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Job Title:  Park Ranger, GS-0025-04(DEU)(JR)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-MP-2014-085

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$28,269.00 to $36,746.00 / Per Year
Monday, February 24, 2014 to Monday, March 03, 2014
Full-time - Temporary, not-to-exceed 6 months (1039 hours)
4 vacancies - Elk Creek, CA   View Map
All United States Citizens.
Q - Nonsensitive


About the Agency

Reclamation is seeking a Park Ranger who enjoys performing a variety of park operational activities. Come join our team today at the Stony Gorge and East Park recreational areas! Be involved in informing visitors of park regulations, conducting foot, motor vehicle and boat patrols, wildlife monitoring and protection, and maintaining camp grounds to include bathroom facilities, campsite restoration, trail maintenance and resource improvements. You will be a valued team member and your work will assist Reclamation in accomplishing its mission.

This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office, duty station at Elk Creek, in Glenn County, California. Elk Creek, CA is located approximately 20 miles west of Willows, CA. For information on the Northern California Area Office visit: For information about Willows, CA go to:

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

Appointments made under this announcement are limited to 1039 hours (6 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 allow. Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for rehire in subsequent service years.


  • Not Required


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  • Position is subject to working weekends, holidays and irregular hours.
  • Incumbent is required to wear Park Ranger uniform.
  • Valid state driver's license is required.
  • Ability to be certified in basic first aid, CPR, AED and First Responder.
  • Ability to be certified in basic water rescue; and motorboat operation.
  • Pre-employment medical examination required.


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  • Serves as a Park Ranger assigned a range of duties including greeting visitors while in the field, presenting recreational information, and advising visitors of recreation rules and regulations concerning safety, fire prevention, resource protection, recreational use and visitor protection.
  • Conducts regular, frequent patrols of recreation areas by vehicle, boat and on foot to ensure public safety and to monitor visitor compliance and resource impacts.
  • Performs clean-up and maintenance-oriented duties, such as, litter and trash collecting, restroom cleaning and supply.
  • Assists in the repairing and maintenance of Reclamation-owned facilities, structures, and equipment. Operates such equipment as required.


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Applicants must have specialized experience or additional education as defined below:

GS-04: A two year course study above high school leading to a degree with 12 semester hours of related course work - OR - 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience.

Education: If using education as a means of qualifying, the major field of study must have been in 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 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 filled.

General experience is administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work that provided a familiarity with natural or cultural history; fish or wildlife habitat characteristics; techniques of resource protection and use; recreational use of public lands and facilities; enforcement of laws, rules, or regulations; fire prevention techniques and fire suppression methods; or the practice of interpersonal relations skills in dealing with the general public. Experience in substantive and relevant secretarial, clerical, or trades and crafts work is also qualifying if pertinent to the position to be filled. Experience of a routine nature, such as typing, filing, maintaining records, or other non-specialized tasks is not qualifying.

Specialized Experience is defined as experience that demonstrated the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled. Experience may have been in technical, administrative, or scientific work, fish and wildlife management, recreation management, or other park-related work. Experience that only includes law enforcement activities will not be considered qualifying as specialized experience.
--Examples of qualifying specialized experience include, but are not limited to the following: Park guide or tour leader work; archeological or historical preservation research work, forestry and or fire management 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. These examples are not all inclusive.

There is an education substitution for experience. Applicants substituting experience for education must submit a copy of their college transcript from an accredited U.S. college or university (unofficial copy is acceptable) or equivalent document. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.

Applicants must meet all qualifications, and as applicable, selective factor requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


Human Resources will review resumes and transcripts to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 60 minutes.

Qualified candidates who meet the Best qualified criteria will be referred for consideration Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through their resume and responses to the online questions.
1. Knowledge of natural resources and recreational management to inform park visitors of rules and regulations concerning safety, fire prevention, resource protection and recreational use.
2. Ability to assist in park operation and services (e.g., park patrol, traffic and crowd control, emergencies, coordinating with law enforcement and medical response teams)
3. Ability to communicate orally to convey information to park visitors in a clear, concise and tactful manner; and in writing to prepare report forms and record visitor use data.
4. Ability to perform routine maintenance of the campgrounds, trails, restroom facilities, picnic areas and water recreational areas.

Category Rating and Selection procedures are being used for this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy's assessment questions will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified, 3) Qualified. Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective group.
- Best Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications are highly proficient in the major requirement(s) of the position, and proficient in most of the remaining aspects of the position.
- Well Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and are proficient in most aspects of the position.
- Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and possess only a few aspects of the position.

Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants rating themselves higher than is apparent in their description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration.
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Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

Employment Conditions:
-Operation of a government vehicle is required; therefore, you must possess and maintain a valid State’s driver’s license. Driving record will be verified prior to final selection.
-Regular and recurring field work is required which may require long and arduous hikes in rough and heavily vegetated terrain, exposure to dust, extreme heat and wet weather conditions, operating watercraft and the wearing of protective clothing.
-Obtaining and using a government-issued charge card will be required for any business-related travel.
-All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have Federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
-Position is represented by the National federation of Federal Employees, Local 951.

Selective Service: Male applicants born on or after January 1, 1960, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law. To register for Selective Service or to verify that you have registered, please visit:

Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy must be received online before midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C., time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of any page.

This vacancy is being announced through the Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe.  For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit:

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from a USAJOBS profile (instructions are provided during the online application process.) In addition, applicants may e-mail their supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at 916-978-5563, or mail or hand-deliver to USBR/ATTN: HR, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

Applicants needing assistance in applying online should contact the HR Office at 916-978-5476 or Federal Relay at The Federal Relay website contains information for TDD/TTY users to receive free needed service. If applying online poses a hardship, contact the HR Office prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

Transcript(s): If you are using education to qualify for the position, you must furnish a copy of your college transcript(s). If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
--For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
--For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.
--For information on veteran's eligibility visit:

CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP-ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:


Human Resources Division
Phone: 916-978-5476
Fax: 916-978-5563
Agency Information:
2800 Cottage Way
Attn: MP-500
Sacramento, CA
Fax: 916-978-5563


After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

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