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    Job Title: Recreation Specialist

    Department: Department Of Agriculture

    Agency: Forest Service

    Sub Agency: Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers

    Job Announcement Number: OCRP-JC-188-79-RECSPEC-DP


    SALARY RANGE:

    $38,790.00 – $61,678.00 /year

    OPEN PERIOD:

    Wednesday, November 24, 2010 to Friday, September 30, 2011

    SERIES & GRADE:

    GS-0188-09/09

    POSITION INFORMATION:

    Full Time Permanent – No time limit

    PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

    09

    DUTY LOCATIONS:

    28 vacancies – Throughout the Nation

    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:

    US citizens

    JOB SUMMARY:

    Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for USDA Forest Service applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on http://www.avuecentral.com/vacancy.html?ref=WSWNN.

    KEY REQUIREMENTS:

    • See Other Information.

    Duties

    Additional Duty Location Info:

    28 vacancies – Throughout the Nation

    DUTIES:(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

    This position is located on a Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center. The purpose of this position is to plan, organize, execute and supervise the Center’s recreational and avocational program. The incumbent coordinates and administers a variety of activities for a recreation program that offers a variety of activities beyond basic program requirements, complicated by special environmental elements. Programs and services are designed to insure diverse recreation opportunities for a wide variety of students with varying interests in a residential living setting. The incumbent plays a major role in motivating students in proper attitude, behavior, and participation in Center activities. Directs and guides students in Center living and group adjustment. Coordinates recreation activities of various facilities such as a swimming pool, gymnasium, picnic areas and athletic fields. Determines when activities are to be scheduled and how they are to be carried out. Directs instructional programs, determines hours of operation and scheduling priorities, and manages special events. Plans and coordinates details for recurring and one-time activities such as intramural sports or joint community activities. Develops program plans and annual budget requirements. Insures that program emphasis is on the activities most appropriate to the student population. Provides supervision to recreation assistant positions; includes planning work, setting priorities, evaluating performance.

    Qualifications and Evaluations

    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

    MINIMUM FEDERAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

    Grade 07: Qualifying experience for the GS-7 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to GS-5 which demonstrated the ability to apply the principles of one or more specialty areas of recreation. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

    (1) Planning, organizing, coordinating, supervising, or evaluating community, industrial, outdoor, institutional, or other recreational programs.

    (2) Planning, establishing, or evaluating a recreational curriculum for junior college or higher academic levels.

    (3) Instructing in the principles and techniques of recreational program planning and management.

    (4) Serving in a leadership role in the programs and activities of local, regional, and/or national recreational organizations.

    SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: The experience requirement may be met by successful completion of one full academic year of graduate level education with major study in general recreation, or one of the appropriate fields of recreation such as outdoor recreation; recreation and parks leadership; wild land recreation management; natural resources recreation; youth recreation; public, urban, or community recreation; special populations recreation (e.g., senior citizens, institutional, etc.); or physical education; OR successfully meeting the requirements of the Superior Academic Achievement provisions.

    COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.

    Grade 09: Qualifying experience for the GS-9 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-7 level that demonstrated the ability to apply the principles of one or more specialty areas of recreation. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

    (1) Planning, organizing, coordinating, supervising, or evaluating community, industrial, outdoor, institutional, or other recreational programs.

    (2) Planning, establishing, or evaluating a recreational curriculum for junior college or higher academic levels.

    (3) Instructing in the principles and techniques of recreational program planning and management.

    (4) Serving in a leadership role in the programs and activities of local, regional, and/or national recreational organizations.

    SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: The experience requirement for the GS-9 level may be met by two (2) full academic years of graduate level education or completion of all requirements for a master’s or equivalent graduate degree with major study in general recreation, or one of the appropriate fields of recreation such as outdoor recreation; recreation and parks leadership; wild land recreation management; natural resources recreation; youth recreation; public, urban, or community recreation; special populations recreation (e.g., senior citizens, institutional, etc.); or physical education.

    COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS POSITION

    Specialized experience directly related to this position should be documented in the Work History section of the online application. Applicants are encouraged to provide a narrative in the Work History section that describes the duties performed relative to the specialized experience defined for this position. Show percentage of time performing these duties if work involved a variety of different duties, i.e., where only a portion of the work experience would be creditable for this position. Specialized experience for this position is defined as one or more of the following:

    GS-07: Assisted in planning segments of special events and recurring activities, such as cultural tours, trips, exhibits, fitness events, and shows; assisted in the preparation of records and reports regarding various aspects of specific recreation center activities, such as participation rates, operating costs, staff and equipment requirements, and services provided without cost; and/or assisted in planning and conducting specific recreation activities, such as basketball, roller skating, and lessons in karate; organizing facilities for swimming events, setting up areas for exhibits, or carrying out various assignments in preparation for athletic and social events.

