Park Ranger

Department of Defense Wilkesboro, NC
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

About the Position: This position serves as a Park Ranger performing work in the following functional areas: recreation management, visitor assistance and services, natural resource management, and interpretation.

This is a Seasonal Park Ranger position. The season runs from March until November, depending on workload and projects the date may be extended.

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* Perform visitor assistance activities including patrol of project land and water areas.

* Advise visitors concerning safety and proper use of facilities in accordance with established policies and regulations.

* Interpret and enforce rules and regulations.

* Take appropriate action to ensure compliance with these policies and regulations including the issuance of warnings and citations, when necessary.

* When a citation is issued, the incumbent is responsible for gathering evidence, preparing the case, and presenting it before the magistrate.

* Use judgment in paying particular attention to areas, activities, or time/day situations that are likely problem periods or sources.

* Respond to fires, accidents, and emergencies.

* Render first responder assistance, initiate appropriate actions and contact concerned agencies and personnel.

* Participate in rescue/recovery operations.

* Perform initial and follow-up investigations of accidents, incidents or unusual situations.

* Prepare a draft report for submittal to supervisor, along with recommended preventive actions or measures.

* Monitor visitation recording equipment and troubleshoot equipment making field repairs when necessary.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel up to 10% of the time for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

0025 Park Ranger

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* Possess or attain a valid state driver's license within one month of employment in one of the 50 U.S. states or possessions to operate vehicles

* This position is subject to a pre-employment drug-testing screening, and random testing thereafter

* Business travel up to 10% of the time

* Position requires a uniform

* Position subject to the hazards associated with working in and around wooded areas, lakes, and rivers

* Required to supervise or perform prescribed burns, and/or operate a motor vehicle with one or more passengers on at least a weekly basis, and/or operate flood gates to control water levels on waterway

* Position requires working weekends, evenings, and holidays. During emergencies, the incumbent may be called in on short notice

* Required to attend and pass First Aid and CPR training within 6 months of hire, and annually thereafter

* Required to receive a minimum of 24 hours of personnel protection/unarmed self-defense, situational evaluation and tactical communication training within 2 years of employment

* This position requires you to obtain a motorboat operator certification within one year of employment

* This position requires the completion of a pre-employment Physical Examination and an annual examination thereafter to ensure the continued, required level of physical health and ability or fitness to perform the duties of the position.


Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.

* Current Department of Army Civilian Employees

* Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) Civilian Employee (non-Army)

* Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan

* Non-Department of Defense (DoD) Transfer

* Priority Placement Program (PPP), Program S (Military Spouse) registrant

* Reinstatement

* Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.


Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes: 1) Enforcing rules and regulations pertaining to the recreational use of parks and facilities; 2) Performing safety inspections of recreational facilities and equipment; 3) Providing assistance to users regarding locations, and recreational facilities and equipment; AND/OR 4) Participating in public recreational activities ensuring compliance with applicable rules and regulations for public safety. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-04).


Education: Four year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with twenty-four semester hours of related 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.


Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of education by 120. Add the two percentages.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:

* Customer Service

* Natural Resource Management

* Oral Communication

* Public Planning

* Written Communication

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-04).


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show 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: