Park Ranger
Department of the Army - Hesston, PA

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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: This position is located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Raystown Lake Project in the heart of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania approximately 95 miles west of Harrisburg and 175 miles east of Pittsburgh. Raystown Lake is a 29,000 acre project with 12 public access areas, an 8,000 acre lake, over 800 picnic sites, three beaches, boat launches, campgrounds, trails, hunting, fishing, and marina concession stands.

Who May Apply:
  • US Citizens
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Eligibles
  • Overnight travel away from the worksite (TDY) is not required.
  • Payment of moving and/or relocation expenses (PCS) is NOT authorized.
  • U.S. Citizenship.

DUTIES: You will serve as a Park Ranger responsible for support activities for the management and protection of park resources, including informing the public of recreation rules and regulations, traffic control, accident prevention, campground and picnic area operation, visitor information services, patrolling of boundary line, security of Government buildings and property, and other recreation program activities. You will conduct scheduled and special patrols of land and water areas. You will enforce laws and regulations regarding crowd control and issue warnings and traffic/parking tickets. You will administer first aid, summon assistance, take photographs, make diagrams, and interview interested persons. You will conduct radio dispatch operation and provide communications service for operational activities such as emergency assistance, law enforcement, and fire fighting support. You will develop and conduct interpretive talks and tour programs.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: General Experience and Specialized Experience: To Qualify at the GS-04 level, applicants must possess at least 6 months General Experience AND a minimum of 6 months of Specialized Experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level (GS-03). General Experience is defined as: 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 practices of interpersonal relations skills in dealing with the general public. Specialized Experience is defined as: experience in law enforcement or investigative work, environmental or historical preservation research work, or acting as a Park guide or tour leader.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities)in the following areas:
  • Knowledge of Grounds Management
  • Skill in Oral Communication
  • Skill in Written Communication
  • Skill in Office Automation

General Experience and Specialized Experience requirements may be met through Education Substitution.

Substitution for General and Specialized Experience: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet the total experience requirement for the GS-04 grade level. Below are the two ways education and/or combining education and experience may be used to meet General Experience and Specialized Experience requirements:

A. Completed two years of education above the high school level with twelve (12) semesters hours of related course work. Related course work includes 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. (NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts for verification.) OR

B. Possess some General Experience and Specialized Experience as described in the General/Specialized Experience section, but possess less than one year; AND possess more than one year but less than two years of education as described in A. I have computed the percentage of the requirements that I meet, and the total is at least 100%. To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of education above high school beyond one year by 30. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. (NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts for verification.)

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

Personnel security investigation required.

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.

  • Required to work Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Requires a valid, State-issued motor vehicles driver’s license.
  • Required to use various hand tools such as an axe, shovel, power saw, and related tools.
  • Required to obtain and maintain a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification.
  • Required to obtain and maintain First Aid Certification.
  • Required to obtain and maintain a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Motorboat Operator License.
  • Required to pass a pre-employment physical.
  • This position may expose the incumbent to stinging insects (possible reaction anaphylactic shock) and poisonous plants.
  • Required the incumbent to wear a Corps of Engineers uniform.
  • Required to work outdoors and in inclement weather.
  • Required to work unscheduled overtime at all hours in case of fire, accident, or other emergency.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: 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 .

BENEFITS: The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:
  • Competitive salaries
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment to include use of Telework and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job

OTHER INFORMATION: • 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.

• Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work experience.

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