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1. From the descriptions below, select the one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience or education requirements for Outdoor Recreation Planner, GS-0023-12. 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. 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.A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level that is directly related to the position. Specialized experience includes establishing and maintaining effective relationships with state and local officials, public and private organizations, Tribes, and the general public concerning issues related to outdoor recreation planning and the administration of protected areas; developing Environmental Assessments (EA) or Environmental Impact Statements (EIS); analyzing conflicting outdoor recreation interests, habits, and needs of diversified groups and the means for meeting those needs; evaluating land or water areas for their recreation and related potential use; and ensuring long term stewardship of outdoor recreation lands.
For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
2. Apply the principles of the outdoor recreation planning process and the natural, cultural, and social sciences associated with park management. This includes interpretation of principles and application of those principles.
3. Employ effective techniques that promote customer services, recreation site design and layout, and capacity studies.
4. Apply knowledge of sustainable trail planning, management, maintenance, and monitoring techniques.
5. Apply professional knowledge of park ecosystems and associated natural, cultural, and experiential values in order to provide technical assistance and expertise to an interdisciplinary team.
6. Coordinate between park divisions, volunteers, commercial vendors, liveries, and non-profit groups relating to trails, camping, picnicking, and other recreational opportunities in the park to improve visitor experience.
7. Use knowledge of contracting policies and regulations to serve as the Contracting Officer's Representative on contracts.
8. Communicate duties and expectations to contractors and other project staff members to include: monitoring progress, providing training and guidance, and ensuring projects are completed within established timeframes.
9. Ensure requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), as it relates to a federal undertaking, are fulfilled.
10. Apply requirements of Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act, Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and other related regulations to land use planning.
11. Ensure requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as it relates to a federal action, are fulfilled.
12. Read, interpret, and understand land maps, aerial images, and parcel data.
13. Use a variety of software such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Power Point, email, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Google Calendar, to maintain records, author documents and organize information.
14. Respond to requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act.
15. Manage a comprehensive outdoor recreation program including: park-wide trail planning and managing; river management program including river campsites; reservation program; visitor use, carrying capacity studies; scenic byway programs.
16. Apply principles of outdoor recreation and open space planning as they relate to design, new construction, renovation development, and park planning for federally protected areas.
17. Apply principles of natural and cultural resource management as they relate to design, construction, renovation development and land use planning for federally protected areas.
18. Manage and develop park alternative transportation system and transit in the park program.
19. Apply for and manage grants and enlist support from non-government organizations.
20. Prepare statements of work, agreements, schedules and cost estimates for major planning efforts.
21. Lead a multi-disciplinary team in the development and/or execution of a complex outdoor recreation plan.
22. Apply successful techniques to reduce visitor impacts to resources and promote visitor education on resource impacts.
23. Work with laws, regulations and policies such as NEPA, endangered species act, clean air act, clean water act, and soundscapes, viewshed analysis, and wild and scenic rivers.
24. Determine what federal laws apply to a specific action and ensure the respective requirements are fulfilled.
25. Work with laws, regulations and policies that have little or no precedent for interpretation of application.
26. Ensure that stewardship requirements related to law and policy for outdoor recreation lands are met.
27. Incorporate knowledge of NEPA requirements and compliance procedures in planning.
28. Evaluate the sufficiency of public land management planning documents.
29. Read, interpret, and articulate laws, regulations, and policies in order to shape natural resources/outdoor recreation management decisions for which there are few precedents and no definitive guidance.
30. Prepare multi-use area planning documents as they relate to recreation and visitor use, such as corridor management plans, scenic byway plans, development concept plans, river use plans or implementation level plans.
31. Conduct research and compile scientific, technical and policy information for complex land use planning efforts.
32. Develop and manage project mitigation and monitoring techniques to reduce environmental impacts as they relate to visitor use.
33. Analyze and evaluate land uses, demographics, recreation trends, socioeconomic factors, and natural, cultural, and recreation features.
34. Develop mitigation strategies and action plans relative to resource impacts, visitor experience and development of recreational opportunities.
35. Evaluate visitor experience, user capacity and resource protection opportunities to zone land use.
36. Summarize technical and/or scientific information to develop and refine environmental issues.
37. Develop a reasonable range of alternative and optional approaches for addressing organizational planning purposes and needs, and to address park land management issues.
38. Develop methodologies to evaluate technical and/or scientific information and predict environmental effects.
39. Prepare sections of Environmental Assessments (EAs) or Environmental impact Statements (EISs).
40. Determine information needs critical to informed environmental planning and decision-making.
41. Interpret and apply scientific, technical and policy information to complex land use planning efforts.
42. Conduct research using the internet, agency manuals, policy documents, legal determinations, property records, library resources and administrative records to resolve complex issues.
43. Analyze changing requirements to develop efficient park land management.
44. Prepare concise briefing statements summarizing key points.
45. Write technical compliance or planning analysis such as environmental analysis, biological assessments, or impact assessments.
46. Summarize for public understanding complex or technical information in tables or charts.
47. Author professional reports, documents and correspondence using correct English grammar and punctuation.
48. Prepare public information aids such as newsletters, posters, digital media, and alternative workbooks that summarize planning projects.
49. Use computer technology such as GIS, graphic design software, or web based programs to prepare visual aids such as maps, conceptual diagrams, schematic drawings that depict: land use planning projects, planning or design alternatives, or zoning (Be sure to specifically describe this experience in your resume).
50. Prepare letters, memos, and public notices to include Federal Register notices, which fulfill technical requirements.
51. Analyze and respond in writing to public comments on NEPA or planning documents.
52. Facilitate group, public, or agency meetings on complex or controversial issues and maintain control of group processes and identify issues and develop solutions with diverse groups.
53. Mediate differences by drawing out and clarifying contrary opinions, unpopular viewpoints or cultural issues.
54. Present ideas and facts in an organized manner to groups and individuals.
55. Summarize conclusions, decisions and action items from discussions
56. Define and gain group consensus on points of disagreement.
57. Present projects overviews and key factors to decision-makers.
58. Demonstrate understanding, courtesy, and empathy in handling contentious or other stressful situations.
59. Represent an agency or other entity at conferences, meetings, classes, trainings and other public forums.
60. Present information to a wide variety of groups, representing your agency or other entity in a professional manner, both in informal and formal situations.
61. Organize and conduct public involvement programs such as workshops, public meetings, forums, or other related activities.
62. Persuade others to take a particular course of action or to accept findings, recommendations, changes or alternative viewpoints.
63. Develop and maintain cooperative, collaborative, and effective working relationships with organizations and groups directly involved in or impacted by planning projects, such as state and local officials, public and private organizations, and Tribal groups.
64. Resolve disputes among competing user groups.
65. Coordinate land use planning projects with Federal, state and local entities.