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This position is located in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Temporary positions not-to-exceed 1039 regular hours in a service year may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs. The typical seasonal entry-on-duty period for Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is May to September, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: May
Serves as a lead lifeguard at three beaches, (Milford, Smithfield and Turtle), in the National Recreation Area. Responsible for public safety, water assists and rescues, enforcement of beach regulations, providing first aid and providing visitor information. Supervises beach operations including keeping a constant watch over areas to prevent accidents and water oriented emergencies. Responds to emergency water rescues as team leader. Serves as crew leader for up to 12 lifeguards, GS-03 and GS-04, assisting in duty schedules, training schedules, leading drills and establishes task priorities to ensure the smooth operation of all three beaches. Maintains first aid and EMS supplies and trains others in proper use. Responsible for all case incident reports, daily activity logs, and lost and found items.At the beginning of each shift, must perform one hour of physical training, which may include but is not limited to running, swimming and/or review of lifeguard skills.
As a condition of employment, applicant will be required to pass a swim test and physical efficiency battery test. The swim test consists of: swimming 1500 feet in 10 minutes; free diving to 15 feet, carrying a swimmer 75 feet at the surface, and treading water (legs only) for 2 minutes. The physical efficiency battery test consists of: a 1.5 mile timed run, a bench press for strength, a flexibility test, and an agility run.
Applicants must hold current certification as an American Red Cross Lifeguard. Applicants must hold at a minimum, certification in American Red Cross Community First Aid and Safety and in CPR for the Professional Rescuer, or equivalent
Area information: www.nps.gov/dewa
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Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship required.
- Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
- Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.
- Nationallly recognized Lifeguarding Certificate is required
- You will be required to pass a swim test and physical efficiency battery test. The swim test consists of: swimming 1500 feet in 10 minutes; free diving to 15 feet, carrying a swimmer 75 feet at the surface, and treading water (legs only) for 2 minutes. The physical efficiency battery test consists of: a 1.5 mile timed run, a bench press for strength, a flexibility test, and an agility run. Condition of Employment
- Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
- 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 possess valid CPR and Basic First Aid certifications or higher EMS certification
- Must pass a pre-employment physical
- You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, you will be required to submit a photocopy of your valid State issued driver's license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year, or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Valid state driver's license is a condition of employment.
- Mixed tour of duty: part time 16 hours per week from EOD until mid June when the remaining staff come onboard then going to either full time 40/week or part time 32 hours per week. After Labor Day, return to 16 hours per week until end of season.
- You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.
- You may be required to work evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.
- Applicants must be at least 18 years old to the hazardous work (ie. driving a motor vehicle, etc.)
QualificationsAll qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-02/21/2020-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement.
Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. To receive credit for experience, your resume MUST clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the resume must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount of qualified specialized experience.
SELECTIVE FACTOR: This position performs and manages daily operations of a lifeguarded beach, and Lifeguard Certification, CPR and Basic First Aid certification is required. Candidates who do not meet this requirement by close of this announcement will receive no further consideration for this position. Furthermore, 90 days as a River lifeguard experience is a selective factor, since this position is responsible for training staff in river lifeguard skills starting on the first day of work..Candidates who do not meet this requirement by close of this announcement will receive no further consideration for this position.
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To qualify for this position at the GS-5 grade level, you must possess at least of one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:
EXPERIENCE: for GS-05: 12 months of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities, but not limited to: Responsible for patrolling and providing lifesaving services to the public at a pool or beach facility, perform the duties and responsibilities of a Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard), that includes patrolling and providing lifesaving services to the public at a pool or beach facility, develop and conduct lifeguard and lifesaving training for a staff of Recreation Assistants (Lifeguard), managing a pool or beach facility that includes a staff of lifeguards, serve as a swim instructor/coach. You must include hours per week worked.
Successful completion of at least a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in courses related to recreation or physical education. You must include transcripts You must include transcripts.
Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. For example, I have 6 months of the specialized experience described above (50% of the experience requirement), and one and a half academic years of directly-related graduate level education (50% of the qualifying education). The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. 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.
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.
Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for the possibility of extensions or rehire in subsequent service years.
Government housing may be available
Physical Demands: Must be in excellent physical health, must be able to swim for long distances in river current. Must be able to cope with the physical and mental rigors of emergency management in life threatening situations. May be required to free dive to depths greater than 20 feet in rescue situations.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Performed outdoors in warm climate. Extremes in temperature and humidity are common. Ambient air temperatures in the high 90's are recorded every summer and water temperatures can be as low as 55 degrees.
"Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. All travel, transportation, andrelocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the sole responsibility of the selected employee."
The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework.
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 Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score will be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you can lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions can 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. Veterans with a service connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. 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 exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job
- 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.
- First Response
- Interpersonal Skills
- Technical Competence
The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 02/21/2020:
- Resume which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, dates specified in month and year format, and the resume must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount of qualified specialized experience. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade. NOTE: We encourage you to use the USAJobs Resume Builder. You will not receive credit for experience that does not indicate the exact hours worked per week or is listed as "varies". Part-time hours are prorated. Your description of experience and education must be able to support any claim for qualifying for this position. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make any assumptions regarding your experience. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response. For more information visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/faq/application/documents/resume/what-to-include/
- A complete Occupational Questionnaire
- 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.
- 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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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
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 02/21/2020. WE DO NOT ACCEPT HARD-COPY OR E-MAIL APPLICATION PACKAGES.
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- Prompted to Start the Application Process by selecting "Start Application."
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- To PREVIEW the application questionnaire, select the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10698415
- Select or add the resume you want to use for this application. Click here on how to build a resume in USAJOBS.
- Select documents you want included in this application.
- Review package to acknowledge your documents were reviewed.
- Select if you want to include your demographic information.
- After reading and certifying the application is true and submitted in good faith, select "Continue to Agency Site."
- Follow onscreen prompts and instructions to complete your application.
- Add the supporting documents by indexing your documents with the dropdown.
- Upload any missing required documents or optional documents.
- Review and Submit Application.
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Agency contact information
AddressDelaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
1978 River Road
Bushkill, PA 18324
Once the Occupational Questionnaire is received you will receive acknowledgement that your submission was successful. If you are among the most qualified candidates and your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly for a possible interview. You will be notified of the status of your Application Package at the time candidates are referred for consideration, and when the selection process is complete.
IMPORTANT: Effective May 26, 2018, please note that a temporary seasonal employee can only maintain his or her non-competitive rehire eligibility if he or she works no more than a combined total of 1,039 hours anywhere in the National Park Service (NPS) within their service year. Accordingly, noncompetitive rehire eligibility allows for re-appointment to the same position or another position appropriate for temporary appointment with the same qualification requirements (5 CFR 316.402[b ]), based on series and grade, anywhere in the major subdivision ( which is defined as the National Park Service). .
If you have held a temporary seasonal appointment in the past 12 months, and have already worked the maximum 1,039 hours during the last 12 months, you are still welcome to apply. However, please be aware that exceeding the limit of 1,039 hours will result in the loss of your non-competitive rehire eligibility. The limit can be exceeded by working multiple temporary seasonal positions that result in a combined total greater than 1,039 hours. The limit also can be exceeded by working a single temporary seasonal appointment that exceeds 1,039 hours.
For additional information regarding this announcement or how to apply, please contact the HR Office at number or email provided above. For specific questions pertaining to the position being advertised, please contact Dustin Gunderson, Supervisory Park Ranger at Dustin_Gunderson@nps.gov Email is the preferred method of inquiry as it provides the fastest response time. When inquiring by email please include the job announcement number NE-1612-DEWA-20-10698415-DE in the subject line.
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You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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