Frederick, Maryland
May 23, 2019
May 29, 2019
IT, IT Architect
Full Time


This position is located in the Historic Preservation Training Center (HTPC) Frederick Maryland, in the Administrative Division. The Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC), established in 1977, is headquartered within two historic structures at Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick, Maryland.

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Prepares task directives, or scopes of work, which specifically describes the project, its mission and extent and types of preservation treatment work required. This includes time scheduling and sequencing of work components as well as preliminary cost estimates. Participates in field investigation of historic fabric.

Prepares necessary architectural documentation, design and construction drawings, specifications, and supporting documents.

Documents are based on an approved treatment document, field work and previous direction.

Provides technical review of construction documents prepared by others, and directs lower graded professionals in the completion of construction documents.

Prepares materials take-offs for preliminary construction cost estimates as part of a project package.

Participates in the preservation treatment phase of preservation projects, working alongside day labor crews and/ or providing technical guidance to HPTC trainees assigned as project leaders.

Provides assistance to lower graded professionals or interns as assigned.

Identifies and evaluates historic structures and recommends levels of treatment. Where appropriate, contributes to research, physical investigation, condition assessment, description and documentation work associated with the nomination of structures to the National Register of Historic Places for architectural significance; contributes to preparation of required forms and justifications.

Identifies and evaluates historic structures and recommends level of treatment effort as part of a project team.

Participates in assisting senior staff in providing professional advice and guidance to management, staff and trainees at HPTC regarding cultural resource management concerns. Provides entry level professional advice and guidance, as appropriate, to HPTC employees and interns concerning historic preservation matters relating to projects.

Supports the training mission of HPTC commensurate with skills by conducting special research projects, preparing technical articles, and participating as an assistant instructor in NPS training courses, as directed by the Senior historical Architect or Superintendent, HPTC.

Responds to requests for technical information and assistance in historic preservation matters from Senior Historical Architect, HPTC.

Travel Required

50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.
  • Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
  • You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid driver's license is required. You will be required to submit a Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also 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 disclose all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you.
  • Pre-employment and periodic physical examinations
  • Respirator fit test
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds
  • You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.
  • You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.
  • If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
  • You will be required to complete a one-year trial period.
  • You may be required to travel overnight away from home up to 15 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.


This position is a positive education series. You must have the required education in addition to the specialized experience to be considered qualified. You must possess one of the following before the close of this announcement. Your answer must be documented in your application materials.

Education Requirements

(A) A degree in architecture; or related field that included 60 semester hours of course work in architecture or related disciplines of which at least (1) 30 semester hours were in architectural design, and (2) 6 semester hours were in each of the following: structural technology, properties of materials and methods of construction, and environmental control systems


(B) A combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the arts and sciences underlying professional architecture, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the architectural principles, methods, and techniques and their applications to the design and construction or improvement of buildings. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by at one of the following:
  • Related Curriculum : Degree in architectural engineering may be accepted as satisfying in full the basic requirements, provided the completed course work in architectural engineering provided knowledge, skills, and abilities substantially equivalent to those provided in the courses specified in paragraph A. The curriculum for a degree in either architecture or architectural engineering covers function, esthetics, site, structure, economics, mechanical-electrical, and other engineering problems related to the design and construction of buildings primarily (but not exclusively) intended to house human activities. The courses required for a degree in architecture generally place emphasis upon planning, esthetics, and materials and methods of construction, while the courses for an architectural engineering degree place equal or greater weight on the technical engineering aspects such as structural systems, mechanical systems, and the properties of materials. Because of this difference in emphasis, persons with degrees in architecture may have a preference for work assignments that offer greater opportunities for them to express their artistic and creative abilities. As a result, they may be more concerned with planning and design aspects of architecture, and persons with degrees in architectural engineering may be more engaged in aspects emphasizing technical engineering considerations.
  • Experience : An applicant lacking a degree in architecture must have had l year of experience in an architect's office or in architectural work for each year short of graduation from a program of study in architecture. In the absence of college courses, 5 years of such experience is required. This experience must have demonstrated that the applicant has acquired a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture.
Minimum Experience Qualifications

In addition to the basic qualifications, you must also meet the minimum qualifications that follow-To qualify for this position at the GS-09 grade level, you must possess one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement

EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: being a professional architect interpreting preliminary design drawings and data from site visits to create architectural plans and designs; serving on a design team with responsibility for development and completion of small and less complicated projects design documentation under the supervision of senior staff members; or similar work.-


EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree. You must include transcripts with your application materials.-OR-Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. For example: 6 months of specialized experience described above, (50% of the required specialized experience) and one and a half years (27 hours) of related graduate education (50% of the educational requirement for GS-09, in excess of that required for the GS-07 level which is one year). Note: one year of graduate level education equals the number of semester hours required by the college or university attended (if not provided 18 semester hours will be considered as meeting 1 year of graduate education). You must include transcripts with your application materials.

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".


To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

Additional 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.

Physical Demands: The work is sedentary in a normal office environment approximately 60% of the time, working at desk, computer terminal, and drafting table. The other 40% of the work is accomplished in the field at park units or other locations examining historic structures. Incumbent must be able to climb and work off of angled and vertical ladders up to 40 feet above grade while wearing personal protective equipment such as Tyvek suites, googles, gloves and hard hat, a tool belt weighing up to 30 lbs. Incumbent must work from scaffolding or platforms in excess of 40 feet above the ground, and be able to work and maintain balance while on irregular roof surfaces up to an 8/12 pitch.

Working Conditions: Work is performed in office, laboratory, shop and field environments. Sedentary work is in a normal office environment. Office work and laboratory work are considered non-hazardous, shop and field work may be hazardous.

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, .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score will be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you can lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions can affect your rating.

Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans with a service connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:
  • Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position
  • Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.
You will be evaluated on the following competencies:
  • Architecture
  • Attention to Detail
  • Building and Construction
  • Creative Thinking
  • Customer Service
  • Decision Making
  • Design
  • Project Management
  • Teaching Others

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 05/28/2019:
  • Resume which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, with dates specified in month and year format, and, indicate hours worked per week . If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade.
  • A complete Occupational Questionnaire
  • Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as:
    • Veterans Preference Documentation :
      • If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15 . If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives .
      • If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, & 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
      • If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran , you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15 , and if applicable, a completed SF15 . You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from or call 1-800-827-1000 to establish proof of disability.
  • College transcripts, if qualifying based on education.
  • Documentation for Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan consideration if you are a displaced Federal employee within the local commuting area. You must include: 1) Proof you are a displaced Federal employee, e.g., RIF Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, etc; 2) SF-50s (Notifications of Personnel Action) showing career/conditional tenure competitive status, promotion potential and duty location; and 3) your most recent performance appraisal. To exercise selection priority, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above 85 on the rating criteria for this position.
  • Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.

    Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents. Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency's staffing offices.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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