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