Supervisory Park Ranger


Vacancy ID: 782399   Announcement Number: IMSF-13-08 782399LS   USAJOBS Control Number: 330702800

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Thank you for your interest in the position of Supervisory Park Ranger (Chief Ranger), GS-0025-12, at Pecos National Historical Park. Your responses to this questionnaire, in conjunction with the other portions of your completed application, will be evaluated to determine your qualifications for this position. Please carefully follow all instructions before submitting your responses. You must select only ONE response for each item. If you change a response, be certain to erase (unclick) the incorrect response before you submit the application. Once you have submitted your application, items with more than one response or items that are left blank will not receive credit. YOU MUST DOCUMENT YOUR RESPONSES IN YOUR RESUME.

This is a federal job application system. Providing false information or failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely may be grounds for not hiring, for disbarment from federal employment, or for dismissal after you begin work. Falsifying a federal job application, attempting to violate the privacy of others, or attempting to compromise the operation of this system may be punishable by fine or imprisonment

1. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience requirements for a Supervisory Park Ranger (Protection), GS-0025-12 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 requirements, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position at the GS-12 level.

A. I possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level. 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 include, but are not limited to, the following: managing a law enforcement program including 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; management or program specialist work involving the development and/or implementation of policy related to law enforcement and visitor protection in park areas or similar operations; 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-11 grade level in the federal service.
B. I do not meet or exceed the requirements stated above.

2. In addition to the requirements in the questions above, selectees must possess or be able to obtain a Level I Law Enforcement Commission by entrance on duty date, which requires successful completion of an approved Law Enforcement Training Program. Please select the response below that best describes your qualifications in this area. If you do not meet the requirements of this selective factor, you will be rated ineligible for these positions. Applicants must document how they meet this requirement, as indicated below, to be considered qualified for this position.

A. I currently hold, or have previously held, a FLERT issued Land Management Police
Training (LMPT), full Level I law enforcement commission or equivalent within the past three years. (You must indicate your commission number and date, location and date of your last 40-hour refresher training, and the date of your last established proficiency in the use of firearms in your resume).
B. I will successfully complete the above Level I Law Enforcement Training Program prior to entering on duty. (You must indicate your expected completion date in your resume).
C. I do not have a Level I Law Enforcement Commission and will not be able to obtain one prior to entering on duty.

3. This is a covered secondary law enforcement position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S. C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 8412(d) (FERS). Applicants for this position must possess experience gained by substantial service in a primary law enforcement position. Please select the response below that best describes how you meet this requirement.

A. I possess substantial documented experience in a primary law enforcement position in the Federal government, or equivalent documented experience outside the Federal government.
B. I do not meet the primary law enforcement requirements for this position.

KSA-1. Ability to manage a diverse visitor and resource protection program in a park or similar organization.

For the task statements below, please select from A through E to indicate the skill level that you possess for each task listed. The task statements were developed based on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies needed to perform the work of this position.
It is important that your application package submitted, including a resume or application form, clearly shows how you possess the experience and skills 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.

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 I have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from senior employee.
E- I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others (or am consulted by others) on how to do it.

4. Manage a visitor and resource protection program in a park or similar organization, involving visitor protection, law enforcement, fee management, and campground visitor use.

5. Manage emergency medical service, wildland and structural fire, and search and rescue operations in a park or similar setting.

6. Lead backcountry and wilderness management and grazing compliance activities in a park or similar setting.

7. Prepare and maintain current emergency operation plans for a park or similar organization.

8. Develop short and long-range plans for visitor and resource protection.

9. Work through others to effectively achieve the managerial goals of a park or similar organization.

10. Develop and manage an integrated safety program, including training, mentoring, and program evaluation.

11. Oversee issuance and administration of Special Use and Incidental Business Permits.

12. Monitor and report environmental impacts associated with visitor and backcountry use.

13. Ensure the operation of concession facilities is conducted in accordance with approved rate schedules, utility charges, and compliance with safety and public health standards.

14. Formulate and track a multi-year budget and operating program involving manpower needs, material equipment needs, work projects, with related costs and yearly work schedule.

15. Continually assess program priorities, making adjustments verbally or in writing, as required.

KSA-2. Ability to supervise a visitor and resource protection staff in a park or similar setting.

16. Supervise visitor and resource protection staff, including law enforcement rangers, in a park or similar setting.

17. Manage a park wildland and structural fire protection program, including organizing and directing the fire brigade for structural fires and the fire crew for initial attack.

18. Supervise a visitor services operation, including fee collection oversight and park and campground monitoring.

19. Minimize violations through positive law enforcement efforts and visitor contacts.

20. Recruit, train, and direct subordinates performing search and rescue, law enforcement, emergency medical services, structural and wild land firefighting, and health and safety inspections.

21. Coordinate a park volunteer program, including directing the recruitment, training, and performance of park volunteers and administering the budget.

22. Monitor and evaluate the performance of subordinate staff members and all phases of operations on an annual and daily basis, in compliance with the annual performance standards.

23. Counsel and discipline those who fail to perform satisfactorily.

24. Resolve complex operational problems presented by subordinate staff members.

25. Assure that all supervisory and personnel management responsibilities are carried out according to Federal laws and policies by staff, including the recruitment, selection, training, counseling, and evaluation of permanent and seasonal employees.

26. Ensure equal opportunity for all when making selections for vacancies, training, promotion, awards, recognition, and other career development opportunities.

KSA-3. Ability to plan and maintain partnerships and agreements involving the community and other organizations such as tribal nations, community groups, government agencies and other park partners.

27. Participate in outside activities involving the local community, such as emergency medical services, fire (structural and wildland) and civic projects.

28. Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships, including negotiation and conflict resolution, with park stakeholders, including tribal nations, community groups, cooperators, other governmental and law enforcement organizations, and gateway communities.

29. Represent an organization, such as a park or recreational area, at community meetings.

30. Represent an organization, such as a park or recreational area, while working with cooperating associations, partners, concessioners, other federal offices, state offices, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, private organizations, and professional associations.

31. Maintain knowledge of professional trends through memberships and participation with professional associations, task forces, and special work groups.

32. Consult with staff in other organizational units and the private sector, giving professional guidance on issues about visitor and resource protection programs.

33. Participate in developing partnerships with corporations, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and individuals to gain in-kind donations and services to accomplish projects of mutual interest and benefit.

34. Develop and maintain interagency cooperative agreements for park visitor safety and resource protection.

KSA-4. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.

35. Resolve problems and ensure effective communications across organizational lines.

36. Participate in meetings with staff, management, contractors, concessionaires, non-profit partners, etc.

37. Make verbal presentations before varied groups, presenting controversial issues with the goal of persuasion as opposed to informing.

38. Conduct meetings for the purpose of explaining, discussing, and resolving issues with higher levels within the organization.

39. Prepare written technical documents, such as guidelines, specifications, project proposals, requests for bids, complex narrative reports, letters, and memoranda.

40. Consult and negotiate with top-level professionals, management officials, local contractors, business people, general public and local, State, and Federal officials, to identify problems, develop solutions to problems, and initiate new policies or procedures.

41. Develop, write, and implement standard operating procedures for a park or similar organization.

Verification Statement

42. 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 current level of experience and capability. Failure to agree to this statement will disqualify you from further consideration for the position.

A. Yes, I verify that all of my responses to this questionnaire are true and accurate. I accept that if my supporting documentation and/or later steps in the selection process do not support one or more of my responses to the questionnaire that my application may be rated lower and/or I may be removed from consideration.
B. No, I do not accept this agreement and/or I no longer wish to be considered for this position.