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Job Title:  Park Ranger (P),GL-0025-09
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  WRST835563DEKD

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$27.50 to $35.48 / Per Hour
Friday, February 01, 2013 to Friday, February 15, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
McCarthy, AK United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


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.

This position is located in Kennecott, AK, McCarthy is the closest town.

Located deep in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is the historic mining town of Kennecott. The towns of Kennecott/McCarthy (approx. 4 miles apart) are located at the end of the McCarthy Road which is a 59 mile dirt road that follows the original railroad bed from Chitina to McCarthy. The road is not maintained during the winter months. During the summer months the population can soar to approximately 250 residents but is virtually deserted during the winter months of the year. The temperatures during the summer months can range from a low of 40 degrees to a high of 80+ degrees. The temperatures during the winter months can drop down to -50+ degrees. There are very limited amenities between the two towns which include: the Kennecott Glacier Lodge, the McCarthy Lodge, several Air Taxi operations and a few hiking guide operations. There are no medical facilities, grocery stores or other supply type businesses located in either McCarthy or Kennecott. The closest town with those facilities would be Chitina at the start of the McCarthy Road and even those are fairly limited. A daily private shuttle drives between Glennallen/Copper Center and McCarthy on a regular basis during the summer months. The Park has somewhat limited and rustic housing available on a first come, first serve basis for employees duty stationed in the area. There are lots of recreational opportunities from hiking to white water rafting available in the area. This area due to road access is becoming a tourist destination for the Park. 

Government housing may be shared housing. 

This is a permanent career-seasonal position.  A permanent career-seasonal position includes all benefits of permanent employment, but does not provide for employment on a full-time year-round basis. As a condition of employment and (depending on workload needs and/or funding), the employee is guaranteed work for at least 6 months but not more than 11 ½ months each service year.  When services are not required, employee will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status.  A minimum of 2 weeks in non-pay and non-duty status is required each service year.  While in pay and duty status, the employee will work a full-time work schedule (40 hours per week).  Salary, vacation and sick leave earnings, which are normally based on year-round employment, will be prorated according to the number of weeks actually worked each year. The waiting period of within-rate increases (step increases) and career tenure may also be extended by a portion of the time spent in non-pay status.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must register with the selective service.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" sections.


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Incumbent serves as NPS law enforcement, commissioned park ranger primarily responsible for performing duties including detection and investigation of violations of Federal criminal laws, apprehension and detention of violators, the protection of life and property, enforcement of all applicable laws, rules and regulations protecting and insuring the safe use of National Park resources. Incumbent will perform emergency medical response, search and rescue operations and other duties as assigned.


Duties involve long periods of standing and hiking, in some cases over rough, rocky surfaces. Strenuous exertion is frequently required in search and rescue operations and backcountry patrols and other similar activities. Lifting and carrying equipment over 50 pounds is required.  Much of the work is performed outdoors in all kinds of weather. The work is performed at various hours of the day and night and for prolonged periods during emergency situations. The Ranger is frequently exposed to high risk and potentially dangerous situations in law enforcement and emergency types of situations, which require a range of safety and other precautions.


For questions regarding the duties of this position, please call Stephens Harper at (907) 822-7210.


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To qualify, you must meet the requirements listed below.

Specialized Experience and/or Education: You must have certain higher level education or specialized experience to qualify for the GL-09 grade level of this position. This qualifying education and/or experience can be met through any of the following:

You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GL-07 level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of specialized experience could include experience in performing law enforcement duties for protection, conservation, use and management of natural and/or cultural resources in the park areas or similar operations which involve the application of law enforcement authorities and procedures to protect visitors and resources. 


You must have at least two years of progressively higher level graduate level study, a master’s, or equivalent graduate degree in directly-related fields such as 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. OR

You must have an equivalent combination of education and experience.  For example, I have 6 months of the specialized experience described in A above (50% of the experience requirement), and one year (18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours) of directly-related graduate level college study in  an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education). 

SCREEN OUT- Besides meeting the above requirement you must meet the requirements below also.

Law Enforcement Commission- You must meet A or B below.

A. Currently hold, or have previously held, within the past three years, a National Park Service Level I or Level II Law Enforcement Commission issued by the National Park Service Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA. (You must indicate your commission number and date, location and date of your last 40-hour refresher training, and date of your last established proficiency in the use of firearms in your resume).




B.  Enrolled or currently attending the National Park Service Law Enforcement Training Program. (You must indicate your expected completion date in your resume). 

Age entry requirement- You must meet A, B or C below. This is a COVERED primary law enforcement position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S. C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 8412(d) (FERS).  Applicants for this position must be at least 21 years of age, AND have not reached their 37th birthday prior to the closing date of this announcement. 

A.  I am at least 21 years of age and will not have reached my 37th birthday prior to the closing date of this announcement.

B.  I am a current or former Federal employee who is over 36 years of age; however, I have prior covered and creditable service in fire fighter or law enforcement covered (6c) position, that when subtracted from my chronological age, puts my MEA below 37.


C. I am a veteran who is eligible for veterans preference ("preference eligible"), you may be eligible for a waiver of the maximum entry age for this position if you are otherwise qualified and meet medical and fitness requirements. If you are claiming veteran’s preference, you must submit proof of your veterans' preference. Please be advised that if you do not submit this required documentation of your service, you will not be eligible for consideration of this limited waiver of the maximum entry age.


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


Applicants must meet the experience and/or education requirements, qualifications, and any selective placement factors specified in the announcement by the closing date, Friday, February 15, 2013.

Unless previously served, you must complete a one year probationary period.

This position requires wearing the National Park Service uniform. All employees are required to wear the uniform in accordance with guidelines, maintain personal appearance standards, and ensure proper conduct while in uniform. A uniform allowance is provided.

