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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Cartography)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Hiring Organization:  Denali National Park and Preserve
Job Announcement Number:  DENA932757PWKD

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$21.76 to $28.29 / Per Hour
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 to Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Full Time - Internships
1 vacancy in the following location:
McKinley Park, AK View Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles
Q - Nonsensitive


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.

** We are accepting applications from applicants that reside/or attend school in the Fairbanks commuting area. The local area does not apply to preference eligible veterans.**

The Pathways Internship program offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to blend academic studies and Federal work experience into a planned progressive educational program. The program provides formal periods of work experience while attending school.


Current students in an accredited high school or home school program that is allowed to operate in a State, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade schools; advanced degree programs; or post-secondary home-school curriculum. To be eligible for the Pathways Intern program you must have been accepted for enrollment or be enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis.

Your academic career goals or field of study should relate to the position you are applying for. 

It also provides an opportunity to be converted to a permanent or TERM appointment within 120 days after satisfactory completion of your educational program and completion of your career related work experience.  This is not guaranteed.  

Denali National Park and Preserve, just over 6 million acres, is one of the largest national parks in the United States. The park includes North America's highest mountain, 20,320-foot tall Mount McKinley, a designated wilderness area and is an international biosphere reserve. Denali is one of the most visited parks in Alaska, and is on most folks’ “must visit” lists if they come to Alaska. The entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve is located approximately 250 miles north of Anchorage and 125 miles south of Fairbanks. Limited services (groceries, medical, gasoline, schools, and churches) are available in Healy 15 miles north and in Cantwell 30 miles south of the Park. Access to the park is via an all-weather paved road.  

Housing is only available till March 2014 at C camp.





  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must register with the selective service.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" sections.


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The incumbent assists senior resource management and science staff with collecting, managing, analyzing, and displaying digital geographic information.  Tasks include independently documenting resource localities through the use of aerial photos, topographic maps and global positioning equipment (GPS – Trimble Geo XT, RTK), entering GPS data into the park's Geographic Information System (GIS) database, and drafting summary reports, visual displays, and presentations on resource surveys, large spatial datasets, and GIS model results.  Other specific duties include but are not limited to:

·         Using integrating computer models and other tools with biological and physical scientific knowledge and resources management practices to predict resource conditions at un-sampled locations.

·         Assists with incorporating GIS data into acoustic modeling and noise assessments and assists park planners in using model outputs. Uses automatic flight following (AFF) data to track and report on acoustic impacts to park wilderness.

·         Plans and executes field work in remote wilderness environments to generate new or verify mapped information, using standard resource field sampling and scientific methods. 

·         Assists with database design, computer programming, and data management.

·         Utilizes Geographic Information System (GIS) software to digitize point, line, and polygon features from cartographic materials to create multiple data themes for a study area.  Additionally, utilizes GIS analytical capabilities to create new information themes by combining independently entered themes by polygon overlay, buffer overlay, or other technique. 

·         Assists with preparation of written technical documentation needed for database design and implementation, computer programming, and data management activities. 

For questions regarding the duties of this position, please call Dave Schirokauer at (907) 683-9605.


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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:

Geographer 0150 - You must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s 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 education.

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. 

Click here for more information - Foreign education

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.




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.


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The salary shown includes base pay, locality pay and a cost of living allowance of 7.18% for this duty station. Pay is subject to annual review and adjustment.

Alaska currently does not have a state income tax or statewide sales tax.

Working for the National Park Service offers a comprehensive benefits package that may include, in part, sick and personal leave, holidays, life and health insurance, retirement benefits, and participation in the Thrift Savings Plan which includes a percentage of government matching contributions. You may even be able to work a flexible schedule.


Direct Deposit: All new employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment.  This includes your salary and other federal payments.

In the event of an accident while traveling in a government aircraft, the payable benefits of a private life insurance policy may be affected.

Relocation expenses are not authorized. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses will be the responsibility of the selected employee. 

The full performance level of this position is GS-11. If selection is made below the full performance level, incumbent may be subsequently promoted to the full performance level without further competition after all legal and regulatory requirements are met; i.e., satisfactory performance; however, promotion is neither automatic nor guaranteed.

This is a pathways-seasonal position.  A pathways-seasonal position includes all benefits of permanent employment, but does not provide for employment on a full-time year-round basis. As a condition of employment and (depending on workload needs and/or funding), the employee is  guaranteed work for at least 6 months but not more than 11 ½ months each service year.  When services are not required, employee will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status.  A minimum of 2 weeks in non-pay and non-duty status is required each service year.  While in pay and duty status, the employee will work a full-time work schedule (40 hours per week).  Salary, vacation and sick leave earnings, which are normally based on year-round employment, will be prorated according to the number of weeks actually worked each year. The waiting period of within-rate increases (step increases) and may also be extended by a portion of the time spent in non-pay status.


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To begin the process:

Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire View Assessment Questions.  Ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

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.

If you are unable to upload your required documents, complete this cover page using the following vacancy ID 932757.  Fax your documents by the closing date to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:
Click the following link to view and print the full occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

Print this 1203-FX form to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire and fax the completed 1203FX form along with the required documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time or 7:59 PM Alaska Time on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

If you have questions about this announcement call Kim M. Doty at (303)985-6806 or email KIM_DOTY@NPS.GOV prior to Tuesday, December 17, 2013. Please include the Vacancy ID number 932757 when emailing or calling.


-Resume showing relevant experience - should include month, year and hours per week worked. (Cover letter optional) Help with writing your resume click here.  Want to understand how to use USA JOBS click here.

-Online Assessment Questionnaire

-Transcripts: unofficial or official college transcripts or a list of completed course work including level of courses, credits and grades received.


-Veterans' Preference Documentation- Copy of your DD214(s) that shows type of discharge (i.e. honorable) from service, (usually the member 4 copy); or Report of Separation from Activity Duty (if separation was prior to 1 July 1979). If you fail to supply the required documents(s) and type of discharge cannot be confirmed, veterans' preference will not be awarded. If claiming 10 points preference, you must also provide a completed SF15 and verification documents listed on the SF15). If you are separated and do not have a DD214 yet you may use an official statement of service from your command that you have completed active service and are being discharged under honorable conditions, or provide other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

Notice to Veterans: Link is provided so you can see if you are eligible for veteran’s preference.







Kim M. Doty
Phone: (303)985-6806
Agency Information:
NPS Alaska Regional Office
240 W 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK


Once the online questionnaire and documents are received you will receive an acknowledgement email. 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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