' preference, special veteran appointing authorities, and other veteran related topics, please review the VetGuide.

 

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) – To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must: be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.  Veterans who were released shortly before completing a 3-year tour are considered to be eligible.  (“Active service” defined in title 37, United States Code, means active duty in the uniformed services 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.)  You must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof.

 

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:

Social Security Number - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials, will result in your application not being processed.

 

Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

 

Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

 

False Statements - If you misrepresent your experience or education, or provide false or fraudulent information in or with your application, it may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work. Making false or fraudulent statements also may be punishable by fine or imprisonment.

 

Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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

 

LATE APPLICATIONS: Applications that are not received by the closing date through USA Staffing WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. There is no option for mailing, emailing, or otherwise submitting applications outside of this system, unless it is due to a request for reasonable accommodation.

 

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, August 14, 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 informationlink 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Resume
   ·Transcript

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·Other
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50

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.pdfand provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 933130.

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, August 14, 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.

 

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

 

Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or fax. Please be sure to include all of the following information in your resume:

 

Job Information:

-Vacancy Identification Number, title, grade and location for which you are applying.

Personal Information:

- Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code).

- Country of Citizenship.

- If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.

Education:

- High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED.

- Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code.

- Major field(s) of study.

- Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.

Work Experience for each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions):

- Job title.

- Duties and accomplishments.

- Number of hours per week.

- Employer's name and address.

- Supervisor's name and phone number.

- Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year).

- Salary.

- Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.

Other Qualifications:

- Job-related training courses (title and year).

- Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)

- Job-related certificates and licenses. (LIST ONLY, PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT COPIES OF CERTIFICATES AND/OR LICENSES UNLESS SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED IN THE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT).

 

- Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments. (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.) Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Amanda Burnham
Phone: (303)969-2860
Email: AMANDA_BURNHAM@NPS.GOV
Agency Information:
WASO SHRO
12795 W Alameda Parkway
Denver, CO
80225
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

 

You may be required to submit written responses/writing samples as a continuation of the evaluation process.  Failure to respond to the additional assessment questions will result in loss of further consideration for the position.


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Job Announcement Number:

WO-COAB-13-933130-MP

Control Number:

348592000