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This is a TEMPORARY position not-to-exceed 1 year with the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, located in Washougal, WA. The appointment may be extended without further announcement. Maximum total appointment will not exceed 2 years.
The Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge consists of historic riverine floodplain habitat, semi-permanent wetlands, cottonwood-dominated riparian corridors, pastures, and remnant stands of Oregon white oak. As a Park Ranger, you will coordinate projects and operations of the refuge's volunteers program which include recruiting and training volunteers to conduct work projects and coordinate those work projects with other refuge staffs. You will also develop and present environmental education and interpretative programs, serve as a roving interpreter on trails, and monitor visitor facilities for safety, cleanliness, and perform routine maintenance.
- U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
- Valid driver's license required
- Must wear official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform
- Direct deposit of salary payments to a financial institution is required
DUTIES: Back to top
As a Park Ranger, you will assist with the management and operations of the refuge's visitor services programs which include volunteer program, environmental education, interpretation, and support groups. Major duties include:
- Volunteer Program : Coordinates all aspects of a large volunteer program including recruitment, training, develop projects, job assignments, and recognition. Coordinates volunteer activities with refuge personnel. Serves as primary point of contact for potential volunteers. Assesses the skills, interests, and suitability of potential volunteers, and places them in suitable work activities.
- Environmental Education : Develops and presents on and off site environmental education programs to a variety of audiences. Drafts and conducts a variety of environmental education curricula and other educational products. Prepares and conducts teach training and orientation programs.
- Interpretation : Develops interpretative program plans that include program content, emphasis, and methods. Develops interpretive materials such as pamphlets, exhibits, and signs. Responsible for onsite interpretive service, including development of daily work schedules that include tours of duty and location of assignments.
- Support Groups : Acts as liaison with community organizations, friend groups, and other interest groups to provide orientation of refuge's programs and services, and discover ways to facilitate visitation and use of the refuge's recreational and educational facilities.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top
You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirements specified under either A, B, C, or D below. Your resume must include sufficient information to substantiate your qualification, or you may be found not qualified.
A. One year of full-time specialized experience comparable to at least the GS-6 grade level in the Federal service, or equivalent non-Federal experience. Experience may have been as a refuge/park guide or tour leader; or performing archaeological or historical preservation research work; or in other refuge/park-related technical, administrative, or scientific work. Specialized experience for this position is defined as recruiting and training volunteers; developing and coordinating volunteer projects; developing and presenting environmental education programs; drafting and conducting a variety of environmental education curricula; suggesting new topics, revisions, or improvements for an interpretive program; acting as liaison with community organizations to provide orientation to refuge programs.
B. Successful completion of one full academic year of graduate education with major study directly related to this position, such as natural resource management, natural sciences, earth sciences, history, archeology, anthropology, park and recreation management, law enforcement/police science, social sciences, museum sciences, business administration, public administration, behavioral sciences, sociology, or other subjects closely related to the management and protection of natural and cultural resources.
C. Equivalent combination of specialized experience (as in A above) and graduate education (as in B above) that, when prorated, combine to meet the qualification requirements for this position. Experience and education are each computed as percentages of their respective requirements and must equal 100 percent when combined.
D. Meet Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) requirements: A Bachelors Degree with major study as described in B above, AND meets one of the following under the SAA provision: A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (out of 4.0) for all completed undergraduate courses or those completed in the last 2 full years of undergraduate study; OR a GPA of 3.5 or higher for all courses in your major field or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study; OR rank in the upper one-third of your graduating class; OR membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.
NOTE: All applicants (including current and former employees) who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of transcripts, which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking. Even if you are in or have previously held a position in the series, you must submit the required documents to be considered for this position. If any required course work is not easily recognizable on transcripts, you must submit written course descriptions from the school (e.g., from the school catalog, official course syllabus, or course description verified by the school) for those classes to be credited.
Copies of transcripts are acceptable for application purposes; if selected, official transcripts are required.
All qualifying education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can verify accreditation at http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html .
Foreign Education: You can receive credit for education earned outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution, or that full credit has been given by an accredited institution in the United States. For more information, see http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
It is your responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying.
OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)
Physical Demands : Work involves physical exertion such as walking long distances over wet, rough, uneven or rocky terrain, and recurring bending, crouching, stooping, reaching, or similar activities.
Work Environment : Work will be performed both indoor and outdoor. Temperature and weather extremes may be encountered in the performance of outdoor work.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.
If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, your evaluation will be based on a review of your complete application package and the extent to which your responses to the Questionnaire relate to the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below:
To preview the Questionnaire, click View Assessment Questions .
- Ability to coordinate a volunteer program
- Ability to develop environmental education and interpretive programs
- Knowledge of conservation and natural resource management
- Ability to conduct operations for public use facilities
- Ability to communicate orally with diverse visitors
We will then place you in one of three categories:
Please make sure that your responses to the questionnaire are supported in your resume. Also, follow all instructions carefully as errors and omissions may affect your score.
- Qualified: Meets minimum qualifications established for the position, but fails to meet the benchmark definition for the Well Qualified category
- Well Qualified: Demonstrates overall competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
- Best Qualified: Demonstrates high proficiency and comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
Note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience and/or education, OR that your application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.
Application of Veterans Preference : Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable 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-9 grade level or higher.
BENEFITS: Back to top
Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information, visit http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/leave-administration/
Temporary employees are not eligible for life or health insurance. If your appointment is extended beyond 1 year, health insurance is available; however, you will pay the full cost.
You will earn Social Security credit while working with the government.