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Job Title:Visual Information Specialist, GS-1084-05/07 (HRF 14-024)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:HRF 14-024 (SR1067004)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$37,443.00 to $60,297.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, March 07, 2014 to Friday, March 21, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1084-05/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 13 months

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Paicines, CA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

The employees of the National Park Service care for the special places that are the heritage of all Americans.  Since its inception in 1916, the National Park Service has been dedicated to the preservation and management of this country's outstanding natural, historical, and recreational resources.


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service.  The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

 

This is a full-time TERM appointment, NTE 13 months with the potential to be extended up to 4 years.

Number of Vacancies:  We expect to fill 1 vacancy at this time; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies.

Full Performance Level: GS-07

 

Please read the entire announcement before you apply.  To view the full announcement, select "Print Preview" at the right hand side of this screen.

 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • All documents must be received by closing date.
  • Social Security Number is required to process your application.

DUTIES:

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The incumbent will work in the division of Interpretation and Education at Pinnacles National Park. They will serve as the park’s Visual Information Specialist. Duties performed will include managing the development of a variety of information materials from the conceptual stage through production. Produce layouts for annual reports, technical reports, posters, site bulletins, maps and slides. Prepare graphic and visual presentations and products using electronic and print services. Work with scientists and resource managers to identify specific visual information needs. Manipulate digital images for printed materials and internet pages. Employ universal design concepts to meet requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The incumbent will be able to utilize desktop publishing systems (Macintosh or PC systems) and software applications e.g. InDesign, Acrobat, Photoshop, etc. Use of graphic editing (such as Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, or Illustrator) software to create complex graphics such as trails, maps and graphs. They will also be able to speak fluently and write fluently in Spanish. The incumbent will also work with video and audio production, and will have experience recording and editing voice tracks to communicate effectively. Use video camera and digital video editing applications to create online video. They will oversee the park’s social media program. And will provide occasional interpretive programming.

 

Position Location:  Pinnacles National Park/Paicines, CA.  Pinnacles National Park is located in California’s Central Coast region of the Gabilan Mountain Range east of the Salinas Valley.  The park’s 27,000 acres, with over 16,000 acres of designated wilderness, has at its core rock formations of an ancient volcanic field that originated 200 miles southeast as it crept along the San Andreas Fault over the past 23 million years or so. The surrounding landscape is largely chaparral with areas of oak grasslands.  Beyond the boundaries are working landscapes for ranching and agricultural operations that still support this rural part of California and uphold dark night skies.  Elevations range from 824 to 3304 feet and temperature extremes range from 15 degrees in winter to over 110 degrees in summer. While administrative duties are performed in an office setting, the balance of duties takes place throughout the park with exposure to the climate prevailing at the time, including extremes of temperature and moisture.  The position is located at the eastside park headquarters in Paicines, CA.  Nearest communities for shopping, doctors, hospitals, and other amenities are Hollister (40 miles, population 34,400), King City (40 miles, population 11,000), Gilroy (65 miles, population 41,400), Salinas (70 miles, population 151,000), and Monterey (90 miles, population 30,000).
Please visit 
http://www.nps.gov/pinn for area information.

 

For specific area and housing information, or information directly pertaining to vacancy status, contact:  Nichole Andler, Chief of Interpretation, 831-389-4486 x 265. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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In addition to meeting the selective factor specified below, applicants must also possess one year of specialized experience, or the substitutable education or an equivalent combination of the two as defined below, as of the closing date of this announcement in order to be considered.

Selective Factor (MANDATORY):  Spanish language.

This position requires the ability to communicate verbally and in writing in the Spanish language and in English.  The employee must be able to develop and deliver interpretive messages and programs, answer questions, provide orientation and critical safety information to Spanish-speaking visitors and park staff.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE for GS-05:

Possess three years of general experience, at least one of which was performed at the GS-04 level in the Federal service that demonstrated the skills and creativity needed to use the tools or equipment associated with visual information work. Examples of relevant experience involve the use of information technology and tools such as such as producing a full range of graphics products that meet exacting customer requirements, as well as organizational quality and timeliness standards; preparing a variety of graphic and visual presentations and products using a variety of electronic and multimedia products and services, e.g. Internet, electronic, print, on-line media, etc.; planning and designing products that are appropriate and effective for the medium and the audience, and convey the message and themes that the customer wishes to convey; recommending points of emphasis for presenting words and images, the size, layout, medium/media, typography, use of photographs or illustrations and their incorporation into effective communication pieces. Using on-line sources, scanners, and other digital imaging technologies to provide high quality, timely images; selecting, acquires, scans, edits, and formats visual material for print and other publications using various software tools; writing and editing accurate and concise captions as required and maintains complete records of the sources of materials, rights and other information concerning acquired photographs and visual material.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE for GS-05:

Have successfully completed four years of education above high school (120 semester hour or 180 quarter hours) leading to a bachelor’s degree with major study or 24 semester hours of course work in a related field such as commercial art, fine arts, science communication, web graphic development, writing content for the web, photography, visual communication, or other courses related to this position.

AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF QUALIFYING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE for GS-05:

Have an equivalent combination of education and experience.  NOTE: Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to l year of specialized experience.  For example, I have 18 months of the general experience described above (50% of the experience requirement), and 3 years of college study from an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education) which included at least 12 semester hours of related coursework as specified in 1B above of which at least 3 semester hours were in directly-related subjects to the work of this position (50% of the related coursework required).

