Park Ranger (Interpretation), GS-0025-07

Vacancy ID: 820683   Announcement Number: SROC-PIRO-13-820683   USAJOBS Control Number: 335136200

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1. Title of Job

Park Ranger (Interpretation), GS-0025-07
2. Biographic Data

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4. Work Information

5. Employment Availability

6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

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9. Languages

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12. Special Knowledge

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17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

001 Park Ranger (Interpretation)

21. Geographic Availability

263440003 Munising, MI

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Minimum Qualifications GS-0025-07

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.

A. I possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 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 could include park guide or tour leader; environmental educator or teacher; law enforcement or investigative work; archeological or historical preservation research work; forestry and/or fire management work in a park, recreation, or conservation area; management, assistant, or program specialist work involving the development and/or implementation of policy related to protection, conservation, or management of 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-5 grade level in the federal service.

B. I do not have the specialized experience described in A above, but I do possess one full year of graduate study in one of the following fields: natural resource management, natural sciences, marine biology/sciences, earth sciences, history, archeology, anthropology, park and recreation management, law enforcement/police science, social sciences, wetlands ecology, or other closely related subjects pertinent to the management and protection of natural and cultural resources. (One year of graduate education is 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours).

IMPORTANT - PLEASE 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 NOT completed 1 full year of specialized experience as described in 1A above or the 1 year of graduate study in a field directly-related to the work of this position as shown in 1B above, but I have an equivalent combination of such education and experience. For example, I have 6 months of the specialized experience described in A above (50% of the experience requirement), and one-half year (9 semester hours or 14 quarter hours) of directly-related graduate level college study in an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education).

D. I do not meet or exceed any of the above statements.

Ability to present environmental education programs to school groups, teachers, and a variety of audiences

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.

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 have supervised the performance of this task, and/or am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained, or am consulted by others on how to do it.

2. Conduct environmental education programs for large and small groups.

3. Present informational and interpretive talks and/or guided tours to visitors (individuals, groups, and special interest groups) to enhance the public's understanding and enjoyment of the natural/cultural environment.

4. Deliver interpretive presentations that required the adaptation of methods or techniques to meet the needs of diverse audiences (different ages, levels of knowledge or understanding of the subject, or interest levels, for example).

5. Develop and present interpretive presentations following the principles of the Interpretive Development Program (IDP).

6. Use a variety of presentation techniques in making presentations, such as story-telling, hands-on, demonstrations, PowerPoint, questioning, etc. (Be sure to list and describe these in your application materials.)

7. Make interpretive presentations that incorporate and reflect and a variety of learning styles, such as audio, visual, and kinesthetic (interactive) learning styles.

Ability to research, develop, write, and organize environmental education curriculum, environmental education programs, and a variety of formal interpretive products and programs on natural or cultural history themes to diverse audiences. (In your resume, please give examples of types of curriculum and education programs you designed, wrote and organized and for what grade levels include years of experience).

8. Develop environmental education curriculum using themes, goals, and objectives.

9. Research scientific, technical, and/or historical primary and secondary sources to develop interpretive and educational programs and curriculum.

10. Translate scientific, technical, and/or historical information into understandable concepts for diverse audiences.

11. Write and/or edit various technical or non-technical publications, reports, interpretive materials, and/or outlines for talks.

12. Draft bulletins, brochures or articles for eventual publication.

13. Write narrative text for public displays or exhibits.

14. Prepare press releases to notify the public of upcoming events and current issues.

15. Prepare and present curriculum-based programs to students in a classroom or other educational setting. (Be sure to specifically describe this experience in your resume.)

Ability to communicate effectively and provide excellent customer service (interpersonal skills).

16. Serve as a front-line representative of an organization - greeting visitors; answering questions; and responding to comments, concerns, problems, and/or complaints following established guidelines.

17. Working independently where job entails handling a high volume of personal contacts with the public in routine situations.

18. 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.)

19. 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.)

20. Demonstrating understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy, and concern in relating to people from varied backgrounds and situations.

21. Handling unexpected complications or obstacles that arise in dealing with others.

22. Working effectively as part of a team and/or getting along with co-workers.

23. Representing an agency, park, institution, or organization at a public setting such as a trade show, and disseminate information and provide orientation about public services and other information of interest.

24. Educating customers or visitors with courtesy and concern regarding rules, regulations, and safety concerns to gain compliance.

Knowledge of invasive species impacts and prevention methods.

25. Explain the threat of invasive exotic species to park visitors, students, and community members.

26. Explain the vectors involved in the spread of invasive species to park visitors, students, and community members.

27. Demonstrate invasive species prevention techniques to park visitors, students, and community members.

Skill in operating computers, computer software programs, desktop publishing, and office equipment.

28. Use computer software for internet research, word processing, and data entry to accomplish work.

29. Use desktop publishing software (such as InDesign, PageMaker, Quark, Publisher) to create interpretive or educational publications or other educational materials.

30. Use image editing software to manipulate digital images and graphics.

31. Use PowerPoint or other presentation software to create a presentation.

Verification Statement

32. 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 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.