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Job Title:Student Trainee (Park Guide)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Hiring Organization:Oklahoma City National Memorial

Job Announcement Number:IMSF-14-225 1136768 ml

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 $28,269.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, June 10, 2014 to Tuesday, June 17, 2014




Multiple Schedules - Internships NTE one year




1 vacancy in the following location:
Oklahoma City, OK View Map


Student/Pathways Internship Program Eligibles


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 National Park Service.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Qualified students, who are eligible for the Pathways Internship Program who live or go to school within the local commuting area (50 miles radius) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma AND veteran preference eligibles with student status regardless of the local commuting area.

This is an excepted service appointment under the Pathway's Internship Program. This appointment is not to exceed one year and may be shortened or extended based on continued need/funds and the student's continued eligibility in the Pathways Internship Program. Interns are eligible for consideration for conversion to a permanent or term appointment without further competition upon satisfactory completion of the program requirements. Conversion is not guaranteed and there is no expectation of making this position permanent or term.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: In order to be eligible for an appointment under the Pathways Internship Program:

  • You must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree or certificate program on a full- or half-time basis as defined by the institution (certificate program means post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, 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); and
  • Enrollment is with a qualifying educational institution such as a high school or state-approved home school; or accredited technical or vocational school; a 2 or 4 year college or university; a graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or a post-secondary home school curriculum; and
  • Students must be in good academic standing according to their institution, with a GPA of at least 2.0.

You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of your appointment under the Pathways Internship Program.

POSITION INFORMATION: This position is established to provide a meaningful employment opportunity in the Park Guide occupation. The employment opportunity may involve: specific administrative task/work assignments and a variety of activities and assignments and working with technical, administrative and professional staff in support of office programs and activities to gain practical work experience. The work involves giving talks, interpreting natural and historic features, answering questions, guiding tours, and providing miscellaneous services to visitors.


  • Occasional Travel
  • 1 possibly 2 days per month.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship Required and be at least 16 years of age.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • You must meet at least half-time student enrollment requirements.
  • You must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student
  • Provide copy of transcripts, current enrollment & projected graduation date
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
  • You must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0


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The Oklahoma City National Memorial works closely with the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation, which was created to administer the Memorial in cooperation with the National Park Service. The 3.3 acre Outdoor Symbolic Memorial opened on the fifth anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 12, 2000. The two components of the Memorial are the outside Symbolic Memorial, and a 30,000 square foot Interactive Learning Museum.

The major duties of the position are to present conducted programs such as walks, demonstrations, talks or special activities.  Provide assistance and/or initiate original input on revisions of interpretative materials, such as guidebooks, handouts, environmental education packet material and exhibits. Reply to oral and written inquiries about park resources and programs. On a daily basis, conduct formal presentations and informal contacts on the Memorial grounds. Respond to visitor inquiries, needs, and complaints; provide information about the site and surrounding areas. Provide interpretation of the site.

For information about the job please contact Frank Torres at (405) 609-8862. Contact Victoria Barela at (505) 988-6808 with questions about the application process.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: This position requires the incumbent to stand for long periods of time, walk for long distances, climb and descend steep inclines, bend, and lift moderately heavy items. Mental stress and physical fatigue occur due to high volume of personal contacts, occasional emergency responses, and repetitive nature of interpretive programs. The work is performed both indoors and outdoors resulting in exposure to a variety of weather conditions.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial works closely with the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation, which was created to administer the Memorial in cooperation with the National Park Service. The 3.3 acre Outdoor Symbolic Memorial opened on the fifth anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 12, 2000. The two components of the Memorial are the outside Symbolic Memorial, and a 30,000 square foot Interactive Learning Museum.

Area Information: Oklahoma City is the state capital and the largest city in Oklahoma with a population of 579,999, while the metropolitan area includes 1,059,715 people. Average daytime high temperatures vary from 36 in January to 100 in July. Winters are usually mild with an average annual snowfall of 3 inches. Summers are typically hot with fairly high humidity. There is a state sales tax. Single family homes ranger from $36,000 to $359,000. Highly rated hospitals, churches, public recreation opportunities, and major universities are abundant throughout the metropolitan area.


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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Tuesday, June 17, 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.  The OPM Handbook is available for review on OPM's website at

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 and as outlined below. Equivalent combinations of experience and education may also be used to qualify.

