A job announcement for a GS 9/11/12 Outdoor Recreation Planner Project Specialist with the National Park Service, Denver Service Center Planning Division will be open starting on 12/06/2021. The job will be posted on USAJOBS – The Federal Government’s official employment site.  Please see USAJOBS to access the announcement and please share this outreach with your networks!

The Planning Division of the Denver Service Center provides planning and compliance services across the national park system. The division may hire multiple positions with this announcement, and the incumbent(s) will serve on the Visitor Use Management and Socioeconomic Team in the division. The incumbent serves as a project specialist, helping park staff, in collaboration with the public, to develop strategies for supporting and managing visitor use, protecting resources, ensuring sustainable facilities and park operations, and connecting with the public and stakeholders through inclusive engagement opportunities in planning processes. Candidates should have a passion for public land planning, along with integrating best practices for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion into projects.  

The vacancy location will be negotiable. The position will be open for merit promotion (open to status candidates, Land Management eligibles, VEOA eligibles, Career Transition eligibles, and those eligible for special/noncompetitive hiring authorities including Public Land Corps).  Occasional travel will be required. Additional information on the outdoor recreation planner job series can be found here: POSITION CLASSIFICATION STANDARD FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION PLANNER SERIES, GS-0023

Applicants are encouraged to prepare for this announcement in advance since it will have a limit of 100 applicants and may close quickly (possibly within a few days) prior to the two-week open period. Please read the announcement carefully for specific application requirements. Questions on this announcement outreach can be directed to Kerri Cahill ([email protected])

To help interested applicants prepare for this announcement, the following is a list of anticipated requirements for the application:

  • 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 full and/or part-time and total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount of qualified specialized experience. If military or civilian federal service, please include your rank and/or grade.
  • A completed Occupational Questionnaire (available when the announcement is released).
  • Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as (Veterans Preference Documentation, Merit Promotion Eligibility, Noncompetitive and or Special Hiring Authorities).
  • SF-50s, for current/former federal employees, may be necessary for documenting highest GS-level, time in grade, and award(s). To support time in grade requirements, current/former federal employees must submit sufficient SF-50s to show 52 weeks at the next lower grade.  For current employees, this includes both the current SF-50 and another SF-50 from at least a year prior to prove she/he has 52 weeks at the required GS level. If you fail to do so, you may be found ineligible.
  • Most recent Employee Performance Appraisal Plan (EPAP), for current/federal employees, may be necessary
  • University transcripts, if qualifying based on education.
  • In addition to the above requirements, applicants will need to complete a USA Hire Assessmentwithin 48 hours of the application closing date/time. This is a new requirement as of December 2020 and may take up to 3 hours to complete.
    • Please note, the position announcement will close after the first 100 applicants apply or on the closing date; whichever comes first. This affects the time frame in which you must complete the assessment.
    • If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found here.
    • Click here for more information about the USA hire exam on the OPM website. There are several tabs with useful information. Perhaps most usefully, there is a sample questionnaire.