Topic ID #34615 - posted 1/26/2015 1:04 AM

Park Ranger (Interpretation), GS-05 - 5 vacancies, Gateway National Recreation Area, NY

Jennifer Palmer

Job Title:Park Ranger (Interpretation), GS-0025-05
Department:Department Of The Interior
Agency:National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:HRCSS-GATE-15-1275049
SALARY RANGE:    $17.25 to $17.25 / Per Hour
OPEN PERIOD:    Monday, January 26, 2015 to Friday, February 6, 2015
SERIES & GRADE:    GS-0025-05
POSITION INFORMATION:    Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 Hours
DUTY LOCATIONS:    5 vacancies in the following location:
Queens, 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 5 temporary positions at Gateway National Recreation Area, Jamaica Bay Unit. 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. Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for rehire in subsequent service years. Anticipated Entry on Duty: May 2015
Spend a season at Gateway National recreation Area's Jamaica Bay Unit, a diverse and dynamic site in New York City, New York. The Jamaica Bay Unit embraces a vibrant array of recreational activities and boasts a rich and varied cultural history from its Native American beginnings through colonial, military and current recreational uses.
The National Park Service manages over 12,000 acres of wildlife refuge, recreational park and cultural history sites that encompasses an array of interpretive themes, including coastal defense, maritime and aviation history as well as concepts of urban development and natural resource stewardship.
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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This position is located at the Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway NRA, New York City, New York. The successful applicant will work in a team-oriented environment with a core responsibility of providing visitor services, including planning and presentation of public and programs in a variety of contexts. This will include spending a considerable amount of time in the field leading walks, hikes and other outdoor activities and public programs.  Participates in day-to-day operation of varied services including staffing visitor centers and leads programming which focuses on provision of visitor services, opening and closing buildings, staffing retail store outlets; and other specialized programming. Provides visitor services in the field and roving patrol for site monitoring and resource protection. Monitors special use permits and maintains good relations with partner organizations, concessions and stakeholders.
Providing quality visitor experiences – Presents assigned programming, demonstrations, formal and informal interpretive products including orientation talks, historically or naturally themed education programs for varied audiences and specialized groups. Primary responsibilities will include the provision of park programs, visitor services at visitor contact station, fixed post and on patrol in the field that may include fee collection assignment and retail sales. Incumbent will coordinate with supervision and act as lead for visitor use assistants in the completion of duties. Responds verbally to visitors inquiries for information and orientation.
Conducting Basic Research - Conducts basic research using primary and secondary sources to gain information and understanding about the recreational, military, social, ecological and environmental history of Gateway National Recreation Area's Jamaica Bay Unit, and current issues, uses, amenities and visitor opportunities in the park.
Application of Research - Takes summary of information both in individual and team settings and assists in the development of basic informative, interesting and visually attractive content. At a developmental level uses such material to create guided walking tours, talks, demonstrations, web content, fliers and brochures to foster visitor understanding and appreciation for the park's resources and stories. Works collaboratively in making interpretive products for natural, historical, or cultural programs, publications or visitor service functions. Utilize interpretive techniques by others to facilitate intellectual and/or emotional connections between audiences' interests and their surroundings.
Dealing with the public - Serve as front-line representative to greet customers and answers questions.  Deals with the public, school groups and park partner organizations with understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern and politeness. Relates effectively to people from varied cultural backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to diversity, race, gender, religion, people with disabilities and other individual differences. Visitor and park partnership contacts take place at a visitor contact center/bookstore, roving and patrols, at fee collection areas or in offices in person, via telephone, mail, e-mail or new and social media venues such as Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, and one way blogs through the web site.
Daily site operations - Works effectively individually and in team environment with supervisors and peers using established guidelines in the site's daily operations. Staffs a visitor center, provides coaching and mentoring for visitor use assistant staff and conducts patrol and fixed post assignment throughout the site informing visitors personally, by telephone and new and/or social media venues about park facilities, recreational programs, nearby visitor services, attractions at Gateway National Recreation Are's Jamaica Bay Unit and informs visitors about the National Park System and Service. Ensures a safe environment for staff and visitors. Operates two-way radio equipment. Educates customers regarding rules, regulations, and safety concerns to gain compliance. Direct customers with problems, questions, or complaints. Assists in medical or other emergencies up to level of training. Opens and closes facilities. Staffs sales outlets at park bookstores, operating a cash register and conducting retail transactions. Fills out daily reports to account for sales. Maintains inventory, stock and accountable property. Collect cash or other payments in high volume sales operation and fee operation.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work involves extensive periods of standing and walking, in some cases over rough surfaces or inclines, carrying backpacks, tools, rescue equipment, etc.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is performed in settings in which there is regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomforts and unpleasantness, e.g., high or low temperatures, confined spaces or adverse weather conditions.

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