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Job Title:Park Ranger (Environmental Education), GS-0025-5

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:SROC-GRCA-13-788659

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$15.00 to $15.00 / Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, November 26, 2012 to Monday, December 03, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0025-05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 Hours

DUTY LOCATIONS:

4 vacancies in the following location:
Grand Canyon, AZ United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Experience your America by building a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. The National Park Service preserves unimpaired, the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

Do you want to work and play in the great outdoors? Become a Park Ranger for the National Park Service.  Park Rangers play an essential role in managing the use of park resources and facilitating visitor enjoyment, patrol backcountry areas, provide emergency services, manage wildlife/human interactions on the roadways or in campgrounds, and encourage visitors to develop a sense of stewardship for park resources.

The Seasonal Recruitment Operations Center is currently accepting applications to fill up to four temporary positions at Grand Canyon National Park.  Appointments made under this announcement are limited to 1039 hours (six months) in a service year. Appointments may be terminated at any time and can be extended if workload and funding allow. Anticipated Entry on Duty: Mid-March 2012

This position is stationed at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park located in Northwest Arizona, approximately 60 miles north of Williams and 85 miles Northwest of Flagstaff at an elevation of 7,000 feet.  Temperatures range from approximately 85 degrees in the summer to 17 degrees in the winter.  Grand Canyon Village has schools K-12, a daycare center, post office, general store, banking facilities, churches, a recreation center, a clinic with resident physicians and several restaurants.  The park community consists of some 2,000 people, including employees of the NPS and concessionaires and their family members.  There are often employment opportunities for family members in the park and surrounding areas. The park community is small enough that many employees choose to walk or bike from their homes to work.  Complete shopping, educational, medical and professional services are available in Williams and Flagstaff.  Recreational opportunities include hiking, river rafting, fishing, cross-country and downhill skiing, and golfing in nearby communities.

This announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens.

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

APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FULL CONSIDERATION.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration if applicable.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain state issued driver's license.
  • Wearing a National Park Service uniform is required.

DUTIES:

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This position works primarily with children ages 2 – 14.  The position is within the Environmental Education Branch of the Division of Interpretation and Resource Education; it is located in the village at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The incumbent will be conducting children’s programming on a daily basis, including delivering curriculum-based school programs during spring and fall, and family-oriented programs during the summer months.  Although the majority of classes that attend the school programs are 3rd through 6th graders, we also offer programs for younger and older students.  School programs range from two to five hours in length.  During the summer months, the incumbent will conduct ranger programs for families, work an information desk at the visitor center, staff a portable Junior Ranger table outdoors in Grand Canyon Village, and help facilitate the booklet-based Junior Ranger program.  For the summer ranger programs, the incumbent will be required to research, outline, develop and present at least two, one-hour family-oriented environmental education programs, and become proficient in the delivery of other semi-scripted Junior Ranger Programs. The position is to educate and inform the public about the significance and uniqueness of Grand Canyon National Park, and raise awareness of the pressing resource management issues facing the park today.  Additionally, it is to encourage conservation and protection of park resources, and educate the public about the NPS mission.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work involves extensive periods of standing and walking, in some cases over rough surfaces or inclines, carrying backpack, tools, rescue equipment, etc.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work is performed in setting 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.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for this position, you must demonstrate that you possess either the specialized experience or the education as described below.  Equivalent combinations of experience and education may also be used to qualify.
 
For the GS-05 grade level
A.  One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 level in the federal service.  Specialized experience demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the 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 qualifying specialized experience include but are not limited to the following: park guide or tour leader; law enforcement or investigative work; archeological or historical preservation research work; forestry and/or fire management work in a park, recreation, or conservation area; 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- B.A 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with 24 semester hours of related course work.  One year of full time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours. – OR- C. Equivalent combinations of education and experience. 
 
Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience.  In order to receive credit for experience your resume must clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the number of hours worked per week.
 
Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.  The OPM Qualification Standards Handbook is available for review at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.


ARE YOU USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY?   You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.  Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) a list with all your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course.  All materials must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement. 

Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -- natural resource management, natural sciences, earth sciences, history, archeology, anthropology, park and recreation management, law enforcement/police science, social sciences, museum sciences, business administration, public administration, behavioral sciences, sociology, or other closely related subjects pertinent to the management and protection of natural and cultural resources. Course work in fields other than those specified may be accepted if it clearly provides applicants with the background of knowledge and skills necessary for successful job performance in the position to be filled.

