NPS Seeks Biologist/Coordinator for Night Skies / Natural Sounds

Summary

This position is located in Natural Resources Stewardship and Science in the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division.

Responsibilities

  • Performs data collection using advanced technology such as electronic data collectors when appropriate.
  • Conducts analysis of complex data.
  • Prepares management and scientific reports regarding the results of protection, mitigation, reintroduction, inventory, monitoring, and research activities.
  • Develops and maintains liaisons and effective working relations with related groups and individuals, agencies, and the public in order to encourage and facilitate cooperative regional management strategies.
  • Inputs data into digital form and uses computer applications for data analysis, manipulation, and presentation.

Travel Required

25% or less – You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. If qualifying based on education, a copy of your unofficial transcripts must be provided with your application.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience and/or education for the respective grade level in which you are applying:

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Successfully completed a degree in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to this position. NOTE: You must submit copies of your transcripts.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: GS-0401-09: A. Have at least one full year of specialized experience. This could include: (1) overseeing national policies, plans, standards, methods, and procedures in the area of soundscape/ lightscape protection or restoration; (2) performing acoustical and night sky data collection using advanced technology such as electronic data collectors when appropriate; (3) performing data entry and carrying out quality control checks on data collection; (4) providing guidance to park units on protection of acoustic and night sky resources. This experience must be comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-07 level in the Federal service (obtained either in private or public sectors) OR B.Have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or masters or equivalent graduate degree. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Note: Please submit a copy of your graduate transcripts with your application.

OR

C. Have an equivalent combination of the specialized experience described in “A” and the graduate-level education described in “B”. To determine if you qualify under this combination, first determine your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the specialized experience required; then determine your education as a percentage of the graduate education required (note: only graduate education in excess of the first year is creditable for this combination); and then add the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent.D. I do not meet the experience or education above.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: GS-0401-11: A. Have at least one full year of specialized experience. This could include: (1) performing data collection using advanced technology such as electronic data collectors when appropriate. (2) preparing management and scientific reports regarding the results of protection, mitigation, reintroduction,inventory, monitoring, and research activities; (3) overseeing national policies, plans, standards, methods, and procedures in the area of soundscape/ lightscape protection or restoration; (4) providing information, technical assistance, coordination, and policy development. This experience must be comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors).

OR

B. Have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. This education demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position. NOTE: You must submit copies of your transcripts.

OR

C. Have an equivalent combination of the specialized experience and graduate level education described above. Note: Only education in excess of two years (36 semester hours or equivalent) is creditable toward meeting the experience requirement when combining experience and education. To determine if you qualify under this combination first divide your total months of qualifying specialized experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond two years by 18. Finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. NOTE: You must submit copies of your transcripts.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: GS-0401-12:

Have at least one full year of specialized experience. This could include: (1) developing, testing,and implementing scientific monitoring protocols to identify, evaluate, and conduct long-term monitoring of acoustic and photic resources; (2) conducting analysis of complex data; (3) contributing to the development of technical guidance documents for lighting and noise mitigation in protected natural areas, to advance the protection and restoration of these resources; (4) presenting technical and policy information, and advancing advocacy for park stewardship. This experience must be comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service (obtained either in private or public sectors).

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTSMerit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the next lower grade level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements. (Must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No award SF-50 will be accepted).

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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 for this position, visit the official USAJobs announcement.