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Vacancy Announcement
Department Of The Interior
National Park Service
Vacancy Announcement Number: LOWE-DEU-CB-5-03

Opening Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Closing Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Position: PARK RANGER (Interpretation)
Series & Grade: GS-0025-04/

Salary: 12.52 USD Hourly

Duty Locations: Few vacancies - Lowell, MA

Remarks: Position is temporary, not-to-exceed 1039 hours, with varying tour of duty: weekdays, holidays and weekends. No permanent positions will be filled under this announcement. Applicants should complete and submit DI-1935, Applicant Background Survey. Form is available at

Who May Apply


You must be a United States citizen. Applicants MUST indicate their citizenship on their application/resume. Failure to address this requirement will deem you ineligible.

Additional Duty Location Info

Lowell National Historical Park is located in Lowell, Massachusetts, which is 35 miles northwest of Boston and served by Boston commuter rail service. Lowell is centrally located in New England with a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities easily accessible. Beaches and mountains are within two hours drive. The University of Massachusetts at Lowell, as well as colleges and universities in the Boston area provide many cultural and educational opportunities. The ethnic restaurants in Lowell reflect the dynamic composition of the city. Temperatures range from the high teens in winter to 80 degrees or more in summer. A great variety of services are available in the area, including, medical, schools, churches, shopping, etc. Homes and rentals are readily available and are considered expensive.

Major Duties

Staffs interpretive sites including Boott Cotton Mills Museum and Visitor Center. Collects interpretive fees, performs Eastern National bookstore sales, and makes computer reservations for tours. Serves as a primary point of contact as visitor information/orientation desks, on roving patrol, and at special events. Answers questions about the Park and the city on a recurring basis using a variety of facts, events, and circumstances identified with the Park. Presents prepared interpretive programs such as museum talks, guided walks, and demonstrations to a variety of audiences. Uses audio-visual equipment such as sound amplification systems, slide projectors, VCR, and laser disc units on a regular basis.

Qualifications Required

Two (2) years above high school with twelve (12) semester hours of related course work OR six (6) months general AND six (6) months specialized experience.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are also qualifying for this position.

Specialized Experience is defined as experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled.

How You Will Be Evaluated

This position is to be filled from a list of eligibles established through a rating and ranking process. Qualified applicants will be evaluated and a numerical rating assigned based on job-related criteria listed in the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) listed below. Information on your application/resume and your responses to the KSAs will be used to determine your rating. Points will be added for Veteran's Preference as appropriate.

1. Ability to carry out daily operational responsibilities involved in Visitor Center and Museum operations (i.e. staffing an information desk, using a computer and cash register, handling money, and/or opening and closing sites) according to written standard operating procedures and supervisory direction.
2. Skill in oral communication in a work setting. Describe your experience in speaking to groups (i.e. tour guide, instructor, or providing customer service) to a variety of audiences.
3. Skill in presenting established formal or informal interpretive talks to diverse audiences.
4. Ability to answer questions concerning associated with the major themes of Lowell National Historical Park.

How To Apply

Applications submitted via fax or email will NOT be accepted.

Applicants should identify the Announcement Number (LOWE-DEU-CB-5-03) on their application package and submit along with their responses to the KSAs to the following address: National Park Service, Lowell National Historical Park, 67 Kirk Street, Lowell, MA 01852-1029, Attention: Human Resources.

Applications will not be returned or photocopied.

It is the applicant's responsibility to provide documentation or proof of claimed qualifications, education, veteran's preference. Applicants will not be solicited for further data if that provided is found to be inadequate or incomplete.


If application is submitted by mail, it must be postmarked by the closing date of the announcement and received within five (5) working days. Hand delivered applications must be received by closing date.

Applications mailed using government postage and/or internal federal government mail systems are in violation of agency and postal regulations and will not be accepted.

Please submit the following documents to the address provided in this announcement:

(1) A written application for employment. You may use OF-612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment), a resume, or submit an alternative format. You must include all of the information specified in this vacancy announcement and all information listed in the Office of Personnel Management's brochure "Applying for a Federal Job (OF-510)". Applications must be Typed or Printed clearly in dark ink.

(2) Narrative assessment of your qualifications in terms of the Knowledge, Abilities, Skills and Other Characteristics (KASOCS) identified within this announcement. Describe experience (paid or unpaid), education, training and self-development as related to the KASOCS.

Other Information

This is a uniformed position. Incumbent will be required to wear the prescribed National Park Service uniform in accordance with established policies and standards.

Selectee will be eligible to accrue annual (vacation) and sick leave.

Tax Free Transit Subsidy Program up to $100.00 per month.

The above position is temporary, not to exceed 1039 work hours, excluding overtime work, with varying tour of duty: weekdays, evenings, holidays and weekends. Actual length of employment is subject to the availability of funds and employee performance. No permanent position will be filled under this announcement.

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 or file for an agency waiver.

Department of the Interior (DOI) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) procedures apply in filling this vacancy. 5 CFR 330, Career Transition Assistance for Surplus and Displaced Federal Employees requires the following order of selection for this position: a) At bureau option personnel actions listed in 5 CFR 330.606(d); b) the selection of an employee from within a bureau and the same local commuting area (LCA) after eligible SSP applicants within that bureau and LCA have been given selection priority; c) any well-qualified SSP candidate who applies within the local commuting area (Surplus and displaced employees will be given equal consideration); d) at Bureau option, personnel actions not subject to RPL; e) qualified RPL candidates in the local commuting area ; f) at Bureau discretion, any other former displaced well-qualified DOI employee; e.g. a well-qualified RPL candidate who applies from outside the local commuting area; g) well-qualified ICTAP applicants in the local commuting area; h) other outside applicants (other agencies, non status, etc.)

Applicants must provide proof of program eligibility in order to receive special selection priority.

An eligible CTAP applicant is determined to be well-qualified if he/she meets the following: OPM qualification standards for the position; all selective factors, where applicable; special qualifying conditions that OPM has approved for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and is rated by the organization at least "85" or equivalent rating level on all quality ranking factors.

Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

Upon completion of the rating process, applicants will be notified regarding the status of their application.


Positions may be full-time or part-time. Applicants should indicate availability for part-time work schedules in their application package.

Background investigations are required for Federal employees who handle government monies. Favorable adjudication is a condition of employment.

As a condition of employment, 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.

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

Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your SSN is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your SSN on your application materials, will result in your application not being processed.

Before being hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application if you have not done this using an application form such as the OF-612.

If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Employees who received a buyout and subsequently return to positions in Federal agencies, whether by re-employment or contracts for personal services, are generally obligated to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid it.

The Office of Personnel Management and other Federal agencies rate applicants for Federal jobs under authority of sections 1104, 1302, 3301, 3304, 3361, 3393, and 3394 of title 5 of the United States Code. We need the information requested to evaluate your qualifications. Other laws require us to ask about citizenship, military service, etc.

You must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your application.

o 5-POINT PREFERENCE. A 5-point preference is granted to veterans who served prior to 1976 and served at least six months on active duty. Those who served after 1980 and 1982 must have served at least two years on active duty.

A 5-point preference is also granted to veterans who served on active duty during the Gulf War from August 2, 1990 through January 2, 1992. The law grants preference to anyone who is otherwise eligible and who served on active duty during this period regardless of where the person served or for how long. AOtherwise [email protected] means that the person must have been released from the service under honorable conditions and must have served a minimum of two years on active duty, or if a Reservist, must have served the full period for which called to active duty.

If you are claiming a 5-point veteran preference please provide a DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of entitlement. Tentative preference will be granted in the absence of the paperwork.

o 10-POINT PREFERENCE. You may be entitled to a 10-point veteran preference if you are a disabled veteran; you have received the Purple Heart; you are the spouse or mother of a 100% disabled veteran; or, you are the widow, widower, or mother of a deceased veteran. If you are claiming 10-point veteran preference, you will need to submit an SF-15, Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, plus the proof required by that form.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

EEO Statements

The National Park Service is an Equal Opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be made solely on the basis of merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, creed, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, non-disqualifying handicap conditions, or any other non-merit factors.
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