Park Ranger (Interpretive)


Vacancy ID: 762672   Announcement Number: NPS-NCR-NACE-13-762672GB   USAJOBS Control Number: 329297600

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1. Title of Job

Please enter the position title:Park Ranger (Interpretive)


2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

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4. Work Information

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6. Citizenship

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7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

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11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

Select/enter at least one job preference code as defined below.  Your selection will be used to determine your consideration for this position under open competitive and/or merit promotion procedures.   You must select at least one specialty code; however, you may select both codes, if applicable.

 

Competitive merit promotion:

 

 

Noncompetitive Merit Promotion:

       

  • Current permanent career/career-conditional of the National Capital Region or the National Park Service who have previously held, or currently hold, the full promotion grade of the position announced.
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001 Competitive Merit Promotion
002 Non-Competitive Merit Promotion

21. Geographic Availability

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99MTRO012 Washington DC Metro Area, DC

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. From the description below, determine whether you have the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for a Park Ranger Interpretive, GS-0025-11. If you leave this question blank, you will be rated ineligible.

A. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the federal service which is in or related to the position to be filled and which provided the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Supervisory Park Ranger. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: coordinating, managing or directing interpretive programs; developing long range program plans; developing educational programs; managing interpretive staff or other similar work. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of at least the GS-09 grade level in the Federal Service.

B. I do not have the experience listed in 1A but I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education (36 semester hours, 54 quarter hours or equivalent) leading to such a degree with a Major study in education or a subject area related to the position to be filled such as, natural resources 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 above may be accepted if it clearly provides applicants with the background of knowledge and skills necessary for successful job performance in this position. NOTE: If you are using education to qualify you must document your course work and/or degree completed in your resume or other application materials you submit. You must submit a copy of your transcripts or a complete list of college courses taken that identifies for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed. If you are qualifying based on education and you do not submit specific course work information as described previously, your application will be rated not qualified for consideration. (A copy of your official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected).

C. I have a combination of specialized experience as in 1A and successfully completed progressively higher-level graduate education as in 1B described above that is beyond the second year of graduate study (i.e., doctoral-level education) and specialized experience as described above. NOTE: If you are using education to qualify you must document your course work and/or degree completed in your resume or other application materials you submit. You must submit a copy of your transcripts or a complete list of college courses taken that identifies for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed. If you are qualifying based on education and you do not submit specific course work information as described previously, your application will be rated not qualified for consideration. (A copy of your official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected).
D. I do not have the experience and/or education described in any of the above.

For task statement 2 through 59, choose the response (A-E) from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Select only one letter per statement. Ensure that your application supports all of your responses.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

2. Knowledge of interpretive principles such as using tangibles/intangibles and universal concepts to facilitate connections between visitor interests and the meanings in the resources.

3. Understand and apply national standards of interpretation.

4. Lead and implement comprehensive interpretive planning processes within an organization.

5. Establish programmatic milestones to demonstrate alignment of park programs and operations with organizational mission, philosophy and goals.

6. Establish performance measures to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, and progress of an interpretation work group or department in meeting its plans, goals and objectives.

7. Apply knowledge and understanding of Federal personnel laws and regulations, Executive Orders, and agency written policy and guidelines.

8. Recommend and take action regarding areas of program emphasis, or establishment of new initiatives or activities.

9. Ability to establish and maintain effective teamwork; inspire, motivate, and guide others towards goals, and accomplishments; coach and challenge subordinates.

10. Suggest improvements to operations such as changing work methods, reassigning personnel, providing training, or subdividing functions.

11. Plan short and long term work goals for Interpretative Division.

12. Coordinate functions that include visitor assistance, interpretive program management, public relations and program promotion.

13. Evaluate interpretive programs and develop proposed changes to accommodate changing visitation trends.

14. Develop age-appropriate programming.

15. Plan, direct, coordinate, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of interpretive programs that include presentations to the general public and educational outreach.

16. Participate in the budget process by developing cost required for long range interpretive program goals.

17. Coordinate special events for commemorations, festivals or program culmination celebrations.

18. Participate in planning and making arrangements for special events at the park or at related sites such as festivals related natural/cultural/historical resources and programs (e.g., folk music and storytelling festivals; pageants, costumed and living history programs, etc.).

