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Job Title:  ECOLOGIST(Plants)-(Subject-to-Furlough)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  YL981488

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year
Monday, November 04, 2013 to Monday, November 18, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Yellowstone National Park, WY View Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


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 click

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 Opportunity Employment Act (VEOA) eligibles, including 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; and returning volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. You must submit proof of this eligibility with your application.

DUTY STATION: Yellowstone National Park, WY.

This vacancy is being advertised under Merit Promotion Authority procedures. The same vacancy is concurrently being advertised through OPM's Delegated Examining Authority procedures under announcement number YL983663, which is open to all qualified United States Citizens.  Candidates who wish to be considered under both procedures MUST apply and submit a complete application package to each vacancy.

This is a permanent (career/career conditional),subject-to-furlough position.  This position does not provide employment on a year round basis. Employees will work a minimum of 26 weeks but generally not more than 50 weeks per service year. Actual work schedule and periods of furlough or non-pay time is contingent upon funding and operational needs.  Federal government housing MAY BE available.


  • Must be United States citizen.
  • Position is subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Must wear the National Park Service uniform.


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MAJOR DUTIES: Under the guidance and direct supervision of Yellowstone's Supervisory Vegetation Specialist, incumbent leads efforts to inventory, monitor, and research the vegetation resources of the park, as well as implement native vegetation restoration of disturbed rangelands. Prepares and contributes to writing Environmental Impact Statements. Identifies, designs, develops and implements vegetation inventory and monitors protocols. Researches management oriented and basic science needs surrounding plant/animal interactions, disturbance ecology of plant species of special management concern, native/exotic plant community dynamics, and/or ecological processes using hypothesis testing. Leads dryland native vegetation restoration. Incorporates GPS/GIS technology for data collection, analysis and presentation. Prepares requests for proposals, grant applications, management and scientific reports and technical publications. Serves as Contracting Officer's Technical Representative on projects through contracts, interagency and cooperative agreements. Leads, recruits, trains, evaluates other Federal employees and park volunteers.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:The position may require strenuous physical activity including periods of standing, walking, climbing, and lifting and carrying heavy objects. Some activities will occur in physically dangerous areas or settings. Documentary research and report writing are sedentary, which entails the ability to concentrate and write for long periods of time.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Assignments may be performed in potentially hazardous areas, including steep slopes, rocky terrain, wildland firelines, volcanoes, caves, artic environments, swamps, deserts and forests. May fly in fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

AREA INFORMATION:This position will be located at park headquarters in Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. Elevation at Mammoth is 6,200 feet. Temperatures vary from an average of 70 degrees in summer to sub-zero at times in winter. Schools are available with kindergarten through 12 located in Gardiner, Montana, five miles north of headquarters. Free bus transportation is provided for school children between Mammoth and Gardiner. Many community facilities such as stores, a drugstore, motels, and restaurants are available in Gardiner. A medical clinic is available in Mammoth. All other services are available within 55 to 75 miles of Mammoth.


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To be eligible for this position, you must meet the basic individual occupational requirements (see Occupational Questionnaire).

In addition to, you must possess qualifying specialized experience and/or education as described in the Occupational Questionnaire and as outlined below.  All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement Monday, November 18, 2013.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.  

To qualify at the GS-11 grade level based on specialized experience, you must have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level.  Specialized experience is experience that provides you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of such experience for this grade level include:


Experience preparing or contributing to writing Environmental Impact Statements and Assessments; indentifying, implementing, analyzing vegetation inventories and monitor objectives protocols; securing competitive funding for vegetation inventory, monitoring, restoration and research projects; incorporating appropriate GIS and GPS technology to provide comprehensive and scientifically sound answers and supervising others.

To qualify at the GS-11 level, based on education, you must show you have completed 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D degree or equivalent graduate degree which is directly related to this positon.


Combination of graduate education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. Please see Occupational Questionnaire.


Time-in-Grade Restrictions.:  In addition to the qualification requirements, all current or previous Federal government career applicants must meet time-in-grade requirements by serving at least 52 weeks at the GS-09 grade level. Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. 

Your resume must reflect all your education and/or experience claimed.


Qualifying Based on 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.


1.  If new to Federal civil service, you will be required to serve a 1 year probationary period.

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. 


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the requirements for the position. You will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  Your answers to the questionnaire will be compared against your resume and other application materials in order to validate your score. The assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) that are required to perform the work of this position. Only education and experience acquired by the closing filing deadline will be considered.


1. Knowledge of plant species and communities in the Northern Rocky Mountains and protection of such resources.

2. Knowledge of, and ability to identify, design/develop and implement vegetation inventory and/or monitoring protocols.

3. Knowledge of scientific method of hypothesis testing for research of basic science vegetation issues.

4. Knowledge of native vegetation restoration of disturbed rangeland.

5. Knowledge of, and ability to secure funding and provide project oversight and coordination.

6. Knowledge of global positioning systems (GPS) and geographical information systems (GIS).

 Please Note: If it is determined that your resume/application materials do not support your answer to the occupational questionnaire, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified or your score may be modified.


You must at least include months, years and hours worked per week in your resume,  to receive full 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".


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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 exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at least well-qualified 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

2. 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.

3. 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:

4. 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.

5. Number of Vacancies: This announcement may be used to fill additional identical positions if necessary within Yellowstone National Park.


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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 Monday, November 18, 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 (see required documents section) 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.




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 must print the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is YL 981488.

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, November 18, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit your entire application 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 6 pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents (see required documents section) to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. Also, faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed: 


  • *Not using the special cover page listed in the How to Apply section
  • *Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • *Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name


To be eligible for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

1.     A Resume - Applicants may use the USAJobs online resume builder to create a resume.  Please preview your resume to ensure all required information is included.  If you choose to use your own resume format, be sure it includes all the same information that is required in USAJobs Resume Builder such as current contact information for all supervisors as well as month/year and hours worked per week for each job experience block.

2.     A complete Occupational Questionnaire.

3.     Transcripts.

4.     SF-50: Federal government employees must submit proof of their status (SF-50 showing current grade and tenure) in addition to an SF-50 showing highest (permanent) grade ever held, if different. Do not send award SF-50's as they do not show the grade level held.

5.     Performance Appraisal: please provide a copy of your current Performance Appraisal (must be within 15 months from the closing date of the announcement). If no evaluation is enclosed, a written justification must be provided for its absence.


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, November 18, 2013

Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.

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

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.

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES: If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at 478-757-3144. Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that is linked in the vacancy announcement. Include the appropriate Office Code (YL) and VIN (six digit code) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at


Rogelio Herrera
Phone: (307)344-2044
Agency Information:
Northern Rockies Servicing
Human Resources Office
P O Box 168
Yellowstone NP, WY


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement via 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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