All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, 10/03/2017. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.
Basic Education/Experience Requirement
A degree in community planning; or a related field such as urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science, or public administration that included at least 12 semester hours in the planning process, socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, urban and regional economic analysis, and development finance. OR
A degree in a related fields, such as those listed above and do not have the 12 semester hours of specified course work, instead I possess at least 1 year of work experience in community planning acquired under the supervision and guidance of a community planner. OR
A combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in one of the above disciplines, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the above disciplines of which at least 12 semester hours were in the planning process, and socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Specialized Experience/Education Requirement
One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience includes, but is not limited to: performing professional private sector, municipal, county, state or federal community and/or land use planning duties for the protection, conservation, use, and management of natural or cultural resources; management or program specialist work involving the development and/or implementation of policy related to regional, county, municipal or project planning in park areas or similar operations; or other similar work. OR
A doctoral degree, 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a PhD degree or equivalent doctoral degree in community planning or a related field. Related degrees include urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science, or public administration. To qualify based on education, your education must be directly related and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
An Equivalent Combination of Education and Specialized Experience: For example, have 6 months of the specialized experience described (50% of the experience requirement), and 2.5 years of directly-related graduate level college study as defined in an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education, only education beyond the second year is creditable).
Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer 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".
To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.
If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes 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.