The Northern Rockies Servicing Human Resources Office (NR SRHO) in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, is accepting applications through USAJOBS, to recruit for two permanent, career-seasonal positions of Park Ranger (Protection), GL-0025-09, duty stationed in Yellowstone National Park.
North District - Housing in Tower or Lamar
West District - Housing in Madison or Old Faithful
These are required occupancy positions and federal government housing is provided.
These are non-supervisory positions located within the Division of Resources Management and Visitor Protection in Yellowstone National Park. The primary duty of these positions is the enforcement of the criminal laws of the United States through investigation, apprehension, education, and detention of individuals suspected of or convicted of violating these laws. Appropriate enforcement to protect park natural, cultural, historical, and human resources constitutes the basic reason for the existence of these positions and occupies a substantial portion of the ranger's working time, both in the front country and back country. In addition to the Law Enforcement responsibilities, this position also carries substantial duties providing a full spectrum of emergency services to include EMS (at EMT level or higher), SAR (including technical and swift water rescue), and Structural Fire. Complex wildlife/visitor management duties also play a major role in the day to day duties of the position. Shiftwork, call-outs and overtime can be expected. This work is performed in Yellowstone National Park, a place with superlative resource conditions and ecological integrity that can be experienced in few places on earth. These positions are at the full performance grade level with no promotion potential. Incumbents perform their duties with minimal direct supervision.
CAREER-SEASONAL: These are permanent, career status positions with a seasonal work schedule which include the same benefits as career appointments, but do not provide work on a year-round basis. You will work for approximately 24 pay periods (11 months in pay status) and you will be in a non-work/non-pay statusfor two pay periods ( 4 weeks).
The position in the North District will reside in Tower or Lamar. The non-pay status will be one pay period in March and one pay period in November. The position in the West District will reside in Madison or Old Faithful. The non-pay status for this position will be one pay period the first of April and one pay period the end of November.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Must pass a Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) test once hired. Rigorous field work requires above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. This includes prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring agility and dexterity. Duties often involve working in isolated outdoor environments while exposed to severe weather conditions. Dangerous persons must be physically confronted, subdued, and apprehended many of whom are known to carry weapons. There is a high-stress component associated with much of the incumbent's work assignment.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Works in a northern mountainous area with summer emperatures ranging from 100 degrees to -50 Fahrenheit in the winter. Snow depths during the winter may vary from two to eight feet. Elevation ranges from 5,000 to 11,000 feet above sea level. Will be required to utilize personal protective equipment pursuant to agency and OSHA guidelines/regulation.
NOTE: General Schedule (GS) and General Law (GL) are two of the same when applying OPM's Qualification Standards. The National Park Service designates GL, only for permanent Park Ranger (Protection) positions within the grade levels of GL-03 through GL-10, which receive a special salary pay rate.
This announcement may be used to fill additional positions (career-seasonal and/or full-time) if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
0025 Park Ranger
Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. To receive credit for experience, your resume MUST clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the resume must reflect full-time and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount of qualified experience.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If using any amount of specialized experience to qualify, you must indicate full-time or total number of hours worked per week in your employment history. Without this information, the Human Resources Office will not be able to determine your qualifications, therefore you will be considered ineligible.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
1. OPM QUALIFICATION STANDARDS FOR THE GS-0025-09: You may qualify based on experience and/or education.
A. EXPERIENCE: Must have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position at the GS-09 grade level. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Park guide or tour leader, archeological or historical preservation research work, forestry and/or fire management work in a park, recreation, or conservation area. Management, assistant, or program specialist work involving the development and implementation of policy related to protection, conservation, or management of park areas or similar operations. Enforcing Federal and local laws and regulations related to criminal activities such as illegal hunting and fishing; vandalism; harvesting of native plants; theft or destruction of archeological resources; cultivation, sale, possession and use of controlled substances; traffic violations on roads, rivers, and lakes; trespassing; domestic abuse; assault; Preparing case incident reports, court documents, and Testifying in legal proceedings; Developing law enforcement and emergency services work plans; Providing emergency services in emergency medical, search and rescue, emergency dispatch, structural fire suppression; Interacting and communicating with park visitors, park partners, other law enforcement agencies, and tribal leaders; and/or Developing and Implementing policy related to protection, conservation, or management of park areas or similar operations.
