Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.
For additional information about the agency visit the Bureau of Land Management, California website.
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 approximately 6 months. These positions have no promotion potential.
Park Rangers (Off-Highway-Vehicle) 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, and monitoring condition of sites and natural and cultural resources. Off-Highway-Vehicle Rangers (OHV Rangers) greet riders, provide visitor information and education concerning responsible OHV use on public lands, monitor for compliance with BLM travel plan rules and regulations, monitor for resource damage to road/trail sign installation, trail maintenance, and monitor visitor safety and offer aid in emergencies. As non-commissioned (non-law enforcement) personnel, Trail Rangers must possess excellent public relations skills. Additional duties include assisting Recreation staff with Wilderness Study Area and dispersed recreation site management.
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. Work may take place in extremely remote environments and may require primitive camping and living skills for upwards of two weeks in duration. Individuals should be capable of working alone, or with other people, during early morning hours, night, or during the day.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required to attend training, meetings, or to conduct field duties.
Job family (Series)
0025 Park Ranger
Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship is required.
Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
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 required.
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.
Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the specialized experience as defined below. In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume. In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the qualification requirements, please be sure to include this information in your resume and submit all required documentation.
You must have at least One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 level. Examples of specialized experience include; explaining regulations to park visitors; providing information and advice on park activities and resources; maintaining recreation facilities or trails; or monitoring special recreation permits. - OR- Successful completion of four year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with at least 24 semester hours of related course work. - OR- A combination of experience and education to meet total experience.
Related Course Work - natural resource management, natural sciences, earth sciences, history, archeology, anthropology, park and recreation management, law enforcement/police science related to the protection of public lands, social sciences, museum sciences, 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 relates to the duties performed by a Park Ranger.
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.
This vacancy is limited to a certain number of applicants and may close before the close date listed here if that limit is reached.
If tentatively selected for this position you will be required to complete and submit an 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.
If you are selected for this position, prior to appointment, you may be subject to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP . If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.
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.
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.
Employees required to operate a motor vehicle must be 18, otherwise, you must be 16 at the time you report for work.
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.
This position is not eligible for Telework.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas
If selected from this or a similar competitive, seasonal announcement, your appointment may be creditable for consideration under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) . The Act allows certain individuals, who have or had time-limited appointments at land management agencies, to compete for any permanent position in the competitive service under “internal” merit promotion procedures. For more information, see the section under Eligibility , which starts with Question #15 ( Q15. Who is eligible for appointment under these provisions? ).
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.
Knowledge of policies, objectives, and operating methods to provide information and education concerning responsible OHV use on public lands.
Ability to perform labor duties to maintain recreation and camp sites.
Ability to administer operations, such as the day-to-day operation of a recreation site.
Ability to communicate with visitors to obtain their cooperation, identify and resolve problems or apparent violations of regulations.
To preview questions please click here .
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional).
In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
1. 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.
2. 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 more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide .
For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.
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.
3. Any certifications (such as First Aid certifications) required for the position. Requirements to submit additional documents may be stated in the job related questions.
4. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.
Failure to submit all required documents may result in a not qualified or not eligible determination.
You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. Do not use both options. 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. Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to illustrate that all eligibility requirements are met. This includes ensuring your resume / application documents specific information on each employment listed. Specifically, you must document Agency/Company Name, supervisor's name and contact information, position title, grade/series/salary, and employment dates to include month, day and year. Failure to do so may result in your application being disqualified. If you have questions regarding the necessary documentation to include, contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement prior to the closing date of the announcement.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .
Temporary seasonal employees are eligible for
Annual and sick leave
Paid Federal holidays
Sunday/holiday/shift differential, depending on tour of duty
Participation in the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program - Employees electing to participate in the FEHB will be responsible for the employee share of the premium while on the official agency roles, which is deducted from bi-weekly earnings. After separating from federal employment, employees will be offered to continue participation in FEHB under the Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) option. Employees electing to continue coverage under the TCC provision will be responsible for the full premium amount plus a 2% administration fee.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.