National Park Service Park Manager (Superintendent) in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

National Park Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Harpers Ferry, WV
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/3/2016 (20 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.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is located about 70 miles from Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. This is a great location for dual career families with at least 10 Federal agencies in the commuting area. Commuter rail service is available locally and goes into Washington, DC. Outstanding career training and educational opportunities are available within commuting distance. Local area features boating, river rafting, horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, and many cultural activities.

This position is also being advertised for candidates with Merit Promotion eligibility (Status Candidates). It can be found on www.usajobs,gov. Search for Vacancy Announcement number NPS-NCR-HAFE-16-1799042-JO or by title/series and location.

This position is located in the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in Harpers Ferry, WV.

As Park Manager, the incumbent has primary responsibility for the management and administration of all park operations, and is responsible for administrative functions such as budget formulation and execution, property acquisition and management and human resources management; visitor protection and law enforcement on lands of exclusive federal jurisdiction; environmental compliance and natural and cultural resources management; resource education, and visitor services; facility development and management; and political and governmental liaison with both domestic and foreign governments.

This position is being announced at the full performance level.

Physical Demands:Work is mostly sedentary but involves frequent travel within the park, to nearby sites, and other parks and National Park Service offices.

Work Environment:Work is usually performed indoors, although field trips and emergencies occasionally require exposure to a wide range of climatic conditions terrain, and prolonged hours.

APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FULL CONSIDERATION. Please read the entire announcement before you apply. To view the entire announcement, select "Print" above "Job Summary."


The duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • The incumbent is responsible for the overall supervision and coordination of park operations.
  • The incumbent plans, directs, coordinates leadership to all park management programs.
  • He/she is responsible for coordinating the activities of subordinates, managers, evaluating performances and maintaining an effective, efficient organization.
  • The incumbent oversees and directs a park wide maintenance program through the Facility Manager.
  • The incumbent is is responsible for an annual operating budget which exceeds $6 million and includes a staff of 90 FTE.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative and beneficial relations with Federal, State and local government entities cooperating groups and organizations.
  • Provides expert advice and guidance to Regional Office and Agency officials on local issues and the effects of current efforts and anticipated plans or policy changes related to the battlefield protection program.
  • Responsible for coordinating the activities of subordinate managers, guiding the direction of their efforts, setting priorities, allocating resources, setting standards, evaluating performances and otherwise maintaining an effective and efficient organization.
  • Provides leadership in the development of policies, standards and procedures which govern the professional conduct of work related to the administration and implementation of all programs within the park.
  • Communicates with the public, media and elected officials involves a large percentage of the superintendent's time.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel may be required for meetings.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses will be paid by the Agency (See Other information)
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Svs.
  • Relevant experience and/or education (See Qualification and Evaluations).
  • Suitable for Federal employment as determined by a background investigation
  • Incumbent must wear a National Park Service Uniform
  • Possess and maintain a valid State or District of Columbia driver’s license

In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following by the closing date of the vacancy announcement: Monday, October 24, 2016

For the GS-14 level: Candidates must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience is experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience for this position includes but is not limited; apply National Park Service principles and regulation to park management and development; land and resource management and planning; programming, planning and tracking multiple budgets and financial management programs; managing a human resources program in addition to maintaining a comprehensive EEO and diversity program; and fostering effective partnerships.

Resume must reflect the responses to the online questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, etc.) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritus); community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translate directly to paid employment. You may receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


  • Appointment will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation. Under the requirements of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), all new Federal Employees must pass a background investigation. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
  • To be eligible for appointment to this position, the new hire must be cleared to come on board once the results of the fingerprint check, review of the OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and the candidate's Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (eQIP) entries have been reviewed and determined to be satisfactory. A credit check may be required for this position if any financial issues arise during the background investigation process.
  • New employees of the Department of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay within 30 days of entrance on duty.
  • NPS Class A uniformed position. Employee will be required to wear a uniform and comply with National Park Service uniform standards
  • Applicants must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license or District of Columbia driver's license.
  • This is not a drug tested position; however all Federal government employees are subject to reasonable suspicious testing as appropriate.
  • Applicant must be able to work alternative work schedules, holidays, and weekends.
  • One year supervisory probationary period may be required.
  • Financial disclosure required.
Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. After making a tentative job offer we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation.


The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at

Annual and Sick Leave: Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program is run and provide you with the appropriate forms.

Other Information

Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations.

Incumbent may be subject to shift changes of lieu days and may be required to work weekends, overtime and holidays.

Tele-work is available

Salary Range: $108,887.00 to $141,555.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0025-14/14

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 450208700

Job Announcement Number: NPS-NCR-HAFE-17-1799046-JO