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Job Title:Natural Resources Specialist (Ranger)

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Job Announcement Number:NEGE13686151949596D

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


Tuesday, September 03, 2013 to Monday, September 09, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Tioga, PA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


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: This position is located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tioga-Hammond/Cowanesque Lakes Project in the north central portion of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This is a large flood control, recreation, and water storage complex, having an extensive levee system with three pump stations. The project encompasses approximately 12,000 acres of land and water with 39 miles of shoreline. Facilities include 4 geographically dispersed recreation areas, two concessionaires, over 250 campsites, seven boat launches, 2 beaches, and over 700 picnic sites.


Who May Apply:

  • U.S. Citizens
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Eligibles


  • Payment of moving expenses (PCS) not authorized.
  • Required to sign a Mobility Agreement.
  • U.S. Citizenship.


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You will serve in a developmental capacity as a Natural Resources Specialist (Ranger) for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tioga-Hammond/Cowanesque Lakes Project. You will perform developmental assignments at the GS-05 level under closer than normal supervision. Assignments become progressively more difficult until the next performance level of GS-07 is reached. Work is reviewed in process for assurance of effectiveness and conformance with policy and regulatory guidance. At the full performance level, GS-09, you will plan, administer, coordinate and manage a variety of project activities in the areas of fish and wildlife management, soil conservation, forest and range conservation, water quality, environmental stewardship, recreation, park management, real estate actions and other related fields. You will participate in the development and implementation of documents including Master Plans and Operational Management Plans (OMP), striving for the integrated management of recreation and natural resources. You will enforce Title 36 Code of Federal Regulation by educating the visiting public on project purposes, conditions, policies and regulations. You will patrol project lands and waters to prevent unauthorized use, trespass, destruction of property and to ensure compliance of rules and regulations.


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In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. Applicants MUST submit a copy of their transcripts at the time of application to verify they meet the required education for this position. 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT FOR GS-05: Applicants who meet the required education for this position are fully qualified for the specified entry grade (GS-05). See the "Education" Section below for details.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT FOR GS-07: In addition to meeting the positive education requirement for this position, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education to qualify for the GS-07. The ways in which an applicant can meet the Specialized Experience requirement for the GS-07 level are defined below:

1. To qualify based on your work experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: (1) educating the visiting public on park/project rules and regulations; (2) inspecting project facilities such as playgrounds, restrooms, trails, campground areas to identify maintenance required; and (3) collecting recreation user fees. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service, GS-05.


2. One full year of graduate level education, which is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. (NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts for verification.)

3. A Bachelor's Degree and Superior Academic Achievement. Superior Academic Achievement is defined as meeting one of the following: a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher based on a 4.0 scale as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of curriculum; 2) a 3.5 GPA or higher based on a 4.0 scale as computed based on the required courses completed in a major field of study, or the required courses completed in the major field during the final two years of curriculum; 3) class standing of upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision of the college; OR 4) membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association of College Honor Societies, excluding freshman honor societies. (NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts for verification.)

4. A combination of experience and education. A combination of the specialized experience as described in #1 above, but less than one year; and some graduate level education, but less than 1 year as described in #2 above. The computed percentage of the requirements must total at least 100%. (Applicants using a combination of education and experience must compute the percent of education and experience they have completed, and together they must equal 100%. To do this, divide the number of graduate semester hours completed by 18 and this is the percentage of education you have completed; next divide the number of months of specialized experience you have completed by 12, this is the percentage of experience you have completed. Add the two percentages together they must equal 100% to qualify). (NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts for verification.)


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

  • Knowledge of Park Management
  • Skill in Oral Communication
  • Skill in Written Communication
  • Skill in Protecting the Public's Safety

  • EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FOR 0401 SERIES POSITIONS: The Natural Resources Specialist (Ranger) occupation has specific educational requirements which apply to all positions. From the options below, select the one response which describes your educational background. Education above the high school level must have been completed in a U.S. college, university, or other educational institution that has been accredited by one of the accrediting agencies or associations recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. Transcripts are required at the time of application. Below are the two ways in which applicants can meet the education requirement for this position.

    1. A Bachelor’s or higher level degree that included a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline related to this position. NOTE: You MUST attach a copy of your transcripts for verification.

    2. A combination of education and experience. A combination of at least 4 years of college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that included successful completion of courses equivalent to a major field of study in any of the acceptable fields listed in #1 above. (The number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the amount specified by the college or university attended; if this number cannot be obtained from the college or university, 24 semester hours will be considered equivalent.) The quality of the combination of experience and education must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant has the skills and abilities to perform the work in this occupation, AND is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation. NOTE: You MUST attach a copy of your transcripts for verification.

    Other Requirements:  Click here for more information.

    • If you are male AND if you were born after December 31, 1959, you must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • Personnel Security Investigation required.
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    • You may be required to serve one year in a trial/probationary status.
    • Direct deposit of pay is required.
    • CP-18 position. Rotational assignments will be required.



