National Park Service Park Ranger (Interpretation), GS-0025-07 in Berlin, Maryland

National Park Service
2 vacancies in the following locations:
  • Berlin, MD
  • Chincoteague, VA
Work Schedule is Multiple Schedules 16 hours - Temporary NTE 1039 Hours

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (3 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/21/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we prepare for a second century of Stewardship and Engagement. Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates.

You can make a difference by bringing your unique experience, background and perspective to our work.

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The HR Customer Services and Solutions group is currently accepting applications to fill up to 14 temporary positions at Assateague Island National Seashore. 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 rehire and/or extension (when initial appointment is less than 1039 hours) if workload and funding allow. Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for rehire in subsequent service years. Anticipated Entry on Duty: February 2017

Assateague Island National Seashore is located on the Atlantic coast of Maryland and Virginia, approximately 130 miles east of Washington, DC. The area is largely rural, with numerous small towns and the seaside resorts of Ocean City, MD and Chincoteague, VA nearby. Complete shopping and medical services are available, as are public and private schools. The small city of Salisbury, MD is about 30 miles west of the headquarters area and has shopping centers, a university and a large hospital. Summers are hot and humid, with high temperatures commonly in the 90's. Winters are mild with little snow and daytime temperatures usually above freezing.

This announcement is being advertised for both Part-Time position(s) working approximately 16 hours a week or fewer and Full-Time position(s) working 40 hours per week.

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.



Develops and presents a variety of interpretive natural history programs including: marsh walks, ecology walks, bird walks, and children's and adult discovery programs. Leads crabbing, clamming, musseling, and surf fishing demonstrations. Guides kayak programs in the Maryland district and in the Virginia district. Presents non-illustrated campfire talks. Provides roving interpretation on park trails and high-use sites. Operates visitor center providing information and informal interpretation to park visitors. Handles sales for cooperating association. Performs as lead seasonal providing scheduling, peer audits and various administrative duties. Spring and fall seasons include busy curriculum based environmental education programming for students pre-K through adult. Seasons are typically long term February/March through July and July through November/December. Background investigation is required.

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.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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.

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Friday, October 21, 2016Friday, October 21, 2016 (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.

*Quality Ranking Factor: Swimming *

In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, selectees must possess the ability to swim at a level sufficient to self-rescue

Quality Ranking Factor: Strenuous Activity

In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, selectees must possess the ability to engage in physical activities such as strenuous kayak paddling, carrying unwieldy items, and lifting heavy loads.

For the GS-07 grade level

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience for this position include, but are not limited to, the following: park guide or tour leader, work in a park, recreation or conservation area, environmental education, history and/or cultural resources education, and natural sciences education. Work will include independent research and presentation. -OR- B. You must possess one full academic year of graduate education related to the occupation. One year of full time graduate education is defined as 18 semester 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, 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. 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.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • Occupancy in government housing is not required for this position.
  • Government housing may be available.
  • Overtime may be 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 )
Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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 120 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.

Other Information

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 may be punished by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001).

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  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by the National Park Service.
  • Do not submit photographs with your application package.

Salary Range: $19.18 to $19.18 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: GS-0025-07/07

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 451795300

Job Announcement Number: HRCSS-ASIS-17-1792712