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Job Title:Student Trainee (Park Ranger) Internship

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Job Announcement Number:NEFU13504635860006P

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

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$27,256.00 to $35,723.00 / Per Year


Friday, March 15, 2013 to Monday, March 25, 2013




Multiple Schedules - Internships NTE one year


5 vacancies in the following location(s):
Charlton, MA United StatesView Map
Sturbridge, MA United StatesView Map
North Grosvenordale, CT United StatesView Map


Student/Internship Program Eligibles


Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission.  They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:

Applicants must be within the commuting area of the designated location.


Period of Work:  1 May 2013 - 30 September 2013.


Click here for more information on Pathways program participants.

The Thames River Basin Operation Unit is comprised of 10 flood damage reduction facilities in MA, CT and RI split into four project units in the Thames River and Blackstone River Basins. Most projects lie in south central Worcester County with two projects in the Quiet Comer of Northeast CT.

West Thompson Lake  is a multi-use project located in a rural setting on the Quinebaug River in Thompson, CT (30 mins south of Worcester, MA) and includes approx. 2,000 acres of forested and open lands with a 200 acre lake.  West Thompson Lake recreation opportunities include a campground, hiking and paddling trails, disc golf course and three family picnic shelters. West Thompson Lake is a very popular fishing destination throughout the year. West Thompson Lake actively manages its forest resources, grassland and song bird habitat, and fisheries.

Buffumville Lake & Hodges Village Dam are multi-use projects in a rural setting in Charlton and Oxford MA. They offer swimming hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, boating, disc golf, wildlife viewing, horseback riding and off-road motorbike use. The popular Buffumville Park has a swimming beach, boat ramp, 200 acre lake, two picnic shelters and volleyball court. The two projects have over 1000 acres of forested and open lands and 30+ miles oftrails. Park Rangers actively manages its recreation areas, forest resources, grassland and song bird habitat, and fisheries.

East Brimfield Lake & Westville Lake are multi-use projects in a rural setting in Sturbridge and urban Southbridge MA. They offer swimming hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, boating, wildlife viewing and horseback riding. Multiple boat launches offer access to Lake Siog, the scenic Quinebaug River, and 360 acre East Brimfield Lake with numerous angling opportunities for lake and river fishing.  Westville Lake, East Brimfield Lake and Lake Siog Parks offer many picnicking and recreational opportunities and miles of trails accessible to all.  Park Rangers actively manage these recreation areas, forest resources, grassland and song bird habitat, and fisheries.


Want to know more about Natural Resources Management Careers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers?  Click here to watch a short video on Corps of Engineers - Exciting Careers in Natural Resources Management: 


Position(s) will be filled under the Department of the Army Pathways Intern Program. 


The Department of the Army Pathways Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in the Department of Army and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed.  


The Department of the Army Pathways Interns may be converted to a permanent position within 120 days of successful completion of the program.

To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Interns must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program
  • Complete their degree or certificate requirements
  • Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted
  • Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement, and;
  • Perform their job successfully as documented through performance evaluations and/or completion of an Individual Development Plan (IDP)

To learn more about the Pathways Internship Program, please visit: .


Who May Apply:


Department of the Army Internship Program Eligibles 

Positions are open to:

  • Current students in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.



  • No Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses authorized
  • Must be within the local commuting area
  • Required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement
  • Duties might require travel up to 5% of the time
  • You must meet half-time student enrollment requirements
  • Verification of Student Status Form must be submitted with application


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In this position, you will participate as a Pathways Intern in a formalized cooperative education-training program while receiving on-the-job experience with the New England District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Thames River Basin.  As a student trainee Park Ranger, you present a variety of informal and formal programs including but not limited to:

• Orientation talks, environmental education programs, and conducted walks.
• Inform visitors about park facilities and resources. 
• Duties are performed on or off-site at location designated by the project manager, e.g., visitor centers, campgrounds, park amenities or historical sites.
• Greet visitors and answer questions.
• Direct visitors with problems, questions or complaints.
• Educate visitors regarding rules, regulations and safety concerns to gain compliance.
• Provide assistance in connection with one-time or annual celebrations related to the programs and themes of the park and assist in the operation of special events.
• Operate a variety of audio visual and other equipment used in connection with interpretive materials, e.g., projectors, cassettes and video equipment.



