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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Park Guide)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  SERO-14-1082172-PATH

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, April 07, 2014 to Friday, April 11, 2014
Full Time - Other Student NTE 1 year
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Oglethorpe, GA View Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles
Not Applicable


Who May Apply:  Students eligible for the Pathway's Internship program. 


The employees of the National Park Service care for the special places that are the heritage for all Americans.  Since its inception in 1916, the National Park Service has been dedicated to the preservation and management of this country's outstanding natural, historical, and recreational resources. 


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service.  The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. 



This position is being filled in the excepted service under the Pathway's Internship Program. The Pathway's Internship Program is designed to provide students with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school.  To learn more about the Pathways Internship Program please visit  Interns appointed from this vacancy will be in placed in position expected to last no more than one year.  The appointment may be extended until the selectee's educational program requirements have been completed.  Upon successful completion of his/her education and program requirements, the intern may be converted to a permanent or term position.  Conversion is neither mandatory nor guaranteed


To be eligible for a Pathway's Program Internship, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree or certificate program on at least a half-time basis and remain in good standing.
  • Enrollment must be with an accredited educational institution or state approved home-school.  These may include high schools, colleges, universities, technical trade, vocational, or business schools, and state approved home school secondary and post-secondary programs.
  • 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 the organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  To see if your school is accredited, please visit:
  • selectees will be required to sign a Pathway's Participant agreement and must maintain status as a student in good standing throughout the duration of the appointment. 


This announcement will be used to fill full-time or part-time internship positions not to exceed 1 year with possible extnsions as long as the incumbent remains eligible for the Pathways Internship Program.  This position may have varying work shedules and work schedule and hours may be changed or reduced depending on workload, funding, or mission requirements. 


Please read the entire announcement before you apply.  To view the entire announcement, select "Print Preview at the right hand side of this screen.   


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Pre-employment background investigation is required.
  • Enrolled at least half-time at a qualifying educational institution
  • At least 16 years of age.
  • All supporting documents must be received by the closing date.


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The purpose of this position is to function as a park guide to visitors and to develop and present a variety of interpretive programs. As a uniformed employee of the National Park Service, the incumbent serves as a front-line representative of the agency. In many instances, the incumbent may be the first and ONLY contact the visiting public has with an NPS employee. The incumbent is responsible for providing visitor orientation and current, accurate, information regarding the park. The incumbent provides information on areas of interest and programs available in the park, recreational opportunities, concession operated facilities, distributes maps and brochures, informs visitors of potential safety hazards or closures, and provides directions and routes of travel through the park. The incumbent will also conduct short, prepared, scheduled programs to the public on various park themes.


Additional Duty Location:

Position Location: Chickamauga & Chattanooga NMP, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia   Please visit for more information. 



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Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a student at least a half-time schedule at a qualifying educational institution in a certificate, degree, or diploma program.


General Experience:  Six (6) months of general experience which is (1) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2)  experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the  broad subject area of the occupation.  Examples of general experience include, but are not limited to, selling merchandise, collecting and accounting for fees or other monies, greeting visitors, disseminating information, prviding directions, or other work which required dealing with people on a recurring basis; and that indicates the ability to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of this position.




Education:  Successful completion of 1 year of study that included at least 6 semester hours in courses such as American history, science, and/or public speaking.



Combination of Experience and Education:  Applicants must possess equivalent combinations of experience and education as described above. 


ALL qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.  


Additional information on the qualification requirements can be viewed on the OPM web site at:



Applicants are responsible for providing documentation that the applicable educational provisions have been met.  To qualify based on education you must submit a legible copy of transcripts or list of college courses with your name, school name, credit or semester hours, major(s), and a grade-point average or class ranking.  Official transcripts are required upon selection if you qualified based on education.


Education must have been obtained from an accredited or re-accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  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.


For further information on creditable education, visit: and

Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic job requirements.  In addition, we will evaluate your responses to the attached online Assessment Questionnaire to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position.  To preview the Assessment questionnaire click here: View Assessment Questions


The Assessment Questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform on the job:


1.  Ability to communicate orally to diverse groups and in a variety of settings.

2.  Ability to communicate effectively and provide excellent customer service.

3. Ability to operate a visitor center/information desk or similar facility to include providing frontline information and interpretive program dupport services.

