This position is located in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, in the Division of Resources Management and Science.
Work Location: Ash Mountain
Anticipated entry on duty: January, 2019
Temporary positions not-to-exceed 1039 hours in a service year may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs. The typical entry-on-duty period for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is January to August, but can be variable due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding.
This position is assigned to the Division of Resources Management and Science and will assist with the objectives of the Physical Sciences Branch, which primarily include the collection of air, snow, water, soundscape, and other ecological information.Field work will be completed solo or in teams of 2 people.Primary duties will include assisting with the operation and maintenance of a variety of atmospheric, meteorological, and acoustic monitoring field equipment for physical sciences related projects.The position will also follow a variety of water sampling protocols for discharge, water chemistry, and environmental contaminants.Examples of equipment routinely deployed include songmeters, smart phone/tablets, GPS units, dataloggers, rain gages, wet and dry deposition sample collectors, particulate monitors, ozone analyzers, and hand and peristaltic pumps.Incumbent may also conduct surveys in caves, which requires comfort working in very small spaces.Technicians will be responsible for mobile and tablet data entry following established QA/QC procedures.They should be comfortable with interpreting spatial data.Technicians will use available information, local expertise, and safe practices in travelling to and from remote work sites.Experience with driving in snow and traveling on skis or snowshoes to field sites is required.
This position is assigned to the Division of Resources Management and Science and will assist with the objectives of the Physical Sciences Branch, which primarily include the collection of air, snow, water, soundscape, and other ecological information. Field work will be completed solo or in teams of 2 people. Primary duties will include assisting with the operation and maintenance of a variety of atmospheric, meteorological, and acoustic monitoring field equipment for physical sciences related projects. The position will also follow a variety of water sampling protocols for discharge, water chemistry, and environmental contaminants. Examples of equipment routinely deployed include songmeters, smart phone/tablets, GPS units, dataloggers, rain gages, wet and dry deposition sample collectors, particulate monitors, ozone analyzers, and hand and peristaltic pumps. Incumbent may also conduct surveys in caves, which requires comfort working in very small spaces. Technicians will be responsible for mobile and tablet data entry following established QA/QC procedures. They should be comfortable with interpreting spatial data. Technicians will use available information, local expertise, and safe practices in travelling to and from remote work sites. Experience with driving in snow and traveling on skis or snowshoes to field sites is required.
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.
Additional Selections: 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 is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending often required. Heavy items (e.g., packs and equipment) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis. Work requires hiking in a mountainous area (elevations above 6,000 feet) over a rough and uneven terrain with backpack/tools up to several miles in a day.
Working Conditions: The work is performed in an office, laboratory, and in the field. Field work includes exposure to extreme weather and terrain conditions, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals. Laboratory work may involve exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Housing: Available rental housing units may include tent cabins, mobile homes, apartments, or traditional houses and housing/rooms will likely be shared with other employees, interns, volunteers, etc. Units may be rustic, located in wilderness areas, with few if any modern conveniences. Pets (other than service pets) and overnight guests are not allowed; units are to house assigned employees only.
Air Quality: Poor air quality afflicts Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, especially during summer months - generally May to October. High ozone levels may be the most harmful pollutant here. In summer months, concentrations often exceed the federal ozone health standards. For more information: http://www.nps.gov/seki/learn/nature/airqualityinfo.htm.
Telework: 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.
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 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:
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 11/13/2018. WE DO NOT ACCEPT HARD-COPY OR E-MAIL APPLICATION PACKAGES.
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.
IMPORTANT: Effective May 26, 2018, please note that a temporary seasonal employee can only maintain his or her non-competitive rehire eligibility if he or she works no more than a combined total of 1,039 hours anywhere in the National Park Service (NPS) within their service year. Accordingly, noncompetitive rehire eligibility allows for re-appointment to the same position or another position appropriate for temporary appointment with the same qualification requirements (5 CFR 316.402[b ]), based on series and grade, anywhere in the major subdivision ( which is defined as the National Park Service). .
If you have held a temporary seasonal appointment in the past 12 months, and have already worked the maximum 1,039 hours during the last 12 months, you are still welcome to apply. However, please be aware that exceeding the limit of 1,039 hours will result in the loss of your non-competitive rehire eligibility. The limit can be exceeded by working multiple temporary seasonal positions that result in a combined total greater than 1,039 hours. The limit also can be exceeded by working a single temporary seasonal appointment that exceeds 1,039 hours.
The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 11/13/2018:
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.
We have digitized and made available the exact criteria Federal hiring managers are required to use when grading their openings.