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    Job Title: Park Ranger

    Department: Department Of The Interior

    Agency: Bureau of Land Management

    Sub Agency: BLM – Seasonal / Temp

    Job Announcement Number: BLM-TEMP-2011-0002


    $10.31 – $20.85 /hour


    Monday, January 03, 2011 to Wednesday, August 31, 2011




    Work Schedule is full-time. This is a temporary appointment




    many vacancies – Throughout Arizona, AZ; many vacancies – Throughout Idaho, ID; many vacancies – Throughout New Mexico, NM


    All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.

    Opportunities in: Arizona: Lake Havassu, Quartzsite, Yuma; Idaho: Boise, Idaho Falls, Shoshone; New Mexico: Cerro, Chimayo, Grants, Pilar, Taos.


    BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join our temporary seasonal workforce.

    The BLM manages more land – approximately 253 million acres – than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations

    Explore a new career with the BLM – where our people are our greatest natural resource.

    For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

    These positions are being advertised in multiple locations in Arizona, Idaho & New Mexico. All positions may not be filled or they may be filled at different times depending on budget, hiring needs, and requirements. These positions are temporary and are expected to last for approximately 6 months. These positions have no promotion potential, if you want to be considered for a higher grade you must apply for the higher grade.


    • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required;
    • Direct Deposit Required;
    • U.S. Citizenship is required;
    • Be sure to read the “How to Apply” & “Required Documents” sections;
    • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can
    • you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land


    Additional Duty Location Info:

    many vacancies – Throughout Arizona, AZ; many vacancies – Throughout Idaho, ID; many vacancies – Throughout New Mexico, NM

    Park Rangers support the Bureau’s recreation program. They work with
    the public to provide information, conduct permit compliance, and
    safety inspections. They respond to emergency situations. They
    participate in evaluating visitor use patterns, preparing and
    maintaining recreation sites, monitoring condition of sites, natural
    and cultural resources. Work may take place in extremely remote
    environments and may require primitive camping and living skills for
    upwards of two weeks in duration.

    The work is performed outdoors in rugged terrain; to include very
    steep, wet, muddy, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; positions
    require physical exertions, such as, bending, crouching, stooping,
    stretching, reaching, or similar activities. Individuals should be
    capable of working alone, or with other people, during early morning
    hours, night, or during the day.

    In some locations some of the positions will be Park Ranger (Hike
    Leaders). Duties for these positions focus on guiding a variety of
    age groups on interactive, interpretive hikes that explore the
    natural and cultural history of a geological formation, and “Table
    Rocks”. Hike leaders develop educational displays, curriculum, and
    staff various educational events around the region.

    Qualifications and Evaluations


    You must meet the following to be found qualified

    GS-3, Park Ranger-6 months of general work experience, and 3 months of specialized experience. Examples of specialized experience may include assisting in visitor center answering calls from callers pertaining to general park information that may require assistance from supervisor or other staff; OR Successful completion of one year (45 quarter or 30 semester hours) of education, above high school that included at least 6 semester hours of related coursework; OR A combination of experience and education to meet total experience.

    GS-4, Park Ranger – 6 months of general and 6 months of specialized work experience. Examples of specialized experience may include working at a visitor center information desk answering visitor questions that are routine and repetitive pertaining to geographical location of campgrounds, picnic areas, boating areas and other recreational areas; serving as a lookout to detect and report fires, status of fires, and suspicious smoke; answering visitor’s questions at an entrance station and explaining regulations covering common park use situations, such as campground reservations and rules, collection of fees and selling of permits; ORSuccessful completion of two years ( 90 quarter or 60 semester hours) of education above high school which included 12 semester hours of related coursework; OR A combination of experience and education to meet total experience.

    GS-5 Park Ranger -One year of specialized work experience
    equivalent to at least GS-4 level. Examples of specialized
    experience may include collecting and recording information on items
    such as water quality and sediment samples, vegetation. exotic plant
    infestation, wildlife and fish populations, and erosion control and
    site rehabilitation problems; conducts a radio dispatch operation,
    providing communication service for operational activities in areas
    such as emergency assistance, law enforcement, and firefighting
    support; conducting scheduled and special patrols of land and water
    areas; OR Successful completion of four year (180 quarter or 120 semester hours) course of study, above high school leading to a bachelor’s degree, which included 24 semester hours of related coursework.

    GS-6 Park Ranger – One year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-5. Examples of specialized experience may include: Examples of qualifying specialized experience include, but are not limited to, the following: 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 6 months of graduate education related to the occupation (i,e. related coursework); OR A combination of experience and education to meet total experience.

    GS-7 Park Ranger – One year of specialized work experience
    equivalent to at least the GS-6 level. Examples of specialized
    experience may include planning day-to-day operation of a recreation
    area providing such facilities as camping, water sports, or picnic
    areas; performing road traffic boundary and/or hunting patrol;
    patrols lake area to ensure compliance with regulatory, and
    administrative requirements; OR Successful completion of one full academic year (45 quarter or 30 semester hours) of graduate education related to the occupation (i,e. related coursework) or superior academic achievement; OR A combination of experience and education to meet total experience.

