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Job Title:  Geographer (GIS Specialist), GS-0150-7/9
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Hiring Organization:  Midwest Regional Office
Job Announcement Number:  MWRC-14-OC-0114

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$39,179.00 to $62,297.00 / Per Year
Friday, May 09, 2014 to Friday, May 30, 2014
Full Time - Term NTE Four Years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Omaha, NE View Map
United States Citizens


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, click

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified United States Citizens

WORK SCHEDULE/DURATION:  This is a full-time TERM position not to exceed 13 months.  This position can be extended up to 4 years depending on funding and/or performance.




  • Occasional Travel
  • 10 nights per month


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Must have a favorable adjudicated background investigation
  • Must have a valid state drivers license
  • Government housing is not available


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Serves on an integrated multidisciplinary team of cultural resource professionals (architects, landscape architects, and historians) dedicated to documenting and listing cultural landscapes and historic structures on their respective databases and providing assistance to parks on these cultural resources types. Incumbent assists in the identifying and mapping cultural landscape features and associated historic structures using established databases, photographic imagery, geographic positioning system (GPS) and geographic information system (GIS). Employee assists the team with developing and implementing work plans for data collection and monitoring of landscape and structure attributes and condition using technical instruments, manuals, protocols, knowledge of the resources and identified impacts affecting the resources. Duties include creating maps that convey baseline data on resource features, creating GIS data sets that can be used by the parks and NPS programs, providing technical assistance with data, and contributing to the development of the regional cultural resource inventory's GIS. Products include GIS data sets, narratives, maps, and graphics that contribute to the preparation of National Register evaluations, cultural resource documents, and management plans. Responsibilities include following national and regional standards for the collection, processing, and distribution of GIS data and assisting programs in the Division of Cultural Resources as directed.  

Area Information: 

The office is located in Omaha, Nebraska. Omaha is the largest city in Nebraska and is the county seat of Douglas County with a population over 750,000. Located along the Missouri River, the 8-county metropolitan Greater Omaha area is home to five Fortune 500 companies; the CenturyLink Center Omaha which attracts top name entertainers, expositions, the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming, and other events; the new TD Ameritrade ball park which hosts the NCAA Men's College World Series; and other theaters, museums, and cultural amenities. The area also has 15 hospitals, including the state's only Children's Hospital, and two medical schools and research centers. Greater Omaha is also home to Offutt Air Force Base. The region's cost of living index averages 10-15% below the national average, and there is a plentiful supply of reasonably priced new and pre-owned homes. The September 2011 unemployment rate was 4.2%, nearly half the national rate. On average, the warmest month is July with a mean temperature of 77 degrees and the coldest month is February with 28 degrees. Eppley Airfield is serviced by 8 air carriers, and the Greater Omaha area has passenger bus, Amtrak rail service, and affordable commuter bus and taxicab service.


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To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire.All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Friday, May 30, 2014.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.

To qualify, you must have completed the BASIC REQUIREMENTS in order to be considered for this position.  BASIC REQUIREMENT mean you 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 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  have a combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in geography, or a related field that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields,  plus appropriate experience or additional education.  NOTE: Copy of transcripts must be submitted with application package or you will be rated ineligible

In addition:

To qualify at the GS-7 level:   You must have at least one year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service which includes use and operation of geospatial software; application of cartographic and geography principles, practices and procedures to perform moderately complex assignments, including compilation, synthesis, analysis, interpretation, editing and presentation of information regarding location, distribution, and interrelationships of and processes of change affecting a wide variety of natural/cultural/social/physical resources OR have at least 1 year of graduate education or superior academic achievement. Superior academic achievement is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.  OR  have successfully completed a combination of specialized experience and education.


To qualify at the GS-9 level:  You must have have at least one year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service which includes use and operation of geospatial software; application of cartographic and geography principles, practices and procedures to perform moderately complex assignments, including compilation, synthesis, analysis, interpretation, editing and presentation of information regarding location, distribution, and interrelationships of and processes of change affecting a wide variety of natural/cultural/social/physical resources. OR have at least 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or masters' or equivalent graduate degree.   OR have successfully completed a combination of specialized experience and education.

