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Job Title:Trails Worker / Trails Worker (Leader)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:1034398

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$16.98 to $24.86 / Per Hour


Thursday, January 23, 2014 to Saturday, February 08, 2014




Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 Hours


Many vacancies in the following location:
Moose, WY View Map


United States Citizens


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 Grand Teton National Park.

The Northern Rockies Servicing Human Resources Office (NR SHRO) is currently seeking applicants to fill numerous temporary Trails Worker, WG-4701-05 and Trails Worker (Leader), WG-4701-08 positions at Grand Teton National Park. Appointments are limited to 1039 hours in a twelve month period. Seasonal work is expected to start in the spring and last through early to late fall. Appointments may be terminated at any time and can be extended if workload and funding allow. Positions offer rehire eligibility for subsequent appointments, provided the employee has not exceeded 1039 hours of work in a twelve month period and has achieved an acceptable level of performance.

The salary ranges for each position are as follows:

Trails Worker, WG-4701-05 salary - $16.98 to $19.81 per hour

Trails Worker (Leader), WG-4701-08 salary - $21.31 to $24.86 per hour

AREA INFORMATION: Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway preserve a spectacular landscape rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes, and extraordinary wildlife. The abrupt vertical rise of the jagged Teton Range contrasts with the sage-covered valley, creating world-renowned scenery that attracts visitors from all over the world.

Park headquarters is located in Moose, Wyoming which is approximately 12 miles north of Jackson.  Jackson is a small, outdoor recreation focused, thriving community of 10,000 year round residents. The town caters to four million tourists every summer, has an excellent hospital and medical community, a well respected public school system, private schools, multiple grocery stores, excellent restaurants, and seasonal music and art festivals. Outdoor activities are available year round and include easy access to three ski resorts (Snow King Resort, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and Grand Targhee), back-country and Nordic skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, camping, backpacking, horseback riding, boating, rafting, kayaking, hunting, cycling, mountain biking, and world class fly fishing, climbing, and mountaineering. The climate can be as extreme as the activities that are available. Winter temperatures range between lows of 20 degrees below zero to highs of 30 degrees. Summer temperatures are comfortable, with highs between 65 - 80 degrees. Government housing may be available.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Backcountry Travel


  • No


  • U.S. citizenship required.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • National Park Service uniformed position.
  • Pre-employment physical exam required.


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Employees assist with packing operations and operate vehicles such as a trucks, bobcats, farm tractors, compactors, and backhoes. Overtime, holiday, and weekend work can be expected. Duties also include the following: 

Trails Worker WG-05: Employees perform work that involves the maintenance, construction, and rehabilitation of graded and paved trails, trail drainage systems, trail bridges, and retaining walls. Works with wet and dry stone masonry, metal, wood, and asphalt to complete trail projects.

Trails Worker (Leader) WG-08: Employees assist in planning for the park wide trails operation. Leads and directs a crew performing backcountry trails work including logistics, safety, training, and backcountry camping. Incumbent demonstrates proper work methods while working along with trail crew employees; coordinates the availability of manpower, material, equipment and other requirements necessary for successful accomplishments of the programs. Reviews work in progress and accepts jobs only when quality standards are met.

Physical Demands: Sustained strenuous physical effort is required in all trails operation positions. Incumbent routinely lifts, pushes, pulls, and carries items weighing 50-100 pounds and assists others in moving heavier items. Work will routinely require walking 4-15 miles a day at 3 miles per hour on park trails to and from job sites.

Work Conditions: Employees must have the ability to live and work effectively and efficiently in isolated backcountry areas in close contact with small numbers of people for eight days at a time. work is performed outdoors in all types of terrain and weather conditions, at elevations ranging from 6,000 to 12,000 feet.


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To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience as well as any selective factors or screen-out elements as described in the occupational questionnaire and as outlined below.  All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Saturday, February 08, 2014.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.  

Applicants must be physically fit and, as required in Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Handbook X-118C, must possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the elements listed in Section 25 of the Online Occupational Questionnaire to perform the duties of the position at the level for which they are applying. A specific length of time and experience is not required; however, you must be able to demonstrate through experience shown in your written application that you possess sufficient knowledge, skill and ability to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Examples of experience for the WG-5 position include: 1) performing strenuous activities such as hiking ten miles per day, and/or hiking at a pace of three miles per hour, hiking at high elevations, backpacking and overnight camping in the backcountry using minimum impact techniques; 2) using a chainsaw and/or crosscut saw; 3) performing trail maintenance utilizing masonry, wood working and rigging; 4) using and maintaining tools used in trails work; 5) working as part of a crew and following instructions. 

