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Job Title:Park Ranger (Interpretation)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:NPS-NCR-ROCR-12-642899DW

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$34,075.00 to $44,293.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, April 19, 2012 to Thursday, May 3, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0025-05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 13 Months

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

05

DUTY LOCATIONS:

001 vacancy - Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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, visit http://www.nps.gov.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:  All U.S. Citizens

This position is located in the Division of Interpretation at Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC.

Rock Creek Park is truly a gem in our nation’s capital. It offers visitors an opportunity to reflect and soothe their spirits through the beauty of nature. Fresh air, majestic trees, wild animals, and the ebb and flow of Rock Creek emanate the delicate aura of the forest. Our country’s history abounds within the park. Visitors walk in the footsteps of Piscataway Indians, the Old Stone House attests to a time when Washington, D.C. was a new capital, Peirce Mill reminds us how a new technology aided the economic growth of the nation, and Civil War remnants divulge stories of unrest. Ultimately, the establishment of Rock Creek Park in 1890, “...for the benefit and enjoyment of the people of the United States” served as an inspiration for the creation of future National Parks.  

This is a term position not to exceed 13 months with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition.  Appointment to this position may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs and funding availability.

The purpose of this position is to perform duties designed to facilitate visitor understanding of park resources, facilitate visitor enjoyment of the park and its resources, facilitate and induce visitor behavior consistent with resource protection and to gain friendly compliance with the laws and rules for safe use of the park, and to encourage visitors to develop a sense of stewardship for park resources.

THE WORK INVOLVES EXTENSIVE PERIODS OF STANDING AND WALKING, IN SOME CASES OVER ROUGH SURFACES OR INCLINES, CARRYING BACKPACKS, TOOLS, RESCUE EQUIPMENT, ETC.

THE WORK IS PERFORMED IN SETTINGS IN WHICH THERE IS REGULAR AND RECURRING EXPOSURE TO MODERATE DISCOMFORTS AND UNPLEASANTNESS, E.G., HIGH OR LOW TEMPERATURES, CONFINED SPACES OR ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Svs.
  • Relevant experience and/or education (See Qualification and Evaluations)
  • Suitable for Federal employment as determined by a background investigation
  • Incumbent must wear a National Park Service Uniform
  • Possess and maintain a valid State or District of Columbia driver’s license

DUTIES:

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Conducts basic research of topics for the purpose of providing interpretive programs, both orally and/or in writing.  Presents a variety of formal and informal programs including orientation talks, environmental education programs, conducted walks, demonstrations and campfire programs.

Informs visitors about park facilities and resources.  Provides assistance in connection with one-time/annual celebrations related to the programs and themes of the park and assists in the operation of special events.  Operates a variety of audiovisual and other equipment used in connection with interpretive material.

As assigned, serves as a member of all-risk operations and performs various administrative duties, i.e., scheduling, gathering routine information for reports, compilation of statistical data, etc.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following by the closing date of the vacancy announcement: Thursday, May 03, 2012

Must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Experience may have been in technical, administrative, or scientific work, fish and wildlife management, recreation management, law enforcement, or other park related work. 

Examples of specialized experience include but are not limited to, Park Guide or tour leader; environmental educator or teacher; law enforcement or investigative work; archeological or historical preservation research work; forestry and/or fire management work in a park, recreation, or conservation area; 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; 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-4 grade level in the federal service.

OR

Must have four years of education above high school (120 semester hours or 180 quarter hours) leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or 24 semester hours of course work in a related field. (Related fields of study include natural resource management, natural sciences, earth sciences, history, archaeology, 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).

OR

Must have an equivalent combination of education and experience. NOTE: Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to l year of specialized experience. For example, I have 6 months of the specialized experience described in 1A above (50% of the experience requirement), and 3 years of college study from an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education) which included at least 12 semester hours of related course work as specified in B above (50% of the related course work required).

IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: If you are using education to qualify you must document your course work and/or degree completed in your resume or other application materials you submit. 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. If you are qualifying based on education and you do not submit specific course work information as described previously, your application will be rated not qualified for consideration. (A copy of your official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected).

 

 

  


If you are qualifying based on education, please submit a legible copy of your college transcripts so that we can verify your coursework. It need not be an official transcript; however, if you are selected, you may be required to submit an official transcript prior to entering on duty.

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

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. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Appointment will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation. Under the requirements of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), all new Federal Employees must pass a background investigation. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

  • 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.

  • NPS uniformed position.

  • Employee will be required to wear a uniform and comply with National Park Service uniform standards.

  • Applicants must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license or District of Columbia driver's license.

  • This is not a drug tested position.

  • Applicant must be able to work alternative work schedules, shift rotations, including night shift, holidays, and weekends.

  • One year trial period will be required.

  • Incumbent will be required to work outdoors, often under adverse conditions.

 

 

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your application, including an online assessment questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job.  Your ratings are subject to change if discrepancies exist between your responses and your supporting documents.

All applicants will be rated on the following Skills or Competencies:

  • Oral Communication

  • Writing

  • Interpretation (Visitor Education)

  • Customer Service

  • Facility Operation

  • Technology Application

If you meet the qualification requirements, based on your score your application your applicant will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

  • Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.

  •  Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.

  •  Qualified- applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

 


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp#icc

Annual and Sick Leave: Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program is run and provide you with the appropriate forms.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Veterans Preference: If you are claiming veterans preference, you must submit proof of eligibility. See http://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Veterans_Information for more information.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/ Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible visit http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap.

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.

Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation or relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.



HOW TO APPLY:

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The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST on Thursday, May 03, 2012.

To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register and submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.

To return to a previously saved or incomplete application you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov/.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your application materials to (478) 757-3144:

  1. Complete the official FAX coversheet http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf

  2. Use Vacancy ID 642899

  3. Print and complete a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf

  4. Document your responses to the assessment questionnaire (click here to View Occupational Questionnaire).

  5. FAX your resume, assessment questionnaire (OPM Form 1203-FX) and supporting documents (See Required Documents below) to (478) 757-3144.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  1. Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional)

  2. Completed Assessment Questionnaire

  3. Veterans' Preference Documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, and SF-15 if claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference; DD-214 if claiming  5 point preference) if applicable

  4. ICTAP/CTAP Documentation (see "Transition Assistance Plan" in online questionnaire) if applicable

  5. Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment (e.g. severely disabled, eligible veterans, etc.), if applicable

  6. College transcripts, if applicable

  7. Optional Completed OF306 (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf)

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 (OV) and VIN (six digit code) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly.  For further questions regarding applying options online or by fax, please contact OPM at ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Dafina M. Williams
Phone: (202)619-7230
Fax: (202)619-7240
Email: DAFINA_WILLIAMS@NPS.GOV
Agency Information:
NPS National Capital Region
1100 Ohio Drive SW Room 244
Washington, DC
20242 Fax: (202)619-7240

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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. After making a tentative job offer we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation.


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Job Announcement Number:

NPS-NCR-ROCR-12-642899DW

Control Number:

314444500