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National Park Service Soundscape Specialist Job Application

Job Title: Biologist – Soundscape Specialist
Job Announcement Number: WO-COAB-14-1154334-DE
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1154334
USAJOBS Control Number: 376487800
Submission Date and Time: 8/12/2014 10:46:16 PM
Name: TANNER M JESSEL

Vacancy Identification Number
1154334

Announcement Number
WO-COAB-14-1154334-DE

USAJOBS Control Number
376487800

Title of Job
Biologist – Soundscape Specialist

Employment Availability
Full Time Employment:
40 Hours Per Week

Citizenship
Yes

Lowest Grade
09

Veteran Preference Claim
No Preference Claimed

Dates of Active Duty – Military Service

Availability Date
8/12/2014

Occupational Specialties
All U.S. Citizens

Geographic Availability
Gatlinburg, TN United States

Transition Assistance Plan

Assessment Questionnaire
1. From the descriptions below, select the one response that best describes how your background meets the basic educational requirements for the BIOLOGIST GS-0401 – SOUNDSCAPES POSITION.
YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS TO VALIDATE YOUR ANSWER.

A. I have successfully completed a degree at an accredited college or university degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines.

2. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience requirements for a Biologist GS-0401-07 position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave this question blank you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these minimum qualifications, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position.
YOUR RESUME OR APPLICATION MATERIALS YOU SUBMIT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST SUPPORT THE ANSWER YOU CLAIM UNDER THIS AND OTHER QUESTIONS. IF NOT, YOU WILL BE FOUND NOT QUALIFIED OR YOUR SCORE WILL BE LOWERED.

A. I possess one year graduate level education or superior academic achievement from an accredited college or university that included a major field of study in a related field such as biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position. (To meet the requirements for the Superior Academic Achievement provision, you must have: graduated with an overall GPA of at least 2.95; OR, graduated with at least a 3.45 GPA in your major or during the last two years of college; OR, graduated in the top third of your class; OR, was a member of a national scholastic honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.).

3. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience requirements for a Biologist GS-0401-09 position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave this question blank you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these minimum qualifications, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position.
YOUR RESUME OR APPLICATION MATERIALS YOU SUBMIT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST SUPPORT THE ANSWER YOU CLAIM UNDER THIS AND OTHER QUESTIONS. IF NOT, YOU WILL BE FOUND NOT QUALIFIED OR YOUR SCORE WILL BE LOWERED.

A. I possess a Master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., from an accredited college or university that included a major field of study in a related field such as biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

4. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience requirements for a Biologist GS-0401-11 position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave this question blank you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these minimum qualifications, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position.

C. I have a combination of specialized experience as described under letter B above and graduate education as described under letter A above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement. Only graduate education of the Master’s level may be used in this calculation. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, first determine the total number of graduate hours; then divide the total number of your excess graduate semester hours by 18 (or your school’s definition of one year of graduate study). To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal at least 100% in order to qualify.

5. Experience providing consultation and/or advice on acoustic issues.

B. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.

6. Experience utilizing acoustic modeling software to evaluate noise exposure scenarios.

B. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.

7. Using scientific methods to automatically detect and identify sounds.

C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.

8. Experience interpreting results from acoustic monitoring studies.

D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from senior employee.

9. Participation in the design and testing of new acoustic instruments.

C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.

10. Experience acquiring and maintaining equipment and supplies necessary to conduct biological field activities.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

11. Experience monitoring biological resource conditions in protected natural areas.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

12. Experience planning and carrying out field trips and site visits to remote areas.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

13. Application of natural resource management guidance, environmental review (e.g. NEPA), mitigation guidelines, natural resource planning process, and activities related to environmental protection on federal lands.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

14. Provide reference materials on laws, regulations, mandates, and policies pertaining to resource protection, as established by various federal and state agencies including the Federal Aviation Administration and other agencies within the Department of Transportation, bureaus of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the U.S.D.A. Forest Service.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

15. Application of federal and state laws relating to the National Park Service or state natural resource offices and their legislative mandates, policies, and procedures, to monitoring projects.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

16. Experience providing guidance and assistance to managers for biological resource planning and wilderness/natural/cultural resource impact assessment.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

17. Collect and summarize large volumes of biological resource data.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

18. Experience creating, maintaining, and querying databases.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

19. Using computerized geographic information systems.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

20. Experience preparing peer-reviewed scientific papers as well as management and planning documents.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

21. Experience developing technical references using clear diction to express scientific concepts in terms accessible to the broadest possible audience.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

22. Work cooperatively, tactfully, and professionally with other staff, researchers, and partners on collaborative projects.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

23. Experience preparing and conducting presentations to professional and lay audiences with varying backgrounds and interests.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

24. Participation in – and/or experience leading – meetings with federal, state, or local agencies, university staff and students, public stakeholders, citizens.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

25. As previously explained, your ratings in this Occupational Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency during the probation period. Please take this opportunity to review your ratings to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you: 1) understand this warning; 2) have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy; and 3) verify that your responses accurately describe your current level of experience and capability.

