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Job Title:  Supervisory Park Ranger (LE) - St. Vrain Subdistrict Ranger
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  IMDR-13-032

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$61,612.00 to $80,093.00 / Per Year
Saturday, November 10, 2012 to Friday, November 30, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Estes Park, CO United States
This is a Service-wide announcement. Applications will only be accepted from current career or career-conditional employees of the National Park Service.


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations. For more information about the National Park Service, click Rocky Mountain National Park

This announcement is being advertised under merit promotion procedures, the candidates listed above under "Who May Be Considered" may apply. You must submit proof of this eligibility with your application. 

  • Must reside within 15 minute response time of duty station-Estes Park.
  • Must possess EMT-B or higher certification by closing date of announcement.

This is a permanent full-time position.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Must possess a level I NPS law enforcement commission.
  • A pre-employment medical exam & Physical Efficiency Battery is required.
  • Drug testing designated position.
  • Maximum entry age requirement must be met.


Supervises and manages the St. Vrain Subdistrict Area of the East District of Rocky Mountain National Park. Provides direct supervision to a permanent staff of two commissioned GL-9 protection rangers, and two non-commissioned GS-9 climbing rangers.  In addition, provides supervision to a summer seasonal ranger staff, and manages two ranger stations staffed primarily by volunteers.  The St. Vrain area of responsibility includes the Longs Peak area, Wild Basin area, Twin Sisters, and Lily Lake.  The St. Vrain Subdistrict has a focus on resource protection, and management of high use backcountry areas.  The St. Vrain Subdistrict ranger functions as a team member to the overall management of the East District, and the park staff in general.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: This is a physically arduous position. Duties involve field work requiring strenuous physical performance, endurance, and superior condition. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying items weighing over 50 pounds. WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment involves regular and recurring exposure to moderate risks or discomforts such as low temperatures, high winds, adverse weather conditions, falling limbs or trees and similar situations. Employees may require special safety precautions, e.g., working around moving parts or machines; with contagious diseases or irritant chemicals, etc. The employee may be required to use protective clothing or gear such as masks, gowns, coats, boots, gloves, helmets, or shields. AREA INFORMATION/HOUSING INFORMATION: Established on January 29, 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park is a living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. With elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the wet, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weather-ravaged top of Longs Peak, a visitor to the park has opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures. This position is located on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park.  The nearest community is Estes Park, Colorado, which is approximately two miles from the park headquarters.  Estes Park includes a school (grades kindergarten through twelfth grade), a post office, restaurants, grocery stores, medical centers, shops, etc.  There is boundless outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, rock climbing, biking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.  Denver, Colorado which has a major airport, cultural events, and several professional sports teams is an hour and a half drive away.  Government housing may be available in the park headquarters area.  Housing assignments are made through a bid process.


All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Friday, November 30, 2012. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.

QUALIFICATIONS: To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as the selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below.

The following table shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for positions covered by this standard. *Selective Factors:

  • Must possess a National Park Service, Level I, Law Enforcement Commision.
  • Must possess current certification for National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT-B) B or higher.

EDUCATION: To qualify using education, applicant must have 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree related to the occupation.  Major study: natural resource management, natural sciences, earth sciences, history, archeology, anthropology, park and recreation management, law enforcement/police science, social sciences, museum sciences, business administration, public administration, behavioral sciences, sociology, or other closely related subjects pertinent to the management and protection of natural and cultural resources. Course work in fields other than those specified may be accepted if it clearly provides applicants with the background of knowledge and skills necessary for successful job performance in the position to be filled.

EXPERIENCE: Must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to, the following: managing a law enforcement program including the protection, conservation, use, and management of natural and/or cultural resources in park areas or similar operations, which involved the application of law enforcement authorities and procedures to protect visitors and resources; management or program specialist work involving the development and/or implementation of policy related to law enforcement and visitor protection in park areas or similar operations; or other similar work. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of at least the GS-11 grade level in the federal service.

Time-in-Grade Requirements: Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. This requires applicants who have held a GS position at any time within the past 52 weeks to have served at least 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for this occupation.

To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, 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 then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty. NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Applicants can verify accreditation HERE .   All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply. For further information click HERE.


