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    Summary

    These position are located in Gateway National Recreation Area, in the Resource and Visitor Protection Division. Please visit find a park for additional park information.

    Relocation: Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the selectee lives outside of the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulation.

    Who May Apply: Current career or career conditional competitive service employees with the Department of the Interior, Career Transition Program (CTAP), and current or former competitive service employees and current or former time-limited employees eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act. For more information, select the following link: Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA).

    These positions will be filled under a Permanent Career / Career-Conditional Full-Time appointment,


    Relocation: Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the selectee lives outside of the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulation.

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    Responsibilities

    These Supervisory Park Ranger (Protection) positions are responsible for the law enforcement and emergency services field operations for Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook, Highlands, New Jersey. Sandy Hook receives more than 2 million visitors to the Park each year. The incumbents of these Supervisory Park Ranger (protection) positions reports directly to the Operations Chief Ranger of the Resource and Visitor Protection Division. The Supervisory Park Ranger (Protection) directly supervises three to four permanent Park Ranger (Protection) positions, as well as three Park Ranger (Protection) positions filled under Seasonal - Temporary Appointments. The incumbents of these Supervisory Park Ranger (Protection) position drafts schedules, submits Enforcement Action Plans, supports employee developmental opportunities, and are responsible for the seasonal employee hiring process. The Park averages more than 200 arrests per year ranging from DWI to Poaching and also conducts public awareness/safety programs with the local municipal, county and state agencies. The Park maintains and operates a Type III Ambulance as well as Type I and Type III fire response vehicles and also has a seasonal patrol boat. In addition, the incumbents work closely with the Chief Ranger and numerous cooperating agencies to respond to a multitude of incidents, and participate in regular interagency operations.

    Physical Demands:

    The work requires to Incumbent to wear personal protective equipment (PPE). The incumbent wears law enforcement gear that, on a regular and recurring basis, includes a fully outfitted duty belt and a ballistic vest. Infrequently, the incumbent is required to wear specialized emergency rescue equipment, such as bunker gear (a.k.a., turnout gear), riot gear, a rifled plate carrier, and wildland fire gear. The work requires considerable and strenuous physical exertion that, on a regular and recurring basis, includes walking and running over rough and uneven surfaces; moving across loose sand on the beaches; carrying heavy loads of gear and equipment that can exceed 50 pounds; and crouching or crawling in tight or restrictive spaces. The work requires a fitness level sufficient to apprehend a fleeing suspect on foot and defend the incumbent against physical attack. The Incumbent is required to work shifts that Include all hours of the day and night; the work can subject the incumbent to periods of loud noise; and the work can subject the Incumbent to contact with individuals who have communicable diseases.

    As a commissioned Law Enforcement Officer for the NPS, the incumbent must meet established physical fitness and arduous duty medical standards. Additionally, the incumbent must meet all physical fitness and medical standards relevant to wildland fire and structural fire duties and responsibilities.

    Work Environment:

    The work is predominantly performed in the field at a seashore environment with a moderate mix of required office work. The field work is accomplished on land and water by foot and by law enforcement patrol vehicle, boat, bicycle and UTV / ATV. The field work can range from hot and humid in the summer with temperatures up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit to cold and blustery in the winter with subzero temperatures. The work environment is stressful and regularly and routinely involves a high risk of exposure to hostile and dangerous law enforcement situations such as defending oneself or protecting others from physical attack; actively seeking out persons who may be armed and dangerous: and responding to emergency calls or intrusion alarm activations. When performing wildland and/or structural fires duties, the work environment involves high risk of exposure to heat, fire, and toxic chemicals/materials.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Incumbent will be required to travel within the local commuting area, within the State of New York and/or out of state in order to attend training, conferences and/or meetings.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    11

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Current Dept. of the Interior Career or Career-Conditional Employees, CTAP, and Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act eligibles.

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship required.
    • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
    • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.
    • Pre-employment medical exam and Physical Effeciency Battery are Required.
    • Must possess a Type II or higher Law Enforcement Commission.
    • These are Drug Testing Designated Positions.
    • Maximum Entry on Duty Age Requirement must be met.
    • Must possess or be able to obtain an NPS Law Enforcement Commission.

    • Direct Deposit: New employees of the Department of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay within 30 days of entrance on duty.
    • Time-in-Grade: Any individual who is currently holding, or has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet time-in-grade requirements (must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent in the Federal service).
    • Firearm Proficiency: Selectee(s) will be required to carry a firearm while performing duties and maintain firearm proficiency.
    • Selectee(s) must be free of any domestic violence convictions. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
    • Drug Testing Designated Position:
    • 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.
    • NPS Uniform: You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.
    • Work Schedule: You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.
    • Probationary Period: If you are a new employee or new supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
    • You may be required to travel overnight away from home up to 5 nights per month. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.
    • Government Charge Card: You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.

