National Park Service Park Guide in Honolulu, Hawaii

National Park Service
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Honolulu, HI
Work Schedule is Full Time - Term NTE 13 months

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (6 day(s) ago)

** Closes Sunday 10/23/2016 (0 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. Find your park!

This position is located at the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Honolulu, Hawaii. The primary purpose of this job is to serve as a front-line ambassador for the park, who interprets historical and cultural information for visitors and provides customer service at a busy Visitors Center.

WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, (formerly known as the USS Arizona Memorial) is located within the city of Honolulu and is approximately six miles from the downtown area. Honolulu is the 11th largest city in the United States. All amenities that large cities offer can generally be found easily. Visitation is intense (over 1.7 million/year) and is crowded at this popular historic site. Public bus transportation is available to all VALR employees free of charge. Basic monthly apartment rental starts at around $1700. Trips to neighbor islands are extremely affordable and both the mountains and ocean are nearby.

This is a full-time TERM position. Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed 13 months, with the possibility of incremental extensions up to a total of four years without further competition.

Who May Apply: 001 All U.S. Citizens

Relocation: Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. All travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the sole responsibility of the selected employee.

Government Housing is not available.

The full promotion potential of this position is: 05

NOTE: Legislation provides that federal salaries in Hawaii will transition from base pay plus a cost-of-living allowance (COLA) to the locality pay-based system that applies in the 48 contiguous states. Locality pay will be phased in, and COLA will be phased out accordingly through annual reductions. Currently, the COLA pay in Hawaii is 12.05% with the exception of Hawaii island, which is 6.05%. The salary annotated on this announcement includes the locality, however, does not include the cost-of-living allowance.

  • Presents informational talks, guided tours, and demonstrations to interpret, inform and educate visitors on the WWII Pacific theater.
  • Serves as the front line representative to greet customers and answer questions at the visitor center. Distributes tickets and completes daily reports.
  • Assists in developing interpretive products for historical, cultural, or natural resource programs, publications, or exhibits. Uses interpretive techniques to facilitate visitor emotional and intellectual connections to ideas and to the resources and to enhance their experience.
  • Answers inquiries related to the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, or other related historical and/or cultural events and surroundings specific to Hawaii.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Public Trust Mod Risk Background Investigation with Credit Check Required

*You must meet one of the following minimum qualification requirements below by the closing date of this announcement in order to be considered for this position at the GS-05 grade level: *

A. Possess one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: 1) presenting formal and/or informal interpretive/education programs utilizing various techniques (e.g. storytelling, displays, presentations, hands-on, etc.); 2) providing direction to, information on, and orientation regarding services or activities of interest to the public in a park or recreational (or related) setting; and 3) developing and/or revising technical information on historical or cultural information for specific interpretive programs or themes. OR

B. Successful completion of four years of education above high school (120 semester hours or 180 quarter hours), from an accredited institution, leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or 24 semester hours of course work in a related field. (Related fields of study include natural resource management, natural sciences, earth sciences, history, archaeology, anthropology, park and recreation management, museum sciences, communications, media, english, political science, education or other closely related subjects pertinent to the management and protection of natural and cultural resources.) OR

C. Combination of Experience & Education- To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours (or equivalent), in excess of the first 60 semester hours earned towards your degree, and divide by 60 semester hours (or equivalent). Then take the number of months of full time experience and divide by 12 months. Add the two percentages. The total must equal at least 100 percent in order to meet this description.

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per work week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".

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

To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institutionwith your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.


*Probationary Period: *If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.

*Drivers License: *You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid drivers license is required.

Uniform: You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.

*Work Schedule: *You may be required to work evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.

*Training: *You will be required to complete CPR, AED, and First Aid training.

Government Charge Card: You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.

Telework: *The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.*

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the Occupational Questionnaire is received you will receive acknowledgement that your submission was successful. If you are among the most qualified candidates and your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly for a possible interview. You will be notified of the status of your Application Package at the time candidates are referred for consideration, and when the selection process is complete.


You're making a great choice when you choose a career with the National Park Service. In addition to your take-home pay, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits designed to make your Federal career very rewarding (eligibility varies depending on the tenure of the position you hold). You can find more information about benefits at NPS Benefits or at

Temporary, seasonal, and intermittent employees on appointments expected to last at least 90 days, and expected to work a schedule of 130 hours or more a calendar month, will be eligible to enroll in a Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB) health plan upon notification from their employing office. Temporary, seasonal, and intermittent employees for whom the expectation of hours of employment changes to meet the above requirement would become eligible to enroll in an FEHB health plan upon notification from their employing office. Eligible employees who elect to participate will receive the same government contribution as permanent employees and will be responsible for the employee share of the premium while on the official agency roles; the employee share is deducted from bi-weekly earnings.

Other Information

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

*Physical Demands: *The work requires standing for long periods of time, walking for long distances, climbing or descending steep inclines, bending, and lifting moderately heavy items. Mental stress and physical fatigue occur due to high volume of personal contacts, occasional emergency responses, and repetitive nature of interpretive programs.

*Working Conditions: *Work is performed both indoors and outdoors resulting in exposure to a variety of weather conditions.

HOW TO CLAIM VETERANS PREFERENCE ( If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at

If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge,you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.

If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15, and if applicable, a completed SF15. If you don't have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at or call 1-800-827-1000. MYTHBUSTER ON FEDERAL HIRING POLICIES**

Salary Range: $33,013.00 to $42,916.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0090-05/05

Promotion Potential: 05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452971600

Job Announcement Number: PWROPI-16-VALR-1819893 DE