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.
SELECTIVE FACTOR- LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT
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 http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
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 http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .
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: www.nps.gov/goga
- 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).
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.