U.S. Department of the Interior
About the job
Help Help Duties
- Serve as a Park Ranger for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Las Cruces District Office (LCDO).
- Provide visitor services/oversight, facilities maintenance, fee collection operations, informal interpretive services, resource planning support and as a Wilderness Specialist.
- Coordinate with patrol staff outlining major objectives and priorities, coordinating special projects, evaluating reports, developing training programs, providing advice, and guidance on the environmental impact of potential and prosed activities, reviewing, and analyzing new construction or other development proposals to assure appropriate use.
- Coordinate with other District recreation staff lead to insure integrated, consistent, and high-quality visitor services and resource protection in the district; and to insure the appropriate cross training, staff sharing, communication, and morale of recreation area employees.
- Duties will be developmental in nature when filled below the full performance level.
Help Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship required.
- May be required to complete background investigation and drug screening.
- Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.
- Must provide resume and supporting documents (See required documents).
- You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Lands.
- Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
- If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
- 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.
- You will be required to obtain and maintain a valid state driver’s license.
- You may be required to travel overnight away from home up to 10 nights per month. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.
- The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
- Work may take place in an extremely remote environment.
- Work may involve early morning hours, night hours, or daytime hours and may require working holidays.
- Wear of standard Bureau uniform, Class B or C as appropriate, while performing patrol and public contact duties is required.
In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. If qualifying based on education, a copy of your unofficial transcripts must be provided with your application.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience and/or education for the respective grade level in which you are applying:
Specialized Experience GS-07: Applicants must have one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service (obtained either in the private or public sectors) performing the following: (1) operating an electronic cash register to collect park fees; (2) providing guidance to the public concerning safety, fire prevention, amenities available, and proper and authorized uses of recreational facilities; (3) patrolling and inspecting facilities for compliance pertaining to parking, campfires, noise level, safety, and sanitation; (4) presenting formal and interpretive programs such as: orientation talks, environmental education programs, conducted walks, demonstrations, and campfire programs.
OR, Education GS-07: Successful completion of at least one year of graduate level education from an accredited college or university in a field directly related to the work of the position to include: 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 that has provided the knowledge and skills necessary for successful job performance in this position. (NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts.)
OR, Combination GS-07: Successful completion of an equivalent combination of specialized experience and graduate level education as described above, when combined, equals 100% of the total requirement. (NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts.)
OR, SAA GS-07: Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree in a curriculum that is qualifying for this position as described above in B from an accredited college or university, and meets one of the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement based on the following: (1) class standing (upper third standing in the graduating class of a college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses); (2) grade-point average (3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0) as recorded on the official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or (3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; (3) election to membership in a national scholastic honor society. (Note: You must submit documentation to support your response).
Specialized Experience GS-09: Applicants must have one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service (obtained either in the private or public sectors) performing the following: (1) administering day-to-day operations of a recreation site; (2) developing outdoor recreation resource inventories, reports, and monitoring plans; (3) working with other staff leads to ensure high quality visitor services, resource protection, communication, and morale of recreation area employees; (4) resolving problems or apparent violations of regulations concerning the use of protected or public land areas.
OR, Education GS-09: Successful completion of at least two years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited college or university in a field directly related to the work of the position to include: 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 that has provided the knowledge and skills necessary for successful job performance in this position. (NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts.)
OR, Combination GS-09: Successful completion of an equivalent combination of specialized experience and graduate level education as described above, when combined, equals 100% of the total requirement. Please note only graduate education in excess of one year (18 semester hours) may be used to qualify under this option. (You must submit copies of your transcripts.)
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
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”.
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.
PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school’s definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request an RA in your online application. Requests for RA for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for RA must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for RA are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need an RA, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here:
Promotion to the full performance level is neither guaranteed nor implied and will be based solely on your ability to satisfactorily perform the work of the position, existing work at the higher grade level, and recommendation by the position’s supervisor.
BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.
Physical Demands: The work will include both sedentary office work to fieldwork periods. Field work will often be in remote and rugged country. The incumbent will be required to travel by foot, horse, mountain bicycle, four-wheel drive vehicle, inflatable raft or other watercraft, and is expected to operate all in a safe and knowledgeable manner. The intensity and duration of such activities requires that the incumbent be in excellent physical condition. Work requires the physical stamina and ability to maintain and/or repair trails, trailheads, fencing, and other facilities in the field. Duties may
require stooping, bending, and carrying hand tools and supplies for considerable distances. Unavoidable safety hazards may exist due to the remoteness of the work areas. The incumbent must be alert to hazards and take appropriate measures to avoid injury.
Working Conditions: Work is both in office and in a field setting. Studies, patrols, and inspections in the field environment include exposure to intense sunlight, extreme heat and cold, wet conditions from rain, hail, snow and whitewater. Incumbent must exercise good judgment in using appropriate
safety and protective gear.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP or CTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ctap_guideline.pdf . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics)
You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application materials (e.g., resume, supporting documents), the responses you provide on the application questionnaire, and the result of the online assessments required for this position.
- Attention to Detail
- Customer Service
- Interpersonal Skills
- Manages and Organizes Information
- Public Planning
- Stress Tolerance
- Technical Competence
To preview the application questionnaire, click the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11633848
To be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires an online assessment. These assessments measure the critical competencies listed below that are required to successfully perform the job.
Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration. Cheating on the online assessment may also result in your removal from consideration.
Under Category Rating, Candidates Will Be Rated And Ranked Into One Of Three Categories
Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran’s preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans with a service connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.
- Best Qualified – applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position
- Well Qualified – applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job
- Qualified – applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.