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Park Ranger (Interpretation), GS-0025-05

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Department Of The Interior
United States Citizens Temporary NTE 1039 Hours Full Time Experience your America by building a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. The National Park Service preserves unimpaired, the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.
The HR Customer Services and Solutions group is currently accepting applications to fill up to thirty (30) temporary positions at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. Appointments made under this announcement are limited to 1039 hours (six months) in a service year and may be terminated at any time. Appointments under this announcement are eligible for extension if workload and funding allow. Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for rehire in subsequent service years. Anticipated Entry on Duty: May 2015
Mesa Verde National Park is the premier archeological park in the United States and a World Heritage Site. Today, the park protects over 4,000 known archeological sites including 600 cliff dwellings. The park has over 52,000 acres, 8,100 of which have been designated as wilderness. Mesa Verde is located in southwest Colorado near several towns including Cortez (10 miles from the entrance), Mancos (8 miles from the entrance) and Durango (36 miles from the entrance). All services, including a hospital, K-12 schools, grocery, recreation centers and more are available in the surrounding area. This area is also a hotbed for recreational enthusiasts. No matter which direction you travel from the park recreational opportunities exist including hiking, rafting/kayaking, biking and much more. The area is diverse ranging from high mountain wilderness to desert, all within a short drive of the park.
AT MESA VERDE THERE IS A RISK OF EXPOSURE TO WILDLIFE PATHOGENS TRANSMISSIBLE TO HUMANS SUCH AS HANTAVIRUS AND PLAGUE . While this risk is remote, some of the work sites may be infested with infected rodents and some work assignments may require the handling of live or dead animals; therefore, the possibility exists.
NOTE TO ALLERGY SUFFERERS : Mesa Verde contains a variety of both native and exotic species of grasses, trees and plants (i.e., sagebrush, pinion, juniper, Canada thistle, etc.) and other known allergens.
This announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens.
This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.
APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FULL CONSIDERATION.
U.S. Citizenship required. Background and/or Security Investigation required. Selective Service Registration if applicable. Must possess or be able to obtain state issued driver's license. Wearing a National Park Service uniform is required.
Serve as initial contact for park visitors working at Mesa Verde's Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum and Visitor and Research Center. Research, prepare and present a wide variety of original theme-based interpretive programs to large and small audiences (up to 50 people). Programs may include guided cliff dwelling tours, evening Powerpoint programs, student education tours and guided walks. The foundation of all presentations is based on the Ancestral Pueblo prehistoric culture (AD 500 to 1300). Apply interpretive tools, techniques and principles that engage the public so that each person can connect with the meanings and values found in the places and stories of the park. Staff a variety of visitor contact areas including self-guided cliff dwellings; answer repetitive questions and provide one-on-one interpretation and protect cultural resources; perform roving interpretation throughout the park at varied points of visitor interest; answer the telephone and provide area information or take messages; mail information packets upon request. Attend two weeks of resource and interpretive training then immediately present programs to the public. Positions will be hired on a full-time work schedule and may be changed to part-time or intermittent throughout the appointment depending on management needs. Park-time and intermittent work schedules may be available depending on management needs. An intermittent work schedule is sporadic and unpredictable so that a tour of duty cannot be regularly scheduled in advance. Work a duty schedule that involves teamwork, timeliness, rotating shifts, evenings, weekends and holidays; conduct opening and closing procedures for a variety of visitor facilities and archeological sites.
This position requires climbing ladders and crawling on hands and knees through a tunnel on a daily basis. Our largest ladder is 32 feet in height; the tunnel is rocky and requires getting on hands and knees and is 12 feet in length.
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.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is performed in settings in which there is regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomforts and unpleasantness, e.g., high or low temperatures, confined spaces or adverse weather conditions.
Special Working Conditions: Strenuous physical activity, extended periods of standing, hiking at minimum 1/4-mile and up to 4 miles per day; exposure to heights (cliff edges), climbing stone steps and ladders (highest ladder is 32 feet) and crawling through a 12 foot long by 18 inch wide tunnel.
Work at high elevation (from 7,000 to 8,500 feet) in harsh weather extremes that may include hot, arid and dusty conditions in Summer and cold, snowy, windy conditions in Spring and Autumn.
Summer day time highs average 80 degrees but there can be spikes in temperatures that can extend into the 90s; cliff dwelling tours may involve temperatures exceeding 90 degrees; afternoon lightning and thunderstorms are possible.
