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Essential Competencies


Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities for a trainee position while receiving training designed for development with work performed under close supervision.

I. Personnel Management

A. Reviews personnel actions
B. Review of applications for qualifications, eligibility, etc
C. Review of timesheets
D. Review of training request
E. Studies, analyzes, recommends title, series, grade for limited range of positions
F. Prepares drafts for adverse action proposals

II. Advisory Services

None at this level

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Ability to interpret and apply guidelines, regulations, and policies

Knowledge and understanding of personnel management principles, concepts, and techniques to perform limited analyses and solution development of personnel problems

Basic knowledge of classification principles

Basic knowledge of staffing procedures

Basic knowledge of Federal and NPS time and attendance procedures


Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities for an advanced trainee/specialist for a unit. Work is performed as an advanced trainee with higher delegation of authority and with limited review.

I. Personnel Management

A. Classification services for wide range of positions
B. Application of appointment authorities, qualification standards and regulations and procedures
C. Application of pay and leave regulations and policies

II. Advisory Services

A. Performance and/or disciplinary actions
B. Employee benefits and related programs
C. Participation in management/labor negotiations

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and methodology of personnel management and ability to apply them to a variety of personnel functions

Knowledge of applicable principles and concepts of classification, pay, staffing, employee relations, and employee development in order to locate, interpret, and apply them to operating assignments and problems

Ability to perform basic negotiation techniques to participate in management/labor negotiations


Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform duties in three or more specialized series in personnel for a unit. Work is performed under full delegation of authority.

I. Personnel Management

A. Classification services for all GS and WG positions
B. Authoritative source on laws and regulations relating to salary rates, premium pay, salary retention, hours of work and leave
C. Delegated employment authority
D. Conducts or participates in review of unit's personnel activities

II. Advisory Services

A. Employee relations
B. Employee development programs
C. Coordination/implementation of Affirmative Action Plan
D. Application of performance management system
E. Communication
F. Labor relations

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of organizational needs to develop and implement position management principles

Knowledge of position classification standards and FWS job grading standards to evaluate positions

Knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to pay and leave administration to carry out pay and leave procedures

Knowledge of legal, regulatory, and procedural requirements in the appointment, reinstatement, promotion, etc. for all types of positions

Knowledge of laws, regulations, and procedures relating to employee rights and benefits to advise employees and management

Knowledge of performance appraisal system to advise on its use as a management tool

Skill in effectively communicating, verbally and in writing, with persons at different levels of the organization to explain procedures, policies, rules that are of a legal or technical nature

Knowledge of labor relations programs and issues in relation to management/labor partnerships

Ability to interpret and analyze laws, regulations, and policies in relation to management/labor relations

Ability to analyze work force composition to coordinate and implement an effective Affirmative Action Plan

Ability to represent the agency before a third party, such as the Merit Systems Protection Board

National Park Service
Training and Development Division
Essential Competencies

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