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Job Title:Park Ranger

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Job Announcement Number:SWGI149614541080934D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$31,628.00 to $41,122.00 / Per Year


Friday, April 04, 2014 to Sunday, April 13, 2014




Full Time - Seasonal


Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Benton, IL View Map
Shelbyville, IL View Map
Monroe City, MO View Map
Wappapello, MO View Map


United States Citizens


Not Applicable




Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

**May work part time at the beginning and end of the recreation season. The recreation season typically lasts between April and September. Actual work periods vary by location.**

About the Position:

Lake Shelbyville is an 11,100 acre lake located in rural South Central Illinois approximately 60 miles southeast of Springfield. The project office is located in the city of Shelbyville, population approximately 5,000. The authorized project purposes are flood control, recreation, environmental stewardship and water supply. Lake Shelbyville is an island in a sea of corn and offers numerous outdoor recreation opportunities including camping, fishing, water sports, hiking, biking and large and small game.

Rend Lake was built as a joint project by the Illinois Department of Conservation, the Rend Lake Conservancy District, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This 18,000 acre reservoir was built to provide a dependable domestic water supply to a two-county area beginning in 1965. With marinas, boating, water skiing, camp sites, nature trails, golf, swimming, fishing, and hunting, Rend Lake is one of the premier vacation spots in Southern Illinois.

Wappapello Lake is nestled in the southeast region of the Missouri Ozark Mountains. With More than 44,000 acres of public lands and water, Wappapello Lake is a great area for hunting, fishing, swimming, boating, camping and picnicking. The authorized project purpose is flood risk management, however, natural resources and recreation management are also missions of the lake.

Clarence Cannon Dam and Mark Twain Lake has many recreational opportunities on 55,000-acres of land and water, spanning the Salt River Valley in Northeast Missouri. With 500 campsites, 2 marinas, 26 miles of multi-purpose trails, 11 boat launching ramps, 2 swimming beaches, hunting and fishing activities, as well as a new Visitor Center complex, there are plenty of recreational opportunities to enjoy and explore. Rich in history and home to Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) there are many local attractions to choose from. The lake is located in Ralls and Monroe Counties, 28 miles southwest of Hannibal, MO and 120 miles northwest of St. Louis.

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens


  • Occasional Travel
  • less than 10%


  • No


  • Will be required to wear appropriate uniform while on duty.
  • Personnel Background Security Investigation is Required.
  • This is a Drug Testing Designated Position.
  • Must possess or obtain and maintain a driver's license.
  • Must work different shifts to include nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Expenses are NOT Authorized.
  • May participate in fire team suppression activities.
  • Must possess or obtain and maintain a motorboat license.


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  • Patrol project lands and water to ensure compliance with Federal regulations pertaining to parking, camping, noise level, sanitation, and safety.
  • Assist visitors by performing search and rescue missions, first aid, and safety programs.
  • Participate in natural resources management activities such as gathering data to be used in the development and updating of Operational Management Plans and/or Master Plans.
  • Develop and present various programs of interest to park visitors and conduct research of topics using sources such as records, books, and files.
  • Prepare inspection reports and note any deficiencies.


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In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Experience required: To qualify based on your work experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: work that involves technical, administrative, and/or scientific work in fish and wildlife management, recreation management, law enforcement or other park-related work.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Ability to Communicate Rules to Participants
  • Customer Service
  • Self Management
  • Soft Skills
  • Technical Competency

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you may qualify if your education meets the definitions below:

I have at least a four year course of study above high school leading to a Bachelor's degree with 24 hours of related course work such as: natural resources 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.

IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: If you are using education to qualify, you must document your course work or degree completed in your resume or other application material you submit. You must submit a copy of your transcripts or a complete list of college courses taken that identifies, for each course, the college or university; semester or quarter hours earned; grade received; and dated completed. If you are qualifying based on education and you do not submit specific course work information as described previously, your application will not be rated qualified for consideration. (A copy of your official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected).

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.



Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. See Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) for more information. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.


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The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.


  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • You may claim military spouse preference, see the information in the Military Spouse Preference Under Delegated Examining Proceduresinformation sheet.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • This position may be used to fill like vacancies for 180 days after the closing date.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the online 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
Sunday, April 13, 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.
  • It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.  Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.

The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.


The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment.  A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External).

As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply.  If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

Your resume:

  • Your resume may be submitted in any format.
  • If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified."  See: Transcripts and Licenses

If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents follow the directions located at: Faxing Applications and Documents The Vacancy ID is 1080934. You will need the questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire, to complete your faxed application

NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.


Central Resume Processing Center
Phone: (410)306-0137
Agency Information:


If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application.  Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. 

If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire.  If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

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