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Job Title:ECOLOGIST

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:GETT-14-57DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$75,621.00 to $98,305.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, May 05, 2014 to Friday, May 16, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0408-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Fredericksburg, VA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

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.

THIS POSITION IS BEING ADVERTISED SIMULTANEOUSLY  UNDER TWO SEPARATE JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS TO (1) ALL U.S. CITIZENS AND THROUGH  (2) MERIT PROMOTION TO ELIGIBLE FEDERAL STATUS APPLICANTS. 

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER GETT-14-57DEU IS OPEN TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS MAY 5, 2014 AND CLOSES ON MAY 16, 2014.

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER NPS-NERCS-14-26 IS OPEN TO FEDERAL STATUS APPLICANTS MAY 5, 2014,  AND CLOSES ON MAY 16, 2014. 

THIS IS A PERMANENT POSITION  WITH A FULL-TIME WORK SCHEDULE.  

RELOCATION AUTHORIZATION CONDITIONS

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid, if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible (current career-conditional/career Federal employee) for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations. 

 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel is required.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • Yes
  • See relocation authorization conditions.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.
  • A background and/or security investigation is required.
  • Some strenuous physical activity is required.

DUTIES:

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Position Summary: As part of the Natural Resource Challenge, a service-wide, inventory and monitoring program has been developed to address the lack of credible scientific information available to parks on natural resources. As part of the strategy to implement natural resource monitoring throughout the National Park Service, parks with significant natural resources have been organized into 32 inventory and monitoring networks linked by geography and shared natural resource characteristics to facilitate collaboration, information sharing, and economies of scale in natural resource management.  This is a permanent staff position for the National Park Service (NPS). The incumbent serves as a principal advisor and program leader in terrestrial and aquatic ecology for the Mid-Atlantic Network (MIDN) of the Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Program.  The incumbent will be the primary lead for coordination, development, implementation, data collection, analysis, and reporting for each of three (3) complex ecology monitoring programs, including vegetation, breeding birds, and benthic macroinvertebrates.

 

Responsible for implementing monitoring programs based on sound ecological principles and the flora, fauna and the physical environment of the park and surrounding lands. Interprets the findings from the analysis of long-term data sets and defines the significance of population and ecological changes that are occurring.  Coordinates the Network's monitoring programs in coordination with the nine member parks and partners on adjacent lands to ensure programmatic goals are achieved.  Carries out program management duties by hiring, training, and supervising field technicians, developing work plans and schedules, tracking project funds and equipment, and preparing accomplishment reports, as needed.  Conducts analysis of complex data, determining and documenting the significance of findings. Accomplishes data analysis in a way that is highly credible and meets scientifically acceptable standards.  Summarizes new information for use by the scientific community, park staff, cooperators and partners.  Performs data entry and carries out quality control checks on data collection and entry performed by others.  Implements scientific monitoring protocols to identify, evaluate, and conduct long-term monitoring of ecosystem components, such as flora and fauna, and ecological processes.  Incorporates appropriate database and Geographic Information System (GIS) technology into job to provide comprehensive and scientifically sound answers to inquiries from managers and others.  Uses computer applications for data analysis, manipulation, and presentation. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To be eligible for the ECOLOGIST, GS-0408-12 position, you must possess the Selective Factor, the Basic Requirement -AND- the Additional Minimum Requirement described below and in the occupational/assessment questionnaire.

 

SELECTIVE FACTOR/SCREENOUT 

Possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.  (Answer  "Yes" -or- "No" in the assessment questionnaire.)

 -AND-

    

BASIC REQUIREMENT:

Successful completion of 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 biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.

 -AND-

 

ADDITIONAL MINIMUM REQUIREMENT:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. 

 

Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.   

 

Examples of qualifying specialized experience (These examples are not all inclusive.): 1. Managing a complex interdisciplinary, scientific program that included developing study objectives, specifying a sample design, collecting field data, entering data into databases or spreadsheets, analyzing data, writing reports and publications, and presenting information to technical and non-technical audiences. 2. Other directly related professional experience.

 

NOTE: Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained as a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position, the beginning and ending month/year of experience acquired, and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

 

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this job announcement. 

 For more information regarding qualifications go to:

ECOLOGIST - http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0400/0408.htm
 

 

 

 


EDUCATION 

If this position requires specific educational course work, or allows education as an option to qualify for this position (in whole or in part on education), you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.), or list of course work that includes semester hours earned and/or grade received, by the closing date of this job announcement OR YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.  

