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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Student Trainee (Park Ranger Interpretation), GS-0099-05/07

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:AAPLIC102426PWAV

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$17.46 to $21.64 / Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 02, 2014 to Thursday, January 16, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0099-05/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Internships NTE 1 year

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Anchorage, AK View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

This announcement is amended from 1 vacancy may be filled to a few vacancies may be filled through this announcement.

The Pathways Internship program offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to blend academic studies and Federal work experience into a planned progressive educational program. The program provides formal periods of work experience while attending school.

ELIGIBILITY:

Current students in an accredited high school or home school program that is allowed to operate in a State, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade schools; advanced degree programs; or post-secondary home-school curriculum. To be eligible for the Pathways Intern program you must be accepted for enrollment or be enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution on at least a half-time basis.

Your academic career goals or field of study should relate to the position you are applying for. 

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:  Students eligible for the Pathways Internship Program residing or attending school within the local commuting area (50 mile radius) of Anchorage, Alaska and Veteran's Preference eligible candidtates with student status.

This position is expected to begin May 18, 2014 and last until September 6, 2014.

Your appointment may be extended beyond one year.

Government housing is not available.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must register with the selective service.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" sections.

DUTIES:

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Park Ranger (Interpretation) 

This position is located at the Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center (APLIC) whose mission is to provide visitors with information and interpretation/educational services about Alaska’s natural, cultural, historical, and recreational resources. The interagency visitor center, managed by the National Park Service, represents the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, and the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

Description of Duties 

Formal Interpretation - Provides opportunities for meaningful connections to parks and public lands through personal services in interpretation and education. Researches, prepares, and conducts interpretive venues that are a catalyst for the audience to form their own intellectual and emotional connections with the meanings and significance of the resource. Duties include creating and facilitating interpretive and education products, programs, walks, demonstrations, and special events. 

Informal Interpretation & Theatre Support - Duties include developing or adapting orientations, performing roving interpretation, and initiating informal contacts. Greets visitors to the theatre, introduces movies and special programs, and enhances interpretive messages as visitors exit the theatre. Operates theatre and audiovisual equipment to facilitate interpretive venues.

Website Contributor - Provides support for interpretive services via the web. Contributes to populating the website AlaskaCenters.gov by adding text, pictures, other content, and functionality using CommonSpot.

Performs fee collection for both federal and state areas - Distributes permits for public use cabins and sells America the Beautiful and Alaska State Park passes according to federal regulations and state guidelines.

 

For questions regarding the duties of this position, please call Joanne Welch at (907) 644-3662.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must send a copy of your transcripts with your application.

Specialized Experience and/or Education: You may qualify based on specialized experience or education. This can be met through the following:

Specialized Experience for the GS-05: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this 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 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. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of at least the GS-4 grade level in the federal service. 

Specialized Experience for the GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of specialized experience could include 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/or implementation of policy related to protection, conservation, or management of park areas or similar operations; or other similar work.  To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of at least the GS-5 grade level in the federal service. OR;

Education for the GS-05: Four years of education above high school (120 semester hours or 180 quarter hours) leading to a bachelor’s degree with major study or 24 semester hours of course work in a related field,.  (Related fields of study include natural resource management, natural sciences, earth sciences, history, archaeology, 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.)

Education for the GS-07: One full year of graduate study in one of the following fields: natural resource management, natural sciences, marine biology/sciences, earth sciences, history, archeology, anthropology, park and recreation management, law enforcement/police science, social sciences, wetlands ecology, or other closely related subjects pertinent to the management and protection of natural and cultural resources. (One year of graduate education is 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours). OR;

Equivalent Combination of Education and Experience for the GS-05: Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to l year of specialized experience.  For example, I have 6 months of the specialized experience described in A above(50% of the experience requirement), and 3 years of college study from an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education) which included at least 12 semester hours of related coursework as specified in B above (50% of the related coursework required).   

Equivalent Combination of Education and Experience for the GS-07:  6 months of the specialized experience described in A above (50% of the experience requirement), and one-half year (9 semester hours or 14 quarter hours) of directly-related graduate level college study in  an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education).

