Park Ranger (River Patrol)

US Department of the Interior    Boise, ID
Job Description

    Duties

    Summary

    These positions are located throughout Idaho. Information about the surrounding area may be found here Idaho

    For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.


    Responsibilities

    • Park Rangers meet with visitors to provide information concerning points of interest, travel routes, historical and natural features, site use opportunities and limitations, and park activities.
    • Work with the public to provide information, conduct permit compliance (non law enforcement), safety inspections, and conduct river patrols.
    • Responds to emergency situations, including swift river rescue and administering first aid.
    • Plans day-to-day operations of a recreation area or site that provides such facilities as camping, water sports, or picnic areas.
    • Oversee fee collection activities, maintaining records on accounting for funds, and submitting deposits.
    • In certain locations the incumbent must be able to row a raft in whitewater rapids rated on the International Scale from Class III to V; swim in swift water to perform rescues; raft to remote recreation sites; and/or operate an oar powered raft in Class III to V waters.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Frequent travel may be required.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None - This is a temporary appointment. These positions have no promotion potential

  • Job family (Series)

    0025 Park Ranger

  • Requirements

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship is required
    • Be sure to read the How to Apply and Required Documents Sections
    • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
    • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
    • Direct Deposit Required
    • Background Investigation Required

    Physical Demands: The work is performed mostly outdoors in rugged terrain; to include very steep, wet, muddy, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces. The position requires physical exertion such as, but not limited to, driving over unpaved roads, walking over rough terrain or inclines, standing for long periods of time, bending, crouching and stooping, digging, hiking, lifting, biking, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. Work may involve early morning hours, night hours, or daytime hours and may require working on holidays. It can require carrying heavy backpacks, tools, rescue equipment, or other loads.

    Work Environment: Most work will be performed out of doors, in all types of weather conditions, terrain, and elevations. Work may take place in an extremely remote environment and may require primitive camping and living skills for upwards of two weeks in duration. Indoor duties are performed in a normal office setting.

    We expect to fill multiple vacancies, more than one position may be filled from this announcement.

    You must possess a valid state driver s license by the closing date of the announcement and at all times during your appointment in this position.

    Responses to the online job-specific questions must be supported in your resume.

    Qualifications

    Specialized Experience Requirements:

    In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

    GS-5 Park Ranger - One year of specialized work experience equivalent to at least GS-4 level. Examples of specialized experience may include explaining regulations to park visitors; providing information and advice on park activities and resources; collecting fees; issuing reservations and permits; conducting guided tour programs; maintaining recreation facilities or trails; monitoring special recreation permits. Your experience must include navigating through Class III-V whitewater rapids. OR Successful completion of four year (180 quarter or 120 semester hours) course of study above high school leading to a bachelor s degree, which included 24 semester hours of related course work; OR A combination of experience and education to meet total experience.

    GS-6 Park Ranger - One year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-5. Examples of qualifying specialized experience may include explaining regulations to park visitors; providing information and advice on park activities and resources; collecting fees; issuing reservations and permits; developing and conducting guided tour programs; maintaining recreation facilities or trails; monitoring special recreation permits; conducting potable water tests in compliance with appropriate state laws; or assisting with supervision of seasonal recreation technicians. Your experience must include navigating through Class III-V whitewater rapids. ORSuccessful completion of one full academic year (45 quarter or 30 semester hours) of graduate education related to the occupation (i.e. related course work); OR A combination of experience and education to meet total experience.

    GS-7 Park Ranger - One year of specialized work experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 level. Examples of specialized experience may include experience as park guide or tour leader; archaeological 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; planning day to day operation of a recreation area providing such facilities as camping, water sports, picnic areas, or coordinating routine activities with maintenance personnel; advising visitors concerning safety, fire prevention, and proper and authorized uses of recreational facilities. Your experience must include navigating through Class III-V whitewater rapids. OR Successful completion of one full academic year (45 quarter or 30 semester hours) of graduate education related to the occupation (i.e. related course work); OR A combination of experience and education to meet total experience.

    Related Course Work - natural resource management, natural sciences, earth sciences, history, archeology, anthropology, park and recreation management, law enforcement/police science related to the protection of public lands, social sciences, museum sciences, 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 relates to the duties performed by a Park Ranger.

    Selective Placement Factors: This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element in the Cottonwood and Idaho Falls, Idaho locations. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified.

    Selective Placement Factor 1: Experience with whitewater rafting in oar frame rafts (15 to 16 feet) on Class III to IV Rivers is required and must be listed in your resume.

    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.

    You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    Education

    Additional information

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM s Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

    CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

    Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.

    This position is not eligible for Telework.

    SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

    This position requires you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status.

    All positions may not be filled or they may be filled at different times depending on budget, hiring needs, and requirements. These positions are temporary and are expected to last for approximately 6 months. These positions have no promotion potential, if you want to be considered for a higher grade you must apply for the higher grade.

    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

    For the Boise District location only: This is a Bargaining Unit position.


    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. In the event that an applicant’s response on the questionnaire cannot be verified within the application materials ( e.g., resume, cover letter, education/training), the HR Office has the authority to lower the score of the candidate on that item to the response level supported by their application materials. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran s preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

    KSA 1: Ability to communicate effectively with visitors to obtain their cooperation, identify and resolve problems or apparent violations of regulations concerning the use of protected or public land areas.

    KSA 2: Knowledge to provide information and education concerning responsible River use on public lands, conduct River Patrol permit compliance, safety inspections, and to conduct river patrols.

    KSA 3: Ability to operate power tools required to perform maintenance and to administer operations, such as the day-to-day operation of a recreation site.



    To preview questions please click here.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information. Civil service employees must provide their current OPM title, series, and grade. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional). If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.

    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

    If you are qualifying with education, you must provide copies of all your transcripts for verification that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university by the closing date. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education. All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of ‘official’ transcripts.

    Copy of State Driver s license for verification.

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

    Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the level of veterans preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.

    • For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.
    • For 5-point veterans preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
    • For 10-point veterans preference, please submit the same documentation as 5-point veterans’ preference as well as a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and VA letter.

    For more information on which type of preference is applicable, please visit VetGuide.

    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

    Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.

    UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.

    If uploading a resume, you must include the following: Job Title and Grade Level, if Federal employment, Duties and Accomplishments, Employer s Name and Address, Supervisor s Name and Telephone Number, Starting and Ending dates (month and year), Hours worked per week, and Salary.

    Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

    Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits

    Benefits

    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management s website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.

    Temporary seasonal employees are eligible for the following:

    • Annual and Sick Leave

    • Depending on tour of duty – Sunday, holiday, shift differential

    • Paid Federal Holidays

    -Participation in the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program - Employees electing to participate in the FEHB will be responsible for the employee share of the premium while on the official agency roles, which is deducted from bi-weekly earnings. After separating from federal employment, employees will be offered to continue participation in FEHB under the Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) option. Employees electing to continue coverage under the TCC provision will be responsible for the full premium amount plus a 2% administration fee.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


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