4.  Ability to deliver historical information through prescribed talks/demonstartions and provide guide services to various audiences.


Basis for rating


Applicants who meet the qualification requirements specified above for this position will be evaluated, and a score assigned, based upon the responses provided on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position.


Applicants who meet the qualification requirements based on responses provided in  the Applicant Assessment Questionnaire will be place in one of three categories:  Best-Qualified, Well-Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants referred to the selecting official that are eligible for Veteran's Preference will receive selection priority over Non-Veterans must meet student eligibility requirements to be considered under this vacancy announcement. 


DO NOT SEND Application materials by mail or email to the Human Resource Office.


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




Once the basic qualifications have been met, you will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position.  The evaluation will be based on information you provide in your on-line resume, your answers to the knowledge, skills, and abilities questions for this announcement, and a review of the application material requested as part of this announcement.


You must provide information about your experience and/or education that supports the answers you give in the questionnaire, and the KSAs required for this position.


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You must continue to meet the Pathways Internship Program requirements throughout the duration of your appointment.  Failure to do so will result in termination of your internship.

Travel, transportation, and relocation will not be paid by the National Park Service.

A Favorable Background Investigation must be completed prior to Entrance on Duty. 

Proof of continued enrollment in a degree or certificate program on at least a half-time basis and remain in good standing. Verification of enrollment will be required each semester. 

Government housing is not available.

Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license.

Wearing a uniform is required.

Some Travel maybe required. 

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.

CTAP/ICTAP - Qualified individuals applying based on special priority consideration rights under Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  To be considered well-qualified for this purpose, you must clearly meet all qualification requirements specified for this position including any selective factors, and must also clearly meet the fully satisfactory or equivalent level for each of the rating factors (knowledges, skills, abilities, and competencies required for this position as specified above.  Individuals claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.  This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

Veteran's Preference - If you are claiming Veteran's Preference, you MUST clearly identify your claim on your application and provide specific required evidence such as: DD-214, "Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty", or Standard Form 15 (SF-15), "Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference" and proof requested on the form.  Failure to submit appropriate supporting documentation will result in NOT granting Veteran's Preference.  For more information about eligibility for Veteran's Preference please visit


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To apply for this position, provide a complete application package, which includes both of the following parts:


1.  Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, and

2.  Your resume or application and any other supporting documents needed (such as DD214 to show Veteran's Preference, etc.), and

3.  Provide unofficial transcript, and

4.  Proof of enrollment/acceptance to qualified educational institution.


The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, April 11, 2014.  We do not accept hard-copy or email application packages.  You must apply online or via fax (see instructions below).

To apply for this position, provide a complete application package, which includes both of the following parts: 

1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, and

2. Your resume and any other supporting documents needed (such as DD214 to show Veteran's Preference or transcripts, etc.). 

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, April 11, 2014 We do not accept hard-copy or email application packages.  You must apply online or via fax (see instructions below). 

Applying online:

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date 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.


Applying via fax:


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 provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is TAG:Vacancy ID.
  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 TAG:Closing Date. 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 TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire..
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  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.



You MUST submit the following documents:


1.  Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, and

2.  Your resume and any other supporting documents needed (such as DD214 to show Veteran's Preference, etc.).

3.  Proof of enrollment; acceptance letter or college transcripts or list of college courses with credit, hours major (s), and grade point average or class ranking, (Prior to appointment, and official college transcript or acceptance letter will be required).

4.  Must be at least 16 years old.


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. 




Bridget Cheely
Phone: (404)507-5760
Agency Information:
East Servicing Human Resources Office
100 Alabama Street SW
Atlanta, GA


Once your complete application is received, we will verify your responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire against the other supporting application materials you submit, and your final score will be assigned.  Based on applicant scores, the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified when referral has been made and what the final outcome is.  We expect to make a selection within 45 working days of the closing date of this announcement. 

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