National Park Service Administrative Assistant (OA) in Grand Canyon, Arizona

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

This application is open to current career/career conditional employees of the National Park Service. You must provide you most recent SF50 showing your grade and tenure. Do not provide an award SF50.

This is a Career/Career-Conditional Full-Time appointment.

This job announcement is open to receive applications from the first 50 applicants. The job announcement will remain open until either the quota of 50 applicants, or 08/31/2017 is reached. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration, even those that exceed the 50 applicant limit.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the selectee lives outside of the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulation.


This position serves as the primary administrative support for the Superintendent's Office at Grand Canyon National Park. The incumbent manages payroll, provides payroll procedures and directions, and resolves payroll problems. Makes purchases with the government charge card and prepares purchase requisitions for other procurements. Assists office staff in preparing personnel documents, including SF- 52's, training requests, and performance standards/evaluations. Responsible for the preparation of travel authorizations and vouchers for office personnel and reviews all travel documents for accuracy and compliance with travel regulations. Prepares draft and final correspondence. Reviews outgoing correspondence from the park to be signed by the Superintendent's Office and makes any necessary corrections. Maintains records and files of all correspondence from the Superintendent's Offices and tracks all Congressional correspondence. Receives calls, greets visitors and refers inquires to appropriate staff members. Receives and reviews mail for the Superintendent's office and routes to appropriate staff member. The position will also assist other offices as needed.

Duties will be developmental in nature when filled below the full performance level.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current Career/Career Conditional Employees of the National Park Service

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.

To qualify at the GS-06 level based on your experience you must show you have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that provides the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of such experience for this grade level include: handling payroll, travel arrangements and general correspondence for a business or office; and preparation of a variety of forms and reports. To be creditable, your experience must have involved the performance of various office duties, including typing correspondence, memos, reports, and forms from rough drafts and taking notes.

To qualify at the GS-07 level based on your experience you must show you have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-06 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that provides the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of such experience for this grade level include: assisting others in preparation of documents and travel orders, independently preparing drafts and and final correspondence, monitoring procurement requests to ensure completed, and managing payroll and timekeeping accounting. If you are claiming this experience, it must be documented in your resume.

Selective Factor: Skill in a typing speed of a minimum of 40 words per minute (words per minute are based on a 5 minute sample with three or fewer errors). Note: Applicants must document in their resume how they meet this requirement to be considered for this position. If you do not meet the requirements of this selective factor, you will be rated ineligible for this position.

Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".

There is no substitution of education for experience at the grade level(s) of this announcement.

  • Any individual who is currently holding, or has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet time-in-grade requirements (must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent in the Federal service).
  • You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued driver's license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued driver's license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year, or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State driver's license.
  • If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
  • You may be required to travel overnight away from home up to 2 nights per month. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.
  • You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.
Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the Occupational Questionnaire is received you will receive acknowledgement that your submission was successful. If you are among the most qualified candidates and your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly for a possible interview. You will be notified of the status of your Application Package at the time candidates are referred for consideration, and when the selection process is complete.


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Other Information

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

Promotion to the full performance level is neither guaranteed nor implied and will be based solely on your ability to satisfactorily perform the work of the position, existing work at the higher grade level, and recommendation by the position's supervisor.

Physical Demands: This work is primarily sedentary.

Working Conditions: This work is performed in an office environment.

Area/Housing Information:This position is stationed at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park located in Northwest Arizona, approximately 60 miles north of Williams and 85 miles Northwest of Flagstaff at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Temperatures range from approximately 85 degrees in the summer to 17 degrees in the winter. Grand Canyon Village has schools K-12, a daycare center, post office, general store, banking facilities, churches, a recreation center, a clinic with resident physicians and several restaurants. The park community consists of some 2,500 people, including employees of the NPS and concessionaires and their family members. There are often employment opportunities for family members in the park and surrounding areas. The park community is small enough that many employees choose to walk or bike from their homes to work. Complete shopping, educational, medical and professional services are available in Williams and Flagstaff. Recreational opportunities include hiking, river rafting, fishing, cross-country and downhill skiing, and golfing in nearby communities. Permanent employees obtain housing either through a bid system, assigned housing, or by assignment into shared furnished quarters. Because of limited housing, when an employees is assigned shared quarters, the park is not able to provide accommodations for family member and pets. For additional housing information contact the park Housing Office at 928-638-7796.

The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information,

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-10 to 2017-08-31

Salary: $36,611 to $52,893 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 6 - 7

Series: 0303 Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time

Job announcement number: IM-1541-GRCA-17-10018533-ST

Control number: 476760200