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Job Title:Supervisory Park Ranger

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:IMSF-13-08 782399LS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$68,809.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, November 06, 2012 to Tuesday, November 20, 2012




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Pecos, NM United StatesView Map


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. For more information about the National Park Service, click National Park Service website.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This is a Servicewide announcement. Applications will only be accepted from current career or career-conditional employees of the National Park Service.  You must submit proof of this eligibility with your application.


Position is permanent, full-time.


Incumbent serves as the Chief, Division of Protection and Natural Resource Management for Pecos National Historical Park. As such, the incumbent has full delegated responsibility for division operations, planning, public relations, direction, organization, staffing and program evaluation. The Chief Ranger manages division activities to ensure maximum utilization of personnel, material and funds, and the optimum protection of park features and management of natural resources.


Pecos National Historical Park - Preserves 12,000 years of history including the ancient pueblo of Pecos, two Spanish Colonial Missions, Santa Fe Trail sites, 20th century ranch history of Forked Lightning Ranch, and the site of the Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass. For more information, please visit the Pecos NHP web site:




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


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This position serves as a Division Chief and is a member of the Park Management Team at Pecos National Historical Park. The incumbent is the principle law enforcement official for Pecos and provides oversight and program coverage for Fort Union National Monument, and as such, is responsible for the protection of cultural and natural resources at both units, through a subordinate staff. The position is responsible for the management of Natural Resources and both the Wildland and Prescribed Fire programs at Pecos, as well as emergency medical services (EMS) and search and rescue (SAR) activities. The incumbent directly supervises two GS-9 Park Rangers, and through these positions indirectly supervises technical and law enforcement/ranger activities staff and several seasonal interns and volunteers, funding permitting.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: This is a physically arduous position. Incumbent must keep in excellent physical condition. 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. Must be able to meet medical and physical fitness requirements for law enforcement and emergency services duties. Dangerous situations may require confrontation and apprehension.


WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work includes both office and outdoor settings. Routinely exposed to discomforts including extreme weather temperatures. Environment includes rough terrain, poisonous snakes and insects, and thorny plants. The incumbent is exposed to high-risk and potentially dangerous situations.


AREA INFORMATION/HOUSING INFORMATION: Pecos National Historical Park is located 2 miles south of the village of  Pecos, New Mexico on State Highway 63, four miles north of Interstate 25, Pecos NHP is 25 miles east of Santa Fe and 44 miles to the west of Las Vegas, New Mexico. The multi-cultural resources of the park are enclosed in a predominately pinon/juniper woodland plant community with elevations from 6900 to 7400 feet. Precipitation averages 7 to 10 inches per year. Snowfall averages 12 to 16 inches in the winter. Average maximum winter temperature is 40 degrees. Average maximum summer temperature is 80 degrees. Elementary and secondary schools as well as banking facilities are available in Pecos. Las Vegas provides all modern amenities and collegiate opportunities while Santa Fe provides all the cultural features of a major metropolitan area. Government housing is not available.




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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Tuesday, November 20, 2012.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.  


For GS-12 Level:

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.

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.


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.



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. 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 manage a diverse visitor and resource protection program in a park or similar organization.
  • Ability to supervise a visitor and resource protection staff in a park or similar setting.
  • Ability to plan and maintain partnerships and agreements involving the community and other organizations such as tribal nations, community groups, government agencies and other park partners.
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.


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".


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  Such as:

Flexible Spending Accounts

Health Insurance


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 93 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. A Veteran applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing that you were honorably discharged to be considered. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be honorable separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed 3 or more years of active service. ("Active Service" under this law means active duty in a uniformed service and includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, full-time National Guard duty, and attendance, while in the active service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary concerned). A veteran who is released under honorable conditions shortly before completing a 3-year tour is also eligible.

5. Non-competitive appointment - You may apply if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement. For additional information regarding Schedule A appointment eligibility visit:

6. 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.

7. Number of Vacancies: This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary.

8. 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.


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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 Tuesday, November 20, 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-50: Federal 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 782399
  • 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.


Loretta Sandoval
Phone: (505)988-6762
Agency Information:
Intermountain Region Santa Fe
Human Resources Office
Apply Online or by FAX only
Please call with questions
Thank You, NM


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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IMSF-13-08 782399LS

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