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Thank you for your interest in this permanent full time position of Chief Ranger (Protection) at Lava Beds National Monument and the Tule Lake Unit of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Your responses to this questionnaire in conjunction with other portions of your completed application will be evaluated to determine your qualifications. Please carefully follow all instructions before submitting your responses. You must select only ONE response for each item. Your ratings are subject to change if discrepancies exist between your responses and supporting documents. Your response to question one will determine Merit Promotion eligibility. Failure to respond to question one will result in ineligibility for Merit Promotion consideration.
1. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your status meets the eligibility requirements to apply for this merit promotion vacancy. 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 and will not receive consideration for this position.
2. 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.
In addition to the requirements in the questions above, selectees must possess a Level I Law Enforcement Commission by entrance on duty date, which requires successful completion of an FLETC approved Land Management Law Enforcement Training Program.
3. 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.
Time in Grade requirements apply to this vacancy. This requires applicants who have held a GS position at any time within the past 52 weeks to have served at least 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for this occupation.
4. I have at least 52 weeks of employment as a federal civilian career or career conditional employee. The highest grade I have held for at least 52 weeks is:
Question five will be used to determine that applicants meet the minimum qualification requirements for this Park Ranger (Protection) position at the GS-11 level. You must answer question six. Failure to respond to this question will result in an ineligible rating. You must document evidence supporting your response in your resume. You will be rated ineligible if your resume/application does not support the experience claimed.
5. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience or education requirements for a Park Ranger, GS-0025-11 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. 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 conduct and/or supervise criminal detection and investigation of criminal violations and perform law enforcement activities.
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.
6. Conduct investigations of crimes and offenses against the United States, other law enforcement incidents, potential tort claims, and accidents that require developing innovative investigative techniques due to the nature and location of the suspected or known crimes.
7. Serve as an acting supervisor for more then two weeks while conducting investigations of crimes and offenses against the United States.
8. Serve as a team lead while performing law enforcement investigations.
9. Prepare cases for presentation before the U.S. Magistrate or District Court consulting with the U.S. Attorney as necessary for possible criminal prosecution.
10. Work in close cooperation with other law enforcement officials from the National Park Service, other Federal agencies, and/or State and local jurisdictions in performing detection, investigation, apprehension, prosecution, and related law enforcement activities, in connection with the legal authority of those jurisdictions.
11. Manage and conduct law enforcement incidents and investigations.
12. Perform surveillance for extended periods of time.
13. Obtain and ensure the integrity of evidence.
14. Interview witnesses to obtain information regarding a crime.
15. Recognize, preserve, document, and gather evidence at crime scenes.
16. Detain and apprehend suspects.
17. Apply proper arrest procedures.
18. Interrogate suspects.
19. Utilize effective law enforcement officer safety techniques.
20. Recognize, preserve, document, and gather evidence at accident scenes.
21. Monitor the activities of special use permit holders, and commercial use licensees to assure they are operating as authorized and in compliance with the terms and conditions of their contracts, permits, and/or licenses.
22. Plan, schedule, and coordinate work operations.
23. Supervise permanent park rangers.
24. Supervise term, temporary or seasonal park rangers.
25. Manage and/or approve requests for leave.
26. Create and maintain an annual division or branch budget.
27. Provide guidance and support to subordinate employees, including training, mentoring counseling, and information on disciplinary actions.
28. Provide formal, written performance standards and evaluations to subordinate employees.
KSA-2. Ability to conduct and/or supervise the gathering of law enforcement, security, and intelligence information related to Parks, its facilities, events, mission, or visitors.
29. Identify patterns of impact on park resources, and make recommendations to park management.
30. Observe, monitor, and assess natural and man-caused impacts on park resources, including natural fire, cultural management and animal control.
31. Enforce applicable laws such as land use, subsistence activities and sport hunting within a national park, national preserve, or national monument.
32. Enforce applicable laws pertaining to the protection of natural and cultural resources.
33. Coordinate the development and implementation of visitor protection programs according to specific organizational standards.
