To qualify, you must meet the basic education, or experience requirements listed below. Your academic career goals or field of study must be related to the position you are applying for. You must send a copy of your transcripts with your application.
Basic education requirements:
0150 - You must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an
accredited college or university leading to a bachelors or higher degree that
included a major field of study in geography; or related physical or social
science such as geology, meteorology, economics, statistics, sociology,
anthropology, political science, history, cartography, computer science, urban
studies, or planning that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or
related fields; OR
Geographer 0150 - You must have a combination of 4 years of education and experience which included
courses equivalent to a major in geography or a related field that included 24
semester hours in geography, or related fields listed above, plus
appropriate experience or additional education, to total 4 years; OR
Cartographer 1370 - You must have successfully
completed a 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university
leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in cartography, or a major that
included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in cartography
and/or directly related science, and related mathematics. Such course work
includes, but is not limited to, cartography, astronomy, geodesy,
photogrammetry, physical and geological oceanography, computer science, land
surveying, geophysics, physical geography, and remote sensing. The 30 semester hours must have included at
least 6, but no more than 15, semester hours of college level, non-business
mathematics or statistics (i.e., college level algebra, trigonometry, calculus,
or scientific mathematics or statistics requiring equivalent college-level
courses as prerequisites); OR
Cartographer 1370 - You must have an equivalent combination of courses equivalent to a
major in cartography, or a major that included or was supplemented by at least
30 semester hours in cartography, and/or directly related science, and related
mathematics, as shown in above, plus appropriate experience or additional
Specialized Experience and/or Education: Besides meeting the basic education above you must also meet specialized experience or education below. This can be met through the following:
You must have one year of specialized experience
equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of specialized experience for this position includes: Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), database and database management systems to convert information from analog to digital form; Develop GPS data dictionaries, spatial data inventories and cross linkage. Prepare GPS software and equipment for pre and post field work; OR
You must have 18 or more graduate level semester hours in the Geography or Cartography field, related to the work of this position; OR
You must have a combination of specialized experience and education as described above. For example, you have six months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level (50% of the experience requirement) and 9 semester hours of progressively higher level graduate education directly related to this position (50% of the education requirement); OR
You must have superior academic Achievement (S.A.A) which is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses. Grade-point average (G.P.A.)-- Applicants must have a grade-point average of: 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum. Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. The G.P.A should be credited in a manner that is most beneficial to the applicant. For example, applicants may list their G.P.A. as recorded on their final transcript, or they may choose to compute their G.P.A. The specific provisions are detailed below: G.P.A. as recorded on the final transcript. The final transcript must cover the period being used to determine G.P.A., i.e., all 4 years or last 2 years. G.P.A. including course work after bachelor's degree. Undergraduate course work obtained after an applicant has received a bachelor's degree can be credited in computing the G.P.A. of applicants who need those courses to meet minimum qualification requirements, i.e., the courses are required by the standard or by the individual occupational requirement. They are treated as described in the following example: (a)An applicant for a Biologist position has a bachelor's degree that included no biology course work, but has taken 24 semester hours in undergraduate biology courses after obtaining the bachelor's degree. The grades earned in the biology courses should be included in the computation to determine this applicant's eligibility for GS-7 under the Superior Academic Achievement provision. These courses should be counted in determining (1) the overall grade-point average, (2) the average obtained during the final 2 years of the undergraduate curriculum, and/or (3) the average in the major field of study. For purposes of this example, biology would be considered the major field of study. (b)G.P.A. excluding pass/fail courses. Applicants usually cannot claim credit based on their overall G.P.A. if more than 10 percent of their total credit was based on pass/fail or similar systems rather than on traditional grading systems. However, if they can document that only their freshman-year courses (25 percent or less of their total credit) were credited on a pass/fail or similar system, they can use their overall G.P.A. to claim Superior Academic Achievement. If 10 percent or fewer credits or only freshman-year courses were based on pass/fail or similar systems, such credits can be ignored and the G.P.A. computed on the graded courses. Applicants can, however, still claim credit based on their last 2 years if 10 percent or fewer credits were based on pass/fail or similar systems. Applicants who cannot claim credit under the G.P.A. requirements may claim credit for superior academic achievement only on the basis of class standing or honor society membership. (1)Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society -- Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies listed below. These honor societies are listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (external link). Agencies considering eligibility based on any society not included in the following list must ensure that the honor society meets the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.
Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by either a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service, or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body. This evaluation must be provided with your resume by the closing date of the announcement. If it is not, your education will not be considered and you may not qualify for the position.
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Applicants must meet the education requirements and qualifications by the closing date, Tuesday, December 17, 2013.
Unless previously served, you must complete a trial period.
This position requires wearing the National Park Service
uniform. All employees are required to wear the uniform in accordance with
guidelines, maintain personal appearance standards, and ensure proper conduct
while in uniform. A uniform allowance is provided.
Selectee will be required to sign a Pathway's Participant Agreement and
must maintain status as a student in good standing throughout the duration of
the appointment, and will be required to provide proof of continued enrollment
and good standing each semester or grading period.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your rating will be based on your application package and the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. A panel may be used to review and rank your application.
KSA-1 Knowledge of GIS and associated software.
KSA-2 Knowledge of Global Positioning System equipment and operation.
KSA-3 Ability to design and maintain geospatial and/or relational databases and develop and maintain compliant and searchable metadata.
KSA-4 Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
KSA-5 Ability to orally communicate.
The answers you select
in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers for a panel or subject specialist to score your application.
Basis for Rating: Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:
Best Qualified - experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.
Well Qualified - experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.
Qualified - experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.
VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veterans' Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category. Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.