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Park Ranger (Interpretation) at USA

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Duties

Summary

Explore a new career with the BLM – where our people are our greatest natural resource.

We expect to fill many vacancies.

Note: These are not Law Enforcement positions.

This is a temporary appointment. Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status and will be for a period not-to-exceed 1039 hours in a service year.

Responsibilities

  • Park Rangers (Interpretation) develop educational displays, curriculum, and staff various educational events. They interact with a variety of age groups interpreting Center resources and presenting interpretive programs both indoors and outdoors.
  • Programs include orientation talks, interpretive programs, environmental education, conducted walks, demonstrations, and campfire programs. They develop and maintain interpretive materials and educational displays, and staff information desks.
  • They may provide information, conduct permit compliance, and safety inspections. They may respond to emergency situations. They may participate in evaluating visitor use patterns, maintaining recreation sites, and monitoring site conditions.
  • Newport, OR positions, at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area (YHONA), topics include lighthouse history, intertidal ecology, marine mammals, and seabirds.
  • They may research and present formal interpretive programs that meet professional interpretive standards.
  • YHONA tours include climbing a 114-step stairway within the lighthouse, and a 135-step stairway to access the Yaquina Head Marine Garden. This requires walking on uneven and slippery algae-covered rocks within the tidepools.
  • Other duties may include staffing the information desk, collecting fees and issuing federal recreation passes as a designated collections officer.
  • Interpretive Park Rangers may work holidays, weekends, and varied shifts with morning shifts beginning before dawn and evening shifts ending after sunset.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

None

  • Job family (Series)

    0025 Park Ranger

  • Requirements

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • Be sure to read the ‘How to Apply’ and ‘Required Documents’ Sections.
    • You cannot hold an active real estate license: nor can you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Lands.
    • Direct Deposit Required.
    • Appointment will be subject to a favorably adjudicated background/suitability investigation/determination.
    • Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the qualification requirements as defined in the announcement. In addition, your responses to the questions must adequately reflect in your resume.

    Qualifications

    In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the qualification requirements – please be sure to include this information in your resume. No assumptions will be made about your experience.

    GS-5 Park Ranger– one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 level. Examples of specialized experience may include explaining regulations to park visitors; providing information and advice on park activities and resources; collecting fees; issuing reservations and permits; conducting guided tour programs; maintaining recreation facilities or trails; or monitoring special recreation permits. –OR- Successful completion of four year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor’s degree with at least 24 semester hours of related course work. –OR- A combination of experience and education to meet total experience.

    GS-6 Park Ranger– one year of specialized work experience equivalent to GS-5 level. Examples of specialized experience may include being a park guide or tour leader; archaeological 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; planning day to day operation of a recreation area providing such facilities as camping, water sports, picnic areas, or coordinating routine activities with maintenance personnel; advising visitors concerning safety, fire prevention, and proper and authorized uses of recreational facilities; and collecting fees. Specialized experience will include basic knowledge of the principles of interpretation, public speaking, and use of presentation media. –OR- Successful completion of one full academic year of graduate education related to the occupation (i.e. related course work) or superior academic achievement. –OR- A combination of experience and education to meet total experience.

    GS-7 Park Ranger– one year of specialized work experience equivalent to GS-6 level. Examples of specialized experience may include being a park guide or tour leader; archaeological 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; planning day to day operation of a recreation area providing such facilities as camping, water sports, picnic areas, or coordinating routine activities with maintenance personnel; advising visitors concerning safety, fire prevention, and proper and authorized uses of recreational facilities; and collecting fees. Specialized experience will include basic knowledge of the principles of interpretation, public speaking, and use of presentation media. –OR- Successful completion of one full academic year of graduate education related to the occupation (i.e. related course work) or superior academic achievement. –OR- A combination of experience and education to meet total experience.

    Related Course Work – natural resource management, natural sciences, earth sciences, history, archeology, anthropology, park and recreation management, law enforcement/police science related to the protection of public lands, social sciences, museum sciences, or other closely related subjects pertinent to the management and protection of natural and cultural resources. Course work in fields other than those specified may be accepted if it clearly relates to the duties performed by a Park Ranger.

    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.

    You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    Physical Demands/Work Environments: Work may be performed indoors or outdoors. Work may occur in steep, wet and muddy terrain, in campgrounds, recreation sites, visitor centers, offices, fee booths, bathrooms, trails or remote areas requiring extended camping. Positions may require physical exertions such as extended walking/standing, driving, stooping/crouching, digging, or lifting/carrying. Individuals should be able to work alone or with people; during day/night/weekend/holiday hours.

    Education

    If qualifying based on education you will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and you must submit copies of all transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution See Foreign Education.

    Additional information

    DOI uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit E-Verify.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/lnteragency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well qualified for the position with a score of 90 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information: CTAP or ICTAP

    Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

    This position is not eligible for Telework.

    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees.

    This position may require you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status.

    At some duty locations this position may require you to have a current valid driver’s license.

    At some duty locations you may need the ability to lift and move objects weighing over 50 pounds.

    All positions may not be filled or they may be filled at different times depending on budget, hiring needs, and requirements. These positions are temporary and are expected to last for up to 6 months. These positions have no promotion potential, if you want to be considered for a higher grade you must apply for the higher grade.

    If selected from this announcement you may be rehired for identical positions without further competition based on work needs, funding, or any other condition of employment.

    If selected from this or a similar competitive, seasonal announcement, your appointment may be creditable for consideration under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA)?. The Act allows certain individuals, who have or had time-limited appointments at land management agencies, to compete for any permanent position in the competitive service under “internal” merit promotion procedures. For more information, see the section under Eligibility, which starts with Question #15 (Q15. Who is eligible for appointment under these provisions?).

    For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document, you do not have in electronic form; view the following link for information regarding an Alternative Application

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    You will be evaluated based on how your application materials reflect the qualification requirements of this position.

    Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online questionnaire will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. Qualified applicants will be placed in one of three predefined categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified and Qualified. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran’s preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Candidates placed in the Best Qualified category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be contacted for an interview.

    Your answers to the online questionnaire will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

    • Education and Training
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Recreation

    You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Please be sure that you state your qualifying education, training and/or experience in your resume.

     

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

    Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk

    Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). Failure to provide required information will result in loss of eligibility. You are welcome to submit an optional cover letter.
    Visit the USAJOBS Help Center for more information on What should I include in my federal resume?
    Transcripts: If using education to qualify, you MUST submit a copy of ALL your college transcripts or a list of ALL college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. Upon selection, official transcripts must be received prior to appointment. 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. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.

    Veterans: If you are claiming veterans’ preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty,” (Member 4 copy is preferred), showing the dates of active duty, type of discharge, and character of service (must be honorable) OR written documentation from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

    If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, in addition to the documents specified above, you must submit documentation that supports your claim as shown on the back of the Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. SF-15.

    If you are claiming Sole Survivorship Veterans’ Preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.

    Additional information on veterans’ preference can be found in the www.fedshirevets.gov/job-seekers/special-hiring-authorities/.

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: Submit documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility – this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

    Please note that documents selected for transfer from your USAJOBS profile are NOT automatically added to your application. You need to transfer your document(s) in the “Documents” step during the application process.

    Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

    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.

  • Benefits

    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

     

    Review our benefits

    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.

 

Help

This job is open to

    • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

      Federal employees who meet the definition of a “surplus” or “displaced” employee.

  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required. CTAP and ICTAP candidates in the local commuting area.