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Job Title:  Supervisory Park Ranger (LE)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  NPS-NERCS-13-06

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$73,408.00 to $95,429.00 / Per Year
Saturday, December 01, 2012 to Saturday, December 22, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Philadelphia Metro Area, PA United States
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


Part of the National Park Service, Independence National Historical Park includes Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and other historic buildings that played a major role in the early development of our nation. With over 5 million visitors from around the world each year, we need motivated people who enjoy heavy public contact to explain, protect, preserve, and maintain the important events that happened here and the resources that represent them.



If you're looking for a challenging, fast-paced work environment in the heart of the city, Independence National Historical Park may be the right place for you!


Who May Apply:  DOI-wide career or career-conditional employees; Transfer and Reinstatement Candidates, 30% or More Compensable Disabled Veterans, Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA) Eligibles, Qualified Handicapped Individuals, Veterans who are Preference Eligibles or who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service (VEOA) and returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc.  Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligibles within the local commuting area of this vacancy  may receive priority consideration.  

(You must submit proof of this eligibility with your application.  If you do not provide proof of eligibility by the closing date, you will not be considered. )



  • U.S. Citizenship Required


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This position is in the Division of Resource and Visitor Protection and serves as the Deputy Chief of Ranger Operations at Independence National Historical Park. 

This position is key to the management of the Resource and Visitor Protection program for the park and serves as the principal advisor to the Chief Ranger on matters pertaining to law enforcement, jurisdiction, and 1st amendment activities for Independence National Historical Park, Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, Gloria Dei (Old Swedes) Church National Historic Site, and the Germantown White House.  The incumbent serves as acting Chief Ranger during his/her absence and has the full authority of the Chief Ranger when acting in that capacity. The primary purpose of the position is to serve as a first and second line supervisor for 6c designated law enforcement positions as well as non-commissioned dispatchers.

The incumbent serves as a senior law enforcement official for the park with responsibility for implementing laws, policy, procedures, and standards and for providing operational direction to law enforcement commissioned rangers, supervisors, dispatchers, and the Telecommunications Manager. Manages and provides oversight for multiple programs within the arena of public safety and resource protection.


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For this position, the job element method is used to match what you, the applicant, can do against what the work calls for.


Your knowledge, skills and abilities will be compared to the knowledge, skills and abilities (called job elements) needed for success. Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out elements, which appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence of specialized experience, which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position, must be supported by detailed descriptions of your experience on your resume.


Those applicants who appear to meet the screen out elements are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated from consideration. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the questions.

You will be rated on the following Job Elements as part of the assessment
questionnaire for this position:


1. Ability to plan, manage, and direct a complex ranger activities program. 

2. Ability to manage financial resources for a complex program.

3. Ability to manage and perform law enforcement and emergency response duties.

4. Abilty to perform the full range of supervisory duties.

5. Skill in effective oral and written communications.




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 required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: Five points may be added to the eligible ratings of veterans who: Entered the military service prior to October 14, 1976; served on active duty during the Gulf War between August 2, 1990 and January 2, 1992, regardless of where the person served; or, served in a military action for which they received a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. Medal holders and Gulf War veterans must have served continuously for at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty. Ten points may be granted to the eligible ratings of disabled veterans; Purple Heart recipients; spouses or mothers of a 100 percent disabled veteran; or the widows, widowers, or mothers of a deceased veteran.


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Working for National Park Service offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.   To find out more click here


1. If you are an eligible 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 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. 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.

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, or you will not be considered under the merit promotion process. Also, you should submit your most recent performance appraisal.

3. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

4. 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.

5. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment 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.

6. All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days after 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 in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at .


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé
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 Saturday, December 22, 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. 
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.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID  793610.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire ,
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.


Step 2

For this job announcement the following documents are required: Users please select the appropriate required documents

  • Resume



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. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.  


  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number 793610,
  • 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.

Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process, fax, mail or by hand-deliver. Please be sure to include all of the following information in your resume:

Job Information:
-Vacancy Identification Number, title, grade and location for which you are applying.
Personal Information:
- Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code).
- Country of Citizenship.
- If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.
- High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED.
- Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code.
- Major field(s) of study.
- Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.
Work Experience for each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions):
- Job title.
- Duties and accomplishments.
- Number of hours per week.
- Employer's name and address.
- Supervisor's name and phone number.
- Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year).
- Salary.
- Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.
Other Qualifications:
- Job-related training courses (title and year).
- Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)
- Job-related certificates and licenses.
- Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments. (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.) Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.


Reynard P. Small
Phone: (267)528-3180
Agency Information:
NPS Northeast Regional Office
Central Servicing HR Office
143 South Third Street
Philadelphia, PA


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.

Social Security Number

Enter your Social Security Number. Providing your Social Security Number is voluntary, however we can not process your application without it.

Vacancy Identification Number

The Vacancy Identification Number is: 793610

1. Title of Job

Supervisory Park Ranger (LE)

2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

5. Employment Availability

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

8. Other Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

9. Languages

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

10. Lowest Grade

Enter the lowest grade level (12-12) you will accept.


