Job Overview


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The Seasonal Recruitment Operations Center is currently accepting applications to fill up to two (2) temporary positions at Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi.  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 

These positions are located in the Interpretive Ranger section at Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Vicksburg National Military Park was established to commemorate the 1862-63 campaigns and the siege of Vicksburg, so that current and future generations will learn the story of this crucial military action, and also understand and appreciate the ultimate sacrifices made by the men who fought and died there, and the intricate relationships between the historical, cultural and natural resources of the park.  Due to its strategic location high on the loess bluffs above the Mississippi River, Vicksburg was the key to controlling the river, as well as the last remaining east-west Confederate rail line. As such, it became the focus of both the Confederate and Union armies and navies during the period of 1862-63 in the American Civil War. The natural terrain of the surrounding area determined the important role of the city's position on the river, creating an almost impenetrable defense for the Confederate army. Its surrender after 47 days of siege tore the Confederacy in half and marked the turning point of the war. Today, monuments, plaques and markers cover the landscape, denoting the locations and movements of both armies. 

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. 



Incumbent will work as a member of the Interpretive Ranger section at Vicksburg National Military Park, who is entrusted with facilitating between the visitor and the park's resources and story through interpretive walks, talks, demonstrations and other visitor services. The position is designed to facilitate visitor understanding of the historical, cultural and natural resources of the park, further visitor enjoyment of the park and its resources, and to encourage visitors to develop a sense of stewardship for park resources. Duties will be accomplished through formal and informal presentations, costumed interpretation and weapons demonstrations with the summer Living History program. Primary duties will also include: operation of the main visitor centers, including sales and operation of a cash register; response to visitors' inquiries for information, direction and guidance; assistance with lost articles, car trouble and first aid; operation and maintenance of audio-visual equipment; assistance with maintenance and inventory of supplies; performance of minor maintenance duties to ensure a clean, safe work area; and assist other staff in the performance of routine paperwork.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Extensive period of standing and walking, both inside and outside; in some instances over rough surfaces or inclines, carrying backpacks, equipment, interpretive media, etc.  Mental stress and physical fatigue occur due to high volume of personal contacts, occasional emergency responses, and repetitive nature of interpretive programs. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work is performed in settings in which there is regular and recurring exposure to moderate to high temperatures and humidity, adverse weather conditions, stinging insects, poison ivy, etc Living History duties include the wearing of heavy wool uniforms as a costumed interpreter, and loud noises during demonstrations of period musketry and artillery.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No