You must have a current valid driver’s license.


Travel may be required, up to 5 days a month.


PEB: 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.


You will be required to carry a firearm while performing duties and must maintain firearm proficiency. You must be proficient in the use of firearms and in self-defense techniques and may be required to defend self and others against physical attack. If selected for this position, you will be required to qualify with and use firearms and other weapons as part of assigned duties and to maintain such qualifications. Applicants are ineligible for this position if at ANY time they have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside or the applicant received a pardon.


BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: This position is designated as critical-sensitive. A background security investigation is required. If the selected person does not have a current, appropriate level background investigation, one will have to be completed. Appointment will be contingent upon the successful completion of the background investigation with a favorable adjudication.

This position is required to have a suitability and credit check. A release to obtain a credit report must be authorized by the selectee.


DRUG TESTING: In accordance with Executive Order 12564, applicants selected for this position are required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative result prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use. 



Law enforcement duties require considerable strenuous physical exertion; e.g., long periods of standing, crawling, walking and running over rough, uneven, rocky surfaces and through wooded or brush areas. Duties are performed both day and night, requiring immediate response from a sedentary activity to an extremely arduous activity. Manual dexterity with comparatively free motion of finger, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip and knee joints is required. Arms, hands, legs and feet must be sufficiently intact and functioning in order that applicants and incumbents may perform the duties satisfactorily. Any physical condition that would cause the applicant or incumbent to be a hazard to herself/himself or another is disqualifying. The presence of physical conditions that would be aggravated by the environmental conditions of these positions will ordinarily disqualify an applicant or incumbent. An offer of employment will be withdrawn if the person tentatively selected cannot pass the physical examination.  



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 also pass a medical examination (which includes vision, hearing, cardiovascular, and mobility of extremities) given by an authorized government physician.



Your rating will be based on your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The assessment questions relate to the following competencies that are required to perform the work of this position. 

KSA-1  Ability to perform law enforcement activities and investigations.


KSA-2  Ability to perform emergency medical response duties and conduct search and rescue operations.


KSA-3  Ability to perform work in a wilderness setting, and perform natural and cultural resource, and backcountry management.


KSA-4  Ability to communicate effectively/Interpersonal skills.


Please Note:  All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If your work history, competencies, and/or your supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you will not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers to the competencies. A panel may be used to review your application.

Basis for Rating: Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. 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: Veteran's Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category.   Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.

ICTAP/CTAP: The CTAP/ICTAP is a federal program that gives priority selection rights to federal employees in the local commuting area who have lost their positions, been given notice that they will be separated due to reductions in force, or who are unable to return to their position due to a job related injury.   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, and earn a final score on the job examination questions of 90.0 or higher. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements 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; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8837(h) or 8456. 




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The salary shown includes base pay, locality pay and a cost of living allowance of 7.18% for this duty station. Pay is subject to annual review and adjustment.

Alaska currently does not have a state income tax or statewide sales tax.

Working for the National Park Service offers a comprehensive benefits package that may include, in part, sick and personal leave, holidays, life and health insurance, retirement benefits, and participation in the Thrift Savings Plan which includes a percentage of government matching contributions. You may even be able to work a flexible schedule. This link provides more information on the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.



Direct Deposit:  All new employees of the National Park Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment. This includes your salary and other federal payments.

In the event of an accident while traveling in a government aircraft, the payable benefits of a private life insurance policy may be affected.

Travel, transportation and relocation expenses are authorized as described in the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy.

Return Rights  (for NPS employees only)  The Return Rights policy as outlined in HR Bulletin Number 03-8 dated 10/28/03 is in effect for this position. This policy is designed to help attract a larger pool of highly qualified employees to remote areas. It applies to all current NPS career and career-conditional employees who transfer from a NPS unit within the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia to certain remote sites.   Under this policy, employees will be given the opportunity to return to the Region they were assigned to prior to transferring to the remote park within the Alaska Region. To be eligible for return rights, the employee must complete a minimum tour of three calendar years at the Alaska park, and may elect a possible two year extension. 


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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 View Assessment Questions. Ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
If you are unable to upload your required documents, complete this cover page using the following vacancy ID 835563.  Fax your documents by the closing date to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire. Print this 1203-FX form to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire and fax the completed 1203FX form along with the required documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 

Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time or 7:59 PM Alaska Time on Friday, February 15, 2013.

If you have questions about this announcement call (907) 644-3350 or email prior to Friday, February 15, 2013. Please include the Vacancy ID number 835563 when emailing or calling.
If you need help or have problems using the online application process, send an email to

Note:  If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at 478-757-3144.  Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement, include the appropriate Office Code (NM) and VIN (six digit code) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at




-Resume showing relevant experience - should include month, year and hours per week worked. (Cover letter optional) Help with writing your resume click here. Want to understand how to use USA JOBS click here.


-Online Assessment Questionnaire


-NPS Level II or I Commission (photo blacked out)


-Transcripts, unofficial or official college transcripts or a list of completed course work including level of courses, credits and grades received.


-Veterans' Preference Documentation (DD214, and if claiming 10 points preference, also provide the SF15 and verification documents listed on the SF15). If you are separated and do not have a DD214 yet you may use an official statement of service from your command that you have substantially completed three years of active service and are being discharged under honorable conditions if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

Notice to Veterans: Link is provided so you can see if you are eligible for veteran’s preference.


-CTAP/ICTAP Eligibles- copy of your agency's notice of Reduction In Force and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.



Kim M. Doty
Phone: (907)644-3350
Agency Information:
NPS Alaska Regional Office
240 W 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK


Once the online questionnaire documents are received you will receive an acknowledgement. You will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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