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Geographical Information Systems Gis Specialist Interdiscipinary

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Us National Park Service

$61,218.00 to $79,586.00

Yellowstone National Park, WY

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$61,218 to $79,586 per year

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GS 11

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1 vacancy in the following location:

Yellowstone National Park, WY

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Relocation expenses reimbursed


You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.

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The public

U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.

Federal employees

Current or former competitive service employees, including:

Merit promotion

Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)



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WH0 MAY APPLY: All United States citizens.

The Northern Rockies Servicing Human Resources Office (NR SHRO), in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming is accepting applications through USAJOBS, to fill one (1) permanent, full-time position of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Specialist (Interdisciplinary), GS-11 position. The position will be filled in ONE of the following four professional occupational series, within the Yellowstone Center for Resources (YCR), in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. This position is being filled at the full performance grade level, with no promotion potential.

1. Geographer, GS-0150-11

2. Biologist, GS-0401-11

3. Physical Scientist, GS-1301-11

4. Cartographer, GS-1370-11

This position is located at Yellowstone's Park headquarters in Mammoth Hot Springs. Elevation at Mammoth is 6,200 feet. Temperatures vary from a average maximum of 78 degrees in the summer to an average minimum of 15 degrees in the winter with a few weeks of sub-zero temperatures. Schools,with grade levels K-12, are available in Gardiner, Montana, five miles north of headquarters. Free bus transportation is provided for school children between Mammoth and Gardiner. Many community facilities such as stores, a drugstore, motels, and restaurants are available in Gardiner. A medical clinic is available in Mammoth. All other services are available within 55 to 75 miles of Mammoth.

Federal government housing may be available in Mammoth Hot Springs.

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This position is concurrently open under Job Opportunity Announcement number IM-1540-YELL-10111945-ST for merit promotion eligibles.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the selectee lives outside of the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulation.

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Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Supervisory GIS Specialist, Yellowstone Center for Resources (YCR). The Yellowstone GIS Program aims to foster and implement innovative approaches to managing, analyzing, presenting and disseminating data produced and used by Yellowstone National Park programs for management decision-making needs, public and partner educational uses, and documenting geo-spatial data over time. This position will support the GIS Program by providing technical expertise and guidance in state-of-the-art techniques in geo-spatial data management and use, including promoting mobile and on-line GIS and supporting NG911. This position assists with research, development and implementation of various geospatial analytical and technological solutions that allow for successful geospatial data collection and analysis for various studies and programs. The incumbent utilizes knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), mobile GIS, on-line GIS, geodesy, addressing, remote sensing, mapping, and programming to plan, coordinate, and accomplish all geospatial analysis, and related GIS tasks necessary to support a variety of projects. The position requires the application of knowledge and experience with geographic and cartographic practices and methodologies for the creation and analysis of geospatial data. The work involves a wide variety of techniques for on-going programs and many projects that require analytical procedures. The incumbent will establish individual product schedules, recruit and supervise seasonal/intern/volunteer staff, assign projects to staff as available, and report on project progress and challenges to the Supervisory GIS Specialist.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

U.S. Citizens, CTAP, ICTAP

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job family (Series)

0150 Geography

0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

1301 General Physical Science

1370 Cartography

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Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship required.

Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.

Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.

Positive Education Requirement.

- Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.

- 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).

- You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid driver's license is required. You will be required to submit a Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also 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 disclose all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you.

- You may be required to complete training and operate a four-wheel drive vehicle.

- You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.

If you are a new employee in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.

- You may be required to travel and 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.


You must meet the US. Office of Personnel Management's (OPM), Basic Requirements for each series you wish to be considered for, AND also meet OPM's Qualification Standards for all Professional and Scientific positions as outlined below and in the Occupational Questionnaire. These are selective placement factors (mandatory) that require related education and/or specialized 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.

This is a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Specialist (Interdisciplinary), GS-11 position. which may filled in any one of the following professional occupational series: Geographer, GS-0150; Biologist, GS-0401; Physical Scientist, GS-1301, or Cartographer, GS-1370. Your responses to the questionnaire, in conjunction with the information provided in your completed resume, will be evaluated to determine and verify your qualifications.(A copy of your official transcripts will be required before your entrance-on-duty, if selected).

1. OPM's Basic Requirements for Geographer, GS-0150 (Selective Placement Factor)

A. Must have 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 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.


B. Must have a combination of 4 years of education and experience which included courses equivalent to a major in geography or a related field that included 24 semester hours in Geography, or related fields listed in 1A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education, to total 4 years.

