Park Ranger
Department of the Army - Chamberlain, SD

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Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:
The U S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, Fort Randall Project is a multi-purpose project providing flood control, recreation, hydropower, water supply, irrigation and wildlife and fisheries benefits to the nation. The hydropower facility includes eight 40 MW generator units. The project employs about 35 employees and is located in South Central South Dakota near the Nebraska border. The nearest larger towns are Mitchell, SD approximately 60 miles away, and Yankton, SD, approximately 70 miles away. There are excellent opportunities for a variety of fishing and hunting in this area.

Who May Apply: All U S Citizens


Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is not authorized.

Travel for Temporary Duty (TDY) will not exceed 5%.

May be required to work nights and/or weekend.

A personnel security investigation is required.

Salary includes applicable locality pay

Serve as a Park Ranger, assisting with the recreation activities through visitor protection and public

services to include: patrolling project lands, enforcing Title 36 rules and regulations, administering first aid when necessary, and providing the public with a point of contact to orient and direct visitors through the facilities and services of the park. Develop interpretive programs to enhance and provide a quality recreation experience for visitors to include: maintaining a clean and updated visitor information center, providing dam tours and nature walks, presenting school water safety programs, and maintaining historical records, files and items for a ranger library. Carry out a variety of resource management projects to include: identifying and controlling the overuse/abuse of project lands and facilities, identifying erosion problems and implementing soil protection projects, and inspecting leases and out grants to ensure conformance with agreements. Perform a variety of administrative duties to store, compile and transmit data related to recreation and resources management.

Specialized Experience:
  • To qualify at the GS-05 level, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-04). Specialized experience is defined as: Experience performing park -related technical, administrative, or scientific work, fish and wildlife management, recreation management, or other park-related work. Experience enforcing resource protection regulations, issuing citations under authority of Title-36 Visitor Assistance Program. Planning and conducting water safety programs.
Education Substitution: In lieu of specialized experience, applicants may substitute education for experience as follows:

Successfully completed a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor’s degree with 24 semester hours of related course work such as natural resource management, natural sciences, earth sciences, history, archaeology, 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.

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - and

Transcripts are required at time of application.

Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position.

On your resume, please include college/university, dates attended, degree achieved, semester hours

earned, GPA, major field of study, 24 semester hours of specific courses and course hours in your major.

Other Requirements:
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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the q uestionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.

Basis for Rating : Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

Comprehensive health and life insurance
Competitive salaries
Generous retirement programs
Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
Flexible work environment and alternate work schedules
Paid employment related training and education
Possible student loan repayment
Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.

• Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.

• The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at

• In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at .)

• Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

Further certification from this announcement may take place up to 90 days beyond the closing date of this announcement.

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