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Job Title:  Physical Science Technician, GS 1311-07
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Hiring Organization:  Denali National Park and Preserve
Job Announcement Number:  DENA1052729DEKD

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$21.98 to $28.57 / Per Hour
Thursday, March 13, 2014 to Thursday, March 27, 2014
Full Time - Term NTE 13 months
1 vacancy in the following location:
McKinley Park, AK View Map
United States Citizens
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.

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. Additional information about Denali National Park can be found at and information about the local area can be found at,_Alaska.


Healy has approximately 1,000 year round residents, a K thru 12 school, a convenience store and two gas stations.  Cantwell has approximately 200 year round residents, a K thru 12 school and a gas station.

Weather ranges from approximately 85F degrees in the summer to -50F degrees in the winter.  


Government housing is NOT available.


TERM- This is a TERM Subject to Non Pay Status appointment not to exceed 13 months and may be extended up to 4 years without further competition.


TERM Subject to Non Pay Status means you will work full-time at least 26 weeks (13 pay periods) per year, and will be in non pay status for 26 weeks (13 pay periods). When your services are not required due to lack of work, lack of funds, weather conditions or for other reasons, you will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel up to 7 nights per month 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 Physical Science Technician will assist senior resource science and management staff with the collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of a wide range of physical science information. The position will conduct many of the following field and office duties:


·         Assist with the implementation of a landslide risk assessment of the Park Road corridor with a multi-agency/disciplinary team

·         Contribute to the development of an aerial digital photogrammetry program that will utilize park aircraft (airplanes, helicopters, and UAVs)

·         Support ongoing fluvial geomorphology monitoring and reclamation efforts related to mining and infrastructure impacts

·         Assist with a developing permafrost monitoring program that tracks regional trends and the development of thermokarst features

·         Support ongoing paleontology inventory, monitoring, research, and outreach activities that are currently focused on Cretaceous subarctic dinosaurs, but also includes many other paleontological resources

·         Installing, calibrating, managing, and retrieving data from remote environmental monitoring equipment including weather stations, water quality sondes, stream gauges, acoustic monitoring devices, remote cameras, and other electronic equipment;

·         Taking samples and/or manual measurement, following standard or existing protocols, of environmental parameters such as stream flow, geological materials, collecting water and sediment samples, and audibility;

·         Statistically analyze physical-science-based natural resource monitoring data;

·         Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to manage and analyze natural resources spatial data;


The position requires extended travel in the backcountry, on and off trail, over rough steep terrain under inclement weather conditions in the subarctic. Wildlife such as moose and bear are regularly encountered in the backcountry; therefore, wildlife safety training is provided.  

For questions regarding the duties of this position, please call Denny Capps at (907) 683-9598.


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Specialized Experience and/or Education:  You must have certain higher level education or specialized experience to qualify for the GS-07 grade level of this position.  This qualifying education and/or experience can be met through any of the following:


     Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level in Federal service that is directly related to the position to be filled.  Specialized experience includes: physical sciences research, natural resource-based studies; collecting environmental monitoring data such as water quality and quantity, atmospheric chemistry or air quality; and/or setting-up and managing remote environmental monitoring equipment such as weather stations, acoustic monitors, water-quality sondes; assisting in scientific, natural resource-based studies.


     Education: One year (18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours) of graduate education in courses directly related to the position to be filled such as physics, geophysics, chemistry, hydrology, engineering, geology, geography, oceanography, and/or meteorology. PLEASE NOTE: If you are using education to qualify you must submit a copy of your transcripts or a complete list of college courses taken that identifies for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed.  We cannot determine eligibility without this information. (A copy of your official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected).


     Combination of education and experience:  An equivalent combination of education and experience described above.  For example, 6 months of specialized experience as described above (50% of the experience requirement), and 14 semester hours of graduate study that is directly-related to the work of this position (50% of the education requirement).

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 experience and/or education requirements, and qualifications specified in the announcement by the closing date, Thursday, March 27, 2014.

Unless previously served, you must complete a one year probationary 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: Ability to apply the methods, concepts and principles of physical sciences and long-term monitoring used in natural resources projects involving meteorology, hydrology, and/or air quality


KSA 2:  Ability to install and manage remote environmental monitoring instrumentation and data collection equipment


KSA 3:  Ability to use computer software to manage, statistically analyze, and create graphics depicting physical science datasets (meteorology, air quality, hydrology), and data collection methods


KSA 4:  Ability to effectively communicate methods and results of physical science based natural resources monitoring and research projects to co-workers, managers, visiting scientists, and the public


KSA 5:  Ability to work independently and safely in remote field settings, including those skills necessary to organize, plan and carry out complex field logistics involving one or more assistants


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: Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. 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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You can review our benefits at:

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 of the National Park Service 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.


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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 1052729.  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 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.

Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time or 7:59 PM Alaska Time on Thursday, March 27, 2014.

If you have questions about this announcement call Kim M. Doty at (303)985-6806 or email 

KIM_DOTY@NPS.GOV prior to Thursday, March 27, 2014. Please include the Vacancy ID number 1052729 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. (if using to qualify based on education)


-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.


-CTAP/ICTAP Eligibles- copy of your agency's notice of Reduction In Force and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.


The CTAP/ICTAP is a federal program that gives priority selection rights to federal employees in the local commuting area who have lost their positions, been given notice that they will be separated due to reductions in force, or who are unable to return to their position due to a job related injury.   Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection, and earn a final score on the job examination questions of 90.0 or higher. 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.   This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating and SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; 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. 8837(h) or 8456.


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


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