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.
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.
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.
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.