NPS Seeks Natural Resource Specialist for GWMP

Summary:

This position is located in George Washington Memorial Parkway, in the Division of Resource Management.

Responsibilities:

  • Organize field work for non-native invasive plant and animal eradication program.
  • Serve as Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coordinator for the park.
  • Manage the park Scientific Research and Collection Permit System.
  • Assist in the direction of fire management activities.
  • Identify the local flora and fauna.
  • Use Geographic Information System (GIS) in the field and office.
  • Maintain current Agreements Technical Representative (ATR) and Contracting Officers Representative (COR) certifications.
  • Inventory and monitor park wildlife and vegetation.
  • Coordinate with other divisions, federal and state agencies.
  • Apply laws and policies affecting the management of wildlife, vegetation, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to all park projects.
  • Recruit and work with volunteers to accomplish park management goals.
  • Serve as or assist Fire Management Officer (FMO) with duties pertaining to fire management.
  • Duties will be developmental in nature when filled below the full performance level.

Travel Required
Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position to various sites within the park and to attend meetings or training.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
11

Qualifications:

To qualify for this position, you must possess at least one or all of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:

Basic Requirements for a Natural Resource Specialist:
Biologist 0401:
Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
or
Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Ecologist 0408:
Degree: biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.

Botanist 0430:
Degree: botany; or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany.
or
Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in botany or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Physical Scientist 1301:
Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
or
Combination of education and experience: education equivalent to one of the majors shown above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to the Basic Requirements you must the following specialized experience:

GS 09:

Experience: One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience for this position include but are not limited to: use ecological principles, natural systems ecology, and natural resources management; initiate new program thrusts from ecological principles, natural systems and natural resource management; use knowledge of flora and fauna to differentiate between native and exotic species; seeks guidance from Federal, state, and local environmental laws governing resource management; use technical knowledge of the interactions of the various elements of ecosystems and the ability to recognize, monitor, and analyze threats to those elements, both from within and outside of unit boundaries; operate personal computers and associated software, such as Microsoft Office, and the Geographic Information System (GIS).
or
Education: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree.
or
Combination Education/Experience: I have not completed one full year of specialized experience as described above or the two years of graduate study in a field directly-related to the work of this position as shown above, but I have an equivalent combination of such education and experience. For example, I have six months of specialized experience (50% of the experience requirement), and 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours of directly-related graduate level education in an accredited educational institution (50% of the qualifying education).

GS 11:

Experience: One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience for this position include but are not limited to: use knowledge of ecological principles, current scientific information, and resource monitoring and management techniques to develop, coordinate, and implement resources management programs and to resolve resource management problems; carry out research, organize materials, and present reports, suggestions, and correspondence; implements a resource management program which includes (forest/forest fire management, or tree disease and insect control, or exotic plant/animal control, pest management, soil management, special land uses, or scientific monitoring; collect and analyze data concerning resources; develop methods to publicize the results and findings of research.
or
Education: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
or
Combination Education/Experience: I have not completed one full year of specialized experience as described above or the three years of graduate study in a field directly-related to the work of this position as shown above, but I have an equivalent combination of such education and experience. For example, I have six months of specialized experience (50% of the experience requirement), and (50% of the qualifying education). Only education in excess of the amount required for a Masters degree working toward a Ph.D. may be combined with experience.

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”.

Education

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.

For more information, or to apply, visit the position’s USAJobs posting.