Park Ranger
Department Of The Interior - Bakersfield, CA

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BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join our temporary seasonal workforce. The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website . 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.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required;
  • Direct Deposit required;
  • U.S. Citizenship is required;
  • Read the "How to Apply" & "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.

DUTIES: Park Rangers support the Bureau's recreation program. They work with the public to provide information, conduct permit compliance, and safety inspections. They respond to emergency situations. They participate in evaluating visitor use patterns, preparing and maintaining recreation sites, and monitoring condition of sites and natural and cultural resources. Work may take place in extremely remote environments and may require primitive camping and living skills for upwards of two weeks in duration. The work is performed outdoors in rugged terrain; to include very steep, wet, muddy, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; positions require physical exertions, such as, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. Individuals should be capable of working alone, or with other people, during early morning hours, night, or during the day. In some locations some of the positions may be Park Ranger (Hike Leaders). Duties for these positions focus on guiding a variety of age groups on interactive, interpretive hikes that explore the natural and cultural history of a geological formation, and "Table Rocks." Hike leaders develop educational displays, curriculum, and staff various educational events around the region. In some locations, some of the positions may be Park Ranger (Interpretative Center). Duties for these positions focus on interacting with a variety of age groups interpreting Center resources and presenting interpretive programs. Programs include orientation talks, interpretive programs, environmental education, conducted walks, demonstrations, and campfire programs. They develop and maintain interpretive materials and educational displays, and staff information desks.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: You must meet the following to be found qualified: GS-2 Park Ranger - 6 months of general work experience; OR High school graduation or equivalent. GS-3 Park Ranger - 6 months of general work experience, and 3 months of specialized experience. Examples of specialized experience may include assisting in visitor center answering calls from callers pertaining to general park information that may require assistance from supervisor or other staff; OR Successful completion of one year (45 quarter or 30 semester hours) of education, above high school that included at least 6 semester hours of related course work; OR A combination of experience and education to meet total experience. GS-4 Park Ranger - 6 months of general and 6 months of specialized work experience. Examples of specialized experience may include working at a visitor center information desk answering visitor questions that are routine and repetitive pertaining to geographical location of campgrounds, picnic areas, boating areas and other recreational areas; serving as a lookout to detect and report fires, status of fires, and suspicious smoke; and answering visitor's questions at an entrance station and explaining regulations covering common park use situations, such as campground reservations and rules, collection of fees and selling of permits; OR Successful completion of two years (90 quarter or 60 semester hours) of education above high school which included 12 semester hours of related course work; OR A combination of experience and education to meet total experience. GS-5 Park Ranger - One year of specialized work experience equivalent to at least GS-4 level. Examples of specialized experience may include collecting and recording information on items such as water quality and sediment samples, vegetation, exotic plant infestation, wildlife and fish populations, and erosion control and site rehabilitation problems; conducting a radio dispatch operation, providing communication service for operational activities in areas such as emergency assistance, law enforcement, and firefighting support; and conducting scheduled and special patrols of land and water areas; 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 include, but are not limited to, the following: Park guide or tour leader; Law enforcement or investigative work; Archeological or historical preservation research work; Forestry and/or fire management work in a park, recreation, or conservation area; and 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; OR 6 months 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 planning day-to-day operation of a recreation area providing such facilities as camping, water sports, or picnic areas; performing road traffic boundary and/or hunting patrol; and patrolling lake area to ensure compliance with regulatory, and administrative requirements; 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 superior academic achievement; OR A combination of experience and education to meet total experience. For the Park Ranger (interpretative Center) positions - Specialized experience will include knowledge of the tools and techniques of communication in the setting of an interpretive center, including a basic knowledge of the principles of interpretation, public speaking, and use of presentation media.

Educational Requirement: Related coursework for this position is coursework in the amount as specified at each grade level below, that includes Major study in 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 closely related subjects pertinent to the management and protection of natural and cultural resources. You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

Candidates must meet all qualification requirements as identified in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook. For information on qualification requirements please click here Qualifications . You must show that you possess the specialized experience and/or education as described in the job specific questions for this position. Where only a portion of your work experience would be creditable for this position, please provide the percentage of time that you spent on the specialized duties listed. General Experience: Experience in administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work that 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 techniques and fire suppression methods; or the practice interpersonal relations skills in dealing with the general public.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. You will be rated on your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position.
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BENEFITS: For information on the General Schedule (GS) pay salary charts please click on the following link Salary and Wages . Typically new Federal employees with no prior paid Federal civilian experience will start at the lowest step of the salary range for the grade for which they qualify. Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas. You will not be eligible for benefits under this temporary appointment.


As a condition of employment, 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. Click here to register or verify your registration.

Direct Deposit: All new employees of the Bureau of Land Management must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of funds prior to appointment.

If appointed to this position, while a BLM employee you cannot hold an active real estate license, and you cannot have an interest in Federal lands, or hold stocks in firms that have interest in Federal lands. Employees of the Federal Government are prohibited by criminal statute, 18 USC 208(a) and 5 CFR section 2635 subpart D, from participating personally and substantially in an official capacity in any matter in which, to his/her knowledge, he/she or any person whose interests are imputed to him/her under this statute has a financial interest, if the particular matter will have a direct and predictable effect on that interest. In accordance with 43 USC section 11 and 43 CFR section 20 subpart D all employees of the Bureau of Land Management are prohibited from obtaining and holding, directly and indirectly, an interest in any Federal Lands. This includes the obtaining and holding, directly and indirectly, a financial interest in an entity that hold an interest in Federal Lands.

If tentatively selected for this position you will be required to complete and submit an OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. The person tentatively selected for this position is subject to completion of a favorable background investigation. Failure to satisfy the preliminary background check will result in cancellation of the tentative job offer. Failure to satisfy the full investigation requirements may be grounds for termination, once you are placed in the position.

A valid driver's license is required for some positions. If you are selected for one of these positions you must be 18 years old and have a current driver's license.

MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT: Employees required to operate a motor vehicle must be 18, otherwise, you must be 16 at the time you report for work.

A pre-employment physical may be required.

Overnight travel may be required on a regular and recurring basis and employee will be required to obtain and use a government charge card, when travel is necessary.

If you are selected for this position, prior to appointment, you may be subject to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use.

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.

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