  1. You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
  2. This is a supervisory position. Employees who are initially appointed to supervisory positions must serve a supervisory probationary period of one year.
  3. Must possess or be able to obtain a Level I Law Enforcement Commission.
  4. This position has been approved for coverage as a "SECONDARY-ADMINISTRATIVE" Law Enforcement position under the special retirement program for firefighters and law enforcement officers of 5 U.S.C.8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS).  PLEASE NOTE: Applicants may meet position qualification requirements, but not meet special retirement coverage eligibility. If such an applicant is selected, he/she will be placed in the regular retirement code. Under CSRS to be eligible for Secondary retirement coverage, an employee must transfer directly (without a break in service exceeding 3 days) from a primary rigorous position to a secondary position. Under FERS to be eligible for Secondary retirement coverage and employee: while covered under the retirement provision moves directly (without a break in service exceeding 3 days) from a primary position to a secondary position: AND complete 3 years of service in a primary rigorous position including any such service during which no FERS deductions were withheld: AND must be continuously employed in a secondary position or positions since moving from a primary rigorous position. Except a break in employment in a secondary positions that begins with an involuntary separation (not for cause). In addition, for positions covered under 6(c) as secondary-administrative, management has certified that a MANDATORY PREREQUISITE exists -- prior experience in a primary law enforcement position or equivalent experience outside the Federal Government, is a mandatory prerequisite.
  5. In accordance with Executive Order 12564 and Department of Interior guidelines, applicants selected for this position are required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test prior to appointment. In addition, this position is a drug testing designated position subject to random testing for illegal drug use throughout the tenure of this appointment.
  6. Must pass a pre-employment medical test.  Prior to appointment, the person selected for this position must be determined physically fit by an authorized government physician to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties and pass a medical examination (which includes vision, hearing, cardiovascular and mobility of extremities) given by an authorized government physician. The agency will pay for this examination.
  7. The duties of this position require arduous physical exertion involving walking, running, lifting, standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. The Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) is a fitness test consisting of five different components: 1) agility run – measures the ability to get up from the ground and sprint while changing directions; 2) bench press – measures the upper body strength for one repetition; 3) 1.5 mile run – measures cardio/respiratory fitness; 4) sit and reach – measures the flexibility in the lower back, legs and shoulders; and 5) body composition – measures the body fat. Prior to appointment, applicants will be tested in all five components, but only the agility run, bench press and 1.5 mile run will be measured for a passing score in the 25th percentile (age and gender adjusted) of these components. These procedures will ensure that law enforcement officers are capable of performing strenuous physical training and law enforcement duties. Applicants shall be disqualified for appointment if they fail to meet any physical requirements. Probationary or seasonal employment is subject to termination for failure to meet the 25th percentile in each of the identified components being measured.
  8. Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license. This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. A valid State driver's license is required. As a condition of employment, you will be required to submit a completed GSA Form 3607, 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 discloses all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. If you are tentatively selected for employment in this position, you will be required to complete GSA Form 3607 and submit the above State issued documents. Your employment, after your tentative selection, will be contingent upon receipt of these documents in a timely manner and that those documents establish, to the satisfaction of the selecting official, that you possess a valid driver's license.
  9. Must wear the National Park Service uniform and comply with National Park Service uniform standards including PPE (body armor) and law enforcement equipment. A uniform allowance will be provided to defray the cost of the uniform.
  10. Employee should expect to work irregular tours and hours of duty, respond to after-hours callout for emergency response, and accept sudden changes in tour of duty/assigned shifts due to emergency response needs.  Standard pay provisions required by law and agancy policy apply.  May be assigned to work nights, early mornings, rotating shifts, holidays, and weekends.
  11. Must be at least 21 years old.
  12. Must be free of any domestic violence convictions. If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, it is a felony for you to possess any firearm or ammunition. As a condition of employment, you are required to carry weapons and ammunition as a part of your official duties. Therefore, an individual with a conviction of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence will not be eligible for this position.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs)/competencies required of this position. Please follow all instructions carefully.

Please Note: All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. Upon review, if it is determined that your work history,KSAs/competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified or your score may be modified. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers to the KSAs/competencies.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics).

  • Ability to supervise and carryout supervisory functions.
  • Ability to perform and manage emergency services in an alpine environment.
  • Ability to perform LE duties and wilderness backcountry resource protection.
  • Ability to establish & maintain good working relationships with others.
  • Knowledge of safety practices, programs and procedures.

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work 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".


The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  Such as:Flexible Spending Accounts Health Insurance Leave Life Insurance Long Term Care Insurance Retirement Program


1.   CTAP/ICTAP: If you are an eligible Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. For additional information go to 2.  If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, such as the initial hire, promotion; or reassignment, showing position title, series and grade (do not submit, SF-50s for Awards, Within-Grade-Increase, or Pay Adjustments) or you will not be considered under the merit promotion process. Also, you should submit your most recent performance appraisal. If you cannot submit your appraisal a written justification for its absence must be provided. 3.  If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.4.  Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses may be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the current Federal Travel Regulations; however, there will be no guaranteed home sale.5.  NOTE: Applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax. Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Applicants are advised that a variety of public facilities such as schools, public libraries, state employment offices and regional job centers provide access to computers at no charge. Help may also be available to targeted groups through a variety of public assistance agencies.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

1.Your Resume - We encourage you to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you choose to use your own resume make sure it lists all of the required information needed.
2.A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3.Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, November 30, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page  using the following Vacancy ID 782399. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

Note:  If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at 478-757-3144.  Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement, include the appropriate Office Code (JY) and VIN (six digit code) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at

If you cannot apply online:

1.Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2.Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire and
3.Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.Note: If you are only submitting supporting documents see the Submitting Documents instruction in Step 2 below.


Step 2

  • Resume -- We encourage you to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you choose to use your own resume make sure it lists all of the required information needed (including hours per week worked and month and year of employment).
  • Transcripts -- if qualifications are based on education
  • Qualifications -- example, typically used for licenses or other documents that attest to the qualifications of the applicant
  • Veterans Preference documentation -- Legible copy of DD-214 that shows honorable discharge, VA letter dated 1991 or later, SF-15 plus proof required by that form, if applicable.
  • Response to Assessment Questionnaire.
  • Miscellaneous -- any supporting document that does not already have its own type listed
  • SF-50Federal employees must submit proof of their status (SF-50 showing current grade and tenure) and an SF-50 showing highest (permanent) grade ever held, if different.
  • Performance Appraisal: please provide a copy of your current Performance Appraisal (must be within 15 months from the closing date of the announcement). If no evaluation is enclosed, a written justification must be provided for its absence.

DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS.  Any resumes with these attachments cannot be forwarded to the hiring official.

Submitting Documents

If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area. Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page at to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.  

  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number 785593
  • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
  • Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:   

  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.


Kathy Edwards
Phone: (970)586-1313
TDD: (970)586-1319
Agency Information:
Rocky Mountain National Park
1000 HWY 36
Estes Park, CO


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire: If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

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