All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Thursday, January 31, 2013. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.
To be qualified for this Park Ranger (Protection), GL-0025-09 position, you must meet the specialized experience or educational requirements as defined below, as well as the screen-out factors defined in the occupational / assessment questionnaire and as outlined below:
A. You must possess at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower graded level of this GL-09 position (comparable to GS-07 / GL-07) in the Federal government. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.
Such specialized experience may include: work in resource protection, visitor protection and law enforcement programs including search and rescue operations; planning and coordination of investigations; research and preparation of incident and investigation reports; work involving the development and implementation of policies and / or procedures related to the visitor and resource protection operations, experience in the administrative responsibilities of program management (budget, contracting, human resources); coordination and operation of resource protection, visitor protection and law enforcement programs; goal oriented planning and accomplishment of work through coordination of paid staff, volunteers, and local, state and federal entities.
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B. You must have successfully completed at least two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree related to the occupation in one of the following fields: 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. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are using education to meet the qualification requirements for this Park Ranger (Protection), GL-0025-09 position, you MUST submit a copy of your transcript.
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I have less than one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower graded level of this GL-09 position (comparable to GS-07 / GL-07) as defined in answer choice A above and I have completed less than two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree as defined in answer choice B above, but I have an equivalent combination of Specialized Experience and Graduate Education. For example, I have 6 months of the specialized experience described above (50% of the experience requirement), and one and a half academic years of directly-related graduate level education (50% of the qualifying education). IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are using education to meet the qualification requirements for this Park Ranger (Protection), GL-0025-09 position, you MUST submit a copy of your transcript.
Time-in-Grade Requirements: Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. This requires applicants who have held a GS 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 occupation.
Maximum Entry on Duty Age: Applicants must not have reached their 37th birthday by the date of appointment to this position. This Park Ranger (Protection) position is covered by the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) for law enforcement position and has a mandatory retirement age of 57. Selectee for this position who has reached age 37 must have been or currently be covered by this special retirement provisions and must be able to complete at least 20 years of covered service by the age 57. You must submit proof of your status in the special retirement system with your application materials.
(1) This 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) and 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 veterans' preference eligible, you may be eligible for a waiver of the maximum entry age on duty for this position if you are otherwise qualified and meet the medical and fitness requirements. If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit proof of your veterans' preference eligibility. Please be advised that failure to submit the required documentation of your qualifying military service will result in your being ruled ineligible for this position.
On August 26, 2009, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a memorandum related to hiring preference eligible veterans applying for federal positions with maximum entry on duty age restrictions. As directed by OPM, the Department of Interior will conduct an analysis of all DOI positions having maximum entry age restrictions to determine whether a maximum entry on duty age requirement is essential to the performance of the duties of these positions. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference who exceed the current maximum entry on duty age requirement, and who are otherwise qualified and meet medical and fitness requirements, will continue to be considered during the ongoing analysis. If DOI determines that the requirement is not essential to the position, the Agency will waive the maximum entry on duty age requirement for veterans' preference eligible applicants for that position.
Selective / Screen-Out Factors:
1. This Park Ranger (Protection) position requires that an applicant must either possess a current NPS Type I Law Enforcement Commission or have completed a National park Service (NPS) approved Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) training program as a prerequisite to obtaining a NPS Type I Law Enforcement Commission prior to their entry-on-duty. You will be rated ineligible for this position if you do not meet this selective factor.
2. This Park Ranger (Protection) position requires that an applicant must possess a current valid state drivers license in order to perform the duties of this position. You will be rated ineligible for this position if you do not meet this selective factor.
To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.
Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.
NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Applicants can verify accreditation HERE . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply. For further information click HERE.
1. You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
2. To be eligible for this Park Ranger (Protection), GL-0025-09 position, all candidates must either possess a current NPS Type I Law Enforcement Commission or have completed a NPS approved FLETC training program as a prerequisite to obtaining a NPS Type I Law Enforcement Commission by the EOD date.
3. This position is approved "PRIMARY/RIGOROUS" under the provisions of 5 USC 8336 (c) (CSRS) and under 5 USC 8412 (d) (FERS). Applicants must not have reached their 37th birthday by the appointment date to this position. This position is covered by the special retirement provisions for Fire Fighters/Federal Law Enforcement Officers and have a mandatory retirement age of 57. If over age 37, selectees to these positions 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. You must submit proof of this creditable service in the Fire Fighters/Law Enforcement retirement system in your application package. (Exception: This age restriction does not apply to those who have previously served in a Federal civilian (not military) firefighter/law enforcement position covered by title 5 U.S.C. section 8336 provisions or for those who are entitled to veterans' preference if otherwise qualified and meet medical and fitness requirements. You must submit proof of your veterans' preference.)
4. In accordance with Executive Order 12564 and Department of Interior guidelines, applicants selected for this position are required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test prior to appointment. In addition, this position is a drug testing designated position subject to random testing for illegal drug use throughout the tenure of this appointment.
5. Must pass a pre-employment medical test. Prior to appointment, the person selected for this position must be determined physically fit by an authorized government physician to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties and pass a medical examination (which includes vision, hearing, cardiovascular and mobility of extremities) given by an authorized government physician. The agency will pay for this examination.
7. 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.
8. Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license. This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. A valid State driver's license is required. As a condition of employment, you will be required to submit a completed GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also 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 disclose all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. If you are tentatively selected for employment in this position, you will be required to complete GSA Form 3607 and submit the above State issued documents. Your employment, after your tentative selection, will be contingent upon receipt of these documents in a timely manner and that those documents establish, to the satisfaction of the selecting official, that you possess a valid driver's license.
9. Must wear the National Park Service uniform and comply with National Park Service uniform standards including PPE (body armor) and law enforcement equipment. A uniform allowance will be provided to defray the cost of the uniform.
10. May be assigned to work nights, early mornings, rotating shifts, holidays, and weekends.
11. Must be free of any domestic violence convictions. If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, it is a felony for you to possess any firearm or ammunition. As a condition of employment, you are required to carry weapons and ammunition as a part of your official duties. Therefore, an individual with a conviction of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence will not be eligible for this position.
12. Must be at least 21 years old.
13. 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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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 (KSAs)/competencies required of this position. Please follow all instructions carefully.
Please Note: All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. Upon review, if it is determined that your work history, KSAs / competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified or your score may be modified. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers to the KSAs/competencies.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics).
o Knowledge of and demonstrated work experience with law enforcement techniques and investigative functions to perform resource and visitor protection duties.
o Knowledge and skill in providing emergency medical services in an urban or park setting, including demonstrated work experience in search and rescue and Incident Command System operations.
o Knowledge, skill, and ability in working and dealing with people to develop cooperative working relationships with a variety of individuals, organizations, and special interest groups to communicate the protection & proper use of Park resources.
You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".