B. EDUCATION: Must have successfully completed at least two years (36 hours) of graduate level study in directly related fields such as natural resource management, natural sciences, 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. NOTE: If you are using education to qualify, you MUST submit a complete copy of your transcripts. We cannot determine eligibility without this information.
C. EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION: Must have an equivalent combination of experience and education. EXAMPLE: Six (6) months of GS-07 specialized experience described in A (50% of experience) plus one, and one-half year (27 hours) of graduate level study, in a directly related field as described in B above (50% of education), equals to 100% of the experience requirement. (ONLY GRADUATE EDUCATION IN EXCESS OF ONE-YEAR (18 HOURS) IS CREDITABLE TOWARDS THE EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT).
To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.
If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.
2. SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS A-C (SCREEN-OUT): In addition to meeting the Qualification Standards listed above you must also meet all of the following three selective placement factors to be considered eligible.
A. Maximum Entry Age (MEA) Selective Placement Factor: Applicants for these positions must be at least 21 years of age AND have not reached their 37th birthday prior to the closing date of this announcement. The maximum-entry-age (MEA) of 37 applies. This is a COVERED primary law enforcement position under the special retirement provisions of 5 USC 8336(c) and 8412(d). You must meet at least one of the following four requirements to qualify.
1) You are 21 years of age and will not have reached your 37th birthday prior to the closing date of this announcement.
2)You are a current or former Federal employee who is over 36 years of age and have prior covered and creditable service in law enforcement or fire fighter covered (6c) position, that when subtracted from your chronological age, puts your MEA below 37. NOTE: Covered positions are those positions that have been determined to meet the definition of law enforcement officer or fire fighter by OPM or the designated agency official in accordance with 5 USC 8336(c) and 8412(d). You must provide documentation in your application that shows the beginning dates, ending dates, and work schedule for covered federal service claimed.
3) You are a veteran who is eligible for veteran preference and eligible for a waiver of maximum-entry-age for this position because you are otherwise qualified and meet medical and fitness requirements. NOTE: If you are claiming veteran preference, you must submit proof of your veteran preference. Be advised, if you do not submit this required documentation of your service, you will not be eligible for consideration of this limited waiver of maximum- entry-age.
4) You are a non-veteran, and have not reached your 40th birthday, and may be eligible for a waiver of maximum-entry-age for this position because you are otherwise qualified and meet medical and fitness requirements.
B. LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMISSION (Selective Placement Factor):
3. In addition to meeting the Qualification Standards, applicants must possess or demonstrate the ability to readily obtain a Type 1 Law Enforcement Commission with the National Park Service by the entrance-on-duty date. This requires successful completion of an approved Law Enforcement Training Program. This is demonstrated by a current Type 1 Commission with the National Park Service or an equivalent certification with another DOI agency. You must possess at least one of the following four requirements to qualify.
1) Currently hold, or have previously held, a FLERT issued Land Management Police Training (LMPT), full Type 1 Law Enforcement Commission or equivalent within the past three years. NOTE: Please indicate your commission number and date, location and date of your last 40-hour refresher training, and the date of your last established proficiency in the use of firearms, in your resume.
2) Will successfully complete the above Type 1 Law Enforcement Training Program prior to entering on duty. NOTE: Indicate your expected completion date in your resume.
3) Currently hold or have previously held a National Park Service Type 2 Law Enforcement Commission within the past three years. NOTE: You must indicate your commission number, date and location. Also indicate the date of your last 40-hour refresher training and the date of your last established proficiency in the use of firearms in your resume.
4) Currently hold a Uniformed Police Training Program (UPTP) and/or its predecessor (Mixed Basic Training Program) basic training certification, AND have a minimum of three years (36 months) of federal law enforcement experience in a position of investigation, apprehension, and detention, as defined by enhanced law enforcement retirement regulations. NOTE: You must show proof of qualifying patrol AND investigative experience in your resume. Failure to submit proof will result in an ineligible rating.
C. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES CERTIFICATION (Selective Placement Factor):
These positions requires a minimum of a current National Registry Emergency Medical Technician, or higher EMT level certification by close of announcement and no lapse in certification upon entry-on-duty. You must have a current and valid National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification, or higher level EMT certification to qualify. Please document your medical certification with expiration date in your resume.
