Park Ranger

US Department of the Interior - Baker City, OR4.2

Full-time$30,000 - $48,000 a year
Physical Demands/Work Environments : Work may be performed indoors or outdoors. Work may occur in steep, wet and muddy terrain, in campgrounds, recreation sites, visitor centers, offices, fee booths, bathrooms, trails or remote areas requiring extended camping. Positions may require physical exertions such as extended walking/standing, driving, stooping/crouching, digging, or lifting/carrying. Individuals should be able to work alone or with people; during day/night/weekend/holiday hours.

NOTE: These are not Law Enforcement positions.

Park Rangers support the Bureau's recreation program. These positions primarily focus on fee collection but may on occasion assist in the performance of day-to-day operations at a visitor center or a customer use area that provides facilities such as picnic areas, campgrounds, trails, and/or other specialized recreational opportunities. Fee collection may occur in either indoor or outdoor environments, but most often in small confined fee collection booths. Fee collection includes collecting recreation fees from visitors, handling funds and/or property, operating electronic fee collection equipment, reconciling cash and credit card transactions, operating an automated system for recreation registrations, completing opening and closing shift duties, and on occasion providing information and instructions to visitors. Other occasional duties may include explaining basic regulations concerning safety, fire prevention, permit requirements and recreation facilities and activities to visitors, and/or ensuring facilities and customer use areas are free of visible safety hazards and recreation sites are maintained.

Newport, OR: These positions are at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area (YHONA), a 100-acre headland on the Oregon Coast. Significant resources include the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, the Yaquina Head Marine Garden intertidal area, marine mammals, and seabirds.

These Park Rangers primarily collect fees and issue federal recreation passes as a designated collections officer at the fee station located at the park entrance. They work holidays, weekends, and varied shifts with morning shifts beginning before dawn and evening shifts ending after sunset.

They may occasionally conduct some walking tours of the park that include climbing a 114-step stairway within the lighthouse, and a 135-step stairway to access the Yaquina Head Marine Garden. These duties require walking on uneven and slippery algae-covered rocks within the tidepools to provide interpretive services and facilitate visitor compliance with site regulation and policies through education and interpretation.

Baker City, OR: Park Rangers at this location are working for the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. These Park Rangers are primarily responsible for staffing an entrance station booth and collecting entrance fees. Secondary duties include working at an information desk answering questions and directing visitors. Occasionally these Park Rangers may present short interpretation programs.

Wenatchee, WA : These positions are responsible for providing visitor services, such as collecting fees and answering questions, as well as providing facility maintenance, at the Yakima River Canyon recreation site. These recreation facilities are approximately 90 miles south of Wenatchee.

Travel Required
Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
No - None

Job family (Series)
0025 Park Ranger


Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship is required
Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "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
Direct Deposit Required
Background Investigation Required
Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the specialized experience as defined in the announcement or vacancy questions. In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume.

If qualifying based on education 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.

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the qualification requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume.

GS-4 Park Ranger- 6 months of general and 6 months of specialized work experience. Examples of general experience may include working in any administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible field that provided you with a familiarity of 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 of interpersonal relations skills in dealing with the general public. 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; or 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. -OR- Successful completion of two years of education above high school with at least 12 semester hours of related course work. -OR- A combination of experience and education to meet total experience.

GS-5 Park Ranger - one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 level. Examples of specialized experience may include explaining regulations to park visitors; providing information and advice on park activities and resources; collecting fees; issuing reservations and permits; conducting guided tour programs; 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.

GS-6 Park Ranger - explaining regulations to park visitors; providing information and advice on park activities and resources; collecting fees; issuing reservations and permits; developing and conducting guided tour programs; maintaining recreation facilities or trails; monitoring special recreation permits; conducting potable water tests in compliance with appropriate state laws; or assisting with supervision of seasonal recreation technicians. - OR- Successful completion of one full academic year of graduate education related to the occupation (i.e. 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.

Selective Placement Factor : Some locations require a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as screen out element. Applicants who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor will be rated not qualified at those locations:

Ability to lift and move objects weighting over 50 pounds
You must meet all qualification requirements by the early consideration / closing date of the announcement.

If qualifying based on education 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.

Additional information
SELECTIVE SERVICE: 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. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

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.

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.

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.

This position may require you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status.

At some duty locations this position may require you to have a current valid drivers license.

At some duty locations you may need the ability to lift and move objects weighing over 50 pounds.

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 up to 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.

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? ).

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

For information about the Baker City area , visit the Baker City Chamber of Commerce and our website .

For information about the Newport area, visit our website .

For information about the Wenatchee area, visit the Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce and our website .

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 outdoor recreation use on public lands.
Ability to carry out resource management or protection work, such as evaluation of resource conditions or enforcement of use requirements.
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.
Knowledge of First Aid techniques and ability to respond to emergency situations.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
Different locations begin hiring at different times. The following cutoff date is an interim date 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 early consideration date /closing date: November 30, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

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

Copy of Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education .

Former PLC Member: Submit a copy of your “Certificate of Eligibility for Noncompetitive Hiring” along with a copy of your “PLC Participant Verification Work Hours Sheet.”

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 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.

For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide .

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.

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 application.

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

To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS .

Temporary seasonal employees are eligible for the following:
  • Annual and Sick Leave
  • Depending on tour of duty – Sunday, holiday, shift differential
  • Paid Federal Holidays
  • 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.
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.