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Job Title:Park Ranger (Backcountry Operations Specialist)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:1036099GRSMMP1439

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$57,982.00 to $75,376.00 / Per Year


Friday, January 24, 2014 to Thursday, January 30, 2014




Full Time - Temporary Promotion NTE 1 year


1 vacancy in the following location:
Gatlinburg, TN View Map


This announcement is open to current career/career-conditional employees working for Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


Not Applicable




Applications will be accepted from current Career/Career-Conditional Federal employees with Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
This is temporary promotion NTE 1 year and can be extended in 1 year increments up to five years.           







Read entire announcement before applying and follow directions in How to Apply. 

Do not send applications or supporting documents to this Human Resources Office. 

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. 


Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located in the states of North Carolina and Tennessee and encompasses 800 square miles of which 95 percent are forested.  The headquarters is located near the city of Gatlinburg, TN.  There are 16 peaks over 6,000’ in elevation and up to 90” of rainfall spread throughout the year.  The Park has 10 campgrounds, 800 miles of horse and hiking trails, and 750 miles of fishable streams.  The Smokies is within one day’s drive for about 1/3 of the U.S. population and thus attracts 9 to 10 million visitors annually; making it the most visited, national park in the system.  Climate is moderate with average lows in the summer in the 60’s and highs in the 80’s and 90’s and average lows in winter between 20 and 30 with highs in the 50’s.  Snowfall averages range from 5” in Gatlinburg, TN, to 11” in Bryson City, NC.




  • Occasional Travel
  • Frequent travel may be required.


  • No


  • Background investigation and/or security investigation required.
  • Must be US Citizen and have valid state driver's license.
  • Selective Service Registration required if applicable.


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This position is located in the Division of Resource and Visitor Protection, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The incumbent serves as the Park Ranger (Backcountry Operations Specialist) responsible for the guidance and coordination of backcountry management operations.  Responsible for implementation of the Backcountry Management Plan and the Strategic Plan for Managing Backcountry Recreation.  Responsible for developing and coordinating backcountry management training for the Park staff and cooperators.  Annually reviews and updates changes to the Backcountry Management Plan.  Coordinates Park staff from different divisions in cooperative efforts with federal, state and local agencies and private individuals and groups having a mutual interest in backcountry operations and projects.  Drafts and negotiates cooperative agreements, memorandums of understanding, mutual aid agreements, etc   


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Applicants for this position must meet the basic experience or education requirements stated below. For equivalent combinations of education and experience refer to OPM's Operating Manual, Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions, which can be viewed at


One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience demonstrates the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully perform the duties of a Park Ranger(Backcountry Operations Specialist). Experience may include technical, administrative, or scientific work, fish and wildlife management, recreation management, law enforcement, or other park-related work.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience may include law enforcement, investigative work, 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.  Establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of the public interest organizations.


  • You must meet all qualifications (experience, education, etc.) by the closing date of the announcement
    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law (
    • New employees of the Department of the Interior are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.
    • 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 (USC, Title 18, Section 1001).
    • You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued drivers license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued drivers license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to 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 drivers licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you.


How you will be evaluated: Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  In addition, we will evaluate your responses to the online assessment questionnaire to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements of the position.   


To receive credit, information submitted in your Assessment Questionnaire MUST relate to a specific work/experience block in your resume. Only education and experience acquired by the filing deadline will be considered. If, after reviewing your resume or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating. The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform on the job: 1) Ability to plan, implement, and administer a backcountry operation; 2) Skill in oral and written communication; 3) Ability to work as an effective team member and coordinate work with other State, Federal, community or private organization

To preview the assessment questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions


Failure to complete the assessment questionnaire will result in your not receiving consideration for this position


Applicants meeting the basic eligibility requirements will be rated and ranked based on responses to the Assessment Questionnaire.  Any statements made on the Questionnaire should be fully substantiated on the application or resume.  Qualified candidates will be assigned a score between 70 and 100.





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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:


    • Incumbent of this position will be required to wear a uniform.
    • Frequent travel may be required.
    • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.
    • This position has no promotion potential.



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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  Thursday, January 30, 2014 to receive consideration.

*To begin, click Apply online to create a USAJOBS account or log into 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 form your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document

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 1036099.

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 Thursday, January 30, 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.

(1) RESUME: Your resume should include work experience for each paid or non-paid position held that relates to the job for which you are applying and indicate the month/year you began and ended each job, and the number of hours worked per week. Your resume and supporting documents must include information to support your answers on the Assessment Questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your competencies. 

(2) VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: If you are claiming Veteran's preference, you MUST provide specific required evidence:

  • For 5-point preference:  DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. - must show type of discharge on form. 
  • For 10-point preference:  DD-214, Standard Form 15 (SF-15), "Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference" and proof listed on the reverse of the SF-15. 

Failure to submit appropriate supporting documentation will result in NOT granting veteran's preference. For more information on Veteran's preference, visit:

(3)  COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS:  If you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts or a complete list of all college or other courses taken, indicating the course titles, date attended, credit and grade received.  (A copy of your official transcript will be required before entrance on duty, if selected.)   

(4) CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP)/ INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ICTAP):  Note:  Please indicate on your application that you are a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.  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 special priority selections.  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if he/she earns a score of at least 85 on the rating criteria developed for this position.  Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) 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.


Beverly Slaybaugh
Phone: (865)436-1223
Agency Information:
North ASU Servicing Human Resources Office SER
Human Resources Office
107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN


Once your application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications.  You will be notified by email or letter if you are qualified and referred to the selecting official.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.  You will be notified of the outcome.

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