Supervisory Park Ranger (Interpretation)

Annapolis, Maryland
Sep 13, 2021
Sep 15, 2021
Full Time


This position serves as Program Manager/Chief for Communication & Visitor Experience in the NPS Chesapeake Bay Office. The primary focus of this position is the oversight, direction, and management of all communications and outreach, interpretive and educational strategies, programming and materials, and youth programs.
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This permanent, full-time position serves as Program Manager/Chief for Communication & Visitor Experience in the NPS Chesapeake Bay Office. The primary focus of this position is the oversight, direction, and management of all communications and outreach, interpretive and educational strategies, programming and materials, and youth programs. The incumbent performs diversified professional duties involved in a broad and, in many cases, highly technical variety of problems over a broad geographic area (six states and the District of Columbia). The work is complicated by requirements to comply with highly detailed standards established by Congress and other Federal agencies. The incumbent's work requires the consideration of many resources, complex inter-related ecological processes and visitor use considerations. The employee must be very skilled at setting priorities to ensure that critical issues receive adequate treatment. This involves weighing the relative merits of a wide range of planning and resource management projects, dealing with many complex issues, each having its own degree of urgency, significance and scope of influence.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position 1 - 5 nights per month.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • May be subject to a one-year probationary period, including a one-year supervisory probationary period.
  • All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
  • You will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
  • A valid state driver's license is required.
  • You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.


In order to be qualified for this position, you must possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service, developing new exhibits, curricula, or communications materials to support educational or interpretive programs; collaborating with external groups to improve program visibility or partner on joint projects; providing guidance to other staff on educational/interpretive techniques; and preparing a variety of digital communications (e.g. website posts, videos, social media content, etc.) on behalf of an organization.

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".


Additional information

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations (such as current permanent Federal employees).

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' hiring authorities visit the Feds Hire Vets website .

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP or CTAP eligible see . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

This announcement may be used to fill one or more positions.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made if you are within reach of selection and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires successful completion of an additional assessments, consisting of a subject matter expert resume review. These assessments measure the critical competencies listed above that are required to successfully perform the job.
Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Qualified candidates will be ranked into 3 categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, Qualified.

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
  • Communications and Media
  • Education and Training
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Partnering
  • Planning and Evaluating

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1. Your Résumé which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, with dates specified in month and year format , and indicate hours worked per week . If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade. Note: Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, employment information such as employer name and location; from and to dates (or to present for current position), which includes the month, year, and hours worked per week for each description of experience, with pay plan/grade, if applicable education and training, etc. Failing to include the employment information listed above may affect your eligibility for this position. Please ensure your resume/employment history includes all the information listed above. We encourage you to use the USAJobs Resume Builder. You will not receive credit for experience that does not indicate the exact hours worked per week or is listed as "varies". Part-time hours are prorated. Your description of experience and education must be able to support any claim for qualifying for this position. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make any assumptions regarding your experience. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response. For more information visit the USAJOBS website .
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents, if applicable
- Veterans Preference Eligibles: DD214 (Mem Copy 4); dated VA letter and SF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference; OR if you are currently on active duty, a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from the military branch headquarters stating you are expecting to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days from the date of application.; OR if you are claiming preference as a spouse, parent, widow/widower of a veteran, all proof required on the SF-15
- CTAP/ICTAP: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 documenting your separation or the position you will be separated from.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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