    Educational Requirement: Related coursework for this position is coursework in the amount as specified at each grade level below, that includes Major study 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. You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

    Candidates must meet all qualification requirements as identified in
    the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook. For information on
    qualification requirements please click here Qualifications .

    General Experience: 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 methods; or the practice interpersonal relations skills
    in dealing with the general public.

    You must show that you possess the specialized experience and/or
    education as described in the job specific questions for this
    position. Where only a portion of your work experience would be
    creditable for this position, please provide the percentage of time
    that you spent on the specialized duties listed.


    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. You will be rated on your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position.
    To preview questions please click here.

    Benefits and Other Info


    For information on the General Schedule (GS) pay salary charts please click on the following link 2011 Salary and Wages .

    Typically new Federal employees with no prior paid Federal civilian experience will start at the lowest step of the salary range for the grade for which they qualify.

    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas

    You will not be eligible for benefits under this temporary appointment.


    Condition of Employment

    As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Click here to register or verify your registration.

    Direct Deposit: All new employees of the Bureau of Land Management must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of funds prior to appointment.

    If appointed to this position, while a BLM employee you cannot hold an active real estate license, and you cannot have an interest in Federal lands, or hold stocks in firms that have interest in Federal lands.

    Employees of the Federal Government are prohibited by criminal statute, 18 USC 208(a) and 5 CFR section 2635 subpart D, from participating personally and substantially in an official capacity in any matter in which, to his/her knowledge, he/she or any person whose interests are imputed to him/her under this statute has a financial interest, if the particular matter will have a direct and predictable effect on that interest.

    In accordance with 43 USC section 11 and 43 CFR section 20 subpart D all employees of the Bureau of Land Management are prohibited from obtaining and holding, directly and indirectly, an interest in any Federal Lands. This includes the obtaining and holding, directly and indirectly, a financial interest in an entity that hold an interest in Federal Lands.

    If tentatively selected for this position you will be required to complete and submit a OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.

    The person tentatively selected for this position is subject to completion of a favorable background investigation. Failure to satisfy the preliminary background check will result in cancellation of the tentative job offer. Failure to satisfy the full investigation requirements may be grounds for termination, once you are placed in the position

    A valid driver license is required for some positions. If you are selected for one of these positions you must be 18 years old and have a current driver’s license.

    MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT: Employees required to operate a motor vehicle must be 18, otherwise, you must be 16 at the time you report for work.

    A pre-employment physical may be required.

    Overnight travel may be required on a regular and recurring basis and employee will be required to obtain and use a government charge card, when travel is necessary.

    If you are selected for this position, prior to appointment, you may be subject to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug uses

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

    How To Apply


    To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a
    complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following
    items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your
    resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the
    Required Documents section of this job announcement.

    Click on the button “Apply to this Vacancy” and login to MY USAJOBS.

    If you haven’t already registered with USAJOBS, the system will
    require you to create a user name and password, complete a
    questionnaire and paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

    If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login
    information, select the “Did you forget your username and/or
    password” .

    Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern
    Time by the closing date of this announcement.

    If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying. If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact 303 236-0204.


    Different locations begin hiring at different times. The following cutoff dates are interim dates before the closing date of the vacancy announcement when candidates can be referred to the different locations for consideration. Therefore, ALL required documentation must be received at the time you apply, or before 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on the following cutoff dates:

    January 31, 2011
    February 28, 2011
    March 31, 2011
    May 1, 2011
    May 31, 2011
    June 30, 2011
    August 1, 2011
    August 31, 2011

    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the
    questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

    A copy of your college transcript(s), if qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience. If selected for this position you will be required to provide an original copy of your transcripts.

    Veterans’ Preference: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you should indicate the level of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.

    For 5-point veterans’ preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), 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

    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

    Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

    UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may
    use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use
    both options.

    Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior
    Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete

    Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time,
    on the closing date of this announcement.


    For assistance – see the
    Phone: how to apply tab
    Fax: 571-258-4052
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    BLM – Seasonal / Temp
    Denver Federal Center
    PO Box 25047
    Denver, CO 80225
    Fax: 571-258-4052


    The temporary seasonal job announcement you applied to is designed to collect applicant names for these announcements. There are no specific vacant positions waiting to be filled. These lists of candidates are only used if and when a manager should determine the need to hire someone for a position to fill in the coming season, and has the funds to pay for it. Applications are not routinely processed until a manager requests such a list of candidates. Only if a manager requests such a list of candidates for a specific duty location are applications to that duty location looked at. Until such time, applications are on hold pending management decisions to indeed hire someone.

    For assistance, contact the following State Coordinators:

    Arizona: Carol Cole (602) 417-9391

    Idaho: Sarah Burley (208) 373-3969

    New Mexico: Marie Andrews (505) 954-2088

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