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Job Title:  Supervisory Park Ranger (Interpretive Specialist)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Land Management
Job Announcement Number:  NV-DEU-2013-0031

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year
Friday, November 30, 2012 to Monday, January 14, 2013
This is a Full-time position - This is a Permanent position.
1 vacancy - Elko, NV, US  View Map

All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.


Vacancy announcement closing date has been extended from 12/31/12 to 1/14/13.


The BLM manages more land – approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.  

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website. This position is located in Elko, Nevada. Information about Elko and the Elko area can be found at Elko Chamber of Commerce. This position is located in the Bureau of Land Management, Nevada State Office, Elko Field Office, California Trail Interpretive Center (CTIC), under the direct supervision of the CTIC Manager. The incumbent provides the CTIC interpretive expertise for the interpretive planning and providing technical, procedural and policy guidance, and operational support for the interpretive, environmental education, recreation, intern, and volunteer programs at the CTIC.  The California Trail Interpretive Center is located 8 miles west of Elko, Nevada just off interstate 80 at Hunter Exit 292. The 16,000 square foot Interpretive Center is on a 40 acre-site just north of the Humboldt River at the junction of the Hastings Cutoff and the main California Trail.  The site includes 15,000 square foot interpretive plaza, an outdoor wagon encampment and Shoshone camp, and just under a mile of interpretive trails. The Grand Opening of the California Trail Interpretive Center was June 2, 2012. Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy.  The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered.  To view FAQ regarding PCS click Here.



  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal land.
  • Direct deposit is required.


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The CTIC Manager specifies the objectives and general scope of assignments. The incumbent is generally free to develop work plans, to devise techniques covering both routine and non-routine operations and activities and to select, modify, or use the techniques for carrying out assignments in managing the Trail Center, and interpretive programs. The incumbent is expected to recognize critical trends in interpretive program direction and/or Trail Center use, to evaluate their significance, and to plan and implement changes in interpretive programs and/or Trail Center operations. Adaptation of standard operating procedures and criteria for visitor management will generally be developed and implemented with only periodic review by higher-level management. Responsible for maintaining the Trail Center to ensure the safety of the visiting public and BLM employees and to present a positive image of the BLM. Responsible for determining preventative maintenance and replacement needs for audiovisual equipment and exhibits in the Trail Center and submitting these items to the Trail Center Manager for inclusion in the AWP. Develop and updates the Interpretive Master Plan and interpretive theme (s) for the CTIC. Responsible for ensuring that all interpretive activities are consistent with the overall interpretive theme(s) for the CNHTIC. Develop and recommend to the CNHTIC Manager modifications, revisions or additions to the overall interpretive theme(s) in response to visitor needs, resource conditions, available staffing, funding and new interpretive techniques. Oversees the interpretive activities program including monitoring staff and volunteer led programs for visitors for content and presentation style, monitoring the operation of the public contact area/information desk, developing, reviewing, and approving interpretive publications, brochures and handouts.


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To qualify for this position you must meet the qualification requirements with education or specialized experience or a combination of education and experience as described below. Please ensure your resume supports experience as defined.  GS-11: To qualify for the position at the GS-11 level, you must meet the requirements education and/or experience as indicated. EDUCATION 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. 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 OR EXPERIENCE One year of specialized experience at the GS-09 level. Specialized experience is experience that equips the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position.  SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is further defined as experience in a wide range of duties associated with operating and maintaining an interpretive center or visitor center.  Examples of qualifying experience include but are not limited to supervising staff, mentoring subordinates in the art and practice of interpretation, presenting interpretive training, developing and maintaining exhibits, writing interpretive publications, coordinating education programs, and working with cooperating associations and volunteers.  For each period of your employment performing a mixture of duties, please indicate the approximate percent of time you spent performing each different type of duty.  You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

This position falls under the Park Ranger Series Individual Occupational Requirements standards.


Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position.  The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored.  The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.  KSA 1:  Knowledge of guidelines and procedures for planning and implementing interpretive programming.  KSA 2:  Ability to coordinate routine maintenance of building operations and monitor related contracts.  KSA 3:  Knowledge and skills in interpretation and environmental education.  KSA 4:  Knowledge of supervisory techniques in order to train and supervise subordinates in visitor management, protection of resources, and interpretation of resource values.  KSA 5:  Ability to maintain exhibits and ensures that exhibits and audio visual systems are in excellent working order.


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Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Best or Highly Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.  May require completion of a one year probationary period. If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one year supervisory probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.  SELECTIVE SERVICE:  Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.  BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.  Occasional travel may be required.  Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.  This position requires you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status.


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To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. 

Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS. If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS. If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu. Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement. If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at (775) 861-6431 or email us at If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.



In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:  - If qualifying based on education, all Copies of Transcripts that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution see OPM’s policy regarding Foreign Education.  All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of ‘official’ transcripts.   - Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide. For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit: Vet Guide.  For preference as 5-point veteran (TP), please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.  For preference as a 10-point veteran (CP, CPS, or XP), please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.  Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other non-competitive Special Appointing Authorities, you must submit proof of eligibility. 

You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. Auto-Requested Fax: Allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.  The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.  Uploading Documents:  Instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.  Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.



Human Resources
Phone: 775-861-6431
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
Nevada State Office
1340 Financial Blvd
Reno, NV
Fax: 000-000-0000


You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.  You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

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