Social Science Technician, National Park Service

various locations

Position Title: Social Science Technician

Organization: National Park Service

Location: various locations

Organization Overview: The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 60 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity therefore we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit the About Us page to learn more

Duties: Collection of social science and other data related to visitor use, visitor experience, and visitor related impacts, including creation of sampling schedules, deployment of equipment such as trail and traffic counters, maintenance of equipment, administering intercept surveys of park visitors and/or training surveyors, systematically observing visitor behavior, and using GIS/GPS equipment and applications. Organize and assist the regional Visitor Use Management Program Coordinator in creating and implementing training programs that develop professional visitor use and social science skills for employees at park units across the intermountain region. Communicates visitor use management research via written reports and presentations that clearly describe the need, utility, research questions, methodologies, analyses, and any recommendations. Development and recommendation of data collection approaches, monitoring protocols, and sampling plans to appropriately address the visitor use management planning needs (i.e., desired conditions, indicators, thresholds, and visitor capacity) of park units. Organize, manage, and consolidate data and data sets into appropriate formats, and ensure data is properly stored for security, easy access, and usability. Document methodologies for data collection and analysis, and ensure data is properly backed up. Analyzes visitor use data, specifically social science data, related to park planning needs (i.e., desired conditions, indicators, thresholds, and visitor capacity), including the manipulation and analysis of data to produce descriptive and inferential statistics and statistical models that answer planning-related research questions (i.e., desired conditions, indicators, thresholds, and visitor capacity).


  • 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.
  • You will be required to complete a one-year trial period.
  • You may be required to travel overnight away from home up to 4 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.

Qualifications: To qualify for this position at the GS-09 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-07 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: Collection of social science and other data related to visitor use, visitor experience, and visitor-related resource impacts; organization skills and understanding of visitor use management to inform training programs; technical writing and presentation abilities for interpreting social science and visitor use data in to management implications for broad audiences; ability to develop and recommend approaches for data collection, monitoring, and other needs related to visitor use management planning; organization, management, and consolidation of social science and visitor use data; statistical data analysis related to social science and visitor use. You must include hours per week worked.
Education: Successful completion of at least a Master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, related directly to the work of the position. Examples of related education include but are not limited to Public Administration and Policy, Business Administration, Parks and Recreation, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, History or Cultural Studies. You must include transcripts.
Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. For example, 6 months of specialized experience and 27 semester hours of qualifying graduate level education equals 100% of the qualification requirement. Please Note: If you are using education to qualify you MUST submit a complete copy (unofficial is okay) of your transcripts. We cannot determine eligibility without this information. We will not solicit you for this information and you will not receive consideration if it is not submitted.

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.

Salary/Pay: $54,727 – $71,146 per year

Application Deadline: September 14

How to Apply: Please use the online application to view the full job description as well as how to apply. Please direct any questions to Natalia Sanchez