 

If you are selected for this position you will be required to submit official college transcripts prior to reporting for work.   

 

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degree from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

 

Foreign Education: For education completed in foreign college or universities to be used to meet qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.  For further information, visit:

http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

 

 

1.  You must be a U.S. Citizen.  (No previous Federal service is required to apply.)

2.  You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this job announcement.

3.  A pre-employment background investigation is required.

4.  You will be required to possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The eligible or ineligible rating you receive is based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Your rating is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

  

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES (KSAs)

KSA 1. KNOWLEDGE OF TERRESTRIAL AND AQUATIC ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES AND MONITORING PROGRAMS.

KSA 2. ABILITY TO DEVELOP, ORGANIZE, AND ADMINISTER A COMPLEX MONITORING PROGRAM.

KSA 3. ABILITY TO DEVELOP STATISTICALLY BASED TERRESTRIAL AND AQUATIC MONITORING PROGRAMS.

KSA 4. KNOWLEDGE OF STANDARD ECOLOGICAL FIELD METHODS.

KSA 5. SKILL IN MANAGING AND MANIPULATING NATURAL RESOURCE DATA.

 

Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates for this position.  Candidates will be ranked in three categories.

Category Group I - BEST QUALIFIED - Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all screen-out 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 screen-out 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 the requirements of the job. 

 

VETERANS PREFERENCE:

Veterans Preference applies to category rating.  Within each qualify 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 qualifying category.  Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veterans's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.   

Five points may be added to the eligible ratings of veterans who: Entered the military service prior to October 14, 1976; served on active duty during the Gulf War between August 2, 1990 and January 2, 1992, regardless of where the person served; or, served in a military action for which they received a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. Medal holders and Gulf War veterans must have served continuously for at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty. Ten points may be granted to the eligible ratings of disabled veterans; Purple Heart recipients; spouses or mothers of a 100 percent disabled veteran; or the widows, widowers, or mothers of a deceased veteran.


BENEFITS:

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Working for National Park Service offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  



OTHER INFORMATION:

1.  If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; 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. 8337(h) or 8456.

 

2.  If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

 

3.  Number of Vacancies:  This announcement may be used to fill additional positions.

 

4.  Note:  Applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax.  Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by regular mail or e-mail 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. 

 

Area / Park Information: The Mid-Atlantic Network is headquartered at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, in Fredericksburg, VA. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP consists of four separate battlefields and three other detached sites encompassing 8,000 plus acres. Annual visitation is about 1,800,000. The immediate area, including all of the five jurisdictions surrounding the park, has more than doubled in size since 1980 to more than a quarter of a million residents. All services are available, including: schools, colleges, churches, hospitals, extensive shopping, and recreational facilities. Two huge metropolitan areas (Washington, DC and Richmond, VA) lie within an hour's drive in either direction. The area is serviced by an extensive highway network including I-95, rail, and four major airports, as well as a local bus service. Housing opportunities, either purchase or rentals, in all price ranges are readily available. The climate is typically moderate year around with pronounced spring, summer, fall and winter seasons. There is no park housing. There is no uniform requirement.



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, May 16, 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

1.Resume –It is recommended that you open an account on the USAJOBS website to build your resume. This will ensure that all required information is properly documented.

2. Veterans Preference documentation -- Legible copy of DD-214 that shows honorable discharge, VA letter dated 1991 or later, SF-15 plus proof required by that form, if applicable.

3. Occupational / Assessment Questionnaire.

 

4.  A copy of all college transcripts, if applicable. 


DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS.  Any resumes with these attachments cannot be forwarded to the hiring official.

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 https://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1103351
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, May 16, 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.

 

Veterans Documentationhttp://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx  

  • If you are claiming a 5-point preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, which includes character of service, or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service, which includes service dates, nature of separation and character of service. You can access to your DD-214 here.
  • If you are claiming a 10-point preference  you must submit the SF-15 and the documentation required by that form substantiating your claim. SF-15 Application for 10-point Preference can be obtained here.   NOTE : You will not receive veterans preference for this announcement if you fail to provide any of the documents required.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

National Park Service
Phone: (267)528-3190
Email: NER_USA_STAFFING@NPS.GOV
Agency Information:
National Park Service
Northeast Region
200 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
19106

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

GETT-14-57DEU

Control Number:

368687700