Park Ranger, GS-0025-05 (DEU)(FR)

US Department of the Interior - Napa, CA
$41,193 - $53,546 a year
    Duties Summary

    Applicants are expected to start work by November 24, 2019.

    Join the staff of the Bureau of Reclamation as a Park Ranger.

    This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, Lake Berryessa Recreation Resources Branch, in Napa, CA. For more information on the Napa area visit:

    Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


    At the GS-5 level the incumbent will: Serve as a contact for visitors to resource recreation areas. Conduct patrols of recreation areas by vehicle, boat, bicycle or on foot to ensure public safety and to monitor visitor compliance and resource impacts. Staff and maintain the Lake Berryessa Visitor Center and Oak Shores Entrance Station. Perform light maintenance duties such as litter and trash collection. Cooperate and coordinate with local and state law enforcement and emergency response agencies to ensure compliance with laws and regulations. Administer first aid and other emergency assistance as deemed appropriate. Assist higher graded Park Rangers with special projects including, but not limited to, trail maintenance and creation, visitor center displays, and landscaping. Research, develop, and present a variety of formal and informal interpretive programs.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel is required approximately 5% of the time.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0025 Park Ranger

  • Requirements

    Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • Position subject to working weekends, holidays and irregular hours.
    • May be required to wear the authorized BOR uniform.
    • Valid state driver's license required. Pre-employment physical required.
    • Ability to be certified in basic first aid, CPR, AED and First Responder.
    • Ability to be certified in basic water rescue; and motorboat operation.

    Applicants must meet all qualification, and as applicable, selective factor requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.


    GS-05: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in complexity to the GS-04 level in the federal service OR a four year course study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with 24 semester hours of related course work as defined below.

    Related course work is course work 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 resources.

    Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

    Definition of General Experience: To meet general experience, your resume must describe experience as follows: Experience in 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 method; or the practice of interpersonal relations skills in dealing with the general public. Experience in substantive and relevant secretarial, clerical or trades and crafts work is also qualifying if pertinent to the position to be filled. Experience of a routine nature, such as typing, filing, maintaining records or other non-specialized tasks is not qualifying.

    Definition of Specialized Experience: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience as follows: Experience performing technical, administrative, or scientific work, fish and wildlife management, recreation management, or other park-related work. Experience that only includes law enforcement activities will not be considered qualifying as specialized experience. Examples include park guide or tour leader 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. These examples are not all inclusive.

    Note: Experience in law enforcement only is NOT qualifying.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


    This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience. You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education if you are substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.

    Additional information Relocation: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized and are the responsibility of the selectee.

    Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.

    Conditions of Employment:
    • Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.
    • Operation of a government vehicle is required; therefore, you must possess and maintain a valid State’s driver’s license. Driving record will be verified prior to final selection.
    • Satisfactory completion of a medical examination is required before assignment to the position.
    • Available to work more than 8 hours per day, shift work, on-call, weekends and holidays.
    • All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.
    • Work requires driving over long distances (up to 200 miles on some days) on winding and sometimes unpaved or 4-wheel drive terrain roads.
    • The incumbent may be required to work under extreme physical stress for long periods of time such as during emergency operations. The work may require hiking in rough steep terrain, carrying heavy objects for short distances and operating vehicles and boats in rough conditions. Work can require long periods of sitting, standing and walking.
    • Fieldwork is required, exposing the employee to the outdoor environment to include both land and water. The work requires the operation of vehicles and boats, arduous walking in steep, uneven terrain, exposure to biting insects (including ticks), venomous snakes, skin irritating plants, dust and extreme heat.

    Optional Form 306 (OF-306): Before final appointment and again before you begin work, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

    For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Federal hiring process visit: Federal Hiring Process FAQ

    DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit:

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 60 minutes. Applicants determined best-qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

    Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category.

    Best Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications, are highly proficient in the major requirement(s) of the position, and proficient in most of the remaining aspects of the position.

    Well Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and are proficient in most aspects of the position.

    Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and possess only a few aspects of the position.

    Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through their resume and responses to the online questions.
    1. Ability to work effectively in a group or as a team member to achieve resource management and visitor service objectives.
    2. Knowledge in the use of interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with individuals, co-workers and groups representing diverse populations and cultures to achieve voluntary compliance with rules, regulations and accepted use ethics in a natural resource setting.
    3. Knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of natural resource management, recreation program administration, landscape architecture, interpretation, biological sciences or other related disciplines applicable to the management of recreational and natural resource areas.
    4. Knowledge of effective communication skills to present information and respond to public inquiries and to prepare oral and written reports and recommendations.

    Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants rating themselves higher than is apparent in their description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that copy vacancy announcement posting information verbatim into resume OR whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration.

    To preview questions please click here. Background checks and security clearance Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

    Transcript(s): All applicants must furnish a copy of their college transcript(s), if applicable. If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

    DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

    • For 0-point sole survivorship preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy); the family member’s DD-214 (Member 4 copy) and documentation to support the family member was killed, died as a result of wounds, accident, or disease, is in a captured or missing in action status, or is permanently 100 percent disabled or hospitalized on a continuing basis (and is not employed gainfully because of the disability or hospitalization).
    • For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

    • For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.

    For information on veteran's eligibility visit:

    CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 95 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

    Temporary employees earn sick and annual leave and contribute to the Social Security (FICA) system. Temporary employees who are expected to work a full-time schedule of 130 hours or more each month and work at least 90 days are eligible to enroll in a Federal Employees Health Benefit plan and receive the same government contribution as full-time permanent employees.

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