NPS posts social scientist position with Acadia National Park

Social Scientist, GS-11

Acadia National Park

To apply

Deadline to apply: July 24, 2018


The social scientist is responsible for developing and/or conducting applied social science research including research associated with visitor experiences, visitor satisfaction, visitor perspectives, and socioeconomic monitoring. The incumbent will recommend ways to improve understanding of visitor experiences using current social science resources and methods, design and conduct interdisciplinary, cross-divisional projects to apply scientific information to planning and management decision-making.

Minimum qualifications:

Education – Successfully completion of three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D degree or Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree.


Experience – one (1) full year (12 months) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level. Specialized experience is experience that equips the applicant with particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of specialized experience include: developing a plan to collect data about recreation visitors to parks or other public recreation areas; collecting data about recreation resource use and analyzing that data to understand visitor behaviors in order to manage use and protect resources; collecting, managing and reporting traffic counting data; conducting studies related to user capacity, visitor experience and recreation resource management in parks or public areas; preparing reports that present information and analyze data about visitor use, capacity and experience.


Combination – Appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master’s degree). The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for this grade level.

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