Overview

Duties

Summary

The incumbent serves as the principal advisor to the Area Director on natural resources and science, cultural resources and historic preservation, scientific and scholarly research, as well as museum management.
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Responsibilities

  • Provide oversight, coordination, and supervision to a subordinate professional staff and indirectly to over 38 park units and designated programs (internal and external) related to eight separate areas in the Cultural Resources Division, nine areas in the Natural Resources and Science Division, and to the NPS role in supporting the Chesapeake Watershed Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit and the region's responsibilities for compliance under the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act.
  • Provides subject matter expertise and guidance in areas including: the identification, research, inventory, analysis and evaluation, monitoring, treatment, and management of wildlife, vegetation, water resources, air resources, geology, paleontology, threatened and endangered species, fisheries, ecology, soundscapes, night skies, integrated pest management, Natural National Landmarks, National Historic Landmarks; properties eligible for or listed on the National Register of Historic Places, historic preservation and the Secretary of the Interior Standards, archeology, historic architecture, cultural landscapes, history, cultural anthropology, social science, museum collections (history, archeology, natural resources, and archives), object and architectural conservation, as well as science education and dissemination of resource information, library science, and the compilation, updating, and maintenance of resource and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – based data, as well as resource stewardship planning.
  • Supervises annual work planning, execution, and results-based performance evaluation for program areas in the directorate, involving millions in operating and project and program funding.
  • Participates as key member of the NCA Directorate in annual operating, special emphasis program and project planning, including development of associated financial and staffing plans, and project agreements with parks as needed; and monitoring and evaluation processes to ensure that results achieved are consistent with regional and national strategic goals. Is a senior leader in the region, providing leadership and mentoring to peers and to more junior-level staff. Serves on the Regional Leadership Council (RLC) and select advisory committees/groups associated with the RLC.
  • Oversees, coordinates, assists, guides, and evaluates a comprehensive multidisciplinary research program grounded in science and scholarship that supports data needs, provides technical assistance, informs decision-making, transfers knowledge, and develops educational and learning opportunities through direct hires, contracted services, the national network of Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Units, research providers and other non-profit cooperators. Ensures that funds obligated for research are utilized effectively, meeting the requirements for expertise and high standards of accountability.
  • Oversees the budget and direction of the Directorate and the timely execution of its program, several program segments (each of which is managed through subordinate organizational units), and associated staff functions, including development, assignment, and higher level clearance of goals and objectives for supervisors or managers and their subordinate organizational workgroups.

Travel Required

25% or less – You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males
  • Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
  • Any individual who is currently holding, or has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet time-in-grade requirements (must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent in the Federal service). Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
  • You may be required to operate a government motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued driver's license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued driver's license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year, or more frequently if management determines such need exists.
  • 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 2 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.
  • You will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450 on an annual basis.

Qualifications

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-10/16/2020-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement.

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. For current Federal employees, if hours worked per week are not included on your resume, you must submit a non-award SF-50 as part of your application to be used to validate your work schedule and determine the amount of specialized experience that you will be granted. An award SF-50 will not be acceptable documentation for which to consider your amount of qualifying experience . For all other applicants who are not current federal employees, your resume must state either "full-time" (or "40 hours a week") or "part-time" with the number of hours worked per week to ensure proper crediting of specialized experience.

For periods of time that reflect military service, the DD-214 or Statement of Service is sufficient to meet the full and/or part-time hours requirement as the service dates will be reflected.

Applicants must meet BOTH (one of) the basic education requirement AND the Specialized Experience to be considered qualified for the position.

Basic Education Requirements:

For GS-0101- Social Sciences: Have a degree in behavior or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the positions. OR
Have a combination of education and experience that provided me with knowledge of one or more of the behavior or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field. OR
Have four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that I have acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavior or social science equivalent to a major in the field.

For GS-0170- Historian: Have a degree in history or related field that included at least 18 semester hours in history. OR
Have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a major in history, or a major in a related field that included at least 18 semester hours in history, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

For GS-0401- General Natural Resource Management and Biological Sciences: Have a degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR
Have a combination of education and experience which includes courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

AND

Specialized Experience: Possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least next lower grade level (GS-14). Experience at this level must include all of the following: expertise in resource management and one or more of its associated disciplines; leadership in a multi-faceted professional organization; strategic planning, analysis, and evaluation; research methods and scientific integrity; and fiscal responsibility.

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.

Education

To verify you meet the basic education requirement, please 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.

Additional information

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.
Physical Demands: Work is primarily office-based, sedentary, and can be stressful in that the incumbent is often faced with short deadlines, changing priorities, and must occasionally resolve conflicting viewpoints. The work also entails travel by automobile, plane, train, helicopter, or boat and some site work may involve occasional strenuous activity, such as hiking on rugged terrain.

Working Conditions: Most work is performed in an office setting, but field-level activities can entail a wide variety of geographical settings and exposure to natural elements and adverse weather conditions.

The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

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 Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score will be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you can lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions can affect your rating.

Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are highly qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Best qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

Candidates who apply under Noncompetitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

You will be evaluated on the following competencies:

  • Accountability
  • Leadership
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Research
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Technical Competence

Please submit 1) a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and 2) a list of any awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. Any performance appraisal/evaluation and award documentation you provide will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will review this documentation and give it due weight consideration during the overall selection process.

If you do not have your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation, please submit a statement as to why it is not available. Please indicate if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Confidential

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 10/16/2020.

  • Resume which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, dates specified in month and year format, and the resume must reflect either full-time or 40 hours per week. If a part-time work schedule is reflected, the hours must be annotated to ensure proper crediting of specialized experience. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade.
  • A complete Occupational Questionnaire
  • Merit Promotion Eligibility Documentation such as:
    • Federal employees must submit a copy of their latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, such as the initial hire, promotion, or reassignment, showing position title, series, grade and tenure (please do not submit an Award SF-50 unless it provides the necessary information) and, if different, an SF-50 showing highest permanent grade ever held.
    • Veterans Preference Documentation (e.g. DD-214, SF-15, VA Letter as appropriate)
    • LMWFA Documentation for the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) eligibility, which includes ALL Appointment AND Termination SF-50s for EACH appointment as well as ALL performance evaluations, for each qualifying period of temporary employment claimed.
  • 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.
      • Applicants who are eligible to be considered based on a Noncompetitive or Special Hiring Authority (i.e. Schedule A, VRA, Peace Corps, Americorp Vista, former PLC member, certain Military Spouses, 30% or More Disabled Veterans, etc.) must submit appropriate documentation to verify your eligibility.
    • Performance Appraisals and Awards:
      • All applicants must submit their most recent performance appraisal showing the official rating of record and signed by a supervisor or, if one is unavailable, a statement as to why it is not available (including if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level).
      • Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.
  • 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.
  • Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials – you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.

    Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents. Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency's staffing offices.

    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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