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Job Title:Student Trainee (Park Guide) GS-099-04

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Hiring Organization:Fort Larned National Historic Site

Job Announcement Number:MWRC-14-PA-0107

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


Thursday, April 24, 2014 to Monday, April 28, 2014




Full Time - Internships




1 vacancy in the following location:
Larned, KS View Map


Fort Larned area Students






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. For more information about the National Park Service, click

WHO MAY APPLY: To be eligible for a Pathways Program Career Internship, you must meet the following requirements:·

  • You must be a student either living or attending school in the Fort Larned Kansas area and either accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree or certificate program on at least a half-time basis with a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).·
  • 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 organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. To verify accreditation, please visit:

PATHWAYS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM OVERVIEW: This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program which is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school. The Internship provides the student with work experience directly related to their academic studies or career goals while offering eligibility for non-competitive conversion to permanent employment upon completion. CONVERSION: This appointment is anticipated to continue until the student's education program requirements have been completed, at which time the individual may, at the agency's discretion, be converted to a term appointment. There is no guarantee for conversion. Additional Pathways Internship Program information can be found at:

WORK SCHEDULE: This is a full-time position (40 hours per week). Work may include weekends, evenings, holidays and overtime. The anticipated entrance on duty date for this position is May 18, 2014.



  • Not Required


  • No


  • Must be a U. S. Citizen and and at least 16 years of age
  • Must have a favorable adjudicated background investigation
  • Must submit proof of your student enrollment
  • Must maintain student status throughout internship
  • Must have a valid state drivers license
  • Government housing is not available


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This position requires the ability to operate a busy visitor centers/information desk, sales store. The position will require the ability to deliver historically accurate information to visitors in various ways such as through formal talks both on and off site along with demonstrations. Some of the demonstrations would be thought living history programs in historically accurate period clothing. The programs must be intellectual and make emotional connections to the public. Limited research will be required to verify information, in-depth research to learn how to develop programs but must follow historically correct research techniques. 

Area Information:

Fort Larned NHS is located six miles west of Larned, Kansas. Government housing is not available; however, houses and apartments are available to rent or to own in the nearby area. Elevation is 2,036 feet and the average rainfall is 23 inches. Summer temperatures sometimes exceed 100 degrees and winter temperatures of 20 degrees or lower are not uncommon. For more information, please go to


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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Monday, April 28, 2014.

QUALIFICATIONS: To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.

For the GS-4 Level :  You must possess six (6) months of General Experience and six (6) months of Specialized Experience equivalent to at least the GS-03 level for a total of one year of experience. General Experience is (1) Any type of work that demonstrates the 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. Specialized Experience is experience that involved oral presentation of historical, scientific, or program information to groups; or developing and/or revising technical, historical, or scientific information for oral presentation to groups. Examples of specialized experience could include, but are not limited to Park Guide or tour leader; naturalist; environmental educator or teacher; or other similar work. (Excess specialized experience can be substituted for general experience; but excess general experience cannot be substituted for required specialized experience.)

OR Have two years of education above high school (60 semester hour or 90 quarter hours) which included at least 12 semester hours of directly related courses, such as in American history, science, public speaking, parks & recreation, education, or communications.

Education: To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Applicants can verify accreditation HERE.

Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.

You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply. For further information click HERE.


1.  You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement verifying that you understand and agree to abide by the conditions of the internship.

2. You will also be required to maintain your student status as attending at least half-time, attending an accredited education institution, seeking a degree or certificate, and having a 2.0 GPA or higher.

3.  You will be required to provide student documentation every grading period to your supervisor to demonstrate your student status. Failure to do so may result in termination of your internship. 

4   As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must be registered with the Selective Service  System, unless otherwise exempted. Please see for additional information.

5.  New employees of the Department of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay.

6.  This position requires the incumbent to wear the National Park Service uniform in accordance with policies as a condition of employment.


