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Job Title:  Supervisory Park Ranger (Chief Ranger, LE), GS-0025-11
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  KLBA-LAVO-13-830260-MP-CD

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year
Thursday, January 24, 2013 to Monday, February 04, 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.

About the position: 

Lava Beds National Monument and the Tule Lake Unit of World War II Valor in the Pacific is recruiting for their Park Ranger (Chief Ranger, LE), GS-0025-11 position.  


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN#):  830260 


This is a Permanent, Full-Time position. 

Work hours are often irregular, involving varied, early or late schedules and may include working weekends and holidays.  Duties may require considerable physical exertion including spending many hours on foot, and handling heavy equipment including rescue extrication equipment, duty gear and initial-attack firefighting equipment.


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


WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to current permanent and reinstatement eligible Department of the Interior employees only and those eligible under special hiring authorities.  You must submit proof of your eligibility to apply for this position with your application. Failure to provide adequate documentation will result in an ineligible rating.


Park Contact:
Lava Beds National Monument and Tule Lake Unit, World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument
Mike Reynolds, Superintendent

(530) 667.8101


Area information: 

Lava Beds National Monument and 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.  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 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 National
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • National Park Service Level I Law Enforcement Commission
  • Prior experience as a Law Enforcement Officer
  • Subject to pre-employment medical exam and drug test
  • You must be at least 21 years of age to apply for this position


This position will serve as the Emergency Services Manager (Chief Ranger) for the Division of Visitor Services and Resource Protection of Lava Beds National Monument and the Tule Lake Unit of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.  This includes coordinating NPS preparedness and response for Law Enforcement, Emergency Services, Structural Fire, Wildland Fire and Search and Rescue operations. The Chief Ranger supervises all employees in the division, generally less than five full-time and seasonal employees.  The incumbent will oversee hiring, recruitment, daily supervision, scheduling, evaluating and ensuring all DOI and NPS certification standards are followed by staff.  Position serves as a key member of the senior management team for both Units, attending weekly “Squad” meetings and helping make park-wide decisions – balancing representation of the Emergency Services division with park wide interests.  As the response staff for these two NPS units are very limited, this position also conducts a lot of field work, being the senior responder on most incidents.  The park staff is very small, especially during the winter.  The Chief Ranger may be called on to perform general duties, such as providing lunch-break coverage at the park’s Visitor Center, clearing snow by hand or mini-truck or assisting resource management with field surveys.  Lava Beds has an extensive back country, two wilderness areas and a significant trail system.  The Chief Ranger is responsible for ensuring appropriate use of the backcountry including monitoring monument boundaries, fencing and trails.  The Tule Lake Unit of WWII Valor in the Pacific is a brand new park in the early stages of development and the Chief Ranger position is integral to establishing, implementing and maintaining high-quality standards for this new park.

***This is a required occupancy position.  It is a requirement for this position to occupy government provided housing.***


Selective Placement Factor:  Experience as a primary law enforcement officer is a MANDATORY REQUIREMENT of this position.  Law enforcement experience includes investigating, apprehending or detaining individuals suspected or convicted of offenses against criminal laws of the U.S.

Applicants must possess prior law enforcement experience as gained by substantial service in a primary or secondary law enforcement position or equivalent experience outside the Federal Government.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.  Additional information on the qualifications requirements are outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions.  It is available for review on OPM’s website at:


GS-11: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GL-09 level. OR 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree related to the occupation.  Directly related fields include law enforcement; police science; criminal justice; or other closely related subjects directly pertinent to the management and protection of natural and/or cultural resources.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is directly related to the work of the position to be filled.  Examples of specialized experience include: management of resource protection, visitor protection and law enforcement programs including search and rescue and wildland fire; experience in the administrative responsibilities of program management (budget, contracting, human resources); serving as a senior advisor to management and engaging in resource protection, visitor protection and law enforcement programs; long/short term goal oriented planning and accomplishment of work through coordination of paid staff, volunteers, partners, non-profit organizations and local, state and federal entities.


Applicants are responsible for providing documentation that the applicable educational provisions have been met. To qualify based on education; you must submit a legible copy of transcripts or list of college courses with your name, school name, credit or semester hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Official transcripts are required upon selection if you qualified based on education.


Education must have been obtained from an accredited or pre-accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.


For further information on creditable education, visit: and



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

You may be required to serve a supervisory probationary period of one (1) year.

