This position is part of the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. As a Park Ranger you will be responsible for the development and implementation of new and innovative programs that successfully engage urban citizens by providing opportunities for meaningful experiences in nature and on national wildlife refuges via stepping stones of engagement, and with urban partners conducting natural resource conservation activities off Service lands.
Major Duties include:
Develop and maintain visitor services program.
Develop and implement quality interpretive and environmental education programs.
Open, close, and staff Visitor Center for regular operation including weekends, holidays and evenings (when applicable).
Communications and Urban Refuge:
Develop and maintain refuge related print such as pamphlets, brochures, rack cards, and tear sheets.
Serve as the refuge's primary media contact coordinating with Regional External Affairs Office.
Work with a variety of partners to establish local youth ambassador and conservation education programs.
Provide support for volunteers and those participating in conservation programs.
Train volunteers in activities supporting and protecting natural resources, maintaining grounds and facilities, greeting, educating, and guiding visitors and guests.
Administration, Contracting, Planning and Safety:
Complete routine reporting requirements.
Manage and maintain visitor facilities to prevent hazards to public safety.
25% or less - To attend work-related workshops or conferences, meetings, training or professional development opportunities.
Job family (Series)
0025 Park Ranger
Conditions of Employment
Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation
May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
Time-in-Grade requirements apply to status candidates
LMWFA eligibles may apply
Minimum Qualifications for GS 0025-05 :
At least one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of at least the GS-4 level in the Federal service, which could have been obtained in the private or public sectors. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include, but are not limited to: Park Guide or tour leader; law enforcement or investigative work; 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.
Completed a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with 24 semester hours related to the occupation: related fields of study include natural resource management, natural sciences, earth sciences, history, archaeology, anthropology, park and recreation management, social sciences, museum sciences, public administration, behavioral sciences, sociology, or other closely related subjects pertinent to the management and protection of natural and cultural resources.
Possess an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education which together equals 100% of the requirements. To combine education and experience, determine your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level. Then determine your education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level. Finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for this grade level. For example, I have 6 months of specialized experience such as described in A above, (50% of the required specialized experience) and I have 60 semester credits of appropriate education (50% of the education as in B above). If you select this response you MUST include transcripts.
Minimum Qualifications for GS 0025-07:
At least one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of at least the GS-5 level in the Federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include, but are not limited to: Park Guide or tour leader; 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.
Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate education related to the position. Major of study is in natural resource management, natural sciences, earth sciences, history, archeology, 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.
A bachelor's degree (with major study in natural resource management, natural sciences, earth sciences, history, archeology, anthropology, park and recreation management, law enforcement/police science, social sciences, or other closely related subjects pertinent to the management and protection of natural and cultural resources) and meet one of the following superior academic achievement provisions: (a) class standing - Applicants must be in the upper third of their graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or School of Business Administration, based on completed courses; (b) grade-point average (GPA) - Applicants must have a GPA of : - 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or - 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum. Note: Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will be rounded to 3.0, and 2.94 will be rounded to 2.9. (c) election to membership in a national scholastic honor society - These national societies are listed in the Association of College Honor Societies: Booklet of Information and/or Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities. Note: Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.
An appropriate combination of GS-5 level specialized experience and graduate level education, which meets 100% of the qualification requirements.
The Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA),P.L. 114-47, allows certain individuals who currently or formerly were under time-limited competitive appointments at certain land management agencies to compete under merit promotion procedures:
You must submit ALL SF-50s and performance information for each period of temporary/term employment that qualifies for LMWFA.
Must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency.
Must have served under 1 or more time limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; AND
Must have performed at an acceptable level.
Must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency,
Must have served under 1 or more time limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years;
Must apply for position within 2 years after separation,
Must have been separated for reasons other than misconduct or performance; AND
Must have performed at an acceptable level
Public Land Corps (PLC) Hiring Authority:
You must provide a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Compliance Hiring Based for Public Land Corps Service.
