National Park Service Park Ranger (Protection), GS-0025-05/07 in Davenport, Washington

National Park Service
6 vacancies in the following locations:
  • Davenport, WA
  • Kettle Falls, WA
  • Wilbur, WA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 Hours

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (5 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (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.

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 visit, 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: March, 2017

Lake Roosevelt is a reservoir that was formed when the waters of the Columbia River were impounded by the Grand Coulee Dam. The reservoir is about 154 miles long along the main stem of the Columbia River and extends from the dam site at Grand Coulee, Washington, to a point near the Canadian border. At full pool, the lake's surface elevation is 1,290 feet, the surface area is about 81,389 acres, and the total shore-line is about 513 miles. For most of its length, the lake is in a deep gorge, so the width of the lake is fairly narrow for so large a body of water. The landscape of Lake Roosevelt is dominated by the immense valley and gorge that the Columbia River has created. The vegetation varies from the dry shrub steppes of the lower canyon to the more temperate forests of the northern part of the river. For more information about the park, please visit:

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.



Individuals selected for these positions will perform a variety of resource and visitor protection duties including: enforcement of federal laws, regulations and policies; investigation of motor vehicle accidents; patrol of both frontcountry and backcountry sites; emergency response (utilizing Incident Command System);provide emergency medical services; search and rescue; facilitate visitor stewardship and orientation; wilderness management; boundary enforcement;protection of natural and cultural resources (wildlife, plants, archeological sites, historic buildings) and wildland fire suppression.

GS-5 - The incumbent will assist with preliminary investigations of felonies and other crimes and violations of park rules and public use and safety requirements, and in crowd control activities. Proactively protects park resources from all forms of degradation.

GS-7 - The incumbent will conduct law enforcement investigations of felonies and other crimes and offenses and violations of park rules and is responsible for working with other law enforcement personnel in preparing in-depth criminal prosecutions.

*PHYSICAL DEMANDS: *Strenuous exertion is frequently required in law enforcement, firefighting, search and rescue, medical and related emergency activities. Lifting or carrying equipment weighing over 50 pounds is required. Duties involve performing physically rigorous assignments, potentially in isolated outdoor environments with exposure to severe weather conditions. There is a high-stress component to many of the work assignments. Emergency law enforcement operations will require entry into hazardous environments, exposure to dangerous persons, animals, and substances, and potential exposure to infectious diseases. Seasonal Rangers will be required to use of a wide-range of personal protective gear and adhere to specific safety procedures and other precautions.

*WORK ENVIRONMENT: *Duties require extended periods of outdoor work and exposure to conditions including temperatures well below freezing to in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Investigations are conducted on foot, in four-wheel drive vehicles, or other forms of conveyance in remote back country settings. Emergency service and law enforcement work requires entry into hazardous environments, exposure to dangerous persons, animals, and substances, and potential exposure to infectious diseases. Long periods of surveillance work may be required in cramped or unpleasant locations and under unpleasant conditions. A wide range of personal protective equipment and clothing is required to be used and work, some of which may be uncomfortable, hot or inconvenient to wear. Adherence to specific safety procedures and other precautions is required.

Travel Required
  • Not 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 a NPS Type II Law Enforcement Commission
  • Must pass the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) prior to start date.
  • Pre-employment medical exam and drug testing are required.
  • 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, TAG: Closing Date (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.

Selective Placement Factor (Mandatory Screen-Out): Minimum Age Requirement.

This position has a mandatory requirement that applicants must be at least 21 years of age. (MUST SUPPORT IN RESUME OR WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION)

Selective Placement Factor (Mandatory Screen-Out): Law Enforcement Commission.

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria by the entrance-on-duty (EOD) date to be considered for these positions:

  • Currently hold, or have previously held (within the past three years), a National Park Service Seasonal (Level II) or full (Level I) law enforcement commission, or equivalent within the past three years.
  • Successful completion a Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program during the last three years, but have not yet received a National Park Service Seasonal (Level II) Law Enforcement Commission.
  • Will successfully complete a Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program by the entrance on duty date from one of the approved participating academies found at NOTE: This is not regular police officer training.

Applicants must certify in their supporting documents the possession of at least one of the above criteria. Please include in your resume your commission number with expiration date or your anticipated graduation date from an approved NPS Seasonal Law Enforcement Academy. (MUST SUPPORT IN RESUME OR WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION)

Quality Ranking Factor: Emergency Response

Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB)

Applicants are required to pass the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) prior to entering law enforcement positions. The duties of this position require arduous physical exertion involving walking, running, lifting, standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. The Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) is a fitness test consisting of five different components: 1) agility run– measures the ability to get up from the ground and sprint while changing directions; 2) bench press – measures the upper body strength for one repetition; 3) 1.5 mile run– measures cardio/respiratory fitness; 4) sit and reach – measures the flexibility in the lower back, legs and shoulders; and 5) body composition – measures the body fat. Prior to appointment, applicants will be tested in all five components, but only the agility run, bench press and 1.5 mile run will be measured for a passing score in the 25th percentile (age and gender adjusted) of these components. These procedures will ensure that law enforcement officers are capable of performing strenuous physical training and law enforcement duties. Applicants shall be disqualified for appointment if they fail to meet any physical requirements. Probationary or seasonal employment is subject to termination for failure to meet the 25th percentile in each of the identified components being measured.

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. Examples of specialized experience could include Park Guide or tour leader; 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.

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 experience performing law enforcement duties for the protection, conservation, use, and management of natural and/or cultural resources in park areas or similar operations, which involved the application of law enforcement authorities and procedures to protect visitors and resources. –OR- B. 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.

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.

  • Minimum Age - Prior to appointment, applicants must meet the minimum age requirement of 21 years old
  • Selectee will be required to carry a firearm while performing duties and maintain firearm proficiency. Therefore, must be free of any domestic violence convictions.
  • This is a drug testing designated position. The individual selected for this position will be subject to and must pass a drug test prior to entrance on duty. Incumbent may be subject to random testing.
  • 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 vary per park/location.
  • Government housing may be available.
  • Overtime will 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 )
  • Selectee may be required to perform emergency medical services, and is required to obtain and maintain a First Responder certification.
  • Selectee may perform wildland fire duties and must possess or be able to successfully obtain and maintain a Red Card certification.
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).

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: $19.10 to $21.74 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: GS-0025-05/07

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452569500

Job Announcement Number: HRCSS-LARO-17-1818681