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Essential Competencies


Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required in a trainee position for small purchasing techniques and methods. Work is performed with assignments designed for development.

I.Purchasing/Contracting Methods and Techniques

A. Small purchasing techniques
B. Basic Federal acquisition
C. Research and interpretation of laws, regulations, and policies
D. Routine negotiated procurement actions

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of basic Federal Acquisition Regulation for small purchasing

Knowledge of small purchasing techniques

Ability to research and apply laws, regulations, and policies

Knowledge of negotiated procurement procedures and the laws, regulations and precedents governing procurement by this method, to perform developmental assignments or segments of large procurement actions


Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required for administration and negotiation in the context of acquisition management of a park/subunit and/or cluster acquisition program. Work is performed as an advanced trainee with an increased warrant level.

I.Purchasing/Contracting Methods and Techniques

B.Oral and written communications
D.Socio-economic programs
F. Research and analysis

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of the principles, techniques, methods, and procedures of Government contracting to perform pre-award and post-award procurement actions where the actions are well defined and well precedented

Knowledge and skills sufficient to evaluate bids and proposals, recommend competitive ranges, make standard investigations of contractor capabilities concerning financial, personnel, equipment, and managerial resources necessary to fulfill contract terms.

Limited knowledge of negotiation methods, techniques, and principles sufficient to work with request for quotations and requests for proposals for standard items

Knowledge and skill sufficient to monitor the progress of contractors with fixed price contracts; to advise contractors regarding contractual requirement limitations; to coordinate requests for deviations from contract specifications; to review payment requests; and to recommend approval payment or withholding of partial or final payment

Knowledge of Sealed Bid Contracting/Negotiated Contracting

Knowledge of socio-economic programs

Ability to research, interpret, and analyze precedent decisions, laws, and regulations

Ability to communicate orally and in writing to present instructions, policy, and/or supporting documentation


Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required to complete complex methods of acquisition and providing advice to management and contracting personnel on all contract types and methods

I.Purchasing/Contracting Methods and Techniques

A. All contract types and methods
B. Problem-solving
C. Advisory services
D. Invitation for bid
E. Requests for proposals
F. Contract modifications
G. Contract terms or specifications disputes
H. Defaults

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of contracting and procurement principles, policies, and procedures applicable to pre-award and post-award actions, including formal advertising, and negotiation methods, contract administration, and termination requirements

Knowledge of program requirements or technical needs sufficient to aid in procurement planing and in describing technical requirements which include complex and diversified services and supplies, such as procurement transactions to meet the requirements for facilities, equipment or technical services

Knowledge of NPS-20, Agreements

Knowledge of Architect & Engineering Services Contracts

Knowledge of lease and sale of real property and historic property

Knowledge of Board of Contract Appeal Procedures

Knowledge of Federal Appropriation Laws

Knowledge of market trends

Knowledge of OSHA and other laws pertinent to government contracts

Ability to provide advisory services to management to include creative and dynamic solutions

National Park Service
Training and Development Division
Essential Competencies

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