Park Ranger (Protection), GS-0025-05
National Park Service - Philadelphia, PA

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Experience your America by building a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. The National Park Service preserves unimpaired, the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

The Seasonal Recruitment Operations
Center is currently accepting applications to fill up to 1 temporary positions at Independence National Historical Park. Appointments made under this announcement are limited to 1039 hours (six
months) in a service year and may be terminated at any time. Appointments under
this announcement are eligible for rehire and/or extension (when initial
appointment is less than 1039 hours) if workload and funding allow . Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible
for rehire in subsequent service years. Anticipated Entry on Duty:
June, 2014

For the Best Job in History…Join us at Independence National Historical Park! Part of the National Park Service, Independence National Historical Park includes Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and other historic buildings that played a major role in the early development of our nation. With over 5 million visitors from around the world each year, we need motivated people who enjoy heavy public contact to explain, protect, preserve, and maintain the important events that happened here and the resources that represent them. If you're looking for a challenging, fast-paced work environment in the heart of the city, Independence National Historical Park may be the right place for you!
This announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens.

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

U.S. Citizenship required.
Background and/or Security Investigation required.
Must possess or be able to obtain a NPS Type II Law Enforcement Commission.
Must possess or be able to obtain state issued driver's license.
Must pass the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) prior to start date.
Pre-employment medical exam and drug testing are required. DUTIES: Back to top

The primary purpose of this positions is to serve as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer, commissioned by the National Park Service with responsibility for performing duties including detection and investigation of violations of the Federal criminal laws, apprehension and detention of violators, the protection of life and property, and enforcement of all applicable laws, rules, and regulations protecting and ensuring the safe use of National Park resources. Along with the primary purpose of the position, the incumbent also performs a variety of tasks associated with the use, management, and protection of park resources designed to supplement the permanent park ranger workforce.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Rigorous field work requires above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. This includes prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring agility and dexterity.

Duties often involve working in isolated outdoor environments while exposed to severe weather conditions. Dangerous persons must be physically confronted, subdued, and apprehended many of whom are known to carry weapons. There is a high-stress component associated with much of the incumbent's work assignment.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Duties require extended periods of outdoor work and exposure to conditions including temperatures well below freezing to in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Investigations are conducted on foot, in four-wheel drive vehicles, or other forms of conveyance in remote back country settings. Emergency service and law enforcement work requires entry into hazardous environments, exposure to dangerous persons, animals, and substances, and potential exposure to infectious diseases. Long periods of surveillance work may be required in cramped or unpleasant locations and under unpleasant conditions. A wide range of personal protective equipment and clothing is required to be used and work, some of which may be uncomfortable, hot or inconvenient to wear. Adherence to specific safety procedures and other precautions is required. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Wednesday, July 02, 2014 (unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement).
To qualify for this position, you must demonstrate that you possess either the specialized experience or the education as described below. Equivalent combinations of experience and education may also be used to qualify.

Selective Placement Factor (Mandatory Screen-Out): Minimum Age Requirement.

This position has a mandatory requirement that applicants must be at least 21 years of age. (MUST SUPPORT IN RESUME OR WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION)

Selective Placement Factor (Mandatory Screen-Out): Law Enforcement Commission.

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria by the entrance-on-duty (EOD) date to be considered for these positions:

Currently hold, or have previously held (within the past three years), a National Park Service Seasonal (Level II) or full (Level I) law enforcement commission, or equivalent within the past three years.
Successful completion a Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program during the last three years, but have not yet received a National Park Service Seasonal (Level II) Law Enforcement Commission .
Will successfully complete a Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program by the entrance on duty date from one of the approved participating academies found at . NOTE: This is not regular police officer training.

Applicants must certify in their supporting documents the possession of at least one of the above criteria. Please include in your resume your commission number with expiration date or your anticipated graduation date from an approved NPS Seasonal Law Enforcement Academy. (MUST SUPPORT IN RESUME OR WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION)

Selective Placement Factor (Mandatory Screen- Out): Driver's License.

Possess a current valid state driver's license in good standing. Upon tentative selection, you will be required to submit driver's license information. If you do not meet the requirements of this selective factor, you will be rated ineligible for these positions. (MUST SUPPORT IN RESUME OR WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION)

Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB)
Applicants are required to pass the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) prior to entering law enforcement positions. The duties of this position require arduous physical exertion involving walking, running, lifting, standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. The Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) is a fitness test consisting of five different components: 1) agility run - measures the ability to get up from the ground and sprint while changing directions; 2) bench press - measures the upper body strength for one repetition; 3) 1.5 mile run - measures cardio/respiratory fitness; 4) sit and reach - measures the flexibility in the lower back, legs and shoulders; and 5) body composition - measures the body fat. Prior to appointment, applicants will be tested in all five components, but only the agility run, bench press and 1.5 mile run will be measured for a passing score in the 25th percentile (age and gender adjusted) of these components. These procedures will ensure that law enforcement officers are capable of performing strenuous physical training and law enforcement duties. Applicants shall be disqualified for appointment if they fail to meet any physical requirements. Probationary or seasonal employment is subject to termination for failure to meet the 25th percentile in each of the identified components being measured.