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To Qualify for the GS-03 grade level applicants must have completed at least one year of education above high school. The required education must lead to a bachelor's degree with specialization in or directly related to the field in which the student trainee will receive training on the job 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. (Transcripts are required at application.) (NOTE: If you indicate "yes" for this question, you MUST submit a copy of your class schedule for current/future semester/quarter, letter of enrollment, pre-registration schedule/transcript(s), and/or receipt for tuition.)


You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities)in the following areas:


• Ability to Maintain a Positive Customer Service Relationship
• Skill in Oral Presentation
• Knowledge of Recreation Management Practices and Policies
• Knowledge of Natural Resources Management Practices and Policies

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at -  and


Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume. 

Unofficial Transcripts will be accepted with application.  If selected, official college or university transcripts must be received before official start date.

Verification of student enrollment status is required.  To verify student status go to the Request for Verification of Student Status link, complete and submit this form with your application package:

Other Requirements:
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• Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
• Personnel Security Investigation is required.
• You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
• You are required to maintain at least a half-time course load as defined by the educational institution.
• You must be at least 16 years of age.
• Required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
• Verification of Student Status Form is required.
• You must be in and remain in good academic standing throughout this internship.
• Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances will not be authorized.
• Defense National Relocation Program will not be authorized.
• One year trial/probationary period may be required.
• Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

• This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions at various locations.

Conditions of Employment:

• Applicants must have a valid state driver's license
• This position requires incumbent to obtain and maintain a Government Motor Vehicle Driver's License.
• This position requires a pre-employment physical.
• Must report for duty at the designated location for the Thames River Basin, which may be in Buffumville Lake, East Brimfield Lake Office, Massachusetts; West Thompson Park Lake Office, Connecticut.
• Applicants must be within the local commuting area of designated location.  The local commuting area is defined as "a reasonable travel distance is the distance an employee is willing to travel on a daily basis from his or her residence, to the designated work location".
• This position requires that a prescribed uniform must be worn in accordance with the District Policy.
• This position requires the incumbent to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends and holidays.
• The incumbent may be required to work in inclement weather or be exposed to extreme cold or heat.



Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements.  Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.


Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.



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The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment to include use of Telework and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.


    • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at

    • In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at

    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.


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

    1. Your resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    2. Your responses to the questionnaire
    3. Additional required documents (see Required Documents section below)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, March 25, 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 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 ID860006.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot apply online, you will need to provide the same information obtained in the online process.  You will need three documents to complete this process:  the Occupational Questionnaire, the scan response form, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Occupational Questionnaire (OPM Form 1203-FX), and a separate document described in item #3. below. 

    1. Download the scan response form, OPM Form 1203-FX, from

    2. View Occupational Questionnaire.  Use this information to guide you in completing the OPM Form 1203-FX.  Note that you may be instructed to leave some responses blank on the scan response form.

    3.  On a separate document, please identify which position(s) on your resume (include title, organization, and employment dates) support any response of “E” ("I am considered an expert in performing this task...."). 

    4. Fax the completed OPM Form 1203-FX, along with your required and supporting documents, to 1-478-757-3144. Your OPM Form 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    PLEASE NOTE: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire.  Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX continuously numbers from number one, while the Questionnaire starts each section of questions with number one.  When entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence.  This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.

    It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.  Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.


    The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Requests for reasonable accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis.


    The following documents are required:

    • Resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    • Applicants MUST include a copy of their unofficial transcripts and enrollment verification for high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate with their application.
    • If the position has an education requirement or you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience or solely on education, you must submit your college transcripts with your application.
    • If you are claiming Veterans Preference or Military Spouse preference (MSP), to verify your preference claim you MUST submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to:   for MSP claims, PCS orders and marriage certificate; for verification of Veteran Preference, DD214 (which indicates character of service) SF-15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.

    • If you are currently serving on active duty: You MUST submit a certification from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. If you supply a certification at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified prior to appointment.   For more information about Veteran's Preference, please click this link:   Please upload veteran's documents under the appropriate category.


    If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and will not be considered any further.


    PLEASE NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents like military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for other than the applicant.These documents may be sanitized to remove such personal information before submission with the application. Applicants may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents upon selection to confirm eligibility.


    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Agency Information:
    DA NER USACE New England
    696 Virginia Road
    Concord, MA


    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 required of this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating. 


    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. 


    For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact:

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