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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Park Ranger-Protection)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  AZSHRO 14-001 PATH-LT

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$38,619.00 to $48,010.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 to Thursday, January 02, 2014
Multiple Schedules - Internships
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Ajo, AZ View Map
Camp Verde, AZ View Map
Casa Grande, AZ View Map
Flagstaff, AZ View Map
Grand Canyon, AZ View Map
More Locations  (8)
Student/Internship Program Eligibles


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.

The 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 agencies and explore Federal Careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed.


Who should apply: All qualified U.S. citizens who meet the eligibility requirements for the Pathways Internship Program as described below. You must be at least 21 years of age.


You may select a maximum of 4 duty locations. If you select more than 4 locations, you will not be considered.


What are the Eligibility Requirements? In order to be eligible for an appointment under the Pathways Internship Program:

·         You must be a student accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program on at least a half-time basis and in good standing (certificate programs are post-high school programs equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum and the certificate must be a requirement for the position); enrollment must be with an accredited educational institution or state-approved home school including high schools, colleges, universities, technical, trade, vocational, or business schools.

·         Educational institutions must be accredited by organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. To verify accreditation, please visit:

·         You must be in good academic standing maintaining a 2.0 grade point average on a cumulative basis; and

·         The duties of this position should be related to your academic or career goals




Upon completion of requirements for graduation and successful completion of the educational program, the appointee may become eligible for non-competitive conversion, at the agency's discretion, to a term or permanent position in the competitive service within 120 days following successful completion of all their education and work experience requirements. For more information on the Pathways Internship Program, visit


There is NO promotion potential for this position.


This job announcement is open for 90 days. The first cutoff for consideration will be 14 days from the opening date or receipt of 100 applications.


  • US Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • You must be accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in school
  • All requirements for the Pathways program must be met by the closing date


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Position Information: These appointments are Pathways Internships. The work schedule is part-time or full-time, to be determined upon student availability and the needs of the office.


Duties: The intern will perform a variety of Park Ranger-Protection functions including but not limited to:

·         Providing resource protection and public use management of a National Park Service Unit and performing a broad range of resource and visitor protection responsibilities.

·         Law enforcement teams are responsible for the full span of criminal activity ranging from crimes against people and property, drug and alcohol crimes, all traffic enforcement, criminal mischief, and natural and cultural resource protection crimes.

·         Emergency Medical Service Incidents, and Search and Rescue

·         Protect and preserve park resources using a broad variety of techniques including: law enforcement, resource knowledge, and education.

·         Work varying shifts, to include weekends, holidays, emergency call outs, etc.


The fundamental objectives of the work are:

·         Resource Protection - preserving the natural, cultural and human resources of the park by preventing the degradation, deterioration and destruction of the ecosystems, scenery wildlife, historical structures and artifacts and by preventing the loss and theft of objects, flora, and wildlife

·         Resource Education - educating and informing visitors about the significance of the resources of the park and about the laws, rules and regulations relating to the protection of the resources and to the operations of the park and the safe use of its resources

·         Public Use Management - managing public use and enjoyment of park resources by such means as will assure the integrity and perpetuation of resources, thereby sustaining the availability and quality of visitor experiences: managing and controlling NPS-cooperative entities


Special Key Requirements for Park Rangers-Protection Positions

·         Full-Field Background Investigation Required (MBI)

·         Must pass pre-employment physical examination

·         Designated and/or Random Drug Test required

·         You must carry a firearm while on duty

·         Must possess or be immediately eligible for a full (Level I or II) NPS Law Enforcement commission by entrance on duty; please provide your commission number with expiration date or your anticipated graduation date in your résumé

·         Must possess or be able to successfully complete the National Registry Basic Emergency Medical Technician training; please provide a copy of your current certification(s), if any, (i.e. Standard First Aid, CPR, EMT, etc.)


Physical Demands and Working Conditions: The duties of this position require some considerable physical exertion, especially during emergencies. You must be able to spend many hours on foot and be able to handle heavy equipment including rescue extrication equipment. In emergencies you must endure extreme physical exhaustion during structure fires, water rescues or long searches in difficult terrain.


Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB): This position requires 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. Prior to appointment, applicants will be tested in all five components, but only the agility run, bench press and 1.5 mile run will be measured for a passing score in the 25th percentile (age and gender adjusted) of these components. These procedures 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. Employment is subject to termination for failure to meet the 25th percentile in each of the identified components being measured.


