Telecommunications Specialist (Radio Systems)
Sequoia National Park
This position is located in the Division of Business and Administrative Support, Branch of Telecommunications and Electronics, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI).
Ash Mountain, Sequoia National Park Headquarters Area
Anticipated entry on duty:
Mid October, 2018
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This position serves as a Telecommunications Specialist for the Pacific West Region, National Park Service. This position will engage in a broad range of planning, coordination, design, installation/implementation, analysis, management and maintenance of all land mobile, two-way radio communications systems/services (microwave, radio, 911 and law enforcement radio dispatch, telephone, data communications, and alarm/telemetry communications), special electronics systems (traffic counters, trail counters, alarm sensors, video surveillance systems, and solar power systems), and computer/data processing systems required to support wildland fire operations and law enforcement operations, including 911 emergency dispatch at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and the Pacific West Region, which includes sixty field areas.
This position works under the supervision of the Regional Telecommunications Manager, with responsibilities for all matters relating to land mobile, two-way radio communications and electronic equipment operations, repair, and maintenance. Tasks include assisting the Telecommunications Manager with system planning. This involves the technical and analytical work necessary to identify, develop, and evaluate various options or new technologies for radio communications systems throughout all field areas in the Pacific West Region.
50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship required.
Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.
Valid U.S. Passport for travel to Guam, Saipan and American Samoa required.
Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
Any individual who is currently holding, or has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet time-in-grade requirements (must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent in the Federal service). Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid driver's license is required. You will be required to submit a Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also 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 disclose all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you.
Overtime may be required.
If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
You will be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.
This position operates a government vehicle on a regular basis, and a valid state driver's license is required. Candidates who do not meet this requirement by close of this announcement will receive no further consideration for this position.
Basic Requirements for Telecommunications Specialist GS-0391:
An undergraduate (or graduate) education equivalent to a bachelor's degree with major study in telecommunications management, electrical or electronic engineering, mathematics, physics, computer science, information systems management or other fields directly related to the position to be filled. You must include transcripts.
The amount and type of specialized experience that is equivalent to a bachelor's degree in scope and depth (four or more years) that required evaluating, analyzing, developing, managing, or improving communications systems, procedures, and requirements that demonstrated knowledge of current developments and trends in communications concepts and technology.
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To qualify for this position at the GS-11 grade level, you must possess of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:
At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) that required evaluating, analyzing, developing, managing, or improving Telecommunications systems or procedures and which demonstrates my knowledge of current developments and trends in telecommunications concepts and technology. This experience includes activities such as: configuring, installing and managing telecommunications systems under time pressure to support day-to-day communication and incident response readiness; integrating telecommunications equipment including radio, telephone and data transmission and communication systems involving routers, and other components with audio/video satellite capability; evaluating and providing recommendations to improve telecommunications capabilities; and communicating effectively orally and in writing. You must include hours per week worked.
Successful completion of at least three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (54 semester/81 quarter hours or the number your school uses to represent three academic years of full-time graduate study) in telecommunications management, electrical or electronic engineering, computer science mathematics, information systems management, physics, public utilities, statistics, or a directly related field. **You must include transcripts.
Successful completion of a COMBINATION
of education and experience as described above.
* You must include transcripts.**
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.
**You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as varies, part-time or intermittent.
In preparing your application, describe in detail the experience and training which you have had that specifically prepared you for this job and to perform the duties described for this job. Experience should be clearly described and documented in your resume. The qualifications reviewer will not assume performance of such duties by Job Titles alone.**
To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institutionwith 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.
This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.
The work involves both bench work and field work.
The bench work portion of the job is usually sedentary and will involve the usual amount of sitting, walking, standing, and bending associated with office work, informal meetings, and the use of bench equipment such as computers, analyzers, and soldering stations. Bench work includes working with micro-miniature circuitry, requiring the use of magnification devices and clean, precise working practices.
