National Park Service Park Ranger (Protection), GS-0025-05/07 in Marble Falls, Arkansas

National Park Service
8 vacancies in the following locations:
  • Marble Falls, AR
  • Saint Joe, AR
  • Yellville, AR
Work Schedule is Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 hours

Opened Wednesday 10/5/2016 (15 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (6 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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The HR Customer Services and Solutions group is currently accepting applications to fill up to (8) temporary positions at Buffalo National River. 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 - April 2017

The Upper district is located near Marble Falls, Arkansas, formerly known as Dogpatch, Arkansas. The nearest town is Jasper, AR which offers most services found in small towns, such as a grocery store, hardware store, several small restaurants and K-12 public schools. Marble Falls is approximately 60 miles south of the Arkansas-Missouri state line. Harrison is located 30 miles north and has a population of approximately 14,000 people. Harrison offers K-12 schools, a community college, restaurants, shopping, groceries, a movie theatre, a performing arts theatre, a hospital, and specialized clinics. There are several rental properties and government housing may be available. The Middle District is located near St Joe, Arkansas. St. Joe is a town of approximately 85 people located in north central Arkansas, about 60 miles south of the Arkansas-Missouri state line. Harrison is located 35 miles to the north. There are several rental properties and government housing may be available. The Lower District is located near Yellville Arkansas. Yellville is a town of approximately 2,000 people located in north central Arkansas, about 30 miles south of the Arkansas-Missouri state line. Mountain Home is located 25 miles to the east with a population of approximately 11,000 people. Mountain Home offers K-12 schools, a four year university, restaurants, shopping, groceries, movie theatres, hospitals, and specialized clinics. There are several rental properties and government housing may be available.

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.



The incumbent(s) serves as an NPS law enforcement commissioned park ranger primarily responsible for performing duties including detection and investigation of violation of the Federal criminal laws, apprehension and detention of violators, the protection of life and property, and enforcement of all applicable laws, rules, and regulations protecting and insuring the safe use of National Park resources. Will perform a variety of resource and visitor protection duties including law enforcement, emergency medical services, structural/wildland fire protection, wildlife management, search and rescue, visitor services, and wilderness/backcountry management. The incumbent will patrol in locations ranging from high visitor use to backcountry locations.

Buffalo National River is dynamic and varying work experience that is seasonal in nature. Located in a rural part of Arkansas, the Park includes concentrated front-country areas like campgrounds and river accesses along with back-country locations that rarely see a person. The work type changes dramatically with the seasons. Fall and Winter have lower visitation but the Ranger staff enforce game laws in an active and legal hunting area, and monitor natural and archaeological resources. Spring and Summer bring the vast majority of the visitors. Spring tends to bring a focus on Search and Rescue activities with high-angle technical rescues and swift-water rescues. Summer is busy with managing the recreating public and resolving law enforcement issues. Buffalo National River is committed to training as a field training park and has a progressive yearly training schedule.

Buffalo National River is a place to use and continue to develop the complete set of traditional and modern ranger skills. We are looking for another team player to bring into our program.

*PHYSICAL DEMANDS: *Rigorous field work requires above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. This includes prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring agility and dexterity.

Duties often involve working in isolated outdoor environments while exposed to severe weather conditions. Dangerous persons must be physically confronted, subdued, and apprehended many of whom are known to carry weapons. There is a high-stress component associated with much of the incumbent's work assignment.

*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
  • Occasional Travel
  • Overnight travel up to 3 nights per month is required.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain a NPS Type II Law Enforcement Commission.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain state issued driver's license.
  • Must pass the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) prior to start date.
  • Pre-employment medical exam and drug testing are required.

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Wednesday, October 26, 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.

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)*

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.

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.

  • 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 is required.
  • Occupancy in government housing is not required for this position.
  • Government housing may be available.
  • Overtime is 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 will be required to perform emergency medical services, and is required to obtain and maintain a First Responder certification.
  • Selectee will perform wildland fire duties and must possess or be able to successfully obtain and maintain a Red Card certification.
Security Clearance

Q - Sensitive

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: $19.10 to $21.74 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: GS-0025-05/07

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 451875400

Job Announcement Number: HRCSS-BUFF-16-1792467