Interested in working at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks?
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Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Parks are jointly administered by one Superintendent and administrative staff with headquarters located at Ash Mountain (near Three Rivers, CA). Within the administrative jurisdiction of these parks lie the heart of the rugged Sierra Nevada encompassing over 1,300 square miles of spectacular granite mountains, deep canyons and magnificent forests. These parks represent an extraordinary continuum of ecosystems (nearly 97% designated wilderness) arrayed along the greatest vertical relief (1,370 to 14,494 feet elevation) of any protected area in the lower 48 states. Poor air quality afflicts Sequoia and KingsCanyon National Parks, especially during summer months - generally May to October. High ozone levels may be the most harmful pollutant here. In summer months,concentrations often exceed the federal ozone health standards. For more information: https://www.nps.gov/seki/learn/nature/airqualityinfo.htm
If you need detailed information on air pollution in this area, please contact the parks’ Air Resources Specialist at (559) 565-3777.
Dependent upon work location, employee housing may be available for rent. Temporary employee housing units are typically shared with other temporary staff, and may be rustic in nature. There is no temporary employee housing available for families and/or pets. Government rental housing units may be occasionally available for permanent employees on a bid system.
Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Basics
This new hiring authority allows individuals to compete for permanent positions that are advertised on USAJOBS as ‘open to agency employees only’, if they have 24 months of service in time-limited (temporary or term) appointments within land management agencies. The Land Management Agencies are:
• Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
Sequoia National Park - Ash Mountain
Sequoia National Park – Mineral King
Kings Canyon National Park - Grant Grove
Kings Canyon National Park - Cedar Grove
An Easy To Understand Glossary of Federal Government EmploymentTerms
The federal government has a language all its own. You're not alone if you think you need atranslator to understand the definition of employment terms such as "status candidate" or "publictrust designation."
Career and career-conditional employee: These are permanent federal employees who at somepoint already competed for a permanent position. Permanent federal career status is automaticallygained upon completion of the mandatory three-year career-conditional period. Certain federal jobopenings limit applications from career and career conditional employees.
Competitive civil service: Most federal government civil service jobs fall under this category.Positions are filled through a fair, open and merit-based process, unless excepted by statue,Executive Order or OPM (Office of Personnel Management) action.
Declaration for Federal Employment: This form (OF-306), which is provided during theapplication process or before employment begins, documents a candidate's fulfillment of the tworequirements for federal employment: US citizenship and, for men born after December 31, 1959,compliance with US Selective Service registration. It is also used to help determine an applicant'ssuitability (i.e. - criminal history) for federal employment.
Excepted service: Positions not covered by certain competitive civil service personnel rules andregulations. For example, employees who serve at the discretion of the current presidentialadministration -- commonly referred to as "Schedule C" employees -- are excepted because theyhave policy-determining responsibilities or serve a key administration official. Students selectedunder SEEP (Student Temporary Employment Program, Student Career Experience Program) arereferred to as "Schedule B" employees.
Federal resume: There is no mandated form, although some vacancy postings will refer to it. It issimply a resume that contains all the information required to apply for a federal job, includingpersonal information, education, work experience, and job-related skills and training. Refer to theform OF-510 (Applying for a Federal Job) for instructions.
Form C or FX 1203: An optical scan form, a bubble sheet like the SAT, on whichapplicants mark answers to employment questionnaires if required for the application process. Someagencies have applicants answer these questions online.
General Schedule (GS) pay: The general pay scale system for white-collar jobs in the federalgovernment. Positions are identified by GS level, from GS-1 to GS-15.
Knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs): The necessary characteristics of an applicant qualified fora particular job. Most job postings ask applicants to write a short supplemental essay describingspecific skills and experiences that match those desired for the position. These KSAs are generallyused to rate/rank the applicants, which makes a detailed response to them critical.
Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612): This OPM form is the closest thing toa federal resume and can be used as part of your application for virtually any federal job.
Public trust designation: A position that requires an applicant to undergo a background check.
Qualifications Standards Operating Manual: The federal government's published guide toqualifications required for General Schedule positions (white collar).
Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF-86): Used for background checks of applicantsfor national security positions requiring a security clearance, this form includes questions abouteducational background, past and current employers, police records, financial situation, and drugand alcohol usage. Similar forms include an SF-85 and SF-85P.
Superior academic achievement: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or universitywill qualify an individual for a GS-5 level position in many occupations. Superior academicachievement, defined as graduation in the upper third of one's college class, a GPA of B or better ormembership in a nationally recognized honors society, like Phi Beta Kappa, will qualify for a GS-7level position in many occupations.
Status candidates: Job applicants who currently work for the federal government or certain formerfederal employees.
Temporary or TERM position: Appointments used to fill nonpermanent positions. Temporarypositions are filled for one year or less;employees do not receive benefits. TERM employment maylast from one to four years, and employees generally have the same benefits as permanent employees.
Upward Mobility Program: Agencies can use this program to groom talent by creating orrestructuring positions to be filled by promising entry-level applicants who will then be offeredtraining and other career-development opportunities.
Veterans' preference: In the competitive process, some military veterans receive preferentialconsideration, typically by having 5 or 10 points added to their scores during the examinationprocess. See the VetGuide for details (https://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.pdf).
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Last updated: August 4, 2020