National Park Service Interdisciplinary General Engineer, Landscape Architect, Architect in Lakewood, Colorado

National Park Service
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Lakewood, CO
Work Schedule is Full Time - Term NTE 13 months

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (4 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (9 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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. For more information visit us at Find Your Park

The National Park Service is one of the most beloved of all Federal agencies and being a part of its mission has always been rewarding work for our 22,000 diverse employees and more than 200,000 volunteers. Come join us in one of the most exciting times in our history, as we celebrate our centennial year of stewardship for millions of visitors who come to our parks, monuments, battlefields, historic sites, lakeshores, scenic rivers and trails, on an annual basis. You too can be part of preserving and enhancing the lasting legacy for generations to come. To learn more about who we are, watch and enjoy our YouTube video: “Yeah, We Are Beautiful”.

This position will be located within the Denver Service Center (DSC), Design & Construction Division. The Denver Service Center is the central planning, design and construction project office for the National Park Service. DSC provides cradle to grave project management and delivery; from planning to construction. DSC works in every region and more than half of all parks in the National Park system.

This is a Term; time limited appointment not to exceed 13 months with the potential to be non-competitively extended up to a total of four (4) years. Subject to successful performance and the need for the position after 13 months. Term appointments do not confer competitive status.

"Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee."


The Project Specialist (PS) is responsible for initiating, establishing, guiding, and controlling one or more design/construction projects from inception to completion; writing scopes of work; developing Government estimates, assisting in the negotiation of task orders; managing and overseeing contracted efforts; providing quality assurance of contracted products; and closing out compliance, pre-design, and construction management efforts. Coordinates closely with Project Managers, Contract Administration, A/E and Construction Management personnel to insure modifications to contracts are fair and reasonable and are processed in a timely and efficient manner with minimal disruption to the overall project schedule and serves as a member or chairperson of the Technical Evaluations Panels (TEP) for the selection of Construction contractors and Architectural/Engineering contractors. At the GS-11 level, you will perform the full range of duties with closer supervision and direction. Your work is designed to prepare you for higher-level assignments, and as such you will receive instructions on approach, deadlines, and your work is subject to review while in progress.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel up to 1-5 nights per month.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US Citizenship
  • Background investigation with favorable adjudication
  • Appointment will require a one-year trial period
  • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirements

Transcripts are required to be submitted by all applicants.

Basic Requirements

GS-0801, General Engineer: a degree in professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: 1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or 2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: a) statics, dynamics; b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; d) thermodynamics; e) electrical fields and circuits; f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR, A combination of education and experience—college level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering sciences, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: 1) Professional Registration; 2) Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) exam or the written test required for professional registration; 3) Specified academic courses--Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The course must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described under the basic requirements; or 4) Related curriculum--Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or appropriate professional field provided the applicant has 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

GS-0807, Landscape Architect: A degree in landscape architecture or landscape design. OR, A Combination of education and experience--for each year short of graduation, the applicant must have had 1 year of experience under professional leadership and guidance of such character and diversity as to be a satisfactory substitute for the required education. This experience must have included original landscape design.

Experience Equivalent to a Degree in Landscape Architecture: A degree in landscape architecture indicates that an applicant has the basic background to perform professional landscape architectural work at the beginning levels, and has the potential to develop the skills and abilities required at the higher levels. Experience may be substituted for education to the extent that it provided the equivalent background. However, because an education provides some knowledge that cannot be measured in terms of course content, but rather is part of general knowledge and cultural background gained as a result of interrelationships among courses, careful judgment must be used in evaluation experience substituted for education as provided for in the basic requirements.

The objective of providing for the substitution of experience for education is to avoid excluding proven professional landscape architects from the Federal service. However, relatively few applicants will qualify on the basis of experience alone. The time required in the case of an individual applicant to acquire the required experience may take substantially more than 4 years. In view of the breadth and depth of training required, it is rare that a person will qualify without some course work in addition to experience.

Applicants who apply on basis of experience in lieu of education are required to show their background is equivalent to a degree. In order to qualify at the entrance level, non-degree applicants typically must have experience or study that included site planning; layout of circulation patterns; grading and drainage plans; planting plans; collaboration with architects and/or engineers; and the supervision or review of landscape construction.

