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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Park Ranger Interpretation)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  NWSHRO-14-36

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$39,179.00 to $50,932.00 / Per Year
Monday, March 10, 2014 to Friday, March 21, 2014
Full Time - Internships
1 vacancy in the following location:
Astoria, OR View Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles in the local commuting area (50 mile radius) of Astoria, OR; Excepted Service; Pathways Program. Position may be converted to a permanent or term position.
Q - Sensitive


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WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:  This appointment is being filled under the Pathways Intern Program.  Students who live or attend school within the local commuting area (50 mile radius) of Astoria, Oregon are eligible.  Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a high school student, or degree-seeking in an accredited technical or vocational school, two-year or four-year college or university, graduate or professional school.

To be eligible for this position:

  • You must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree or certificate program on at least a half-time basis and in good standing. “Half-time” is defined by the school in which the student is enrolled. 
  • Enrollment must be with an accredited high school, technical, trade or vocational school, two-year or four-year college or university, graduate or professional school.
  • Qualifying certificate programs are post-high school programs equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.
  • Educational institutions must be accredited by organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  To verify accreditation, please visit:

One Student Trainee (Park Ranger Interpretation), GS-0099-07 position may be filled from this announcement.  This is a Developmental Pathways position located in the Visitor Services Division at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park is located six miles south of Astoria, Oregon (population approximately 10,000).  Astoria is located at the mouth of the Columbia River, 100 miles northwest of Portland, Oregon.   No government housing is available, but affordable housing is available for rent or purchase. Astoria has facilities for shopping, churches, medical and dental care, schools, including school bus transportation, and a community college with day and night programs.  Fall, winter, and spring are typically cool and wet with over 70 inches of rain per year and over 185 days of rain.  Throughout the year, temperatures range between 30 degrees and 85 degrees.  For more information, please visit or

APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FULL CONSIDERATION.  Please read the entire announcement before you apply. To view the entire announcement, select "Print Preview" at the right hand side of this screen.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel required to meet work demands.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Favorable Background Investigation
  • Student Status


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As a Student Trainee (Park Ranger Interpretation) with the Visitor Services Division at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, you will serve in a trainee capacity, performing routine and recurring development assignments to acquire knowledge and understanding of functions, principles, practices, and methods used by a Park Ranger (Interpretation). Duties include:

  • Teaching and creating field-based nature and historic education and interpretive programs for student and park visitors of all ages and knowledge levels.
  • Adapting the park’s current programs to meet the changing needs of educational institutions and its students and park audiences.
  • Planning and organizing educational outreach programs such as the park’s Nature Camps.
  • Creating new programs to connect youth to the National Parks.
  • Developing print and digital materials that effectively engage students, teachers, and the visiting public and communicate appropriate park messages;
  • Assisting with park’s fee collection program including stock accountability and educational fee waivers.

Physical Demands: The work is performed indoors and outdoors.  Interpretive work is usually not strenuous, but the employee is required to stand and walk extensively, in some cases over rough surfaces or inclines, carrying backpacks, rescue equipment, or other items.
Working Conditions: The work is performed in settings in which there is regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomforts and unpleasantness, e.g., high or low temperatures, insects, and in some cases, hazards of rough terrain.

For more information on this position, please contact Jill Harding, Supervisory Park Ranger, at 503-861-4421.

About the Pathways Program: The Internship Program is for Current students only.   The Internship Program provides students in high schools, colleges, trade schools and other qualifying educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while completing their education.

If selected, you will be required to sign a Pathways Agreement which specifies the conditions of your employment as we've indicated in this job announcement.  You will also be required to maintain your student status of attending an accredited educational institution at least half-time, seeking a degree or certificate, and being in good standing.  You will be required to provide student documentation every semester to your supervisor to demonstrate your status.

While this position is not established with the intention to convert the selected intern into a permanent position, if you meet all the requirements for conversion, you may be considered for conversion at this park or other federal locations if positions are available.  In general, Interns may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances, to a term position lasting 1-4 years) within 120 days of successful completion of the program. This is not a guarantee, but merely an eligibility for conversion without further competition. To be eligible for conversion, Interns must:

  • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program.
  • Complete their degree or certificate requirements
  • Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted
  • Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement, and
  • Perform their job successfully. 

For more information on the Pathways Intern Program, visit:


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All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.  An applicant may qualify for the position based on specialized experience, education, or a combination of specialized experience and education. Please carefully read the qualifications requirements.  

