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The HR Customer Services and Solutions group is currently accepting applications to fill up to 18 temporary positions at Shenandoah National Park. Appointments made under this announcement are limited to 1039 hours (six months) in a service year and may be terminated at any time. Appointments under this announcement are eligible for rehire and/or extension (when initial appointment is less than 1039 hours) if workload and funding allow. Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for rehire in subsequent service years. Anticipated Entry on Duty: March, 2017

Shenandoah National Park is located in Virginia, approximately 90 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. The park consists of approximately 197,000 acres of land, including 80,000 acres designated as wilderness. It also contains 105 miles of Skyline Drive and 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Annual visitation is around 1.1 million, which has direct and extensive economic impact on the surrounding area (eight counties and nine municipalities). The park's natural, cultural and recreational resources are of vital interest to local and regional businesses, political leaders, conservation and outdoor recreation organizations, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The park is recruiting for full-time and part-time positions with the majority of the positions being hired as full-time with 1-2 positions hired as part-time. Estimated hours for part-time work will be 16 hours per week. May be assigned to work nights, early mornings, rotating shifts, holidays, and weekends. Lieu days may periodically change based on seasonal visitation patterns.

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

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.



Major duties will be to prepare and present thematic interpretive programs for a variety of public audiences and curriculum-based education programs for kindergarten through high school student groups on a variety of natural and human history topics including habitats, plant/animal adaptations, ecosystems, geology, human history, park management and watersheds. Public interpretive programs include guided walks, short talks, illustrated evening programs and children's programs. Programs are resource-based and are conducted at outdoor and indoor sites at various locations in the park and use the professional competency standards developed by the National Park Service. Perform other interpretive duties including visitor center operations and roving interpretive patrols making informal visitor contacts. Assist with preparing and presenting special request programs and sessions for instructional teacher workshops and professional development courses for educators. These positions are in Shenandoah National Park with the Division of Interpretation and Education, with duty stations at various locations along Skyline Drive. Park Headquarters Complex is located approximately 4 miles from Luray, Virginia, a small rural community in the Shenandoah Valley.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work involves extensive periods of standing and walking, in some cases over rough surfaces or inclines, carrying backpacks, tools, rescue equipment, etc.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is performed in settings in which there is regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomforts and unpleasantness, e.g., high or low temperatures, confined spaces or adverse weather conditions.

Employees will obtain and maintain First Aid/CPR certification.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No