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Job Title:Superintendent, Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:NPS-SES-14-02

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year


Thursday, April 17, 2014 to Monday, June 16, 2014




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Homestead, FL View Map


All groups of qualified individuals within the civil service






About the Agency

The Department of the Interior has a multifaceted mission that combines natural resource protection, recreation, natural resource use, services to communities and individuals, and biological and earth sciences.  We are seeking individuals who share a passion for our country’s most valuable resources and a commitment to obtaining, training, and retaining a highly skilled and diverse workforce needed to accomplish our exciting and challenging mission.  This position is located in the National Park Service; you can find information specific to our Bureau at the National Park Service website,


The Department of the Interior:


• Manages one in every five acres of land in the United States.

• Operates more than 800 dams and irrigation facilities.

• Oversees water projects that irrigate lands generating 60 percent of our Nation’s vegetables.

• Manages lands and waters that generate one-third of the Nation’s domestic energy supply.

• Undertakes research and provides scientific information to advance our knowledge of our surroundings.

• Serves American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities.

• Works with States to restore abandoned mine land sites and protects communities.

• Manages 401 national park units and 542 wildlife refuges.

• Employs over 75,000 individuals at approximately 2,400 locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and freely associated states who work with thousands of state, local, and public interest groups to help cities and towns address their natural resource needs


  • 25% or Greater
  • Occasional travel will be required.


  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be paid in accordance of the Federal Travel Regulations.


  • Occasional travel will be required.
  • Background Investigation must be attained/maintained.


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The Superintendent, Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks provides leadership with responsibility to oversee more than 350 permanent and temporary staff at Everglades National Park (EVER NP), and 13 permanent staff at Dry Tortugas National Park. The Superintendent administers a budget of approximately $17 million in base operating dollars in EVER NP; 1.6 million in base operating dollars in Dry Tortugas National Park. EVER NP consists of 60,000 acres, including seven keys and the historic Fort Jefferson. Dry Tortugas National Park includes a Research Natural Area (a no-take marine reserve), and the 16-million brick Fort Jefferson which is in need of massive restabilization. These parks are surrounded by 7 million people in the South Florida area, which presents great challenges, but also great opportunities for the National Park Service.


The selectee will be responsible for the following:  1) managing programs involving the maintenance of standards in regard to engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, history, archeology, forestry and natural and cultural resources; 2) managing a broad spectrum of partnership programs; 3) ensuring best practices in business management to protect park resources and provide visitor and community services; 4) directing, identifying and correcting visitor and job safety; 5) directing park operations related to administration, including human resource management and equal opportunity; and  6) providing leadership in NPS civic initiatives in order to promote public involvement and dialogue in key planning, interpretation, education and preservation issues.


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We are looking for an individual with a proven track record of working with executive teams, who possesses strong communication and interpersonal skills, has an understanding of and experience in  land resource management, law enforcement, fire and emergency response, incident management, visitor management, budgeting, partnerships, law enforcement, fire and aviation policy and strategic planning.  The incumbent has successfully managed a large, geographically dispersed organization, and has attracted and retained a highly skilled and diverse workforce.


You must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of an executive.  To be considered for this position, applicants must address each of the Technical Qualifications (TQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below. 


If you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, or have successfully completed a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SES CDP) approved by OPM, you only need to submit a narrative statement covering each of the Technical Qualifications listed below.  You do not need to submit a narrative on the ECQs.

(SES CDP graduates should submit a copy their CDP program certification with their package.)


Your narrative submittals should be clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.  The narrative addressing ECQ’s must follow the format provided at (Adobe Acrobat required)   ECQ narratives are limited to 10 pages total; TQs are limited to 4 pages total.  If you exceed the page limit for ECQs and/or TQs your application will not be considered. 


Executive Core Qualifications:


ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE:  You must have demonstrated an ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. 

Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision


ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE:  You must demonstrate the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. 

Leadership Competencies:  Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building


ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN:  This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.  

Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility


ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN:  This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.    

Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management


ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS:  This ECQ involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. 

Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating


FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES:  The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications:  Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, Public Service Motivation


Technical Qualifications:


1.      Ability to manage complex land management programs that typically extend and apply to an entire organization or major components of an organization. This includes strategic planning, policy and standards development, project management, public land management, human resources management, diversity recruitment, natural/cultural resource management, conservation and recreation, architecture, visitor services, safety, concessions management and partnerships.


2. Knowledge and hands-on experience of budgeting, and budget-related issues that affect a Federal Government agency.






  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a background investigation
  • You will be required to do occasional travel
  • Individuals selected for SES positions may be subject to reassignment
  • Relocation expense may be paid in accordance with Federal Travel Regulation



    Applicants who meet all the mandatory executive qualifications will be evaluated by a panel of SES members to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications.  This evaluation will determine which applicants are best qualified.  Total background, including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed.  This information will be obtained from the application package, including the required narrative statements for the  Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs) described above.


    All applicants must submit the following in order to receive consideration for this position:


    1. A resume which should include the following information: (not to exceed 10 pages)


    - Vacancy announcement number - NPS-SES-14-02

    - Full name, mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers

    - Social Security Number (please do not put your SSN on each page of your application)

    Information about your paid and non-paid work experience related to this position including:

    * Job title (include series and grade if Federal job)

    * Duties and accomplishments

    * Employer's name and address

    * Supervisor's name and phone number

    * Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year)

    * Salary

    * Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor

    * Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments


    2. Federal Government employees who are not currently on a career SES appointment, SES reinstatement eligible or SES CDP certified by OPM must submit narrative statements addressing each of the ECQs and TQs –  (please refer to the Qualifications Required section of this vacancy announcement for more information)


    3. Graduates of approved SES Candidate Development Programs (CDP) must include a copy of their OPM certification of eligibility and narrative statements addressing only the Technical Qualifications (do not exceed 4 pages).


    4. Current or former SES members must submit documentation of their SES status and narrative statements addressing only the TQs. (Do not submit an SF-50 for an award)


    5. Federal employee must submit a copy of a recent SF-50, or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action, that indicates Federal status, grade, tenure, and type of service. (Do not submit an SF-50 for an award.)


    6. A copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal. (This is an optional requirement)


    7. Candidates are requested to complete the DI-1935, Applicant Background Survey, on a voluntary basis.  Information will be used solely to review compliance with Federal law.  Failure to complete this form will not affect consideration.  The form can be found online at


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    You can review our benefits at:

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

    If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized.  Our Executive Resources Program Manager can provide additional information on how this program is administered.



    • Selected candidate will be subject to a one-year probationary period in the Senior Executive Service unless the required probationary period has previously been served.
    • Selected candidate is required to file a SF-278, Public Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days after his/her appointment, in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
    • The sensitivity level of the position requires completion of a successful background investigation of the selectee.
    • Relocation expenses may be paid in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulations.
    • Veteran's Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.
    • Prior to appointment, all applicants tentatively selected for this position may be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use.


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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


    1. Your Resume (not to exceed 10 pages)

    2. Your ECQ narratives (not to exceed 10 pages; not required by current SES, SES reinstatement eligible, or SES CDP OPM certified graduates)

    3. Your TQ narratives (not to exceed 4 pages)

    4. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)


    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59PM (EST) on the closing date of the application (please refer to Page 1 of this vacancy announcement under "OPEN PERIOD" for the closing date of this application).


    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. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


    Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 1099922. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


    If you cannot apply online:


    1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,

    2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and

    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.



    The following documents are required:


    • Resume (not to exceed 10 pages)
    • Narrative responses to the Technical Qualifications
    • Narratives for the Executive Core Qualifications (not required by current SES, SES reinstatement eligible or SES CDP OPM certified graduate)
    • SF-50 (or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action); please do not send an SF-50 for an award.


     Optional documents:

    • Performance Evaluation (a current evaluation not more than 2 years old)



    Patricia Casey
    Phone: (202)354-1978
    Agency Information:
    1201 Eye Street
    Washington, DC


    We will conduct a qualifications evaluation of applicants who supply all requested material.  Qualified applicants will be rated and ranked by an SES panel.  Best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome after completion of the selection process.

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