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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Park Ranger) (Pathways Internship)
Department:  Department of the Army
Agency:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Job Announcement Number:  SCGP13532884866022P

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

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$28,843.00 to $37,493.00 / Per Year
Friday, March 29, 2013 to Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Full Time - Internships NTE 30 Sep 2013
1 vacancy in the following location:
Wake Forest, NC United StatesView Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles


Civilian employees of the US Army Corps of Engineers 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: This position is located at Falls Lake, Wake Forest, NC.


The Wilmington District, US Army Corps of Engineers, is a diverse, loyal, family-focused, Army Strong engineering, operations, regulatory, construction, and technical services organization that takes pride in providing excellent service to customers, stakeholders, and partners while also serving and inspiring the public by solving the nation's most challenging problems with honesty, integrity and transparency.

here for a list of frequently asked questions on the Pathways program.
Position(s) will be filled under the Department of the Army Pathways Internship 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.  


Although not guaranteed, internship appointments made under this announcement may be extended.  Due to the temporary need of this position, appointment may be terminated early.


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

Who May Apply: Department of the Army Internship Program Eligibles who are:

  • Current students who are enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, as a student 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 on a full or half time basis. Students must be in good academic standing and be a student for the duration of this Pathways Intern appointment.


  • Availability to work weekends and holidays is required.
  • Valid driver's license required.
  • Physical exam and background investigation required.
  • Moving or housing expenses are not authorized.
  • Position is at the full performance level under this appointment.
  • Must be a student for the duration of this appointment.


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You will provide visitor assistance, furnishing information to visitors, such as facts about the Flora, Fauna, geological and historical features, information regarding roads, trails, accommodations, programs, and present informal talks to groups of visitors,  explain rules and regulations, receive and report oral complaints regarding service facilities. You will provide needed assistance in emergencies (first-aid, search and rescue, etc.).  You will inspect the area and facilities to detect, prevent, when possible, and/or report unauthorized entry and use, vandalism, theft, uncontrolled fires, hazards to public safety; inspect public recreation areas and facilities to detect and report needed repairs or maintenance. You will assist in boundary surveys, searching land records; compile and summarize statistical data, prepare maps and reports. You will operate and perform minor maintenance of equipment, such as short-wave radio, chainsaws, fire pumps, generators. You will perform minor maintenance and repair of roads, trails, shelters, signs, sanitary facilities, bridges, boats, camps, and picnic areas. You will gather and record data for permit applications, explain permit program to individuals, inspect land adjacent to privately owned lots insuring that activity on Government-owned land has necessary permits and report violations to supervisor. You will participate in Fish and Wildlife population and condition surveys by collecting, summarizing, and tabulating statistics. You will read traffic counters and conduct on-site visitor interview surveys to collect and record visitation data and check mechanical traffic counter equipment for malfunctions or needed repairs.  You will patrol the park to insure rules and regulations are complied with, prepare and attach "Notice of Violation" to parked unattended vehicles, and report noncompliance cases and other difficulties encountered to supervisor. 


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To qualify for the GS-04 level, applicants must possess the following experience, education, or combination of experience and education. The experience must be equivalent to the next lower grade/level (GS-03 or equivalent):


A. Have at least six months general experience in administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work that provided a familiarity with natural or cultural history; fish or wildlife habitat characteristics; techniques of resource protection and use; recreational use of public lands and facilities; enforcement of laws, rules, or regulations; fire prevention techniques and fire suppression methods; or the practice of interpersonal relations skills in dealing with the general public; AND have a minimum of six months of specialized experience in technical, administrative, or scientific work, fish and wildlife management, recreation management, law enforcement or other park-related work;  OR

B. Have at least two years of education above high school with 12 semester hours of related course work 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. NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS OR YOU WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE; OR

C. Have some of the experience as described in A, but less than one year; and have more than one year but less than two years above the high school level as described in B. The  combined/computed the percentage of the requirements that you meet must total at least 100%. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of education above high school beyond one year by 30. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify) NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS OR YOU WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE.

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. 

Other Requirements:
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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

The entire period of service under this appointment is a trial period. 

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required. 

Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

May be required to wear protective clothing or gear.

Physical exam required.

Must be available to work weekends and holidays.  May also be called for emergencies and evening work on short notice.


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.


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

-Conduct research, develop and conduct interpretive programs.
-Conduct patrols and write reports.
-Collect and record information.
-Provide excellent customer service.
-Contribute to a positive, productive, and collaborative working environment.


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:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment to include alternate work schedules


    • 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 complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    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 Wednesday, April 03, 2013.

    To begin, click the Apply Online button to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account.  Follow the prompts to complete the questionnaire. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

    Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If are unable to upload documents, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID866022.  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.


    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Agency Information:
    DA SCR USACE Wilmington District
    Civilian Personnel Advisory Center
    PO Box 1890 69 Darlington Avenue
    Wilmington, NC


    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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