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 ManagementSkill in Oral CommunicationSkill in Written CommunicationSkill 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 Bachelors 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.
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- 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.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- Required to work weekends and holidays.
- Requires a valid, State-issued motor vehicles drivers 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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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 http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.