Park Ranger (Protection)

Department Of The Interior Del Rio, TX
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

This is a non-supervisory Park Ranger performing Resource Protection and Public Use Management in the National Parks.

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* You will serve as a Law Enforcement Commissioned Ranger.

* Resource Protection - Preserve and protect the natural, cultural, historical, archeological, and paleontological, and other tangible resources of parks, using all law enforcement and other resources protection techniques.

* Resource Education - Educate, interpret and inform visitors about the significance and rarity of park resources, resource conservation and ecologically sound park use practices.

* Public Use Management - Manage public use of park resources by such means as will assure the integrity and perpetuation of park resources.

* Collateral duties may include: field training, emergency medical services, special response, technical rescue, swift water rescue, and helicopter rescue.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

0025 Park Ranger

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* U.S. Citizenship required.

* Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males

* Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.

* Selectee(s) will be required to carry a firearm while performing duties and maintain firearm proficiency.

* Selectee(s) must be free of any domestic violence convictions.

* Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

* You will be required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

* Prior to appointment must be determined physically fit by an authorized physician to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties, pass a medical examination, and pass the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB), a fitness test.

* You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle including four wheel vehicles as part of your official duties; a valid driver's license is required.

* You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.

* You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.

* If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.

* You may be required to travel overnight away from home up to 14 days per month. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.

* Must possess or be able to successfully obtain and maintain Wildland Fire Fighter certification. Provide a copy of your Red Card with your application if you currently posses this certification.

* You will travel by motorized and non-motorized boats; and must be able to successfully complete the Department of the Interior Motorboat Operator Certification Course.

* Wildland firefighting requires that you pass a Pack Test, a job-related test of the capacity for arduous work. Applicants shall be disqualified for appointment , or removed during the probationary period if they fail to meet any physical requirement.


Selective Factors: Applicants must meet ALL of the following to qualify:

* Must currently possess, previously held (within the past three years), or be able to obtain a valid Type II (seasonal) or higher National Park Service (NPS) Law Enforcement Commission, or equivalent, by the 08/01/2018. More information can be found in the 'Education' section of this job announcement.

* This is a primary position covered by enhanced retirement provisions which stipulate mandatory retirement at age 57 after 20 years of service. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, and must not have reached their 37th birthday upon appointment to this position. Two exceptions are allowed: 1) an applicant has prior Federal service in a primary covered position sufficient to complete 20 years of service on or before the mandatory retirement age of 57; or 2) an applicant is a qualified veterans' preference eligible, in which case the MEA is waived and their corresponding retirement age may be higher than 57 after completing 20 years of service.

Applicants must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:

* EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). 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. You must include hours per week worked.

* OR-

* EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least two full years of graduate level study in directly-related fields such as 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. You must include transcripts.

* OR-

* 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 18 semester hours, and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then, take the number of months of experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.

Volunteer Experience: 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.

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".


Law Enforcement Commission: This position requires applicants to possess, previously held (within the past three years), or be able to possess by 08/01/2018 a valid Type II (seasonal) or higher level National Park Service (NPS) Law Enforcement Commission (or equivalent), which requires completing training from an accredited institution, which currently consists of over 650 class hours and lasts on average 17 weeks. Please visit the Association of National Park Rangers' Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP) for additional information on approved training courses and equivalency for commissioning.

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.