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This position is located in the Division of Interpretation at the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP) - Great Falls Park.  GWMP preserves the natural scenery along the Potomac River.  It connects the historic sites from Mount Vernon, where Washington lived, past the nation's capital, which he founded, and to the Great Falls of the Potomac where the President demonstrated his skill as an engineer.  Developed as a memorial to George Washington, the Parkway may be used on any day to travel to exciting historical, natural, and recreational areas.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:  Current National Park Service Pathways Student Trainees within the local commuting area of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area.

This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program which is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school.

The primary responsibility of this position include collecting and accounting for fees.  The incumbent has significant responsibility interacting with visitors and disseminating information.  Other duties may include visitor management related services such as; traffic control, crowd control, lost item assistance, and special event set-up/take-down.

This is an Excepted Service appointment not to exceed 1 year (IF SELECTED FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST BE A STUDENT CURRENTLY ENROLLED OR ACCEPTED FOR ENROLLMENT AT THE TIME OF APPOINTMENT).  This appointment may be extended until the incumbent's education program requirements have been completed (as long as the incumbent continues to meet the eligibility requirements under the Pathways Internship program).  This position WILL NOT be converted to a term or permanent appointment upon completion of incumbent's academic program requirements.

The work schedule for this position will be full-time during the summer months and part-time OR leave without pay (LWOP) during the school year.

Temporary housing IS NOT available.

The hourly salary range for the GS-04 grade level is $14.59 to $18.97.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Standing for long periods of time, walking, bending, lifting of moderately heavy items and sedentary work is required.  Mental stress and physical fatigue occur due to high volume of personal contacts and the responsibility of dealing with large amounts of money.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Work is often performed in small, outdoor structures with open windows which results in exposure to extremes of temperature, rain, snow, wind, and direct sunlight.  High levels of vehicle noise and emissions may exist during heavy visitation periods.  Duties may be performed alone in isolated locations.


Incumbent is responsible for collecting appropriate fees at a park entrance station, visitor center, campground, or other visitor contact station following established accountability guidelines for handling government funds.  Operates an electronic cash register, computer or Point of Sale system, performs opening and closing shift functions, issues entrance receipts, tour tickets, park passes, and federal recreation pass in accordance with established guidelines, and verifies entrance receipts and various passes for validity dates.  Completes shift reports to verify money collected, accountable stock sold and all machine transactions.

Serves as a front-line representative of the agency.  Provides answers to recurring visitor questions concerning the specific park area and other surrounding areas of interest.  Explains the area's recreational opportunities, including NPS interpretive services, concession-operated facilities and services, and campground availability and hiking trails; distributes maps, brochures, and other printed material; and informs visitors of potential safety hazards;  provides directions and routes of travel through the park.