National Park Service Interdisciplinary Biologist/Physical Scientist in Yankton, South Dakota
Summary Serves as the Interdisciplinary Science and Resources Program Manager for the Missouri National Recreational River, headquartered in Yankton, SD. Manages complex and multi-disciplinary natural and cultural resources, park planning, and environmental analysis while conducting projects in coordination with resource managers from a wide variety of technical disciplines (e.g. biologists, ecologists, geologists, archeologists, historians, etc.) within and outside the National Park Service. Responsibilities Prepares study plans in collaboration with multiple cooperators and serves as an advisor to the Superintendent to make science based informed management decisions. Orchestrates cooperative river management efforts involving multiple stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as with conservation organizations, other civic groups and communities to engage in joint river stewardship planning actions. The program manager is also responsible for all aspects of the Park's environmental compliance program, including coordinating the review and developing agency comments on proposed projects within the Park's authorized boundary. The primary duties of the Interdisciplinary Science and Resources Program Manager include, but are not limited to, the following: Oversees an intricate program of resources (natural and cultural) management activities that involve sensitive and complex issues that may impact a wide variety of park issues. Develops and maintains effective working relations with American Indian Tribes, other traditional associations, and related groups, agencies, and the public. Prepares and coordinates the development of resources management plans and specific action plans pertaining to the management and protection of natural and cultural resources. Makes presentations in the park, in public gatherings, and at professional meetings. Carries out program management duties by developing work plans and schedules, scopes of work, cost estimates, and proposals and/or grants to justify funding requests and accomplish goals. May administer and track project funds and prepare accomplishment reports, as needed. Maintains awareness of applicable funding sources within NPS and outside. Develops and implements long range plans for the inventory, evaluation, documentation, preservation, research, and interpretation of the resources within the appropriate mission, objectives, and resources contexts. Coordinates park resources (natural and cultural) management programs with those on adjacent lands for the purposes of achieving broad protection strategies and preventing human impacts. Provides for public involvement, including tribal and other traditionally associated groups, in sensitive resource issues and assures that park programs are well coordinated within both a local and physiographic context. Develops and maintains peer relationships with researchers, subject matter experts and resources managers of collaborating agencies, cooperating universities, traditionally associated groups, and other such entities to encourage and facilitate cooperative regional strategies. Negotiates cooperative and interagency agreements and other cooperative instruments needed to effectively carry out resource stewardship goals. Identifies research needs, prepares requests for-proposals or statements of work, and provides oversight for research projects. Serves as a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative for projects conducted through contracts, interagency and cooperative agreements. In cooperation with appropriate staff, researchers, and partners, the incumbent designs, develops, tests, and evaluates monitoring protocols for purposes of determining short- and long-term ecosystem trends. This includes conducting inventories and implementing monitoring programs to assess status and trends. Based on results of inventories, in-depth studies, and monitoring, the incumbent develops credible preservation, mitigation, stabilization, and restoration projects needed to restore and/or maintain resource integrity. Collects, analyzes, and synthesizes scientific information from research; monitors resources management actions and other sources of information; and prepares reports for specific projects. Summarizes new and conventional information for use by scientists, managers, park staff, cooperators, and partners. Prepares information for the park education program. Incorporates Geographic Information System (GIS) technology into job to provide comprehensive and defensible sound answers to inquiries from managers and others. Inputs data and uses computer applications for data analysis, manipulation, and presentation. Maintains liaison with the State Historic Preservation Officer, Regional Tribal Relations Programs Office, and other traditionally associated groups. Prepares environmental assessments for park projects in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. Reviews and comments upon early project coordination information received from various sources pertaining to proposed development or improvements within the parks congressionally authorized boundary. Evaluates and prepares comments associated with environmental assessments and environmental impact statements prepared by other federal agencies for projects that may affect park resources. Prepares the parks annual collections management report (s). Coordinates documentation, preservation, and protection of park collections. Requirements Conditions of Employment U.S. Citizenship required. Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication. Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males Direct Deposit: Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program. Time-in-Grade: Any individual who is currently holding, or has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet time-in-grade requirements (must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent in the Federal service). Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Incidental Driving: 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 driver's 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 driver's 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 driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State driver's license. Uniform: You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided. Probationary Period: If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period. Motorboat Operation/Instructor Certification Course: Applicant must be able to obtain a Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC) or Motorboat Operator Instructor Certification Course (MOICC) within 1 year after entrance on duty date. Qualifications All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-05/12/2021-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement. Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. For current Federal employees, if hours worked per week are not included on your resume, you must submit a non-award SF-50 for each federal position listed as part of your application to be used to validate your work schedule and determine the amount of qualifying experience that you will be granted. An award SF-50 will not be acceptable documentation for which to consider your amount of qualifying experience. For all other applicants who are not current federal employees, your resume must state either "full-time" (or "40 hours a week") or "part-time" with the number of hours worked per week to ensure proper crediting of specialized experience. Failure to adequately provide information needed to determine number of hours worked in each position may result in that time not being credited when evaluating qualifying experience. For periods of time that reflect military service, the DD-214 or Statement of Service is sufficient to meet the full and/or part-time hours requirement as the service dates will be reflected. Basic Requirements for GS-0401 Biologist: Successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. -OR- A combination of education and experience that included course work equivalent to a major (i.e., 24 semester hours) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline closely related to biology; PLUS appropriate experience or additional course work. The quality of the combination must demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full four-year course of study with a major as described above. Basic Requirements for GS-1301 Physical Scientist: Successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. -OR- A combination of education and experience courses equivalent to a major, as shown above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination must demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full four-year course of study with a major as described above. To qualify for this position at the GS-09 grade level, you must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement: EXPERIENCE: Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal Service. 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 qualifying specialized experience include activities such as: provide natural and cultural resource program support and advice to park staff and cooperators; assist in the planning of natural and/or cultural resource projects, monitor wildlife and vegetation, implement plans to maintain species diversity and coordinate restoration projects (e.g. vegetation, wildlife, water resources, etc.). You must include hours per week worked. -OR- EDUCATION: Have successfully completed two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to master's or equivalent graduate degree in an accredited educational institution concentrated in a field that is directly related to the work of this position, such as in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, physical science, engineering, or mathematics or related disciplines appropriate to this position. You must include transcripts. -OR- COMBINATION: Have an equivalent combination of such education and experience. For example, I have six months of the specialized experience equivalent to GS-07 (50 percent of the experience requirement for GS-09) and 27 semester hours or 68 quarter hours of appropriate directly related graduate education (50 percent of the education requirement). You must include transcripts. To qualify for this position at the GS-11 grade level, you must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement: EXPERIENCE: Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal Service. 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 qualifying specialized experience include activities such as: provide natural and cultural resource program support, technical advice, and subject matter expertise to park staff and cooperators; develop short- and long- term planning related to natural and/or cultural resource programs, monitor wildlife and vegetation, formulate specific project proposals and associated budgets for purposes of maintaining species diversity, conducting restoration projects, and preparing long range action plans (e.g. vegetation, wildlife, water resources, etc.). You must include hours per week worked. -OR- EDUCATION: Have successfully completed three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a PhD or equivalent graduate degree in an accredited educational institution concentrated in a field that is directly related to the work of this position, such as in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, physical science, engineering, or mathematics or related disciplines appropriate to this position. You must include transcripts. -OR- COMBINATION: Have an equivalent combination of such education and experience. For example, I have six months of the specialized experience equivalent to GS-09 (50 percent of the experience requirement for GS-11) and 45 semester hours or 68 quarter hours of appropriate directly related graduate education (50 percent of the education requirement). You must include transcripts. 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. 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. Additional Information A selectee receiving a first appointment to the Federal Government (Civil Service) is entitled only to the lowest step of the grade for which selected The display of a salary range on this vacancy shall not be construed as granting an entitlement to a higher rate of pay. A Recruitment Incentive May Be Authorized for a newly selected employee when appointed to a permanent, temporary, or term position. A Federal employee who is transferring to the National Park Service from another component, bureau or Federal agency and who does not meet the conditions under 5 CFR §575.102 is not eligible for a recruitment incentive. A Relocation Incentive May Be Authorized for a Federal employee when the employee must move, as directed by the National Park Service (NPS) either through a management directed reassignment or selection for employment, to a different location at least 50 miles away from the one where his/her position of record held at time of selection is currently located, due to a need of the NPS. A relocation incentive is not the same as a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move and, as such, may be granted in conjunction with one another. This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate. Promotion Potential: Promotion to the full performance level is neither guaranteed nor implied and will be based solely on your ability to satisfactorily perform the work of the position, existing work at the higher grade level, and recommendation by the position's supervisor. Physical Demands: The position may require strenuous physical activity including periods of standing, walking, climbing, and lifting and carrying heavy objects. Some activities will occur in physically dangerous areas or settings. Documentary research and report writing work is sedentary, which entails the ability to concentrate and write for long periods of time. Working Conditions: Work is performed primarily indoors. Occasionally, work may be performed outdoors in all types of weather and conditions. Outdoor assignments may be performed in potentially hazardous areas including steep slopes, rocky terrain, volcanoes, caves, firelines, arctic environments, swamps, deserts, and forests. On occasion, flying in fixed and rotary wing aircraft is possible. Telework: The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information, https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information.