Park Rangers, Visitor Use Assistant, & Park Guide
GS-03 $13.00 per hour for the 2011 season
Park Ranger, General, GS-0025
General Park Rangers perform a wide variety of duties largely determined by duty station. "Front country" general park ranger's duties include campground and fee management, bear management, water recreation (river and lake) patrols, and emergency medical services. "Backcountry" general park rangers patrol in locations ranging from high visitor use trails to remote trail-less locations often in rough terrain for overnight periods. Duties include light trail and camp maintenance, backcountry permit compliance, backcountry data collection, emergency medical services, and may involve arduous hiking and sometimes technical climbing. All general park rangers may have involvement in wildland fire protection, search and rescue, interpretation, and a variety of visitor services.
Park Ranger, Interpretation, GS-0025
Interpretation Park Rangers research, develop and present a variety of public programs such as guided walks, talks, and evening programs. They staff visitor center information desks, providing park and area information, and make informal interpretive contacts at places where park visitors gather such as scenic overlooks. Some present education programs to school groups. The goal of their work is to help visitors make a connection between the meanings of the park's resources and the visitors' own interests.
Park Ranger, Protection, GS-0025
Protection Park Rangers serve in a variety of capacities including law enforcement. They facilitate visitor understanding of park resources, visitor enjoyment of the park and visitor behavior consistent with resource protection. They work to ensure compliance with the laws and rules for safe use of the park. NPS law enforcement Park Rangers perform duties including detection and investigation of violations of the Federal criminal laws, apprehension and detention of violators, the protection of life and property, enforcement of all applicable laws, rules, and regulations protecting and insuring the safe use of park resources.
GS-03: 6 months general experience and 3 months of specialized experience that demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the job duties or 1 year of college (30 semester hours with 6 semester hours in natural sciences, social sciences, park and recreation management, or other related disciplines).
GS-04: 6 months of general experience and 6 months specialized experience or 2 years of college (60 semester hours with 12 semester hours of coursework as above).
GS-05: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level or 4 years of college leading to a bachelor's degree with 24 semester hours of coursework as above.
GS-07: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level or 1 full academic year of graduate education related to the management and protection of park resources or superior academic achievement.
General Experience: is administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work which provided a familiarity with natural or cultural history, fish, or wildlife habitat characteristics, techniques of resource protection and use, recreational use of public lands and facilities, enforcement of laws, rules, or regulations, fire prevention and suppression, or the practice of interpersonal relations skills in dealing with the general public. Pertinent work experience in substantive and relevant aspects of secretarial, clerical, or trades and crafts is also qualified. Nonspecialized tasks and those of a routine nature, such as typing, filling, and maintaining records are not qualifying.
Specialized Experience (General and Interpretation Rangers): is work which demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform successfully, the duties of the position to be filled. Experience may have been in technical, administrative, or scientific work, fish and wildlife management, recreation management, law enforcement, or other park-related work.
Specialized Experience (Law Enforcement): is completion of a Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program which results in the incumbent securing a Level II law enforcement commission.
Visitor Use Assistant, GS-0303
Collects and accounts for fees and provides miscellaneous services and information to visitors.
GS-03: 6 month's general experience or 1 year of college (30 semester hours).
GS-04: 1 year of general experience or 1 year as a visitor use assistant at GS-3; or 2 years of college (60 semester hours).
GS-05: 1 year of specialized experience or 1 year as a visitor use assistant at GS-4; or 4 years of college.
General Experience: Progressively responsible clerical, office or other work that indicates ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position to be filled.
Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Applicants, who have the 1 year of appropriate specialized experience, as indicated in the table, are not required by this standard to have general experience, education above the high school level, or any additional specialized experience to meet the minimum qualification requirements.
Park Guide, GS-0090
Provides guided tours, gives formal talks on natural and historic features, answers questions and provides variety of other service to visitors.
GS-03: 6 month's general experience or 1 year of college (30 semester hours with 6 semester hours in American history, science, or public speaking).
GS-04: 1 year of general experience or 1 year as a park guide at GS-3; or 2 years of college (60 semester hours with 12 semester hours of coursework as above).
GS-05: 1 year of specialized experience or 1 year as a park guide at GS-4; or 4 years of college (120 semester hours with 24 semester hours in coursework as above).
General Experience: Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject are of the occupation.
Specialized Experience: Experience that involved oral presentation of historical, scientific, or program information to groups; or developing and/or revising technical, historical, or scientific information for oral presentation to groups.
OF-510, Applying for a Federal Job;
OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment and/or resume;
OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment.
The link below is access to the application forms,
Announcement periods vary year round, call supervisor for time periods. Follow directions in the vacancy announcement that is posted on USAJobs web site www.usajobs.opm.gov, under How/Where to Apply:
Student appointment applications should be directed directly to the supervisors.
Chief of Facilities Maintenance: Wayne Boyd - (410) 962-4290, x301
Administrative Officer: Lois Schwartz - (410) 962-4290, x110
Chief of Cultural Resources: Paul Bitzel - (410) 962-4290, x401
Chief of Interpretation: Vincent Vaise - (410) 962-4290, x201
Senior Law Enforcement Officer: Glen Clark - (410) 962-4290, x501
For additional information call, Ceil Neugebauer at (410) 962-4290, x111.