 

 


Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by either 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. This evaluation must be provided with your resume by the closing date of the announcement.  If it is not, your education will not be considered and you may not qualify for the position. 

Click here for more information - Foreign education

 

 

 

Applicants must meet the experience and/or education requirements, qualifications, and any selective placement factors specified in the announcement by the closing date, Thursday, January 16, 2014.

This position requires wearing the National Park Service uniform. All employees are required to wear the uniform in accordance with guidelines, maintain personal appearance standards, and ensure proper conduct while in uniform. A uniform allowance is provided.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your rating will be based on your application package and the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire.  A panel may be used to review and rank your application.

 

·         Ability to communicate orally to diverse groups in a variety of settings.

·         Ability to communicate in writing.

·         Ability to research, develop, and present a variety of formal, structured, and impromptu thematic interpretive programs such as talks, guided walks and off-site programs to diverse audiences.

·         Ability to communicate effectively and provide excellent customer services (interpersonal skills).

·         Skill in daily operation of a busy visitor center/information desk, sales outlet, bookstore, or similar facility to include providing frontline information and support services.

·         Skill in operating various computers and office equipment.

·         Ability to train, influence and motivate co-workers and volunteers. (GS-07 ONLY)

 

The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package.  If your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers for a panel or subject specialist to score your application. Basis for Rating: Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories: 

     

       Best Qualified - 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 - 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 - 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.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veterans' 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 highest quality category.   Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans).


BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

The salary shown includes base pay, locality pay and a cost of living allowance of 5.57% for this duty station. Pay is subject to annual review and adjustment.

Alaska currently does not have a state income tax or statewide sales tax.

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave.

Depending on the tour of duty an employee may be required to work and be paid for Sunday, nights and/or Federal holidays. Flexible work schedules may be available during the school year.

 

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Direct Deposit: All new employees of the National Park Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment. This includes your salary and other federal payments.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.  Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses will be the responsibility of the selected employee.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process:

Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire View Assessment Questions. Ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

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.

If you are unable to upload your required documents, complete this cover page using the following vacancy ID  1020426.  Fax your documents by the closing date to 1-478-757-3144.

   

If you cannot apply online:  

 

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

Print this 1203-FX form to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire and fax the completed 1203FX form along with the required documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time or 7:59 PM Alaska Time on Thursday, January 16, 2014 .

 

If you have questions about this announcement call Angela Vanderhoofven at (907)644-3349 or emailANGELA_VANDERHOOFVEN@NPS.GOV prior to Thursday, January 16, 2014. Please include the Vacancy ID number 1020426 when emailing or calling.

 

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

-Resume showing relevant experience - should include month, year and hours per week worked. (Cover letter optional) Help with writing your resume click here.  Want to understand how to use USA JOBS click here.

 

-Online Assessment Questionnaire

 

-Transcripts- unofficial or official college transcripts or a list of completed course work including level of courses, credits and grades received.

 

-Veterans' Preference Documentation- Copy of your DD214(s) that shows type of discharge (i.e. honorable) from service, (usually the member 4 copy); or Report of Separation from Activity Duty (if separation was prior to 1 July 1979). If you fail to supply the required documents(s) and type of discharge cannot be confirmed, veterans' preference will not be awarded. If claiming 10 points preference, you must also provide a completed SF15 and verification documents listed on the SF15). If you are separated and do not have a DD214 yet you may use an official statement of service from your command that you have completed active service and are being discharged under honorable conditions, or provide 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.

Notice to Veterans: Link is provided so you can see if you are eligible for veteran’s preference.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Angela Vanderhoofven
Phone: (907)644-3349
Email: ANGELA_VANDERHOOFVEN@NPS.GOV
Agency Information:
NPS Alaska Regional Office
240 W 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK
99501

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire and documents are received you will receive an acknowledgement email.  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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Job Announcement Number:

AAPLIC102426PWAV

Control Number:

358347500