Selective Placement Factor:  Prior experience as a Law Enforcement Officer carrying out duties involving the investigation, apprehension, and/or detention of persons suspected or convicted of offenses against the criminal laws of the United States.


This is a secondary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS).  It requires prior primary wildland firefighter experience.  Coverage under special retirement provisions depends upon incumbent’s individual work history. 

Applicants desiring

secondary special retirement coverage must transfer directly, without a break in service exceeding 3 days, from a primary covered position to a secondary covered position or from one secondary covered position to another. 

Under FERS regulations an applicant must have a minimum of 36 months (not required to be continuous) service in covered primary positions prior to transferring to a secondary covered position.   For transferring purposes - this service may include non-deduction (temporary) service in covered primary positions. 


Individuals age 37 and over may enter or reenter a primary firefighter/law enforcement position if they are able to complete a total of 20 years of covered and creditable law enforcement or firefighter service by the mandatory retirement age of 57.  Prior service in covered positions may be subtracted from the applicant’s age to determine if he or she meets the MEA.  Such prior service must also be creditable for retirement.  Since FERS temporary service performed after December 31, 1988 is not creditable for retirement, it may not be credited for MEA purposes.


**in order to be considered, applicants must be at least 21 years of age.


Proof of prior covered service must be submitted prior to employment.  Acceptable proof consists of SF-50’s showing begin and end dates of covered/creditable appointments and copies of approved letters based on individual claims.  Applicants who fail to provide this evidence will not be considered eligible for the position.  

Applicants, already in covered secondary positions or with previously approved service, who apply for this position cannot be considered if their age at re-entry into the primary position is 37 years or older, after subtracting creditable service in approved positions.


Incumbent must possess and maintain current a “Arduous” level firefighting  Incident Qualifications Card (Red Card), which will require taking the Work Capacity Test.  NOTE:  Arduous fitness (WCT-Pack Test) will consist of completing a three-mile hike, within forty-five minutes, while carrying a forty-five pound pack.


Incumbent must possess and maintain current a National Registry “EMT-B” certification.


Incumbent must be free of any domestic violence convictions.



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


Probationary Period: A probationary period of one-year shall apply to all new federal employees.  A one-hyear Supervisory probationary period shall apply to first-time supervisors in the federal government.


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.


Firearm Carrying Position: Incumbent will be required to carry a firearm while performing duties and must maintain firearm proficiency.  Selectee also must be free of any domestic violence convictions.


Drug Testing Designated Position: In accordance with Executive Order 12564, and under the Department’s Drug Free Workplace Program.  Applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment.  In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.


Driver's License: You may be required to operate a government motor vehicle as part of your official duties.  Upon entrance on duty (EOD) and annually thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid state-issued driver’s license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle.  You will be required to submit a photocopy of your valid state-issued driver’s license.  You may be required to submit (within a state sealed envelope or submitted directly by the state authorities), and at your own expense, certified driving records from all states that disclose valid driver’s licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you.  Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid state driver’s license.



Medical Exam: Prior to appointment, the applicant must meet the requirements of the Director's Order #57, Occupational Medical Standards, and have passed a medical examination given by an authorized government physician.  All applicants must pass the physical examination before assuming their protection duties.  

Incumbent is subject to rigorous regiment of law enforcement related physical fitness and firearms use capabilities are required on a periodic basis as specified in NFS 57.


Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB): Applicants are required to pass the PEB prior to entering law enforcement positions.  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.


Work is sometimes performed outdoors, often under adverse weather conditions.


The duties of this position involve fieldwork in remote and/or rugged terrain where climatic conditions are variable and extreme.



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.


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:


KSA-1.  Knowledge of Cultural and Natural Resources Protection.

KSA-2.   Ability to conduct and/or supervise the gathering of law enforcement, security, and intelligence information related to Parks, its facilities, events, mission, or visitors.

KSA-3.   Ability to identify operational requirements and make recommendations to management regarding programming, budgeting, training, administration, evaluation of the organization's operation.

KSA-4.   Ability to communicate effectively/interpersonal skills.

KSA-5. Ability to conduct and/or supervise criminal detection and investigation of criminal violations and perform law enforcement activities.


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-0025-11:  $57,408 to $74,628 per annum.


Position is Full-time, 80 hours a bi-weekly pay period.

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.


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

If selected, you will occupy government housing.


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 Monday, February 04, 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 830260.  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.
  5. 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.


Mike Reynolds
Phone: (530)667-8101
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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