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Foreign Education:   Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Monday, December 03, 2012.

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. 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. 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.
  • Must wear the National Park Service uniform and comply with National Park Service uniform standards
  • May be assigned to work nights, early mornings, rotating shifts, holidays, and weekends.
  • Occasional travel is not required.
  • Occupancy in government housing is not required for this position.
  • Government housing is available.
  • Overtime is not required.
  • All federal employees are required to have federal payments (salary) made by direct deposit.
  • Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (visit http://www.sss.gov )
If you are selected for Federal employment, you will be required to fill out a Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306, prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on your application may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work. Also, you may be punished by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001).

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. In addition, we will evaluate your responses to the online assessment questionnaire to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click on the following link: View Occupational Questionnaire

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform the job: 
  • Ability to research, develop, and present curriculum based interpretive/education programs for a variety of students (pre-K to senior high school).  

  • Ability to research, develop, and present interpretive talks.
  • Knowledge of natural and cultural resource-oriented topics, such as cultural resources/events, natural/environmental resources, and resource conservation and protection issues. 
  • Ability to use computer software programs and equipment.
Basis for Rating: Your application will be evaluated and rated using Category Rating Procedures. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:
  • 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.   
Veterans Preference: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the additional proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans

Veterans Preference applies to category rating after candidates are assessed. Preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements are assessed and placed in the appropriate quality categories. Preference eligibles receive veterans' preference by being listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within the same quality category in which they are placed. No preference points, i.e., 5 or 10 points, are added to the preference eligibles' rating. An agency may not select a non-preference eligible if there is a preference eligible in the same category unless the agency receives approval to pass over the preference eligible in accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 3318.

Preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements for the position and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). As noted above, an agency may not select a non-preference eligible over a preference eligible in the same category unless the agency receives approval to pass over the preference eligible in accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 3318.

Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified.   If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, your score will be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully.   Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


BENEFITS:

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Temporary employees are eligible for sick leave and annual leave. For additional information please click here: benefits 

OTHER INFORMATION:

Current surplus and current or former displaced Federal individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career 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.  Well qualified means that the applicant meets the following: OPM qualification standards for the position; all selective placement factors, where applicable; special qualifying conditions that OPM has approved for the position, where applicable; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and is rated by the organization at least at the well qualified level on all KSAs.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(2) 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/ICTAP eligible.

For more information on seasonal employment with the National Park Service, visit our websites at:  http://www.nps.gov/personnel/seasonal.htm
  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by the National Park Service. 
  • Do not submit photographs with your application package.


HOW TO APPLY:

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To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete application package, which includes ALL of the following:

1.  Your resume  
2.  A complete Assessment Questionnaire  
3.  Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents below)

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, December 03, 2012WE DO NOT ACCEPT HARD-COPY OR E-MAIL APPLICATION PACKAGES.

To begin the application process on-line, click the Apply Online Button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJobs account. Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment Questionnaire. Please be sure to 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: https://applicationmanager.gov

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page, http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following VACANCY ID: JY  788659. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you can not apply online:

1.  Click the following link to view and print the Assessment Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and  
2.  Print the 1203FX form   http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf  to provide your response to the Assessment Questionnaire.  
3.  Fax the completed 1203FX form along with your resume and any required supporting documentation to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume showing detailed relevant experience, to include month, year and hours worked per week.   
  • Response to Assessment Questionnaire. 
  • Copy of college transcripts or college course list, if qualifying based on education. 
  • Legible copy of DD-214 showing character of discharge, SF-15 and VA Letter, if applicable. 
  • Selective Placement Factor(s) Certifications, such as copy of LE Commission, EMT certification, First Responder certification, etc., if applicable.
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

SROC Hiring
Phone: (877)554-4550
Email: SROCHIRING@NPS.GOV
Agency Information:
Seasonal Recruitment Operations Center
Please do not mail hard copy documents
Harpers Ferry , WV
25425
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct a quality review of your qualifications based on your responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire and your supporting documentation submitted.  Based on the applicants score and this quality review, applicants will be placed in the appropriate category.  The Best Qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified when a referral has been made and what the final outcome is.  We expect to make a selection within 60 working days of the closing date of this announcement. Applicants should monitor their USAJOBS and/or Application Manager account for the most up-to-date information.

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Job Announcement Number:

SROC-GRCA-13-788659

Control Number:

331397000