National Park Service Supervisory Education Specialist GS-1701-09/11 in Interior, South Dakota

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Job Overview

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The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking a highly skilled and motivated individual to serve as the Supervisory Education Specialist in Division of Interpretation & Resource Education at Badlands National Park and provides support for education activities at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. The incumbent has full responsibility for planning, developing, and implementing the park's education program at the early childhood through post secondary levels. The programs are multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, using not only the sciences but also the arts and humanities as routes to environmental and cultural understanding.

WHO MAY APPLY: Current career or career conditional competitive service employees with the National Park Service and current or former time-limited employees eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act. Former employees can request SF50s by emailing with their name, the last four digits of their Social Security Number, and a mailing address to receive the documents. If the mailing address is not in National Park Service records, you may be asked to fill out additional paperwork authorizing the release of personnel documents. DO NOT include your entire SSN or date of birth. Requests will be processed and documents mailed USPS within seven business days.

*Anticipated entrance on duty (EOD) date: Sep/Oct 2017. *

Number of Vacancies: One position will be filled from this job opportunity announcement. Additional vacancies for the same position title, series, and grade may be filled from this announcement, within 90 days of announcement close out date.


Coordinates and acts as liaison with area schools and other educational institutions to develop programs that will meet their needs, as well as achieve NPS objectives. Initiates and maintains meetings regularly with school representatives to plan and evaluate curriculum-based education programs, scheduling, and commitment to being a center for park resource education to the local education systems.

Incumbent has the primary manager responsibility to plan, develop, coordinate, and direct the park’s education outreach programs as they relate to both natural and cultural resources. Analyzes and evaluates education programs and proposals in regards to park policy and mission. Provides technical advice on educational activities. Represents the park at education related programs with other organizations. Makes presentations at professional meetings about the education program at Badlands National Park and at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.

AREA INFORMATION: Badlands National Park (BADL) is located on the eastern edge of the beautiful Black Hills of Western South Dakota. South Dakota has No State Income Tax, has been named as one of the Happiest and Safest States in the nation, is home to Top Ten Scenic Drives and Top Ten National Forests, and five National Park Service sites (Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Jewel Cave National Monument, and Wind Cave National Park). It features an Outdoor Life's Top City for Outdoor Enthusiasts and hosts the legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Badlands National Park is where we live and work in rural small town settings, only minutes from Rapid City's shopping, dining, cultural, and entertainment venues. Badlands National Park and the Black Hills experience more sunny days than Miami or Honolulu, ensuring year round outdoor recreation. Hiking, fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, water skiing, golf, snowmobiling, hunting, camping, down-hill and cross country skiing, antiquing and motorcycling—the opportunities in South Dakota are endless. The Badlands has stunning landscapes with the most picturesque views for photographing and hiking.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • In accordance with current travel regulations
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Federal Employees (NPS ONLY) and Land Management

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US citizenship required
  • Background investigation with favorable adjudication required
  • A valid state driver's license is required
  • Must wear an NPS uniform and comply with uniform standards
  • Government housing is not available
  • Supervisory probationary period required
  • Holiday, evening, and weekend work required

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcementThursday, July 20, 2017. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. Additional information on the qualification requirement is outlined in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook.

The Education Specialist GS-1701 series Individual Occupational Requirements are used in conjunction with the Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions:

BASIC Requirements: Transcripts Required 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 or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject-matter field appropriate to this position or combination of education and experience, courses equivalent to a major in education, or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study.

Specialized Experience and Education Requirements:**

GS-09:One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 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 include planning curriculum-based environmental education programs; conducting curriculum-based environmental education programs and events; preparing educational outreach materials for a natural resource programs; and coordinating with others in accomplishing environmental education programs.

ORPossess at least two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in a directly-related field such as education, natural resources education, natural sciences, earth sciences, history, archeology, anthropology, recreation, social sciences, sociology, or other closely related subjects pertinent to education about natural and cultural resources.

OR Combination of experience and education. For example, six months of specialized experience (50% of the experience requirement), and one full year of graduate study (50% of the education requirement).

GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience planning and implementing a comprehensive, curriculum based education program serving elementary through college students. Examples of specialized experience include planning curriculum-based environmental education programs; conducting curriculum-based environmental education programs and events; preparing educational outreach materials for a natural resource programs; and coordinating with others in accomplishing environmental education programs.

ORPossess 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree, or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in education or another field of study directly related to the work of this position.

OR Combination of experience and education. For example, I have six months of specialized experience (50% of the experience requirement), and 45 semester hours, or 68 quarter hours of directly related graduate education (50% of the education requirement).

IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE:To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. The transcripts must be received by the closing of this announcement to receive consideration. Applicants can verify accreditation

Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.

You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply.

Your application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

Physical Demands: Work is often active and requires walking, bending, stretching, and driving of vehicles. Working with various educational institutions will be physically and intellectually demanding.

Work Environment: Work will often be conducted in an office setting, but exposure to outdoors will be frequent. Some travel to remote districts or distant resources will occur. Heat, snow, high winds, and exposure to hazardous plants and animals represent the environmental factors affecting this position.

Time In-Grade:To be eligible status candidates, under merit promotion procedures, time-in-grade must be met by the closing date of the announcement. This requires applicants who have held a GS position at any time within the past twelve months to have served at least 52 weeks at the next lower grade level.

Probationary Period:You will be required to serve a supervisory probationary period of 1 year or a two year trial period, dependent upon your method of selection, if you have not yet met this requirement.

Driver's License:A valid state driver's license is required. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter, 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.

All federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit. Male applicants born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may/or may not be referred to the hiring official. You will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you may be contacted directly. You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed.


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Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations.

Other Information

*Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA): *Eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career/career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures. Must provide proof of currently serving or have previously served in a land management agency, and initially hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment. Must also show service in 1 or more time-limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years, and performed at an acceptable level during each period of service. Must apply within 2 years after most recent separation date, and separated for reasons other than misconduct or performance. See Land Management Eligibility under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act

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Open & closing dates: 2017-07-12 to 2017-07-20

Salary: $49,765 to $78,270 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 09 - 11

Series: 1701 General Education And Training

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: MWW-17-135-MP (1907386)

Control number: 463616800