National Park Service Interdisciplinary(Ecosystem Modeler) in Homestead, Florida
Summary This position is a career/career-conditional permanent full-time position located in Everglades National Park, in the South Florida Natural Resources Center Division. Open to the first 100 applicants or until 09/27/2021 whichever comes first. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration. Responsibilities Serve as the senior expert in the field of Ecosystem Modeling, responsible for installation and operation of the Regional Simulation Modes, running model scenarios, producing analytical summaries, and creating presentations and report on a broad range of topics related to the Everglades ecosystem and South Florida to provide senior technical guidance on restoration issues. Develops and implements technical approaches to meet complex water resource management objectives with respect to restoration and other environmental challenges on varying time scales. Performs periodic project briefings for NPS/DOI officials, Park management, SFNRC staff and the public, summarizing status of technical questions and issues requiring potential policy attention/intervention. Develops positions and represent SFNRC, local parks, and NPS needs in the local scientific modeling community, contributing to interagency efforts that provide benefits to the natural resources of one or more park unit. Develop long-term plans with respect to modeling capacity, including identifying needs and engaging in the development of agreements or contracts to meet those needs including selecting partners and managing performance. Review work performed under contracts or agreements to assure benefits to the overacting program. Identify areas for growth and develop partnerships to meet these new and changing objectives. Ensures all technical data/information and correspondence is cataloged and appropriately backed up, and transferred to the archival databases (such as DocuShare). Serves as the Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COR) and/or Agreement Technical Representative (A TR) on assigned water resources projects, including developing the project scope, tracking programs, and reviewing/approving invoices. Plans, executes, oversees and ultimately reports out on approaches that extend or modify existing theories or concepts at the intersection of restoration and resource management. Develop and share guidance on new and novel approaches as applicable to SFNRC(South Florida Natural Resources Center) objectives. Requirements Conditions of Employment U.S. Citizenship required. Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication. Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males. 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. 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. If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period. 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-09/27/2021-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement. Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. To receive credit for experience, your resume MUST clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the resume must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount of qualified specialized experience. SELECTIVE FACTOR: This position performs ,professional knowledge of ecosystem model operation and evaluation, and experience with both the implementation of models and their application to the field of ecologic restoration. Evidence is required.to be shown in resume. Candidates who do not meet this requirement by close of this announcement will receive no further consideration for this position. - AND - To qualify for this position at the GS-13 grade level, you must possess the following qualifications by close of the announcement: BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR 0401:successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR -0408: successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in biology or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester/45 quarter hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester/14 quarter hours in ecology and 12 semester/18 quarter hours in physical and mathematical sciences. BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR 1301: successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's 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. OR combination of education and experience with education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education. In addition to meeting the selective factor and the basic requirement for each series, you must also possess the specialized experience for the position: Specialized Experience: possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of specialized experience managing broad, interdisciplinary natural and cultural resources management programs; providing oversight and leadership for programs such as: natural resource management; cultural resource management; archeological and collections management; inventorying and monitoring program; and the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) networks. 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. There is no substitution of education for experience at the grade level(s) of this announcement. 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. 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 work is typically performed in an office setting with no special physical demands. However, work may also be performed in the field which involves periods of walking, bending, climbing, or driving motor vehicles to worksites. The work may also involve some overnight travel for training, meetings, and site visits. Working Conditions: The work involves intermittent exposure to moderate risks, discomforts, and unpleasantness such as: high noise levels, infectious materials, or toxic or irritating chemicals; travel in safety approved small aircraft and water craft; high winds and low or high temperatures; infestation of dangerous reptiles or poisonous plants, snakes, or insects; adverse weather conditions; noxious fumes; flammable liquids; or radiation. The work involves performing tasks in close proximity to rotating heavy mechanical and electrical machinery and may involve working within confined spaces for extensive periods of time. Special safety precautions such as protective clothing and gear are necessary. Safety precautions and protocols are observed at all times and the scientist complies with safety instructions and regulations and ensures individual and others' safety by promptly reporting unsafe acts, unsafe conditions, and accidents to the supervisor 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.