Physical Examination (Medical Screening): This position comes under the scope and requirements of the park’s Health and Fitness Program. Prior to appointment the person selected for this position must be determined physically fit by an authorized government physician to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties; and also pass a medical examination (which includes vision, hearing, cardiovascular, and mobility of extremities) given by an authorized government physician. This is not required if a comparable examination was required for placement in your current position and was completed within the last year.


Drug Testing: Position is subject to drug testing including pre-employment and random and reasonable suspicion testing thereafter during course of employment. In accordance with Executive Order 12564, if you are selected for this position, you will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment.


Area/Housing Information: Grand Canyon National Park, Flagstaff Area National Monuments, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Page), Petrified Forest National Park, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument (Flagstaff), Wupatki National Monument (Flagstaff), Tuzigoot National Monument (Camp Verde), Montezuma Castle National Monument (Camp Verde), Tonto National Monument (Roosevelt), Casa Grande Ruins National Monument (Coolidge), Saguaro National Park (Tucson), Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (Ajo), Tumacácori National Historic Park, Chiricahua National Memorial (Wilcox). You can find Arizona Park information at Arizona National Parks. Park housing may be available in some locations.


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All qualification requirements must be met by the earlier of the entrance date or closing date of this announcement, Thursday, January 02, 2014.


Selective Placement Factor (screen-out) Minimum Age Requirement. This position has a mandatory requirement that applicants must be at least 21 years of age; please support this information in your résumé or you will receive an ineligible rating


Selective Placement Factor (screen-out) Law Enforcement Commission. You must possess or be immediately eligible for a full (Level I or II) NPS Law Enforcement commission by entrance on duty; please provide your commission number with expiration date or your anticipated graduation date in your résumé or you will receive an ineligible rating


Selective Placement Factor (screen-out) Driver License. You must possess a current valid state driver license in good standing. Upon tentative selection, you will be required to submit driver license information. If you do not meet the requirements of this selective factor, you will be rated ineligible for these positions


Selective Placement Factor (screen-out) Emergency Response. You must possess or be able to obtain certification for an EMT-Basic, paramedic or park medic; please provide a copy of your current certification(s), if any, (i.e. Standard First Aid, CPR, EMT, etc.) If you do not meet the requirements of this selective factor, you will be rated ineligible for these positions


Qualifications: To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate the ability to perform law enforcement duties as outlined below. Experience may have been gained in the public or the private sector and may have been paid or unpaid.


Specialized Experience for GS-05: one year of specialized experience at the GS-04 level in the Federal service which provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience could include Park Guide or tour leader; law enforcement or investigative work; archeological or historical preservation research work; forestry and/or fire management work in a park, recreation, or conservation area; management, assistant, or program specialist work involving the development and implementation of policy related to protection, conservation, or management of park areas or similar operations; or other similar work.   OR   Education: 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with 24 semester hours of related course work in a related field 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.   OR   Combination of Experience and Education: equivalent combinations of education and experience; the total of each must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.


Conditions of Employment:

·         You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement which specifies the conditions of your employment as we've indicated in this job announcement.

·         You must continue to meet the Pathways Program requirements throughout the duration of your appointment. To verify that you do, we will require proof of your continued enrollment and good standing each semester or grading period throughout your internship. Failure to do so will result in termination of your internship and employment.


There is NO promotion potential for this position.

To receive consideration, you must include all education information in the USAJOBS Résumé sections as noted below. Failure to do so may prevent further consideration.


Education Section

School name, current enrollment status (e.g., enrolled as of month/year), completion date of degree/level attained or expected date of degree completion, academic major/minor, cumulative grade point average, and total credits earned


Relevant Coursework

Relevant coursework related to the duties of the position, and/or statement on how your career goals meet the duties of the position.


Qualifying Education

Technical or vocational school; 2-year or 4-year college or university; Graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school)


Transcript Requirement: You must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work. Failure to submit the required transcript(s) will make you ineligible for further consideration.


If this information is not provided, your education/career goals may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position.


For further information on creditable education, visit: and

·         New employees or supervisors must complete a one-year probationary period

·         The entire period served under the Internship Program counts as a trial period

·         Driver License: This position may require that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties, if so, a valid State driver 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 envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that disclose all valid driver licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. 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 driver license

·         National Park Service (NPS) uniformed position. You may be required to wear a uniform and comply with NPS uniform standards. If so, you will be provided with a uniform allowance to defray the cost of the uniform.

·         Direct Deposit of pay is required.

·         Male applicants born after 12/31/59 and must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (for additional information see


Your rating will be based on both your responses to the occupational/assessment questionnaire and the information stated in your résumé. The assessment questions relate to the following competencies that are required to perform the work of this position.


