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Job Title:  Park Ranger (I)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  824899GRSMMP1350

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$38,790.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 to Monday, January 28, 2013
Full Time - Seasonal
1 vacancy in the following location:
Stearns, KY United StatesView Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


Applications will be accepted from Career/Career-Conditional Federal employees who are within the area of consideration, from reinstatement eligible, and those eligible under special appointing authorities including handicapped, disabled veterans, etc

Veterans who are preference eligible or who have separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service may apply and receive consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).While the VEOA provides for veterans consideration for the position, it does not provide for the application of Veterans Preference.  Qualified veterans will be rated and ranked and considered along with all other applicants from within the area of consideration.


This is also a subject-to-furlough position.  This position is seasonal in nature and does not provide for employment on a year-round basis.  Employee will work at least 26 weeks.



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.

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Park Headquarters, is located between Oneida, TN and Jamestown, TN; Stearns, KY is located 15 miles north of Oneida, TN and 3 miles South of Whitley City, KY.  Housing, shopping, churches, medical clinics, hospital, elementary, high schools, and community college are available.   The nearest metropolitan area is Knoxville, TN (approximately 75 miles from Park Headquarters).  The climate is moderate with summer highs in the 90's and winter lows may reach 0 degrees.  Precipitation averages 51 inches annually.  Average snowfalls are 1-6 inches and last only a few days.  The Big South Fork NRRA is a 125,000 acre natural area with three (3) developed campgrounds; numerous picnic areas; backcountry camping, and over 400 miles of various trails from horse to bike to hiking.  Also present is a major river with up to Class V rapids and six (6) boat ramps and launches.


  • Background investigation and/or security investigation required.
  • Must be US Citizen and have valid state driver's license.
  • More than one position may be filled from this announcement.
  • Selective Service Registration required if applicable.


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Acts as a Lead Interpreter for staff at Blue Heron and directs daily work activities.  Assists with on-the-job training for seasonal interpretive staff.  Assists Division Chief/Branch Cheif with staff scheduling needs. Maintains interpeetive media (i.e. wayside exhibit panels, models, display cases with artifacts, electronic media).  Serves as a liaison between Big South Fork Scenic Railway and the Big South Fork NRRA.  Develops and presnets Intepretive programs.  Maintains bulletin boards at Blue Heron Mining Camp, Blue Heron Campground and in the Kentucky area as assigned.  Attends community meetings as assigned.  Maintains and reports visitation statistics for Kentucky Interpretation.  Plans and coordinates special events including Cultural Heritage Month, Blue Heron Ghost Train and Blue Heron Homecoming.  Regularly reports issues of concern to Division Chief and/or Branch Chief.  Recruits and works with Volunteers-In-Parks to further the NPS Mission at Blue Heron.  As time allows, performs roving patrols of remote areas such as Blue Heron Campground, Blue Heron Overlooks, Bear Creek Horse Camp, Alum Ford and Yahoo Falls.  Coordinates the annual park-wide visitor survey.  During the season when Blue Heron is closed, incumbent assists with operation of the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.  Coordinates activities at Blue Heron with other divisons.  Regularly reports safety and maintenance concerns to the appropriate person.  Assists with writing and revision of publications, brochures and arcticles.


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Applicants for this position must meet the basic experience or education requirements stated below.  For equivalent combinations of education and experience refer to OPM’s Operating Manual, Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions, available in any Federal personnel Office.

FOR THE GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the federal services  Experience may have been in technical, admiistrative, or scientific work, fish and wildlife management, recreation mangement, 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 mangeement work in a park, recreation, or conservation area.


FOR THE GS-9: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the federal services  Experience may have been in technical, admiistrative, or scientific work, fish and wildlife management, recreation mangement, 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 mangeement work in a park, recreation, or conservation area.

Education:  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.  Offiical transcripts are require upon selection.  For further information on creditable education, visit: and  

For the GS-7: One year of graduate level of study which is directly related to the work of the positon.  (9SH)

For the GS-9: Two years of graduate level of study which is directly related to the work of the position.  (18SH)

Examples of related education include, but are not limited to: park and recreation management, law enforcement/police science, or other closely related subjects pertinent to the management and protection of natural and culutral resources.


  • You must meet time-in-grade restsrictions by the closing date of this announcement.
  •  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 (
  • New employees of the Department of the Interior are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments by direct deposit.

  • If you are selected for Federal employment, you will be required to fill out a Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306, (

  • You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued drivers 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. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued drivers license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to 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 drivers licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you.




How you will be evaluated: Once the application process is complete, 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 of the position.   


To receive credit, information submitted in your Assessment Questionnaire MUST relate to a specific work/experience block in your resume. Only education and experience acquired by the filing deadline will be considered. If, after reviewing your resume 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. The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform on the job: 1) Ability to develop and lead a park-wide curriculum based educational program; 2) Skill and ability to research, develop, and present a variety of interpretive programs; 3) Skill in using multi-media equipment, various computer software programs and educational technology; 4) Skill in developing temporary interpretive, cultural and educational exhibits and site specific brochures; 5) Ability to independently operate a park visitor center.    To preview the assessment questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions


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


Applicants meeting the basic eligibility requirements will be rated and ranked based on responses to the Assessment Questionnaire.  Any statements made on the Questionnaire should be fully substantiated on the application or resume.  Qualified candidates will be assigned a score between 70 and 100.





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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.
  • Infrequent travel may be required.
  • Position has promotion potential.  If selected at the GS-7 level, this position has promotion potential to the GS-9 level without further competition once all legal and regulatory requirements are met; however promotion is neither automatic nor guaranteed.
  •  Work schedule may include shift rotation, holiday, night and/or weekend work.
  • 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 the reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel regulations. 


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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. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; and
    2. Your résumé; and
    3. All other supporting documents needed (such as transcripts to verify education; DD-214, SF-15, VA letter (as applicable) to verify veteran's preference  and If you are a current Federal employee, please upload or fax a copy of your latest Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, and performance appraisal following the faxing instructions.


    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 824899

    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: 824899

    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. 




    If you are a current Federal employee, please upload or fax a copy of your latest Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, and performance appraisal following the faxing instructions above.


    (1) RESUME: Your resume should include work experience for each paid or non-paid position held that relates to the job for which you are applying and indicate the month/year you began and ended each job, and the number of hours worked per week. Your resume and supporting documents must include 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) VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: If you are claiming Veteran's preference, you MUST provide specific required evidence:

    • For 5-point preference:  DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. - must show type of discharge on form. 
    • For 10-point preference:  DD-214, Standard Form 15 (SF-15), "Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference" and proof listed on the reverse of the SF-15. 

    Failure to submit appropriate supporting documentation will result in NOT granting veteran's preference. For more information on Veteran's preference, visit:

    (3)  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.)   

    (4) CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP)/ INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ICTAP):  Note:  Please indicate on your application that you are a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.  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 special priority selections.  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if he/she earns a score of at least 85 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




    Beverly Slaybaugh
    Phone: (865)436-1223
    Agency Information:
    North ASU Servicing Human Resources Office SER
    Human Resources Office
    107 Park Headquarters Road
    Gatlinburg, TN


    Once your application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications.  You will be notified by email or letter if you are qualified and referred to the selecting official.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.  You will be notified of the outcome.

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