Note: You may select more than one of the following, but you will only be considered for the areas of consideration you select.
001, 003,005,007- All U.S. Citizens. You must be a United States citizen.
002,004,006,008- Merit Promotion or Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) eligible or Non competetive hiring authorities.
Current career or career-conditional federal employees, former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, interchange agreement employee. (You must provide a copy of your SF-50, Notice of Personnel Action)
VEOA eligibles (veterans must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three or more years of active service or veterans who were released shortly before completing a 3-year tour are considered to be eligible). (You must submit a copy of your DD214 documenting your military service. You may use an official statement of service from your command that you have substantially completed three years of active service and you are being discharged under honorable conditions if you are currently on active duty or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
Current or former civilian Federal employee who has held a permanent position in the competitive service with the same or higher promotion potential as this position or are eligible under interchange agreement. (You must provide an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action)
You are eligible under the special hiring authorities:
Veterans- You must submit a DD214, VA Letter, and SF-15 if claiming 10 point preference; or a DD214 if claiming 5 point preference. You may use an official statement of service from your command that you have substantially completed three years of active service and you are being discharged under honorable conditions if you are currently on active duty or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
Notice to Veterans: To determine your veteran preference please use the following link for more information http://www.opm.gov/StaffingPortal/vetguide.asp#2Types
-Peace Corps/Vista returning volunteers - you must submit service documents which include your service dates.
-Schedule A (Federal Employment of People with Disabilities) - you must submit acceptable documentation: For additional information regarding eligibility for Schedule A appointments, visit http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp.
-Public Lands Corps (PLC): former member of the Public Lands Corps and has 640 hours of satisfactory service on an appropriate conservation project that included at least 120 hours through the PLC. The hours must be certified by their previous supervisor or a NPS program youth office for certification. You must have a certificate of eligibility and your appointment must be effective within 120 days from completion of service.
Select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:
This position may be filled in either of the following disciplines: Geographer, GS-0150, Cartographer, GS-1370, Biologist, GS-401-11 or Physical Scientist, GS-1301-11. Your responses to this questionnaire, in conjunction with the other portions of your completed application, will be evaluated to determine your qualifications for this position. Please carefully follow all instructions before submitting your responses. You must select only ONE response for each item. If you select more than one response or leave an item blank, you will not receive consideration for this position.
YOUR RESUME OR APPLICATION MATERIALS YOU SUBMIT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST SUPPORT THE ANSWER YOU CLAIM UNDER THIS AND OTHER QUESTIONS. IF NOT, YOU WILL BE FOUND NOT QUALIFIED OR YOUR SCORE WILL BE LOWERED.
IMPORTANT-PLEASE NOTE: In order to qualify for this position, you must meet the listed positive education requirements. You must submit a copy of your transcripts or a complete list of college courses taken that identifies for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed. If you do not submit specific course work information as described above, your application will be rated not qualified for consideration. (A copy of your official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected).
1. From the description below, select the one response that best describes how your background meets the basic education requirements for the following positions.
Specialized Experience and Education Requirements
2. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience requirements for this position at the GS-09 level. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave this question blank you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these minimum qualifications, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position.
3. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience requirements for this position at the GS-11 level. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave this question blank you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these minimum qualifications, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position.
KSA-1. Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and associated software.
For the questions below, please select from A through E to indicate the skill level that you possess for each task listed. The questions were developed based on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies needed to perform the work of this position.
Be sure to describe your experience that supports your answers to the questions below, in your resume or application materials. It is important that your application package submitted, including a resume or application form, clearly shows how you possess the experience and skills levels you claim in this questionnaire. Each of your responses must be clearly supported by your education, training, and/or specific work experience you describe in your application packet submitted for this position (application form or resume, transcripts, list and description of training completed and/or other items you submit). If not, your score will be lowered or you will be found not qualified. The information you provide will be verified. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.
4. Install, maintain and manage ArcGIS software solutions (Desktop, Mobile, Server, etc).
5. Use appropriate ArcGIS tools to create, manage and maintain geodatabases for park resources.
6. Provide guidance and technical support to land management professionals in the use of GIS software and provide automation tools for repetitive tasks.
