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Project Specialist

Company name
Us National Park Service

$54,972.00 to $71,467.00

Harpers Ferry, WV

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$54,972 to $71,467 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 09

Work schedule

Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type



1 vacancy in the following location:

Harpers Ferry, WV

1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

Federal employees

Current or former competitive service employees, including:

Merit promotion

Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)




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This position is located in the Harpers Ferry Center for Media Services, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Highly skilled, interdisciplinary teams work in collaboration with parks and contractors to develop and produce an array of media products in support of the mission of the National Park Service. Among these are interior exhibits, wayside exhibits, AV productions, AV systems installations, master sign plans, conservation and digital media which are designed to engage a broad spectrum of visitors to communicate key interpretive concepts and other information that helps to ensure a safe and enlightened visit.

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The Project Specialist is responsible for assisting the Project Manager or Manager initiating, establishing, guiding, and controlling complex and multiple media, signage and conservation projects from inception through completion.

Establishes the order or project documentation to ensure overall project administration requirements are met.

Preps project agreements and facilitates their review and approval

Works with Project Manager or Manager to facilitate project budget formulation

Oversees simultaneous, multiple, and complex project budgets with multi-year project funding; identifies key requirements per fiscal year that could impact project implementation

Executive budget administration functions: monitors obligations, certifies expenditures, initiates disbursement of funds, prepares reports and periodic updates, prepares purchase request packages in current financial system, research and processes invoices and undelivered orders and reconciles project accounts

Performs end-of-year budget reconciliation with park Administrative Officers (AO); forecast funding requirement to address project needs for upcoming year(s) with park

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Current career or career conditional civilian Federal employees, residing within the commuting area of Harpers Ferry West Virginia or 30 Percent or More Disabled Veteran, under the Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment (VRA) or the Veterans’ Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job family (Series)

0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program



Conditions of Employment

U.S. citizenship

Background investigation with favorable adjudication

Appointment may require a one-year probationary period

Meet Selective Service Registration Act req. for males born after 12/31/59

Position requires an employment and financial disclosure statement

Selection of Specialty Codes – merit announcements only

You are required to select the method of consideration that

you are applying to when responding to the Occupational Questionnaire. Your choices will be either under competitive

or non-competitive promotion procedures.

We cannot change your selection, and you may apply to both methods, if

eligible. You are required to provide documentation to support your

application. Below are the specialty code and their definitions.

001 – Competitive

Consideration: Current and former

Federal employees with status, who have not

held a position with a full performance level at, or above, this position on a

permanent basis; and Veterans eligible under the VEOA authority.

002 – Special Hiring

Authority or Non-Competitive Consideration:

Individuals who currently or previously held a position with the full

performance level at or above that of the announced position on a permanent

basis; individuals with targeted disabilities; veterans who are 30% or more

disabled; certain military spouses; former Peace Corps and Vista Volunteers; individuals

eligible under the Public Land Corp Authority; Land Management Flexibility Act and other special appointing



Time in grade requirement must be met by closing date of the

announcement. Time in grade means you

must have served in the next lower grade for 52 week.

Applicants must have at least

one-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 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


For the GS-9, 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 for this position include providing

project management administrative support; creating and maintaining a variety

of project reports, agreements and related documentation; assisting with budget

planning, preparation, and execution; analyzing and evaluating changes in program

or project plans, available funding and their effect on the budget; preparing

financial reports consistent with regulations and guidelines; providing various

administrative services to enable efficient operation of a business or program



Substitution of education for experience:


years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's

degree or equivalent graduate degree with fields of study directly related to

the work of this position.

Combination of Education and Experience:

An equivalent combination of such education and

experience. For example, 6 months

of specialized experience (50% of the experience requirement), and 27 semester

hours or 41 quarter hours of related graduate level college study in an

accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education).

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:

Additional information

1. All requirements, including time-in-grade, and 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. NPS employees must personally gather all required documents. The Human Resources staff will not be retrieving or appending documents to your application on your behalf.

6. Telework options: You may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.

Physical Demands: This work is principally sedentary and requires substantial use of computer systems. Deadlines and conflicts associated with media project development may produce stressful situations. The work may require occasional local and out-of-town travel.

