This announcement is being extended from Tuesday, August 21, 2018 to Tuesday, August 28, 2018 due to lack of candidates.Learn more about this agency
Career seasonal positions are subject to release and recall procedures. Career-seasonal position includes all the benefits of permanent employment, but does not provide employment on a full year-round basis. Selectee will be in a non-pay/non-duty status for at least 2 weeks per year based on project requirements or weather conditions. Selectee is guaranteed to work at least 6 months per year but not more than 50 weeks per year, with the work schedule to be determined upon appointment.
Mount Rainer's typical season for this position is January 1st thru September 30th or March 1st thru November 30th.
This Climbing Ranger position requires the mastery of a broad array of special technical skills as well as leadership attributes in high-risk operations, with less than weekly oversight provided by supervisors. Incumbents are expected to enter on duty with a professional level of climbing and winter mountaineering background and experience, and are expected to pursue, develop, achieve, and maintain industry standard level certifications in mountaineering that may take as many as five years to achieve. These include; 1)AMGA Alpine and Ski Guide, 2) National Registry EMT-B or greater certification and, 3) a Helicopter Crew Member (HECM) certification, 4) a US Level 2 avalanche certification, 5) a Technical Rope Rescue Leader (TRTL) certification , and 6) a proficiency as a helicopter short-haul spotter. Past leadership in search and rescues, and significant experience with the incident command system is required. These certifications and proficiencies are at the minimum level needed for a leadership role within the climbing operation. Practicing each of these skills once every 1-3 months is expected to compose between 25 and 50% of total time.
- Mountaineering Skills and Duties
- Search, Rescue, EMS and Aviation
- Ranger Station Operation/Preventative Search and Rescue
- High Camp Operation and PSAR
75% or less - This position requires extensive travel (including backcountry) See Additional Information for specifics
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship required.
- Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
- Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males
- Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
- Any individual who is currently holding, or has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet time-in-grade requirements (must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent in the Federal service). Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
- You will be required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
- You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid driver's license is required. You will be required to submit a Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that disclose all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you.
- You will be required to wear a uniform(s) and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided..
- You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.
- If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
- You may be required to travel overnight away from home up to 8 nights in the backcountry at a time. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.
- You will be required to possess a current Emergency Medical Technician-Basic/First Responder certification.
This position performs mountaineering experience and requires applicant to have at least 20 professional ascents of routes on peaks greater than 14,000 feet where the route is typified by overwhelming glaciated terrain OR have an 'Alpine Guide' certification from an affiliate member of the IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations). Please list the individual professional climbs in your climbing resume specifying the date, mountain, route, rating, and employer for each climb. Applicants must document how they meet this requirement. Be sure to include a list on your resume the 20 professional US Alpine Grade II-IV climbs above 14,000 feet that you have accomplished. Candidates who do not meet this requirement by close of this announcement will receive no further consideration for this position.
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This position requires selectee to have a current State or National Registry EMT-Basic or higher certification at the time of entry on duty.
The duties of this position require the person selected to possess an interagency (Department of the Interior / US Forest Service) Helicopter Crewmember (HECM) NWCG certification.
To qualify for this position at the GS-09 grade level, you must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:
EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: serving as a park ranger patrolling major mountain climbing routes, performing emergency medical services, and managing search and rescue activities or other similar work. You must include hours per week worked.
EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least a Masters or equivalent degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree from an accredited educational institution, that is directly related to the work of the position, and which demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to do the work of this position. Directly related fields include natural resources management, park and recreation management, or other closely related subjects directly pertinent to the management and protection of natural and/or cultural resources. You must include transcripts.
Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. To combine education and experience, for example, 6 months of the specialized experience (50% of the experience requirement), and 27 semester hours or 41 quarter hours of directly-related graduate level college study in an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education). You must include transcripts.
Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".
To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.
If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your 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.
This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.
Physical Demands: The work requires regularly climbing on steep, even vertical, snow and icy surfaces (snowfields and glaciers) from sea level to the summit on Mountain Rainier (14,500 feet) is often exhausting. Activities require: carrying heavy (50 lbs) backpacks, lifting and carrying heavy (50 lb) objects, walking and/or hiking and/or backcountry ski distances up to 15 miles per day, and working at night. Due to the nature of mountaineering, work can occur any time during the day, and emergencies can arise that require the employee to work through the night in an "initial attack" capacity. Employee must maintain a high level of year-round physical fitness and exercise in extreme environments every week - all year.
Working Conditions: Work is performed inside and outside. Weather conditions may include sub-freezing temperatures, severe winds with gusts as high as 100 mph, freezing rain and fog, snow, and intense sun and heat from solar radiation. High camps are situated at approximately 10,000 feet, and field activities will climb to altitudes of approximately 14,500 feet, and possible camp at that altitude. Terrain at work sties may include glaciers, crevasses, steep to vertical snow slopes, steep to overhanging ice cliffs, talus slopes, and vertical rock. Work conditions will require close occupancy with other rangers in the field for up to eight days in a row. Food and water will be packed to remote locations and cooking done communally with other employees. For longer trips, employees may need to melt snow and ice for water. Many nights during an eight day shift will be spent on the mountain camping in a tent, sleeping bag, and using foam pads for mattress.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information, https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.
Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are highly qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Best qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.
Candidates who apply under Noncompetitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.
You will be evaluated on the following competencies:
- First Response
- Risk Management
- Technical Competence
- Technical Competence
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 08/28/2018.
- Resume which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, with dates specified in month and year format, and indicate hours worked per week. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade.
- A complete Occupational Questionnaire
- Merit Promotion Eligibility Documentation such as:
- Federal employees must submit a copy of their latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, such as the initial hire, promotion, or reassignment, showing position title, series, grade and tenure (please do not submit an Award SF-50 unless it provides the necessary information) and, if different, an SF-50 showing highest permanent grade ever held.
- Veterans Preference Documentation (e.g. DD-214, SF-15, VA Letter as appropriate)
- Documentation for the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) eligibility, which includes ALL Appointment AND Termination SF-50s for EACH appointment as well as ALL performance evaluations, for each qualifying period of temporary employment claimed.
- Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as:
- Veterans Preference Documentation:
- 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 SF15. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives.
- 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 SF15. You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 1-800-827-1000 to establish proof of disability.
- Due Weight for Performance Appraisals and Awards:
- Please submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and a list of any incentive awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. You must provide performance appraisal/evaluation and incentive award documentation which will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will use this documentation to assign a due weight point value to be considered during the overall selection process. If you do not have a current performance appraisal, please submit a statement as to why it is not available, and if it was at an acceptable level. If you fail to submit this documentation, it will result in no points being assigned by the selecting official during the selection process.
- Veterans Preference Documentation:
- Documentation that you meet Selective Factors.
- College transcripts, if qualifying based on education.
- Documentation for Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan consideration if you are a displaced Federal employee within the local commuting area. You must include: 1) Proof you are a displaced Federal employee, e.g., RIF Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, etc; 2) SF-50s (Notifications of Personnel Action) showing career/conditional tenure competitive status, promotion potential and duty location; and 3) your most recent performance appraisal. To exercise selection priority, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above 85 on the rating criteria for this position.
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
To apply for this position: You must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. To receive consideration, the complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 08/28/2018. WE DO NOT ACCEPT HARD-COPY OR E-MAIL APPLICATION PACKAGES.
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