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Job Title:Park Ranger (Interpretation), GS-0025-05

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:SROC-PIRO-13-827558

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$15.00 to $15.00 / Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 31, 2013 to Tuesday, February 05, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0025-05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 hours

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Grand Marais, MI United StatesView Map
Munising, MI United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Experience your America by building a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. The National Park Service preserves unimpaired, the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

The employees of the National Park Service care for 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.

Park ranger interpreters connect people to parks.  They play a key role in ensuring that visitors have a meaningful, satisfying, and safe park experience, help visitors decide how to spend their time in the park, and inform them about the wonders that await their discovery.  Park ranger interpreters are specially trained to engage the public so that each park visitor can find a personal connection with the meanings and values found in the places and stories of that park. They help visitors explore the many dimensions of parks by introducing them to a variety of perspectives.  By providing the opportunity for visitors to care about the places they visit, they promote stewardship and the opportunity for those visitors to care for park resources.

National parks are among the most remarkable places in America for recreation, learning, and inspiration.  The work done by park ranger-interpreters through effective interpretive and educational programs encourages the development of a personal stewardship ethic and broadens public support for preserving and protecting park resources, so that they may be enjoyed by present and future generations.

The Seasonal Recruitment Operations Center is currently accepting applications to fill one temporary position at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan.  Appointments made under this announcement are limited to 1039 hours (six months) in a service year and may be terminated at any time.  Appointments under this announcement are eligible for extension if workload and funding allow.  Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for rehire in subsequent service years.  Anticipated Entry on Duty: May 2013

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is located in Michigan's rural Upper Peninsula on the south shore of Lake Superior between the communities of Munising and Grand Marais. The park encompasses 42 miles of Lake Superior shoreline and is renowned for its spectacular sandstone cliffs, white sand beaches, waterfalls and streams, inland lakes, pristine backcountry and the 1874 Au Sable Light Station.  Park Headquarters is located just outside of Munising. Amenities in Munising include basic shopping, medical facilities, and K-12 schools. Grand Marais is located about 40 miles east of Munising and offers more basic amenities.  Complete shopping, a Regional Medical Center, and Northern Michigan University are located in Marquette, Michigan, 85 miles west of Grand Marais.  Summers are warm and pleasurable.

This announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens.

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FULL CONSIDERATION.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration if applicable.
  • Wearing a National Park Service uniform is required.

DUTIES:

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Serves as the primary interpreter at either the Au Sable Light Station or on the Pictured Rocks Boat Cruises in the delivery of interpretive, educational and informational services to park visitors and area residents.  Serves as the on-site interpreter to provide formal and informal interpretation on the history of the lighthouse, shipping, US Coast Guard, US Life Saving Service, and Lakeshore natural and cultural history.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:   The work involves extensive periods of standing and walking, in some cases over rough surfaces or inclines, carrying backpacks, tools, rescue equipment, etc.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:   The work is performed in settings in which there is regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomforts and unpleasantness, e.g., high or low temperatures, confined spaces or adverse weather conditions.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for this position, you must demonstrate that you possess either the specialized experience or the education as described below.  Equivalent combinations of experience and education may also be used to qualify.

For the GS-05 grade level

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 level in the federal service.   Specialized experience  is defined as experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge,skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience for this position include, but are not limited to, the following: park guide or tour leader, work in a park, recreation or conservation area, environmental education, history and/or cultural resources education, and natural sciences education.  Work will include independent research and presentation. -OR-B. A 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with 24 semester hours of related course work.   One year of full time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours. -OR- C. Equivalent combinations of education and experience.

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. In order to receive credit for experience your resume must clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the number of hours worked per week.

Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. The OPM Qualification Standards Handbook is available for review at:  http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.


ARE YOU USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY?  You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.  Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) a list with all your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course.  All materials must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement

Undergraduate and Graduate Education: 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.

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.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Foreign Education:  Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Tuesday, February 05, 2013

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 your possession of a valid State issued drivers license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, cancelled, 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.

