National Park Service Ecologist, 0408-11/12 in Fort Collins, Colorado

National Park Service
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Fort Collins, CO
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (12 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (2 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Who may apply: All U.S. Citizens

The employees of the National Park Service care for the special places that are the heritage of all Americans. Since its inception in 1916, the National Park Service has been dedicated to the preservation and management of this country's outstanding natural, historical, and recreational resources.

Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we prepare for a second century of Stewardship and Engagement. Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates.

Note: This position is concurrently open under Announcement Number HRCSS-NRSS-17-1704087 under merit promotion procedures. See HRCSS-NRSS-17-1704087 for specific instructions on how to apply under that announcement.

Number of Vacancies: We expect to fill two vacancies at this time; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies.

*Please read the entire announcement before you apply. *


The incumbent will be responsible for developing and implementing the national landscape dynamics and/or climate monitoring protocols for National Park Service administered lands included within the 32 Inventory & Monitoring Networks. In accomplishing this task, the incumbent will work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists, data management staff, and park managers to identify high priority resource issues, develop integrated and comprehensive approaches to monitoring and reporting the status and trends of resources for the purpose of establishing baseline reference conditions of park ecosystems. Specific duties include:

  • Developing and carrying out statistically valid data collection methods, conducting analysis of complex data, and determining and documenting the significance of findings.
  • Preparing scientific reports regarding the results of inventory and monitoring efforts, and summarizing new information for use by the scientific community, park staff, cooperators, and partners.
  • Coordinating park-based ecological monitoring strategies and programs with those on adjacent lands for the purposes of achieving broad ecosystem protection and conservation strategies.
  • Assisting natural resources management staff in parks, centers, and support offices by providing direct professional and programmatic advice and support.

*ADDITIONAL DUTY LOCATION INFORMATION: *Position Location: WASO Natural Resource Stewardship Science, Fort Collins, CO. Please visit for area information.

For specific area and housing information, or information directly pertaining to vacancy status, contact: Joe DeVivo, Deputy Chief for Science, Inventory & Monitoring, 970-267-2189.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Three nights per month
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background and/or security investigation is required.
  • All documents must be received by closing date.

Basic Requirement for GS-11 and GS-12:

Possess a 4-year degree in biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.

*Specialized Experience for GS-11: *Applicant must 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 duties such as: planning and implementing studies of ecosystem components, such as vegetation or wildlife habitat; developing and carry out scientific protocols for monitoring environmental factors, such as grasslands, forests, rangelands, and the interactions between them; studying and reporting on the structure and interactions of populations of species in a land area.

Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience for GS-11: The applicant does not have the one year of specialized experience as defined above; however, Applicant must successfully completed at least 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. 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 restoration ecology, aquatic ecology, wildlife ecology, or other directly-related subject matter.

*An Equivalent Combination of qualifying Education and Experience for GS-11: * The applicant does not have one year of specialized experience, or the three years of graduate education in a directly related field as described above, but has an equivalent combination of such education and experience. For example, I have 6 months of the specialized experience (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).

*Specialized Experience for GS-12: *Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade 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 for this position could include, but are not limited to: design, implement, review, and synthesize landscape-scale data such as land use/land cover, census, or climate data; investigate, or forecast changes in status, trends, and condition of natural, cultural, or socioeconomic resources based upon empirical data analysis.

There is no Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience for the GS-12.

Additional information on the qualification requirements can be viewed on the OPM web site at:

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants are responsible for providing documentation that the applicable educational provisions have been met. To qualify based on education you must submit a legible copy of transcripts or list of college courses with your name, school name, credit or semester hours, major(s), and a grade-point average or class ranking. Official transcripts are required upon selection if you qualified based on education.

Education must have been obtained from an accredited or pre-accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

For further information on creditable education visit: and

Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic job requirements. In addition, we will evaluate your responses to the attached online Assessment Questionnaire to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire click here: View Assessment Questions

The Assessment Questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform on the job:

*KSA 1. *Scientific/Technical Knowledge in Ecological or Biological Sciences.

*KSA 2. *Knowledge of data collection, management, and analysis methods.

*KSA 3. *Knowledge of park or related public use land management operations.

*KSA 4. *Ability to effectively communicate scientific data and information in writing.

Basis for rating:

Applicants who meet the qualification requirements specified above for this position will be evaluated, and a score assigned, based upon the responses provided on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position.

Applicants who meet the qualification requirements based on responses provided in the Applicant Assessment Questionnaire will be placed in one of three categories:

Category Group I (Best Qualified) – applicants who possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective factors and all quality ranking factors. Applicants considered best qualified must be highly proficient in all requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position.

Category Group II (Well-Qualified) – applicants possessing experience and/or education that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.

Category Group III (Qualified) – applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

Within these categories, applicants referred to the selecting official that are eligible for Veteran's Preference will receive selection priority over Non-Veterans.

DO NOT SEND Application materials by mail or email to the HR Franchise Office.


Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your complete application is received, we will verify your responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire against the other supporting application materials you submit, and your final score will be assigned. Based on applicant scores, the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when referral has been made and what the final outcome is. We expect to make a selection within 45 working days of the closing date of this announcement.


The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits to employees. The following web address is provided as a reference to explore the major benefits offered to most employees:

Other Information

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses is not authorized in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations and current National Park Service permanent change of station policy.

Government housing is not available.

Pre-employment National Agency Check (NACI) must be completed for anyone who doesn't already have this level of clearance prior to entry on duty.

Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license.

Travel is required. Travel 3 nights per month.

This position is eligible for telework with supervisory approval.

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law.

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.

Work environment: 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, volcanoes, caves, firelines, arctic environments, swamps, deserts, and forests. Flying in fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters is possible.

CTAP/ICTAP - Qualified individuals applying based on special priority consideration rights under Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. To be considered well-qualified for this purpose, you must clearly meet all qualification requirements specified for this position including any selective factors, and must also clearly meet the fully satisfactory or equivalent level for each of the rating factors knowledges, skills, abilities, and competencies required for this position as specified above.

Individuals claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

Veteran's Preference - If you are claiming Veteran's Preference, you MUST clearly identify your claim on your application and provide specific required evidence such as: DD-214, "Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty", or Standard Form 15 (SF-15), "Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference" and proof requested on the form. Failure to submit appropriate supporting documentation will result in NOT granting Veteran's Preference.

Salary Range: $63,691.00 to $99,243.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0408-11/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 448540400

Job Announcement Number: HRCSS-NRSS-16-170411