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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Park Ranger)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  IMDE-14-041

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$13.41 to $13.41 / Per Hour
Monday, December 09, 2013 to Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Full Time - Internships
3 vacancies in the following location:
Browning, MT View Map
Student/Pathways Internship Program Eligibles
Not Applicable


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 about the National Park Service, click National Park Service.

Who May Apply: Students within the Browning, Montana commuting area. Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student in an accredited technical or vocational school, two-year or four-year college or university, undergraduate, graduate or professional school in the Browning, Montana area.
These positions are being filled under the Pathway's NTE Internship Program and are expected to last 2 years. Appointments may be extended based on continued need/funds and the student's continued eligibility in the Pathways Internship Program. Interns may be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term appointment without further competition upon satisfactory completion of the program requirements. If converted to a term or permanent position, these positions will have a full performance level of a GS-09. Conversion is not guaranteed.

The incumbents will be placed in the NPS ProRanger Program located in San Antonio, Texas. The ProRanger Program is an academic and technical skills training as well as a paid internship. A ProRanger Cadet will become part of a learning cohort made up of 16 fellow cadets. Positions will be hired at the GS-4 and GS-5 level. The cohort will annually participate in a ProRanger course that focuses on learning about the mission and functions of the NPS, the role of law enforcement in National Parks and the reflective National Park experiences of the cohort group. As well, the ProRanger Program San Antonio Cadet will be assigned to a National Park area and will be employed as a seasonal NPS Park Ranger during select summers. Upon successful completion of the summer internship(s), the ProRanger cadet will be enrolled in a 15 week Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP) for NPS Park Rangers.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel for summer work assignments.


  • No


  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • You must meet half-time student enrollment requirements.
  • You must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student
  • Provide copy of transcripts, current enrollment & projected graduation date
  • You must be registered for selective service, if applicable


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During the summer months, the students will work full-time, 40 hours per week as follows: During the first non-academic summer period the ProRanger Cadet will be employed at a National Park Service area as a full-time seasonal general Park Ranger. Duties will include performing some backcountry patrols; informing visitors about park facilities and resources; learning park resources by reviewing published maps, park research materials, and other documents; reviewing visitor use patterns and their effect on the resource; may serve as a member of the park incident management team; assisting with the monitoring of the activities of the concessionaires, special permit holders and commercial use licensees to ensure compliance; operates vehicles and equipments used in general park operation.
During the second non-academic summer period the ProRanger Cadet will be employed at a National Park Service area as a full-time seasonal Park Ranger-Protection only if the cadet has completed the requirements below for the Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP). Duties will include assisting in preliminary investigations of felonies and other crimes and violations of park rules and public use and safety requirements, and in crowd control; working with other law enforcement personnel in investigating crimes and accidents, interviewing witnesses, interrogating suspects, and gathering evidence at minor crime and accident scenes; informing visitors about park facilities and resources.
Before enrolling in the SLETP the following requirements must be met:
*Submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test.
*Must pass a medical test - the Agency will pay for this exam.
*Pass the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) fitness test.
*Must be at least 21 years old before enrolling into SLETP.
*Must be free of any domestic violence convictions.
*Must pass a higher level Background Investigation.

If the Cadet has not completed the requirements for the SLETP, the second season will be performing general Park Ranger duties as described above. NOTE: The cadet must successfully complete the SLETP program as this is a condition of employment under the ProRanger program.

For additional job and/or duty location information, please call Lavell Merritt at 210-486-1701 or email at For questions on the application process, please call Rebecca Snavley at 303-969-2630.


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Condition of employment:
**Those selected must participate in specific ProRanger Program classes. These classes are specific to the Pro Ranger program. **Must successfully complete the Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP) for NPS Park Rangers.
**Must remain in good academic standing and be successful in their summer employment in order to continue in the ProRanger Program.
**Must be 37 years of age or younger by completion of ProRanger program. Once permanent, this position is covered by the special retirement provisions for the Federal Law Enforcement Officers and has a mandatory retirement age of 57. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have not reached their 37th birthday by the date of appointment; or, if over age 37, selectee must have been or currently be covered by special retirement provisions and be able to complete at least 20 years of coverage by age 57. If you are a veteran who is eligible for veterans preference ("preference eligible"), you may be eligible for a waiver of the maximum entry age for this position if you are otherwise qualified and meet medical and fitness requirements. If you claim veterans preference, you must submit proof of your veterans preference.
**The ProRanger is a 2 year program.

All eligibility and qualifications must be met by the closing date of this Announcement,
Tuesday, December 17, 2013. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.
Eligibility: Applicants must meet the definition of a Student - be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited technical or vocational school, two-year or four-year college or university, graduate or professional school. Individuals who are enrolled must be taking at least a half-time academic, vocational, or technical course load leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate. "Half-time" is defined by the school in which the student is enrolled.

