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Job Title:  Park Ranger (P), GL-0025-09
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  808707BLRI-MP-13-07

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$49,029.00 to $63,259.00 / Per Year
Thursday, January 03, 2013 to Thursday, January 17, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Oteen, NC United StatesView Map
Applications will be accepted from career or career-conditional National Park Service employees and Agency (Dept. of the Interior) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) eligibles only.


Read entire announcement before applying and follow directions in How to Apply.
Do not send applications or supporting documents to the Human Resources Office.

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.

The position is in the Pisgah District, (Oteen, NC) of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The Blue Ridge Parkway extends 469 miles along the crest of the southern Appalachian Mountains through North Carolina and Virginia between two eastern national parks - Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains.  For more park information, log on to:


  • Open to career/career-conditional NPS employees and CTAP eligibles only.
  • Pre-employment drug test required.
  • Required to obtain/maintain a Type I Law Enforcement Commission
  • Must be between 21-36 years of age unless covered by special provision.
  • Must be US Citizen and have valid state driver's license


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Incumbent is a nonsupervisory Park Ranger (Protection) performing resource protection and public use management.  As a Law Enforcement Commissioned Ranger, incumbent is responsible for performing law enforcement duties including detection, investigation, apprehension, detention, and prosecution under provision of applicable laws, rules, and regulations enacted to insure the protection and safe use of National Park resources; educates, interprets, and informs visitors about resources, conservation, laws, and regulations; performs wildland fire protection duties.


Pisgah District, Oteen Ranger Station (Asheville, NC)

Area of responsibility includes the Asheville urban corridor. Traffic, plant poaching, hunting, a concessions lodge, a campground, vandalism and other activities are the range of responsibilities for rangers in this office. This is a high activity office with important working relationships with various law enforcement and emergency services agencies. The ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with the public and various law enforcement and emergency services agencies is critical. The park is seeking to fill this vacancy with a ranger with the knowledge and abilities to serve as a Field Training Ranger. For information contact District Ranger Tim Francis, 828-407-5643.



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To qualify applicants must have:
 (A) At least
 one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS/GL-07 level in Federal service; or
 (B) A
t least two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree related to the position; or
 (C) A
n equivalent combination of specialized experience and qualifying graduate level education. 

Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledges, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Experience may have been in law enforcement, or other park-related work. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include, but are not limited to, the following: Law enforcement or investigative 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.

You must meet all qualifications (experience, education, training, time-in-grade, etc.) by the closing date of the announcement.

At least two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree with a  major study in 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, 

To qualify on education, you must provide a copy of your transcripts, or list of college courses with your name, credit or semester hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.  Official transcripts are require upon selection.  For further information on creditable education, visit: and  

SELECTIVE FACTOR:   To qualify for this position, you must currently possess a Type I or Type II National Park Service (NPS) Law Enforcement Commission; or have completed the required training to receive a Type II NPS Law Enforcement Commission.  You will be required to obtain and maintain a Type I Law Enforcement Commission after you begin work.   You must include your commission number and date, and date and location of your last 40-hour refresher training, and date of your last established proficiency in the use of firearms in your resume/application.

A Type II Law Enforcement Commission may be obtained only after completing an NPS Seasonal Law Enforcement Training program, the Natural Resource Police Training (NRPT), Land Management Police Training Program (LMPT), US Park Police Integrated (USPPI), National Park Ranger Integrated (NPRI), or 9PT, or other agency approved program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.  Applicants must have completed all required training in order to be commissionable upon appointment.  The National Park Service DOES NOT recognize state or municipal law enforcement training programs.   

AGE RESTRICTION:  Special Retirement Provisions:  Position is covered by the special retirement provisions for Federal Law Enforcement Officers and has a mandatory retirement age of 57.  Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and not have reached their 37th birthday by the appointment date; or, if over age 37, selectee must have been or currently be covered by the special retirement provisions and be able to complete at least 20 years of covered service by age 57.


(1)  This age restriction does not apply to those who have sufficient creditable service in a Federal civilian (not military) position covered by the special retirement provisions of 5.U.S.C. 8336(c) or 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) to permit retirement on or before the mandatory retirement age of 57.

 (2) If you are a veteran who is eligible for veterans preference (“preference eligible”), you may be eligible for a waiver of the maximum entry age for this position if you are otherwise qualified and meet medical and fitness requirements.  If you are claiming veterans preference, you must submit proof of your veterans’ preference.  Please be advised that if you do not submit this required documentation of your service, you will not be eligible for consideration of this limited waiver of the maximum entry age. 


  • Incumbent will be required to obtain and maintain a Type I Law Enforcement Commission. 
  • Position is a drug testing designated position.  Selectee will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random drug testing after appointment.
  • The selectee must complete:  prescribed LE training requirements, background suitability investigation, drug testing, medical testing and physical fitness requirements. 
  • 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.  (Current NPS permanent commissioned employees applying for NPS law enforcement positions are not required to pass the PEB as a condition of employment.
  • Selectee must be free of any domestic violence convictions.
  • Time-in-grade restrictions must be met by the closing date of this announcement.  This requires applicants who have held a GS/GL 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 position. 
  • Time-after-competitive appointment requirements.  If current Federal employee, you must have served at least 90 days after your latest career or career-conditional appointment from a competitive register. 

You must meet all qualifications (experience, education, training, time-in-grade, etc.) by the closing date of the announcement.


A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made to ensure you meet the basic job requirements. In addition, we will evaluate your responses to the attached online assessment questionnaire to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position.  To preview the assessment questionnaire click here View Assessment Questions

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform on the job: performs law enforcement and investigative activities; provides emergency services (to include emergency medical, search & rescue, incident management and wildland fire); Utilizes public use management principles (to include campgrounds, special park uses, agricultural leases, view sheds, research permits); and communicates orally and in writing with visitors, park neighbors, supervisors, coworkers, state and local officials, court officials and members of diverse community groups.   

