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1. From the descriptions below, select the one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience or education requirements for a Park Ranger (Interpretation), GS-0025-09 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-09 level.
YOUR RESUME OR APPLICATION MATERIALS YOU SUBMIT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST SUPPORT THE ANSWER YOU CLAIM UNDER THIS AND OTHER QUESTIONS. IF NOT, YOU WILL BE FOUND NOT QUALIFIED OR YOUR SCORE WILL BE LOWERED.
KSA-1. Ability to research, develop and present interpretive talks and programs for diverse 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.
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.
2. 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.
3. Deliver interpretive presentations that required the application of different 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).
4. Express information on natural or cultural resources to diverse audiences, effectively taking into account the audience and nature of the information.
5. Provide guidance to others in developing interpretive programs.
6. Plan, develop and present interpretive presentations following the principles of the Interpretive Development Program (IDP).
7. Research and develop original illustrated programs, walks, or demonstrations featuring cultural resource topics, such as daily home life, utilization of local resources (hunting, gathering, farming, etc), social structure, language, etc.
8. Use a variety of presentation techniques in making presentations, such as story¬telling, hands-on, demonstrations, questioning, etc. (Be sure to list and describe these in your application materials.)
9. Make interpretive presentations that incorporate and reflect and a variety of learning styles (such as audio, visual, and/or kinesthetic/interactive learning styles).
10. Facilitate the opportunity for visitors to make meaningful, personal connections with park resources (tangibles) using thematic interpretation that incorporates intangible meanings and universal concepts.
11. Conduct research and prepare outlines and written materials to develop interpretive talks and programs. (Research efforts included interviews, literature or library research, and/or other means of investigation).
12. Research and develop interpretive programs and materials on natural resource themes.
13. Research and develop interpretive programs and materials on cultural resource themes.
14. Research and develop interpretive programs and materials on historic themes.
KSA-2. Ability to manage all aspects of a high quality district interpretive program.
15. Perform staff duties such as supervising, training, coaching and mentoring interpretive staff and volunteers. (Please specifically describe this experience in your application).
16. Audit interpretive products, provide constructive advice based on the NPS Interpretive Development Program or similar criteria, and evaluate employee performance.
17. Create a positive work environment.
18. Select/recommend the selection of seasonal or permanent staff. .
19. Prepare, program, and track an operational budget. (Please specifically describe this experience in your application).
20. Establish an annual organizational work plan.
21. Evaluate and approve, or make purchases through use of government purchasing card.
KSA-3. Ability to communicate effectively with visitors and representatives of external groups such as park partners, neighboring communities, agencies, etc.
22. 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.
23. Work independently handling public relations and/or other issues under stressful or controversial situations.
24. Build and maintain cooperative working relationships with concessionaires, co-workers and park partners. (Please specifically describe this experience in your application).
25. Maintain courtesy and rapport with individuals and groups when contacting them to gain their cooperation (e.g., when contacting individuals or groups who are behaving in an unsafe way, or are not in compliance with rules, in order to obtain their compliance.)
26. Serve as a team leader with a diverse group of partners to achieve park goals.
27. Work with a cooperating association.
KSA-4. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
28. Communicate professionally via radio, TV, and to the press.
29. Prepare and orally present information to the public. (Please specifically describe this experience in your application).
30. Present information to the public in writing. (Please specifically describe this experience in your application).
31. Prepare correspondence in reply to written inquiries and communications.
32. Gather information and prepare articles, publications, formal report "papers," or bulletins.
33. Write bulletins, brochures, or articles on natural, cultural or historic resource topics. (Be sure to list and describe in your application materials.)
34. Prepare technical or program reports.
35. Write narrative text for public displays or exhibits.