34. Coordinate the development and implementation of resource protection programs according to specific organizational standards.
35. Perform law enforcement functions under Federal laws including detection, investigation, apprehension, detention, and prosecution under the provisions of applicable laws, rules, and regulations enacted to ensure the protection and safe use of national park resources.
36. Provide advice and guidance to subordinates and management on the progress and impact of potential or proposed activities and programs.
37. Analyze program management data and activity levels in the planning of protection programs.
38. Patrol natural resource areas to detect, deter, and apprehend violators.
39. Establish schedules to monitor backcountry use activity in accordance with organizational service goals and guidelines.
40. Monitor facilities and operations as well as special use and other permit holders, relative to function/operation and potential impacts on the cultural and natural resources and policies.
41. Perform or oversee emergency actions during situations involving floods, mountain rescues, vehicle accidents, and lost persons.
42. Coordinate emergency response to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) or Search and Rescue (SAR) incidents involving many rescue workers.
43. Respond to emergency medical incidents. (Be sure to specifically describe this experience in your resume).
44. Respond to wildland fires in the park.
45. Respond to struftural fires within the park's jurisdiction.
46. Provide appropriate medical treatment within the scope of your training and established protocols.
47. Oversee and perform search or search and rescue in urban and backcountry areas.
48. Perform assigned emergency response duties within the Incident Command System (ICS).
49. Enforce regulations and restrictions such as fish and game regulations, permit requirements and restrictions, public use limitations/restrictions, etc.
50. Apply appropriate search and seizure laws.
51. Ensure law enforcement patrols of assigned areas travelling by snow mobile, watercraft, all-terrain vehicles, horseback, motor vehicle, or on foot.
52. Provide traffic enforcement.
53. Apply property chain of evidence controls in managing an evidence locker.
54. Perform law enforcement patrols in the wilderness in summer and winter conditions.
55. Enforce all applicable laws including those concerning the possession, use distribution, trafficking, cultivation of marijuana, and manufacturing of controlled substances on public lands.
56. Oversee training of employees.
KSA-3. Ability to identify operational requirements and make recommendations to management regarding programming, budgeting, training, administration, evaluation of the organization's operation.
57. Actively and enthusiasticaly participate in management level meetings / decisions at the park or division level.
58. Provide periodic written reports / updates to Supervisor summarizing branch / division accomplishments, goals and needs.
59. Maintain a record and file system for an organization.
60. Requisition supplies, material, and equipment.
61. Requisition supplies, material, and equipment, and maintain accountability for it to the district or similar organization level.
62. Recommend and justify levels of staffing, funding, and resources required to meet the organization's need at the district or similar organizational level.
KSA-4. Ability to communicate effectively/interpersonal skills.
63. Participate in public meetings and public assemblies for the purpose of explaining or defending the park's position on sometimes controversial, complex resource and public use issues.
64. Develop and maintain relations with local residents, neighbors, in-holders, commercial users, and subsistence users concerning park lands and resources and other issues of mutual interest.
65. Interact with law enforcement officials from other Federal agencies, and/or State and local jurisdictions to share information, intelligence and other related law enforcement activities.
66. Present facts of a criminal case in court and/or to a judge.
67. Interact with and provide information and assistance to a diverse public representing a cross-section of the nation and other nationalities to include different cultures, ages, social, ethnic, and economic groups, etc. (Be sure to specifically describe this experience in your resume).
68. Educate visitors regarding the rules and limitations on park usage and visitor safety, to gain compliance with the regulations.
69. Interact professionally with other park divisions and work cooperatively on accomplishing park goals and missions.
Prepare written reports (including case incident reports, operations plans, operating procedures, and directives).
70. Preserve, collect, monitor and document archeological resources.
71. Educate, interpret, and inform visitors about significance and rarity of park resources, resource conservation, and ecologically sound park use practices.
72. Observe and identify park resource problems or potential problem situations and correct or mitigate them by immediate attention and/or long-range planning.
73. Complete resource management project work (for example, organizing park cleanup days, monitoring wildlife, data collection).