1. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .
2. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations.
3. Time in Grade (TIG): Status applicants must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. The time in grade requirement for this position is at least 52 weeks of employment as a federal civilian career or career conditional employee at or above the appropriate level for the grade which you are applying to. For example; at the GS-09 level, an applicant must have at least 52 weeks at or above the GS-07 level to meet TIG for the GS-09.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
LAW ENFORCEMENT RETIREMENT: This position has been approved for law enforcement retirement under the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336 and 5 U.S.C. 8401 as SECONDARY. While secondary positions are not subject to the maximum entry age policy, prior service in a primary position of the same type is required for special retirement coverage. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure this office has enough information to determine your retirement status to ensure you do not lose benefits (normally through submission of your SF-50). PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY IN A PRIMARY POSITION. For employees who may be currently serving in primary positions, the following information is provided to assist them in determining if selection for this position could result in a loss of retirement benefits:
--CSRS EMPLOYEES-to transfer from a primary to a secondary position without loss of retirement benefits the following conditions must be met: (1) an employee must transfer directly (without a break in service exceeding 3 days) from a primary position to a secondary position; OR, (2) must be continuously employed in secondary positions since transferring from a primary position without a break in service exceeding 3 days, except: a) a break in employment in secondary positions which begins with an involuntary separation (not for cause); or, b) or has voluntary breaks in service which began January 19, 1988, or earlier.
--FERS EMPLOYEES-to transfer from a primary to a secondary position without loss of retirement benefits the following conditions must be met: (1) an employee while covered under the retirement provisions moves directly (without a break in service exceeding 3 days) from a rigorous position to a secondary position; AND, (2) COMPLETES 3 YEARS IN A RIGOROUS POSITION, including any such service during which no FERS deductions were withheld; OR, (3) must be continuously employed in a secondary position or positions since moving from a rigorous position, except a break in employment in secondary positions that begins with an involuntary separation (not for cause). Employees currently in primary positions and covered by the FERS special retirement system must provide documentation that they have completed the 3 years in a rigorous position to ensure you will not lose your benefits.
Those who have served in primary positions must meet the above provisions to continue their coverage. Federal Law Enforcement Retirement and Fire Fighter Retirement provisions are interchangeable; if you are currently in a federal fire fighter field and wish to be considered for this position, you will not lose your coverage if you meet the provisions stated above.
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants may meet position qualification requirements, but not meet special retirement coverage eligibility. If such an applicant is selected, he/she will be placed in the regular retirement code.
This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. A valid State drivers license is required.
As a condition of employment, you will be required to submit a completed GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also submit (within a State sealed envelop or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid drivers licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you.
If you are tentatively selected for employment in this position, you will be required to complete GSA Form 3607 and submit the above State issued documents. Your employment, after your tentative selection, will be contingent upon receipt of these documents in a timely manner and that those documents establish, to the satisfaction of the selecting official, that you possess a valid drivers license.
Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State driver's license.
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. 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.
The minimum age requirement for public safety positions requires applicants to be at least 21 years of age. Applicants must state date of birth on application.
In accordance with Executive Order 12564, applicants selected for this position are required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment. In addition, this position is a drug-testing designated position subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
All selectees must meet National Park Service medical standards for these positions prior to entry on duty. Fitness for duty is determined by the results of a government provided medical examination. In addition, after entering on duty selectees will be required to participate in the NPS physical efficiency battery (PEB). Applicants may reference the standard at: http://www.nps.gov/policy/DOrders/DOrder57.html
Incumbent will be required to carry a firearm while performing duties and maintain firearm proficiency. NOTE: FIREARMS LAW - If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, it is a felony for you to possess any firearms or ammunition. As a condition of employment, individuals for these positions are required to carry weapons and ammunition as part of their official duties. Therefore, an individual with a conviction of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence will not be eligible for this position.
Emergency Medical Services Certification: All selectees will be required to perform emergency medical services. Some positions require selectees to possess EMT or First Responder certification. Please provide a copy of your current emergency medical certification.
Work Capacity Test: The National Park Service and other Federal agencies adopted the Work Capacity Test (WCT-Pack Test) as a method for assessing an employee's fitness levels for fire qualifications in the positions covered by this recruitment notice. Employees required to pass a WCT-Pack Test as a "condition of employment" will be provided one opportunity to pass the required test with a second chance provided at the discretion of management based on the results of the first test. This recruitment notice constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for testing requirements. NOTE: Arduous fitness (WCT-Pack Test) will consist of completing a three-mile hike, within forty-five minutes, while carrying a forty-five pound pack. Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with a physician and begin training at least four weeks prior to undergoing the WCT-Pack Test.
This position is designated as a mandatory physical fitness position as defined in NPS-57, and will require physical fitness testing and regular training as part of the duties of the position.
This is a required occupancy position (See Area Information' section for details). Agency management requires employee to remain at the post of duty for the duration of their workweek as a normal and continuing condition of employment and to meet an established response time.
Work requires hiking in a mountainous area (elevations above 8,000 feet) over a rough and uneven terrain with backpack/tools up to several miles in a day.
Position is subject to frequent extended travel and camping in remote areas.
Selection of this position is contingent upon the conditions under the Department of the Interior's hiring controls policy for recruitment, hiring, and placement.
Work is performed outdoors, often under adverse weather conditions.
Incumbent will be required to wear appropriately the National Park Service approved uniform.
Position is subject to shift rotation, early morning, night and/or weekend work.
Overtime may be required.
If you are selected for Federal employment, you will be required to fill out a Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306, prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on your application may be grounds for not hiring you, or firing you after you begin work. Also, you may be punished by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001).
A one year supervisory/managerial probation will be required if incumbent has never been in a supervisory/managerial position.
All information provided by candidates will be verified. If a candidate asks on her /his application documents that her/his current supervisor not be contacted, they must provide alternative references.
Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park are jointly administered by one Superintendent and administrative staff with headquarters located at Ash Mountain, Sequoia National Park. Within the administrative jurisdiction of these Parks lie the heart of the rugged Sierra Nevada encompassing over 1,400 square miles of spectacular granite mountains, deep canyons and magnificent forests.
The position is located in Cedar Grove. The Cedar Grove Subdistrict is in the Central Sierra Nevada Mountains of California in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, 80 miles east of Fresno. It encompasses about 150,000 acres of developed areas and wilderness. The front country area has 12 miles of public roadway, four campgrounds totaling 350 individual campsites and four group campsites, concession operations (lodge, market and pack station) and a NPS Visitor Center. The wilderness operation includes a permit station which services 6 trailheads and 300 miles of trail. Peak daily visitation reaches over 1500 overnight campers and 2500 day users, seasonal use exceeds 240,000 visitors annually.
Please note: The Central Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountains of California may pose human health problems due to air pollution. If you need detailed information on air pollution in this area, please contact the Parks' Air Resources Specialist at (559) 565-3777.