Job Responsibilities : Park Ranger Salary : $53,433 – $84,049 a year Company : U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Location : Remote US Educational requirements : Graduate
This position is a Park Ranger GS-0025-9/11 working in Willows California for the Region 8 – Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
This position is also open to status candidates under announcement R8-21-11233894-CL-MP. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.
As a Park Ranger your duties will include but are not limited to the following:
- Utilize knowledge of natural resources and public use related laws regulations policies standards or procedures to lead a visitor services program.
- Develop environmental education curricula or programs using knowledge of educational principles and practices.
- Write news releases public service announcements articles for magazines accomplishment reports scripts for video productions and narratives.
- Develop and manage partnerships with community organizations and corporations.
- Develop and implement evaluation process for the refuge visitor services program for useful communication about program results.
- Lead and coordinate a team of diverse individuals working on education and outdoor recreation programs.
Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
0025 Park Ranger
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
- Individuals assigned male at birth after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service. To verify registration visit SSS.gov.
- Resume and supporting documents (See How to Apply).
- Suitability for employment as determined by background investigation
- Driver’s License: Selectees must possess and maintain a valid State driver’s license at all times during their tenure.
- Uniform: Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform is required.
- Probationary Period: Selectees may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
QualificationsOnly experience and education obtained by 09/28/2021 will be considered.
Minimum Qualification GS-9:
Possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in the public or private sectors). Examples of qualifying specialized experience for this Park Ranger position include: 1) participating in the development of visitor service programs including content methods and delivery; 2) developing curriculum-based environmental education programs and materials that are tied to state standards; 3) acting as liaison between an organization and community or regional groups to develop mutually beneficial natural resource programs and projects; or 4) leading volunteers to complete natural resource and stewardship projects. NOTE: Your resume must contain sufficient detail to prove one year experience performing these duties OR
Possess a Master’s or equivalent graduate degree in an accredited or pre-accredited college or university; or 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree; or possession of a LL.B. or J.D degree if related. Graduate level education must be related to the occupation: 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. NOTE: You must submit transcripts OR
Possess an equivalent combination of specialized experience and directly related graduate level education (as described above) that when computed as percentages of their respective requirements equals at least 100% when combined. Only graduate education beyond the first year is creditable to meet this standard. NOTE: You must submit the documentation as described above to support this choice.
Minimum Qualification GS-11:
Possess at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (GS-09) in the Federal Service. Experience must include: 1) Volunteer and Visitor Services program management; 2) Coordinating environmental education programs; 3) Participating in the coordination and development of a Visitor Services Plan; and 4) Participating in partnership activities with community organizations and corporations; 5) Identifying requirements and developing scopes of work and cost estimates for Volunteer/Visitor Services activities OR
Completion of three full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree related to the occupation: 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. NOTE: You must submit transcripts OR
Possess an equivalent combination of professional experience and graduate level education beyond the second year which together equals 100% of the requirements. NOTE: You must submit the documentation as described above to support this choice.
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.
PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades credit hours earned major(s) grade point average or class ranking institution name and student name. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution’s registrar dean or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however if you are selected for the position you will be required to produce the original official transcripts.
PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school’s definition of one year of graduate study 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Telework: This position is suitable for telework and may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.
Additional Vacancies: One or more positions may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Department of Interior (DOI) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) procedures apply in filling this vacancy. CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position grade level and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP applicants must be well-qualified (i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements including any selective placement factors; education and experience requirements) score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application materials (e.g. resume supporting documents) the responses you provide on the application questionnaire and the result of the online assessments required for this position. You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge skills abilities and other characteristics):
- Attention to Detail
- Customer Service
- Interpersonal Skills
- Stress Tolerance
- General knowledge of conservation and natural resource management principles and practices in order to incorporate them in educational programs exhibits and other visitor services programs.
- Ability to review and analyze visitor services programs and make sound recommendations for program improvement.
- Administrative skills in order to ensure that logistical arrangements supplies publications and services are available to implement the visitor services program to ensure the adequacy of funding and human resources and to coordinate the visitor services program with other aspects of management operations and policies.
- Ability to communicate well in a variety of settings from small to large groups. Effectively communicate refuge message and deliver educational programs.
In order to be considered for this position you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire this position requires an online assessment. The online assessment measures critical general competencies required to perform the job.
Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration. Cheating on the online assessment may also result in your removal from consideration. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The category ratings for this position are: Best Qualified Well Qualified and Qualified
The category rating process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans’ preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
You must submit a complete application package. We will not make assumptions about your experience and/or education.
Resume: You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder to ensure all required information is included in your Resume. If you use your own resume curriculum vitae or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience hours worked per week month and year of employment for each job title listed annual salary and description of job duties. Include name and address of employer; supervisor name and telephone number. Additional information on what to include can be found here. Your experience needs to address every required qualification.
Additional Documentation if applicable:
College Transcripts: Please refer to the education section above for additional information. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. A copy of your official transcripts may be required if you are selected.
Veterans’ Preference Documentation: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans’ preference you must attach a copy of your DD-214 Member Copy 2 or 4 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference attach an SF-15 Application for 10-Point Veterans’ Preference in addition to the proof required by that form (i.e. VA letter). You may not be awarded preference if you do not attach the correct Veteran Documentation as specified above.
CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: If you are applying under CTAP or ICTAP you MUST submit proof of eligibility under 5 CFR 330.602(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice a copy of your most recent performance rating and a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your position grade level and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.
If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments submit documentation to support your request including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found here
Failure to submit any of the above-mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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This job is open to
U.S. citizens nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Clarification from the agency
U.S. Citizens CTAP