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Job Title:Supervisory Park Ranger (Interpretation), GS-0025-12

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:MWW-DE-14-068 (1104420)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$64,947.00 to $90,344.00 / Per Year


Monday, April 28, 2014 to Monday, May 19, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Interior, SD View Map


United States Citizens


Not Applicable




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: Badlands National Park

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking a highly skilled and motivated individual to serve as the Division Chief for Interpretation and Visitor Services at Badlands National Park, Interior, South Dakota. Responsibilities involve budget management, developing and implementing management strategies, policy and operations, representing the park in public contacts, negotiation and collaboration with representatives of partnerships and local American Indian tribes.
This is a full time permanent position. This announcement will be used to fill one SupervisoryPark Ranger (Interpretation) position.

Area Information: Badlands National Park is located in southwestern South Dakota 75 miles east of Rapid city (population 57,000), and 30 miles from Wall., Kadoka, and Philip. Limited grocery shopping, service station, K-8 school, and post office are located in Interior, 2 miles from park headquarters. Shopping, medical and dental facilities, and schools K-12 are available in Wall, Kadoka, Philip, and Rapid City. The area is a beautiful place to live and raise a family but winters can be harsh with occasional cold temperatures, high winds, and blizzard like conditions. Summers can be hot and dry with temperatures topping 100 degrees. For additional information, contact (605) 433 - 5361.

This announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens.

Review the complete job announcement to assure you have submitted all requested documentation.  Failure to submit ALL application materials may result in a low or ineligible rating.

Number of Vacancies: One position will be filled from this job opportunity announcement.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Up to two nights per month


  • No


  • US citizenship required
  • Appt contingent upon background investigation with favorable adjudication
  • A valid state driver's license is required
  • Holiday, evening and weekend work may be required
  • Wear a NPS uniform and comply with uniform standards (allowance provided)
  • Financial disclosure required
  • Must serve a one year supervisory probationary period, if not already met


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This position serves as the Division Manager (Chief of Interpretation) for the Resource Education Division, planning, directing, and executing programs related to interpretation, public information, community outreach, cultural resources and curatorial resources.

Specifically this position will:

- Supervise interpretation program staff members

- Prepare budget and manage financial activities of the division
- Manage and provide technical expertise in all areas of interpretive operations
- Serve as the Public Information Officer for the park
- Coordinate related division programs


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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement  Monday, May 19, 2014.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.  Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions.  It is available for review on OPM's website a t

Applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications:
GS-12 Specialized Experience:  Must have one year of specialized experience  equivalent to at the GS-11 level in the federal service.  Specialized experience is experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled.  Experience may have been in technical, administrative, or scientific work, fish and wildlife management, recreation management, law enforcement, or other park related work.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience include, but are not limited to, the following:  park guide or tour leader, 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 implementation of policy related to protection, conservation, or management of park areas or similar operations.

Your application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.


WHO MAY APPLY:   This position is open to all US citizens.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work is sedentary. Typically the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there will be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items such as papers, books, small parts; driving an automobile, etc. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. The employee may infrequently do some walking, bending, crawling, or climbing
while working outdoors.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms, libraries, residences or commercial vehicles. For the most part the work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. There will be occasional exposure to higher risks when the employee is required to work in the outdoor setting. The outdoor setting presents rough terrain with a wide variance in weather and temperatures ranging from -35 degrees to +120 degrees.


Applicants will be rated according to responses to the occupational questionnaire. A review of the resume and other supporting documentation of the highest scoring applicants will be conducted and compared against the responses to the occupational questionnaire.  The score, based on responses to the questionnaire, is a measure of the degree to which an applicant's background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that qualifications and/or experience have been inflated, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information  may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

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. 

Minimally 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: Veteran's 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 disability, (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category.  Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.

The occupational questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following areas needed to successfully perform the duties of this position:

- Ability to administer a visitor education and interpretive operations program

- Ability to supervise a visitor education and interpretive operation

- Ability to collaborate with internal and external partners

- Ability to formulate and manage a budget

- Ability to communicate


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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most federal employees at

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.


If you are a veteran with preference eligibility you must submit a copy of your DD-214.  If you are a disabled veteran, please submit an SF-15 and required documents as specified on the SF-15.  The SF-15 can be obtained by clicking this link .  Applications lacking a DD-214 and/or associated SF-15 documentation will not receive veteran's preference.
If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 8 5 or above on the rating criteria for this position.  For information on how to apply as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible see

You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties.   Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued driver's license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle.   You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued driver's license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year or more frequently if management determines such need exists.

All federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.

Government housing  is not available.

Male applicants born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


EEO Policy Statement

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement 

Veterans Information

Legal and Regulatory Guidance



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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.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 19, 2014.

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 provide a complete Application Package which includes all the following parts:
1. Resume/Application
2. Complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Other Supporting Documents (See Required Documents Section Below)

1. 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 (View Occupational Questionnaire).

2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

3. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date (Monday, May 19, 2014).

4. 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.

5. 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 Identification Number (VIN) is 1104420.

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 Monday, May 19, 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 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.


NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed are received, legible, and accurate.

For Résumé and Application Tips visit:

DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS.  Any resume or documents with photographs will not be forwarded to the hiring official.


Resumes should include personal information, education, work experience (including dates of employment-month and year, and hours worked per week), and other qualifications pertinent to the position. Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, your score will be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Applications lacking required information may be considered ineligible.

The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

  • Resume - Showing detailed relevant experience. Your experience must verify the answers given on the assessment questionnaire. YOU MUST USE YOUR FULL LEGAL NAME (Do not use nicknames or shortened names).
  • Transcripts (To meet basic education requirements transcripts must be included or If using education to qualify you must submit college transcripts)
  • Qualifications (assessment questionnaire)
  • Veterans Preference Documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, SF-15, etc) see veterans preference under the other information section.
  • CTAP/ICTAP Documents, if applicable.
  • Selective factors.


Phone: (605)745-3620
Agency Information:
Midwest Region West SHRO
National Park Service
please email or call with questions
Thank You, SD


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may/or may not be referred to the hiring official. You will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you may be contacted directly. You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed.

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MWW-DE-14-068 (1104420)

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