    GS-09: Following established procedures, planned and coordinated the details of recurring activities and special events, such as historical and cultural tours, trips, exhibits, athletic events, talent shows, and annual events; administered basic recreational services, including selecting, scheduling, and publicizing events and activities; and or developed recreational program plans and/or budget requirements for a segment of a larger recreation program covering conventional activities, such as table games, writing and TV room activities, and social, educational, and cultural events.

    See Other Information for further requirements.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.

    Benefits and Other Info

    BENEFITS:

    See Other Information.

    OTHER INFORMATION:

    As a condition of employment for this position, the incumbent is required to possess a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) with a passenger endorsement and must maintain the license and endorsement throughout the duration of their appointment. As part of the CDL requirement, all incumbents of this position must participate in random alcohol and drug testing.

    Applicants who currently possess a CDL with passenger endorsement, MUST attach a copy of their license and endorsement at the time of submitting their application. Applicants who do not have a CDL at the time of selection, must obtain a CDL with passenger endorsement within 90 days of appointment. Employees who for personal reasons fail to begin or complete the required CDL training within 90 days, will be held liable for tuition and all associated CDL training costs and may be subject to termination from this position.

    Proof of education, hiring preference, prior federal service, and entitlement eligibility MUST be attached to the Avue application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    We expect to make a final job offer to selected candidates within 60-90 days after the issuance of the referral list.

    The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

    Please check Job Posting Information, Summary, for the area of consideration (i.e., Who May Apply), and time limit information.

    DRUG TESTING: This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use. This announcement constitutes 30 days advance notice.

    Bargaining Unit Status: Not eligible.

    BASIS OF RATING: The category rating procedure is used to rank and select eligible candidates. Under category rating, applicants who meet basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position and whose job related competencies have been assessed are ranked by being placed in one of the following categories: Quality, Well Qualified, and Eligible. Candidates placed in the Quality category will be assessed based on Education, High Ability, or Experience. Well Qualified candidates are those who clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements but do not necessarily meet the criteria for the Quality category. Candidates in the eligible category meet basic minimum qualification requirements but do not meet the criteria for the Well Qualified category. Preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Drug testing is a requirement for certain positions. See “Other Significant Facts” portion of this announcement for information specific to position being filled.

    To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement or on the date a referral list is generated from an Open Continuous announcement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure the work history portion thoroughly documents the duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments that are directly related to this position in order to verify specialized experience.

    If selection is made at a lower grade level, promotion to the target grade will be non-competitive upon completion of training, performance, and specialized experience requirements.

    Applications submitted in postage-paid Government envelopes will not be accepted.

    Applications received become the property of the USDA Forest Service and will not be returned.

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND EMPLOYER.

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The USDA Forest Service provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the point of contact listed on the vacancy announcement. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    BENEFITS: A variety of health insurance plans; retirement system with investment options; paid holiday; paid sick and annual (vacation) leave; life insurance; incentive systems; subsidized transportation, flexible work schedule, training and development opportunities, family/worklife program, etc.

    Transfer of Station/Relocation expenses will not be paid.

    As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

    DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

    This position is being advertised under both merit promotion (internal) and demonstration project (external) procedures under separate announcements. Applicants who wish to be considered under both procedures must apply to each announcement and follow the specific instructions applicable to each method.

    Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals.

    VETERANS’ PREFERENCE: Generally, preference is granted to veterans who entered the military service prior to October 14, 1976; or served on active duty during the period from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, and who are otherwise eligible; or who served on active duty during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or who have served in a military action for which they received a Campaign Badge or Expeditionary Medal. This includes the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM) awarded to those who participated in Operation Joint Endeavor or Operation Joint Guard. Also, you may be entitled to veterans’ preference if you are a disabled veteran; you have received a Purple Heart; you are the spouse or mother of a disabled veteran; or you are the widow, widower, or mother of a deceased veteran. Applicants will be required to provide documents with their application to validate their claim for preference. More detailed information is available on the Main Menu screen under the selection entitled, “Veteran Information.”

    Completion of a probationary or trial period may be required, depending on the type of appointment. During this time period, employees conduct and performance will be monitored in order to determine if employee will be retained.

    OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Check our website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/fsjobs for general information on the Forest Service.

