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ENGINEER (Environmental) - DESIGN

Essential Competencies

ENTRY LEVEL

Description: Performs less complex design duties. Works on complex designs under the supervision of a master engineer.

I. Knowledge of Discipline

A. Codes & Compliance
B. Computer Skills/CADD
C. Contract Admin (A/E)
D. Construction Practices/Mgt/Materials
E. Erosion & Revegetation
F. Estimating & Life Cycle
G. Hazardous Materials
H. Historic Pres. Principles
I. Multi-Disciplinary Teams
J. Materials/Methods
K. Principles of Surveying
L. Sustainable Practices
M. Storm Water Management
N. Water Systems
O. Waste Water Systems
P. Solid Waste Disposal
Q. Physical/Biological Sciences
R. Regulatory Requirements
S. Park/SSO/Central Office Experience

II. Inter/Intra-Personal Skills

A. Building Partnerships
B. Conflict Resolution
C. Customer Service
D. Effective Facilitation
E. Presentation Skills
F. Goal Setting

III. Leadership/Management

A. Creative Problem Solving
B. Negotiation Skills

IV. NPS Environmental-Heritage Ethic

A. Legislative Factors
B. Design Tradition/Future
C. Resource Stewardship

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of environmental engineering principles and techniques

General knowledge of NPS ethic/policies/mission

Ability to deal/communicate effectively with others

(listening and team building)

Knowledge of NPS design process and office procedures

General computer proficiency

DEVELOPMENTAL LEVEL

Description: Performs more advanced design duties. Collaborates with in-house and external experts.

I. Knowledge of Discipline

A. Codes & Compliance
B. Computer Skills/CADD
C. Contract Admin (A/E)
D. Construction Practices/Mgt/Materials
E. Erosion & Revegetation
F. Estimating & Life Cycle
G. Hazardous Materials
H. Historic Pres. Principles
I. Multi-Disciplinary Teams
J. Materials/Methods
K. Principles of Surveying
L. Sustainable Practices
M. Storm Water Management
N. Water Systems
O. Waste Water Systems
P. Solid Waste Disposal
Q. Physical/Biological Sciences
R. Regulatory Requirements
S. Air Quality
T. Soils Engineering
U. Project Evaluation
V. Value Analysis
W. Park/SSO/Central Office Experience

II. Inter/Intra-Personal Skills

A. Building Partnerships
B. Conflict Resolution
C. Customer Service
D. Effective Facilitation
E. Presentation Skills
F. Goal Setting
G. Team Building

III. Leadership/Management

A. Creative Problem Solving
B. Negotiation Skills
C. Measurement/Evaluation
D. Program/Budget Formulation

IV. NPS Environmental-Heritage Ethic

A. Legislative Factors
B. Design Tradition/Future
C. Resource Stewardship

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Same as entry level plus:

Skill in applying environmental engineering principles/ techniques to NPS projects

Ability to deliver briefings and conduct meetings

Sensitivity to customer needs and ability to respond appropriately

General understanding of the many facets of the design process, ability to anticipate problems and facilitate problem solving

Understanding of how design profession functions within NPS

organization to help achieve mission

Working knowledge of NPS ethic, principles, and policies

Ability to lead in engineering discipline

FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL

Description: Performs more advanced design duties and project/team coordination. As subject matter expert, collaborates with in-house and external resource personnel.

I. Knowledge of Discipline

A. Codes & Compliance
B. Computer Skills/CADD
C. Contract Admin (A/E)
D. Construction Practices/Mgt/Materials
E. Erosion & Revegetation
F. Estimating & Life Cycle
G. Hazardous Materials
H. Historic Pres. Principles
I. Mgmt of Multi-Disciplinary Teams
J. Materials/Methods
K. Principles of Surveying
L. Sustainable Practices
M. Storm Water Management
N. Water Systems
O. Waste Water Systems
P. Solid Waste Disposal
Q. Physical/Biological Sciences
R. Regulatory Requirements
S. Air Quality
T. Soils Engineering
U. Project Evaluation
V. Value Analysis
W. Park/SSO/Central Office Experience

II. Inter/Intra-Personal Skills

A. Building Partnerships
B. Conflict Resolution
C. Customer Service
D. Effective Facilitation
E. Presentation Skills
F. Goal Setting
G. Team Building

III. Leadership/Management

A. Creative Problem Solving
B. Negotiation Skills
C. Measurement/Evaluation
D. Program/Budget Formulation

IV. NPS Environmental-Heritage Ethic

A. Legislative Factors
B. Design Tradition/Future
C. Resource Stewardship

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Same as developmental level plus:

Leadership in environmental engineering discipline and in complex, multi-disciplinary project development/production. Manages multi-disciplinary teams

Complete understanding of NPS ethic/policies

Ability to deliver professional presentations and chair meetings

Ability to achieve customer satisfaction

Ability to provide technical supervision and career planning to others within the discipline

Ability to complete high quality products on time and within budget

***At expert level (GS-14/15) for future specialist career path:

Ability to represent NPS before other agencies/commissions; is recognized as agency's expert/leader in discipline and/or multi-faceted programs

Additional management/leadership skills are identified under the leadership/management career competencies

National Park Service
Training and Development Division
Essential Competencies
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