Student Trainee (Park Guide)

Department Of The Interior, N...
Washington D.C.
Mar 16, 2017
Mar 31, 2017
Full Time

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This position is located in the Division of Interpretation at the National Capital Parks East in Washington, DC.

National Capital Parks-East is 13 park sites, parkways and statuary covering more than 8,000 acres of historic, cultural, and recreational parklands from Capitol Hill to the nearby Maryland suburbs. These positions are located at the Frederick Douglass NHS, Mary McLeod Bethune NHS, and Carter G. Woodson NHS

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position? 

This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program which is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school.

What are the Eligibility Requirements?

In order to be eligible for an appointment under the Pathways Internship Program:

  • you must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree or certificate program on a full- or half-time basis as defined by the institution (certificate program means post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum); and
  • enrollment is with a qualifying educational institution such as a high school or state-approved homeschool; or accredited technical or vocational school; a 2- or 4-year college or university; a graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or a post-secondary home school curriculum; and
  • students must be in good standing according to their institution.

You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of your appointment under the Pathways Internship Program. E.g. you MUST be enrolled in school the entire time working in this position, except for usual school breaks (summer, winter breaks etc.).  The positions are anticipated to run through 2017  -- candidates who will continue to be enrolled through Fall 2017 will receive preference.

The position is year round and anticipated to start as soon as possible. Candidates must be in the local commuting area attending school, either in person or online.

This position is temporary not to exceed 1 year. This position may be extended at the Park's discretion as long as the incumbent continues to meet the eligibility requirements under the Pathways Internship program. This position does not confer noncompetitive conversion eligibility to a permanent position.

The work schedule may be full or part-time depending on class schedule and the needs of the park.

  • Not Required

  • No

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Svs.
  • Relevant experience and/or education (See Qualification and Evaluations).
  • Suitable for Federal employment as determined by a background investigation
  • Incumbent must wear a National Park Service Uniform
  • Possess and maintain a valid State or District of Columbia driver's license
  • In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following by the closing date of the vacancy announcement: Thursday, March 30, 2017

    Have successfully completed 4 academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor's or equivalent degree that included at least 12 semester hours with courses in subjects such as American history, science, education, parks and recreation, communications and/or public speaking. OR

    Have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 grade level in the Federal government (I understand that specialized experience is experience that involved oral presentation of historical, scientific, or program information to groups; or developing and/or revising technical, historical, or scientific information for oral presentation to groups. Examples of specialized experience could include, but are not limited to Park Guide or Tour Leader; Naturalist; Environmental Educator or Teacher; or other similar work). OR

    Have an equivalent combination of successfully completed post-high school education and experience (only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable towards meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to 1 year of specialized experience). For example, I have 6 months of specialized experience (50% of the experience requirements for this position and grade level) combined with two years of education as outlined above (50% of the education required to qualify), which included related courses such as American history, science, education, parks and recreation, communications and/or public speaking (50% of the directly related coursework required).

    Please submit a legible copy of your college transcripts so that we can verify your coursework. It need not be an official transcript; however, if you are selected, you may be required to submit an official transcript prior to entering on duty. Failure to provide proof of CURRENT enrollment/acceptance (Spring/Summer/Fall 2017) will result in an incomplete application and you will not be considered further.

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. For further information, visit:


    • Appointment will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation. Under the requirements of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), all new Federal Employees must pass a background investigation. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
    • New employees of the Department of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay within 30 days of entrance on duty.
    • NPS uniformed position. Employee will be required to wear a uniform and comply with National Park Service uniform standards.
    • Applicants must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license or District of Columbia driver's license.
    • This is not a drug tested position.
    • Applicant must be able to work alternative work schedules, shift rotations, including night shift, holidays, and weekends.
    • Trial/probationary period may be required.
    • Incumbent will be required to work outdoors, often under adverse conditions.
    Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.

    If selected you will be required to provide a letter of acceptance or proof of enrollment before entrance on duty.

    Q - Nonsensitive

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