Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Park Ranger (Interpretive)
Open Period:
01/17/2014 - 02/10/2014 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0025 09
USD $22.96 - USD $29.85
Work Schedule:
Full-time - This is a full-time LONG-TERM CAREER SEASONAL position (6 to 11 1/2 months/year).
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Pompeys Pillar, MT, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Human Resources Branch


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Term appt, NTE 13 mos
Appointment Type Details:
Term Appointment not-to-exceed 1 year and 1 day that may be extended incrementally up to 4 years.
About the Agency
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to serve as a Park Ranger (Interpretative) in the Montana State Office, Billings Field Office, Pompey’s Pillar National Monument, located near Billings, Montana. Information about the Billings area can be found at the Billings Chamber of Commerce website.

This position is also being advertised at the GS-05/07 levels under announcement number CK948345AN.  Only one person will be selected from these announcements.  

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.  The BLM manages more land – approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout  the nation.  The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  For additional information about the BLM, please click visit our website.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional travel may be required.  


The Park Ranger’s major responsibilities are to educate, interpret, and inform the public about the significance and uniqueness of the Pompey’s Pillar National Monument’s (PPNM’s) resources, conservation and ecologically sound practices, and the laws, rules, and regulations developed to protect the site’s resources and provide for their safe use. To support this effort, the incumbent performs a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Assisting the Monument Manager in planning, directing, and implementing the interpretive, environmental education, and outreach programs.

  • Developing an Interpretive Master Plan, interpretive theme(s), interpretive displays, and interpretive programs for the PPNM and adjacent lands. 

  • Developing and initiating education and outreach elements of education programs including American history, historical resource management, watershed restoration and local ecology and biology. 

  • Scheduling and organizing programs for visiting school groups. 

  • Supporting and performing maintenance activities on a wide array of grounds, equipment, and facilities. 

  • Managing cash register and computer systems to collect fees, process sales at the gift shop, and perform associated reconciliation tasks. 

  • Recommending structure installation or changes in policy needed to protect visitors or resources. 

Physical Demands and Work Environment:   Work is performed indoors and outdoors and often involves extensive periods of standing and walking.  Outdoor work could include walking and/or carrying backpacks, tools, or other equipment over rough, steep and/or slippery terrain and can be subject to bad weather, insects, and noxious weed. 

Qualifications and Evaluations

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Key Requirements:
  • Passage of a pre-employment physical is required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" Sections.
  • Education Requirements:
    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, Highly 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 the tools and techniques of interpretation in the setting of the sites.  

    • Knowledge in considerable depth of the natural and cultural resources of the specific site to which assigned, to include knowledge of scientific methods, protocols and sources.

    • Knowledge of the methods and sources of research and study in the particular fields required for preparation of interpretive activities and materials for the type of site involved. This would include knowledge of social science methods, procedures and research for use in the development of interpretive media and messages in public use management efforts.

    • Knowledge of and experience in the wide range of activities involved in public use management integral to continuing site operations. 

    • Knowledge of the recreational resources and associated regulations of the site and of the surrounding area including fee collection and fee based recreation programs.

    On-line Questionnaire Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.
    One (1) year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typcially in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-07 level and may have been technical, administrative, or scientific work in fish and wildlife management, recreation management, law enforcement or other park-related work.  
    Examples include working as a park guide or tour leader; using creative tools and techniques of communication in the setting of an interpretive center for meaningful presentation to the public; planning day-to-day operation of a recreation area that provides interpretive sites, camping sites, or picnic areas; performing road traffic, boundary, and/or hunting patrol; developing and implementing policy related to fire management, protection, conservation, or maintenance of park areas or similar operations; and performing historical and archeological research.
    -OR- 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree related to the occupation.
    Qualifying Undergraduate and Graduate Education Course Work: natural resource management, natural sciences, earth sciences, history, archeology, anthropology, park and recreation management,law enforcement/police science, social sciences, museum sciences, business administration, public administration, behavioral sciences, sociology, 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 provides applicants with the background of knowledge and skills necessary for successful job performance in the position to be filled. One year of full time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
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    Other Information:

    • At times, frequent travel will be required.

    • Appointment is subject to meeting one-year trial period. 

    • This is a LONG-TERM CAREER SEASONAL position (6 to 11 1/2 months). It is expected that the incumbent will work at least 6 months per year, but not more than 11 1/2 months. When in a pay status, the work schedule is full time. 

