Interdisciplinary (GIS Specialist)
Department Of The Interior - Oneida, TN

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This is an OPEN COMPETITIVE Examination being conducted under Delegated Examining Unit Authority. Applications will be accepted from United States citizens.

This is a permanent full time position.

THIS POSITION IS ALSO BEING ADVERTISED THROUGH MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES UNDER SEPARATE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER 597889GRSMMP1242. SEPARATE APPLICATIONS AND FILING PROCEDURES APPLY

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.

Park headquarters is located in Oneida, Tennessee, a community of approximately 5,000. Most amenities are available, including schools, a community college, a hospital, doctors, shopping, restaurants, a movie theatre, and a large city park. Tennessee has a minimal personal income tax; 6% on some interest and dividends only. Housing prices are reasonable and a variety of housing is available for purchase. Summer months can be warm and humid; winters are generally mild. Big South Fork NRRA, located in Tennessee and Kentucky, is a rugged area encompassing 125,000 acres. It receives over 600,000 visitors each year and offers over 90 miles of beautiful river gorges, vast secluded backcountry areas, and rich archeological and historic resources. Recreational opportunities in BISO include hiking, backpacking, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, and kayaking/canoeing (class I to IV rapids). Knoxville, with the University of Tennessee and all amenities available, is an hour away. Nashville is 180 miles to the west; Cookeville, TN, 65 miles to the south; and Lexington, KY, is 140 miles to the north.

This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies as needed.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the

person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting

area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation

expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations.

Some overtime and travel may be required

DUTIES:
The incumbent is responsible for the development, management, coordination, and implementation of the Geographic Information System (GIS) for one or more parks. The interdisciplinary nature of this position requires the programmatic integration of the knowledge of biological and physical resources, digital cartography, and geography to the development, analysis and use of geographic and relational databases that are pertinent to the park resources and themes. A position will b filled from one of the occupation series pertinent to the park resources and themes. The incumbent will design, develop, and manage the GIS database management system, including the conversion of thematic source maps from analog to digital form through the use of appropriate hardware and software. This involves augmenting the GIS database by digitizing mapped information, importing existing digital data, and converting data. Ensures that national data standards and park needs are met. Manages and integrates a variety of GIS and database management software, and when necessary, modifies or adapts standard software to meet program needs. Implements data documentation procedures and distribution using appropriate technologies, i.e. Internet. Designs and develops global positioning system (GPS) data dictionaries, spatial data inventories, and cross linkages to ensure software and data structure compatibility. Prepares GIS plans, data dictionaries, resource management plan project statements related to GIS, project proposals, GIS related contract and agreement specifications, and written reports. Maintains hardware, peripherals, GPS units, network and GIS operation system (typically both UNIX and DOS). Implements a program to ensure the security and currency of GIS hardware and software system administration and maintenance. The incumbent will coordinate the acquisition and management of GIS data with other federal, state, and local resources offices and the academic community. Works cooperatively with land-use planners and others in the private sector on issues and GIS applications of mutual concern. Participates in professional meetings, workshops, conferences, and symposia dealing with GIS and related topics. Trains and instructs others in the use of GIS applications and basic GIS, GPS, and related technology. May supervise seasonal, temporary, permanent, VIP, and other personnel, but less than 25% of the time.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Applicants for this position must meet the basic experience or education requirements stated below. For equivalent combinations of education and experience refer to OPM's Operating Manual, Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions, which can be viewed at www.opm.gov/qualifications

Geographer: Successfully completed a full 4-year bachelor’s degree in geography or related physical or social science such as geology, meteorology, economics, statistics, sociology, anthropology, political science, history, cartography, computer science, urban studies, or planning that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields. YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS. PLUS 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09. Examples of specialized experience include: analyzing arrays or GIS themes and relational data sets; using modeling technology to create new understandings of resources and geographic relationships; communicating with people having a wide range of understanding of GIS technology and applications in order to develop a GIS program; developing, maintaining, and operating field tools such as data loggers and GPS units, in order to acquire and use tools to produce and maintain databases.

