Topic ID #34613 - posted 1/26/2015 1:01 AM

Park Guide, GS-03 - 2 vacancies, Governors Island National Monument, NY

Jennifer Palmer

Job Title:Park Guide, GS-0090-03
Department:Department Of The Interior
Agency:National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:HRCSS-GOIS-15-1282971
SALARY RANGE:    $13.60 to $13.60 / Per Hour
OPEN PERIOD:    Monday, January 26, 2015 to Friday, February 6, 2015
SERIES & GRADE:    GS-0090-03
POSITION INFORMATION:    Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 Hours
DUTY LOCATIONS:    2 vacancies in the following location:
New York, NY View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:    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.
The HR Customer Services and Solutions group is currently accepting applications to fill up to 2 temporary positions at Governors Island National Monument. Appointments made under this announcement are limited to 1039 hours (six months) in a service year and may be terminated at any time. Appointments under this announcement are eligible for rehire and/or extension (when initial appointment is less than 1039 hours) if workload and funding allow.  Anticipated Entry on Duty: May 2015 
Governors Island National Monument, located on a 172 acre island a half mile off Lower Manhattan in New York Harbor. For more than two centuries until 1996, the island has been an Army post, a Coast Guard base and military headquarters important to the defense of New York and standing as a silent sentinel, providing protection for the ideals represented by the Statue of Liberty across the harbor.
The National Park Service and the Trust for Governors Island jointly administer the island and the City of New York through the Trust is redeveloping 150 acres, including a 40-acre world class park and a 90 acre historic district of military residential and administrative structures dating to 1815,  for cultural, recreational and educational use.
The National Park Service administers 22 acres of the island, preserving two historic fortifications, Fort Jay (1794) and Castle Williams (1807)., telling the story of its rich, diverse social, environmental, economic and military history and its relation to the harbor and the city. The primary visitor experience is by talks, living military history demonstrations, informal roving, children's programs and guided walking tours. Other programs involving visual and performing arts is accomplished through partnerships with non-profit organizations.
This announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens. 
This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate. 
Not Required
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.
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The incumbent works in this entry level position in a team-oriented environment to present factual information on the military, social, economic, natural and ecological stories and history of Governors Island, the harbor and New York City to facilitate connections between an visitors' interests and what the stories represent about the site and the larger themes of the American experience.
Providing quality visitor experiences – The incumbent presents, and as a development opportunity, may assist in developing,  informative, interesting and visually attractive formal and informal public programs such as orientation talks, historically- or naturally-themed education programs, lectures, multimedia presentations, living history programs and/or historic weapons demonstrations, basic guided walking tours, and outreach programs. Duties are performed on or off-site at locations designated by the park. The same information is also fashioned for use in printed and electronic media – fliers, brochures, web pages, social media, short videos and Power Point presentations.
Conducting basic research – The incumbent conducts basic research using prepared primary and secondary sources to gain information about and a personal understanding of the military, social, ecological and environmental history of New York Harbor and Governors Island, as well as current issues affecting the region.
Dealing with the public – The incumbent is a front-line representative of the NPS presenting programming on Governors Island.  Public encounters include greeting visitors, answering questions, and dealing with individuals, groups or partner organizations with understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern and politeness. “The public” can include individuals who are confused, frustrated, difficult or even hostile. The incumbent will engage with the public effectively and tactfully relating to people from varied cultural backgrounds and different situations while being sensitive to diversity, race, gender, religion, disabilities, and other individual differences.
Operation of a historic site - The incumbent works effectively individually and as part of a team with supervisors and peers using established guidelines to effectively operate the site. This involves opening and securing facilities, providing programs, staffing a visitor information desk/bookstore, monitoring special use permits and agreements, 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.  Extreme physical exertion may be required while performing search and rescue, wildland fire fighting and other emergency response duties.
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. 
OTHER JOB REQUIREMENTS: Work locations are on a semi-isolated island about a half-mile south of Lower Manhattan in New York Harbor. Access is by a regularly scheduled ferry usually operating at least every hour. Travel time from Manhattan to Governors Island is about 10 minutes. Duties may involve multiple ferry trips per day.

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