    • RELOCATION EXPENSES:  Travel, transportation 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.

    • This position requires procurement duties. Applicants selected for this position must sign a certification of compliance with the requirement of Public Law 101-189.

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

    • Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

    • 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.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    THIS IS AN ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS THROUGH USAJOBS. If you need assistance in applying online, please call or email the contact listed on this vacancy.  If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.  PLEASE NOTE:  If you have access to a public library, State Job Service Office, etc., you must use these resources to apply online.
    You must follow the steps described below to complete the application process:
    1)YOU MUST CREATE A PROFILE in USAJOBS under My Account.  If you already have a registered profile in USAJOBS you do not need to register again.  Your profile must contain a current resume for submission.   In order to receive proper consideration, your resume should include the following information:

    • Personal contact information

    • Work experience (paid or unpaid) including - starting and ending dates (month and year), employer's name and address, job title (include job series and grade if Federal), duties and accomplishments, supervisor's name and telephone number, indicate if supervisor may be contacted, hours per week, and salary.

    • Education and job-related training including  - school name, type and year of degrees/diploma received, credits earned and majors; title of training course and year of completion.

    • References  - personal and professional

    • Additional information - skills (languages, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.), certificates or licenses (current only), and/or honors, awards, and special accomplishments (recognition, professional memberships, publications, leadership activities, etc.).

    Insufficient information could result in an ineligible rating.  The USAJOBS Resume Builder was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed.  The Resume Builder is an available tool when you login to your USAJOBS account.
    2) COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION, including responses to all application questions, by clicking on the “APPLY ONLINE” button that appears on this announcement.
    3) SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION as applicable.  See “Required Documents” section below.
    It is your responsibility to ensure that a complete application (including a resume, on-line questionnaire, and applicable supplemental documentation) is received before by 11:59 PM  Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.   NOTE:  Technical problems may take at least 1 business day to resolve; therefore, you are highly encouraged to complete the application process prior to the closing date.
    Required Documents:
    All applicable supplemental documentation must be uploaded or faxed (with generated fax cover sheets) to: 571-258-4052, and received before by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement. See important information regarding uploading and faxing supplemental documentation below.
    1) College Transcripts:  If you believe you qualify based on your education, or a combination of education and experience, you must submit a copy of all college transcripts (undergraduate/graduate) 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 click here to see Foreign Education requirements.  Note: Transcripts must be submitted to each announcement as applicable. 
    2) Veterans Preference Documentation:  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.  Missing documentation may result a change or removal of your claim for Veteran’s preference.  If you are claiming preference as a TP Veteran your profile must contain a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release, or Discharge from active military service.  If you are claiming preference as a CP, CPS, or XP, or SSP veteran, your profile must contain a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, with all applicable supporting documentation as instructed in the SF-15.  More information regarding Veteran's preference click here.
    3) CTAP/ICTAP Documentation:  If you are a CTAP or ICTAP Eligible applicant: Provide 1) a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; and, 2) proof of eligibility.  It must be indicated in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. Note: CTAP/ICTAP documents must be submitted to each announcement as applicable.  CTAP/ICTAP eligibles are Federal employees that have been or are likely to be separated from Federal employment by a Reduction in Force (RIF).  Current or former eligible Federal employees eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must receive a score of at least 90 to receive priority consideration under either program.  For CTAP and ICTAP, well-qualified means that the applicant meets the qualification standard and eligibility requirements for the position, meets minimum educational and experience requirements, meets all selective factors, where applicable, and is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry.  More information about these programs is available at the following web address:  http://www.doi.gov/hrm/guidance/fctap97.pdf
    Uploading and Faxing Supplemental Documentation:
    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.  The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.  Each document type must use the appropriate generated fax coversheet and be faxed in a separate transmission.  Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager (3MB is the maximum size allowed for a document).  Do not use both options, only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system.  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.
    Checking Application Status and Materials:
    Hint: Do this before the announcement closes.  After you have completed your application, to check the status of your application materials log in to your USAJOBS account, select the “Applications” tab, check under the “Application Status” for this vacancy, once your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received it will state “Resume Received.”  Any other application status may indicate that you did not complete the application process and/or your application has not been submitted. Please note: A status of “Resume Received” reflects that your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received; applicable supplemental documentation may still need to be submitted (see required documents above).  
    Next Steps:
    You will receive notification via email, generally within 2 weeks of the closing date of the announcement, as to whether or not your name was referred to the selecting official.