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Park Ranger

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U.S. Department of the Interior

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Summary These positions are located in Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, Mississippi National River and Rec Area, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Please visit for additional park information. , point of contact Alisha Deegan 701-745-3300 x1209 , point of contact Dan Dressler 651-293-8412 , point of contact Blaine Kortemeyer 605-574-3170 , point of contact Eileen Andes 701-623-4466 These positions are Full-Time temporary positions not-to-exceed 1039 regular hours (about 6 months) in a service year. Positions may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs. Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for rehire in subsequent service years. The typical seasonal entry-on-duty period for Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, Mississippi National River and Rec Area, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park is April - September, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: Between April 2018 and May 2018. This job announcement is open to receive applications from the first 150 applicants. The job announcement will remain open until either the quota of 150 applicants is reached, or until 01\/12\/2018. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration, even those that exceed the 150 applicant limit. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. All travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the sole responsibility of the selected employee. Responsibilities Duties will range throughout the park and perform a variety of interpretive services including: Staffing the Visitor Center. Work involves interpreting the National Park system to a wide range of visitors. The position may include leading walking tours, bicycling tours, canoeing programs and other interpretive programs. The work will also include other miscellaneous duties with record keeping, brochure distribution and tasks related to center operations. Work with the Junior Ranger program. Operates audiovisual equipment including audio-visual projectors, computers and associated software, cameras, scientific equipment, telephone, and radio systems. Interacting with a wide range of visitors through informal interpretation and tours throughout the entire park. They may also present programs at partnership visitor centers, river festivals, fairs and other special events elsewhere within or near the park. Assisting with school visits and field trips; preparation of educational materials and curricula resources; delivery of programs to students; and related tasks.Assisting with electronic-based interpretive materials. Much time may be spent outdoors in all weather conditions. Experience in a wide variety of outdoor recreation like biking, canoeing, geocaching and fishing is helpful. The incumbent educates visitors regarding the rules and limitations on park usage to gain friendly compliance with the regulations. Special projects may be assigned that require research, reading, writing, photography and work with other agencies or partners. The incumbent edits text for press releases, interpretive handouts and exhibits. Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing. Ability to develop effective non-personal interpretation, including but not limited to bulletin board displays, site bulletins, websites, and podcasts. Ability to use a computer and software (i.e.: Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Creative Suite Programs, etc.). The position requires the ability to learn and interpret information about National Park sites. Employee must be able to adapt to a wide range of visitors and circumstances, and to work independently or with light supervision. Weekend and evening work will be required. More than one individual may be hired. Travel Required Not required Who May Apply This job is open to\u2026 U.S. Citizens, CTAP, ICTAP Requirements Requirements Conditions of Employment U.S. Citizenship required. Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication. Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males. Direct Deposit: Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program. Drivers License: You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid driver's license is required. You will be required to submit a Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also 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 disclose all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Uniform: You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided. Work Schedule: You may be required to work evenings, weekends, holidays and overtime. FOR NORTH DAKOTA PARKS: A retention incentive equal to 10 percent of your salary is approved for FY18 and applies to all eligible employees duty stationed at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. The retention incentive effectiveness is monitored annually and may not be approved in future years. Qualifications To qualify for this position at the GS- 05 grade level, you must possess at least one or all of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement: EXPERIENCE: Possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of at least the GS-4 grade 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- EDUCATION: Do not have the specialized experience described above however, I have four years of education above high school (120 semester hours or 180 quarter hours) leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or 24 semester hours of coursework in a related field,. (Related fields of study include natural resource management, natural sciences, earth sciences, history, archaeology, anthropology, park and recreation management, law enforcement\/police science, social sciences, museum sciences, business administration, public administration, behavioral sciences, sociology, or other closely related subjects pertinent to the management and protection of natural and cultural resources. You must include transcripts. -OR- COMBINATION: Have NOT completed 1 full year of specialized experience as described above or the 4 years of education as indicated above, but I have an equivalent combination of education and experience. NOTE: Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to l year of specialized experience. For example, I have 6 months of the specialized experience described in A above(50% of the experience requirement), and 3 years of college study from an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education) which included at least 12 semester hours of related coursework as specified in B above (50% of the related coursework required). Volunteer Experience: 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 include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and\/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as \varies\. Education To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an 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 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. Additional information This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate. Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for the possibility of extensions or rehire in subsequent service years. Physical Demands: The work involves extensive periods of standing and walking, in.some cases over rough surfaces or inclines, carrying backpacks, tools, rescue equipment, etc. Working Conditions: The work is performed in settings in which there is regular and recurring\u00b7exposure to moderate discomforts and unpleasantness, e.g., high or low temperatures, confined spaces or adverse weather conditions. Park Ranger (Interpretation) 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. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information, . How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating. Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans with a service connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories: Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job. You will be evaluated on the following competencies: Education and TrainingInterpersonal SkillsOral CommunicationTechnology ApplicationWriting Background checks and security clearance

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