Cartographer: Successfully completed a full 4-year bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position. YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS.

PLUS 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09. Examples of specialized experience include: analyzing arrays or GIS themes and relational data sets; using modeling technology to create new understandings of resources and geographic relationships; communicating with people having a wide range of understanding of GIS technology and applications in order to develop a GIS program; developing, maintaining, and operating field tools such as data loggers and GPS units, in order to acquire and use tools to produce and maintain databases.

OR

Geographer:S uccessfully completed a full 4-year bachelor’s degree in geography or related physical or social science such as geology, meteorology, economics, statistics, sociology, anthropology, political science, history, cartography, computer science, urban studies, or planning that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields. PLUS 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS.

Cartographer: S uccessfully completed a full 4-year bachelor’s degree in cartography; or a major that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in cartography and/or directly related science, and related mathematics. Such course work includes, but is not limited to, cartography, astronomy, geodesy, photogrammetry, physical and geological oceanography, computer science, land surveying, geophysics, physical geography, and remote sensing. The 30 semester hours must have included at least 6, but no more than 15, semester hours of college level, non-business mathematics or statistics (i.e., college level algebra, trigonometry, calculus, or scientific mathematics or statistics requiring equivalent college-level courses as prerequisites). PLUS 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS.

COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT IS NEEDED TO DETERMINE QUALIFICATIONS BASED ON EDUCATION. PLEASE PROVIDE WITH THE APPLICATION PACKAGE.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued drivers license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued drivers license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid drivers licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you.

Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State driver's license.

All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have fedeal payments made by Direct Deposit.

Selection for this position is subject to a favorable background investigation to determine suitability for Federal Service.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories: Best qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. This evaluation determines which candidates will be referred to the selecting official for final consideration. Order for Consideration: All qualified applicants entitled to veterans’ preference who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be added to the Best Qualified category. (1)Best qualified applicants entitled to veterans’ preference, then all other best qualified applicants. (2) Well qualified applicants entitled to veterans’ preference, then all other well qualified applicants. (3) Qualified applicants entitled to veterans’ preference, then all other qualified applicants.

To receive credit, information submitted in your Assessment Questionnaire MUST relate to a specific work/experience block in your resume. Only education and experience acquired by the filing deadline will be considered. If, after reviewing your resume 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 abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

FAILURE TO PROVIDE THE ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE WILL RESULT IN YOUR NOT RECEIVING CONSIDERATION FOR THIS POSITION.

Please note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher on a specific task within the Assessment Questionnaire than is supported by your description of experience in your application or resume, a score will manually be determined that reflects your total experience as it relates to the specific task or question.

The questions used to rate applications are base on the following evaluation criteria:

1. Ability to develop and manage a comprehensive GIS program promoting protection and preservation of natural and cultural resources in a large natural area and supporting other aspects of public land management.

2. Skills using a range of GIS software and tools, including: ArcView 3.x, ArcGIS 9.x - 10.x, ArcInfo, ArcScan, Spatial Analyst, GeoDatabases, and ERDAS Imagine (or other image processing tools).

3. Skills in using and maintaining a range of mapping and recreational-grade GPS units. Knowledge of a variety of data collection techniques, use of data dictionaries, and data download and processing procedures.

4. Ability to manage an efficient information management system for geo-referenced data including data security, data storage, data retrieval, networking (both hardware and software) and license administration.

5. Ability to write clearly and accurately, and to effectively present complex technical information in reports, instruction manuals, operating procedures, and other documents.

6. Knowledge of the principles of natural resource disciplines and the skills to apply this knowledge to the development of GIS products to support inventory and monitoring, research, resource management and other park management needs.

BENEFITS:
You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer.

Life insurance coverage is provided.

Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your retirement.

You will earn annual vacation leave.

You will earn sick leave.

Y ou will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty.

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