7. Integrate ecology, biology, geography, physical science, and cartography to develop and analyze geographic databases pertinent to natural, cultural, and infrastructure resources.
8. Conduct analyses of geo-referenced data to determine resource conditions and trends, model results of management actions, and resolve resource management issues.
9. Convert thematic source maps from analog to digital form through the use of appropriate hardware and software.
10. Apply best practices to choose appropriate data, analysis methods, and GIS tools for a given spatial analysis project (site selection, visibility analysis, risk analysis, distance modeling; use of both vector and raster analysis; application of spatial statistics; use of geoprocessing models for automation and what-if scenarios).
11. Perform appropriate quality control / quality assurance functions on remote sensing and other geospatial data.
12. Prepare specifications for GIS-related contracts and agreements.
13. Prepare GIS plans and supporting documentation for inclusion in resource management project proposals.
14. Produce final GIS products in such forms as computer files and printed hardcopy in support of team projects and programs.
15. Ensure that the correct and appropriate application of geographic and cartographic concepts and principles are applied to database and map construction (e.g., map projections, datums and coordinate systems; data representation; data quality).
16. Provide guidance to staff on how best to use emerging GIS technologies such as web delivery, mobile mapping and tablet computing.
17. Integrate non-GIS software and hardware with GIS.
18. Maintain hardware peripherals related to GIS work.
19. Ensure the security and currency of hardware and software related to GIS activities.
KSA-2. Knowledge of Global Positioning System equipment and operation.
20. Use Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment and software to collect data employing technology provided by industry leaders such as Trimble, Garmin, and Magellan.
21. Collect and organize survey level data using GPS receivers in remote locations.
22. Download and create GIS layers from GPS coordinates.
23. Quantify accuracy of GPS coordinates.
24. Train and instruct others in the use of GPS and related technology.
25. Plan, execute, and supervise field work in remote environments to generate or verify ("groundtruth") geographic information.
KSA-3. Ability to design and maintain geospatial and/or relational databases and develop and maintain compliant and searchable metadata.
26. Design and maintain relational databases (e.g., Microsoft Access) using best practices resulting in products meeting high database integrity standards.
27. Design and maintain GIS databases (e.g., file geodatabase) using best practices to ensure data integrity.
28. Discover, acquire, manage, and distribute GIS data, including remote sensing data from a variety of sources to meet park needs.
29. Install and administer database management systems such as Microsoft SQL Server.
30. Translate user requirements into a coherent and concise relational data model and implement in database such as Microsoft Access or SQL server.
31. Develop client-side user interface(s) to relational databases such as Microsoft Access or SQL Server.
32. Load and maintain geospatial data within a relational database management system for use within an ArcGIS client.
33. Manage and edit attribute and geometry features within the geodatabase and apply rules that maintain data integrity.
34. Develop and maintain searchable metadata compliant with the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) standard.
35. Disseminates data documentation using appropriate technologies.
KSA-4. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
36. Deal sensitively with controversial issues and complicated political situations in a professional and objective manner.
37. Make oral presentations of project status and findings to other professionals and interested parties.
38. Establish productive communication channels with GIS colleagues.
39. Provide clear and comprehensive guidance to employees and colleagues.
40. Communicate effectively in a positive and respectful manner with people whose understanding of GIS technology spans from basic through expert.
41. Work cooperatively with federal, state, and local agencies and the private sector on issues related to GIS applications.
42. Prepare posters and presentations for technical symposia.
43. Prepare memoranda, correspondence, accomplishment reports, and other written material that meet accepted standards for spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
44. Develop and communicate project proposals, plans, schedules, and cost analyses.
45. Supervise/lead seasonal, temporary, permanent staff, as well as volunteers and other personnel.
46. Use desktop software applications such as Microsoft Office.
47. Prepare written responses or messages that deal sensitively with controversial issues and complicated political situations in a professional and objective manner.
48. Provide clear and comprehensive written guidance to employees and colleagues.
49. Communicate effectively in writing, in a positive and respectful manner with people whose understanding of GIS technology spans from basic through expert.
50. Develop written project proposals, plans, schedules, and cost analyses.