OUTDOOR RECREATION PLANNER
Department Of The Interior - Philadelphia, PA

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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.

THIS IS A TERM POSITION NOT TO EXCEED 13 MONTHS. THIS POSITION MAY BE EXTENDED UP TO FOUR YEARS TOTAL.

This term position has a full-time work schedule.

The Natural Resources Directorate, Conservation and Recreation Assistance Division is seeking to fill a Outdoor Recreation Plannner position. The incumbent will serve as a project leader and is responsible for all of the recreation partnership programs in the region and providing leadership and direction in project management to numerous Federal, state and local cooperators.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship Required

A valid state driver's license is required.

Background and/or security investigation required.

Frequent travel is required.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

DUTIES:
Serves as Project Leader and directs planning projects in Group programs. Projects are done by intergovernmental representatives from state and local governments. The incumbent ensures the initiation, progress and completion of study reports and plans, and instructs and at times may train state and local officials in planning methods and processes, land conservation techniques, and report preparation. Identifies the significance (local, state, national) of specific resources sites or landscapes and proposed recommendations for their protection and enhancement by various levels of government. Responsible for day to day project management including reviewing and approving project proposals and amendments for conceptual and technical merit. Reviews, analyzes and resolves or recommends the resolution of complex or controversial elements of technical assistance, planning or funding projects. Ensures that the resource stewardship and protection responsibilities Provides technical assistance and information to park, recreation, rivers and trails and other program area practitioners at the state and local levels.

Physical Demands: Work is mostly sedentary; however, some walking, bending and climbing is required to inspect buildings, parks and recreation facilities at various stages of completion.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
GS-11 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS :
One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-09 in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience includes but not limited to: providing technical assistance and information to parks, recreation, rivers, and trail programs at the Federal, state and/or local levels, participatiing in the process of planning projects with the involvement of public participation, providing assistance with the planning process, preparation of progress and completion of study reports.

  • OR-
A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education in outdoor recreation planning or a related field such as sociology, forestry, landscape architect, economics, biological science, park administration, earth science, natural resource management and conservation, civil engineering, urban planning, or recreation. Applicants who qualify on the basis of graduate work in related disciplines must have one or more courses in outdoor recreation. (You must submit a copy of your transcripts).

  • OR-
A combination of specialized experience and education as described above which totals at least one year. Only education in excess of the first two years of graduate education is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. (You must submit a copy of your transcripts).

GS-12 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-11 in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience includes but not limited to: serving as a project leader responsible for planning, technical assistance and funding projects to parks, outdoor recreation, rivers and trails programs at the Federal, state, and/or local levels. Identify priorities, recommend course of action and provide solutions.

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

If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide ALL unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned, grade received, by the closing date of this announcement OR YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

If you are selected for this position you will be required to submit official college transcripts prior to reporting to work.

REQUIREMENTS:
1. You must be a U. S. Citizen. (No previous Federal service is required to apply.)

2. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this job announcement.

3. A pre-employment background investigation is required.

4. You will be required to possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.

5. Frequent field work and travel is required.

6. You will be required to serve a one year trial/probationary period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
A review of your application/resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) in the occupational questionnaire. The eligible/ineligible rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The rating is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your knowledge, skills and abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Knowledges, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) :
1. Ability to coordinate with Federal, State and Local officials, the Media, and General Public on laws, policies, regulations, requirements and procedures associated with the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Program, Urban Park Recreation Recovery (UPARR) Program, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Environmental Impact Sttements (EIS) and National Historic Preservation Act which are a component of NEPA, General Management Plans (GMP), and/or any other associated Programs.

2. Knowledge of the applied principles of land use/environmental planning, park and outdoor recreation planning and development, park development grants and financial management.

3. Ability to gather a variety of data, analyze problems and make sound recommendations concerning projects.

4. Skill in oral and written communication.

5. Ability to facilitate group discussions, resolve problems and coordinate and deal effectively with diverse government and private officials, groups, and individuals.

Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candiates for this position. Candiates will be ranked in three categ ories.

Category Group I - BEST QUALIFIED - Applicants who possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all screen-out factors. Applicants considered best qualified must be highly proficient in all requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position.

Category Group II - WELL QUALIFIED - Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all screen-out factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirement of the job.

Category Group III - QUALIFIED - Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all screen-out factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

VETERANS PREFERENCE : Veterans Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category. Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.

Five points may be added to the eligible ratings of veterans who: Entered the military service prior to October 14, 1976; served on active duty during the Gulf War between August 2, 1990 and January 2, 1992, regardless of where the person served; or, served in a military action for which they received a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. Medal holders and Gulf War veterans must have served continuously for at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty. Ten points may be granted to the eligible ratings of disabled veterans; Purple Heart recipients; spouses or mothers of a 100 percent disabled veteran; or the widows, widowers, or mothers of a deceased veteran.

BENEFITS:
Working for the National Park Service offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:
1. If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

2. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you MUST attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you MUST attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

3. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

4. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. If you desire to be considered through non-competitive appointment, you MUST indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.

5. Number of Vacancies : This announcement may be used to fill additional positions.

6. Note: Applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax. Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by regular mail or e-mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Applicants are advised that a variety of public facilities such as schools, public libraries, state employment offices and regional job centers provide access to computers at no charge. Help may also be available to targeted groups through a variety of public assistance agencies.

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