Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.
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U.S. Citizenship Required.
Background and/or Security Investigation required.
Males born after 12-31-59 must register with the selective service.
Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" sections.
As a landscape architect, you will perform research in the professional field of historical landscape architecture . This includes the use of standard reference works and primary documents, as well as on-site evaluation of historic properties for the preparation of forms, publications, and special projects such as site histories, cultural landscape reports, cultural landscape inventories and determinations of eligibility.
For questions regarding the duties of this position, please call Samson Ferreira at (907) 644-3481.
To qualify, you must meet the basic education requirements for the occupational series as well as the additional requirements as listed below.
Basic Education Requirements: Basic education requirements can be met by either of the following:
Successful completion of a 5 year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree or completion of graduate degree in landscape architecture in an accredited college or university.
Combination of education and experience:
For each year short of graduation, the applicant must have had 1 year of experience under professional leadership and guidance of such character and diversity as to be a satisfactory substitute for the required education. This experience must have included original landscape design.
Specialized Experience and/or Education: In addition to the minimum education requirements, you must have certain higher level education or specialized experience to qualify for the GS-09 grade level of this position. This qualifying education and/or experience can be met through any of the following:
One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level performing duties such as providing planning and design services for multi-facted landscapes and researching treatment and preservation strategies of landscapes utilizing cultural landscapes methodologies.
2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree
Equivalent Combination of Education and Experience
Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ .
Applicants must meet the experience and/or education requirements, qualifications, any selective placement factors specified in the announcement by the closing date, Monday, July 16, 2012 .
Unless previously served, you must complete a one year probationary period.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your rating will be based on your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The Assessment questions relate to the following competencies that are required to perform the work of this position.
Knowledge of theories, principles, practices, and techniques of landscape architecture and historic preservation as they apply to the identification, analysis, evaluation, planning, management, and preservation of cultural landscapes.
Knowledge of National Register of Historic Places policies and processes as related to the preservation of historic resources and familiarity with cultural landscapes methodologies.
Skill in graphic communications; ability to articulate cultural landscape preservation ideas and concepts through the production of maps, drawings, diagrams .
Skill in written communication and ability to articulate cultural landscape preservation ideas and concepts through narrative products .
Experience with microcomputers and software programs; ability to translate field documentation to digital formats, competence with graphic design software, competence with digital image scanning and manipulation software .
All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If it is determined that your work history, competencies, and/or your supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you will not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers to the competencies. A panel may be used to review your application.
Merit Promotion Applicants- Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic qualifications. If you meet the qualification requirements based on your online application and are found to be among the top candidates you will be referred to the selecting official for further review.
All U.S. Citizens- Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:
VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veteran's Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.
- 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.
The salary shown includes base pay, locality pay and a cost of living allowance of 5.57% for this duty station. Pay is subject to annual review and adjustment.
Alaska currently does not have a state income tax or a statewide sales tax.
Working for the National Park Service offers a comprehensive benefits package that may include, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life and health insurance, retirement benefits, and participation in the Thrift Savings Plan which includes a percentage of government matching contributions. You may even be able to work a flexible schedule. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .
Direct Deposit: All new employees of the National Park Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment. This includes your salary and other federal payments.
In the event of an accident while traveling in a government aircraft, the payable benefits of a private life insurance policy may be affected.
Travel, transportation and relocation expenses are authorized as described in the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy.
Tour renewal travel - Because of the distance from the 48 contiguous states, tour renewal travel is currently payable to employees who relocate from outside Alaska to parks in Alaska. This entitles employees to transportation costs for round trip travel for the employee & his/her immediate family to travel outside Alaska after completing 2 years of continuous service. (Entitlement is limited to 2 round-trips within the first 5 years of continuous duty in Alaska. Compensation is based on round trip costs between the employee's home of record and duty station in Alaska.)
Return Rights (for NPS employees only) The Return Rights policy as outlined in HR Bulletin Number 03-8 dated 10/28/03 is in effect for this position. This policy is designed to help attract a larger pool of highly qualified employees to remote areas. It applies to all current NPS career and career-conditional employees who transfer from a NPS unit within the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia to certain remote sites. Under this policy, employees will be given the opportunity to return to the Region they were assigned to prior to transferring to the remote park within the Alaska Region. To be eligible for return rights, the employee must complete a minimum tour of three calendar years at the Alaska park, and may elect a possible two year extension.
The full performance level of this position is GS-11. If selection is made below the full performance level, incumbent may be subsequently promoted to the full performance level without further competition after all legal and regulatory requirements are met; i.e., satisfactory performance and time-in-grade; however, promotion is neither automatic nor guaranteed.
This is a TERM position, not to exceed 13 months, but may be extended up to a total of 4 years, depending on availability of work and funding.
Travel of 5 nights per month is required.
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