Park Guide
Department Of The Interior - Montgomery County, MD

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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. For more information about the National Park Service, visit .


This position is located in the Division of Interpretation at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Potomac, MD.

Preserving America's colorful Canal era and transportation history, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is 184.5 miles of adventure. Originally, the C&O Canal was a lifeline for communities and businesses along the Potomac River as coal, lumber, grain and other agricultural products floated down the canal to market. It endures as a national historical park today - a pathway into history, nature and recreation.

The primary purpose is to provide guide services to visitors. The work in involves giving talks, interpreting natural and historic features, answering questions, guiding tours, and providing miscellaneous services to visitors.

This position is temporary not to exceed 1040 hours in 1 year.

The work requires standing for long periods of time, walking for long distances, climbing and descending steep inclines, bending, and lifting moderately heavy items. Mental stress and physical fatigue occur due to high volume of personal contacts, occasional emergency responses, and repetitive nature of interpretive programs.

Work is performed both indoors and outdoors resulting in exposure to a variety of weather conditions.


U.S. Citizenship

Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Svs.

Relevant experience and/or education (See Qualification and Evaluations).

Suitable for Federal employment as determined by a background investigation

Incumbent must wear a National Park Service Uniform

Possess and maintain a valid State or District of Columbia driver’s license

This position will present limited and repetitive programs including introductions to films, map talks, and static exhibit interpretation. Orient hikers to conditions and equipment needs. Staffs information counter at the visitor center serving as an initial contact for visitors. Provides information on a variety of subjects and interprets park values for visitors with varying interest and backgrounds. Performs simple roving interpretations, providing visitors with information on park related activities, services and park themes.

In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following by the closing date of the vacancy announcement: Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Must possess six (6) months of General Experience. General Experience is (1) Any type of work that demonstrates the ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.


Must have one year of education above high school which includes at least 6 semester hours of directly related courses, such as in American history, science, public speaking, parks & recreation, education, or communications.

IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: If you are using education to qualify you must document your course work and/or degree completed in your resume or other application materials you submit. You must submit a copy of your transcripts or a complete list of college courses taken that identifies for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed. If you are qualifying based on education and you do not submit specific course work information as described, your application will be rated not qualified for consideration. (A copy of your official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected).

A combination of experience as described above and education as indicated above. For example, 3 months of general experience (50% of the experience requirements for this position and grade level) combined with 6 months of education as outlined above (50% of the education required to qualify), which included at least 6 semester hours of related courses such as American history, science, public speaking, parks & recreation, education or communications (50% of the directly-related courses required).

If you are qualifying based on education, please submit a legible copy of your college transcripts so that we can verify your coursework. It need not be an official transcript; however, if you are selected, you may be required to submit an official transcript prior to entering on duty.

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. For further information, visit:

Appointment will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation. Under the requirements of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), all new Federal Employees must pass a background investigation. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

New employees of the Department of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay within 30 days of entrance on duty.

NPS uniformed position. Employee will be required to wear a uniform and comply with National Park Service uniform standards.

Applicants must possess or be able to possess a valid state driver's license or District of Columbia driver's license.

This is not a drug tested position.

Applicant must be able to work alternative work schedules, shift rotations, including night shift, holidays, and weekends.

Incumbent will be required to work outdoors, often under adverse conditions.

We will review your application, including an online assessment questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Your ratings are subject to change if discrepancies exist between your responses and your supporting documents.

All applicants will be rated on the following Skills or Competencies:

Customer Service

Oral Communication

If you meet the qualification requirements, based on your score your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who 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 who 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 who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at

Annual and Sick Leave: Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program is run and provide you with the appropriate forms.

Veterans Preference: If you are claiming veterans preference, you must submit proof of eligibility. See for more information.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/ Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible visit . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid . Any travel, transportation or relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

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