Job Overview


About the Agency

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.

These positions are located in the Division of Interpretation at the National Mall and Memorial Parks (NAMA) in Washington, DC.

The Park's primary function is the preservation, protection, maintenance and interpretation of the monumental nucleus of the Nation's Capital, encompassing principle symbols of our heritage; Thomas Jefferson Memorial, WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, Korean War Veteran's Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, the Old Post Office Tower and Ford's Theatre National Historical Site.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:  Current students eligible for the Pathways Internship program

SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITY CONSIDERATION:  Individuals who are eligible for consideration under special hiring authorities (i.e., 30% compensable veterans, severely handicapped individuals, former Peace Corps and VISTA volunteers, etc.) will be accepted and considered non-competitively for this vacancy.

This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program which is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school.

The anticipated entrance on duty date is May 2014 (IF SELECTED FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST BE A STUDENT CURRENTLY ENROLLED OR ACCEPTED FOR ENROLLMENT AT THE TIME OF APPOINTMENT).  This is an Excepted Service appointment not-to-exceed September 30, 2014.  This appointment may be extended until the incumbent's education program requirements have been completed (as long as the incumbent continues to meet the eligibility requirements under the Pathways Internship program).  This position WILL NOT be converted to a term or permanent appointment upon completion of incumbent's academic program requirements.

Temporary housing is not available.

The hourly salary range for the GS-05 grade level is $16.49 to $21.44.


Provides pre-established talks normally following a prescribed outline and requiring application of broad subject-matter knowledge of the features to the site.  The talks may be given in conjunction with live demonstrations, the use of electronic maps, photographic slides and other audio-visual devices.

Answers a variety of visitor questions which usually require use of a limited variety of facts, events, circumstances, personalities, and natural characteristics identified with the park unit, or closely associated with the origin, growth, or development of the feature of interest.

Guides parties of small size (up to 50 people) in situations where the physical limitations of the area or facility being explained make it difficult to accommodate the party on trips of two or more hours duration; the work situation is such that there is potential danger of serious accidents or injury or other emergency situations; or the trips are of several hours duration and teams of guides are utilized.  Provides a wide range of services to visitors, including assistance with lost articles, car trouble, and first aid; and provides information about weather conditions, highway routes, park and concessioner facilities, and prices. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work requires standing for long periods of time, walking for long distances, climbing and descending steep inclines, bending, and lifting moderately heavy items.  Mental stress and physical fatigue occur due to high volumes of personal contacts, occasional emergency responses, and the repetitive nature of interpretive programs.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Work is performed indoors and outdoors resulting in exposure to a variety of weather conditions.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No