2. OPM's Basic Requirement for Biologist, GS-0401 (Selective Placement Factor)

A. Must have 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.


B. Must possess an equivalent 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.

3. OPM's Basic Requirement for Physical Scientist, GS-1301 (Selective Placement Factor)

A. Must have successfully completed a four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors or higher degree 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.


B. Must have an equivalent combination of four years of education and experience which included courses equivalent to a major in any of the fields listed in 3A above that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science plus appropriate experience or additional education. This combination must have provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the four-year course of study.

4. OPM's Basic Requirements for Cartographer, GS-1370 (Selective Placement Factor)

A. Must have successfully completed a 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher 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).


B. Must have an equivalent combination of courses equivalent to a major 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, as shown in 4A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

5. OPM's Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions.

In addition to meeting at least one of the basic requirements (1-4) you must also possess one of the following qualification standards or you will be considered not qualified and will not receive further consideration.

A. EXPERIENCE: Must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade 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 specialized experience for this position includes: using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database and database management systems; integrating computer models with biological and physical scientific knowledge and management practices; design and maintain geodatabases; develop Global Positioning Systems (GPS) data dictionaries and spatial data inventories; participate in field work to generate new spatial data or verify (ground truth) mapped information; prepare GIS plans and resource management plan project statements related to GIS.


B. EDUCATION: Must have successfully completed three years of progressively higher leave graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in the Geography, Cartography, or other scientific fields related to the work of the position.


C. COMBINATION OF EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION: Must possess a combination of specialized experience and education as described in 5A and 5B above. For example, six (6) months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level (50% of the experience requirement) and 45 semester hours of progressively higher level GRADUATE education directly related to this position (50% of the education requirement). NOTE: Only graduate education in access of 36 semester hours (2 years) is creditable in combination with experience.

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as varies.


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

Physical Demands: The work is often sedentary but field work occasionally requires some physical exertion such a s long periods of standing, walking over rough, muddy, uneven, swampy or mountainous terrain; recurring periods of bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching or similar activities; and recurring lifting of moderately heavy items weighing up to 50 pounds. Computer work is sedentary, which entails the ability to concentrate and use computers for long periods of time.

Working Conditions: Works is primarily performed indoors in a climate controlled office environment. Outdoor work may occur in hot, cold, humid, or dry weather conditions. Outdoor work may also be required during periods of rain, snow, sleet, fog or other adverse weather conditions.

The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

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,

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans with a service connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:

Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and 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 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 are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

You will be evaluated on the following competencies:

1. Technology Application

2. Technical Competence

3. Cartography

4. Data Management

5. Oral Communications

6. Writing

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Not Applicable

Required Documents

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 01/22/2018:

Resume which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, with dates specified in month and year format, and, indicate hours worked per week. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade.

A complete Occupational Questionnaire

Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as: Veterans Preference Documentation

: If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15

. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives

If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, & 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.

If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran

, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15

, and if applicable, a completed SF15

. You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from

or call 1-800-827-1000 to establish proof of disability.

Applicants who are eligible to be considered based on a Noncompetitive or Special Hiring Authority (i.e. Schedule A, VRA, Peace Corps, Americorp Vista, former PLC member, certain Military Spouses, 30% or More Disabled Veterans, Pathways Interns who have met the eligibility requirements for noncompetitive conversion, etc.) must submit appropriate documentation to verify your eligibility.

Documentation that you meet Selective Factors.

College transcripts, if qualifying based on education.

Documentation for Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan

consideration if you are a displaced Federal employee within the local commuting area. You must include: 1) Proof you are a displaced Federal employee, e.g., RIF Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, etc; 2) SF-50s (Notifications of Personnel Action) showing career/conditional tenure competitive status, promotion potential and duty location; and 3) your most recent performance appraisal. To exercise selection priority, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

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How to Apply

How to Apply

To apply for this position: You must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. To receive consideration, the complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 01/22/2018. WE DO NOT ACCEPT HARD-COPY OR E-MAIL APPLICATION PACKAGES. Select Apply. If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to login or create an account

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Note: When you click Update Application, you will be prompted to re-select your documents from USAJOBS. Documents submitted with the first application will no longer be associated with the applicant record. So it is important that you select all documents you want to use in the re-application.

Agency contact information

Rogelio Herrera


(307) 344-2044



Yellowstone National Park

PO Box 168

Yellowstone National Park, WY


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Next steps

Once the Occupational Questionnaire is received you will receive acknowledgement that your submission was successful. If you are considered ineligible or if your application is referred to the selection manager, you will be notified via email, in which you may be contacted directly for a possible interview. You will be notified once the status of your application changes and/or a selection has been made.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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