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Cartographic Technician (GPS/GIS)

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Department Of The Interior
United States Citizens Permanent Full Time 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 CAREER-SEASONAL POSITION , therefore you will be guaranteed at least 26 weeks of work, but not more than 48 in one service year.
This position is located within the National Park Service, Pacific West Region, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Resource Management & Visitor Services Division, Natural Resources Branch, GIS Office, in Boulder City, NV.
OBTAIN A FAVORABLY ADJUDICATED BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION PRIOR TO START MUST HOLD A VALID STATE DRIVERS LICENSE
You will operate, update, and maintain GIS software, hardware, and associated peripheral devices. You will maintain and update the park's cartographic base data using information from field surveys, aerial photographs, hard copy maps, and digital data from other entities. Travel to field sites will be required to gather information while utilizing GPS field mapping techniques which may include GPS hardware and software such as Trimble and Garmin GPS receivers, TerraSync, ArcPad, Pathfinder Office, DNR Garmin. You will utilize GIS, GPS, and related programs and technology to analyze data to recommend the most appropriate course of action to meet park objectives. Plan and implement projects that involve the collection or creation of digital geospatial data, or the portrayal of digital spatial data through professional quality cartographic products. You will maintain the network server that hosts the park's GIS data library, provide advice in response to park GIS technical requests, and share/exchange GIS, GPS and other digital information through established channels of data distribution.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/ WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work requires long periods of sitting in front of computer terminals. Some prolonged bending, crouching, lifting (up to 50 pounds), climbing and reaching are required to perform routine hardware maintenance and move equipment. Digitizing data requires extended periods of standing, sitting and stretching over large drafting tables while recording/measuring map data with computer mouse. The work is usually performed in an office setting. Outdoor field work in varied climatic and terrain conditions is required.
All qualification requirements (including any applicable selective factors) must be met by the closing date of the announcement in order to be considered.
FOR THE GS-07: You must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-06 grade level in the federal service. Specialized experience is cartographic or biological technician-level work that involved the application of GIS/GPS practices to collect, compile, reduce, store, retrieve, analyze, and report data and geospatial information directly related to resource management activities, including wildlife and vegetation management, invasive species management, water resource management of geological and paleontological resources, and/or management of prehistoric and historic cultural resources.
NOTE: 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. Credit will be given for all qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received and whether the experience was gained as a part-time or full-time occupation. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive credit for such experience , your resume must indicate clearly: 1. The nature of your duties and responsibilities in each position; and 2. Complete dates of employment period (e.g. MM/YY to MM/YY, MM/YYYY to Present, etc.); and 3. The number of hours per week spent in such employment for each position.
In lieu of the specialized experience requirements you may substitute the following education:
GS-07: Successful completion of one full year of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in cartography, geography, or geographic information systems from an accredited educational institution.
A combination of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total minimum qualification requirements. It is your responsibility to provide documented proof that you have met the applicable educational provisions. Unofficial college transcript(s); a statement from the registrar, dean, or other appropriate official; or equivalent documentation (a listing of college courses completed) is acceptable. Failure to submit your documentation will result a "not qualified" rating. Official transcripts will be required prior to a start date. NOTE: Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education'sCollege Accreditation Website.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: Foreign education credentials must be evaluated by an organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of EducationRecognition of Foreign Qualifications Website
GOVERNMENT CREDIT CARD: You are required to obtain (through applicable government training) and use a government-issued credit card.
OPERATOR IDENTIFICATION: You will be required to operate a government vehicle, therefore, must be able to acquire and hold a valid state Driver's License. If selected, a three (3) year driving history check will be required.
WORK SCHEDULE: This is a subject to non-pay, permanent, full-time position; subject to shift work, night and/or weekends, emergency call-out, considerable driving to and from all areas within the park, and may include working holidays.
INFORMATION REGARDING NON-PAY: In this position, you will be guaranteed work at least 26 weeks, but not more than 48 in a service year. Dependent upon park workload needs and funding, individual positions may work more than 26 weeks. When services are not required, you will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status, unemployment compensation may be applied for during this time. You will work 40 hours per week when in duty and pay status. Salary, vacation and sick leave earnings, which are normally based on year-round employment, will be prorated according to the number of weeks actually worked each year. The waiting period of probationary period, within-grade increases, and career tenure will also be extended by a portion of the time spent in non-pay status.
PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You are required to complete a one-year probationary period beginning on the effective date of this appointment.
To determine if you are best qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The questions are designed to capture the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position. Failure to submit a resume will result in ineligibility. Eligible applicants will be assigned to one of three quality levels (Best Qualified, Well Qualified, Qualified) . Ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application, you will be assigned a rating to commensurate your described experience. _Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you_.
_You Must Possess The Following KSA's:_ KSA #1: Knowledge of hardware, software and related technical equipment commonly used for the storage and retrieval of geospatially referenced data.
KSA #2: Ability to integrate information about biological, physical and cultural resources using geographic analysis tools commonly associated with GIS.
KSA #3: Ability to implement a comprehensive program of GIS activities that promotes protection and preservation of natural and cultural resources in a park.
KSA #4: Ability to manage an efficient information management system for geo-referenced data.
KSA #5: Ability to communicate professionally and effectively about technical subjects.
The following link is a list of questions from the online questionnaire. _PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL OR MAIL_ this preview, as it will only be accepted by online submission or fax.
View Assessment Questions
Veteran's preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (CPS, CP) are placed at the top of the highest category on the referral list (except for scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). XP and TP preference eligibles are placed above non-preference eligibles within their assigned category. If you are not sure of your preference eligibility, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans Preference Advisor. For more information, visit Feds Hire Vets.
To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must score within the Well Qualified group (prior to veterans' preference being applied) on the application questionnaire. For information, click CTAP/ICTAP.
All applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST): Friday, October 31, 2014
To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to: 1) Register for a new USAJobs account; or 2) Login to your existing USAJobs account. Then, you will be asked to answer a few questions, and upload or choose existing required documents, as we have listed in our vacancy announcement. You may return to continue your saved application at any time _before_ the closing date and time. Log-in to your account and click on " Application Status ". Click on the position title, and then select " Apply Online " to continue.
We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, questionnaire, and supporting documents to . You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX to document your responses to the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and use the Application Cover Page. You must also cite Vacancy Identification Number: 1226676.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses to the questionnaire and appropriate documentation is submitted, prior to the closing date of this announcement.
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OCCUPATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE: Follow the instructions above for completing and submitting the occupational questionnaire.
COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS: This position allows for substituting education for experience. If you are using education to meet qualifications for this position, you must submit a COPY of your college transcripts or equivalent documentation (a listing of college courses completed) to support your education. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and if applicable the date a degree was conferred.
VETERANS' PREFERENCE: You must provide acceptable documentation of your preference or appointment eligibility. The member 4 copy of your DD214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," is required. If you are claiming 10 point preference, you must also submit a Standard Form, (SF-15) "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference", and a letter (dated 1991 or later) from the Veterans Administration, showing the percentage of the service-connected disability. Veterans' preference is given in accordance with applicable laws and regulation.
CTAP/ICTAP ELIGIBLES: 1. A COPY of your agency notice, 2. A COPY of your most recent performance rating, and 3. A COPY of your most recent SF-50 noting: current position, grade level, and duty location. Once your online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.
After the announcement closes and your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. Based on applicant scores, the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees by visiting: Employee Benefits.
_For additional information about this position please contact:_
Mark Sappington, Natural Resources Program Manager
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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