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE for GS-07:

Possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the 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 include, but are not limited to, the following: producing a full range of graphics products that meet exacting customer requirements, as well as organizational quality and timeliness standards; preparing a variety of graphic and visual presentations and products using a variety of electronic and multimedia products and services, e.g. Internet, electronic, print, on-line media, etc.; planning and designing products that are appropriate and effective for the medium and the audience, and convey the message and themes that the customer wishes to convey; recommending points of emphasis for presenting words and images, the size, layout, medium/media, typography, use of photographs or illustrations and their incorporation into effective communication pieces. Using on-line sources, scanners, and other digital imaging technologies to provide high quality, timely images; selecting, acquires, scans, edits, and formats visual material for print and other publications using various software tools; writing and editing accurate and concise captions as required and maintains complete records of the sources of materials, rights and other information concerning acquired photographs and visual material.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE for GS-07:

Possess one full year of graduate study in a directly related field such as commercial art, fine arts, science communication, web graphic development, writing content for the web, photography, visual communication, or other courses related to this position. (One year of graduate education is 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours).

OR

Meet the criteria for Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) as evidenced by one of the three following methods: I am in the upper third of my 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; OR I have a GPA 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 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 my major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR I am a member in one of the national scholastic honor societies.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF QUALIFYING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE for GS-07:

Have an equivalent combination of such education and experience.  For example, I have 6 months of the specialized experience (50% of the experience requirement), and 9 semester hours or 14 quarter hours of directly related graduate level college study in an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education). 

 

Additional information on the qualification requirements can be viewed on the OPM web site at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications


Applicants are responsible for providing documentation that the applicable educational provisions have been met.  To qualify based on education you must submit a legible copy of transcripts or list of college courses with your name, school name, credit or semester hours, major(s), and a grade-point average or class ranking.  Official transcripts are required upon selection if you qualified based on education.

Education must have been obtained from an accredited or pre-accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  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.

For further information on creditable education visit: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html and http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

 

Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic job requirements.  In addition, we will evaluate your responses to the attached online Assessment Questionnaire to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position.  To preview the Assessment Questionnaire click here: View Assessment Questions

The Assessment Questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform on the job:

KSA-1. Ability to create interpretive graphics and design web pages, as they relate to the spectrum of interpretive media, to communicate science and visitor information to broad audiences.
KSA-2. Ability to utilize computer applications that provide desktop publishing, digital photography and video production, website creation, and other software programs that facilitate electronic development of non-personal informational and interpretive services.
KSA-3. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.

Basis for rating:

Applicants who meet the qualification requirements specified above for this position will be evaluated, and a score assigned, based upon the responses provided on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position.

Applicants who meet the qualification requirements based on responses provided in the Applicant Assessment Questionnaire will be placed in one of three categories: 

Category Group I (Best Qualified) – applicants who possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective factors and all quality ranking factors.  Applicants considered best qualified must be highly proficient in all requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position. 

Category Group II (Well-Qualified) – applicants possessing experience and/or education that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.

Category Group III (Qualified) – applicants possessing experience and/or education 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.

Within these categories, applicants referred to the selecting official that are eligible for Veteran’s Preference will receive selection priority over Non-Veterans.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the basic qualifications have been met, you will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position.  The evaluation will be based on information you provide in your on-line resume, your answers to the knowledge, skills, and abilities questions for this announcement, and a review of the application material requested as part of this announcement.


You must provide information about your experience and/or education that supports the answers you give in the questionnaire, and the KSAs required for this position.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

Government housing is not available.

Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license.

Wearing a uniform is required. 

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law.

Physical demands: Most of the work can be performed primarily while seated and requires no special physical demands.  Some assignments will be performed outdoors in a variety of terrain types under a variety of weather conditions and may entail hiking into remote work locations.  These assignments may entail hiking long distances while carrying moderate to heavy equipment.

Work environment: The majority of the work is performed in a typical office setting with adequate lighting and climate controls.  Some outdoor work will be performed in a variety of weather conditions ranging from rainy cool winters to dry and very hot summers.

CTAP/ICTAP - Qualified individuals applying based on special priority consideration rights under 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.  To be considered well-qualified for this purpose, you must clearly meet all qualification requirements specified for this position including any selective factors, and must also clearly meet the fully satisfactory or equivalent level for each of the rating factors (knowledges, skills, abilities, and competencies required for this position as specified above.

 

Individuals claiming 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 a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

 

Veteran's Preference - If you are claiming Veteran's Preference, you MUST clearly identify your claim on your application and provide specific required evidence such as: DD-214, "Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty", or Standard Form 15 (SF-15), "Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference" and proof requested on the form.  Failure to submit appropriate supporting documentation will result in NOT granting Veteran's Preference.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 Friday, March 21, 2014 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 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.
 

Applications must be typed or printed clearly in dark ink.  Forms and additional information on how to apply for Federal jobs can be obtained from the Internet at www.usajobs.gov.
 
For additional information on this announcement, contact:

Name: Jamie Barnes

Email:  Jamie_Barnes@nps.gov

Phone: 303-985-6851 

 

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 Vacancy ID Number 1067004 so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·Other
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript

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.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1067004.

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 Friday, March 21, 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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf

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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jamie M. Barnes
Phone: (303)985-6851
Email: JAMIE_BARNES@NPS.GOV
Agency Information:
WASO HR Franchise
12795 West Alameda Parkway
Lakewood, CO
80228
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received, we will verify your responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire against the other supporting application materials you submit, and your final score will be assigned.  Based on applicant scores, the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified when referral has been made and what the final outcome is.  We expect to make a selection within 45 working days of the closing date of this announcement.

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Job Announcement Number:

HRF 14-024 (SR1067004)

Control Number:

363555500