Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education if applicable, and any selective placement factors described below before a certificate of candidates from this announcement is issued to the selecting official. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Additional information on the qualification requirements for this position is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM’s website: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs0400/0462.htm
Basic Qualifications: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience directly related to this position should be documented in the online application or resume.
Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
For the GS-04 position, in addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had six (6) months of general experience: Performed farm/ranch labor, such as feeding/tending livestock or general maintenance of farm/ranch facilities; worked in a greenhouse, nursery or landscaping e.g., planting, moving, watering, and tending plants; animal caretaker in a laboratory, zoo or pet store; volunteer work at a park, hospital, community sports league, local fire department, etc. and six (6) months of specialized experience at least equivalent to GS-03: Checked visitor use of recreation facilities. Monitored compliance with recreation area rules and regulations of parking, campfires, sanitation, use of picnic sites or hunting and fishing. Reported violations to supervisor. Cleaned recreation areas and maintained improvements. Answered routine questions regarding recreational activities. Constructed and/or maintained trails.
For the GS-05 position, in addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience at least equivalent to GS-04: Provided detailed information about recreation opportunities for visitors and explained rules and regulations. Patrolled assigned areas for compliance with policies and specifications. Kept daily records of area inspections and group contacts. Monitored visitor use patterns and suggested changes in procedures or recreation sites to protect, manage and/or conserve resources. Served as a Forest Protection Officer and issued warning and violation notices. Operated an oar/paddle raft, cataraft, kayak and/or comparable water craft on class IV and V rapids. Maintained and made minor repairs on rafts, rafting and camping equipment, safety equipment and river gear. Performed routine maintenance at dispersed and developed recreation sites/facilities.
For the GS-06 position, in addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience at least equivalent to GS-05: Planned and implemented logistics required for river patrols and river based projects using Leave No Trace principles. Operated an oar/paddle raft, cataraft, kayak and/or comparable water craft on class IV and V rapids. Maintained and made minor repairs on rafts, rafting and camping equipment, safety equipment and river gear. Assured recreation sites were maintained in accordance with operation and maintenance plans. Inspected recreation areas, areas of concentrated public use and special use permits for compliance with permits and management plans. Patrolled river corridor to ensure areas are operated, used and maintained in accordance with River Management Plans. Provided detailed information about recreation opportunities to visitors and explained rules and regulations. Performed law enforcement responsibilities as Forest Protection Officer.
Substitution of Education for Experience:
The experience requirements for the GS-04 level may be met by successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.
The experience requirements for the GS-05 level may be met by successful completion of a four (4) year course of study leading to a bachelors' degree or the equivalent. Education must include at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management with natural resources emphasis, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester/9 quarter hours in mathematics is creditable.
For the GS-06 there is no substitution of education for experience for this position.
Combination of Education and Experience:
For the GS-04 and GS-05 equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.
For the GS-06 there is no combination of education and experience for this position.
Time in Grade Requirement - GS-06 only: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements with 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be meet within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
Must be 18 years of age
May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period
Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:
We will review your application, including the online Occupational Questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.
- Knowledge of forestry recreation operations, maintenance, regulations, and procedures
- Knowledge of operation and maintenance of off-road motorized and non-motorized vehicles such as ATV's, watercraft-(oar/paddle raft, cataraft, kayak, or comparable water craft on class IV and V rapids), motorboats, 4-wheel drives, trailers, etc.
- Ability to communicate other than in writing
- Ability to communicate in writing
Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Non-Competitive candidates need to meet minimum qualification requirements to be referred.
Note : If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.
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