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Job Title:Park Ranger (Whitewater Rescue), GS-0025-05

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:SROC-NERI-14-1033358

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$15.15 to $15.15 / Per Hour


Monday, February 03, 2014 to Wednesday, February 12, 2014




Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 Hours


1 vacancy in the following location:
Glen Jean, WV View Map


United States Citizens


Not Applicable




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 1 temporary positions at New River Gorge National River. 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 rehire and/or extension (when initial appointment is less than 1039 hours) if workload and funding allowIndividuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for rehire in subsequent service years.  Anticipated Entry on Duty: April, 2014

AREA INFORMATION: The primary duty station of the northern position is located at the Burnwood Ranger Station in Fayetteville, WV.  Fayetteville is a small town which offers many amenities, such as restaurants, stores, groceries, etc.   If park housing is not available, housing for rent or purchase is readily available in the Fayetteville and surrounding areas.  Rental and purchase prices of housing are considered moderate. 

The primary duty station of this south district is located at the Sandstone District River Operations Station located in Sandstone, WV.  Sandstone has a small convenience store/deli, but no other amenities.  The towns of Hinton and Beaver are both several miles away and offer amenities of a small town, such as restaurants, stores, groceries, etc.   

There are many options for outdoor recreation located in both areas including whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, snow skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, camping, etc.  The Gauley and New Rivers (located within and adjacent to the park) offer world class whitewater rapids.  

There are many options for outdoor recreation located in both areas including whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, snow skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, camping, etc.  The Gauley and New Rivers (located within and adjacent to the park) offer world class whitewater rapids.

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.




  • Not Required


  • No


  • 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.
  • Pre-employment drug testing is required.


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MAJOR DUTIES:  Positions are located in both the Canyon District of New River Gorge National River (NERI), with the duty station at Burnwood Ranger Station near Fayetteville, WV., and at the Sandstone Ranger Station in Sandstone, WV.

Position responsibilities include river patrols on all waters and tributaries in the three National Park System areas under the administration of a NERI Superintendent, which include over 90,000 acres and 90+ river miles. Incumbents in these positions will be responsible for providing whitewater river patrols on the New, Gauley, Meadow and Bluestone Rivers up to Class V+ whitewater river sections.  Duties include safety patrols, rescue and recovery, and education in safe boating practices and etiquette.  Incumbent will monitor for compliance of camping regulations, sanitation and refuse, and resource protection along remote river shoreline camping and recreation areas accessed only by boat.  Incumbents involved in extensive contact with heavy commercial boating activities, as well as increasingly numbers of private boaters and overnight boat campers.  River equipment utilized includes paddle and oar-powered rafts, motorized catarafts, duckies and kayaks.  Incumbents will work closely with land-based Visitor Use Assistants and commissioned  law enforcement rangers in managing riparian river zone recreation and resource protection efforts throughout all river segments of the park.  River Patrol Rangers are responsible for training and maintenance of river skills for all Ranger Division personnel assigned collateral river responsibilities.

Significant amount of initiative and self-motivation will be required from the incumbents, as well as the ability to perform independently without close supervision, following guidelines in Statements of Work, Operation Plans and Role and Function Statements.

Assists others in safely planning and engaging in potentially high-risk recreational sports. Provides general planning information, safety suggestions and park regulations.  Responsible for responding to emergencies either personally or via obtaining appropriate assistance, and for providing basic first aid.

Creates bulletin board displays, temporary exhibits, and other non-personal interpretive services.  Creates interpretive props, worksheets, and other visual aids and written information.  Assists with program administration, including record-keeping and correspondence.  Works well with members of other divisions and is flexible and able to respond positively to changes in schedules and duties due to emergencies or other contingencies.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work involves extensive periods of standing and walking, in some cases over rough surfaces or inclines, carrying backpack, tools, rescue equipment, etc.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work is performed in setting in which there is regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomforts and unpleasantness, e.g., high or low temperatures, confined spaces or adverse weather conditions.

OTHER JOB REQUIREMENTS: Must possess or be able to obtain certification as a Commercial Whitewater Trip Leader as specified in guidelines established by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

Due to the rigorous duties involved, the incumbent is required to successfully complete the moderate pack test prior to employment. This test consists of being able to walk 2 miles carrying a backpack up to 25 pounds within 30 minutes.

Incumbent will be participating in search and rescue operations and therefore required to possess a first responder or advanced first aid certification.


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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Wednesday, February 12, 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. 

Selective Placement Factor (Mandatory Screen-Out) Whitewater Certification

Possess or able to obtain a Commercial Whitewater Trip Leader Certification (MUST SUPPORT IN RESUME OR WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION) Possess or be able to obtain certification as a Commercial Whitewater Trip Leader as specified in guidelines established by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Please select the response below that best describes your qualification in this area. If you do not meet the requirements of this selective factor, you will be rated ineligible for these positions. Applicants must document how they meet this requirement, as indicated below, to be considered qualified for this positions. (The West Virginia guidelines may be reviewed at:

In order to be deemed qualified applicant must provide in the resume the skill set you possess for the selective placement factor up above. If this skill is not documented in the resume the applicant will be deemed not qualified.

QUALITY RANKING FACTORS ARE LISTED BELOW This is a highly desirable skill and applicants who possess this skill will receive additional points during the scoring process. In order to receive additional points you must support this in the resume. 

QUALITY RANKING FACTOR: Quality Ranking Factor – Motorboat Operator Certification: currently possess certification of completion of the Department of Interior Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC) or an acceptable training program which meets MOCC standards.

QUALITY RANKING FACTOR: Emergency Medical Response: currently possess EMT-Basic (or higher level) certification (you must indicate certification, where obtained, and expiration date on your resume).

For the GS-05 grade level

A.  One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 level in the federal service.  Specialized experience demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the 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 qualifying specialized experience include but are not limited to the following: park guide or tour leader;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- B. A 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with 24 semester hours of related course work.  One year of full time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours. –OR- C. Equivalent combinations of education and experience. 

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: .

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.  

Undergraduate and Graduate Education:  Major study -- 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.  

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:   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

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 may be 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 )
  • Selectee will be required to perform emergency medical services; therefore, required to possess a first responder or advanced first aid certification.


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

  • Ability to perform river patrols, and visitor and resource protection duties.
  • Ability to provide emergency services such as swift water rescue, backcountry search and rescue, emergency medical response, and natural disaster response.

  • Ability to communicate effectively/Interpersonal skills. 

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

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.


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


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: 

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


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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 Wednesday, February 12, 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,, 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.


  • 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 and 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:
  • 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 and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1033358.


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 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 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.


SROC Hiring
Phone: (877)554-4550
Agency Information:
Seasonal Recruitment Operations Center
Please do not mail hard copy documents
Harpers Ferry , WV


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 180 calendar days from issuance of the referral certificate(s) for 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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