National Park Service Biologist in Empire, Michigan
Summary This position is located in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. If you have any questions regarding the area or the duties of this position, please contact Julie Christian at email@example.com or 231-326-4750. Open to the first 75 applicants or until 04/16/2021 whichever comes first. This position is concurrently open to government-wide, veterans, special hiring authorities and LMWFA under Announcement Number MW-1544-SLBE-21-11082382-ST. Responsibilities Serves as the National Lakeshore's vegetation program lead within the Division of Natural Resources. Provides scientific expertise and leadership regarding vegetation and plant ecology to all aspects of park operations and management. Oversees the vegetation program including: non-native/invasive plant management, restoration, and rare plant management. Develops and implements effective inventory, monitoring, mitigation, and restoration programs, including use of prescribed fire. Correlates, summarizes, and interprets field-collected data into detailed technical and non-technical environmental and other management and scientific reports. Participates in applying natural resource environmental compliance and planning on interdisciplinary teams. Manages project documentation and databases, and assures that others have necessary training. Manages the National Lakeshore's geographic information system (GIS), and maintains GPS units. Facilitates university research and interagency cooperation to further understanding and management of the park. Serves as a steward of park resources, identifies threats and ensures that vegetation resources are considered in all planning efforts. Assists with the goals of the Division, park and regional planning processes. Communicates and collaborates well internally and with external partners using written and oral (e.g., meetings, presentations) methods. Will supervise numerous seasonal, temporary, permanent staff and volunteers. Provides a full range of administrative responsibilities including personnel management, financial management, procurement and property management. Physical Demands: A significant amount of sedentary desk/office work involving hours of computer and/or equipment use can be expected. However, this position may also involve strenuous outdoor activity. You must be able to perform strenuous work under all conditions (cold, heat, wet, deep sand, steep terrain). Field duties of the position require hiking off trail in environments where terrain is uneven, steep at times, and covered with thick, tangled vegetation, possible stinging insects, and various other hazards where climatic conditions are variable. You must be in good physical condition, have the ability to use a compass and read topographic maps, be prepared to camp overnight for several days in the backcountry, and be able to hike long distances (e.g., 10 miles) while carrying up to 40 pounds of supplies. Field work may involve hiking long distances carrying backpacks, tools, and other equipment. Work may include standing and walking for long periods of time; lifting of moderately heavy items, and exposure to harsh weather conditions such as temperature extremes, rain, snow, wind and direct sunlight for long periods of time. Work may be performed throughout the Lakeshore including the Manitou Islands. You must be willing to work throughout the Lakeshore including the islands for periods up to 10 days at a time. AREA INFORMATION : Voted "The Most Beautiful Place in America" by Good Morning America, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is located in scenic and welcoming Northern Michigan. Known as a four-season recreation destination, the Lakeshore is within an easy one-day drive of several major population centers of the Midwest, including Detroit, Chicago, and Cleveland. Housing, medical facilities, shopping, churches, banks, daycare, and recreational opportunities are readily available within a 30 mile radius from park headquarters in Empire. High temperatures average between 70-80 degrees in the summer and low temperatures average between 10-20 degrees in winter. Homes are available for purchase or for rent in the commuting area. The median home price in the area is approximately $250,000 and rental rates begin at approximately $1,100 per month for 3 bedroom homes. For additional area information, please visit www.nps.gov/slbe. Requirements Conditions of Employment U.S. Citizenship required. Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication. Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males. Complete the initial online assessment and USAHire Assessment, if required. Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program. You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided. You may be required to work evenings, weekends, holidays, and overtime. If you are a new permanent employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period. You may be required to travel overnight away from home. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes. You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority. Qualifications All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-04/16/2021-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 as part of your application to be used to validate your work schedule and determine the amount of specialized 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. 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 EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Education: Successful completion of a full four 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 this position. YOU MUST PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS WITH YOUR APPLICATION -OR- Experience: 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 demonstrates that I 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. -AND- Minimum Qualification Requirements for GS-11: EXPERIENCE: At least one full 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 duties such as: such as study, inventory, monitoring, restoration and management of a broad range of natural resources; vegetation, wildlife, exotic and pest species, sensitive species and associated ecological components such as air, water and soil. YOUR RESUME MUST HAVE MONTH/YEAR TO MONTH/YEAR AND HOURS PER WEEK FOR EACH WORK HISTORY OR VOLUNTEER SERVICE. -OR- EDUCATION: Successful completion of three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a PhD or equivalent doctoral 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, or related disciplines appropriate to this position. YOU MUST PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS WITH YOUR APPLICATION. OR- Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. For example, have six months of the specialized experience equivalent to GS-09 (50 percent of the experience requirement) and 45 semester hours or 68 quarter hours of appropriate directly related graduate education (50 percent of the education requirement). The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. 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. Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Reasonable_Accommodations_for_USA_Hire This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate. 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 both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Assignments may be performed in potentially hazardous areas including steep slopes, rocky terrain, sand dunes, and forests. Flying in fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters is possible. The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. 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.