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Job Title:  Park Ranger (I) Science Communications Specialist, GS-025-9
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Hiring Organization:  Kenai Fjords National Park
Job Announcement Number:  KEFJ1094866DECS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$26.88 to $34.94 / Per Hour
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 to Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Full Time - Term NTE 13 Months
1 vacancy in the following location:
Seward, AK View Map
United States Citizens
Q - Nonsensitive


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.

Kenai Fjords National Park is located in Seward, AK, which is 130 road miles south of Anchorage. A full range of services are available including grocery stores, medical and dental facilities, churches, a theater, gas stations, etc. Elementary through high school and a vocational school are available in Seward. Universities and all other services are located in Anchorage. Seward is located in a maritime climate on the Gulf of Alaska and receives abundant precipitation. Summertime temperatures range in the 40s to 70s and winter time temperatures typically range from the mid 30s to zero degrees. Numerous recreational opportunities exist for fishing, sea-kayaking, hiking, biking, skiing, etc.

TERM- This is a TERM appointment not to exceed 13 months and may be extended up to 4 years without further competition. 

More than one position may be filled with this vacancy; if needed.


Government housing is not available.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must register with the selective service.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" sections.


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As a Science Communicator Specialist, you will:

·         Work with scientists, researchers, and resource managers to develop effective outreach and communication products.

·         Develop a variety of outreach and communication products related to coastal and marine issues in Alaska National Parks.

·         Develop and maintain websites and social media presence related to coastal and marine issues and research at Alaska’s National Parks.

·         Develop video products for web, broadcast, and other distribution.

·         Research and develop interpretive programs for a variety of audiences ranging from NPS staff to park partners to visitors on a wide range of complex science subjects including park management issues and natural history topics. Demonstrate understanding of the interpretive profession.

·         Maintain effective communications with coworkers and work in an interdisciplinary team in an office or backcountry setting.

Physical Demands: Work in remote settings for days at a time from a tent or substandard housing while exposed to inclement weather and wildlife encounters. Hike long distances while carrying heavy loads/gear.

For questions regarding the duties of this position, please call Benjamin Pister at (907) 422-0501 or Jim Pfeiffenberger at (907) 422-0502.


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To qualify, you must meet the requirements listed below. 

Specialized Experience and/or Education: You must have certain higher level education or specialized experience to qualify for the GS-09 grade level of this position. This qualifying education and/or experience can be met through any of the following:

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: planning and/or coordinating projects related to Natural/Cultural Resources Management, Biological Science, Anthropology, or Physical Science, interpreting biological, natural or cultural resources related project data, or preparing technical communications documents related to resource management issues (manuscripts, reports, biological assessments, briefs, popular articles, websites, social media outlets, etc.)

Education: two full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a Master's or equivalent graduate degree related to the occupation with a major study 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 fields 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 to be filled.

Equivalent Combination of Education and Experience when added together equal 100%.

Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by either a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service, or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body. This evaluation must be provided with your resume by the closing date of the announcement.  If it is not, your education will not be considered and you may not qualify for the position. 

Click here for more information - Foreign education

Applicants must meet the experience and/or education requirements, qualifications, and any selective placement factors specified in the announcement by the closing date, Tuesday, May 06, 2014.

Unless previously served, you must complete a one year probationary period.

You will be required to carry a firearm in performance of your duties. ” Per the Lautenberg Amendment to 18 U.S.C.922(g)(9), effective September 30, 1996, applicants are ineligible for this position if at ANY time they have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside or the applicant received a pardon.

THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION under the Department's Drug Free Workplace Program.  Applicant who is tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative result prior to entering on duty. You will be subject to random drug testing.

Valid State Driver’s License required.

Motorized operation required.

This position requires wearing the National Park Service uniform. All employees are required to wear the uniform in accordance with guidelines, maintain personal appearance standards, and ensure proper conduct while in uniform. A uniform allowance is provided.


Your rating will be based on your application package and the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire.  A panel may be used to review and rank your application.


KSA-1 Knowledge of scientific method and standards of academic research and publication

KSA-2 Knowledge of natural and cultural resource topics

KSA-3 Skill in researching, developing, and presenting a variety of science-based interpretive programs to diverse audiences

KSA-4 Skill in media development and website management

KSA-5 Skill in video editing and other media software

KSA-6 Ability to communicate orally/interpersonal skills


The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers for a panel or subject specialist to score your application.


Basis for Rating: Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:


         Best Qualified - 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 - 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 - 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.


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You can review our benefits at:

The salary shown includes base pay, locality pay and a cost of living allowance of 7.18% for this duty station. Pay is subject to annual review and adjustment.

Alaska currently does not have a state income tax or statewide sales tax.

Working for the National Park Service offers a comprehensive benefits package that may include, in part, sick and personal leave, holidays, life and health insurance, retirement benefits, and participation in the Thrift Savings Plan which includes a percentage of government matching contributions. You may even be able to work a flexible schedule.


Direct Deposit:  All new employees of the National Park Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment. This includes your salary and other federal payments.

In the event of an accident while traveling in a government aircraft, the payable benefits of a private life insurance policy may be affected.

Relocation expenses are not authorized. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses will be the responsibility of the selected employee.


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To begin the process: 

Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire View Assessment Questions. Ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

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.

If you are unable to upload your required documents, complete this cover page using the following vacancy ID 1094866.  Fax your documents by the closing date to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

Print this 1203-FX form to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire and fax the completed 1203FX form along with the required documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time or 7:59 PM Alaska Time on Tuesday, May 06, 2014.

If you have questions about this announcement call Christina M. Sanchez at (907)644-3354 or email 

CHRISTINA_SANCHEZ@NPS.GOV prior to Tuesday, May 06, 2014. Please include the Vacancy ID number 1094866 when emailing or calling.


-Resume showing relevant experience - should include month, year and hours per week worked. (Cover letter optional) Help with writing your resume click here. Want to understand how to use USA JOBS click here.


-Online Assessment Questionnaire


-Transcripts: unofficial or official college transcripts or a list of completed course work including level of courses, credits and grades received. (if using to qualify based on education)


-Veterans' Preference Documentation- Copy of your DD214(s) that shows type of discharge (i.e. honorable) from service, (usually the member 4 copy); or Report of Separation from Activity Duty (if separation was prior to 1 July 1979). If you fail to supply the required documents(s) and type of discharge cannot be confirmed, veterans' preference will not be awarded. If claiming 10 points preference, you must also provide a completed SF15 and verification documents listed on the SF15). If you are separated and do not have a DD214 yet you may use an official statement of service from your command that you have completed active service and are being discharged under honorable conditions, or provide 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.

Notice to Veterans: Link is provided so you can see if you are eligible for veteran’s preference.


-CTAP/ICTAP Eligibles- copy of your agency's notice of Reduction In Force and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.


The CTAP/ICTAP is a federal program that gives priority selection rights to federal employees in the local commuting area who have lost their positions, been given notice that they will be separated due to reductions in force, or who are unable to return to their position due to a job related injury.   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 consideration for special priority selection, and earn a final score on the job examination questions of 90.0 or higher. Employees seeking 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 SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8837(h) or 8456. 



Christina M. Sanchez
Phone: (907)644-3354
Agency Information:
NPS Alaska Regional Office
240 W 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK


Once the online questionnaire documents are received you will receive an acknowledgement. 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.

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