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Job Title:  Biologist (Climate Change Scenario Planner)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  WO-COAB-13-930928-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$61,612.00 to $80,093.00 / Per Year
Thursday, August 08, 2013 to Thursday, August 29, 2013
Full Time - Term NTE 13 mos
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Collins, CO United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service.  Become a part of our mission to unite the past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.

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


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.


Core Functions

The NRSS has four core functions:

• Provide servicewide leadership and coordination to assist park managers in identifying, monitoring, understanding, and protecting park natural resources and values

• Provide leadership and coordination for addressing landscape-scale, national-scale, and international issues affecting park natural resources and values

• Promote the integration of natural resource information into NPS planning, management decision making, and education

• Provide specialized scientific, technical, and policy expertise that cannot be efficiently provided at the local or regional level to parks and the NPS

This is a Term; time limited appointment not-to-exceed 13 months.  This position may be extended up to a total of four years.


This vacancy announcement is open concurrently under merit promotion procedures through vacancy announcement number WO-COAB-13-929376-MP.  Candidates who wish to be considered under both procedures MUST apply and submit complete application packages to both vacancies.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Male applicants born after 12/31/59 require Selective Service Registration
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication
  • Initial appointment may require a one year trial period
  • Please read the vacancy announcement in its entirety


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You will be responsible for:   

Major Duties

·         Develops and prepares major portions of resources management plans dealing with climate change adaptation for natural and cultural resources and facilities. Prepares plans pertaining to the management and protection of natural resources.


·         Develops and maintains liaisons and effective working relations with related groups and individuals, agencies, and the public in order to encourage and facilitate adaptive management strategies. Attends management and professional conferences and other events for the purpose of exchanging information, presenting technical and policy information, and advancing advocacy for park stewardship.


·         Prepares management and scientific reports and interpretive products regarding the results of protection, mitigation, restoration, reintroduction, inventory, monitoring, and research activities relating to climate change adaptation. Summarizes new and conventional information for use by scientists, managers, park staff, cooperators, and partners.


·         Works closely with staff to incorporate new information into national educational products and programs.

     Performing other duties as assigned.


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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Thursday, August 29, 2013.

Basic Occupational Requirement for GS-0401 series:

Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines in climate change science appropriate to the position.


Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

You must have one year of specialized experience that equipped you with the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics).  To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (GS-09) in Federal service.  Examples of qualifying experience include:

Assisting in development of resource or protected area management plans and associated environmental compliance documents that specifically consider future climate change and its impacts; experience working on a team or committee of research scientists, contractors, managers, interpreters and / or technical staff for the purpose of integrating climate change into decision making; experience developing and applying climate change adaptation tools and strategies for natural and cultural resource management and ecosystem-based, landscape-level planning; give formal presentations on climate change related resource issues, prepare news releases, briefing statements, and reports regarding complex science topics.


Completion of a master's or equivalent graduate degree in: biological sciences, natural resource management, or related disciplines in climate change science appropriate to the position.


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-9 (50%) as stated above.

Note: Responses to the occupational questionnaire MUST be supported within the work history/experience stated in your resume. 


Applicants who possess the described demonstrated experience will receive additional credit. You must provide support for your experience within your application package to recieve this credit. If not, your score may be adjusted.

Experience analyzing how future climate change scenarios will affect coastal, marine, freshwater, and terrestrial resources and evaluating effective management response strategies.

If substituting education for experience, applicants must submit a copy of their transcripts (or a list of courses including titles, credit 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: and


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.


Requirements when selecting Specialty Codes 

001, All United States Citizens - United States Citizens


002, Noncompetitive Appointing Authority – Noncompetitive appointment consideration for Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), Disabled Veteran Program, Severely Handicapped, Peace Corps, please see list of noncompetitive appointing authorities: are you eligible ?


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.


Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made to ensure you meet the basic job requirements.  In addition, we will evaluate your responses to the assessment questionnaire to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position.  To preview the assessment questionnaire, click on the View Assessment Questions.

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform on the Job:

Technical Competencies/KSAs that will be used:

FACTOR: Knowledge in the laws, regulations, and federal policies and guidelines regarding management and monitoring of natural and cultural resources and facilities, with emphasis in climate change and adaptive management.

FACTOR: Knowledge of biological and ecological principles, climate change science and related fields, and their application toward ecosystem and landscape level planning and adaptation.

FACTOR: Ability to work with others to develop goals, implement initiatives, and coordinate across interdisciplinary programs and projects, including climate change, for effective science-based decision-making.

FACTOR: Demonstrated skill in oral, written, and group communication to clearly explain complex concepts related to climate change and its environmental impacts to both technical and non-technical audiences.

You will be scored based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire.  If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, your score may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.   Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

If you meet the qualification requirements and based on your score, your application will be placed in one of three categories;  Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference are ranked in their appropriate categories without preference points but receive selection priority over non-veterans within their category. In addition, qualified preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of at least ten percent (CP/CPS) are moved to the highest (Best Qualified) category (except for scientific and professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). In order to receive preference appropriate documentation to verify eligibility (i.e: DD-214 Member Copy 4, SF-15, VA letter, etc.) must be provided with the application.

•Best Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates exceptional experience in most of the requirements of the position.

•Well Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates strong experience in most of the requirements of the position.

•Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements of the position either through experience or education.


When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé.   Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference.   Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.

For more information on Veterans' Preference:

If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP must be well-qualified for the position. A rating of "well-qualified" will be given to those candidates who in addition to meeting all qualification requirements possess the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for the position at a level which clearly exceeds the minimum qualification requirements for the position. This level is met when an applicant receives the score equal to receiving an average rating of Fully Successful or higher for each one of the rating factors considered in the announcement. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.  For more information please visit the OPM's Career Transition Resources website.


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Working for the National Park Service offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.   To find out more click here


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.


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


Conditions of Employment:


Travel Requirements: up to 6 , one-week trips per year.


Physical Demands: This position involves primarily sedentary office work, with occasional field assessments that require walking and climbing over rugged terrain. Documentary research and report writing work is sedentary, which entails the ability to concentrate and write for long periods of time. 


Work Environment: Work is performed primarily in an office or meeting room setting, with occasional travel to field sites.


Telework options:

National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor 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.

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.


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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.


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 Thursday, August 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.


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, August 29, 2013.


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

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter

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 provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 930928.

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 Thursday, August 29, 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

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.


- 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 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.


Amanda Burnham
Phone: (303)969-2860
Agency Information:
12795 W Alameda Parkway
Denver, CO


 Once the online questionnaire is received you should receive a system generated acknowledgement that your submission was submitted.   Once the announcement closes, a review of your complete application is made.  Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.  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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