Specialized Experience in the practice of Geography including advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities in GPS/GIS fieldwork methodology, data collection techniques, and in creating accurate and concise GIS datasets and maps that meet Cultural Resource data transfer standards. Experience with the principles, theories, concepts, methods, and techniques used to document, analyze, and integrate the management and treatment of cultural resources, and their historic context and themes. Experience in the applying knowledge, skills, and abilities with cultural resources, digital cartography, and geography to develop, analyze, and use geographic and relational databases that are pertinent to the National Park Service, Midwest Region, park resources, themes, and stewardship.

Education: To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Applicants can verify accreditation HERE.

Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.

You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply. For further information click HERE.


1. You must be a U.S. Citizen to be eligible for the position.

2. Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license. This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties.

3. New employees of the Department of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay.

4. Probationary Period: Upon appointment to this position, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period or a two-year trial period, depending on the authority under which you are appointed.

5. If you are a current Federal employee you must meet time-in-grade restrictions by the closing date of this announcement.

6. Males 18 years of age or older, born after December 31, 1959 must certify Selective Service Registration or proof of exemptions under Selective Service law



Method of rating will be Category based.

Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates.

Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:

Category Group I (Best Qualified) - applicants possessing 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.

Category Group II (Well Qualified) - applicants possessing 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.

Category Group III (Qualified) - applicants possessing 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.

You will be evaluated based upon the responses you provide on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position. You will be rated based on your responses and assigned a score ranging from 70 to 100 points. The scores will be used to determine the best qualified candidates who will be referred for selection.

Best qualified applications rated with a score of 95 or above, will be referred to the selecting official. Additional names from the well qualified list may be added to the referral list if we do not receive enough best qualified candidates.

Note: Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questions. The occupational questionnaire was developed from these tasks:

1. Prepares data sets and cartographic products to national standards.

2. Plans for and conducts Cultural Resources GPS/GIS fieldwork, research and data analysis

3. Verifies data/meta data for accuracy, sharing, display and long term data preservation

4. Provides technical assistance and recommendations related to Cultural Resources, GPS and GIS


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1. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

2. Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid.  Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee, unless otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations (i.e. current career/career-conditional federal employee).  No guaranteed home sale.

3. Number of Vacancies: This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary.


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NOTE: applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax. Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Applicants are advised that a variety of public facilities such as schools, public libraries, state employment offices and regional job centers provide access to computers at no charge. Help may also be available to targeted groups through a variety of public assistance agencies.

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, May 30, 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 Friday, May 30, 2014.

* 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. 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 and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1108219.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. If you cannot complete the Application Friday, May 30, 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.

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 (IN) and VIN (1108219) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM 

DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS. Any resume or documents with photographs will not be forwarded to the hiring official.


Resumes must include personal information, education, work experience. You must include months, years and hours per week worked and salary to receive credit for your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies". NOTE: Applications lacking required information will be considered ineligible. 

The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement.

1. Resume - Showing detailed relevant experience. (Include dates of employment -month and year,  salary and hours worked per week). Your experience must verify the answers given on the assessment questionnaire. YOU MUST USE YOUR FULL LEGAL NAME (Do not use nicknames or shortened names).

2. Transcripts (To meet basic education requirements transcripts must be included or If using education to qualify you must submit college transcripts)

3. Qualifications (assessment questionnaire)

4. SF-50: Federal employees must submit proof of your permanent career-conditional/career competitive status. (Submit SF-50 showing current grade and tenure and an SF-50 showing highest (permanent) grade ever held, if different). NOTE: Please do not submit award SF50s as your supporting document. This will not be accepted as proof of status.

5. Veterans Preference/VEOA 1) Legible copies of DD-214s (copy 4 showing honorable or general discharge): 2) If claiming 10 point veteran's preference:  SF-15: Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference with required proof as stated on the form if applying as a disabled veteran or other veterans eligible for 10-point preference.For more information on Veterans' Preference Click HERE

6. CTAP/ICTAP documentation if applicable

7. Selective Factor documents if applicable


Charlene Marsh
Phone: (314)655-1601
Agency Information:
Midwest Region Central SHRO
601 Riverfront Drive
Omaha, NE


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.

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