Park Ranger (Protection), GS-0025-07


Vacancy ID: 838988   Announcement Number: SROC-GOGA-13-838988   USAJOBS Control Number: 337315500

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Vacancy Identification Number

838988
1. Title of Job

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

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

5. Employment Availability

6. Citizenship

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

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8. Other Information

9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

07

11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

001 Park Ranger (Protection)

21. Geographic Availability

063290075 San Francisco, CA

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Minimum Qualifications for GS-07

1. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the basic experience or education requirements for a Park Ranger (Protection), 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. Your application materials must support the answers you claim in this assessment. If not, you will be found not qualified or your score will be lowered.

A. I possess one year (12 months) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the federal service. Specialized experience demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of a Park Ranger (Protection). Experience may have been in technical, administrative, or scientific work, fish and wildlife management, recreation management, law enforcement, or other park-related work. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include but are not limited to the following: law enforcement or investigative work; emergency services (emergency medical, search and rescue, emergency dispatch); park guide or tour leader; resource management related to natural and cultural resources (biological science technician); fire management (wildland and/or structural); work involving the enforcement of regulations and/or carrying out policies and programs related to the protection, conservation, or resources management of a park or similar area.

B. One year of graduate level study in directly-related fields such as natural resource management, natural sciences, earth sciences, history, archeology, anthropology, park and recreation management, law enforcement/police science, social sciences, museum sciences, business administration, public administration, behavioral sciences, sociology, or other closely related subjects pertinent to the management and protection of natural and cultural resources. Course work in fields other than those specified may be accepted if it clearly provides applicants with the background of knowledge and skills necessary for successful job performance in the position to be filled. (You MUST submit a copy of transcripts OR a listing coursework that includes with your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. A copy of your official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected).

C. I have NOT completed 1 full year (12 months) of specialized experience as described in A above or the 1 year of qraduate level study as indicated in B above, but I have an equivalent combination of education and experience. For GS-7:  Example:  6 months of specialized experience as described above may be combined with one-half year (9 semester hours) of graduate level college study in a directly-related field of study as described above to meet the qualifications requirements for the GS-7.

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

Selective Factor: Minimum Age Requirement

2. This position has a mandatory requirement that applicants for this position must be at least 21 years of age. Please select one response that best describes how you meet this requirement.

A. Yes, I will reach my 21st birthday, by the entrance on duty date.
B. No, I will not have reached my 21st birthday, by the entrance on duty date.

3. In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, selectees must possess or be able to obtain a National Park Service, Level II, Law Enforcement Commission or equivalent by entrance on duty date, which requires successful completion of an approved Seasonal 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. You MUST submit documentation of how you meet this requirement, as indicated below, to be considered qualified for this position.

A. I currently hold, or have previously held, a National Park Service seasonal (Level II) or full (Level I) law enforcement commission, or equivalent, within the past three years.

B. I will successfully complete a Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program at one of the following National Park Service approved participating colleges and universities prior to entering on duty: Colorado Northwestern Community College, Rangely, Colorado; Hocking College, Nelsonville, Ohio; Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona; Santa Rose Junior College, Petaluma, California; Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon, Washington; Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania; Southwestern Community College, Franklin, North Carolina; University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts; and Vermilion Community College, Ely, Minnesota.

C. I do not have a National Park Service law enforcement commission and will not be able to obtain one prior to entering on duty.

4. I possess a current valid state driver's license in good standing. Upon tentative selection, you will be required to submit driver's license information.

A. Yes, I possess a valid state driver's license or will be able to obtain one prior to entering on duty.
B. No, I do not possess a valid state driver's license nor will I be able to obtain one prior to entering on duty.


Selective Factor - Boating

5. I have experience operating an oar-powered (rowed) inflatable raft, kayak or canoe in Class III or higher whitewater.

A. Yes, I have this experience.
B. No, I do not have this experience.


Describe your experience operating oar-powered (rowed) inflatable rafts, kayaks or canoes in Class III or higher whitewater. Include class and names of rivers as well as types of boats operated.

Describe your experience performing whitewater and/or swiftwater river operations and patrols including protection and rescue duties.

Criminal Law

For each of the following tasks, choose the statement from the list below that best describe your experience and/or training. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and demonstrated capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification based on the resume, narratives, and other relevant documents you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your stated level of experience and demonstrated capability. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position following acceptance.

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 have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

6. Recognize potential violations of Federal, State and local laws to resolve problems and enforce laws.

7. Maintain a working knowledge of relevant laws, regulations, policies, standards, or procedures.

8. Testify or present evidence in court or at administrative proceedings.

9. Assist prosecuting attorneys in the preparation of cases to go to court.

10. Protect natural or cultural resources from degradation due to visitor use or illegal activities.

11. Read and understand technical materials (e.g.,36 CFR, 16 USC, 18 USC, assimilated state codes, Standard Operating Procedures, superintendent's compendium, emergency operation plans, etc).

12. Gather evidence at crime and accident scenes to resolve potential violations.

13. Seize contraband or property to document evidence of violation.

14. Check for permits (e.g., backcountry camping, boating, camping, fishing, etc.) to determine compliance with relevant laws or regulations.

15. Issue written warnings and/or citations to stop violative behavior and resolve the situation.

Use of Force and Self Defense

16. Search persons to determine possession of contraband or illegal property.

17. Maintain firearms to ensure their proper functioning during law enforcement duties.

18. Maintain defensive equipment (e.g., Taser, pepper spray, batons) to ensure their proper functioning during law enforcement duties.

19. Use defensive equipment (e.g., Taser, pepper spray, batons) in performing law enforcement duties.

20. Arrest persons for suspected or known violations.

21. Detain persons suspected of, or known for, perpetrating violations.

22. Perform crowd control in adversarial, contentious, or otherwise sensitive situations.

23. Intervene in violent confrontations between difficult or distressed individuals to prevent, diffuse, or resolve the conflict.

Oral Communication

24. Warn persons verbally to stop violative behavior and resolve the situation.

25. Provide general information orally to inform visitors about park resources and regulations.

26. Provide specific or complex information orally to inform others about park policies or regulations, controversial or politically sensitive topics, etc.

27. Operate a radio system to communicate with others.

28. Report orally on the conditions of park resources (e.g., wildlife, air quality, water resources, beach erosion, historical structures, trails, archeological resources, etc.) to ensure any necessary action is initiated.

29. Describe orally a violation's impact to the preservation of natural and cultural resources to educate visitors.

30. Present informal interpretation to educate visitors on the natural, cultural, or historic features of an area.

31. Answer questions from the public to provide general information and assistance.

Interpersonal Skills

32. Explain rationale behind laws, regulations, policies, standards, or procedures to facilitate compliance.

33. Verify facts to determine events, causes, and those involved in a situation.

34. Enforce resource protection laws and regulations to ensure resources are protected and violative actions are minimized.

35. Resolve conflicts or disputes of a non-violent nature to protect public safety and security.

36. Interview witnesses to obtain information about an event or incident.

37. Inform visitors of potential outdoor safety hazards to protect public safety.

38. Communicate with injured or sick persons to provide appropriate emergency medical care.

Writing

39. Document evidence gathered at crime and accident scenes to ensure an organized investigation.

40. Use computer and related software to perform law enforcement related tasks (e.g., email, internet search, word processing to document findings, required online training, etc).

41. Complete medical documentation (e.g., EMS form) to provide accurate and thorough information on patient care.

42. Write case incident reports to describe or document violation of law, events, or resource conditions.

43. Complete forms, documents, or routine reports (e.g., search and rescue reports, wildland fire reports, daily patrol logs, etc).

Law Enforcement

44. Interrogate suspects to obtain information.

45. Investigate motor vehicle accidents to gather relevant information about the incident and determine cause.

46. Conduct law enforcement surveillance to gather information through observation.

47. Conduct targeted law enforcement operations for drug and alcohol related violations (e.g., DUI/BUI enforcement, sobriety checkpoints, problem areas, etc).

48. Perform road patrols and traffic enforcement to interact with visitors and watch for violative actions.

49. Perform frontcountry patrol on foot, bike, or horse, etc. to interact with visitors and watch for violative actions.

50. Perform backcountry patrol on foot, horse, or ski/snowshoe, etc. to interact with visitors and watch for violative actions.

51. Perform water patrol in motorized and non-motorized boats to interact with visitors and watch for violative actions.

52. Perform off-highway patrol (ATV, 4 WD, unimproved roads and designated routes) to interact with visitors and watch for violative actions.

53. Monitor conditions of park resources (e.g., wildlife, air quality, water resources, beach erosion, historical structures, trails, archeological resources, etc.) to determine whether the resources are in any danger.

54. Perform hunting/poaching patrols to watch for violations of hunting/poaching laws and regulations.

55. Perform patrols to watch for illegal collecting of various articles (e.g., plants, animal parts, geological items).

56. Perform archaeological patrols to ensure that archaeological resources are protected.

57. Perform boundary patrols to investigate encroachment.

Problem Solving

58. Perform traffic/parking control and direct traffic to minimize accidents and protect resources.

59. Navigate motorboats in hazardous, remote conditions, or on waters with fluctuating levels and hidden obstacles.

60. Operate motorboats under extreme conditions of weather and rough water.

61. Use a Global Positioning Satellite system (GPS) to navigate for non-highway use.

62. Use maps and a compass to navigate.

63. Maintain backcountry campsites to protect public health and safety.

64. Follow up on requests or complaints from the public to facilitate appropriate use of the park and its resources.

65. Administer care to injured or sick people during emergency medical situations.

66. Maintain medical equipment and supplies to ensure their proper functioning.

67. Perform hasty/extended searches to quickly locate missing persons.

68. Use carryout equipment during search and rescue operations to bring persons out of dangerous or precarious locations.

69. Perform water search and rescue operations to quickly locate and save missing persons.

70. Participate in swift water search and rescue operations to quickly locate and save missing persons.

71. Participate in flat/still water search and rescue operations to quickly locate and save missing persons.

72. Participate in structural firefighting activities to minimize damage and protect public safety.

Verification Statement

73. 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.