 

  • Must wear the National Park Service uniform and comply with National Park Service uniform standards. 
  • May be assigned to work nights, early mornings, rotating shifts, holidays, and weekends. 
  • Government housing may be available.
  • Overtime may be required.
  • All federal employees are required to have federal payments (salary) made by direct deposit.
  • Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service ( www.sss.gov)
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 (U.S.Code, Title 18, section 1001).

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once you complete and submit your application package, 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 for the position. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click on the following link View Occupational Questionnaire

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform the job:

  • Oral Communication 
  • Written Communication 
  • Interpretation/Visitor Education 
  • Informal Visitor Contacts/Customer Service 
  • Facility Operation 
  • Technology Application

Basis for Rating: Your application will be evaluated and rated usingCategory Rating Procedures. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:

  • Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.
  • Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

Veterans Preference: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans'preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the additional proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans 

Veterans Preference applies to category rating after candidates are assessed. Preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements are assessed and placed in the appropriate quality categories.Preference eligibles receive veterans' preference by being listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within the same quality category in which they are placed. No preference points, i.e., 5 or 10 points, are added to the preference eligibles' rating. An agency may not select a non-preference eligible if there is a preference eligible in the same category unless the agency receives approval to pass over the preference eligible in accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 3318.

Preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements for the position and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). As noted above, an agency may not select a non-preference eligible over a preference eligible in the same category unless the agency receives approval to pass over the preference eligible in accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 3318. 

Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified.   If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, your score will be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully.   Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


BENEFITS:

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Temporary employees are eligible for sick leave and annual leave. For additional information please click here:  benefits 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Current surplus and current or former displaced Federal 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.   Well qualified means that the applicant meets the following:   OPM qualification standards for the position; all selective placement factors, where applicable; special qualifying conditions that OPM has approved for the position, where applicable; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and is rated by the organization at least at the well qualified level on all KSAs.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(2) 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/ICTAP eligible.

For more information on seasonal employment with the National Park Service, visit our websites at: http://www.nps.gov/personnel/seasonal.htm

  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by the National Park Service. 
  • Do not submit photographs with your application package.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete application package, which includes ALL of the following:

1.  Your resume 
2.  A complete Assessment Questionnaire 
3.  Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents below)

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, February 05, 2013 WE DO NOT ACCEPT HARD-COPY OR E-MAIL APPLICATION PACKAGES.

To begin the application process on-line, click the Apply Online Button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJobs account. Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment Questionnaire. Please be sure to click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application you may use the following link: http://applicationmanager.gov/.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page,  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf  using the following VACANCY ID: JY 827558. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you can not apply online:

1.  Click the following link to view and print the Assessment Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire 
2.  Print the 1203FX form http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf to provide your response to the Assessment Questionnaire. 
3.  Fax the completed 1203FX form along with your resume and any required supporting documentation to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume showing detailed relevant experience, to include month, year and hours worked per week.   
  • Response to Assessment Questionnaire. 
  • Copy of college transcripts or college course list, if qualifying based on education. 
  • Legible copy of DD-214 showing character of discharge, SF-15 and VA Letter, if applicable. 
  • Selective Placement Factor(s) Certifications, such as copy of LE Commission, EMT certification, Driver's License, First Responder certification, etc.,if applicable.  
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

SROC Hiring
Phone: (877)554-4550
Email: SROCHIRING@NPS.GOV
Agency Information:
Seasonal Recruitment Operations Center
Please do not mail hard copy documents
Harpers Ferry , WV
25425
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct a quality review of your qualifications based on your responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire and your supporting documentation submitted.  Based on the applicants score and this quality review, applicants will be placed in the appropriate category.  The Best Qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified when a referral has been made and what the final outcome is.  We expect to make a selection within 60 working days of the closing date of this announcement. Applicants should monitor their USAJOBS and/or Application Manager account for the most up-to-date information.

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Job Announcement Number:

SROC-PIRO-13-827558

Control Number:

335902200