    PERMANENT OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT: This is a continuously open vacancy announcement for one or more locations throughout the Forest Service. The number and location of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual unit needs. These are permanent positions with varying tours of duty and may include weekend work. Some positions may have irregular and protracted hours of work. Tours of duty include full-time or less than full-time (guaranteed minimum 13 pay periods full-time employment). Positions may be filled as career ladders or could be filled at the full performance level dependent upon the individual units needs. Availability of government housing, federal day care facilities, and bargaining unit status will vary by location. Pay rates vary depending on location. See the OPM website at http://www.opm.gov for additional information on pay rates.

    To ensure that you receive consideration, applications submitted through the on-line application process must be received by 11:59 p.m. eastern time the day before a referral list is issued. A scannable application package submitted by mail must be received at the correct address and scanned prior to issuance of referral list. When there are no applicants for specific locations, the search area may be broadened when generating referral lists to include locations in the closest city nearby. To obtain more information about the US Forest Service and individual locations, go to http://www.fs.fed.us (a search can be done by State or by Name). We encourage applicants to contact supervisors at the chosen locations for specific information. To ensure continued interest and availability, applicants will be notified via e-mail reminding them to re-certify their application every 60 days. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age upon appointment. Some positions have other conditions of employment not specified in this announcement. Applicants will be notified of any specific requirements at the time a tentative job offer is made.

    Applicants may choose up to nine (9) different location codes.

    Job Corps Locations: Check our website at http://www.fs.fed.us/fsjobs, Job Openings, for general information on the Forest Service Job Corps locations.

    HOW TO APPLY: In order to determine if you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for this position, please submit the following information:

    1. Experience/Employment Information:

    a. Apply On-Line at http://www.avuedigitalservices.com/usfs/applicant.html. This online application process allows applicants to submit employment information that can be printed for personal use and saved and/or edited on the website for future use. The application process contains all the data elements that are required for resumes submitted for federal employment and may be submitted electronically. OR

    b. Apply by Scannable Questionnaire: This Questionnaire requires completion of a scannable form. You must request the instructions and form and submit the scannable application form and supporting documentation by mail. Locations and their codes will be listed in the application package. A facsimile of the scannable form cannot be accepted.

    2. Eligibility Information: The following documents must be electronically attached to your application to verify your eligibility and basic qualifications. Failure to provide this documentation may result in disqualification.

    a. If you are claiming 5-point veterans preference, you must submit a DD-214, Member 4 copy. If you are claiming 10-point preference you must submit a DD214, Member 4 copy, an SF-15 (Application for 10-Point preference) and a letter (dated 1991 to present) from the VA or military department indicating your disability rating. Applicants claiming preference based on service performed after October 14, 1976, must specify on the application the Campaign Badge upon which they are basing their claim. If you are still on active duty and claim veterans preference, then you must submit documentation such as a: (1) official orders or citation entitling you to a campaign badge; (2) statement of service from a commanding officer or someone else in authority attesting to your active duty which identifies dates of entry and anticipated separation; rank at time of discharge; and anticipated character of discharge; or (3) in the case of someone claiming service during the first Gulf War or since 9/11/01, any official document attesting to your presence on active duty during the appropriate calendar periods. Veterans who fail to submit the supporting documentation with their application will not be granted veterans preference. If you are not able to attach the forms to your application, you may fax to 253-573-9869, please include name on all documents.

    b. Transcripts (official or unofficial) are required if education is used to meet basic qualifications requirements or meet education criteria in the quality category. Transcripts should be attached to the Avue profile or faxed to 253-573-9869; please include name on all documents.

    3. CURRENT FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Notice of Expected Separation, performance appraisal information for current Federal employees or other proof documents are required if requesting priority placement consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). CTAP and ICTAP candidates must be well qualified. Submit SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action or equivalent document to verify current or former federal employment status should also be submitted.

    TO REQUEST A SCANNABLE FORM: Please refer to the contact name and phone number listed in this vacancy announcement.

    The position requires that the incumbent must possess and maintain a valid state driver’s license.

    This position requires the selectee to obtain or possess a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) and therefore, is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Department of Transportation (DOT)/Forest Service Alcohol and Controlled Substance Testing Program. Applicant tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use unless they currently occupy a TDP under the DOT/Forest Service Alcohol and Controlled Substances Testing Program. Final appointment is conditional on a negative drug test. This announcement constitutes 30 days advance notice.

    How To Apply

    HOW TO APPLY:

    Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for USDA Forest Service applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on http://www.avuecentral.com/vacancy.html?ref=WSWNN.

    If you are unable to apply online, you may contact the employing office for alternate application procedures. Please call ASC HRM Staffing at 1-877-372-7248 or email at [email protected].

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    See Other Information.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    ASC HRM Staffing
    Phone: 1-877-372-7248
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    Forest Service
    Do not send mail. Refer to
    announcement for instructions.
    Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109
    US

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.

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