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Job Title:Project Specialist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:NPS-NCR-13-NAMA-1002601-KLH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$62,467.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year


Monday, December 23, 2013 to Monday, January 27, 2014




Full Time - Term


1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map


United States Citizens


Not Applicable




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 about the National Park Service, visit


SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORIZES CONSIDERATION: Eligible under Special Appointment Authority; Individuals who are eligible for consideration under special hiring authority (i.e., 30% compensable veterans, severely handicapped individuals, former Peace Corps and VISTA volunteers, etc.) will be accepted and considered non-competitively for this vacancy.


This position is located in the Division of Professional Services at the National Mall and Monuments Park in Washington, DC.


Officially established in 1965, National Mall & Memorial Parks contains some of the oldest protected park lands in the National Park Service. The sprawling lands of the National Mall & Memorial Parks include the Mall, the public promenade extending from 3rd Street near the Capitol to 14th Street. The National Mall is the continuation of that space where congressionally authorized park icons, such as the Washington Monument, WWII and Lincoln Memorials stand. This historic expanse is the linear area between the Potomac River and Capital Reflecting Pool. In addition to the memorial core, the park includes some 156 reservations, circles, fountains and other open spaces, all of which serve as the nation’s front yard. Ford’s Theatre, The House where Lincoln died, Potomac Park, Hains Point and Pennsylvania Avenue NHS are also among the park managed areas that constitute National Mall & Memorial Parks.

This position serves as a Project Specialist with the responsibility for assisting the project manager in initiating, establishing, guiding and controlling one or more design/construction projects from inception through completion. 


This is a term position not to exceed year with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition. Appointment to this position will not confer permanent status in the Federal service.


Work is mostly sedentary, with some walking in the parks during scoping and pre-design, and design activities, and at construction sites during field orientation, construction observation, and final/post inspection phases.  Because of project demands, considerable personal stress is ever-present.


Work is generally performed in an office setting, with occasional field work involving moderate risks of construction operations. Frequent travel to project(s). 


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Svs.
  • Relevant experience and/or education (See Qualification and Evaluations).
  • Suitable for Federal employment as determined by a background investigation
  • Incumbent must wear a National Park Service Uniform
  • Possess and maintain a valid State or District of Columbia driver’s license


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Incumbent will assist and sometimes be responsible for initiating, establishing, guiding , and controlling planning/design/construction projects from inception to completion on a daily basis.  Incumbent will provide timely tracking, development, coordination and oversight of projects assigned to the office; keeps the Deputy Associate Regional Director of Lands, Planning and Design informed. Will use asset condition data software (Facility Management Software System-FMSS) to develop a program (Project Management Information System-PMIS) of priority construction projects.  Work in conjunction with the Washington Office  (WASO) Division of Construction Management in modeling data to identify appropriate size ranges for new development.  Serve as National Capital Region technical advisor to the Development Advisory Board (DAB), a committee of the National Leadership Council comprised of senior managers that provide a service-wide perspective in policy for the oversight of construction programs/projects.  Incumbent coordinates delivery of project management, planning, design and construction administration and inspection services among parks, Denver Service Center, and Federal Highway Administration.  Will also serve as the principle point of contact with parks, DSC, and the WAO Construction Management Offices.  Will advise and consult with superintendents in determining project scope, schedules and budget.  Serves as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) for A/E service contracts. 


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In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following by the closing date of the vacancy announcement: Monday, January 27, 2014


Basic Requirement: 

Must have successfully completed a full 4-year professional engineering curriculum, leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering from an accredited college or university that has an engineering curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)  OR


Must have successfully completed a full 4-year professional engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering. The curriculum included differential and integral calculus and courses in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry): (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics  OR

Must have successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination AND completed of all of the requirements for a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences as listed above OR

Must be a registered Professional Engineer in a state in the U.S., the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. My registration is based on passing a written examination given by the State Board OR

Must have completed at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences that included courses as described in B above, and are acceptable toward a degree in professional engineering OR

Must have a combination of education and experience. You have successfully completed a 4-year curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in a related scientific curriculum such as physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology. Additionally, your work experience includes one or more years of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.


Specialized Experience Requirement:


Must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service that equipped me with the particular specialized experience needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of specialized experience include the following: Professional experience working with reference standards, policies, principles, and regulations; serving as an expert engineer in the design construction and renovation of projects; evaluating and analyzing data, development concepts, recommending solutions to problems related to highly visible and design issues; planning and monitoring projects to ensure compliance with practices, standards, and specifications; identifying project requirements (for example, scope, time, cost and quality); communicating technical information orally and in writing




Must have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.





If you are qualifying based on education, please submit a legible copy of your college transcripts so that we can verify your coursework. It need not be an official transcript; however, if you are selected, you may be required to submit an official transcript prior to entering on duty.


Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:


Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. For further information, visit:




Appointment will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation. Under the requirements of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), all new Federal Employees must pass a background investigation. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.


New employees of the Department of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay within 30 days of entrance on duty.


NPS uniformed position. Employee will be required to wear a uniform and comply with National Park Service uniform standards.


Applicants must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license or District of Columbia driver's license.


This is not a drug tested position.


Applicant must be able to work alternative work schedules, shift rotations, including night shift, holidays, and weekends.


One year trial/probationary period may be required.


Financial disclosure required.


Incumbent will be required to work outdoors, often under adverse conditions.


Requirements when selecting Specialty Codes:



Please refer to the specialty code requirements below when selecting a specialty code for consideration.


001 - All United States Citizens

·     United States Citizens who have never been permanent employees of the Federal government.

·     Current or former employees of the Federal government who would like to be considered under Delegated Examining procedures.


002 - Non-Competitive

·     Eligible under Special Appointment Authority; Individuals who are eligible for consideration under special hiring authority (i.e., 30% compensable veterans, severely handicapped individuals, former Peace Corps and VISTA volunteers, etc.) will be accepted and considered non-competitively for this vacancy.







We will review your application, including an online assessment questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job.  Your ratings are subject to change if discrepancies exist between your responses and your supporting documents.


All applicants will be rated on the following Skills or Competencies:


  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Technical Competence
  • External Awareness
  • Financial Management
  • Project Management
  • Oral Communication

If you meet the qualification requirements, 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 will receive selection priority over non-veterans.



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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


Annual and Sick Leave: Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:


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 run and provide you with the appropriate forms.


Veterans Preference: If you are claiming veterans preference, you must submit proof of eligibility. See for more information.


Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/ Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible visit


Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation or relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.




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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, January 27, 2014 to receive consideration.

1.     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.

2.     Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

3.     It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

4.     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.

5.     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.

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.

To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1002601

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, January 27, 2014 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 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.


  1. Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional)
  2. Completed Assessment Questionnaire .
  3. Veterans' Preference Documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, and SF-15 and supporting documents if claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference; DD-214 if claiming  5 point preference) if applicable
  4. ICTAP/CTAP Documentation (see "Transition Assistance Plan" in online questionnaire) if applicable
  5. Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment (e.g. severely disabled, eligible veterans, etc.), if applicable
  6. College transcripts or acceptance letter from accredit institution.


NOTE: 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 was linked in the vacancy announcement, include the appropriate Office Code (OV) and VIN (six digit code) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly.  For further questions regarding applying options online or by fax, please contact OPM at




Katina L. Harkless
Phone: (703)754-1652x1117
Agency Information:
NPS National Capital Region
Manassas, VA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement 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. After making a tentative job offer we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation.

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