The field portion of the job will include driving, hiking, and carrying equipment. Thus the employee will occasionally carry a heavy backpack (up to 50 lbs.) and hike over rough, uneven, rocky terrain or slippery surfaces at elevations from 1,000 ft. to over 10,000 ft. and in temperatures from 20F to 110 F. Field work involves some physical exertion such as long periods of standing, recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, and recurring lifting of moderately heavy items.
Work involves driving long distances in hazardous conditions, such as four-wheel drive access areas, over steep and mountainous or rough high desert terrain. The position may require flying in helicopters and boating in varying weather conditions.
Office work is performed in an adequately lighted and climate controlled office, which requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time working at a bench.
Field work includes exposure to extreme weather conditions (over 100 degrees F), steep and uneven terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals. Field conditions involve the employee being exposed to noise, dust, heat, weather, and aircraft turbulence.
Work occasionally includes travel to different sites over long distances and exposure to extreme weather conditions (i.e. rain, snow, fog).
The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.
Government housing (some accessible to persons with disabilities) within the park MAY be available on a limited/bid basis, and assigned based on management needs.
Poor air quality afflicts Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, especially during summer months - generally May to October. High ozone levels may be the most harmful pollutant here. In summer months, concentrations often exceed the federal ozone health standards. For more information: ****Dual Career Opportunity:
This is a dual career opportunity. Please see other vacancy(s) currently being advertised at this location. For current vacancies see: ****National Park, California&p;=1.
This is not a drug and/or alcohol testing designated position; however all Federal government employees are subject to reasonable suspicion testing as appropriate.
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, ****Read more
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.
Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion
procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are highly qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Best qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.
Candidates who apply under Noncompetitive Merit Promotion
procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.
You will be evaluated on the following competencies:
Administration and Management
Systems Testing and Evaluation
Technical Problem Solving
Background checks and security clearance
Q - Nonsensitive
Drug test required
The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 08/22/2018.
which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, with dates specified in month and year format, and indicate hours worked per week. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade.
A complete Occupational Questionnaire
Merit Promotion Eligibility Documentation
Federal employees must submit a copy of their latest SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, such as the initial hire, promotion, or reassignment, showing position title, series, grade and tenure (please do not submit an Award SF-50 unless it provides the necessary information) and, if different, an SF-50 showing highest permanent grade ever held.
Veterans Preference Documentation (e.g. DD-214, SF-15, VA Letter as appropriate)
Documentation for the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) eligibility, which includes ALL Appointment AND Termination SF-50s for EACH appointment as well as ALL performance evaluations, for each qualifying period of temporary employment claimed.
Other Supporting Documents
, if applicable, such as:
Veterans Preference Documentation:
If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran
, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives.
If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge
, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, & 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran
, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15, and if applicable, a completed SF15. You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from ****or **** to establish proof of disability.
Due Weight for Performance Appraisals and Awards:
Please submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and a list of any incentive awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. You must provide performance appraisal/evaluation and incentive award documentation which will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will use this documentation to assign a due weight point value to be considered during the overall selection process. If you do not have a current performance appraisal, please submit a statement as to why it is not available, and if it was at an acceptable level. If you fail to submit this documentation, it will result in no points being assigned by the selecting official during the selection process.
Documentation that you meet Selective Factors.
College transcripts, if qualifying based on education.
Documentation for Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan consideration if you are a displaced Federal employee within the local commuting area. You must include: 1) Proof you are a displaced Federal employee, e.g., RIF Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, etc; 2) SF-50s (Notifications of Personnel Action) showing career/conditional tenure competitive status, promotion potential and duty location; and 3) your most recent performance appraisal. To exercise selection priority, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above 85 on the rating criteria for this position.
Do not submit photographs with your application package.
Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.
Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents.
Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency's staffing offices.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
To apply for this position:
You must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. To receive consideration, the complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 08/22/2018.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
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Open & closing dates:
08/09/2018 to 08/22/2018
Pay scale & grade:
$29.33 to $38.13 per hour