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: You must possess a valid state driver's license by the entrance-on-duty date, if selected. Please provide your driver's license number, state and expiration date in your resume. Do not submit photo copies of your license.
Tower-Roosevelt: Tower-Roosevelt Area in Yellowstone National Park. Elevation at Tower is 6,270 feet and is 18 miles east of park headquarters at Mammoth Hot Springs. Temperatures vary from an average of 70 degrees in summer to sub-zero at times in winter. A school is available, with kindergarten through 12 located in Gardiner, Montana, five miles north of headquarters. Free bus transportation is provided for school children between Mammoth and Gardiner. A school, kindergarten through 8 is also available in Cooke City, Montana, 20 miles east of Lamar. Day care facilities are available at Mammoth and Gardiner. Many community facilities such as stores, a drugstore, motels, and restaurants are available in Gardiner and Cooke City. A medical clinic is available in Mammoth. All other services are available within 55 to 75 miles from Mammoth.
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Lamar: Elevation at Lamar is 6,600 feet and is 30 miles east of park headquarters at Mammoth Hot Springs. Temperatures vary from an average of 70 degrees in summer to sub-zero at times in winter. Schools are available, with kindergarten through 6 located at Mammoth and kindergarten through 12 located in Gardiner, Montana, five miles north of headquarters. Free bus transportation is provided for school children between Mammoth and Gardiner. A school, kindergarten through 8 is available in Cooke City, Montana, 20 miles east of Lamar. Day care facilities are available at Mammoth and Gardiner. Many community facilities such as stores, a drugstore, motels, and restaurants are available in Gardiner and Cooke City. A medical clinic is available in Mammoth. All other services are available within 55 to 75 miles from Mammoth.
Madison Junction:Madison Junction in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, elevation 6,806 feet, 35 miles south of park headquarters in Mammoth Hot Springs and 14 miles from West Yellowstone. Temperatures vary from 30s to an average of 70º in the summer to sub-zero in the winter. Temperatures of -20º Fahrenheit are not uncommon in winter. Madison is considered to be an isolated post and few winter employees are stationed there. The road to this location is not plowed after the first weekend in November, and the location is only reachable by snowmobile November through March. A snowmobile is necessary to travel to plowed roads to reach local established communities where services exist. A pool of snowmobiles for personal use is available on a reservation system where reservations may be affected by other priorities. Medical services, grocery shopping, banking, entertainment, UPS, and other delivery services are NOT available in the winter in the interior of the park. The US Mail is delivered twice a week or less in the winter. No schools exist in the interior, only outside of the park. Many community services are available at West Yellowstone, Montana, 14 miles driving distance to the west. Although this isolation is acceptable to some employees, many soon find it a hardship for themselves and their families. Reassignment to Mammoth or the West Entrance is not an option.
Old Faithful:Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, elevation 7,365 feet, 51 miles south of park headquarters in Mammoth Hot Springs. Temperatures vary from 30s to an average of 70º in the summer to sub-zero in the winter. Temperatures of -20º Fahrenheit are not uncommon in winter. Old Faithful is a Yellowstone interior duty location. The road to this location is not plowed after the first weekend in November, and the location is only reachable by snowmobile or snow coach November through March. A pool of snowmobiles for personal use is available on a reservation system.The US Mail is delivered approximately twice a week in the winter. Schools are available outside the park. Medical services, a post office, a general store, and service stations are available at Lake in the summer, generally from mid-May to mid-September. Many community services are available at West Yellowstone, Montana, 30 miles driving distance to the west. While there are challenges with life in Yellowstone's interior during the winter, there are also exceptional winter recreational opportunities and few places on earth can rival the superlative resource conditions and ecological integrity experienced in Yellowstone's interior.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score will be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you can lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions can affect your rating.
Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans with a service connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:
Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position
Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job
Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.
You will be evaluated on the following competencies:
Public Safety and Security
Restraint and Self-Defense
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk
The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 06/17/2020:
Resume which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, dates specified in month and year format, and the resume must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount of qualified specialized experience. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade.
Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as:
Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.
Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents. Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency's staffing offices.
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These positions are also being advertised at the entry grade level under job announcement number IM-1540-YELL-20-10817406-DE, through USAJOBS.