These positions are located in Pacific West Regional Office, in the Partnerships Division.Learn more about this agency
This announcement covers multiple locations; pay will be set within the salary range for the location to which you are applying. The following salary range is representative of grade levels GS-09, step 1 through GS-12, step 10, including locality pay:
Los Angeles, CA: $58,466 - $107,398
San Francisco, CA: $62,415 - $114,652
Las Vegas, NV: $52,049 - $95,610
Seattle, WA: $56,051 - $102,962
This position is concurrently open to Merit Promotion eligibles under Announcement Number NPS-PWR-19-10492791-MP-OPM.
Duties will be developmental in nature when filled below the full performance level.
The purpose of this position is to perform a variety of duties throughout the Pacific West Region. Duty stations vary within the region. The incumbent supports senior planners and may engage independently in closely supervised research, design, or other assigned tasks; or provides technical planning assistance, coordination, and support on cooperative conservation and outdoor recreation planning projects for the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program working with government agencies, non-profit organizations, tribes and community groups.
25% or less - You may be expected to travel up to 10 nights per month for this position.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship required
- Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication
- Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males
- You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.
- The duties of this position may require the incumbent to possess the ability to speak with conversational fluency in Spanish. (Quality Ranking Factor)
QualificationsIn order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. If qualifying based on education, a copy of your unofficial transcripts must be provided with your application.OR
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience and/or education for the respective grade level in which you are applying:
Specialized Experience: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service (obtained either in the private or public sectors) performing the following: 1) gathering and analyzing data and information resources related to existing and potential outdoor recreation and natural resources conservation, with responsibility for recognizing key issues and prominent trends; 2) identifying resource study problems for consideration by higher level planners; 3) preparing data summaries and basic drafts of supporting material for inclusion in recreation plans and resource study reports; and 4) carrying out the routine aspects of review and evaluation of project proposals requesting technical assistance.
Education: Successful completion of at least a Master's or equivalent graduate degree or two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree from an accredited college or university with major study in outdoor recreation planning and design or a related field such as: sociology, forestry, landscape architecture, economics, biological science, park administration, earth science, natural resource management and conservation, civil engineering, urban planning, or recreation. (NOTE: Applicants who qualify on the basis of graduate work in related disciplines must have one or more courses in outdoor recreation. You must submit a copy of your transcripts as proof of any claimed education).
Combination: Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. To combine education and experience, first divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond one (1) year (18 semester hours) by 18. Then take the number of months of full time experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. (Note: You must submit a copy of your transcripts as proof of any claimed education).GS-11:OR
Specialized Experience: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service (obtained either in the private or public sectors) performing the following: 1) providing planning and design assistance to community based outdoor recreation, natural resource conservation projects, and national park areas; 2) identifying resource information needs, and coordinating or conducting resource analysis including researching, mapping, information management, and systems planning and development; 3) assisting with the organization of planning workshops, public meetings and events; 4) assisting in organizing and the writing of draft project reports; and 5) helping prepare interim and final project products through graphic design, mapping and coordinating final production.
Education: Successful completion of at least a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D degree from an accredited college or university with major study in outdoor recreation planning and design or a related field such as: sociology, forestry, landscape architecture, economics, biological science, park administration, earth science, natural resource management and conservation, civil engineering, urban planning, or recreation. (NOTE: Applicants who qualify on the basis of graduate work in related disciplines must have one or more courses in outdoor recreation. You must submit a copy of your transcripts as proof of any claimed education).
Combination: Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. To combine education and experience, first divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond two (2) years (36 semester hours) by 18. Then take the number of months of full time experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. (Note: You must submit a copy of your transcripts as proof of any claimed education).
Specialized Experience: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service (obtained either in the private or public sectors) performing the following: 1) supporting comprehensive planning and design, including the development of planning methodologies, evaluation of resources, formulation of recommendations, and development of long range implementation strategies; 2) planning for conservation and management of rivers, watersheds, paddling trails, local and regional trails and bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure, and natural areas and parks; 3) advising on and helping to facilitate multi-disciplinary teams in the development of strategies for enhancing the quality of communities and natural areas for public outdoor recreation, conservation, and stewardship; and 4) responding to requests from local and state governments, non-profit organizations, tribes, and other community groups for technical assistance.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
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.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 grade level of this announcement.
- Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
- You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid driver's license is required. You will be required to submit a Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that disclose all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. If selected you will be required to submit a valid driver's license prior to entry on duty.
- If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
- You may be required to travel overnight away from home up to 10 nights per month. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.
- You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.
Physical Demands: The work is mostly sedentary. The incumbent is expected to participate in meetings and field visits in a variety of settings including urban, suburban, rural and at times, front and backcountry environments. Travel may be frequent and involves the normal risks and discomforts of automobile, bus, rail, or air transportation travel. Walking, bending, carrying, stooping, and at times, hiking, bicycling, and paddling with occasional camping in tents or cabins, and the use of rafts, kayaks and ATVs. The use of photography, global positioning satellite systems, video equipment and emerging technologies may be required when visiting and surveying some sites.
Working Conditions: Work is performed primarily in an office environment, meeting room, or similar setting. Travel may be frequent and involves the normal risks and discomforts of automobile, bus, rail, or air transportation travel. During periods of fieldwork the incumbent may be exposed to a variety of climates, altitudes, and other environmental factors. Job may require occasional hiking
The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information, https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.
Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans with a service connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:
- Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position
- Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job
- Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.
- Communications and Media
- Oral Communication
- Planning and Evaluating
- Problem Solving
- Public Planning
- Spanish Language (Quality Ranking Factor)
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 06/14/2019:
- Resume which includes your current contact information such as your name, phone number, address and/or email address, a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, with dates specified in month and year format, and, indicate hours worked per week. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade.
- A complete Occupational Questionnaire
- Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as:
- Veterans Preference Documentation:
- If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives.
- If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, & 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
- If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15, and if applicable, a completed SF15. You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 1-800-827-1000 to establish proof of disability.
- Veterans Preference Documentation:
- College transcripts, if qualifying based on education.
- Documentation for Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan consideration if you are a displaced Federal employee within the local commuting area. You must include: 1) Proof you are a displaced Federal employee, e.g., RIF Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, etc; 2) SF-50s (Notifications of Personnel Action) showing career/conditional tenure competitive status, promotion potential and duty location; and 3) your most recent performance appraisal. To exercise selection priority, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above 85 on the rating criteria for this position.
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To apply for this position: You must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. To receive consideration, the complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 06/14/2019. WE DO NOT ACCEPT HARD-COPY OR E-MAIL APPLICATION PACKAGES.
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Agency contact information
AddressPacific West Regional Office
333 Bush Street Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94104
Once the Occupational Questionnaire is received you will receive acknowledgement that your submission was successful. If you are among the most qualified candidates and your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly for a possible interview. You will be notified of the status of your Application Package at the time candidates are referred for consideration, and when the selection process is complete.
This announcement may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.
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You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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