11. Miscellaneous Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

12. Special Knowledge

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

13. Test Location

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

You may omit the availability date if you can begin work immediatley. Otherwise you must provide the date you will be available for employment. Please use this format: (mm/dd/yyyy)

17. Service Computation Date

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

18. Other Date Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

19. Job Preference

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

20. Occupational Specialties

The occupational specialty will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one occupational specialty code for this position. The specialty code for this position is:

001 Supervisory Park Ranger

21. Geographic Availability

The geographic location code will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are intrested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:

99MTRO010 Philadelphia Metro Area, PA

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

24. Personal Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. From the descriptions below, select the one response that best describes how your background meets the minimum experience or education requirements for a Supervisory Park Ranger (Protection), GS-0025-12, Branch Chief of Ranger Operations, position. Read all the responses before making your selection. If you leave this question blank, you will be rated ineligible for a GS-12 position.

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience must have been gained via National Park Service Law Enforcement work.

B. I have successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or at least 3 full years (defined as the # of hours that the school attended determined to represent 1 full year of fulltime study; if unavailable, then 18 semester credits will be considered as satisfying the requirement) of progressively higher level graduate education directly related to the work of this position (e.g., 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).

C. I have NOT completed 1 year of specialized experience as described in 1A above, or the related graduate education as indicated in 1B above, but I have an equivalent combination of education and experience (i.e., 6 months specialized experience and 27 post-graduate semester credits directly related to the work of the position.)

D. I do not have the experience, education, or combination of education and experience described above.

2. Ability to perform law enforcement in the National Park Service as demonstrated by possession or ability to readily obtain a National Park Service Level 1 Law Enforcement Commission.

A. Yes, I currently have an NPS Level 1 Law Enforcement Commission.
B. No, I do not currently hold an NPS Level 1 Law Enforcement Commission.

For each task listed below, select the statement from A through E that best describes your level of experience, education, and/or training. Indicate the level of your experience. If you leave any question blank your score may be negatively impacted. ATTENTION: YOU MUST DOCUMENT THESE SKILLS IN YOUR RESUME/APPLICATION. IF YOU DO NOT, YOUR SCORE MAY BE LOWERED.

A- I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in how to perform this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work was monitored occasionally by a supervisor or senior employee.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task or have been consulted by other workers to assist them with this task because of my expertise.

3. Investigating and overseeing investigations into criminal activities, making arrests, preparing case records and presenting cases in court.

4. Investigating traffic accidents.

5. Reviewing case reports of subordinates.

6. Leading or supervising subordinates in the performance of law enforcement.

7. Providing Emergency Medical Services.

8. Managing First Amendment activities including protests and counter protests.

9. Performing the duties of an Incident Commander.

10. Supervising public safety employees and/or dispatchers.

11. Implementing local and national policy regarding law enforcement, public safety and all-hazard operations.

12. Overseeing a training and development program for law enforcement officers.

13. Managing large scale special events.

14. Managing a high security area including guard services and video and electronic surveillance.

15. Communicating effectively in stressful or emergency situations.

16. Representing or explaining complicated or controversial policies to the public or large groups.

17. Developing MOUs, policies, plans, or reports that impact other employees, divisions, or other organizations.

18. Preparing written documentation and reports.

19. Developing partnerships with surrounding communities.

20. Gaining support and establishing relationships with citizen groups, organizations, and other agencies.

21. Negotiating mutually acceptable agreements and work plans with other agencies with differing objectives.

22. Recruiting and hiring employees for a multifaceted operation.

23. Planning, scheduling and coordinating work operations.

24. Performing the full range of personnel management, including performance evaluations, dealing with conduct and/or performance issues.

25. Performing fiscal-related duties, including budgeting, programming, managing overtime and premium pay, property inventories, etc.

26. Ensuring fair and equal opportunity in hiring practices.

27. Ensuring equal opportunity for subordinates in training and career development opportunities.

28. Participating in recruitment efforts, including job fairs or outreach programs.

29. Implementing an employee safety program.

30. Formulate an annual budget for a major program that includes law enforcement, emergency services, and other visitor and resource protection services.

31. Monitor expenditures against authorized funds.

32. Adjust budget allocations to increases and decreases.

33. Submit projects for special funding to address budget deficiencies and special needs.

34. Direct staff performing complex and diverse visitor and resource protection duties.

35. Direct protection personnel in the investigations of felonies and serious misdemeanors.

36. Make or recommend alternatives to address law enforcement matters of a sensitive or potentially controversial nature while still achieving park objectives and goals.

37. Use law enforcement procedures to protect against and investigate the full range of crimes against parks' natural, historical, and cultural resources.

38. Serve as a member of all-hazard operations teams conducting emergency response operations for events such as floods, severe weather, earthquake response, terrorism response, or other natural disasters.

39. Serve as an Incident Commander during all-hazard incidents, or major special event or first amendment operations.

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