Community Planner
National Park Service - Atlanta, GA

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Who may apply: All U.S. Citizens
The employees of the National Park Service care for the special places that are the heritage of all Americans. Since its inception in 1916, the National Park Service has been dedicated to the preservation and management of this country's outstanding natural, historical, and recreational resources.

Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

Number of Vacancies: We expect to fill 1 vacancy at this time; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies.

Full Performance Level: 12

This is a TERM position with an initial appointment of 2 years that may be extended for an additonal 2 years for a maximum period of 4 years.

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Occasional Travel
Occasional travel with be required (1-5 nights a month could be expected) but overall less than 10 percent of the time. RELOCATION AUTHORIZED
U.S. Citizenship is required.
Background and/or security investigation is required.
All documents must be received by closing date.
Social Security Number is required to process your application. DUTIES: Back to top

Major Duties: Serve as a project manager and oversee the duties of the Contracting Officer Technical Representative for the development of the Southeast Region Long Range Transportation Plan. Provide advice and technical assistance in the planning (both short and long range) and development of projects to improve the existing and future transportation needs of park units within the Southeast Region. Reviews all planning, design, implementation, integration and sustaining of the information management systems that impact the program; to include the Project Management Information System, the Facility Management Support System, and the Park Asset Management Plan.

Position Location: Southeast Regional Office, Atlanta GA. Please visit: for additional information.


Basic Qualifications Requirements: You must meet one of the following basic qualification requirements below, for the Community Planner, GS-0020-12. If you do not meet these basic qualifications, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position. This is a screen out question.
A. You must have successfully completed a degree in community planning; or related field such as urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science, or public administration that included at least 12 semester hours in the planning process, socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, urban and regional economic analysis, and development finance from an accredited college or university. I have provided my transcripts for verification.

B. You must have a courses equivalent to a major in one of the above disciplines, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the above disciplines of which at least 12 semester hours were in the planning process, and socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, course equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. I have provided my transcripts for verification.


C. You must have a degree in a related field such as urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science, or public administration but do not have the 12 semester hours of specified course work. I have had at least 1 year of work experience in community planning acquired under the supervision and guidance of a community planner. This experience is well documented in my resume. I have provided my transcripts for verification.

In addition to meeting the basic qualifications above you must have the following specialized experience qualification requirement. If you do not meet these additional qualification, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position. This is a screen out question.
A. You must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level or above . Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of specialized experience include: traffic data collection and analysis, origin destination surveys, land use planning capacity analysis of highways and alternative transportation systems, congestion management, and intelligent transportation systems applications.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants are responsible for providing documentation that the applicable educational provisions have been met. To qualify based on education you must submit a legible copy of transcripts or list of college courses with your name, school name, credit or semester hours, major(s), and a grade-point average or class ranking. Official transcripts are required upon selection if you qualified based on education.

Education must have been obtained from an accredited or pre-accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

For further information on creditable education visit: and

Additional information on the qualification requirements can be viewed on the OPM web site at:
Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic job requirements. In addition, we will evaluate your responses to the attached online Assessment Questionnaire to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire click here: View Assessment Questions

1. Knowledge of community planning, transportation planning, planning theories, and/or highway engineering theories, concepts, principles, methods, practices, standards, and/or procedures.

2. Knowledge of the concepts of total quality management-associated with process reviews, problem solving, and performance measurement.

3. Knowledge of the principles of transportation planning that encompass the knowledge derived from planning.

4. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; including demonstrated ability to develop and present briefings and training, as well as prepare highly technical, reports and standards.

Basis for rating:
Applicants who meet the qualification requirements specified above for this position will be evaluated, and a score assigned, based upon the responses provided on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position.
Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.
Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.
Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

Within these categories, applicants referred to the selecting official that are eligible for Veteran’s Preference will receive selection priority over Non-Veterans .

Once the basic qualifications have been met, you will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position. The evaluation will be based on information you provide in your on-line resume, your answers to the knowledge, skills, and abilities questions for this announcement, and a review of the application material requested as part of this announcement.
You must provide information about your experience and/or education that supports the answers you give in the questionnaire, and the KSAs required for this position. BENEFITS: Back to top The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits to employees. The following web address is provided as a reference to explore the major benefits offered to most employees:

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses is not authorized in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations and current National Park Service permanent change of station policy.
Government housing is not available.
Must provide Social Security Number to be considered.
Pre-employment National Agency Check (NAC) must be completed for anyone who doesn't already have this level of clearance prior to entry on duty.
Overtime work may be required.
Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license.
Travel is required. Occasional travel is required (1-5 nights a month could be expected0 but overall less than 10 percent of the time.

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law.
Physical demands : Duties are both field and office oriented and may at time require physical activity such as reaching sites to conduct on-site field visits in various geographical locations.

Work environment : The work is performed primarily in an office setting. However, travel is required to attend meetings, conferences, and on-site field reviews in park units.

CTAP/ICTAP - Qualified individuals applying based on special priority consideration rights under Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. To be considered well-qualified for this purpose, you must clearly meet all qualification requirements specified for this position including any selective factors, and must also clearly meet the fully satisfactory or equivalent level for each of the rating factors (knowledges, skills, abilities, and competencies) required for this position as specified above.
Individuals claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.
Veteran's Preference - If you are claiming Veteran's Preference, you MUST clearly identify your claim on your application and provide specific required evidence such as: DD-214, "Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty", or Standard Form 15 (SF-15), "Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference" and proof requested on the form. Failure to submit appropriate supporting documentation will result in NOT granting Veteran's Preference.