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    The HR Customer Services and Solutions group is currently accepting applications to fill up to 6 temporary positions at Bryce Canyon 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: April 2017

    Bryce Canyon is a mid-sized National Park in Southwestern Utah with a visitation of over 2 million visitors. Named after the Mormon Pioneer Ebenezer Bryce, Bryce Canyon became a National Park in 1928. It is famous for its worldly unique geology, consisting of a series of horseshoe shaped amphitheaters carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in Southern Utah. In addition to Bryce Canyon's hiking, camping, photography, horseback riding, and star gazing, recreation opportunities abound outside the park. Dixie National Forest and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument offer hiking, camping, mountain biking, and fishing opportunities. In addition, six National Park Service sites and three state parks are less than three hours from Bryce Canyon. Because of the high altitude (7,000 – 9,000 foot elevations) summers are relatively mild with day time temperatures rarely surpassing 90 degrees. Nighttime temperatures are cool (upper 40's to low 50's F). Afternoon thunderstorms are common in July and August.

    Small grocery stores, restaurants, service stations, a church and K-12 schools are located in Tropic (10 miles away). The nearest medical facilities are in Panguitch (28 miles). Cedar City (80 miles) has movie theaters, clothing stores, full-service grocery stores, and department and home improvement stores.

    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.

    APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FULL CONSIDERATION.

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    Responsibilities

    Join the Dark Rangers for a summer under the stars.  Astronomy Rangers at Bryce Canyon National Park conduct astronomy programs three nights a week, starting with a Powerppoint presentation and continuing with astronomy interpretation using laser pointers and a variety of computerized and manual telescopes.  A group of 4-8 people guide 200-300 visitors through an educational and entertaining celebration of natural darkness.

    Bryce Canyon Rangers also provide front-line information and interpretative services for visitors in the daily operations of Bryce Canyon National Park.  The park rangers selected will work in an extremely busy Visitor Center, which assists up to 4,500 or more visitors a day.  The park rangers will be expected to research, develop and present a full range of interpretive activities including guided walks, talks, Jr. Ranger programs, patio talks, hikes and evening programs for up to 200 visitors on a variety of subjects.  The park rangers will have to handle stressful situations and be able to make prudent decisions quickly, often without supervisory assistance.  The park rangers will have to be flexible and willing to help out co-workers regularly throughout the day.  Park rangers conduct roving assignments at viewpoints along the rim of the canyon and may be called into service during search and rescue and other emergency operations.  Shifts may start as early at 7:30 am when opening the Visitor Center and could end as late as midnight when conducting astronomy programs and full moon hikes.  Astronomy Rangers also will be highly involved in the four-day, extremely popular Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival beginning in June.  Collateral duties including maintaining astronomy equipment and other duties as assigned will be completed during project time.

    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.

    OTHER JOB REQUIREMENTS: Bryce Canyon National Park is the ultimate place to interpret and enjoy the splendor of the night sky.  Far from the light pollution of civilization, Bryce Canyon National Park is the last grand sanctuary of natural darkness.  The night sky at Bryce Canyon National Park is so dark we can see 7,500 stars on a moonless night! Here the Milky Way extends from horizon to horizon like a vast silver rainbow! Here Venus, and even Jupiter, are bright enough to cause you to cast a shadow.


    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel may be required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/456230200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.