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Job Title:  Supervisory Park Ranger (Interpretation)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  KLBA-LAVO-13-826215-MP-CD

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

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$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 to Friday, January 25, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Tulelake, CA United States
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


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.

Lava Beds National Monument and the Tule Lake Unit of the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monuments are recruiting for a Supervisory Park Ranger (Interpretation).


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 826215


This is a full-time permanent, career-seasonal position. 


Number of Vacancies:  We expect to fill 1 vacancy at this time; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies.


This announcement is open to applicants eligible for consideration under National Park Service merit promotion procedures (current Federal/NPS employees with career/career conditional status; former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, or persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under Special Authorities. VEOA eligibles may apply.  (to be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three or more years of continuous active service)


Park Contact:
Lava Beds National Monument
Interpretation Division
(530) 667-8110


Area information:  Lava Beds National Monument and the Tule Lake Unit of the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monuments are co-managed and both are located in a remote area of northeastern California.  The nearest communities are Klamath Falls, OR (approximately 50 miles north) and Tulelake, CA (approximately 25 miles north from Lava Beds, adjacent to Tule Lake).  Schools for all ages, a variety of churches, grocery stores, fuel and lodging can be found in both communities.  Government housing may be available. Lava Beds National Monument is a land of turmoil, both geological and historical. Over the last half-million years, volcanic eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano created an incredibly rugged landscape punctuated by cinder cones, lava flows, spatter cones, lava tube caves and pit craters. These lava tube caves, of which there are more than 700 in the Monument, are a favorite underground destination for visitors to explore.  The Tule Lake Unit was created in 2008 and tells the civil rights and unjust story of the incarceration of Japanese Americans in the internment/segregation center in Newell, CA during WWII.   The weather in northeastern California is particularly unpredictable and employees should be ready for all conditions throughout the year. However, summers are generally sunny and warm while winters are cold with below-freezing nights and occasional snow. Visit our website at and for further monument and area information.


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  • U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.


The incumbent will serve as the Lead Interpreter for Lava Beds National Monument and the Tule Lake Unit of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monuments, which reports directly to the Chief of Visitor Services. The incumbent is responsible year round for the day to day supervision of both the Visitor Center and Interpretive field operations. The incumbent will be expected to give a variety of interpretive programs to include; Cave tours, hikes, evening programs, porch talks, as well as a variety of education programs both on and off site.  Further he or she will be writing a variety of interpretive materials both hard and web-based media. This will include working with Facebook, Twitter and other social media. The incumbent is responsible for coaching and mentoring seasonal interpreters and assuring quality formal and informal interpretive programs. Incumbent serves on a variety of working groups both at the monument and in the surrounding communities.


Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level of federal employment.  Specialized experience includes that which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled.  Experience may have been technical, administrative, or scientific work, fish and wildlife management, recreation management, law enforcement, or other park-related work.  Examples include, but are not limited to: park guide or tour leader; law enforcement or investigative work; archeological or historical preservation research work; forestry and/or fire management work in a park, recreation, or conservation area; or management, assistant, or program specialist work involving the development and implementation of policy related to protection, conservation, or management of park areas or similar operations.


Two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree related to the occupation.  Major areas of study may include: 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.  



To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts with your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. If transcripts are not included in your application package, education will not be credited.

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. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: 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, visit:


Time in Grade: Status applicants must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.  The time in grade requirement for this position is at least 52 weeks of employment as a federal civilian career or career conditional employee at the next lower grade level. 

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's web site at


Background Investigation: If you have not had one, completion of a background investigation with favorable adjudication is required prior to entry on duty.


Managerial/Supervisory Probationary Period: A probationary period of one-year shall apply to all new managers/supervisors.


Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or provide proof that they are exempt from Selective Service Law.


Uniform: Incumbent must wear the prescribed National Park Service Uniform.


Driver's License: You may be required to operate a government motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid state driver’s license.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the eligibility 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 score 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 required of this position. Your ratings are subject to change if discrepancies exist between your responses and supporting documents.

