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    This position is located in the Visitor and Resource Protection Division; the typical seasonal entry-on-duty period is April-October, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: April 2021. Open to the first 100 applicants or until whichever comes first. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration.

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    Conducts independent research and presents programs, lectures, multi-media shows, structured and impromptu talks, and various other programs, both orally and/or in writing, about park resources and the rules for park usage, employing appropriate interpretive techniques and devices geared to the characteristics and interests of particular audiences. Duties may be performed on or off-site at locations designated by the park, e.g., visitor centers, campgrounds, historical sites, auditoriums, etc. Suggests new topics, revisions, and other changes or improvements in the overall interpretive program.

    Observes and reports on the use of various resources, such as lands and shoreline, including leased land, buildings and other structures, concessions, docks, roads, and contract work performed. As assigned (or independently), advises adjacent landowners, special use permittees, and lessees on problems such as encroachment, violations of lease agreements, and noncompliance with permits or licenses. Performs assigned resource management tasks and duties supporting the mission of the park.

    Informs visitors about the life habits and behavior of Park fauna, with emphasis on behavior that may be potentially dangerous to visitors. Checks on the measures campers and hikers take to avoid attracting or provoking dangerous animals. Educates visitors regarding activities that impact upon the preservation of natural and cultural resources, including issues dealing with visitor safety.

    Typically serves as a member of all-risk operations, e.g., search and rescue, wildland and structural fires, etc. Performs emergency medical services. Performs various administrative duties, e.g., scheduling, gathering routine information for reports, compilation of statistical data, etc.

    As assigned, staffs permit stations for backcountry or wilderness use and educates visitors regarding the requirements for backcountry hiking and camping, the reasons for the regulations, etc.

    The incumbent will provide emergency services to the Great Smoky National Park and will be required to have at least a AEMT certificate before entrance on duty (EOD)

    The Great Smoky Mountains are among the oldest mountains in the world, formed perhaps 200-300 million years ago and encompassing more than 800 square miles in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Dominated by plant-covered, gently contoured mountains, the crest of the Great Smoky Mountains forms the boundary between Tennessee and North Carolina, bisecting the Park from northeast to southwest in an unbroke chain that rises more than 5,000 feet for more than 36 miles. No other area of equal size in a temperate climate can match the smokies amazing diversity of plants, animals, and invertebrates.

    This position is a direct report to the Emergency Manager

    Great Smoky Mountains is designated as an International Biosphere Reserve and is listed as a World Heritage Site.

    The employees of the National Park Service care for special places that are the heritage of all Americans. Since its inception in 1916, the National Park Service has been dedicated to the preservation and management of this country's outstanding natural, historical, and recreational resources. Park ranger - interpreters connect people to parks. They play a key role in ensuring that visitors have a meaningful, satisfying, and safe park experience, help visitors decide how to spend their time in the park, and inform them about the wonders that await their discovery. Park ranger - interpreters are specially trained to engage the public so that each park visitor can find a personal connection with the meanings and values found in the places and stories of that park. They help visitors explore the many dimensions of parks by introducing them to a variety of perspectives. By providing the opportunity for visitors to care about the places they visit, they promote stewardship and the opportunity for those visitors to care for park resources. National parks are among the most remarkable places in America for recreation, learning, and inspiration. The work done by park ranger-interpreters through effective interpretive and educational programs encourages the development of a personal stewardship ethic and broadens public support for preserving and protecting park resources, so that they may be enjoyed by present and future generations.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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