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Job Title:  Educational Technician
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Land Management
Job Announcement Number:  OR-DEU-2013-0053

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 $50,431.00 / Per Year
Monday, February 11, 2013 to Friday, February 15, 2013
Work schedule is full time. - These are term positions, not to exceed thirteen months.
2 vacancies in the following location:
Newport, OR, USView Map

All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.


The BLM manages more land – approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation.  The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

For information about Newport visit:

For information about the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area (YHONA):


  • U.S. Citizenship is required;
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections;
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land;
  • Direct Deposit Required;
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.


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The incumbent assists senior staff in developing and presenting “hands-on, minds-on, hearts-on” education and interpretive programs that facilitate understanding and appreciation of the Pacific Northwest Coast’s cultural and natural heritage, and promote stewardship of all national public lands. 

Assist in research, development, and presentation of “first person” and “third person” costumed tours of Yaquina Head Lighthouse for education groups and the general public.  

Assist in the research, development, and presentation of environmental education and interpretive programs, focusing on intertidal ecology, marine mammals, and natural history of the Pacific Northwest Coast for education groups and the general public.

Assist in coordinating and instructing interpretive skills, education skills, intertidal ecology, and lighthouse history workshops for seasonal staff and volunteers. 

Conduct foot patrols of the park including climbing a 114-step stairway within the lighthouse, a 135-step stairway to access the Marine Garden, and walking on the uneven and slippery algae covered rocks within the tidepools to provide education and interpretive services and facilitate visitor compliance with site regulations and policies through education and interpretation.  

Collects fees and issues federal recreation passes as a designated collections officer.

The employee is required to work weekends, holidays, and varied shifts that begin at sunrise or end after sunset.



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Specialized Experience Requirements    

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume.  To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.   Examples of specialized experience are having worked in a park or historical setting, meeting with the public or school groups to provide information, and conduct tours to explain the importance of the site’s historical and/or natural heritage. Work in a gift shop, interpretive center, or other facility collecting fees.  Taking part in living history performances, or providing training to other staff and/or volunteers.  Assist with the development of brochures, newsletters, news articles, and correspondence.  Assist with developing and presenting interpretive and educational programs to school groups, the general public, or other organizations.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

For GS-05 one year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-04 in the federal service OR four years of education above high leading to a bachelor's degree, or a bachelor's degree.

For GS-06 one year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-05 in the federal service.

For GS-07 one year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-06 in the federal service.


Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.    In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position.  The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored.  The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

1) Practical knowledge of standard interpretive principles, concepts, and methods, and ability to apply this knowledge to development of interpretive programs.

2) Practical knowledge of training methods and ability to train seasonal employees and volunteers.

3) Ability to gather data and apply findings to develop concise reports and presentations.

To preview questions please click here.


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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.


This is a term position for which all qualified U.S. citizens with or without Federal Status may apply and be considered.  Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service, and will be for a period not-to-exceed thirteen (13) months with possible extension up to a total of 4 years (or longer if approved by the Office of Personnel Management) without re-announcement.

SELECTIVE SERVICE:  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 the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

May require completion of a 1 year trial period.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Best or Highly Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

This position requires you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status.


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To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items:  1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.

If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.

Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at 503-375-5666 or email If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.


In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.

For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command 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.  

For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.

For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. 

 You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

Auto-Requested Fax allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

UPLOADING DOCUMENTS:  instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager.

Do not use both options.

Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.


Phyllis Barney
Phone: 503-375-5666
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
Oregon State Office
33 SW 1st Avenue
Portland, OR
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.

You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

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