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Job Title:  Supervisory Park Ranger (Interpretation)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  W-NATR-13-18-MP

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
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 to Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Tupelo, MS United StatesView Map
Open to current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government and people under special hiring authorities


The employees of the National Park Service care for the special places that are the heritage of all Americans.  Since its inception in 1916, the National Park Service has been dedicated to the preservation and management of this country's outstanding natural, historical, and recreational resources.  

Applications will be accepted from current Federal employees and people eligible under reinstatement or special hiring authorities such as VEOA, VRA, persons with disabilities and former Peace Corps.


This position serves as a Supervisory Park Ranger (Interpretation) in the Division of Interpretation and Education at the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tupelo, Mississippi.   The incumbent reports to the park’s Chief of Interpretation and will be responsible for planning, management and coordination of interpretive, educational and visitor center operations parkwide. The incumbent will be relied on to provide strategic planning and operational information to the Chief of Interpretation and the management staff.   Natchez Trace Parkway interpretive staff manages four visitor centers spread out over 444 miles.  Park resources are complex, and include the potential for a wide range of natural and cultural history interpretation.  Parkway staff also administers the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail, Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site and Tupelo National Battlefield and work with two National Heritage Areas. Wayside, exhibit and other non-personal services work is ongoing to improve the overall visitor experience.  In addition to over 6 million recreational visitors, the Natchez Trace Parkway is adjacent to over 2 million residents in multiple communities along the length of the park and has many formal and informal partners. While the Parkway experiences peak tourism seasons in spring and fall, interpretive work with park partners, schools and other organizations continues throughout the year.


The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444 mile park that runs from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee.  Designated as a unit of the National Park Service in 1938, the Parkway takes, on average, 11 hours to drive from end to end as it moves through three states (MS, AL, TN), 25 counties and 20 communities.  There are over 3,000 commercial and private land owners immediately adjacent to the boundary of the Parkway.  The Parkway itself contains over 52,000 acres and averages 14 million users with about 6 million recreational visitors.  It was designated a National Scenic Byway and All-American Road in 1996.  The Natchez Trace Parkway is located in the ancestral homelands of the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Natchez, and other native peoples.  Designated as a postal road in 1801, it is also the death and burial site of Meriwether Lewis and was used by regular army and militia during the War of 1812.  Several Civil War battles occurred in and around the Natchez Trace corridor.  The Parkway includes sections of the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area and the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area.

More information about the Natchez Trace Parkway can be found at


Tupelo, Mississippi, a city of about 35,000, includes easy access to many shopping, medical, school, and other services.  Housing is reasonably priced.  The climate is temperate with summer temperatures averaging 92 degrees with high humidity and low temperatures of 34 degrees on average in the winter with occasional light snowfalls.


For more information about the position, contact:  Terry Wildy, Chief of Interpretation at (662) 680-4017.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Favorably adjudicated pre-employment background investigation
  • Valid state driver's license


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This position will be based at the Natchez Trace Parkway Headquarters located in Tupelo, MS, near milepost 266.  Travel to monitor staff and projects will be required.  Upcoming exhibit and/or wayside work will require working closely with Harpers Ferry Center staff and contractors to accomplish park goals.  The incumbent will oversee many non-personal services projects and will work to secure funding for additional projects. 


As a member of a small but highly productive team the incumbent will be required to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work with the Chief of Interpretation to prioritize the work of the division.  The incumbent will participate in long and short range planning, assist in budget oversight and tracking and will write project and grant funding proposals. Partnership work with community leaders, schools, universities, tourism officials and formal and informal partners will be required. Natchez Trace staff work with the Chickasaw Nation, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the MS Band of Choctaw, and numerous other tribes that have a connection to the land surrounding the Parkway.


The incumbent will manage some payroll, procurement, collection and preparation of program statistics, report preparation and other administrative duties.  The incumbent will be responsible for the direct supervision of 6 permanent staff and will assist subordinate supervisors with the recruitment, hiring, training and coaching of approximately 12 (non-simultaneous) seasonal staff members located along the park’s 444 miles.  With the assistance of the Chief of Interpretation and subordinate supervisors, the incumbent will work to provide a full range of interpretive and educational programming and services, including formal public programs, informal visitor contacts, roving interpretation, education programs, and special programs on request.




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Applicants must meet the qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement in order to be considered.  Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualification standards which are available for your review on OPM's web site at


Qualification Requirements:   


Specialized experience:  Must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level.  Specialized experience is experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform successfully the duties of this position.  This specialized experience may have involved supervising or managing interpretive or education programs; planning, programming, and budgeting activities for similar programs; coordinating and participating in interpretive/education programs and planning efforts; technical, administrative, or scientific work, fish and wildlife management, recreation management, law enforcement, or other park-related work; 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. 




Education:  Three full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education at an accredited college or university; OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree at an accredited college or university, related to this occupation.  Major study may have included 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.




Combination of education and experience. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying.


If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit copies of college transcript(s). These may be unofficial copies but if you are selected you will be required to provide an official copy of your transcript(s).


Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.  This requires applicants who have held a GS position to have served at least 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for this occupation.


NOTE:  When documenting your experience you must include beginning and ending month and year, and hours per week worked, to receive credit for your work experience.


You must submit a copy of your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your grade and tenure, and showing that you are a current career or career-conditional employee of the Federal government, and a copy of your most recent Performance Appraisal.



Appointment will be subject to the selectee's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Unsuitable background information will be grounds for withdrawing the offer of employment or termination after hiring.


A valid state driver's license is required. If selected, you will be required, prior to your first official motor vehicle operation to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State-issued driver's license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle.  Do NOT submit a copy of your driver's license with your application.



Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be reviewed and compared to your responses in the Occupational Questionnaire.  A numeric rating will be computed based on your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.  The resulting score is a measure of the degree to which your stated background or experience matches the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required of this position.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that your resume does not support your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect the experience or qualifications documented in your resume.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating.  Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.  To preview the Questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions


The Occupational Questionnaire is based on the following knowledge, skills, and abilities which will be used to evaluate applicant qualifications.  


  • Ability to supervise a staff in carrying out an interpretive program.
  • Skill in planning and managing a complex personal services interpretation program incorporating direct experience as a front-line interpreter/educator, interpretive coach, and interpretive program supervisor and managing the application of the current professional standards of interpretation.
  • Skill in written communication.
  • Skill in oral communication. 


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The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees.  The following link is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click


This is a supervisory position.  Selectee will be required to serve a supervisory probationary period of one year if not previously completed.


Selectee will be required to wear a National Park Service uniform in accordance with applicable policies.


All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments (salary) made by Direct Deposit.


Selectee must operate a government vehicle.  A valid state driver's license is required.

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 of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations. No authorization for guaranteed home sale. 


Government housing is not available.


To be eligible for Federal 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.


Frequent travel will be required.  When you are required to travel, you must use a Government-issued charge card.


Displaced Federal Employees Who Claim Priority Consideration (CTAP or ICTAP):  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.  To be well qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above, not including points for veteran's preference on the rating criteria for this position.  Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirement of 5 CFR 330.605(a) 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 or ICTAP eligible.  For more information see and


You may 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 appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying in this announcement. 


Veterans who meet the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) eligibility requirements may apply for permanent positions under merit promotion procedures. For information on veteran hiring, click




JOB INFORMATION:  Vacancy Identification Number, title, grade(s), and location of the job you are applying for.


PERSONAL INFORMATION:  Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day and evening phone 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.


EDUCATION:  High school name, city, state and zip code; date of diploma or GED; Colleges or universities attended, city, state and zip code; major field(s) of study; type and year of degree(s) received (if no degree, show total credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours).


WORK EXPERIENCE:  Give the following information for your paid and nonpaid work experience related to the job you are applying for: (a) Job title (include series and grade if Federal job); (b) duties and accomplishments; (c) employer’s name and address; (d) supervisor’s name and phone number; (e)  starting and ending dates of employment (month and year); (f) hours per week; (g) salary.  Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.


OTHER QUALIFICATIONS:  Job related training courses (title and year); Job-related skills, for example, other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed; Job-related certificates and licenses (current only); Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments, for example, publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, and performance awards (give dates but do not send documents unless requested).



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NOTE:  Applications must be submitted online or by fax to fax number 1-478-757-3144.  Mailed or hand-delivered applications will NOT be processed.  Follow the instructions below.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes all of the following parts:


1.      Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, AND

2.      Resume or application, AND

3.      Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), and copy of most recent Performance Appraisal, AND

4.      Any other applicable documents listed in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Option A:  Apply Online

To begin, choose one of these options:

  • 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.

  • If your resume is going to be one you prepared outside of USAJOBS Resume Builder, click this link to begin the process: Online Questionnaire.  Instructions for uploading your application and supporting documentation will be provided at that link during the completion of your Occupational Questionnaire.

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.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 818558.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

To return to Application Manager at any time, simply go to

Help is also available online at the following link


Option B: Apply by Fax

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 your resume and any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

The complete Application Package must be submitted either online or by fax by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

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

All documents and applications (whether submitted online or by fax) must be RECEIVED by midnight, Eastern Time on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.


  • Resume showing your experience related to the duties of this position; AND
  • Occupational Questionnaire; AND
  • Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your grade and tenure, and showing that you are a current employee of the Federal government; AND
  • Copy of your most recent Performance Appraisal
  • CTAP or ICTAP proof of eligibility, if applicable


DO NOT SEND DOCUMENTS CONTAINING PHOTOGRAPHS.  Documents containing photographs and any documents attached will not be forwarded to the hiring official.


If you make a false statement in any part of your application,you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Applications must be submitted online or by fax to fax number 1-478-757-3144.  Mailed or hand-delivered applications will NOT be processed.


Human Resources Office
Phone: (662)680-4008
Agency Information:
Natchez Trace Parkway
Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS


Once Application Packages are evaluated, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.  You will be notified of the outcome.


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