Topic ID #35612 - posted 4/24/2015 1:23 AM

Park Guide, GS-05 - 2 vacancies, Buffalo National River, AR

Jennifer Palmer

Job Title:Park Guide, GS-0090-05
Department:Department Of The Interior
Agency:National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:HRCSS-BUFF-15-1385378
SALARY RANGE:    $15.31 to $19.90 / Per Hour
OPEN PERIOD:    Wednesday, April 22, 2015 to Wednesday, April 29, 2015
SERIES & GRADE:    GS-0090-05
POSITION INFORMATION:    Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 hours
DUTY LOCATIONS:    2 vacancies in the following location:
Yellville, AR View Map
Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we prepare for a second century of Stewardship and Engagement. Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates.
The HR Customer Services and Solutions group is currently accepting applications to fill up to (2) temporary positions at Buffalo National River, AR. 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: June 2015
Buffalo National River was established in 1972 as the country's first national river, the park protects 135 miles of river from near its origin in the Boston Mountains to the confluence with the White River in Northwest Arkansas.  Nearly 100,000 acres in size, roughly one third of the park's land base is designated wilderness.  Heavily wooded and extremely rugged terrains are found throughout the park along with numerous hidden caves and waterfalls.  There are over 100 miles of maintained trails for hiking and horseback use and 13 designated campgrounds. Elk, black bear, endangered bats, and a wide variety of other animals are found along the river. Hundreds of pre-historic and historic sites dot the landscape.  With over 1.5 million visitors annually, the park has a very active law enforcement and search-and-rescue program.
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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Provides pre-established talks normally following a prescribed outline and requiring application of broad subject-matter knowledge of the features of interest peculiar to the site. Such talks include detailed and specific interpretation and explanation of the outstanding features of the site from the standpoint of scientific or historical interest, the background of events leading up to the natural feature or phenomenon; the facts, events, personalities and circumstances. In addition, the talks provide general information about other sites of public interest; facilities for public use; pertinent rules and regulations; and other matters designed to stimulate a sense of appreciation and thus encourage protection and preservation of the scenic, scientific or historic features. The talks may be given in conjunction with live demonstrations, the use of electronic maps, photographic slides, and other audio-visual devices.
Answers a wide variety of visitor questions. The questions encountered arise from observation of the features themselves; from the demonstrated major interests of visitors, or the nature of the talks. The answers to these questions require explanation and description of the background of the events leading up to the natural or scientific development and the introduction and discussion of an extensive body of facts, events, personalities, and circumstances. Guides very large groups (of up to 50 people) in situations where: the physical limitations of the area orfacility being explained make it difficult to accommodate the party on trips of two or more hours duration; the work situation is such that there is potential danger of serious accidents or injury or other emergency situations; or the trips are of several hours duration, and teams of guides are utilized. If guiding a group of people along a fixed route the guide must keep the group together; maintain a pace which the group can keep up with and still conform to prescribed schedules; know the routes and any shortcuts which can be taken if necessary or desirable. If stationed at a point of visitor concentration the guide must conduct visitors through the building/site, telling the story of the events which took place there, how those events related to the particular historic situation. When the need arises, the guide must take measures to maintain order in the parties, prevent crowding or damage to historic sites, and take appropriate action in case of emergency until relieved. Provides a wide range of services to visitors, including assistance with lost articles, car trouble, and first aid; and provides information about weather conditions, highway routes, park and concessioner facilities, and prices. In performing this duty the guide is responsible for providing current, accurate information concerning the NPS and other surrounding areas of interest, explaining the area's recreational campground availability and hiking trails. Additionally, provides public orientation and explanations of current park events, and informs visitors of potential safety hazards.
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.

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