Experience: Applicants must possess six (6) months of general experience and six (6) months of specialized experience for a total of one year of experience. General experience is 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, providing 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.

Specialized Experience is experience that 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 Park Guide or tour leader; naturalist; environmental educator or teacher; or other similar work.


Education: Applicants must 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, and/or public speaking.


Equivalent combination of experience and education. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying. The total combined percentage must equal at least 100 percent.  For example, I have 6 months of general experience (50% of the experience requirements for this position and grade level) combined with one year of education as outlined above (50% of the education required to qualify). Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered 40 hours per week.  Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position, the starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the number of hours scheduled to work per week.

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

All Pathways program requirements must be met and maintained throughout student participation.

To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, 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 complete a trial period for the duration of your appointment.
2. National Park Service (NPS) uniformed position. Employee will be required to wear a uniform and comply with NPS uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided to defray the cost of the uniform.
3. Incidental motor vehicle: You may 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 drivers 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 drivers license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State driver's license.
4. Appointment is subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.
5. While in paid status, you may be assigned to evenings, holidays, and weekends.
6. Failure to submit all required documents and information requested by the closing date of this announcement will result in you not being considered for the position. Applicant's qualifications will be valuated solely on the information submitted in their applications.


Once you complete and submit your application package a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the job. Qualified students will be referred to the selecting official in unranked order by veteran preference status: (1) Preference eligible having a compensable, service-connected disability of 10 percent or more; (2) all other candidates eligible for 10-point veteran preference; (3) candidates eligible for 5-point veteran preference; and (4) candidates not eligible for veteran preference.

On-Line Questionnaire: Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume and submitted documentation. Your resume or application must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work experience. One year of general experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".


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You will be eligible for annual and sick leave. For additional information click here: After one year of continuous service, you will be eligible to enroll in the health benefits program at a cost. In accordance with PL 104-134, new employees of the Department of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay within 30 days of entrance on duty.


1. If selected, you will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.

2. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach legible a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. You must submit the required documentation to verify/confirm your claim, or you will NOT be given veteran's preference. Additional veteran's information is found at

3. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will NOT be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in the position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

4. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency. Use this link if you need to obtain a copy of your Selective Service Registration status,

5. Number of Vacancies: One. This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary.

6. Applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax following the instructions above. Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email to the advertising office) 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.



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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 (Eastern Standard Time) on Tuesday, June 17, 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.

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 1136768.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. 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.


Resume - We encourage you to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you choose to use your own resume make sure it lists all of the required information needed (including hours per week worked and month and year of employment).
Student Documentation - (Required) - You MUST provide proof that you are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in school. Your student documentation must include the following information from your school:
* You are enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an accredited educational institution or state-approved home school.
* The type of degree or certificate you are seeking (not required if you are not yet attending).
* That you are in good standing (usually a 2.0 GPA or above) (not required if you are not yet attending).
* Anticipated graduation or completion date of your degree/certificate (not required if you are not yet attending).
You will NOT be considered unless you provide this information from your school. This documentation may be provided in letter format from your academic advisor, school counselor, admission office, etc. OR it may be provided in the form of several official documents from your school such as a copy of your official transcripts and a copy of your class schedule for next semester. Copies of documents from your school website are acceptable if they contain the schools and your name on them. Letters from advisors or other school officials must be on school letterhead.
Veterans Preference Documentation - If you are entitled to veteran's preference, you should indicate the level of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veteran's preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide. Missing documentation may result in a change or removal of your claim for Veteran's preference. If you are claiming preference as a TP Veteran your profile MUST contain a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release, or Discharge from active military service. If you are claiming preference as a CP, CPS, or XP veteran your profile must contain a SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, with all applicable supporting documentation as instructed in the SF-15. You must submit the required documentation to verify/confirm your claim, or you will NOT be given veteran's preference. Additional veteran's information is found at

Response to Assessment Questionnaire.
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 VIN 1136768 so that the fax is processed properly and promptly.
DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS. Any resumes with these attachments cannot be forwarded to the hiring official.


Intermountain Region Santa Fe
Phone: (505)988-6076
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
Intermountain Region Santa Fe
Human Resources Office
Apply Online or by FAX only
Please call with questions
Thank You, NM
00000 Fax: (478)757-3144


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.

Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire: If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

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