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  1. Overview
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Park Guide, GS-0090-04

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:SROC-WICA-14-992575

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$13.41 to $13.41 / Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, December 12, 2013 to Friday, January 10, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0090-04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 Hours

DUTY LOCATIONS:

6 vacancies in the following location:
Hot Springs, SD View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Experience your America by building a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. The National Park Service preserves unimpaired, the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

The Seasonal Recruitment Operations Center is currently accepting applications to fill up to 6 temporary positions at Wind Cave National Park.  Appointments made under this announcement are limited to 1039 hours (six months) in a service year and may be terminated at any time.  Appointments under this announcement are eligible for extension if workload and funding allow.  Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for rehire in subsequent service years.  Anticipated Entry on Duty: May, 2014



AREA INFORMATION: Wind Cave National Park is located in the southern Black Hills of southwest South Dakota. Climate extremes range from sub-zero temperatures during winter to over 100 degrees during summer.  Medical and dental services, schools K-12, shopping, and churches of most faiths are available in Hot Springs (12 miles) and Custer (20 miles). Housing for rent or purchase is available in Hot Springs and Custer.


 

This announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens. 

 

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate. 

 

APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FULL CONSIDERATION.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration if applicable.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain state issued driver's license.
  • Wearing a National Park Service uniform is required.

DUTIES:

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MAJOR DUTIES:  Duties include preparing and presenting interpretive programs (cave tours, environmental education programs, guided hikes, and interpretive talks), providing information and informal interpretation at the visitor center desk and at other park locations, and fee collection duties (collecting fees for cave tours, selling Annual Passes and Senior Passes, distributing Access Passes, completing shift reports, and securing funds). Other duties may include responding to written or telephone information requests and assisting with interpretive and environmental education projects.  Other duties as assigned.


 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Standing for long periods of time, walking for distances up to six miles daily, climbing and descending steep inclines, bending, and lifting moderately heavy items in a repetitive motion is required.  Mental stress and physical fatigue occur due to high volume of personal contacts, occasional emergency responses, and repetitive nature of interpretive programs.  Extreme physical exertion may be required while performing search and rescue, wildland fire fighting and other emergency response duties.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Work is performed indoors at the visitors center as well as in outdoor areas resulting in exposure to extreme temperatures, rain, snow, wind and direct sunlight.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement,  Friday, January 10, 2014 (unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement).

To qualify for this position, you must demonstrate that you possess either the specialized experience or the education as described below.  Equivalent combinations of experience and education may also be used to qualify.

In order to qualify for this position at the GS-04 level, you must possess one of the following:

 

A. Six (6) months of general experience and six (6) months of specialized experience for a total of one year of experience.  General experience is any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.  Examples of general experience include, but are not limited to, selling merchandise, collecting and accounting for fees or other monies, greeting visitors, disseminating information, providing directions, or other work which required dealing with people on a recurring basis; and that indicates the ability to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of this position.   Specialized experience is experience that involved oral presentation of historical, scientific, or program information to groups; or developing and/or revising technical, historical, or scientific information for oral presentation to groups.  Examples of specialized experience could include Park Guide or tour leader; naturalist; environmental educator or teacher; or other similar work.  -OR-  B. Successfully completed two years of study above high school (60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours) which included at least 12 semester hours in subjects such as American history, science and/or public speaking.   -OR- C. Equivalent combination of experience and education. 

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.

Credit for experience is given on a 40-hour workweek.  Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience.  No additional credit is given for overtime.

In describing the nature of your duties (your experience), please be clear and concise. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.

Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. The OPM Qualification Standards Handbook is available for review at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.


IF 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.

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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Foreign Education:   Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ It is the applicant's responsibility to provide such evidence when applying for Federal jobs.

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.

