JOB: Park Guide with the National Park Service, New York City, NY

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    Alicia Mazzara

    Job Title: Park Guide GS-4
    Department: Department Of The Interior
    Agency: National Park Service
    Job Announcement Number: SROC-GOIS-11-487068

    SALARY RANGE: $15.12 – $15.12 /hour
    OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 to Wednesday, July 06, 2011
    SERIES & GRADE: GS-0090-04
    POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time Temporary NTE 1039
    DUTY LOCATIONS: 3 vacancies – New York City, NY
    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: United States Citizens


    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.

    Would you like to practice your public speaking skills? As a uniformed employee of the National Park Service, you deliver interpretive programs to educate visitors. You independently present a variety of talks and briefings and respond to visitor questions. Your presentations are generally short and concern park orientation and visitor safety. You explain the area’s natural, cultural and/or historic resources, recreational opportunities, concession facilities and services, availability of campgrounds and hiking trails. You provide information on current park events, projects, and policies, as well as updates on issues affecting the natural, historical and/or cultural preservation of the area. Park guides work in or near the park visitor center or visitor contact station, and at auditoriums, campgrounds, trails, or in the field. Other duties may include visitor services such as fee collection, traffic control, back-country patrols, and administrative tasks.

    The Seasonal Recruitment Operations Center is currently accepting applications to fill 1-3 temporary positions at Governors Island National Mounument located in New York City, New York. Appointments made under this announcement are limited to 1039 hours (six months) in a service year. Appointments may be terminated at any time and can be extended if workload and funding allow. Anticipated Entry on Duty: July 2011

    Spend a season on a dynamic island in the middle of New York Harbor at Governors Island National Monument, New York City, New York. For more than two centuries, the military communities on Governors Island were woven into the intricate social, political and economic tapestry that is New York City. From 1776-1996, Governors Island stood as a silent sentinel in New York Harbor, and provided protection of the ideals represented by the Statue of Liberty across the Bay.

    The National Park Service and the Trust for Governors Island jointly administer the 172-acres of Governors Island located ½ mile south of Lower Manhattan in New York Harbor. The Trust, a non-profit city-sponsored organization, is redeveloping 150 acres of the island, including a 90-acre national historic landmark district of military residential and administrative buildings dating back to 1815 for cultural, recreational and educational uses.

    During the season, mid May – mid October, the island is open to the public Wednesday – Sunday. Total visitation for the 2010 season totaled 443,000 vistors.

    This announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens.

    More positions may be filled than indicated in this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the date of the issuance of the certificate.



    * U.S. Citizenship required.
    * Background and/or Security Investigation required.
    * Selective Service Registration if applicable.
    * Must possess or be able to obtain state issued driver’s license.
    * Wearing a National Park Service uniform is required.


    The successful applicant will work in a team-oriented environment to present, and at a developmental level, assist in the development of public and educational programs, which include multi-media presentations, structured and impromptu talks, and guided tours and programs to schools, community groups, and special interest groups. Participates in day-to-day operation of a summer seasonal interpretive program at a historic site discussing the NPS, and the history and ecology of Governors Island and NY Harbor. Assists in providing interpretive, living history programs, educational/children’s programs, formal/informal visitor services including operating a visitor contact station, operating a bookstore and cash register, operating two historical sites, providing tours to the roof of the recently renovated Castle Williams, conducting basic research using prepared primary and secondary sources, as employee development opportunity, applies research for use in program development and for producing written interpretive products, providing interpretation on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and on the park web site, monitoring special use permits and maintaining good relations with partner organizations and stakeholders.

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Standing for long periods of time, walking for distances up to six miles daily, climbing and descending steep inclines, bending, and lifting moderately heavy items in a repetitive motion is required. Mental stress and physical fatigue occur due to high volume of personal contacts, occasional emergency responses, and repetitive nature of interpretive programs. .

    WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed indoors at the visitors center as well as in outdoor areas resulting in exposure to extreme temperatures, rain, snow, wind and direct sunlight. Visitor services conducted throughout the island, at the ferry terminal at the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan, at other National Parks or other venues throughout New York City requiring multiple ferry trips per day.

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