National Park Service Park Ranger (Interpretation), GS-0025-05 in Bettles, Alaska

National Park Service
48 vacancies in the following locations:
  • Bettles, AK
  • Copper Center, AK
  • Eagle, AK
  • King Salmon, AK
  • Kotzebue, AK More Locations (8)
Work Schedule is Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 Hours

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (5 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (2 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.

We are committed to promoting a workforce where the viewpoints and talents of every employee are valued, welcomed and appreciated. – NPS Director, Jon Jarvis

To find out more about the National Park Service, and watch our YouTube video here.

The HR Customer Services and Solutions group is currently accepting applications to fill temporary positions in various locations. All positions may not be filled or they may be filled at different times depending on budget, hiring needs, and requirements. 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. These positions have no promotion potential; if you want to be considered for a higher grade, you must apply for the higher grade. Anticipated Entry on Duty: *An applicant will be expected to begin work between 4/10/17 and 5/30/17 depending on the park. *

For information about duty locations per park and government housing availability please see the "Geographic Availability" section of the questionnaire.

Individual duty stations vary by park site. Please click on the following links for more information about each park:

Nome - Bering Land Bridge National

Eagle - Eagle, Alaska:

Bettles & Coldfoot (Wiseman) - Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve:

King Salmon & Brooks Camp (Lake and Peninsula) Katmai National Park and

Seward - Kenai Fjords National Park:

Skagway - Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park:

Sitka - Sitka National Historical

Kotzbue - Western Arctic Park lands:

Copper Center, McCarthy (Kennecott) & Slana - Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve:

Eagle - Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve:

*Applicants who apply under McCarthy will be duty stationed in Kennecott, AK, those who apply under Lake and Peninsula County will be duty stationed in Brooks Camp, AK and those that apply under Wiseman will be duty stationed in Coldfoot, AK. *

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.



Duties vary depending on the duty station. They may include, but are not limited to the following. Preserve and protect the natural, cultural and historical resources of the park by preparing and presenting interpretive programs such as formal talks to groups, illustrated programs, guided walks and informal conversations with visitors. Incumbent uses currently accepted professional standards to help research, develop, and present thematic interpretive programs that are balanced, informative, meaningful and connect a diverse audience with park resources. The ranger is expected to staff the visitor center desk and operate a variety of audio-visual equipment. Most positions are based primarily at visitor centers/ranger stations. Visitor center duties consist of working a visitor center front desk, presenting interpretive programs, providing safety information and trip planning to the visiting public and educating the public on "Leave No Trace" techniques. Some positions may have the opportunity to participate in a patrol or tour of duty in the backcountry. Backcountry patrols generally last 5 to 8 days camping and traveling in remote wilderness areas. The ranger may also be required to sell Alaska Geographic Association products in park bookstore while operating a cash register and completing shift reports.

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
  • Depending on the park, travel may be required from one to 15 nights per month.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Background Investigation and Favorable Credit Report
  • Selective Service Registration if applicable.
  • Wearing a National Park Service uniform is required.
  • State issued drivers license may be required.

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Monday, October 24, 2016

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; 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- 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.

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

You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued driver's license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued driver's license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year, or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to 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. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State driver's license.

Driver's license is required at all parks except Sitka (Sitka National Historical Park).

  • 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.
  • Depending on the park, travel may be required from one to 15 nights per month.

  • Required occupancy in government housing may vary per park/location. See occupational questionnaire.

  • Government housing is available in Nome, Sitka, Kotzebue and Bettles. Government housing may be available in all other locations, but is not guaranteed.
  • Overtime may be required.
  • Applicants selected for Eagle and Bettles will be required to carry a non-LE firearm while performing duties and are subject to drug testing.
  • Operation of a Motorboat is required for those duty stationed in Eagle, Alaska (Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve

  • 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

The temporary seasonal job announcement you applied to is designed to collect applicant names for these announcements. There are no specific vacant positions waiting to be filled. These lists of candidates are only used if and when a manager should determine the need to hire someone for a position to fill in the coming season, and has the funds to pay for it. Applications are not routinely processed until a manager requests such a list of candidates. Only if a manager requests such a list of candidates for a specific duty location are applications to that duty location reviewed. Until such time, applications are on hold pending management decisions to indeed hire someone.

You will be notified of the final determination and if a referral has been made. Applicants should monitor their USAJOBS and/or Application Manager account for the most up-to-date 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).

Salary includes 6.91% COLA. Alaska currently does not have a state tax income tax or a statewide sales tax.

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.

Salary Range: $18.12 to $18.12 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: GS-0025-05/05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 451886300

Job Announcement Number: HRCSS-AKR-17-1813307