All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-09/30/2023-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement.
Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. For current Federal employees, if hours worked per week are not included on your resume, you must submit a non-award SF-50 as part of your application to be used to validate your work schedule and determine the amount of specialized experience that you will be granted. An award SF-50 will not be acceptable documentation for which to consider your amount of qualifying experience
. For all other applicants who are not current federal employees, your resume must state either "full-time" (or "40 hours a week") or "part-time" with the number of hours worked per week to ensure proper crediting of specialized experience.
1. Mandatory Requirements for Park Ranger (Protection)
A. Mandatory Minimum Age Requirement:
This position has a mandatory requirement that applicants must be 21 years of age or older.
B. Mandatory Law Enforcement Commission:
Applicants must meet one of the following criteria by the entrance-on-duty (EOD) date to be considered for these positions:
You MUST certify in your supporting documents the possession of at least one of the above criteria. Include your commission number with expiration date, or your anticipated graduation date from an approved NPS Seasonal Law Enforcement Academy within your resume.
C. Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB):
- Currently hold, or have previously held (within the past three years), a National Park Service Seasonal (Level II) or full (Level I) law enforcement commission, or equivalent within the past three years.
- Successful completion a Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program during the last three years, but have not yet received a National Park Service Seasonal (Level II) Law Enforcement Commission.
- Will successfully complete a Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program by the entrance on duty date from one of the approved participating academies found at https://www.anpr.org/sletp.php. NOTE: This is not regular police officer training.
Applicants are required to pass the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) prior to entering law enforcement positions. The duties of this position require arduous physical exertion involving walking, running, lifting, standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. The Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) is a fitness test consisting of five different components: 1) agility run - measures the ability to get up from the ground and sprint while changing directions; 2) bench press - measures the upper body strength for one repetition; 3) 1.5 mile run - measures cardio/respiratory fitness; 4) sit and reach - measures the flexibility in the lower back, legs and shoulders; and 5) body composition - measures the body fat. Prior to appointment, applicants will be tested in all five components, but only the agility run, bench press and 1.5 mile run will be measured for a passing score in the 25th percentile (age and gender adjusted) of these components. These procedures will ensure that law enforcement officers are capable of performing strenuous physical training and law enforcement duties. Applicants shall be disqualified for appointment if they fail to meet any physical requirements. Probationary or seasonal employment is subject to termination for failure to meet the 25th percentile in each of the identified components being measured.
2. Selective Placement Factors:
: All applications will be reviewed for Park Ranger (Protection) without EMT or FR certifications, however, EMT or FR are additional specialties applicants can be considered for. Some parks on this announcement require Park Ranger (Protection) to be certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) or First Responders (FR), aka Emergency Medical Responders (EMR).
To be referred for the EMT or FR designation, you must meet the following Selective Placement Factors in addition to the Park Ranger (Protection) qualification standards:
3. Specialized Experience and/or Education
- For Emergency Medical Technician designation- Applicants must be certified by the National Registry OR by a State EMS organization in order to be referred for the EMT designation.
- For First Responder designation - Applicants must be certified by the National Registry OR by a State EMS organization in order to be referred for the FR designation.
To qualify for this position at the GS-05 grade level, you must possess one of the following:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 level in the federal service. Specialized experience
is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of specialized experience
include, but are not limited to, the following: law enforcement or investigative work; park guide or tour leader; resource management related to natural and cultural resources (museum technician, biological science technician, archaeological technician, etc.); forestry and/or fire management (wildland and/or structural); emergency services (emergency medical, search and rescue, emergency dispatch); assist in the management, information dissemination, or the carrying out of programs in a park, conservation reserve or similar area (e.g. backcountry office, volunteer, visitor information desk, campground ranger). .
A 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with 24 semester hours of related course work (one year of full time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours).
Equivalent combination of experience and education.
To qualify for this position at the GS-07 grade level, you must possess one of the following:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the federal service. Specialized experience
is experience performing law enforcement duties for the protection, conservation, use, and management of natural and/or cultural resources in park areas or similar operations, which involved the application of law enforcement authorities and procedures to protect visitors and resources. Law enforcement duties include apprehending, detaining, and firearm experience.
You must possess one full academic year of graduate education related to the occupation (one year of full time graduate education is defined as 18 semester hours).
Equivalent combination of experience and education.
Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. The OPM Qualification Standards Handbook is available for review at: OPM Qualification Standards
Current surplus and current or former displaced Federal individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Well qualified means that the applicant meets the following: OPM qualification standards for the position; all selective placement factors, where applicable; special qualifying conditions that OPM has approved for the position, where applicable; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and is rated by the organization at least at the well qualified level on all competencies.