    Qualifications

    All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, 08/14/2017. 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 screen-out factors described in the occupational / assessment questionnaire and as outlined below.

    To be qualified for this Supervisory Park Ranger (Protection), GS-0025-11 position based on your work experience, you must possess at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower graded level of this GS-11 position (comparable to GS-09 / GL-09) in the Federal government. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

    Examples of specialized experience include: law enforcement, investigative work, management assistant, or specialist work involving the deployment and implementation of policy related to protection, conservation or management of park areas or similar operations.

    OR

    To be qualified for this Supervisory Park Ranger (Protection), GS-0025-11 position based on your education, you must have successfully completed at least three full years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree in one of the following major fields: natural resource management, park and recreation management, law enforcement, police science, social sciences, business administration, public administration or other closely related subjects pertinent to the protection of natural and cultural resources. IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: If you are using education to qualify, you must document your degree in your resume and you must submit a copy of your transcripts or a complete list of college courses taken that identifies for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed. We cannot determine eligibility without this information. (An official copy of your transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected).

    OR

    To be qualified for this Supervisory Park Ranger (Protection), GS-0025-11 position based on a combination of your work experience and education, you must have a combination of specialized experience and graduate education as described above. IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: If your qualification for this position is fully or partially being based on education, you must submit a copy of your graduate transcripts as part of your application package.

    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.

    Maximum Entry on Duty Age: Applicants must not have reached their 37th birthday by the date of appointment to this position. This Supervisory Park ranger - Law Enforcement position is covered by the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) for law enforcement position and has a mandatory retirement age of 57. Selectee for this position who have reached age 37 must have been or currently be covered by the these special retirement provisions and must be able to complete at least 20 years of covered service by the age 57. You must submit proof of your status in the special retirement system with your application materials.
    EXCEPTIONS:
    (1) This restriction does not apply to those who have sufficient creditable service in a Federal civilian (not military) position covered by the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) to permit retirement on or before the mandatory retirement age of 57.
    (2) If you are a veteran who is veterans' preference eligible, you may be eligible for a waiver of the maximum entry age on duty for this position if you are otherwise qualified and meet the medical and fitness requirements. If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit proof of your veterans' preference eligible. Please be advised that failure to submit the required documentation of your qualifying military service will result in your being ruled ineligible for this position.
    On August 26, 2009, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a memorandum related to hiring preference eligible veterans applying for federal position with maximum entry on duty age restrictions. As directed by OPM, the Department of Interior will conduct an analysis of all DOI positions having maximum entry age restrictions to determine whether a maximum entry on duty age requirement is essential to the performance of the duties of these positions. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference who exceed the current maximum entry on duty age requirement, and who are otherwise qualified and meet medical and fitness requirements, will continue to be considered during the ongoing analysis. If DOI determines that the requirement is not essential to the position, the Agency will waive the maximum entry on duty age requirement for veterans' preference eligible applicants for that position.
    (3) If you are a qualified Land Management Work Force Flexibility Act (LMWFA), P.L. 11447 eligible candidate for one of these positions, you are eligible for a waiver of the maximum entry on duty age restrictions.
    On August 7, 2015, the President signed the Land Management Work Force Flexibility Act (Act), P.L. 11447, in accordance with the provisions and the Act, agencies must waive age requirements in determining eligibility, unless the age requirement is essential to the performance of the duties of the position. Accordingly, qualified LMWFA eligible candidates may apply and be considered for DOI vacancies under internal merit promotion procedures without regard to maximum entry age age or mandatory retirement age restrictions without an additional waiver.

    Conditions of Employment:

    1. These Supervisory Park Ranger (Protection) position requires that an applicant must either possess a current NPS Type I Law Enforcement Commission or have completed a National Park Service (NPS) approved Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) training program as a prerequisite to obtaining a NPS Type I Law Enforcement Commission or have completed one of the NPS Approved Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Programs (SLETP) and are eligible to receive a Type II Law Enforcement Commission.
    2. It is a condition of employment for these Supervisory Park Ranger (Protection) positions that the incumbent possesses a current valid state driver's license upon entry on duty in order to perform the duties of one of these positions.

    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.

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

    Education

    To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, 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, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.

    If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

    Additional information

    This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

    The full performance level for these Supervisory Park Ranger (Protection) positions is GS-11.

    Physical Demands:

    This is a secondary-administrative law enforcement position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S. C. 8336 (c) (CSRS) and 5 U. S. C. 8412 (d) (FERS). PLEASE NOTE: Applicants may meet qualification requirements, but may not be eligible for special retirement coverage. If such an applicant is selected, they will be placed in the regular retirement system. To be eligible for Secondary retirement coverage under CSRS, an employee must transfer directly (without a break in service exceeding 3 days) from a primary position to a secondary position. To be eligible for Secondary retirement coverage under FERS, an employee must: 1) transfer directly (without a break in service exceeding 3 days) from a primary position to a secondary position, AND 2) complete 3 years of service in a primary rigorous position including any such service during which no FERS deductions were withheld, AND 3) must be continuously employed in a secondary position(s) since moving from a primary rigorous position, except for any break in employment from a secondary position that began with involuntary separation (not for cause).