Applicants are automatically rated based on their responses to the occupational questionnaire.  If you are automatically rated among the best qualified for this job, a review of your application materials will be made to verify your qualifications and self-rating. 


Category rating procedures will be used. Candidates will be ranked into three 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, veterans’ preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP.  Veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected disability (CP or CPS), are placed at the top of the highest quality category.  Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate (veterans’ preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.


If you rate yourself as qualified for this position and your resume and supplemental documents do not support your self-rating, you may be considered ineligible for the position. If you rate yourself such that you receive an automated rating of ineligible, we will not review your resume and supporting documents further. 


If your self-assigned rating on the occupational questionnaire is not supported by the information contained in the rest of your application package, you may be placed in the next lower category or you may be considered not qualified. Please ensure that your self-assessment of your qualifications is well supported by the information in your resume.


Your application will be evaluated based upon the following competencies:

1.  Oral communication

2.  Informal visitor contacts/customer service

3.  Interpretation - Visitor Services 


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1. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

2. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses  will not be paid.  Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

3.  Veterans Preference:  If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type if veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.  For more information on Veterans' preference, please visit


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NOTE: applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax. Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Applicants are advised that a variety of public facilities such as schools, public libraries, state employment offices and regional job centers provide access to computers at no charge. Help may also be available to targeted groups through a variety of public assistance agencies.

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 (EST) on Monday, April 28, 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 Monday, April 28, 2014.

* 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 1101377.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. If you cannot complete the Application Monday, April 28, 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

3. Fax 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.

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 Office Code (IN) and VIN (1101377) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM  DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS. Any resume or documents with photographs will not be forwarded to the hiring official.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:  The following documents are REQUIRED and must be received by the closing date of the announcement Monday, April 28, 2014. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will not be considered. Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for incomplete applications. DO NOT SUBMIT PHOTOGRAPHS.

1. APPLICATION OR RESUME: Your resume must include the following information:

· Job Information: Announcement number, position title, grade, and duty location for which you are applying.·

 Personal Information: Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code); country of citizenship.

· Education: High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED; Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code; Major field(s) of study; Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.

· Work Experience: For each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying, identify: Job title, duties and accomplishments, number of hours per week, employer’s name and address, supervisor's name and phone number, starting and ending dates of employment (month and year), salary, indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.

· Other Qualifications: A list of job related training courses (course title, hours for completion, date of completion); a list of job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.); a list of job-related certificates and licenses; a list of job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.).


3. COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS - Unofficial transcripts downloaded from your school website are acceptable. You may also submit a listing of your coursework. If you submit a list, it must identify your name, your school name, and for each course: the school attended, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed. If you are selected for the position, you will be required to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.

4. PROOF OF CURRENT ENROLLMENT - Documents accepted include a letter of acceptance if you are not yet enrolled, a copy of your current class schedule, current transcripts showing coursework in progress, or letter from your advisor or registrar's office indicating that you are a student attending at least half-time in a degree or certificate seeking program. Other documents may be considered but we recommend you contact the Human Resources contact listed for this job announcement to verify acceptability.

5. DD-214 (If Applicable) If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you MUST clearly identify your claim for veterans’ preference on your application, and you must provide the specific required documentation. For 5-point veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) Certificate of Release or Discharge which must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If you are currently on active duty, you MUST provide an official statement of service from your command/unit which states the date you entered active duty, expected discharge type and date, and campaign medals you have received 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. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm your discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service.

For 10-point veterans’ preference, you must submit a Standard Form (SF-15) “Application for 10-Point Veterans’ Preference” and the document supporting your claim as indicated on the SF-15. If we cannot verify your 10-point preference status, you will receive 5-point preference if veterans' preference requirements have been met. To obtain a copy of your Veterans Administration Disability Rating to support your 10 point preference claim, please visit:


Charlene Marsh
Phone: (314)655-1601
Agency Information:
Midwest Region Central SHRO
601 Riverfront Drive
Omaha, NE


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.

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