    • Required to work weekends and holidays.
    • Requires a valid, State-issued motor vehicles driver’s license.
    • Required to use various hand tools such as an axe, shovel, power saw, and related tools.
    • Required to obtain and maintain a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification.
    • Required to obtain and maintain First Aid Certification.
    • Required to obtain and maintain a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Motorboat Operator License.
    • Required to pass a pre-employment physical.
    • This position may expose the incumbent to stinging insects (possible reaction anaphylactic shock) and poisonous plants.
    • Required the incumbent to wear a Corps of Engineers Park Ranger uniform.
    • Required to work outdoors and in inclement weather.
    • Required to work unscheduled overtime at all hours in case of fire, accident, or other emergency.
    • Required to sign a Mobility Agreement and complete rotational assignments.


    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.


    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at


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    The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described at


    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
    • 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
    • Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work experience.


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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.
    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on
    Monday, September 09, 2013 to receive consideration.

    • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
      Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
    • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
    • 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. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.


    All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
       ·Cover Letter
       ·Other Veterans Document

    Your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which support your eligibility category or categories. If your eligibility category is listed below, you must provide the documents described for that category. If your eligibility category is NOT listed below, contact the Central Resume Processing Center for assistance. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.
    Your resume:

    • Your resume may be submitted in any format.
    • If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
    • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
    • 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). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position.

    Applicants Relying on Education to Qualify and/or Meet the Required Education for this Position: You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience and/or prove you meet the educational requirements for this position. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified."

    Documents to support your eligibility category(ies):

    Veterans. The documentation you submit MUST show the characterization of your discharge (Honorable, General, etc.). If your documentation does not show your discharge characterization, your veteran's status will not be used to determine your eligibility for this job. If you are not eligible under any other category, you will not receive further consideration. Required veterans documentation:

    •  Veterans' Readjustment Appointment (VRA) eligible or Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) of 1998 eligible: You are required to submit DD Form 214, Military Discharge (Member Copy 4).
    • Disabled Veterans: You are required to submit DD Form 214, Military Discharge (Member Copy 4), a completed SF-15, Claim for 10-Point Veteran Preference, AND a letter from the Department of Veteran's Affairs certifying an OVERALL SERVICE- CONNECTED DISABILITY of 30% or more. The OVERALL rating must be identified on your certification letter.
    • Future Military Retirees*: You are required to submit a copy of your retirement DD Form 214 OR a copy of your retirement letter AND a copy of your terminal leave letter OR certification document**.
    • Future Military Separatees*: You are required to submit a copy of your most recent DD Form 214 OR certification document** OR a copy of your most recent active duty orders AND a copy of your terminal leave request (if applicable).

    * Active duty military members who are selected may not be appointed unless on terminal leave before the effective date of employment.
    ** The “certification” is any written document 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.
    More information about Veteran's Preference is available at
    Current Permanent Federal Employee: You are required to submit a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your current Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series/Occupational Code, and Grade/Pay Band. If you are a current temporary/term employee who previously held a permanent Federal position see below.
    Former Permanent Federal Employee: You are required to submit a copy of the most recent SF-50, which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your tenure in Block #24 of the SF-50 will be 1 if you attained career status OR Block #24 will be 2 if you were a career-conditional employee.
    Applicant with Disability(ies): You are required to submit proof of disability in the form of written certification from a licensed medical professional, OR a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist, OR any Federal agency, State agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits.
    ICTAP Eligible: You are required to submit a copy of your reduction-in-force notice and a copy of your most recent SF-50 showing your current pay plan/pay schedule, series/occupational code, grade/pay band, and duty location.
    Military Spouse Preference:

    • E.O.12721: You are required to submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 and the copy of your military sponsor's PCS orders or amendment on which your travel is authorized by name as a dependent.
    • E.O. 13473: You are required to submit a copy of your marriage certificate and a copy of your military sponsor's PCS orders or amendment on which your travel is authorized by name as a dependent. If you are exercising this eligibility due to the disability or death of your spouse, you must provide documentation to support this eligibility (death certificate, VA disability determination, etc.)

    Interchange Agreement: You are required to submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (or equivalent) providing information pertinent to your appointment eligibility for the position to which you are applying.

    Overseas Family Member Appointment: You are required to submit a copy of your sponsor's PCS orders.
    Former Overseas Family Members Eligible for Career-Conditional Appointment under E.O.12721: You are required to submit a copy of your SF-50(s) and sponsors PCS orders or amendment on which your travel is authorized by name as a dependent.

    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.
    NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
    If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

    • To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 949596.
    • Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
    • 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....").

    If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 09, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
    To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

    • Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire  View Occupational Questionnaire.
    • Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
    • Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
    • NOTE: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire in Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which 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.

    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 someone other than yourself. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected, to confirm your eligibility.



    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Agency Information:
    314 Johnson Street
    Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD


    If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, you application will receive no further consideration.
    The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.
    Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
    For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact the Central Resume Processing Center at, or (410) 306-0137.

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