·         Ability to perform law enforcement functions

·         Skills in emergency situations

·         Knowledge of resource protection and management activities

·         Ability to communicate and work effective with others


You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies."


All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If it is determined that your work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your responses, you may be rated ineligible and not referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers to the competencies. A panel may be used to review your application.


Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:

Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience which substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.

Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience which exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.

Qualified - applicants possessing experience which meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.


Information for Veterans: Veteran’s Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the best qualified category.


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Working for the National Park Service offers a comprehensive benefits package that may include, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life and health insurance, retirement benefits, and participation in the Thrift Savings Plan which includes a percentage of government matching contributions. You may even be able to work a flexible schedule. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees: Benefits.


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) eligibles - provide a copy of your agency's notice of Reduction in Force and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. To be qualified you must be found well-qualified for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP/ICTAP.


This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary.


Relocation expenses are not authorized.


A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.


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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 11:59pm EST on Thursday, January 02, 2014 to receive consideration.


·         To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log into your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS résumé and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire
 View Assessment Questions.

·         Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

·         It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.

·         To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,
My 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 résumé and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


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):

1.     To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page
Fax Cover Page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 970785.

2.     Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on Thursday, January 02, 2014 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:

1.     Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire 
 View Occupational Questionnaire.

2.     Print the 1203FX form
Form OPM1203fx, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

3.     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.


·         Résumé -- We encourage you to use the        USAJobs online résumé builder to ensure that all required information is in your résumé. If you choose to use your own résumé make sure it lists all of the required information needed (including hours worked per week and month/year of employment).

·       Job Information: Announcement number, position title, grade, and duty location for which you are applying

·       Personal Information: Full name, e-Mail and mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code); Country of Citizenship

·       Education: High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED; Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code; Major field(s) of study; Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.

·       Work Experience: For each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions): Job title, duties and accomplishments, number of hours per week (you must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit, without this information you will not receive credit), employers name and address, supervisor's name and phone number, starting and ending dates of employment (month and year), salary, indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted. NOTE - If using USAJOBS Résumé Builder, please include your title, series, and grade/salary in the narrative box used for job duties and accomplishments.

·       Other Qualifications: A list of job related training courses (course title, hours for completion, date of completion); a list of job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.); a list of job-related certificates and licenses; a list of job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies)

·         Student Documentation/Transcripts -- You must submit proof of enrollment: a letter of acceptance, copy of current class schedule, transcripts (unofficial copy is acceptable), or a letter from your advisor or registrar's office indicating you are at least half-time degree or certificate seeking student.

·         Response to Assessment Questionnaire

·         Miscellaneous -- any supporting document that does not already have its own type listed

·         Veterans Preference documentation -- If you are applying for 5 point Veterans Preference you must include a legible copy of DD-214 that shows honorable discharge (member copy 4). If you are applying for 10 point preference you must also include a VA letter dated 1991 or later and a SF-15. For more information on Veteran's preference, visit: Vet Guide


It is your responsibility to provide documentation of claimed qualifications, education and veterans preference. Failure to submit the necessary documents may result in you not being considered further. Applicants will not be solicited for further data if what was provided is found to be inadequate or incomplete.


Applications sent by mail or e-Mail to HR Office WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED


Do not send photographs - any résumé depicting the applicant will entirely disqualify you from consideration.


Marilyn A. Kozak
Phone: (602)794-3806
Agency Information:
Arizona Servicing Human Resources Office


Once the online questionnaire and documents are received you will receive an acknowledgement e-Mail. You will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.


Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire: If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.



Interns may be converted to a permanent position or a term position within 120 days of successful completion of the educational program. To be eligible for conversion, Interns must:

·         Complete at least 640 hours* of work experience acquired through the Internship Program

·         Complete their degree or certificate requirements in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 and above)

·         Meet the qualification standards for the position to which you will be converted

·         Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement; and

·         Perform their job successfully


* Agencies may waive up to 320 of the required 640 hours of work for Interns who demonstrate high potential as evidenced by outstanding academic achievement and exceptional job performance. In addition, students working in agencies through third-party internship providers may count up to 320 of the hours they work toward the 640 hour requirement. Time spent under previous Internship Program appointments may count towards required work experience hours.

Additional Duty Location Info

Few vacancies in the following locations:
Ajo, AZ View Map
Camp Verde, AZ View Map
Casa Grande, AZ View Map
Flagstaff, AZ View Map
Grand Canyon, AZ View Map
Hereford, AZ View Map
Page, AZ View Map
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ View Map
Phoenix, AZ View Map
Roosevelt, AZ View Map
Tucson, AZ View Map
Tumacacori, AZ View Map
Willcox, AZ View Map

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