To qualify for this position at the GS-0099-07 level applicants must possess:
A. Possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of specialized experience could include park guide or tour leader; environmental educator or teacher; 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/or implementation of policy related to protection, conservation, or management of park areas or similar operations; or other similar work. OR
B. Completion of at least one full year of graduate study in one of the following fields: natural resource management, natural sciences, marine biology/sciences, earth sciences, history, archeology, anthropology, park and recreation management, law enforcement/police science, social sciences, wetlands ecology, or other closely related subjects pertinent to the management and protection of natural and cultural resources. (One year of graduate education is 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours). OR
C. Possess an equivalent combination of specialized experience as described in A and education as described in B.  For example, I have 6 months of the specialized experience described in A above (50% of the experience requirement), and one-half year (9 semester hours or 14 quarter hours) of directly-related graduate level college study in  an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education).

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:

Please submit a legible copy of your school transcripts so that we can verify your coursework. It need not be an official transcript; however, if you are selected, you may be required to submit an official transcript prior to entering on duty.

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. For further information, visit:

Conditions of Employment

Pathways Eligibility: You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.  You must continue to meet the Pathways Program requirements throughout the duration of your appointment.
Background Investigation: You will be required to complete a background investigation with favorable adjudication prior to entry on duty.
Probationary Period: A probationary period of one-year shall apply to all new federal employees.
Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or provide proof that they are exempt from Selective Service Law.
Driver License: You may be required to operate a government motor vehicle as part of your official duties.  Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid state driver license.
Uniform: You will be required to properly wear a National Park Service uniform.  A uniform allowance will be provided to offset some of these costs.
Agency Bank Card (Purchase/Travel): You may be issued an agency bank card for travel/purchase of agency goods and services. Incumbent will comply with agency policies and procedures regarding appropriate use of the bank card.


Your rating will be based on both your responses to the Job Specific Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume.  The Job Specific questions relate to the following knowledges, skills abilities and/or competencies (KSAC’s) required to do the work of this position:

  • Research, develop, and present a variety of interpretative programs to diverse audiences.
  • Research, develop and present curriculum-based environmental education programs.
  • Plan and coordinate educational outreach events related to public land and its resources.
  • Communicate effectively and provide excellent customer services.
  • Design and produce written interpretive and educational materials.
  • Operate, maintain and troubleshoot a variety of computer equipment and software.

NOTE: DO NOT respond to the KSAs listed above.  Your application will be evaluated using your resume and responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you possess the required KSAs.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric score you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. Your ratings are subject to change if discrepancies exist between your responses and supporting documents.

Category rating is being used for this position. Category rating combines the applicant's total qualifying experience and education/training into a single category. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc.  Once candidate responses have been verified, referral for selection consideration will be made of the best candidates in accordance with Federal hiring regulations and laws, and agency policies.  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.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE:  Veterans' Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP.   In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category.   Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.  See the Office of Personnel Management's VetGuide for more information about Veteran's Preference:


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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at  Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. After one year of continuous service, you will be eligible to enroll in the health benefits program at full cost.  For additional information visit: 


1. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's web site at
2. The Staffing Branch for the northwest Servicing Human Resources Office may not solicit applicants for additional or missing information/documents.  Please ensure that your application packet is complete prior to submittal.
3. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a legible copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.


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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 (Eastern Time) on Friday, March 21, 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 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.

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 1068292.
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 (Eastern Time) on Friday, March 21, 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.  The Vacancy ID is 1068292. 
3. Fax all six pages of 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. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed. 

If you need help, or have problems using the online application process, send an email to

Applications must be typed or printed clearly in dark ink.  Other forms or additional information on how to apply for Federal jobs can be obtained at, or by calling (478) 757-3000 or RDD (478) 744-2299.

Note: 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 was linked in the vacancy announcement; include the appropriate Vacancy ID Number (1068292) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly.


1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire
2. Your resume or application form.  Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information.  If you need assistance, you may find additional information at:
3. Veterans preference documentation (DD-214 or equivalent that shows honorable discharge, SF-15 and VA letter, as appropriate) if applicable.  See Other Information section for more details.
4. STUDENT DOCUMENTATION: You MUST provide proof that you are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in school.  Your student documentation must include the following information from your school:

  • You are enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an accredited educational institution or state-approved home school.
  • The type of degree or certificate you are seeking (not required if you are not yet attending)
  • That you are in good standing (usually a 2.0 GPA or above) (not required if you are not yet attending)
  • Anticipated graduation or completion date of your degree/certificate (not required if you are not yet attending)

You will NOT be considered unless you provide this information from your school.

This documentation may be provided in letter format from your academic advisor, school counselor, admission office, etc. OR it may be provided in the form of several official documents from your school such as a copy of your official transcripts and a copy of your class schedule for next semester.  Copies of documents from your school website are acceptable if they contain the school and your name on them.  Letters from advisors or other school officials must be on school letterhead.


OLYM Human Resources
Phone: (360)565-3031
Agency Information:
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
please do not mail
application materials, WA


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.  All qualified applicants will be notified regarding the outcome of this announcement.

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