 

  • Must wear the National Park Service uniform and comply with National Park Service uniform standards.
  • May be assigned to work nights, early mornings, rotating shifts, holidays, and weekends.
  • Occasional travel is not required.
  • Occupancy in government housing is not required for this position.
  • Government housing may be available.
  • Overtime is not required.
  • All federal employees are required to have federal payments (salary) made by direct deposit.
  • Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (visit www.sss.gov).

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).

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform the job:

  • Ability to communicate orally to diverse groups.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Skill in operation of a busy visitor center.
  • Ability to deliver historical information through prescribed talks/demonstrations. 

Basis for Rating:  Your application will be evaluated and rated using Category Rating Procedures. Candidates will be ranked into 3 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.

After the job announcement closes, a review will be conducted of your resume and supporting documentation.  We will ensure you meet the qualification requirements and the application materials support the rating received. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, your score will be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.  Please follow all instructions carefully.   Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click on the following link View Occupational Questionnaire.

Veterans Preference: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the additional proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans

 

Veterans Preference applies to category rating after candidates are assessed. Preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements are assessed and placed in the appropriate quality categories. Preference eligibles receive veterans' preference by being listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within the same quality category in which they are placed. No preference points, i.e., 5 or 10 points, are added to the preference eligibles' rating. An agency may not select a non-preference eligible if there is a preference eligible in the same category unless the agency receives approval to pass over the preference eligible in accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 3318.

 

Preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements for the position and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). As noted above, an agency may not select a non-preference eligible over a preference eligible in the same category unless the agency receives approval to pass over the preference eligible in accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 3318.

 



BENEFITS:

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Temporary employees are eligible for sick leave and annual leave, for additional information please click here:  benefits



OTHER INFORMATION:

Current surplus and current or former displaced Federal individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Well qualified means that the applicant meets the following: OPM qualification standards for the position; all selective placement factors, where applicable; special qualifying conditions that OPM has approved for the position, where applicable; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and is rated by the organization at least at the well qualified level on all KSAs.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(2) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.  This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP/ICTAP eligible.

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).

For more information on seasonal employment with the National Park Service, visit our websites at: http://www.nps.gov/personnel/seasonal.htm

  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by the National Park Service.
  • Do not submit photographs with your application package.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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.

To receive consideration, the complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, January 10, 2014.  WE DO NOT ACCEPT HARD-COPY OR E-MAIL APPLICATION PACKAGES.

  • 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.




REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume showing detailed relevant experience, to include month, year and hours worked per week. 
  • Response to Assessment Questionnaire. 
  • Copy of college transcripts or college course list, if qualifying based on education. 
  • Legible copy of DD-214 showing character of discharge, SF-15 and VA Letter, if applicable.
  • If your currently serving on active duty: You MUST submit a certification from the armed forces commanding officer which certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions be able to start employment on the enter on date. If you supply a certification at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. For more information about Veteran's Preference, please click this link: http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp.
  • Selective Placement Factor(s) Certifications, such as copy of LE Commission, EMT certification, Driver's License, First Responder certification, etc., if applicable. 
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.  This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

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 https://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 992575.

 

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, January 10, 2014to 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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf

 

3. Fax 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

SROC Hiring
Phone: (877)554-4550
Email: SROCHIRING@NPS.GOV
Agency Information:
Seasonal Recruitment Operations Center
Please do not mail hard copy documents
Harpers Ferry , WV
25425
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  For those applicants who rated Best Qualified, a review of your application package will be conducted to ensure that you meet qualifications requirements and did support your responses to the online questionnaire.  After this review, all applicants will be notified of their eligibility and whether or not they were referred to the selecting official.  If referred, the selecting official may choose to conduct interviews.  If not referred because a veterans' only referral was made or that you did not rank high enough to be referred, you will be notified if additional referrals are made. We expect to make a selection within 90 working days of the closing date of this announcement.  You will be notified when a selection is made.   Your status will be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process.  To check your status, log onto your USAJOBS account, click on "Application status", and then click "More Information."  


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Job Announcement Number:

SROC-WICA-14-992575

Control Number:

355032200