Interpretive Rangers develop and present educational programs including guided walks and presentations working with audiences in a variety of park settings.
Likely Entry On Duty: March-July 2020.
Open to the first 940 applicants.
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the 11/22/2019 to be considered.
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Develop and present a variety of programs including guided walks, illustrated talks (PowerPoint amphitheater and campfire programs)and demonstrations.
Develop programs using principles of the NPS thematic interpretation model through topic research, familiarity with and creative use of delivery techniques.
Provide informal interpretation and orientation for park guests in visitor centers, ranger stations and while roving in the field.
Perform cashier duties and assist with a variety of special projects to support park goals.
Actively promote the safety of park visitors and stewardship of park resources in all interactions, and may also be the initial contact for accident reporting and emergency assistance.
Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather from snow, wind, and rain to sun and heat. Work involves standing for long periods of time, walking over rough and uneven terrain and living in close quarters with co-workers.
Additional duties for GS-5: You will present informal and formal talks; lead guided tours and respond to visitor inquiries for information, direction and guidance.
Additional duties for GS-7: You will perform duties listed at the GS-5 level as well as provide on-the-job training and assistance to team members.
Job family (Series)
0025 Park Ranger
Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship required.
Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
Males must meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement.
Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
Occupancy of government quarters may be required.
Government housing may be available.
You may 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 on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and/or shift work.
You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued driver's license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle.
You will also submit a photocopy of their 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. Lastly, selectee may be required to 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 discloses all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by selectee. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State driver's license.
All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-11/22/2019 (unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement).
To qualify for this position, you must demonstrate that you possess either the specialized experience or the education as described below. Equivalent combinations of experience and education may also be used to qualify.
For the GS-05 grade level
A. 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. Experience may have been in technical, administrative, or scientific work, fish and wildlife management, recreation management, law enforcement, or other park related work. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to, Park Guide or tour leader; environmental educator or teacher; law enforcement or investigative work; archeological or historical preservation research work; forestry and/or fire management work in a park, recreation, or conservation area; management, assistant, or program specialist work involving the development and implementation of policy related to protection, conservation, or management of park areas or similar operations; or other similar work.
OR- B. 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.
OR- C. Equivalent combinations of education and experience.
For the GS-07 grade level
A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the federal service.
Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience for this position include, but are not limited to, the following: park guide or tour leader, work in a park, recreation or conservation area, environmental education, history and/or cultural resources education, and natural sciences education. Work will include independent research and presentation.
OR- B. 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.
OR- C. Equivalent combinations of education and experience.
Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. In order 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). If experience is full-time, resume must say either full-time or include the total number of hours worked per week. If part-time, the hours must be annotated so that qualified experience can be prorated accurately.
If you want to be considered for the money handling preference/fee collection specialty you must support money handling experience in your resume.
Credit for experience is given on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime.
In describing the nature of your duties (your experience), please be clear and concise. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.
Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. The OPM Qualification Standards Handbook is available for review at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
ICTAP/CTAP Statement: 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.
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.
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