6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience. General experience is experience in administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work that provided a familiarity with natural or cultural history; fish or wildlife habitat characteristics; techniques of resource protection and use; recreational use of public lands and facilities; enforcement of laws, rules, or regulations; fire prevention techniques and fire suppression methods; or the practice of interpersonal relations skills in dealing with the general public. Experience in substantive and relevant secretarial, clerical, or trades and crafts work is also qualifying if pertinent to the position to be filled. Experience of a routine nature, such as typing, filing, maintaining records, or other non-specialized tasks is not qualifying. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to, Park Guide or tour leader; environmental educator or teacher; 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.
EDUCATION: Two years of education above high school (60 semester hour or 90 quarter hours) leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or 12 semester hours of course work in a related field, and I do not have the experience described in A above.  Related course work are subjects 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. 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.  
COMBINATION SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION: Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying.

IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts showing your name, a list of college courses taken that identifies for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, course level, grade received, and date completed. If you are qualifying based on education and you do not submit specific course work information as described previously, your application will be rated not qualified for consideration. (A copy of your official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected).


To qualify based on education, 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.  Applicants can verify accreditation HERE  

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 can 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 click HERE.


1. National Park Service (NPS) uniformed position. You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with NPS uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided to defray the cost of the uniform.
2.  You 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. A valid State driver's 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 discloses all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. If you are tentatively selected for employment in this position, you will be required to complete GSA Form 3607 and submit the above State issued documents. 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.
3. You will be expected to travel to park assignments for two summer seasons.
4. While in paid status, you may be assigned to work nights, early mornings, rotating shifts, holidays, and weekends.


Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the job. Qualified students will be referred to the selecting official in unranked order by veteran preference status: (1) Preference eligibles having a compensable, service-connected disability of 10 percent or more; (2) all other candidates eligible for 10-point veteran preference; (3) candidates eligible for 5-point veteran preference; and (4) candidates not eligible for veteran preference. 

On-Line Questionnaire:
Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.


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".


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You can review our benefits at:

Under a Pathways NTE appointment, the Federal government offers a number of benefits to its employees. You may be eligible for paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore some benefits offered to most Federal employees. 


1. If selected, you will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

3Applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax. Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

: Browning, Montana is the largest community on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. The 1.5-million acre Reservation includes most of Glacier County and is home to about 8,600 members of the Blackfeet Nation, the largest tribe in Montana. The Town of Browning is the hub of the Blackfeet Reservation and the home of several tribal offices and businesses and is connected to the world by two major highways, U.S. 2 and U.S. 89. There is no Government quarters available. Retail service, rental accommodations, hotels, professional and medical services, churches, hospitals, and educational facilities are available, including a multitude of recreational facilities. 


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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 Tuesday, December 17, 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.

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 1001863.
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 Tuesday, December 17, 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 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.


Resume -- We encourage you to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you choose to use your own resume make sure it lists all of the required information needed (including hours per week worked and month and year of employment).
Student Documentation - (Required) -- You MUST provide proof that you are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in school. Your student documentation must include the following information from your school:
*You are enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an accredited educational institution or state-approved home school.
*The type of degree or certificate you are seeking (not required if you are not yet attending).
*That you are in good standing (usually a 2.0 GPA or above) (not required if you are not yet attending).
*Anticipated graduation or completion date of your degree/certificate (not required if you are not yet attending).
You will NOT be considered unless you provide this information from your school. This documentation may be provided in letter format from your academic advisor, school counselor, admission office, etc. OR it may be provided in the form of several official documents from your school such as a copy of your official transcripts and a copy of your class schedule for next semester. Copies of documents from your school website are acceptable if they contain the school's and your name on them. Letters from advisors or other school officials must be on school letterhead.
Veterans Preference Documentation -- If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the level of veterans preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide. Missing documentation may result in a change or removal of your claim for Veterans preference. If you are claiming preference as a TP Veteran your profile MUST contain a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release, or Discharge from active military service. If you are claiming preference as a CP, CPS, or XP veteran your profile must contain a SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, with all applicable supporting documentation as instructed in the SF-15. You must submit the required documentation to verify/confirm your claim, or you will NOT be given veteran's preference. Additional veteran's information is found at
Response to Assessment Questionnaire.

NOTE: If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at 478-757-3144. Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement; include the VIN (six digit code) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly.

DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS. Any resumes with these attachments cannot be forwarded to the hiring official.


Lavell Merritt
Phone: (210)486-1701
Agency Information:
Intermountain Regional Office
Apply online or by fax only
Please call with questions
Thank you, CO


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made 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.


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