Landscape Architect

US Department of the Interior - Hawaii National Park, HI

Full-time | Part-time
Duties
Summary

This position is located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, in the Facilities Management Division.

Responsibilities

This position focuses on the management of planning, design and construction of Landscape Architectural projects as well as other general project management responsibilities with a focus on executing projects within scope, schedule and budget. Serves as central point of contact on all project issues. Prepare and review designs for simple to complex structures, site designs, open space and protected areas. Develop feasible alternative design recommendations and cost comparisons. Apply technical knowledge to resolve problems with construction. Ensure that projects comply with NEPA, NHPA and other environmental laws.

Manages a multi-disciplinary team that performs planning, design and construction. Works with staff, partners and the public to determine project objectives, goals, work options, and alternatives. Develops project scopes, prepares cost estimates and oversees contracted services.

Manage contracted services for studies, surveys, engineering, design, construction and inspection. Serve as contracting officer's representative (COR) for multiple and varied park projects such as planning and architect/engineer projects.

Makes formal and informal oral presentations to public and private sector audiences. Participates in meetings to resolve issues involving high profile planning and design projects. Demonstrates a willingness to listen to and consider alternative views. Prepares a variety of correspondence, reports, and technical documents for a wide range of audiences. Understands the purpose and function of various communication tools and effectively uses them during the planning process.

Duties will be developmental in nature when filled below the full performance level.

Special Consideration: The island of Hawaii is subject to high concentrations of volcanic fumes, especially sulfur dioxide gasses. The fumes are known to be hazardous to an unborn fetus, and persons with heart and respiratory problems. The Kona coast primarily experiences fog conditions throughout the year, and occasionally eastern Hawaii Island and other Hawaiian islands. Long-term effects on normal healthy persons are unknown. although these conditions are currently rare they may resume without notice.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

Job family (Series)

0807 Landscape Architecture

Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship required.
Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males
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.
You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.
You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.
If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
You may be required to travel overnight away from home a couple times a year for training. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.
You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.
NOTE: Legislation provides that federal salaries in Hawaii will transition from base pay plus a cost-of-living allowance (COLA) to the locality pay-based system that applies in the 48 contiguous states. Locality pay will be phased in, and COLA will be phased out accordingly through annual reductions. Currently, the COLA pay in Hawaii is 10.64% with the exception of Hawaii island, which is 4.76%. The salary annotated on this announcement includes the locality, however, does not include the cost-of-living allowance.

Qualifications
All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-11/22/2019-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement.

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. To receive credit for experience, your resume MUST clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the resume must reflect either full-time or 40 hours per week. If a part-time work schedule is reflected, the hours must be annotated to ensure proper crediting of specialized experience.

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT To qualify for this position, you must meet at least one of the following basic education requirements.

Education: possess a 4-year or higher degree in landscape architecture or landscape design.
  • OR-
Combination of Education & Experience - combination of education and experience: for each year short of graduation, the applicant must have had one 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. NOTE: The following kinds of experience are not acceptable as professional Landscape Architecture experience: routine drafting or developing of plans where original investigations or designs are not involved; laying out or executing illustrations in black and white or in color; nursery work involving the propagation of trees, shrubs, vines; experimental horticultural, or landscape, gardening; breeding, testing, propagation, culture, and production of plants, flowers, trees, or corps; forestry work involving the management of forest resources for the continuous production of timber, water, forage, and other forest values; architectural and engineering work limited to the design of structures; work in city and community planning that relates primarily to the broad social and economic growth of cities and communities and the organization of community services and facilities.

In addition to the basic education requirements listed above, you must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement to qualify for the GS-11:

EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes the following activities: Use professional engineering and architectural theory and methods to assist a senior Landscape Architect with the review of the design of structures, facilities, systems or sites for construction, renovation or restoration; participate in reviewing the requirements for the design or repair, installation or modernization of engineering equipment or systems; inspecting construction, renovation or restoration projects for structures, facilities or sites; assist contracting officer with negotiating acceptance of recommended changes with representatives from the public and private sectors; and communicating effectively orally and in writing. Drafting scopes of work, drafting Government estimates, providing technical assistance on construction impacts, drafting project capital asset plans and spending plans; participating in occupancy inspections, pre-final, and final inspections. You must include hours per week worked.
  • OR-
EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree with a major study in landscape architect. You must include transcripts.
  • OR-
Successful completion of a COMBINATION of education and experience as described above. To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree, in excess of 36 semester hours, and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then, take the number of months of experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. You must include transcripts.

In addition to the basic education requirements listed above, you must possess the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement to qualify for the GS-12.

EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes the following activities: Use professional engineering and architectural theory and methods to develop or review the design of structures, facilities, systems or sites for construction, renovation or restoration; developing or reviewing the requirements for the design or repair, installation or modernization of engineering equipment or systems; overseeing or supervising construction, renovation or restoration projects for structures, facilities or sites; negotiating acceptance of recommended changes with representatives from the public and private sectors; and communicating effectively orally and in writing. Writing scopes of work, developing Government estimates, providing technical assistance on construction impacts, developing and updating project capital asset plans and spending plans; participating in occupancy inspections, pre-final, and final inspections.

In addition to the basic qualifications and specialized experience described above, selectee must possess or be able to obtain within 90 days of entry of duty a current Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COR) Certification and maintain a current COR certification to be eligible for this position.

Volunteer Experience: 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.
Education

To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with 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.

Additional information

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

Promotion to the full performance level is neither guaranteed nor implied and will be based solely on your ability to satisfactorily perform the work of the position, existing work at the higher grade level, and recommendation by the position's supervisor.

Physical Demands: The work is basically sedentary with occasional physical activity (walking, climbing, bending, stooping) during field work, and may require visits to remote sites which require walking or riding over rough, uneven surfaces.

Working Conditions: Work is performed in both an office setting and occasionally in the field as required to perform on-site investigations and inspections.

The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework.

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, https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information.

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 Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score will be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you can lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions can 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:
Contracting/Procurement
Interpersonal Skills
Landscape Architecture
Project Management

Please submit 1) a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and 2) a list of any awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. Any performance appraisal/evaluation and award documentation you provide will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will review this documentation and give it due weight consideration during the overall selection process.

If you do not have your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation, please submit a statement as to why it is not available. Please indicate if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Not Required

Drug test required

No

Position sensitivity and risk

Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

National security

Required Documents

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 11/22/2019.

Resume which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, dates specified in month and year format, and the resume must reflect either full-time or 40 hours per week. If a part-time work schedule is reflected, the hours must be annotated to ensure proper crediting of specialized experience. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade.
A complete Occupational Questionnaire

Merit Promotion Eligibility Documentation such as:
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 www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 1-800-827-1000 to establish proof of disability.

Performance Appraisals and Awards:
All applicants must submit their most recent performance appraisal showing the official rating of record and signed by a supervisor or, if one is unavailable, a statement as to why it is not available (including if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level).
Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.
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.

Benefits

Benefits

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