GS-05 grade level

A . One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 level in the federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of specialized experience could include Park Guide or tour leader; law enforcement or investigative work; archeological or historical preservation research work; forestry and/or fire management work in a park, recreation, or conservation area; management, assistant, or program specialist work involving the development and implementation of policy related to protection, conservation, or management of park areas or similar operations; or other similar work . -OR- B. A 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with 24 semester hours of related course work. One year of full time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours. - OR- C. Equivalent combinations of education and experience.
Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. In order to receive credit for experience, your resume must clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment ( month/year ), and the number of hours worked per week.
Credit for experience is given on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime.
In describing the nature of your duties (your experience), please be clear and concise. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.
Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. The OPM Qualification Standards Handbook is available for review at: .

IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY, you MUST provide transcripts or other
documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise
stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) a list with all your
courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials
must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.

Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -- 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. Course work in fields other than
those specified may be accepted if it clearly provides applicants with the background
of knowledge and skills necessary for successful job performance in the
position to be filled.

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution
recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited
towards qualifications. Applicants can verify accreditation at the
following website: finaid/accred/index.html
All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency

Foreign Education:
Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a
private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign
educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or
education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited
body accreditation/

Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license. This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. As a condition of employment, you will be required to submit a completed GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Your employment, after your tentative selection, will be contingent upon receipt of these documents in a timely manner and that those documents establish, to the satisfaction of the selecting official, that you possess a valid driver's license.

Minimum Age - Prior to appointment, applicants must meet the minimum age requirement of 21 years old

Selectee will be required to carry a firearm while performing duties and maintain firearm proficiency. Therefore, must be free of any domestic violence convictions.

This is a drug testing designated position. The individual selected for this position will be subject to and must pass a drug test prior to entrance on duty. Incumbent may be subject to random testing.

Must wear the National Park Service uniform and comply with National Park Service uniform standards.

May be assigned to work nights, early mornings, rotating shifts, holidays, and weekends.

Occasional travel is not required.

Occupancy in government housing is not required for this position.

Government housing may be available.

Overtime is required.

All federal employees are required to have federal payments (salary) made by direct deposit.

Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service ( visit )
Selectee will be required to perform emergency medical services, and is required to obtain and maintain a First Responder certification.

Selectee will perform wildland fire duties and must possess or be able to successfully obtain and maintain a Red Card certification.

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability
in the following competencies needed to successfully perform the job:

Criminal Law
Use of Force and Self Defense
Oral Communication
Interpersonal Skills

Basis for Rating: Your application will
be evaluated and rated using Category Rating Procedures. Candidates will be

ranked into 3 categories:
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.

After the job announcement closes, a review will be conducted of
your resume and supporting documentation. We will ensure you meet the
qualification requirements and the application materials support the rating
received. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your
application material, your score will be adjusted and/or you may be excluded
from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions
carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration
for employment. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click on the following
link View Occupational Questionnaire .

Veterans Preference : If you are a veteran with preference
eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit
a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming
10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application
for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the additional proof required by
that form. For more information on veterans' preference see

Veterans Preference applies to category rating after candidates
are assessed. Preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements are
assessed and placed in the appropriate quality categories. Preference eligibles
receive veterans' preference by being listed ahead of non-preference eligibles
within the same quality category in which they are placed. No preference
points, i.e., 5 or 10 points, are added to the preference eligibles' rating. An
agency may not select a non-preference eligible if there is a preference
eligible in the same category unless the agency receives approval to pass over
the preference eligible in accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 3318.

Preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements for
the position and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at
least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the
case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). As
noted above, an agency may not select a non-preference eligible over a
preference eligible in the same category unless the agency receives approval to
pass over the preference eligible in accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 3318. BENEFITS: Back to top

Temporary employees are eligible for sick leave and annual leave. For additional information please click here: benefits

Current surplus and current or former displaced Federal individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Well qualified means that the applicant meets the following: OPM qualification standards for the position; all selective placement factors, where applicable; special qualifying conditions that OPM has approved for the position, where applicable; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and is rated by the organization at least at the well qualified level on all KSAs.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(2) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP/ICTAP eligible.

If you are selected for Federal employment, you will be required to fill out a Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306, prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on your application may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work. Also, you may be punished by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001).

For more information on seasonal employment with the National Park Service, visit our websites at:

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by the National Park Service.
Do not submit photographs with your application package.

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