You will be scored based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses to the assessment questionnaire. If you rated yourself higher than supported by your application materials, your score may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


If you meet the qualification requirements, based on your score you will be rated against other eligible Merit Promotion applicants and the Best Qualified applicants, as determined by the cut off score, will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

Failure to provide the assessment questionnaire will result in your not receiving consideration for this position. 


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.The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:


  • Incumbent of this position will be required to wear a uniform.
  • Applicant must operate a government vehicle; a valid state driver's license is required.
  • Some travel may be required.
  • Some overtime may be required.
  • Position subject to shift rotation, which includes nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Position is permanent and allows for full-time (40 hours per week) employment.
  • Position has no promotion potential
  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement or relocation expenses under the Federal Travel regulations.   


 If Selected: 

1) 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 (USC, Title 18, Section 1001).
(2) As a condition of employment, 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 Selective Service law.
(3) 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.


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Applications or supporting documents faxed, mailed or emailed directly to this office will not be accepted nor returned to you.  You must follow the directions below to apply.


To apply for this position, you must provide, online (Option A) or by fax (Option B), a complete Application Package, which includes the following parts:

  1. 1) Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; and
  2. 2) Your résumé; and
  3. 3)  Copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" that reflects your career or career-conditional tenure; title, series, grade of the position currently held; and National Park Service location in which you are currently employed.   Failure to submit your SF-50 will result in your not receiving consideration for the position.
  4. 4) You should also submit your most recent performance appraisal.
  5. 5) If you are applying as a CTAP eligible, you must proivde a copy of the agency notice, copy of your most recent performance rating and a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting your career position, grade level, and duty location. Failure to submit the required documentation will result in your not receiving consideration for the position.

If you cannot submit all application materials online, you may submit some documents online and some by fax.    


Due Date:  To be considered under this announcement, all documents must be received by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time) of the closing date of the announcement whether you apply online or by faxing materials as directed below.  


Option A - Applying Online

1.   If your résumé is going to come from the USAJOBS Resume Builder:

  • Click the Apply Online button on the right hand side of this page. 
  • After completing your work in the Resume Builder, you will be led directly to Application Manager to complete your Application Package including the Assessment Questionnaire and uploading electronic copies of supporting documents.

2.  If your résumé is going to be one you prepared outside of the USAJOBS Résumé Builder:

  • Click this link:  Online Questionnaire.  This takes you to the Application Manager. 
  • Complete the Assessment Questionnaire and use the “Upload Documents” navigation link to submit your resume and supporting documents.

NOTE: Please ensure you click the “Submit my Answers” button at the end of the process.  Your Assessment Questionnaire is not processed nor are your resume or supporting documents submitted until you click the Submit button.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, you must use the official cover sheet, link provided here and fax your documentation to: 


FAX NUMBER:   1-478-757-3144 - Please note you must use this official fax number only

To Return to Application Manager 
to access the Assessment Questionnaire and complete it, and/or to upload documents -- click on or insert this link into your internet browser  The Vacancy ID number for this position is  808707


If you need help, or have problems with using the online application process, click on the help button within the Application Manager or send an email to  


Option B:  Applying by Fax

If you are unable to apply online (Option A), you may submit your Assessment Questionnaire, resume, and supporting documents by fax. 


1.  View and print a copy of the Assessment Questionnaire by clicking:  View Occupational Questionnaire

2.   To complete the Assessment Questionnaire in paper copy form, you must click this link and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX;

3.   Write your answers to the Assessment Questionnaire on the paper copy of the Form 1203-FX and fax it and your resume and all supporting documents to:  1-478-757-3144.  Do not use a separate cover page.  Make sure that all pages of the Form 1203-FX are on top of any other documents you are faxing.


How to Verify Your Application Materials Have Been Successfully Submitted:  

1.  Log into Application Manager at  and select Vacancy ID: 808707

2.   Verify that all of your documents were submitted by reviewing the table - If an Item (Type of Document) on the table appears with a status of "OK", that Item was successfully submitted.

3.   Please allow at least two business days for your faxed documents to appear.  If they have not appeared after two business days, you may need to resubmit. 


(1) APPLICATION OR RESUME:   Your resume should include a work experience block for each paid or non-paid position held that relates to the job for which you are applying and indicate the month and year you began and ended each job, and the number of hours worked per week.  Your resume and supporting documents must include sufficient information to support your answers on the Assessment Questionnaire.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your competencies. 

(2) SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action, showing your current career or career-conditional tenure (box 24 must show either 1-Permanent, or 2-Conditional); title, series, grade of position currently held; and NPS location in which you are currently employed.  If you have ever held a higher graded position, you should provide that SF-50 as well.  Failure to submit your SF-50 will result in your not receiving consideration for the position. 

(3)  Copy of your most recent performance appraisal. 

(4) CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP)/ INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ICTAP):  Individuals who have special priority selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP must be well qualified for the position to receive special priority selections.  To be considered well qualified for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must meet all the requirements of the position, including selective factors, and be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria developed for this position.  Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) 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.  For more information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, see

(5)  COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS:  If you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts or a complete list of all college or other courses taken, indicating the course titles, date attended, credit and grade received.  (A copy of your official transcript will be required before entrance on duty, if selected.)   


Carolyn S. Holloway
Phone: (828)348-3410
Agency Information:
Blue Ridge Parkway
FAX TO 1-478-757-3144
Asheville, NC


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.

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