19. Assist with the development of long and short-range plans for interpretative programs.

20. Conduct interpretive programs that are thematic, address multiple learning styles, present multiple points of view and provide opportunities for emotional and intellectual connections.

21. Work as a member of a team involved in the development of new ideas, processes, or products.

22. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff as well as personnel from other divisions and organizations.

23. Prioritize work assignments.

24. Coordinate multiple and simultaneous interpretive projects/deadlines.

25. Coordinate multiple activities and projects with others disciplines to accomplish work goals.

26. Identify needs and create opportunities to meet those needs.

27. Prepare a wide range of interpretive media such as printed interpretive materials, brochures, waysides, exhibit text, newspaper and/or journal articles, and newsletters.

28. Coordinate an effective park interpretation program designed to gain public support and understanding of mission and philosophy.

29. Develop and present original interpretive programs using interpretive techniques and principles on cultural, historical, natural, and recreational topics.

30. Provide training and materials to permanent/seasonal employees or volunteers to research and develop interpretive programs and materials for the public.

31. Provide training and materials to permanent/seasonal employees or volunteers to research and develop interpretive programs and materials on cultural, historical, natural, recreational themes.

32. Provide training and materials to permanent/seasonal employees or volunteers to develop and present briefings, lectures, multi-media shows, structured and impromptu talks, guided tours, etc.

33. Ability to develop an interpretive program.

34. Communicate effectively in difficult situations and exercises tact, discretion persuasiveness in resolving differences, sensitive issues and problems.

35. Collaborate with partners external and internal to your organization to accomplish projects that meet your institution's management goals.

36. Prepare interpretive plans and reports reflecting the proposals, status and accomplishments of the organization.

37. Prepare guidelines, specifications, project proposals, and requests for bids, for interpretive media projects.

38. Respond to general requests for information and guidance about the Park.

39. Assist in developing and executing of cooperative agreements and management agreements.

40. Prepare evaluations and reports.

41. Prepare grant proposals.

42. Work as a member of a team involved in the development of new ideas, processes, or interpretive/educational products.

43. Experience in analytical and public speaking that applies considerable tact and diplomacy in order to technically manage all assigned interpretive management program elements.

44. Apply standards of interpretation (for written interpretative media) as defined by National Association for Interpretation or other sources.

45. Compose accurate and understandable written materials including reports and correspondence.

46. Write documents coherently and concisely to complete reports, letters, required forms, and information materials such as pamphlets and progress reports, performance evaluations and justification for training opportunities.

47. Develop text for interpretive site bulletins, brochures, other handout material, and exhibit label-copy using correct English grammar, syntax, and editorial skills.

48. Provide assistance or input on revisions to interpretive written outlines, guidebooks, handouts, brochures, scripts, or educational materials.

49. Communicate, both orally and in writing, in a variety of situation such as in dealing with subordinates, peers, supervisors, regional office personnel, other agencies, special interest groups, and the public.

50. Prepare press release for printed and broadcast media.

51. Employ the resources and methods of the NPS Interpretive Development Program to prepare or edit interpretive articles, site bulletins, web pages, podcasts, visitor center displays, and other electronic applications, and special publications.

52. Recent experience using a personal computer and various software applications such as word processing, reports, spreadsheets, databases, graphs, desktop publishing, and electronic mail (e.g. Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, Access, and Internet Explorer), and peripherals (e.g. various printers, plotters, copiers, faxes and scanners).

53. Use software programs including PowerPoint, Publisher, Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign, Photoshop, illustrator, Acrobat, and Adobe Premier Pro.

54. Use printers, plotters, copiers, fax, and scanners to complete assignments.

55. Create, design, and edit illustrated interpretive programs to present to the public.

56. Prepare graphic design and text or photo layouts.

57. Generate, send, and receive email messages and look up information on the Internet.

58. Use word processing software to prepare letters, reports, or other documents, and business software (such as database, word processing, and/or spreadsheet software) to enter, track, monitor, and report information.

59. Write and develop revisions of interpretive materials such as program schedules, newspaper articles, trail guides, exhibit text, etc.