Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service . Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.
This position serves as the Chief of the Interpretation, Education and
Outreach Division. This
position will be servicing two West Hawaii parks: Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park (KAHO)
and Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (PUHO).
These areas were established to preserve, interpret and perpetuate traditional
Native Hawaiian culture and history. Resources include hundreds of prehistoric sites and
features, ceremonial structures, and historic settlements. Resources also include
threatened, endangered, and candidate endangered species, ancient fishponds,
and anchialine pools. The resources at the parks represent a significant aspect
of the nation's heritage, and all hold immense
meaning for the Native Hawaiian Culture. The two
parks are 28 miles apart. The Chief will report to each of the parks on alternating days.
The full performance level of this position is: 11
Government Housing is not available.
This position is concurrently open to merit promotion eligibles under
Announcement Number PWROPI-14-PUHO-1137573 MP .
Position Contact: Superintendent
Tammy_Duchesne@nps.gov, (808) 329-6881 x1201; (808) 328-2326 x1101
1-5 nights per month may occasionally be required RELOCATION AUTHORIZED
No KEY REQUIREMENTS
U.S. Citizenship Required
Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication. DUTIES: Back to top
The employees of the National Park Service care for special places
that are the heritage of all Americans. Since its inception in 1916, the
National Park Service has been dedicated to the preservation and management of
this countrys outstanding natural, historical, and recreational resources.
The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the Senior Interpretive Specialist (Chief of Interpretation, Education and Outreach) in the planning, development, implementation, and management of the two parks' interpretive, education, and volunteer programs and to work closely with partners, community groups, cultural practitioners, schools, and a Federal Advisory Commission to accomplish the parks' goals. If selected, you will provide guidance and leadership in the decision making process for programs, both on-site and off-site and will be instrumental in forging, maintaining, and strengthening relationships and partnerships to ensure the preservation, interpretation, and perpetuation of Hawaiian culture through traditional and native Hawaiian activities and practices. You will accomplish the above goals while simultaneously protecting and preserving resources for future generations and providing for the enjoyment of visitors. You will be responsible for supervising and evaluating park ranger staff at each park and ensuring the safety of interpretation staff and visitors participating in park programs.
Park Ranger - Interpreters connect people to parks. They play a
key role in ensuring that visitors have a meaningful, satisfying, and safe park
experience, help visitors decide how to spend their time in the park, and
inform them about the wonders that await their discovery. Interpreters are specially trained to engage the public so that each park
visitor can find a personal connection with the meanings and values found
in the places and stories of that park. They help visitors explore the many
dimensions of parks by introducing them to a variety of perspectives. By
providing the opportunity for visitors to care about the places they visit,
they promote stewardship and the opportunity for those visitors to care for
National parks are among the most remarkable places in America for
recreation, learning, and inspiration. The work done by park
ranger-interpreters through effective interpretive and educational programs
encourages the development of a personal stewardship ethic and broadens public
support for preserving and protecting park resources, so that they may be
enjoyed by present and future generations. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top
To qualify for this position at the GS-11 grade level, you
must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications by the
closing date of the announcement:
EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable
in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal
service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience
includes activities such as: 1) planning, developing, presenting,
directing, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of
Park interpretive programs that include presentation to the general public
and educational outreach;2) planning, organizing and coordinating special
park events; 3) developing well-written, easily understood, and pertinent
documents such as site bulletins, news releases and other informational
documents for release to the general public; 4) effectively supervising subordinate staff and evaluating their work; and 5) forging and nurturing relationships with community groups, schools, nonprofits, and organizations.
EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least three full
academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or a Ph.D. or
equivalent doctoral degree with you major course of 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
Successful completion of a COMBINATION of
education and experience as described above. To combine education and
experience, first take the number of semester hours (or equivalent) earned towards a
graduate degree, in excess of 36 semester hours , and divide
by 18 semester hours (or equivalent). Then take the number of months of
full-time experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The
total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.
To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.
If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.
Probationary Period: If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
Drivers License: You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid drivers license is required. You will be required to submit a Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record.
Uniform: You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.
Work Schedule: You may be required to work evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.
Travel: You may be required to travel overnight away from home up to 5 nights per month . You must obtain a government credit card for travel purposes. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.
Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category, and veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:
Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position
Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job
Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.
You will be evaluated on the following competencies:
PROGRAM AND PARK
PLANNING AND FISCAL MANAGEMENT
EDUCATION, & VOLUNTEER PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT
COMMUNITY OUTREACH, AGENCY LIAISON AND PARTNERSHIPS BENEFITS: Back to top
You're making a great choice when you choose a career with the National Park Service. In addition to your take-home pay, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits designed to make your Federal career very rewarding (eligibility varies depending on the tenure of the position you hold). You can find more information HERE and HERE .
NOTE: Recently passed legislation
provides that federal salaries in Hawaii will transition from base pay plus a
cost-of-living allowance (COLA) to the locality pay-based system that already
applies in the 48 contiguous states. The locality pay will be phased in over 3
years (2010-2012); COLA will be phased out through annual reductions over a
longer period. Currently, the COLA pay in Hawaii is 12.25% with the exception
of the island of Hawaii, which is 6.24%. The salary annotated on this
announcement includes the locality, however, does not include the
Special Consideration: The
island of Hawaii is subject to high concentrations of volcanic fumes,
especially sulfur dioxide gasses. The fumes are known to be hazardous to an
unborn fetus, and persons with heart and respiratory problems. The Kona coast
experiences fog conditions throughout the year. Long-term effects on normal
healthy persons is unknown.
HOW TO CLAIM VETERANS PREFERENCE (FedsHireVets.gov):
If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran , you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15 . If you dont have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at www.archives.gov/veterans .
If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge , you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran , you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15 , and if applicable, a completed SF15 . If you dont have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 1-800-827-1000.
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