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Job Title:  Pathways Student Trainee, Park Ranger (I) GS-0099-05
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  MWW-EX-14-001 (979710)

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 $40,706.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 to Friday, November 01, 2013
Full Time - Internships NTE 1 year
1 vacancy in the following location:
Interior, SD View Map
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. For more information on the National Park Service, click:

WHO MAY APPLYStudent Program Eligibles.   

PATHWAYS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM OVERVIEW: This vacancy is being filled as an Excepted Service position under the Pathways Internship Program not-to-exceed one year. It is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of education institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school.   The Internship provides managers a ready source of student employees and potential permanent employees upon completion of the program requirements.   It also provides the student with work experience directly related to the curriculum studies or career goals.

To be eligible for a Pathways Program internship, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree or certificate program on at least a half-time basis with a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Enrollment must be with an accredited educational institution or state-approved home school.   These may include high schools, colleges, universities, technical; trade, vocational or business schools and state approved home school secondary and post-secondary programs.
  • Qualifying 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.
  • Educational institutions must be accredited by organizations recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.   To see if your school is accredited, please visit:

CONVERSION: This appointment may be extended until the selectee's education program requirements have been completed, at which time the individual may, at the agency's discretion, be converted to  a Term or Career/Career-conditional position, but is NOT a guarantee. To continue to qualify for a Pathways Intern position, you must be enrolled at a minimum of part-time, at an accredited school. Work schedule may vary from part-time to full-time based on student availability and work load. Additional Pathways Internship Program information can be found at:


Review the complete job announcement to assure you have submitted all requested documentation. Failure to submit ALL application materials may result in a low or ineligible rating.

The anticipated Entrance on Duty (EOD) date is Dec 2013.

Number of Vacancies: One (1) position will be filled from this job opportunity announcement. 


  • U.S. citizenship required
  • Appt contingent upon background investigation and favorable adjudication
  • Must remain in student status throughout internship
  • Must submit student enrollment verification
  • Valid state driver's license required
  • Wear of NPS uniform and compliance with NPS uniform standards required


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As a participant in the Pathways Intern Program, duties will include:  The position is in the Division of Resource Education (Interpretation). Incumbent will perform a variety of interpretive duties. Incumbent staffs the visitor center information desk and provides quality service and information to park visitors. Incumbent provides quality informal interpretive contacts in the visitor center, on trails, and throughout the park. Incumbent will gain a knowledge and understanding of park resources and significance through independent research and study. Incumbent will use this knowledge, arranged around appropriate themes, to facilitate connections between the visitor and the park resources. Incumbent will present in-depth interpretive programs that could include short talks, educational programs for school groups (in the field, in the classroom, and/or via teleconferencing distance learning equipment), guided walks, special request tours, etc. Incumbent will research and prepare programs that are balanced, informative, meaningful, and connect a diverse audience to the meanings inherent in park resources. Programs cover a wide range of topics, such as geology, paleontology, prairie ecology, human history, natural history, etc. Incumbent will assist with a wide variety of projects requiring both oral and written communication skills. Incumbent will operate audiovisual equipment, computer, telephone and radio systems.

AREA INFORMATION: Badlands National Park is located in southwestern South Dakota, 75 miles east of Rapid City (population 57,000) and 30 miles from Wall, Kadoka, and Philip. Shopping and medical and dental facilities are available in Wall, Kadoka, Philip, and Rapid City. Limited grocery shopping, service station, and a post office are located in Interior (2.5 miles from park headquarters). K-8 grade school is located in Interior, and grades K-12 are located in Wall, Kadoka, and Philip, with no busing available.   Limited housing for rent or purchase is available in the surrounding towns of Wall, Philip, and Kadoka. The area is a beautiful place to live, but the climate can be severe, ranging from cold and windy in the winter to dry and very hot in the summer. For additional information, call 605 433-5361, ext. 254.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is performed indoors and outdoors. Interpretive work is usually not strenuous, but the employee is required to stand and walk extensively, in some cases over rough surfaces or inclines, carrying backpacks, rescue equipment, or other items.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work is performed in settings in which there is regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomforts and unpleasantness, e.g., high or low temperatures, insects, and in some cases, hazards of rough terrain.



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ALL QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT Friday, November 01, 2013. To be minimally qualified for this position, you must possess the specialized experience and/or education as described in the occupational questionnaire. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors and may have been paid or unpaid experience. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule positions. It is available for your review at

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 level in the federal service.  Specialized experience demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Experience may have been in technical, administrative, or scientific work, fish and wildlife management, recreation management, law enforcement, or other park-related work.   Examples of qualifying specialized experience include but are not limited to the following: 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 Education: A 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with 24 semester hours of related course work.  One year of full time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours. 

-OR Combination of Specialized Experience and Education: Equivalent combinations of education and experience. 


Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience.  In order to receive credit for experience your resume must clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the number of hours worked per week.


Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.  The OPM Qualification Standards Handbook is available for review at:

ARE YOU USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY?   You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.  Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) a list with all your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course.  All materials must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement. 


Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -- 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. Course work in fields other than those specified may be accepted if it clearly provides applicants with the background of knowledge and skills necessary for successful job performance in the position to be filled.


Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: 

All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

To qualify based on education; you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, major(s) and GPA or class ranking.

Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.

You may receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply.   For further information, visit:

Foreign Education:  If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization (commonly called credential evaluation service) that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program.  For a listing of credential evaluation services, please visit It is the applicant's responsibility to provide such evidence when applying for Federal jobs.



You will be required to sign a Pathways Agreement which specifies the conditions of your employment. You will also be required to maintain your student status as attending at least half-time, attending an accredited education institution, seeking a degree or certificate, and having a 2.0 GPA or higher. You will be required to provide student documentation every grading period to your supervisor to demonstrate your student status. Failure to provide this information may result in the termination of your internship.


Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license. This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. 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 discloses all valid driver's 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's license.

  • Selectee must successfully complete a background investigation.
  • As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law.
  • Federal employment requires direct deposit of pay.
  • Overtime is required.
  • Government housing may be available.
  • Holiday, evening, and weekend work 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 for firing you after you begin work. Also, you may be punished by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001).


Applicants are automatically rated based on their to responses to the occupational questionnaire. If you are automatically rated among the best qualified for this job, a review of your application materials will be made to verify your qualifications and self-rating.

Category based rating will be used for this vacancy. Candidates will be ranked into three categories:

  • Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position. 
  • Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that 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 that 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. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veteran's preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. Veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected disability, (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category. Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores

If you rate yourself as qualified for this position and your resume and supplemental documents do not support your self-rating, you may be considered ineligible for the position. If you rate yourself such that you receive an automated rating of ineligible, we will not review your resume and supporting documents further.

If your self-assigned rating on the occupational questionnaire is not supported by the information contained in the rest of your application, you may be placed in the next lower category or you may be considered not qualified. Please ensure that your self-assessment of your qualifications is well supported by the information in your resume.

Your applications will be evaluated based upon the following competencies:

·  Oral Communication

·  Written Communication

·  Interpretation/Visitor Education

·  Informal Visitor Contacts/Customer Service

·  Facility Operation

·  Technology Application 


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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at

Information on sick leave and annual leave (vacation) may be found at:

Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.


Veteran's Preference: If you are entitled to veteran's preference, you should indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veteran's preference entitlement will be verified by our office. For more information on veteran's preference, go to

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement, if necessary.


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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. We strongly encourage you to read the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section for additional information. Failure to provide these documents may result in your elimination from consideration for this job. All documents and electronic submissions must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) Friday, November 01, 2013  to receive consideration.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes all the following parts:
1. Resume/Application
2. Complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Other Supporting Documents (See Required Documents Section Below)

1. 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 View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

3. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date Friday, November 01, 2013.

4. 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.

5. 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.

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: and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 979710.

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 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, November 01, 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:

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

2. Print the 1203FX form, 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.


NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed are received, legible, and accurate.

For Résumé and Application Tips visit:

DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS.  Any resume or documents with photographs will not be forwarded to the hiring official.



The following documents are REQUIRED and must be received by the closing date of this announcement.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will not be considered.  Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. DO NOT send photographs.

1. Application or Resume – Your application/resume must include the following information:

  • Job Information: Announcement number, position title, grade and duty location for which you are applying.
  • Personal Information – Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers with area  code; country of citizenship.
  • Education- Name of colleges and /or universities attended city, state, zip code; major field(s) of study; type and year of degree(s) received.  
  • Work Experience – For each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying:   Job title, duties and accomplishments, starting and ending dates of employment (month and year), number of hours per week and salary, employer's name and address and supervisor's name and phone number.
  • 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, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.).   DO NOT send copies of documents unless specifically requested.

2. Occupational Questionnaire - See above instructions "HOW TO APPLY".

3. Transcripts- Unofficial transcripts downloaded from you school website are acceptable. You may also submit a listing of your coursework as described under "Qualifications."

4. Proof of current enrollment – Documentation accepted includes letter of acceptance if you are not yet enrolled, a copy of your current class schedule, current transcripts showing course work in progress, or letter from your advisor or registrar's office indicating you are a student attending at least half-time in a degree or certificate seeking program. Other documents may be considered, but we recommend you contact the Human Resources contact listed for this job announcement to verify acceptability.

5.  DD 214 (if applicable) – If you are claiming Veteran's Preference, you MUST clearly identify your claim for veterans' preference on your application, and must provide the specific required documentation. (Member Copy 4) Certificate of Release or Discharge which must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If you are currently on active duty, you must provide an official statement of service from your command/unit which states the date you entered active duty, expected discharge type and date, and campaign medals you have received OR other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm your discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service.


For 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit a Standard Form (SF-15) "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference and the document supporting your claim as indicated on the SF-15. If we cannot verify your 10-point preference status, you will receive 5-point preference if veterans' preference requirements have been met. To obtain a copy of your Veterans' Administration Disability Rating to support your 10 point preference claim, please visit:






Phone: (605)745-3620
Agency Information:
Midwest West SHRO
National Park Service
please email or call with questions
Thank You, SD


Once the occupational questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon our determination of your eligibility and qualifications for this position, your application may be referred to the hiring official. If your application is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for an interview. Interviews are not a required part of our hiring process, so we encourage you to communicate your knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies for this position in your resume and supplemental documents.   We anticipate that selections will be made within 30 days from the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified once selection(s) have been made. 

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