$22.57 to $26.33
Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
$22.57 to $26.33 per hour
Pay scale & grade
Temporary - 1039 Hours
Yellowstone National Park, WY
Yellowstone National Park, WY
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Federal employees who meet the definition of a surplus or displaced employee.
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Clarification from the agency
U.S. Citizens, CTAP, ICTAP
These positions are located in Yellowstone National Park, in the Visitor and Resource Protection Division. Please visit find a park
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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 may be eligible for rehire in subsequent service years provided the employee does not exceed 1039 hours of work in their service year.
The typical seasonal entry-on-duty period for Yellowstone National Park is May through October, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: 5/27/2018
Relocation: 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.
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Assembles, packages and packs a wide variety of cargo such as hand and power tools, tandem packing lumber, doors, bridge decking, camping equipment, food, cook stoves, refrigerators, furniture, wheel barrows, bed springs and frames, electronic equipment, roofing, prefabricated pit toilets, hay, etc. Loads and hitches packed supplies and equipment onto pack animals, balances and adjusts side packs. Grooms, shoes, feeds, waters and provides medical care to stock. Maintains equipment in good repair, leads strings of more than 6 animals, and may drive a variety of trucks and/or truck/trailer combinations. May perform various trail maintenance functions.
25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
5001 Miscellaneous Plant And Animal Work
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.
Drug Testing: You will be required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
Driver's 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.
Commercial Driver's License: You must possess and maintain a current Class A, Type 1 (or higher) Commercial Driver's License.
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 weekends and holidays.
Travel: You may be required to travel overnight away from home up to 4 nights per month.
Government Charge Card: You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.
Minimum Age Requirement: Applicants must be at least (1)18 years old or (2) at least 16 years old and: (a) Have graduated from high school or been awarded a certificate equivalent to graduating from high school; or (b) Have completed a formal vocational training program; or (c) Have received a statement from school authorities agreeing with their preference for employment rather than continuing their education; or (d) Be currently enrolled in a secondary school and either work only during school vacation periods or work part-time during the school year under a formal student employment program.
To qualify for this position, you must have sufficient knowledge and ability in the following job-related factors:
Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision (SCREEN OUT)
Class A, Type 1 Commercial Driver's License (SCREEN OUT)
Technical Practices; theoretical precise, artistic
Ability to interpret Instructions, specifications; other than blueprints
Ability to Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
Knowledge of Materials
If your knowledge and ability in the SCREEN OUT factor above is not sufficient, you will receive no further consideration. Minimally acceptable experience for the screen out is defined as one full season of experience experience in a professional animal packing organization on backcountry trails (i.e., NPS, USFS, State Gov't, or private outfitting operation). Having planned, organized, and safely performed the daily work of an animal packer under intermittent supervision and direction. Having handled and cared for horses and mules and have the experience of safe and proper use of basic materials and equipment of the packing/trails trade. Prepared, loaded, and packed cargo over backcountry trails to include trails over snow fields, steep terrain, short switch backs, and high flowing streams and for long trips (greater than 10 miles). In preparing your application, describe in detail the experience and training which you have had that specifically prepared you for this job and to perform the duties described for this job. Experience should be clearly described and documented in your resume. The qualifications reviewer will not assume performance of such duties by Job Titles alone. Address your knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the areas shown in the job-related factors.
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.
There is no substitution of education for experience for Wage Grade (WG) positions.
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: Positions involve walking, bending, riding horses for long hours in high altitudes. Selectees will be required to lift, carry and secure awkward loads (often heavy up to 100 lbs) onto the sides of animals at or above chest height, and use arms to hold packs in position while hitching ropes. Selectees must be able to adjust these loads along the trail in steep, rocky, or other poor footing situations with little room to maneuver. While preparing loads, selectees are constantly required to bend, squat, twist, lift and fasten down loads. Positions require good physical stamina and strength in arms, back and legs to perform tasks safely and efficiently.
Working Conditions: The incumbents work outdoors in all weather extremes. At times, incumbents may work alone in backcountry areas and must be able to sustain themselves in these conditions. The incumbents will be exposed to the possibility of broken bones, cuts, bruises, strained and wrenched muscles, burns from ropes, insect bites, and the danger of animals striking, kicking, or crushing.
AREA INFORMATION: The incumbent will be stationed in the interior of Yellowstone National Park, and will work at many different backcountry and front-country locations resupplying and supporting trail crews. Duties will often require camping in tents and cooking communally as a member of a 4-8 person trail crew in remote backcountry locations. Backcountry trips typically last 4 days but can be up to 9 days. While in the front-country, dormitory housing may be available. Most front-country locations are 40-50 miles from the nearest gateway community with services (grocery stores, motels, restaurants, medical offices). Medical clinics are available in Mammoth Hot Springs, Lake Village, and Old Faithful. Park Headquarters is located at Mammoth Hot Springs, elevation 6200 ft. Temperatures in the park vary from 90 degrees F to sub-zero at times.
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 and/or job elements:
Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision (SCREEN OUT)
Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (other than blueprints)
Ability To Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
Knowledge of materials
Technical Practices (theoretical precise, artistic)
Background checks and security clearance
The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 04/20/2018:
Resume which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade.
A complete Occupational Questionnaire
Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as: Veterans Preference Documentation
: If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15
. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives
If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, & 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran
, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15
, and if applicable, a completed SF15
. You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from ****or **** to establish proof of disability.
Applicants who are eligible to be considered based on a Noncompetitive or Special Hiring Authority (i.e. Schedule A, VRA, Peace Corps, Americorp Vista, former PLC member, certain Military Spouses, 30% or More Disabled Veterans, Pathways Interns who have met the eligibility requirements for noncompetitive conversion, etc.) must submit appropriate documentation to verify your eligibility.
Documentation that you meet Selective Factors.
Documentation for Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan
consideration if you are a displaced Federal employee within the local commuting area. You must include: 1) Proof you are a displaced Federal employee, e.g., RIF Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, etc; 2) SF-50s (Notifications of Personnel Action) showing career/conditional tenure competitive status, promotion potential and duty location; and 3) your most recent performance appraisal. To exercise selection priority, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above 85 on the rating criteria for this position.
Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.
Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents. Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency's staffing offices.
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.
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Yellowstone National Park
PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY
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