GS-0808, Architect: a degree in architecture; or related field that included 60 semester hours of course work in architecture or related disciplines of which at least (1) 30 semester hours were in architectural design, and (2) 6 semester hours were in each of the following: structural technology, properties of materials and methods of construction, and environmental control systems. OR, A combination of education and experience--college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the arts and sciences underlying professional architecture, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the architectural principles, methods, and techniques and their applications to the design and construction or improvement of buildings. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by at least one of the following: 1) Related Curriculum--Degree in architectural engineering may be accepted as satisfying in full the basic requirements, provided the completed coursework in architectural engineering provided knowledge, skills, and abilities substantially equivalent to those provided in the courses specified above. The curriculum for a degree in either architecture or architectural engineering covers function, esthetics, site, structure, economics, mechanical-electrical, and other engineering problems related to the design and construction of buildings primarily (but not exclusively) intended to house human activities. The courses required for a degree in architecture generally place emphasis upon planning esthetics, and materials and methods of construction, while the courses for an architectural engineering degree place equal or greater weight on the technical engineering aspects such as structural systems, mechanical systems, and the properties of materials. Because of this difference in emphasis, persons with degrees in architecture may have a preference for work assignments that offer greater opportunities for them to express their artistic and creative abilities. As a result, they may be concerned with planning and design aspects of architecture, and persons with degrees in architectural engineering may be more engaged in aspects emphasizing technical engineering considerations. 2) Experience--An applicant lacking a degree in architecture must have held 1 year of experience in an architect's office or in architectural work for each year short of graduation from a program of study in architecture. This experience must have demonstrated that the applicant acquired a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture.

Specialized Experience for the GS-11 level

In addition to the basic requirements, applicants must have at least one-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position.

  • Writing scopes of work and estimating their required level of effort to accomplish with assistance from project team management; and
  • Providing technical assistance during the planning/design/construction process; and
  • Participating in construction progress and final inspections.

Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience for GS-11:three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

An Equivalent Combination of Qualifying Education and Experience for GS-11:Have an equivalent combination of such education and experience. For example, I have 6 months of the specialized experience described (50% of the experience requirement), and 45 semester hours or 68 quarter hours of directly related graduate level college study as defined above in an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education).

Specialized Experience for the GS-12 level

In addition to the basic requirements, applicants must have at least one-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position.

  • Independently writing scopes of work and estimating their required level of effort to accomplish; and
  • Providing technical assistance during the planning/design/construction process, including developing construction cost estimates and capital expenditure plans; and
  • Participating in construction progress and final inspections; and
  • Participating in A/E construction contractor selection panels; and
  • Evaluating projects against time-phased schedules and budget requirements; and
  • Developing corrective actions to ensure successful project accomplishment.

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


Your program and institution must be accredited by the Department of Education. Foreign education is acceptable if it has been evaluated by an organization recognized by the Department of Education. For a list of accredited institutions, and/or for a list of organizations that can approve foreign education visit:

There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 grade level of this announcement.

Selection of Specialty Codes

You are required to select the method of consideration that you are applying to when responding to the Occupational Questionnaire. We cannot change your selection, and you may apply to all applicable series, if eligible. You are required to provide documentation to support your application. Below are the specialty code and their definitions.

001 – General Engineer

002 – Landscape Architect

003 – Architect

Security Clearance

Q - Sensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Upon closing of the announcement you will receive a system-generated acknowledgement that your application was received. Applications in the highest category are referred to the selecting official, in accordance with OPM category procedures. Veterans are referred and given selection priority over non-veterans. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. We inform applicants if they met the basic requirements for the position, were among the group referred to the selecting official, and the final outcome of this career opportunity. These notices will be posted directly to your USAJOBS account.


If you are a current Federal employee, your benefits will not change if selected for this position.

Other Information
  1. All requirements, including a complete application with required documentation, must be met and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date of this announcement.

  2. Information contained in your application package will be verified as part of the employment and security process.

  3. Relevant volunteer work may be credited as paid work if appropriate to the position.

  4. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59, and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered, or you will not be eligible for appointment in this agency.

  5. Telework options: may be allowed with supervisory approval following a probationary period.

  6. Physical Demands: Work is generally sedentary, with some walking in the parks during scoping and pre-design, and design activities, and at construction sites during field orientation, construction observation, and final/post inspection phases. Because of project demands, considerable personal stress is ever present.

  7. Work Environment: Work is generally in an office setting, with occasional field work involving moderate risks of construction operations. Frequent travel to project.

  8. Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotion to you if you are selected. Future promotions will not be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

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

Series & Grade: GS-0801, 0807, 0808-11/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 449721300

Job Announcement Number: WASO SHRO LKTM 17-1769716