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information, https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.

    Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are highly qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Best qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

    Candidates who apply under Noncompetitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

    You will be evaluated on the following competencies:

    • Criminal Investigation
    • Customer Service
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Leadership
    • Oral Communication
    • Partnering
    • Planning and Evaluating
    • Problem Solving
    • Public Safety and Security
    • Risk Management
    • Stress Tolerance

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    Required Documents

    The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 08/14/2017.

    1. Resume - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is included in you resume. If you choose to use your own resume make sure it lists all significant jobs held and duties performed, with dates specified in month, day and year format, your hourly rate of pay and, indicate hours worked per week. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade. Note: Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, employment information such as employer name and location; from and to dates (or to present for current position), which includes the month, year, and hours worked per week for each description of experience, with pay plan/grade, if applicable education and training, etc. For volunteer experience, please ensure that your resume contains from and to dates, which includes the month, year, and hours worked per week. Part-time hours are prorated.

      You will not receive any credit for any experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies". Your description of experience, education and volunteer experience must be able to support any claim for qualifying for this position. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make any assumptions regarding your experience. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response.
    2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
    3. Merit Promotion Eligibility Documentation such as:
      • SF-50(s) showing career/conditional tenure and competitive service status
      • Documentation for the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) eligibility, which includes ALL Appointment AND Termination SF-50s for EACH appointment as well as ALL performance evaluations, for each qualifying period of temporary employment claimed.
      • SF-50 - Must provide copies of both Appointment and Termination SF-50's (Notification of Personnel Action) for each period served under a time-limited appointment by a land management agency under a competitive appointment. All SF-50s must total more than 24 months of service without a break of two or more years.
      • Performance Appraisal - Must submit documentation of work performance for all periods of competitive time-limited appointments that they wish to use to establish eligibility under LMWFA. If an official performance appraisal was not completed for any period of service, the applicant must contact their supervisor of record to request that they provide a signed and dated Memorandum of Record. The Memorandum of Record must specify the start and end dates for each period of employment and that the applicant performed at an acceptable level of performance.
    4. Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as:
      • Veterans Preference Documentation:
        • If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives.
        • If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, & 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
        • If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15, and if applicable, a completed SF15. You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 1-800-827-1000 to establish proof of disability
    5. Documentation that you meet the defined Conditions of Employment
    6. College transcripts, if qualifying based on education.
    7. Documentation for Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan consideration if you are a displaced Federal employee within the local commuting area. You must include: 1) Proof you are a displaced Federal employee, e.g., RIF Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, etc; 2) SF-50s (Notifications of Personnel Action) showing career/conditional tenure competitive status, promotion potential and duty location; and 3) your most recent performance appraisal. To exercise selection priority, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above 85 on the rating criteria for this position.
    Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    https://home.nps.gov/aboutus/benefits.htm

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position: You must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. To receive consideration, the complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 08/14/2017. WE DO NOT ACCEPT HARD-COPY OR E-MAIL APPLICATION PACKAGES.

    1. Select Apply. If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to login or create an account.
    2. Prompted to Start the Application Process by selecting "Start Application."
    3. Select or add the resume you want to use for this application. Click here on how to build a resume in USAJOBS.
    4. Select documents you want included in this application.
    5. Review package to acknowledge your documents were reviewed.
    6. Select if you want to include your demographic information.
    7. After reading and certifying the application is true and submitted in good faith, select "Continue to Agency Site."
    8. Follow onscreen prompts and instructions to complete your application.
    9. Add the supporting documents by indexing your documents with the dropdown.
      • Upload any missing required documents or optional documents.
    10. Review and Submit Application.
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    12. You can review or revise your application at any point during the open period of the announcement.
      • To update an application, you should log into your USAJOBS account and select "+" next to the job title for this position. Select "Update Application" for this job.
      • Note: When you click Update Application, you will be prompted to re-select your documents from USAJOBS. Documents submitted with the first application will no longer be associated with the applicant record. So it is important that you select all documents you want to use in the re-application.

    Agency contact information

    Todd Elmore

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    Gateway National Recreation Area
    210 New York Avenue
    Staten Island, NY 10305
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    Once the Occupational Questionnaire is received you will receive acknowledgement that your submission was successful. If you are among the most qualified candidates and your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly for a possible interview. You will be notified of the status of your Application Package at the time candidates are referred for consideration, and when the selection process is complete.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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