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Transportation Specialist

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Position Overview

DOI’s mission necessitates travel on land, waterways and in the sky.  Transportation Specialists help coordinate and manage the safe, cost-effective transportation operations necessary to inventory and monitor wildlife, support law enforcement and search and rescue activities, locate and fight fires, and support scientific research.

This position is represented at the following bureaus

Bureau of Indian Affairs
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
National Park Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Candidate Description

The ideal candidate applies technical knowledge and experience but can also gather, organize and analyze information effectively to assess risks and solve problems.  This person is an excellent communicator.  Business acumen and program management skills are helpful.

Some positions will require commercial pilot or other specialized certifications.

Work Environment

Work is performed both in an office setting and also through site visits to field locations.

Minimum Education Requirements

Please see the Individual Occupation Requirements and the Administrative and Management Positions Group Qualification Standard on the OPM websites.

Career Level Requirements

Responsibilities by Level

  • Mid:

    • Coordinating with other organizations to facilitate sharing of transportation resources
    • Delivering air crew member training
    • Managing and updating records databases and user records and generating reports on equipment usage
    • Scheduling annual flight evaluations for pilots
    • Providing leadership in advanced fire management and command positions using aerial resources
    • Coordinating with Emergency Services staff to develop effective and safe programs for medevac and search and rescue missions
    • Evaluating and analyzing risks associated with proposed helicopter operations

  • Journey:

    • Preparing issue papers and briefings
    • Developing regional policy to enhance aviation safety and standards for specialized high risk missions
    • Coordinating equipment acquisition and maintenance
    • Reviewing regional Safety Plans
    • Developing and managing aviation risk hazard analysis programs

  • Senior:

    • Providing consultation and assistance to senior leaders as an authority on technical and economic procedures, standards, policy, certification programs, and safety and training programs
    • Formulating and recommending national policy standards for management and operations of transportation activities
    • Interpreting Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and DOI regulations and policies and preparing guidance for implementation
    • Developing and implementing programs involving the availability of new aviation resources and services
    • Representing the agency/bureau on high level working groups and in negotiations with other Federal and state agencies and private sector organizations
    • Piloting aircraft to oversee and assess aircraft and procedures safety
    • Serving on aircraft accident/incident investigation teams
    • Developing and overseeing equipment replacement programs

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Strengths by Level

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  • Accountability
    Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
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    Senior 14-15
  • Attention to Detail
    Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
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  • Compliance
    Knowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and guidance.
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  • Customer Service
    Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
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  • Decision Making
    Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
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  • External Awareness
    Identifies and understands economic, political, and social trends that affect the organization.
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  • Flexibility
    Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; effectively deals with ambiguity.
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  • Influencing/Negotiating
    Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; works with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.
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  • Information Management
    Identifies a need for and knows where or how to gather information; organizes and maintains information or information management systems.
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  • Interpersonal Skills
    Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
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  • Oral Communication
    Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
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  • Organizational Awareness
    Knows the organization's mission and functions, and how its social, political, and technological systems work and operates effectively within them; this includes the programs, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the organization.
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  • Planning and Evaluating
    Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.
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  • Problem Solving
    Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
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  • Reasoning
    Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.
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  • Resilience
    Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
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  • Teaching Others
    Helps others learn through formal or informal methods; identifies training needs; provides constructive feedback; coaches others on how to perform tasks; acts as a mentor.
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  • Teamwork
    Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.
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  • Technical Competence
    Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
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  • Writing
    Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
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    Journey 12-13
    Senior 14-15

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