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Park Ranger (Protection)

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Department Of The Interior
United States Citizens Permanent Full Time
Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service! Become part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.
More than one vacancy may be filled with this announcement.
Location: This position is within the Department of Interior, National Park Service, Southeast Region, Jean Lafitte National Historic Park & Preserve in Marrero, LA.
U.S. Citizenship Required You must submit your resume and supporting documents (See How to Apply) You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable. Travel and Transportation will be paid . Maximum entry age restriction of 37. Pre-employment drug screening required. Pre-employment physical examination required. Pre-employment background investigation required. Law Enforcement Commission is required.
As a Park Ranger, you will be responsible for performing law enforcement duties including detection, investigation, detention and prosecution under provisions of applicable laws, rules, and regulations enacted to insure the protection and safe use of National Park resources. Specifically, you will:
Preserve and protect the natural, cultural, historical, archeological and paleontological, and other tangible resources of parks, using all law enforcement protection techniques;
Educate, interpret and inform visitors about the significance and rarity of park resources;
Manage public use of park resources;
Provide a safe and crime-free experience for park users.
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Qualifications must be met by the Closing Date : You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by Wednesday, December 17, 2014
To qualify for this position, you must have one of the following:
A. A bachelor's degree with a major study in 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 AND meet one of the following requirements for Superior Academic Achievement at the undergraduate level: 1) Class standing - upper third of the graduating class based on completed courses in the college, university of major of major subdivision; 2) A Grade Point Average - 2.95 or higher out of a possible 4.0 scale based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum as recorded on the official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts or documented proof of class standing or honor society membership.
OR B. One full year (18 semester hours) of graduate level study, or possess a master's or higher degree in the in fields described in "A" above. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts OR a listing of your coursework that includes your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. A copy of your official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected.
OR C. One year of specialized experience that is equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service or similar pay systems. Examples of specialized experience include: 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 D. An equivalent combination of graduate education described in "B" and specialized experience described in "C." To calculate qualifying combinations, determine the amount of qualifying graduate education you have as a percentage of the requirement stated in "B," and determine the amount of qualifying specialized experience you have as a percentage of the requirement stated in "C." Add the two percentages. The combination must equal 100 percent to qualify.
In addition to meeting the Qualification Requirement above, applicants must meet the Selective Factors below:
Selective Factor-Age Requirement
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and less than 37 years of age at the time of appointment. Applicants who are age 37 or over may subtract any of their prior federal service that is in approved primary/rigorous positions and that is creditable for retirement from their current age to meet this age requirement. Applicants must provide proof of this creditable service prior to appointment. Applicants who are entitled to veteran's preference are eligible to request a waiver to the maximum age requirement. In instances where the maximum entry-age is waived, the corresponding mandatory retirement age for these individuals will also be higher because it will be reached after 20 years of coverage under special retirement provisions for the entitlement to an immediate enhanced annuity.
Selective Factor - Law Enforcement Commission
Selectees must possess or be able to obtain a National Park Service, Level II, Law Enforcement Commission or equivalent by entrance on duty date, which requires successful completion of an approved Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program. If you do not meet the requirements of this selective factor, you will be rated ineligible for these positions. For more information on the Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program and the approved participating academies, please .
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website .
Part-Time or Unpaid Experience : Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid experience. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive credit for such experience you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.
Education : When there is a positive education requirement, or you are using education to qualify as a substitution for experience, transcripts (unofficial) are required at the time of application to verify that you meet the educational requirement or substitution.
Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: .
Foreign Education : If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the 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. For further information, visit: .
Conditions of Employment:
You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to the first official motor vehicle operation, you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid state 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 driver's license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation Lastly, you may be required to submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities) at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid driver's licenses, whether current or previously possessed by you.
Must be able to obtain a Type II Authority National park Service Law Enforcement Commission at time of appointment to this position.
In accordance with Executive Order 12564 and Department of the Interior guidelines, applicants selected for this position are required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test prior to appointment. In addition, this position is a drug testing designated position subject to random drug testing for illegal drug use throughout the tenure of this appointment.
Must pass a pre-employment medical test.
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.
Must be free of any domestic violence convictions. As a condition of employment, you are required to carry weapons and ammunition as a part of your official duties. Therefore, and individual with a conviction of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence will not be eligible for this position.
CATEGORY RATING : Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating selection procedures. Once the application process is complete, a review of your r sum and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your r sum and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, your category rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities, or you may be rated ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The quality categories are:
1. Best Qualified: Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for this position.
2. Well Qualified: Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for this position.
3. Qualified: Candidates in this category meet the minimum education and/or experience requirements for this position.
Your rating will be based on both your entire application package as well as the responses to the assessment questionnaire. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies in the following areas:
Educational Background
Work Experience
Social Organizations
Mathematical Skills
In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contacted for an interview.
Information for Veterans : Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.
We strongly encourage you to apply on line; this process is easier, faster and provides more information as applications are processed. Mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted.
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
All Applicants are required to submit the following documents prior to the closing date of this announcement. The application package must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Resume (cover letter is optional). Your resume must have complete information: Please ensure your resume accurately reflects the ditties and responsibilities under each position you have held with each employer. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. It is your responsibility to make sure your resume states complete information for each job entry (beginning and ending dates of employment stated as MM/YYYY; and total hours worked per week). If your resume does not provide enough information regarding your work history for us to make a creditable qualification determination, your application package may be rendered disqualified and you will no longer be considered for this position.
Completed Occupational Questionnaire
Unofficial College Transcripts are required at the time of application to when education is used to meet the basic education requirement and/or when you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education as a substitution for experience. If selected you may be required to produce official transcripts before being appointed. Failure to provide transcripts will result in an ineligible rating .
Veterans Preference Documentation : DD-214 (Member 4 copy is preferred), which includes character of service, or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service letter which includes service dates, type of separation, and character of service and VA or Armed Forces Disability Letter if claiming 10-point preference. Below is a website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214 online: .
Veteran's Preference : For more information and/or to determine if you are eligible for Veterans' Preference, please visit (for veterans) or (for family members).
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents : You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is: 1270642
2. Fax your documents to .
If you cannot complete the Application Package online , you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items .
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your application and supporting documentation, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. To view the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.
This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal .
Travel, transportation, and 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 the relocation under the Federal Travel Regulations.
Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a one year probationary period.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See / for details.
Position is subject to work nights, early mornings, rotating shifts, holidays and weekends.
Incumbent of this position will be required to wear an NPS uniform and comply with NPS uniform standards.
You must meet time-in-grade restrictions and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Overtime work may be required.
Holiday, weekend and shift work is required.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be rated in well-qualified by scoring 85 or higher on the assessment for this vacancy. Additional information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

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