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Contact: Mary Plumb, 928-608-6202Local residents now have increased advantages to being hired at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, thanks to new hiring authority sought by park management and supported by Coconino County Commissioner Lena Fowler.
Because the park made special efforts to request and receive authority from the Office of Personnel Management, it will now be easier to fill jobs with local residents living within the local commuting area to the park. Local residents will also not be competing with nationwide applicants for the jobs eligible under the program. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is located in both Arizona and Utah, spanning over five counties (Coconino, San Juan, Kane, Garfield and Wayne).
According to Superintendent William Shott, “This is a win-win for both the park and for our local gateway communities. We’ll be able to increase the representation of local communities among the staff of the National Park Service. We’ll also retain employees that already have housing and are not affected by any affordable housing shortages.”
The local hiring authority allows the park to recruit candidates from a 30 mile radius centered on each of the park’s duty locations. In Arizona that includes the communities of Page and Lees Ferry. Utah communities included are Dangling Rope, Bullfrog, Halls Crossing, Hite, and Escalante.
According to Coconino County Commissioner Lena Fowler, “Economic development, with an emphasis on generating jobs, is a current and growing priority among all organizations in Coconino County. I advocated for this hiring authority on a trip to Washington D.C. last summer, and am glad to hear the decision has been made to grant this special hiring authority.”
According to Page City Council member Dennis Warner, “We’re pleased Glen Canyon National Recreation Area has received this new hiring authority which will have a significant and positive impact on our local economy. The park is one of the largest employers in the area, and the more local residents among its staff, the better.”
For those interested in applying for a job, all information about current job vacancies is posted online at https://www.nps.gov/glca/
This authority can be used to fill technical, maintenance, and clerical positions at or below grade GS-7 or WG-10 or equivalent (i.e. WL-8; WS-5). Applicants must maintain a permanent and exclusive residence within a 30 mile radius of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area duty locations. The applicant must also indicate their place of physical residence has been established for the past two (2) years.
The park will also be hosting its annual Job Fair in the fall, where human resources staff and hiring managers will be on hand to help attendees understand the types of employment available and how to successfully navigate the federal hiring system. More information is available by contacting Human Resource Specialist Kara Platt at 928-608-6241 or by email at e-mail us.