1. From the descriptions below (A through D), select one response that best describes how your background meets the basic experience or education requirements for a Park Ranger (Interpretive), GS-0025-07 position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave this question blank you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these minimum qualifications, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position.
Ability to perform natural resource management and protection duties.
For the questions below, please select from A through E to indicate the skill level that you possess for each task listed. The questions were developed based on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies needed to perform the work of this position.
Be sure to describe your experience that supports your answers to the questions below, in your resume or application materials. It is important that your application package submitted, including a resume or application form, clearly shows how you possess the experience and skill levels you claim in this questionnaire. Each of your responses must be clearly supported by your education, training, and/or specific work experience you describe in your application packet submitted for this position (application form or resume, transcripts, list and description of training completed and/or other items you submit). If not, your score will be lowered or you will be found not qualified. The information you provide will be verified. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.
2. Providing resources orientation and/or education.
3. Performing wildlife management, fire, archeological site, or other physical resources monitoring, data collection and patrols. (Be sure to specifically describe this experience in your resume).
4. Monitoring and reporting on conditions of natural resources such as threatened and endangered species, trials and mountaineering routes, backcountry campsites, historic structures, etc.
5. Monitoring special use and other permitees relative to function/operation and potential impacts on the natural resources.
6. Performing, as in integral part of other duties, roving contact of a park or other comparable facility or area to provide information and informal interpretive services.
7. Providing information to the public about resource-oriented topics specifically to stimulate their interest and appreciation, (e.g., provided interesting and informative facts and background about the resources or features).
8. Using visitor contacts to encourage protection and preservation of the park's resources. (Be sure to specifically describe this experience in your resume).
9. Informing, interpreting and educating individuals about an area's natural, cultural, and/or historic resources, their significance, and their use.
10. Informing visitors of special concerns such as fire restrictions, areas closed to camping, party size limitations, special equipment needs, and special resource sensitivities.
11. Making contact with visitors to check backcountry permits and resolve issues.
12. Providing information on applicable regulations, safety information, and leave no trace information.
Ability to use computer software programs and equipment to record, manage, and present data.
13. Summarizing resource management data in tabular and graphic form.
14. Maintaining and organizing computer databases.
15. Using computer software spreadsheet programs, such as Microsoft Access, Excel, (or comparable) to record, manage, and report scientific data.
16. Utilizing a variety of computer programs to compile, reduce, store, retrieve, analyze, and report resource management information, data, research, and/or long-term monitoring projects.
17. Using word processing software to prepare narrative written documents, such as correspondence or reports.
18. Performing internet AND literature research for studies/projects.
19. Using ArcGIS or similar software to organize, analyze, and display field data.
20. Using Pathfinder Office or similar software to download and process GIS data.
Ability to communicate in writing.
21. Composing documents or correspondence to provide simple or routine resource information.
22. Composing documents or correspondence to provide information of some complexity in such areas as resource information or comparable.
23. Preparing sections of fisheries, or comparable aquatic resources, management reports.
24. Preparing field trip reports.
25. Preparing project reports or portions of them, including descriptions of methods, graphs and charts, and summary of findings.
26. Providing written comments on resource management plan reports or other written documents.
27. Preparing plans, and/or written study guidelines.
Ability to live, navigate and work, in extremely remote backcountry areas for extended periods of time.
28. Performing work in a remote area for an extended period of time meeting survival and emergency communications needs. (Be sure to specifically describe this experience in your resume).
29. Performing logistical planning for extended backcountry travel or stays.
30. Using maps, compasses, and Global Positioning System devices to travel, navigate, and work in remote backcountry areas and/or large bodies of water.
31. Experience traveling in extremely remote backcountry areas for extended periods of time.
32. Performing multi-day travel in mountainous backcountry areas to include technical terrain.
33. Backpacking in backcountry areas. (Be sure to specifically describe this experience in your resume).
34. Maintaining and operating remote backcountry work stations to include solar radio system.
35. Maintaining and operating remote backcountry work stations to include propane appliances.
36. Applying basic backcountry/wilderness survival skills.
37. Responding to emergency calls and taking initial actions such as resolving problems, wildlife confrontations/incidents, or disputes, protecting the scene, ensuring safety of individuals and the scene.
Ability to communicate orally/interpersonal skills.
38. Answering questions from the public to provide information and assistance, and to resolve problems.
39. Providing information to the public about the surrounding historic, cultural, or natural resources of interest in the area (such as in work as a tour guide, park guide, docent, or naturalist).
40. Maintaining courtesy and rapport with individuals when contacting them to gain their cooperation; for example, when contacting visitors who are behaving in an unsafe way, or are not in compliance with park rules, in order to obtain their compliance.
41. Demonstrating understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern in relating to people from varied backgrounds and situations.
42. Handling unexpected complications or obstacles that arise in dealing with others. (Be sure to specifically address this experience in your resume).
43. Working independently handling public relations and/or other issues under stressful or controversial situations. (Be sure to give examples in your application or resume that support your answer).
44. Interacting with and providing information and assistance to a diverse public representing a cross-section of the nation and other countries to include: different cultures; ages; social, ethnic, and economic groups; etc. (Be sure to specifically describe this experience in your resume including, if applicable the possession of and use of any foreign language skills).
45. Communicating and dealing with individuals in situations which are contentious, adversarial, or otherwise stressful in nature.
46. Working effectively as part of a team and/or getting along with co-workers. (Be sure to describe this experience in your resume).
47. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with individuals and groups.
48. As previously explained, your ratings in this Occupational Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency.
Please take this opportunity to review your ratings to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you: 1) understand this warning, 2) have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy, and 3) verify that your responses accurately describe your currently level of experience and capability.
Failure to agree to this statement will disqualify you from further consideration for the position.