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Interdisciplinary (Modeling Specialist), Pathways Recent Graduate

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Department Of The Interior
All qualified U.S. citizens that meet the eligibility requirements for the Pathways Recent Graduate Program as described below. Recent Graduates Full Time
Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite the 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 filled under the Pathways Recent Graduate Program that affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs.
The Recent Graduate Program lasts for 1 year. Participants who successfully complete the Recent Graduate Program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent appointment or a term (1-4 years in duration) appointment without further competition.
Number of Vacancies: We expect to fill 1 vacancy at this time; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies.
The Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate (NRSS) provides scientific and technical support to national parks for the management of natural resources.
Mission
The NRSS develops, interprets, disseminates, and uses the tools of natural and social science and resource stewardship to enable the NPS to fulfill its core mission: to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.
Core Functions
The NRSS has four core functions:
Provide servicewide leadership and coordination to assist park managers in identifying, monitoring, understanding, and protecting park natural resources and values
Provide leadership and coordination for addressing landscape-scale, national-scale, and international issues affecting park natural resources and values
Promote the integration of natural resource information into NPS planning, management decision making, and education
Provide specialized scientific, technical, and policy expertise that cannot be efficiently provided at the local or regional level to parks and the NPS
U.S. Citizenship required, must be 16 years of age Male applicants born after 12/31/59 require Selective Service Registration Initial appointment may require a one year probationary period Background and/or security investigation is required.
This position is assigned to the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division, a division of the Washington Office (WASO) Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate, based in Fort Collins, Colorado.
As a member of the technical staff, the incumbent will plan and execute field studies of acoustical environments in national parks, and will actively participate in the analysis and reporting of acoustical data. The incumbent's work will inform the "core team" that provides Service-wide policy, technical, and operational guidance to park units and the Associate Director of Natural Resource Stewardship and Science (ADNRSS) on the protection of soundscape and dark sky resources. While the primary duties of this position will focus on noise modeling, control, and mitigation methodology, the incumbent will also be expected to work freely across division and agency lines (with the Federal Aviation Administration) to facilitate the air tour management planning process, or with the Night Skies team. He or she specifically brings to the program extensive knowledge of computer programming, noise modeling and geographic information systems (GIS). Familiarity with park planning, natural resource management, or NEPA analyses is desirable. This position is located in the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division and is supervised by the Program Manager, Policy Planning and Compliance. It is duty stationed in Fort Collins, CO.
As a modeling specialist, the incumbent will work with a wide range of instrumentation and software in both field and office settings. The incumbent will be responsible for the management and analysis of large datasets (both acoustical and geospatial), and will be regularly required to produce scientific graphics, reports, and papers to inform decisions and processes for protecting soundscape and night sky resources. The incumbent is will also serve to lead the development of noise mitigation strategies for national park units.
Position Location: Fort Collins, CO.
For specific area and housing information, or information directly pertaining to vacancy status, contact: Frank Turina; Program Manager Policy Planning and Compliance .
BASIC REQUIREMENTS for Geographer:
Have successfully completed a Bachelor's or higher degree in geography; or related physical or social science such as 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
Possess a combination of education and experience which includes course work equivalent to a major in geography, or a related field that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination of education and experience is sufficient to demonstrate that I possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS for Physical Scientist:
Have successfully completed a full four year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in physical science, engineering, and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of material, and electronics or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
OR
Possess an equivalent combination of education and experience - education equivalent to one of the majors shown above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science plus appropriate experience or additional education to total four years. The quality of the combination must demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full four-year course of study with a major as described above.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE for GS-09:
Have at least one full year of specialized experience that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is typically in or related to the work of the position. Experience must have been equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of at least the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: manages, analyzes, and prepares quantitative summaries of large datasets; acoustical data collection; using integrated computer models and other tools with biological and physical scientific knowledge; assisting in management of GIS software data; analyzing geographic data; planning and conducting field data collection activities; maintaining geospatial and relational databases; creating maps and other graphics.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE for GS-09:
Have successfully completed two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master''s degree or equivalent degree in one of the scientific fields related to the duties of this position as shown in above.
AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF QUALIFYING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE for GS-09:
Have an equivalent combination of such education and experience. For example, I have six months of the specialized experience described (50% of the experience requirement), and 27 semester hours or 41 quarter hours of directly-related graduate level college study as defined above in an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education).
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE for GS-11:
Have at least one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal Service that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience may include, but are not limited to: manages, analyzes, and prepares quantitative summaries of large datasets; acoustical data collection; using integrated computer models and other tools with biological and physical scientific knowledge; management of GIS databases; analysis of geo-referenced data; integration of a variety of GIS and database management; spatial analysis and modeling trends with geo-referenced data and GIS software.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE for GS-11:
Have successfully completed at least three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in or directly related fields, which is directly related to the work of this position and demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position.
AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF QUALIFYING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE for GS-11:
Have an equivalent combination of such education and experience. For example, I have 6 months of the specialized experience described (50% of the experience requirement), and 45 semester hours or 68 quarter hours of directly-related graduate level college study as defined above in an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education).
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Applicants are responsible for providing documentation that the applicable educational provisions have been met. To qualify based on education you must submit a legible copy of transcripts or list of college courses with your name, school name, credit or semester hours, major(s), and a grade-point average or class ranking. Official transcripts are required upon selection if you qualified based on education.
Education must have been obtained from an accredited or pre-accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.
