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Vacancy No.SE-1628-BICY-19-10523608-STDepartmentNational Park Service
Salary$73,375.00 to $101,407.00Grade12 to 12
Open Date6/9/2019Close Date6/14/2019
Job LinkApply OnlineWho may applyStatus Candidates

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)

  • Open & closing dates
    Opening and closing dates 06/09/2019 to 06/14/2019
  • Service
  • Pay scale & grade
    GS 12
  • Salary
    $73,375 to $101,407 per year
  • Appointment type
  • Work schedule
2 vacancies in the following locations:
  • Homestead, FL 1 vacancy
  • Ochopee, FL 1 vacancy
Relocation expenses reimbursed
Yes You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.
Telework eligible
This job is open to
  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.
  • Federal employees - Competitive service

    Current or former competitive service federal employees.
Clarification from the agency
This announcement is open to current career/career-conditional employees working for the Department of the Interior, CTAP and LMWFA.
Announcement number
Control number
  • Duties
    Duties Summary
    The positions are located with the Resource Management and Planning and Compliance groups of Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks.

    These are permanent full-time positions.
    Learn more about this agency
    Incumbent serves as the preserve's National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Coordinator and Wilderness Coordinators. The purpose of the positions are to ensure adequate consideration of environmental and non-environmental factors in unit management and decision making.

    Please visit our website at www.nps.gov/bicy and www.nps.gov/ever for more information about these National Park Service units. 
    Travel Required
    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
    Supervisory status
    Promotion Potential
  • Requirements
    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 (or private) 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. Lastly, you may be required to 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 discloses all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State driver's license.
      • 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 1-5 nights per month. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.
      To qualify for this position at the GS-12 grade level, you must possess the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:

      SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: performing analytical duties associated with the planning, development, execution and review of environmental policies and procedures; or using analytical techniques to modify or adapt established environmental protection procedures; perform site inspections, writing reports; recommending corrective/mitigation action or procedures for compliance, etc.; solving technical issues for a State Regulatory Authority; Serving as the technical expert on various environmental programs, environmental issues, problems, and solutions regarding federal, state, rural and community environmental regulations; program planning or administration concerned with environmental protection or other activities related to environmental problems; researching, resolving and or creating solutions to problems concerning environmental protection or other related activities; and experience using on-site investigation techniques, analysis of results and development of conclusions to insure conformance to environmental regulations. . You must include hours per week worked.

      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".
      There is no substitution of education for experience at the grade level(s) of this announcement.
      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: The work requires mental alertness and the ability to concentrate for long periods of time. Although most work is sedentary, field inspections involve activities demanding a certain amount of exertion such as hiking, paddling, travel by ORV, bending and carrying heavy equipment. Site visits, public contacts, and attendance at hearings or agency meetings involve travel by all means of transportation.

      Working Conditions: Work is performed primarily in offices and meeting rooms, and necessitates travel throughout South Florida. Site visits expose the incumbent to weather extremes, insect bites, and other physical demands.

      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
      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:
      • Communication
      • Interpersonal Skills
      • Problem Solving
      • Technical Competence
      • Technical Credibility

      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
      Drug test required
    • Required Documents
      Required Documents
      The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 06/14/2019.
      1. Resume which includes 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.
      2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
      3. 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)
        • 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.
      4. 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.
        • 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.
        • Documentation that you meet Selective Factors.
      5. College transcripts, if qualifying based on education.
      6. 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.
    • Benefits
      A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
      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
      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.
      1. Select Apply. If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to login or create an account.
      2. Prompted to Start the Application Process by selecting "Start Application."
      3. Select or add the resume you want to use for this application. Click here on how to build a resume in USAJOBS.
      4. Select documents you want included in this application.
      5. Review package to acknowledge your documents were reviewed.
      6. Select if you want to include your demographic information.
      7. After reading and certifying the application is true and submitted in good faith, select "Continue to Agency Site."
      8. Follow onscreen prompts and instructions to complete your application.
      9. Add the supporting documents by indexing your documents with the dropdown.
        • Upload any missing required documents or optional documents.
      10. Review and Submit Application.
      11. While logged in, you can check the status of your application by selecting "+" next to the job title for this position.
      12. You can review or revise your application at any point during the open period of the announcement.
        • To update an application, you should log into your USAJOBS account and select "+" next to the job title for this position. Select "Update Application" for this job.
        • Note: When you click Update Application, you will be prompted to re-select your documents from USAJOBS. Documents submitted with the first application will no longer be associated with the applicant record. So it is important that you select all documents you want to use in the re-application.
      Agency contact information Beverly Slaybaugh Beverly Slaybaugh
      Big Cypress National Preserve
      33100 TAMIAMI TRAIL E
      OCHOPEE, FL 34141
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      Next steps
      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.
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    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
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