Work Environment: Work is performed in an office setting and involves minimal risks and observances of safety precautions. Assignment occasionally require site visits to regional parks/offices for meetings predominately held indoors in an office environment.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

A quality review of your application and supporting

documentation will be conducted to verify that your application package is

complete. Your application package is rated based on the duration, level and

quality of your experience, including related volunteer experience, education,

job related training and your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. In addition, you will be evaluated on the

extent to which you meet the following knowledge, skills and abilities for this

particular position:


of project management principles and processes.


of budget administration processes and requirements.


to organize work and communicate effectively.

To preview the Assessment Questionnaire

click here: TAG: Link to Assessment Questions only.

If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses

provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all

required documentation, you will be rated ‘ineligible', ‘not qualified', or

your score may be adjusted accordingly.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Required Documents

Required Documents

1. Resume: May be in any format. You must include 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

Federal employment, include your GS or equivalent grade, step, and series; if

military your rank. Applicants should not include privacy information, such as

full social security numbers and dates of birth, race or ethnic identification,

or photographs. Documents containing

privacy information and/or not formatted as stated above will be considered incomplete and will result in loss of consideration.

2. Occupational questionnaire: This

document is part of the on-line application process. If applying via fax,

follow the instructions in the How to apply section of this


3. SF-50 and Annual Performance Appraisal: Submit

a copy of your SF-50

that shows: the highest grade and step that you have held on a permanent basis,

and/or promotion potential if higher than your highest grade achieved, and

career status. If you need to

submit more than one SF-50 to document this information, you may do so. You

must also submit a complete copy of your performance appraisal received within

the past 15 months, i.e, for FY 2016. If

you do not have a current performance appraisal, please submit a statement as

to why it is not available, and submit the most previous. Do not submit copies of annual pay

increases or award SF-50s, as they do not contain the information we are

seeking. If you fail to submit these

documents, it will result in loss of consideration.

4. VEOA applicants/veterans' documentation (if

applicable): You must submit your most current DD-214 documenting your

military status and discharge information. Disabled veterans or derived

preference individuals must also submit a completed form SF 15, Application for

10-point Veterans' Preference; and a letter from the military branch of

service; or from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) issued in 1991 or

later, certifying that the veteran has a permanent service-connected

disability; or a letter from the military branch of service or from the DVA

certifying temporary disability dated within 12 months from the date of

application. For more information on

entitlement see

5. Transcripts

(if applicable to the position): Unofficial

transcripts are sufficient for application purposes, but must contain: your

major(s), courses by name and level, including grades and hours, and any

degrees awarded. If qualifying based on

education, or if a requirement of this position, you will be required to submit

an official transcript prior to entry on duty.

We do not make assumptions, so if the information submitted to confirm

your eligibility is not present, you will not be considered.

6. Persons with Disabilities: Individuals

with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric

disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring

authority. To be considered under this

authority, you must provide certified verification of a disability from a

licensed authority. More information is available at:

7. Displaced Federal employees who qualify for

CTAP/ICTAP: Please visit the s OPM Guide to Career Transition Resources for

complete information, available at

8. Land

Management Flexibility Act - Applicants who meet eligibility requirements

under The Act may apply for permanent positions (career/career-conditional

appointments) under merit promotion procedures. To be eligible for

consideration, an applicant must provide proof that they currently serve or

have previously served in a land management agency, and been initially been

hired under competitive examining procedures to a time­ limited appointment.

They must also who that they have served 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. Former land management agency

employees must apply for a position covered by these provisions within 2 years

after their most recent date of separation, and must have been separated, with

respect to their most recent separation, for reasons other than misconduct or

performance. For eligibility requirements and additional information on

the LMFA, please visit: Land Management Eligibility

under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act

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.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

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

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Online Application


You are encouraged to apply online,

which is the simplest application method, and will allow you to track the

status of your application. Instructions are provided below:

• To begin, log into USAJOBS, click

Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or to log into your existing account.

Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting

documents and complete the Occupational Questionnaire. To view questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

• Click the Submit My Answers button to

submit your application package.

• To verify your application is

complete, log into your USAJOBS account for confirmation.

If you cannot apply online:

Please visit the following link for further instructions:

reference the vacancy ID which is 1915333

If you experience difficulty using USAJOBS

contact their help desk at:

Agency contact information

Penni Sandoval







1201 Eye Street NW

Washington, DC


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Next steps

Upon closing of the announcement you will receive a

system-generated acknowledgement that your application was received. Qualified

applicants are referred to the selecting official, in accordance with OPM

requirements. Veteran's preference is not applicable in the referral or

selection processes in merit promotion procedures. 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.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

or how to contact an agency.

Legal and regulatory guidance

Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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