Ratings will be based on responses to the occupational questions in this document. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your score. To receive credit, information submitted in your Occupational Questionnaire MUST relate to specific work/experience block in your resume. Your answers to the occupational questionnaire must be documented in your resume. Only educational and experience acquired by the filing deadline will be considered.

Your rating will be based on both your responses to the Job Specific Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume.  The Job Specific questions relate to the following knowledges, skills abilities and/or competencies (KSAC’s) required to do the work of this position:


Ability to research, develop, and present interpretive talks and programs for diverse audiences.


Ability to manage all aspects of a high quality district interpretive program.


Ability to communicate effectively with visitors and representatives of external groups such as Park partners, neighboring communities and agencies, etc.


Ability to communicate orally and in writing.


NOTE: DO NOT respond to the KSAs listed above.  Your application will be evaluated using your resume and responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you possess the required KSAs. 



Pay and Benefits:


Salary Range for a GS-0025-09:  $47,448 to $61,678 per annum

NOTE: New Federal employees with no prior paid Federal civilian experience will start at the lowest step of the salary range for the grade for which they qualify.


The NPS may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government to attract high quality candidates.


All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.


The Federal government offers a number of benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


This is a permanent SEASONAL appointment.  It is expected that the incumbent will work at least 26 weeks (13 pay periods) per year, but not more than 50 weeks or 25 pay periods on a full-time basis.  The incumbent will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave, and coverage under a Federal Retirement system.  Incumbent’s service will not be required at certain times due to lack of work, lack of funds, weather conditions or for other reasons.  During these periods, incumbent will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status.




Moving and/or relocation expenses are authorized in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations 41 CFR Chapter 302 and Departmental policy.


Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.


Career Transition Assistance Plan and Interagency (CTAP/ICTAP): Current surplus and current or former displaced Federal individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  For CTAP and ICTAP, well-qualified means that the applicant is eligible, qualified, and clearly exceeds qualification requirements for the position as demonstrated by either:  (1) meeting selective and quality ranking factor levels as specified by the agency; or (2) being rated above minimally qualified under the agency’s specific rating and ranking process.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.  This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.


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


1.  Your Résumé

2.  A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3.  Other required Supporting Documents (see Required Documents section below)


A complete Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of Friday, January 25, 2013


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 assessment questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 826215.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:


1.     Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and

2.     Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment 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.


ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY THE CLOSING DATE.  Failure to submit required documents, if applicable, will result in you not being considered.  You will not be contacted for additional information.  If you have questions regarding what is considered appropriate supporting documentation, email


  1. Resume (complete with documentation that supports your questionnaire responses)
  2. Transcripts – If qualifying based on education, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcripts.
  3. SF-50 – All status candidates and reinstatement eligibles (current and former government employees) must submit a copy of your SF-50, “Notification of Personnel Action”, which shows your status; career, career-conditional or reinstatement eligible.  Note - The following items must be listed on the SF-50 you submit:  position, series, grade level, duty station and if applicable, highest grade held.

4.    DD-214 – Veterans’ Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) of 1998 allows preference eligibles or veterans to compete for vacancies under merit promotion procedures.  VEOA eligibles are veterans who have been separated under honorable conditions from the armed forces with 3 or more years of continuous active service.  You must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 to verify eligibility.  The veterans will be rated and ranked with other merit promotion eligibles.  Those who are among the best qualified may be selected by the appointing official, but veteran’s preference is NOT a factor.

  1. Special Hiring Authorities - If you are applying for consideration under a special hiring authority such as a person with a disability (Schedule A), Peace Corp or VISTA volunteer, you MUST submit the appropriate supporting documentation to be considered.

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 on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link to print a copy of the cover page.


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.


Terry L. Harris
Phone: (530)667-8110
Agency Information:
Lava Beds National Monument
PO Box 1240
Tulelake, CA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Once this announcement closes, candidates will be evaluated using the automated system.  If you are found to be a highly qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified by email of the outcome.

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