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Job Title:Park Ranger

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:DS-822371-BM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$31,315.00 to $40,706.00 / Per Year


Monday, January 28, 2013 to Friday, February 01, 2013




Full Time - Term NTE 13 months




Few vacancies in the following location:
Thomson, IL United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


The Mission of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Incumbent serves as a Visitor Services Specialist at a National Wildlife Refuge assisting with the operations of the Rrefuge visitor services program. Work is directed towards providing the public with safe, accessible, and quality wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education and interpretation.

More than one position may be filled for similar positions within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area.


This is a Term position not to exceed 13 months.  The position may be extended up to 4 years at management's discretion.


  • U.S. Citizenship or Naturalized U.S. Citizen
  • Selectee must successfully complete trial period
  • Background investigation is required
  • Selectee must wear US Fish & Wildlife Service uniform
  • Valid state driver's license is required


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  • Staffing the Refuge Visitor Center as the primary contact person for providing visitor information and orientation, issuance of special use permits, and collect public recreation fees.

  • Developing interpretive programs such as orientation talks, walks, and demonstrations for general public audiences or school groups.

  • Conducting on and off-site environmental education programs for a variety of audiences.
  • Communicating with visitors and staff by writing or through interpretive activities that aid in the Refuge's outreach program.
  • Assisting with the management of wildife-dependent recreation opportunities such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education and/or interpretation.
  • Drafting articles, news releases, or correspondence to increase the understanding of Service mission or to assist with special events.


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To meet the minimum requirements for the GS-5 level, you must have one of the following:


A. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree or possess a bachelor's degree with major study or 24 semester hours in natural resource management, natural sciences, earth sciences, history, archeology, anthropology, park and recreation management, law enforcement/police science, social sciences, or other closely related subjects pertinent to the management of natural and cultural resources.

B. At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 Federal grade level performing the duties of a Park Ranger (Visitor Services). Examples of specialized experience include conducting  environmental education, interpretive talks or; assisting with managing wildlife dependent recreation activities such as hunting, observation, or photography; and developing or revision of interpretive materials such as guidebooks, brochures, flyers, etc.

C. An equivalent combination of education and experience as described above.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:





CATEGORY RATING: Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating selection procedures. Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The quality categories are: Best Qualified, Well Qualified and Qualified.  Applicants' qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, and abilities or competencies:

·         Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of visitor services management in order to develop and present interpretive, environmental education and wildlife oriented recreation activities.

·         Ability to communicate in writing to convey effective messages to the public.

·         Ability to communicate orally on natural resource and science based curriculum and information to diverse audiences of varied backgrounds and age levels. 

Your rating will be based on both your entire application package as well as the responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please note that if, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your category rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may lose consideration for this position.

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points or apply the “rule of three”, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 per cent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).



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These links provide an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: or


If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (member-4 copy) or other proof of eligibility that shows the dates you were on active duty and your character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are claiming Disabled Veterans' preference you must also submit documentation of disability (i.e. VA Disability Verification Letter) and the SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference."  For more information on veterans’ preference see


Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see 


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated Well Qualified or above on the rating criteria for this position.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:  

1.   Your Resume


2.   A complete Occupational Assessment Questionnaire


3.   Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below):


4.   College Transcripts (Official transcripts are not required).


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, February 01, 2013 


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. 


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page 

using the following Vacancy ID 822371. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


If you cannot apply online:

1.    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and


2.    Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire. The URL is:  


3.     Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


The following documents are required and must be received by Friday, February 01, 2013:

1. Your Résumé

2. A complete Occupational Assessment Questionnaire

3. Other supporting documents:

           - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable 

           - College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education


Phone: (210)805-2415
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
San Antonio Services Section
Fax: (478)757-3144


Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.

You will receive status notifications through Application Manager or via email within 4-6 weeks.

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