Park Ranger
Department Of The Interior - La Crosse, WI

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The Mission of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Incumbent serves as a Visitor Services Specialist at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, LaCrosse District assisting with the operations at a National Wildlife Refuge assisting with the operations of the Refuge visitor services program. Work is directed towards providing the public with safe, accessible, and quality wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education and interpretation. More than one position may be filled for similar positions within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • U.S. Citizenship or Naturalized U.S. Citizen
  • Resume' and supporting documents (See How to Apply)
  • Background investigation required
  • Selectee must successfully complete probationary period
  • Valid state driver's license is required
  • Selectee must wear U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service uniform

DUTIES:
  • Developing interpretive program such as orientation talks, conducted walks, and demonstrations for general public audiences or school groups.
  • Developing interpretive materials such as pamphlets, exhibits, and signs.
  • Conducting on and off-site environmental education programs for a variety of audiences.
  • Drafting environmental education curricula and other educational products.
  • Recruiting and training candidates for volunteer programs, developing work projects and coordinating activities with Refuge personnel.
  • Assisting with the management of wildife-dependent recreation opportunities such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education and/or interpretation.
  • Assisting with with the implementation of a public outreach through written and oral communications.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: GS-5: You may meet the minimum qualifications if you have one of the following :

A. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree or I possess a bachelor's degree with major study or 24 semester hours in natural resource management, natural sciences, earth sciences, history, archeology, anthropology, park and recreation management, law enforcement/police science, social sciences, or other closely related subjects pertinent to the management of natural and cultural resources. ( Provide a copy of college transcript with application).

B. A least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 Federal grade level performing the duties of a Park Ranger (Visitor Services). Examples of specialized experience include assisting in conducting environmental education presentations and training, interpretive talks or demonstrations; assisting in development or revision of interpretive materials such as guidebooks, brochures, flyers; developing or presenting environmental education programs; assisting in coordinating a volunteer program; managing wildlife dependent recreation activities such as hunting, observation, or photography; and drafting news releases or event flyers to encourage attendance at special events.

C. An equivalent combination of education AND experience as described above.

GS-7: You may meet the minimum qualification requirements if you have one of the following:

A. At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in Federal Service or comparable pay systems. Examples of specialized experience is performed at a more advanced level than that described for GS-5 and includes independently conducting environmental education presentations and training, interpretive talks or demonstrations; development or revision of interpretive materials such as guidebooks, brochures, flyers; developing or presenting environmental education programs; coordinating a volunteer program; managing wildlife dependent recreation activities such as hunting, observation, or photography; and drafting news releases or event flyers to encourage attendance at special events.

B. A bachelor's degree (with major study in natural resource management, natural sciences, earth sciences, history, archeology, anthropology, park and recreation management, law enforcement/police science, or other closely related subjects pertinent to the management and protection of natural and cultural resources) AND Superior Academic Achievement at the undergraduate level based on one of the following: 1) Class standing - Graduated in the upper third of the graduating class based on completed courses in the college, university, or major subdivision; 2) Grade point average - 2.95 or higher out of a possible 4.0 scale based on courses completed during the final 2 years of my curriculum; or 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale based on the average of the required courses completed in my major field or the required courses in my major field completed during the final 2 years of my curriculum; or 3) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society. Submit copy of transcript(s).(Submit a copy of your transcript, proof of class standing and/or honor society membership with your application).

C. At least one full year (18 semester hours) of graduate level study, or possess a master's or higher degree, e.g., Ph.D., in fields such as those described above. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school has determined to represent one year of study. If this information cannot be obtained from your school, we will consider 18 semester/27 quarter hours to be equal to one year of full-time study. (Provide a copy of college transcript with application).

D. A combination of experience and education described in "A" and "C" above. To calculate, compute your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience requirement; then determine your education as a percentage of the education requirement. Add the two percentages; the total must equal to at least 100 percent to qualify. Submit copy of transcript(s).

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the 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. For further information, visit:
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Requirements

The position will have both office and outdoor work. The work involves frequent on-site visits requiring some physical exertion, such as walking over wet, rough, uneven or rocky terrain; bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, lifting, or similar activities. The work requires average agility and dexterity.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: CATEGORY RATING : Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating selection procedures. Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The quality categories are: Best Qualified, Well Qualified and Qualified. Applicants' qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, and abilities or competencies:

· Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of visitor services management in order to d develop and present interpretive, environmental education and wildlife oriented recreation activities.

· Ability to communicate in writing to convey effective messages to the public.

· Ability to communicate orally on natural resource and science based curriculum and information to diverse audiences of varied backgrounds and age levels.

· Ability to establish and maintain working relationships within and external to the agency in order to coordinate and promote the program’s goals and objectives.

Your rating will be based on both your entire application package as well as the responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please note that if, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your category rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may lose consideration for this position.

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points or apply the “rule of three”, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 per cent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).

BENEFITS: These links provide an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:
http://www.opm.gov/retire/retire_jobseekers.asp or http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (member-4 copy) or other proof of eligibility that shows the dates you were on active duty and your character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are claiming Disabled Veterans' preference you must also submit documentation of disability (i.e. VA Disability Verification Letter) and the SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference." For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/ .

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov ).

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated Well Qualified or above on the rating criteria for this position.

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