A. Yes, I verify that all of my responses to this questionnaire are true and accurate. I accept that if my supporting documentation and/or later steps in the selection process do not support one or more of my responses to the questionnaire that my application may be rated lower and/or I may be removed from further consideration.

ArcGIS Online Atlas: Great Smoky Mountains N.P.

An online “Atlas of Great Smoky Mountains N.P.” I made for my final project in IS 590, GeoWeb technologies:
Environmental layers for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Includes Environmental Protection Agency Level 4 Ecological Regions, 12 digit hydrologic unit watershed boundaries, temperature variances, trails, and forest threats (North Carolina only). Also includes waypoints for Appalachian balds (grassy areas at elevation)
There is an online map viewer where I added a DLIA logo:

Map image of DLIA demo map application, depicting Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

HUC 12 watershed boundaries and interface to add layers.

I’m interested in adding it to the DLIA site to provide something fun and interactive for site visitors to play around with.
If I can figure out how to host KML versions of the species distribution models, it could also be useful for Park Service personnel as a quick reference that also has limited GIS capability.  There are also applications for biodiversity science and cartographic education.

INSC 553 Assignment 6: Issue Paper, Department of Interior Web Application Collaboration

IS 553 Assignment 6 is an “state of the art” comparison of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s use of Web 2.0 technologies, contrasted with the U.S. National Park Service’s implementation. Discusses Fish and Wildlife Service’s use of collaborative “Landscape Conservation Cooperatives,” online mapping technologies, inter-agency data distribution collaborations, and future directions including social media engagement and training opportunities, along with major challenges.


INSC 553 Assignment 5: Marketing Plan for NPS Inventory & Monitoring Program

IS 553 Assignment 5 is a marketing plan for service offerings promoting the U.S. National Park Service’s Inventory and Monitoring Program. Includes three service offerings with marketing messages tailored for specific target audiences, promotional activities, and measures of performance.


INSC 553 Assignment 4: Designing Service Offerings

IS 553 Assignment 4 a service offering and marketing plan for the U.S. National Park Service’s Inventory and Monitoring Program. Includes review of environmental factors and the following proposed service offerings:

  1. Engagement of Constituency
  2. Tools and Visualizations
  3. Enhanced Collaboration

Includes marketing message, performance metrics and measures of success for each service offering.


INSC 553 Assignment 3: Environmental Analysis of an Organization

IS 553 Assignment 3 is an environmental analysis of the U.S. National Park Service’s Inventory and Monitoring Program. Includes executive summary, Political, Economic, Sociocultural, and Technology Factors, and Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats analysis.


INSC 553 Assignment 1: Career Pathfinder

IS 553 Assignment 1 is a career pathfinder.


Blacklight UI for PostgreSQL and Solr – Google Group Discussion

A discussion thread I started in January, 2014: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/blacklight-development/Ax0840hBeUA

Hello,

I’ve poked around a bit and did not see anything about support for geospatial search.
I became interested in Blacklight after visiting the Environment Australia Web site.
Their site is built on PostgreSQL relational database, and since it pertains to the environment, I thought they might have spatially explicit data.
They do have “Search by Region,” but it is just a linked list of regions.
Thanks for any tips,
Tanner

I got a few responses asking for more information and potential use cases so I added (in July 2014):


My opinion is any geographic representation of a collection constitutes value-added.

I am interested building a functional SKOS ontology based on the relationships between EPA ecological regions and protected areas of the United States. There are a few hierarchical levels which the ontology could describe. There are also relationships between protected areas and each ecological region.

For example, Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the North Carolina and Tennessee belongs to two main ecological regions: Ridge and Valley (67) ,and Blue Ridge (66). A full accounting of Level III ecological regions is available at <ftp://ftp.epa.gov/wed/ecoregions/cec_na/NA_LEVEL_III.pdf>.

The Level III ecological regions can be further divided into Level IV ecoregions, a higher level of granularity, available at <ftp://ftp.epa.gov/wed/ecoregions/us/Eco_Level_IV_US.pdf>.

Using the Smokies again as the exemplar, new ecological sub-regions at the Level IV resolution emerge: High mountains (66i), Southern sedimentary ridges (66e), Limestome Valleys and Coves (66f), Southern Metasedimentary mountains (66g), Broad basins (66j), and Southern Dissected Ridges and Knobs (67i), Southern sandstone ridges (67h), Southern Shale Valley (67g).

These regions can be linked via an ontology to other protected areas, allowing environmental information resources to be grouped based on meaningful ecological relationships. For example, a search in an information retrieval system for “High Mountains (66i)” would retrieve results from relevant protected areas: Roane Mountain State Park, Pisgah National Forest, Cherokee National Forest, AND Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and perhaps any location built in to the ontology as a member of the given ecological region’s footprint. This represents a sophisticated query with minimal effort on behalf of the user.

Along with providing a framework for information retrieval via “regions” as the Australia site does, the ontology would have useful text mining and automated spatial metadata creation applications.

Potential use cases include:

I wanted to do a Masters thesis on the impact of an ontology on search and retrieval, but after discussing with my thesis coordinator who indicated this was more of a PhD level undertaking, I opted to instead pursue comprehensive exams as my exit strategy.

I still think this is a worthwhile area of research and I am happy to see the example you have shared, and that there are others interested in the topic.