In addition to the above examples, for the WG-8 position, incumbents must also be skilled in: 1) managing a minimum impact wilderness camp for large work groups; 2) training/instructing others in trail practices; 3) leading a trail crew in the backcountry for a week or more at a time; and 4) completing written reports such as work plans, and progress and completion reports.

Applicants must possess skills in each of these areas, rather than one isolated area of experience.  All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


1. Appointment is subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.

2. National Park Service (NPS) uniformed position. Employee 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.

3. A pre-employment medical exam is required. The medical exam will assess your ability to perform arduous duty. The government will reimburse the cost of the exam up to a certain amount.

4. 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. 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.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the requirements of the position. Your rating will be based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  Your answers to the questionnaire will be compared against your resume and other application materials in order to validate your score. The assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) that are required to perform the work of this position. Only education and experience acquired by Saturday, February 08, 2014 will be considered.

  • Ability to do the work of a Trails Worker or Trails Worker (Leader), without more than normal supervision (Screen-out).
  • Trails work practices related to backpacking/camping, masonry, woodworking, rigging, and livestock.
  • Tool maintenance and use.
  • Communication and safety.

Please Note: If it is determined that your resume/application materials do not support your answer to the assessment questionnaire, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified or your score may be modified.

Category rating procedures will be used to refer candidates. Candidates will be placed into either the Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified category.


Best Qualified - applicants possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective factors and all quality ranking factors. Applicants considered best qualified must be highly proficient in all requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position. 
Well Qualified - applicants possess experience and/or education that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.
Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

Order of Consideration:  Candidates will be considered in the following order:  

1.     Applicants with veterans preference who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more and who scored at least in the Qualified category, and Best Qualified veterans preference eligibles who do not have a service-connected disability, followed by all other Best Qualified applicants;

2.     Well Qualified veterans preference eligibles who do not have a service-connected disability, and then all other Well Qualified applicants;

3.     Qualified veterans preference eligibles who do not have a service-connected disability, and then all other Qualified applicants.

Veterans must submit the required documentation to verify/confirm eligibility for preference (see “How to Apply” section), otherwise, no veteran's preference will be granted. Additional veteran's information is found at


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Temporary Federal employees, depending on the type of appointment and work schedule, may earn 4 to 8 hours of annual (vacation) leave, dependent on years of service, each 2 week pay period.  Sick leave is earned at a rate of 4 hours each 2 week pay period, regardless of length of service. Temporary Federal employees may be paid Sunday pay, holiday pay, night or shift pay, or hazard pay. 


1. CTAP/ICTAP: If you are an eligible Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be considered under this special selection priority you must fall into at least the Well Qualified category. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. For additional information go to

2. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement. For additional information regarding Schedule A appointment eligibility visit:

3. Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

4. In accordance with PL 104-134, new employees of the Department of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay within 30 days of entrance on duty.


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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 Saturday, February 08, 2014 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 (see required documents section) 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 are 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.




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. You must print the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is YL 1034398.

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 Saturday, February 08, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit your entire application 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 all 6 pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents (see required documents section) to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. Also, faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed: 


  • *Not using the special cover page listed in the How to Apply section
  • *Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • *Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name


To be eligible for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:


1.    A Resume - Applicants may use the USAJobs online resume builder to create a resume.  Please preview your resume to ensure all required information is included.  If you choose to use your own resume format, be sure it includes all the same information that is required in USAJobs Resume Builder such as current contact information for all supervisors as well as month/year and hours worked per week for each job experience block.


2.    A complete Occupational Questionnaire..


3.    For Veterans:  DD-214 which shows the character of discharge.  If still on active duty, you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date the certification is signed.


4.    For Disabled Veterans:  DD-214 which shows the character of discharge, SF-15 plus proof required by that form, and appropriate Veterans' Affairs letter issued 1991 or later.


5.    For Displaced Federal employees: CTAP/ICTAP documentation as described above.


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Saturday, February 08, 2014

Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.


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

Applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax. Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  Applicants are advised that a variety of public facilities such as schools, public libraries, state employment offices and regional job centers provide access to computers at no charge. Help may also be available to targeted groups through a variety of public assistance agencies.

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES: 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 is linked in the vacancy announcement. Include the appropriate Office Code (YL) and VIN (six digit code) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please visit USAJobs Help.


Shawn Lipinski
Phone: (307)739-3608
Agency Information:
Northern Rockies SHRO
Human Resources Office
Do Not Mail Applications
Apply On-line or by Fax
Yellowstone NP, WY


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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