(1) In order to be eligible for PLC non-competitive status, a former member of the PLC must provide documentation, as part of their application, verifying their eligibility and meet the following criteria:
(a) Served as a qualified youth on an appropriate conservation project completing a minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service that included at least 120 hours through the PLC;
(b) Applied to a vacancy announcement for which applications are being accepted from individuals with non-competitive status;
(c) Meet the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) minimum qualification standards stated in the vacancy announcement for the position which you are applying; and
(d) Completed his/her most recent Corps service, which provided him/her with a total of 640 hours, inclusive of 120 hours on a PLC project as defined in 16 USC 1723(d), within the last two (2) years.
(2) Appointments must be effected within the two years requirement.
(3) The two year time-frame cannot be extended.
(4) Selectees will be subject to a probationary period.
(5) This authority may be used for General Schedule and Federal Wage System positions.
(6) Competitive service appointments may be made for temporary, term or permanent positions
PROOF OF EDUCATION:
All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts.
If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.
One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information, visit: ****Additional information
To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at ****We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of August 13, 2018; OR More than one position may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area.
A PCS Move is authorized as follows:
travel and relocation expenses including reimbursable real estate expenses will be authorized in accordance with the Federal travel regulations excluding contractor-provided home sale. All moving expenses are taxable.
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 Alternate Application: ****How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
Knowledge of educational techniques in order to provide a full range of education and interpretation events to a variety of audiences.
General knowledge of conservation and natural resource management principles and practices in order to incorporate them in educational programs, exhibits, and other visitor services programs.
Skill in communications with a variety of audiences and public groups using various communications media.
Oral communication skills to deal with the public, vendors, contractors, support groups, volunteers, and management and with outside organizations to conduct wildlife oriented recreation and education related activities.
Ability to work with youth and coordinate volunteer activities.
Administrative skills in order to ensure that logistical arrangements, supplies, publications, and services are available to develop education and outreach programs.
Ability to operate a visitor or nature center for public use and/or recreation.
Ability to perform routine maintenance of public use facilities at a national wildlife refuge.
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference in addition to the proof required by that form.
Career Transition Assistance Program Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) : These programs apply to employees who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force, declining to relocate/transfer outside their local commuting area) 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 for this position, you must: (1) meet ICTAP or CTAP 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 ICTAP or CTAP eligibility (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal or Removal Notice; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; or Removal and most recent performance appraisal.). For more information visit: ****Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
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. ****Other supporting documents:
Cover Letter, optional
Official or unofficial College Transcript(s), if the position has education requirements, or if you are using your education to qualify. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the 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. For further information, visit: ****SF-50 (non-award), or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee. Your SF-50 (non-award) must show tenure code 1 or 2 in block 24, and position occupied code 1 (competitive service) in block 34. Note: Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you MUST submit a copy of your latest non-award SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action, that shows you are serving under a permanent career or career-conditional appointment (code 1 or 2 in block 24) in the Competitive Service (code 1 in block 34). The SF-50 must show the position title, series, grade, and step of your position. If you are claiming reinstatement eligibility, you must submit an SF-50 showing your separation (resignation, termination, etc.). If you have previously held a higher grade than the grade/position you currently occupy, you must submit a copy of the last non-award SF-50 you received for that position. If you have any questions regarding which SF-50's to submit, it is highly recommended that you contact the person listed on this vacancy announcement before the closing date.
You must submit ALL SF-50s and performance information for each period of temporary/term employment if you are requesting to be considered Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act eligibility. For Public Land Corp eligibility, a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Compliance Hiring Based for Public Land Corps Service is required for verification of eligibility.
Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
If applicable, documentation/proof that you are eligible Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
Please submit a copy of your most recent, signed and completed annual performance appraisal which includes the final rating. If it is not dated within the last 18 months or if you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application. Please include incentive awards with your application.
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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