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Posted: 07/09/2020

National Park Service
State, Tribal, Local, Plans and Grants Division

Summary The position Is located in the State, Tribal, and Local Plans & Grants unit of Cultural Resources, National Park Service, Washington, DC. The incumbent provides a variety of technical and administrative support for the range of grant program administered by the Division, which is responsible for directing and coordinating the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant programs authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act P.L. and authorized by various other Federal laws.

Program Assistant
Professional Opportunity
Washington, DC
$48,670 - $63,267
Open Until


The major duties of the Program Specialist role include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provides technical and administrative support for the National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) and Cultural Resources grant programs.
  • Coordinates the selection and obligation of grant funds, and processes amendments and closeouts in the NPS financial systems. Process amendments and obligates funds In the NPS financial systems.
  • Logs incoming grant project documents. including progress reports, final reports, and documents related to compliance with grant agreements terms and conditions
  • Answers general telephone and email inquiries related to grant submissions
  • Maintains grant project files in the Division, both paper and digital, ensuring that they are properly organized and stored and that information related to projects Is readily available to staff.


  • 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 complete a one-year trial 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.


All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-07/22/2020-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement.

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. To receive credit for experience, your resume MUST clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the resume must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount of qualified specialized experience.

To qualify for this position at the GS-7 grade level, you must possess all 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-6 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include all of the following: composing correspondence, resolving problems, locating information and organizing workflow of an office, providing technical and administrative support; performing a variety of administrative grant support work and or using a basic knowledge of history and historic preservation; and applies principles and techniques of effective oral and written communication and use of technology. You must include hours per week worked.

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.


How to apply
To apply for this position: You must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below through To receive consideration, the complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 07/22/2020. WE DO NOT ACCEPT HARD-COPY OR E-MAIL APPLICATION PACKAGES.
Richard Kneski
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240

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