All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Monday, January 05, 2015(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; 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; 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.
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 ), and the number of hours worked per week.
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: .
IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY, you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) a list with all your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.
Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -- 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. Course work in fields other than those specified may be accepted if it clearly provides applicants with the background of knowledge and skills necessary for successful job performance in the position to be filled.
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. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body /
Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license. This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. As a condition of employment, you will be required to submit a completed GSA Form 3607, 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 discloses all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Your employment, after your tentative selection, will be contingent upon receipt of these documents in a timely manner and that those documents establish, to the satisfaction of the selecting official, that you possess a valid driver's license.
Must wear the National Park Service uniform and comply with National Park Service uniform standards.
May be assigned to work nights, early mornings, rotating shifts, holidays, and weekends.
Government housing may be available.
Overtime is required.
All federal employees are required to have federal payments (salary) made by direct deposit.
Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service ( visit )
The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform the job:
Oral Communication
Knowledge of Southwest Natural and Cultural Resources/Archaeology
Interpretation/Visitor Education
Informal Visitor Contacts/Customer Service
Facility Operation
Basis for Rating: Your application will be evaluated and rated using Category Rating Procedures. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:
Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who 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 who 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 who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.
After the job announcement closes, a review will be conducted of your resume and supporting documentation. We will ensure you meet the qualification requirements and the application materials support the rating received. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, your score will be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click on the following link View Occupational Questionnaire.
Veterans Preference : If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the additional proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see
Veterans Preference applies to category rating after candidates are assessed. Preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements are assessed and placed in the appropriate quality categories. Preference eligibles receive veterans' preference by being listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within the same quality category in which they are placed. No preference points, i.e., 5 or 10 points, are added to the preference eligibles' rating. An agency may not select a non-preference eligible if there is a preference eligible in the same category unless the agency receives approval to pass over the preference eligible in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3318.
Preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements for the position and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). As noted above, an agency may not select a non-preference eligible over a preference eligible in the same category unless the agency receives approval to pass over the preference eligible in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3318.
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
To receive consideration, the complete application package must be submitted by Monday, January 05, 2015 WE DO NOT ACCEPT HARD-COPY OR E-MAIL APPLICATION PACKAGES.
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
Resume showing detailed relevant experience, to include month, year and hours worked per week.
Response to Assessment Questionnaire.
Copy of college transcripts or college course list, if qualifying based on education.
Legible copy of DD-214 showing character of discharge, SF-15 and VA Letter, if applicable.
If your currently serving on active duty: You MUST submit a certification from the armed forces commanding officer which certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions and be able to start employment on the enter on date. If you supply a certification at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. For more information about Veteran's Preference, please click this .
Selective Placement Factor(s) Certifications, such as copy of LE Commission, EMT certification, Driver's License, First Responder certification, etc., if applicable.
CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1.To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1279716
2.Fax your documents to .
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM(EST) on Monday, January 05, 2015 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1.Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
2.Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
3.Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. For those applicants who rated Best Qualified, a review of your application package will be conducted to ensure that you meet qualifications requirements and did support your responses to the online questionnaire. After this review, all applicants will be notified of their eligibility and whether or not they were referred to the selecting official. If referred, the selecting official may choose to conduct interviews. If not referred because a veterans' only referral was made or that you did not rank high enough to be referred, you will be notified if additional referrals are made. We expect to make a selection within 180 calendar days from issuance of the referral certificate(s) for this announcement . You will be notified when a selection is made. Your status will be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log onto your USAJOBS account, click on "Application status", and then click "More Information."
Temporary employees are eligible for sick leave and annual leave. For additional information please click here: benefits
Participation in the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program - Employees on temporary appointments, seasonal schedules who will be working a schedule of less than six months per year, and intermittent employees who are expected to work 130 hours per month or more for at least 90 days will be eligible to enroll in an FEHB plan. Employees electing to participate in the FEHB will be responsible for the employee share of the premium while on the official agency roles, which is deducted from bi-weekly earnings. After separating from federal employment, employees will be offered to continue participation in FEHB under the Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) option. Employees electing to continue coverage under the TCC provision will be responsible for the full premium amount plus a 2% administration fee.
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 KSAs.
Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(2) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP/ICTAP eligible.
If you are selected for Federal employment, you will be required to fill out a Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306, prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on your application may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work. Also, you maybe punished by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001).
For more information on seasonal employment with the National Park Service, visit our websites at:
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by the National Park Service.
Do not submit photographs with your application package.

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