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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Park Ranger - Interpretive)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  FS-1156499-DS14

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$46,382.00 to $60,297.00 / Per Year
Monday, August 4, 2014 to Friday, August 8, 2014
Multiple Schedules - Internships
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Mill Valley, CA View Map
San Francisco, CA View Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles


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.

As a Pathways Student Trainee (Park Ranger –Interpretation) at Golden Gate National Recreation Area/Muir Woods National Monument/Marin Headlands, you primarily will facilitate K-12 education programs, as well as conduct research to develop interpretive programs, present formal and informal interpretive programs including orientation talks, conducted walks, and demonstrations to inform visitors about the Monument's facilities and resources.

 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. Applicants must be current students, enrolled or accepted on at least a half-time basis, and pursuing a degree or certificate in a qualifying educational institution (see the 'Education' section for more information). Interns may be converted to a term, career-conditional or career appointment within 120 days following successful completion of all their education and work experience requirements. For more information on the Pathways Intern Program, visit:

This position is open only to individuals who reside or attend school in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) local commuting Area (50 mile radius). This local commuting area does not apply to preference eligible veterans.

Although U.S. citizenship is not required for applicants in Pathways programs, it will be required before candidates can be converted into competitive service positions.

Multiple candidates may be selected from this announcement.

Full promotional potential is GS-09.


  • Not Required


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  • U. S. Citizenship is required.
  • Successful completion of a background check is required.
  • Must be accepted for/currently enrolled in a qualifying educational program
  • Conversational Fluency in Spanish, Cantonese or Mandarin required.
  • Wearing official NPS uniform required.
  • Duty station is the Marin Headlands and Muir Woods.
  • Subject to furlough.
  • Drivers license required.


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Park Ranger – Interpretation (Education Rangers) lead teams of park staff, volunteers, students and teachers to develop, prepare, evaluate and deliver curriculum-based science education programs that align with education standards and facilitate inquiry education programs both at the park and in schools. They conduct outreach to draw schools serving low-income students, represent the park at fairs, workshops and conferences, and provide interpretive services to the public, including short talks and interpretive programs.

This internship will give you the opportunity to explore this Federal career while still in school, build work skills and experience, and earn pay for the work you perform. You will be able to learn from a professional workforce, receive on-the-job training, and expose you to the Park Ranger – Interpretation occupation by observing and completing basic operational assignments such as:

  1. Facilitating K-12 education programs based on best practices in education.
  2. Conducting natural resources research to acquire information needed to develop an interpretive presentation. 
  3. Developing and presenting a variety of formal and informal interpretive programs such as orientation talks, walking tours, demonstrations, etc., using teaching methods and devices geared to the characteristics and interests of the particular audience.
  4. Participating in the planning and arrangements for one-time or annual celebrations related to the programs and themes of the park.
  5. Operating a variety of audiovisual and other equipment used in connection with interpretive material (projectors, video equipment, etc.) 
  6. Developing basic knowledge of an Incident Command System and skill to carry out a range of duties involved in all-risk operations.




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To qualify for this position, you must have been accepted for enrollment or be currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma or certificate) in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time (as defined by your educational institution) basis. A qualifying educational institution includes accredited high schools or home-school curriculum, technical or vocational school, two-year or four-year colleges or universities, and graduate or professional schools. All applicants must provide documentation of their eligibility (e.g., transcripts, official letters documenting enrollment, etc.) as part of their application package.


The duties of this position include providing frequent assistance to Park Visitors, many of whom do not speak English. The Pathways Student Trainee Ranger-Interpretation selected for this position must have conversational-level fluency in one of the three other most common languages in the San Francisco Bay area: Spanish, Cantonese or Mandarin (in addition to English) to deliver K-12 education and public programs in that language.


In addition to meeting the student eligibility and additional language requirement, candidates must also meet at least one of the following qualification requirements to qualify for this position.

A. EXPERIENCE: One full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service (acquired in the public or private sectors) that involved duties such as: developing and presenting curriculum-based K-12 education programs about the ecology or natural resources of a site, park, or recreation area, or presenting informal and formal talks or guided tours translating natural science oriented information into understandable information for diverse audiences.  NOTE: To qualify under this option, your resume must contain sufficient detail to prove you have one year experience performing these duties.


B. EDUCATION: Successful completion of one full year of graduate level study (18 semester hours or the number of units your school uses to represent one full year if graduate study) in environmental science, natural sciences, environmental education or a closely related subject. NOTE: to be found qualified under this option, you must submit transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify your education.


C. SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: Successful completion of a bachelor's degree in in environmental science, natural sciences, environmental education or a closely related subject AND meet one of the Superior Academic Achievement provisions: (1) Class Standing: rank in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as College of Liberal Arts or School of Business Administration, based on the completed courses; OR (2) Grade-Point Average: earn a grade-point average of (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on the transcript, or as computed based on four years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final two years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B " or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field, or the required courses completed during the final two years of the curriculum. Note: grade-point averages will be rounded to the one decimal place, for example, 2.95 = 3.0, 2.94 = 2.9, and 3.45 = 3.5; OR (3) Membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society: elect membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies. Freshman scholastic honor societies cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision. NOTE: to be found qualified under this option, you must submit transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify that your education meets Superior Academic Achievement.


D. COMBINATION of graduate education and specialized experience as described above. To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours, or equivalent, earned towards a graduate degree and divide by 18 semester hours, or equivalent. Then, take the number of months of full-time specialized experience gained and divide by 12. Add the two percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. NOTE: To qualify under this option you must submit transcripts to verify your education and include proof of your experience in the text of your resume.


To qualify for this position, you must have been accepted for enrollment or be currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma or certificate) in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time (as defined by your educational institution) basis and provide evidence of this with your application.

Education: For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descript courses listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research"), please indicate through your resume or attachment memorandum from an academic professor how each course fulfills the specific education requirement, i.e., state number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned.

NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. Applicants can verify accreditation at

Special Instructions For Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit .

AREA INFORMATION: Muir Woods National Monument is within the boundaries of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). GGNRA is diverse and complex, both geographically and politically, characterized by urban and rural open space surrounded by the San Francisco Bay Area with annual park visitation in excess of 20 million. In many areas, the 75,000-acre park is surrounded by urban and suburban communities; in others, the park completely surrounds small, rural communities; and approximately 10 other land managing agencies (with a variety of missions) share the stewardship of adjoining public lands. Visitation is extremely variable, depending primarily on weather rather than time of year. For more information about Golden Gate National Recreation Area, visit:

  • The work is performed indoors and outdoors. Interpretive work is usually not strenuous, but you will be required to stand and walk extensively, in some cases over rough surfaces or inclines, carrying backpacks, rescue equipment or other items.
  • The duty station of this position may be San Francisco or Marin Headlands/Muir Woods. There is frequent inclement weather due to fog and limited public transportation may be available to these sites. Incumbent must be able to drive in the city, as well as on the small winding roads leading to the park. No Governmental Housing is available. Overtime is required.

  • This position is a career-seasonal (subject to furlough) position. A permanent career-seasonal position includes all benefits of permanent employment, but does not provide for employment on a year round basis. In this position, the employee is guaranteed work at least 26 weeks, but not more than 50 in a service year. When services are not required, employee will be placed in a non-pay status. Up to two weeks of paid vacation time may be used during part of the non-pay status period and/or unemployment compensation may be applied for. When in pay status the employee will work full-time (80 hours per pay period).


A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.

Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category, and veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category.

Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:

  • Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
  • Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job; and
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.


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If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF-15 found at If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at

If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.

If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15, and if applicable, a completed SF-15. If you don't have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at or call 1-800-827-1000.

Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from

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


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your Résumé and other supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section below.
  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire.


A complete Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of Friday, August 08, 2014.


* To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other documents and complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are 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 job announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 1156499.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
  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.


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

  1. Your Résumé
  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
  3. Other Supporting Documents (No Photos Please): 
      • Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable.
      • Documentation of your eligibility as a student (verification of current enrollment or documentation of acceptance in a program).
      • Documentation that you reside or attend school in the commute area of Marin or San Francisco Counties which is defined as a 50 mile radius (or are entitled to veterans' preference).
      • Documentation that you meet any selective factors or screen outs, if applicable.


If you are a displaced Federal employee within in the local commute area of this announcement, you must include ALL the following documents to receive Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan consideration for this vacancy:

1. Proof you are a displaced Federal employee under 5 CFR 330.702, e.g., one of the following: RIF Separation Notice; Notice of Proposed Removal for Declining a Transfer of Function; Agency certification of inability to place after termination of work-related disability compensation; OPM Notice of Termination of Disability Annuity; or certification of a Military Reserve Technician or National Guard Technician special disability retirement annuity.
2. SF-50s (Notification of Personnel Action) sufficient to show all of the following: 1) that you held career/career-conditional competitive status in your position of record; 2) the promotional potential of your position of record; and 3) the duty location of your position of record. NOTE: You may need to submit more than one SF-50.
3. Most Recent Performance Appraisal. This requirement does not apply if you qualify for ICTAP due to injury compensation or disability annuity.


Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan (I/CTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above in accordance with the agency's merit promotion procedures on the rating criteria for this position.  For further information about the I/CTAP programs, visit


Deborah A. Shreve
Phone: (415)281-7087
Agency Information:
USOPM San Francisco Services Branch
San Francisco Federal Building
90 Seventh Street Suite 13-300
San Francisco, CA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. You will receive notice via email or by mail once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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