For further information on creditable education
Additional information on the qualification requirements can be viewed on the OPM web site
What are the Eligibility Requirements? In order to be eligible for an appointment under the Pathways Recent Graduate Program you must meet the following requirements:
You must be a recent graduate who has completed, within the previous two years, an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution such as an accredited technical or vocational school; a 2- or 4-year college or university; a graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or a post-secondary home school curriculum. Note: Certificate program is defined as post-secondary education in a qualifying educational institution equal to at least one academic year of full-time study that's part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.
Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree due to military service obligation shall have a 2-year period of eligibility to apply that begins from the date of release or discharge from active duty; however, the veteran's eligibility period cannot extend beyond 6 years from the date of graduation.
The Presidential Executive Order for the Pathways Programs was signed 12/27/2010 but the final regulations weren't issued until 7/10/2012. Because of this delay, individuals who graduated between 12/27/2010 and 7/10/2012 will be eligible to apply under the Recent Graduates Program through 7/10/2014.
Veterans Preference applies to selection for positions in the Pathways Programs.
An agency may appoint a non-citizen, provided that the individual is lawfully admitted to the United States as a permanent resident or is otherwise authorized to be employed.
Appointments made under the Pathways Programs are under Schedule D in the excepted service.
Service in a Pathways Program confers no right to further employment in the competitive or excepted service.
Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the education and experience requirements. In addition, we will evaluate your responses to the attached online Assessment Questionnaire to measure the degree to which your background matches the below competencies for the position.
KSA-1. Knowledge of acoustics.
KSA-2. Experience using integrated computer models and other tools to conduct analyses of geo-spatial data.
KSA-3. Mathematical abilities.
KSA-4. Knowledge of natural resource management principles.
KSA-5. Effective written and oral communication skills (reports, environmental documents, formal and informal correspondence).
Applicants who meet the qualification requirements based on responses provided in the Applicant Assessment Questionnaire will be placed in one of three categories:
Category Group I (Best Qualified) - applicants who possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective factors and all quality ranking factors. Applicants considered best qualified must be highly proficient in all requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position.
Category Group II (Well-Qualified) - applicants possessing experience and/or education 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 and/or education 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.
Within these categories, applicants referred to the selecting official that are eligible for Veteran's Preference will receive selection priority over Non-Veterans.
To preview the Assessment Questionnaire click here:View Assessment Questions
NOTE: Applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax using the procedures below. Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
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, June 06, 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, , 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.
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, June 06, 2014
All applicants are _ required _ to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Resume
Transcript
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
Cover Letter
DD-214
Other
SF-15
Upload documented proof of eligibiliy for the Pathways Internship Program position of one of the following:
A student accepted for enrollment OR;
Currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program on at least a half-time basis and in good standing. Enrollment must be with an accredited educational institution or state-approved home school. These may include high schools, colleges, universities, technical, trade, vocational, or business schools, and state approved home school secondary and post-secondary programs. Qualifying certificate programs are post-high school programs equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.
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 1122619. 2. Fax your documents to . 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, June 06, 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 . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS. Any resumes with photos cannot be forwarded to the hiring official. Therefore, if your name is referred to the Hiring Manager, it will be without a resume.
To properly evaluate, determine and verify your qualifications your resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications (can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or fax) needs to include all of the following:
Job Information: -Vacancy Identification Number, title, grade and location for which you are applying.
Personal Information:
Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code).
Country of Citizenship.
If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.
Education: - High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED.
Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code.
Major field(s) of study.
Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.
Work Experience for each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions): - Job title.
Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year).
Number of hours per week.
Duties and accomplishments.
Salary.
Employer''s name and address.
Supervisor''s name and phone number.
Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.
Other Qualifications: - Job-related training courses (title and year).
Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)
Job-related certificates and licenses. (LIST ONLY, PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT COPIES OF CERTIFICATES AND/OR LICENSES UNLESS SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED IN THE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT).
Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments. (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.) Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.
Once the online questionnaire is received you should receive a system generated acknowledgement that your submission was submitted. Once the announcement closes, a review of your complete application is made. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.
The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits to employees. The following web address is provided as a reference to explore the major benefits offered to most employees:
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses may be authorized in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations and current National Park Service permanent change of station policy.
Government housing is notavailable.
Must provide Social Security Number to be considered.
Pre-employment National Agency Check (NACI) must be completed for anyone who doesn''t already have this level of clearance prior to entry on duty.
Travel is required. Up to 1 night per month.
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law.
Physical demands: The work is approximately 85% in a sedentary office setting, and 15% in field locations that may demand substantial physical effort. Field work requires traveling long distances in aircraft, trucks, and/or boats to reach park unit sites, and extensive hiking, skiing or snowshoeing to survey backcountry area and place equipment. Backcountry operations often require coping with wet or uneven ground and rugged terrain. Equipment installation will require lifting heavy objects, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching and reaching.
Work environment: The office work will be in a well-maintained indoor setting (adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated). Backcountry work may involve high risks of exposure to unusual or potentially dangerous environmental conditions. This will require vigilance, composure, and balanced assessments of risk and opportunity. The need for specialized equipment or safety precautions will need to be anticipated for each field deployment. The incumbent is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow workers, property, or park resources.
Veteran''s Preference - If you are claiming Veteran''s Preference, you MUST clearly identify your claim on your application and provide specific required evidence such as: DD-214, "Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty", or Standard Form 15 (SF-15), "Application for 10-point Veteran''s Preference" and proof requested on the form. Failure to submit appropriate supporting documentation will result in NOT granting Veteran''s Preference.
Full requirements for Conversion:
Completion of at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program.
Demonstrated successful job performance.
Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted. Must possess US citizenship in order to be converted to a career/career conditional appointment.

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