Supervisory Park Ranger

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 11:45pm



Corpus Christi, TX
United States

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The incumbent serves as the Chief of Interpretation for Padre Island National Seashore and is a member of the park Management Team. The scope of duties includes planning, managing and coordinating all aspects of the park's interpretation, education and outreach program, as well as providing support for park planning and compliance activities. The incumbent is responsible for supervision of personnel, recruitment and hiring staff, visitor center and visitor services operations, environmental education, the park's social media program, interpretive media and park publications, writing and distribution of press releases, exhibit planning and development and development of interpretive programs for internal and external audiences. The incumbent serves as the park's Public Information Officer and spokesperson for all park events and programs. Incumbent is the liaison with the park's cooperating association, Western National Park Association. The incumbent has a key role in collaboration and partnership efforts with a variety of Federal, state and local agencies, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, private and professional organizations, and establishing and managing a Friends Group that serves all park divisions.

Area Information: The gulf coast of Texas is prone to mold. Persons with mold allergies should consider this fact prior to applying for this position.

Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) is located 30 miles southeast of downtown Corpus Christi, TX. Corpus Christi has an estimated population of 442,600). Padre Island National Seashore encompasses 130,434 acres and is the longest remaining undeveloped stretch of barrier-island in the world (approximately 65 miles). Between the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre the island is covered with a mixture of grassland and wetland areas. Padre Island offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, including saltwater fishing, windsurfing, kayaking, and birding. Corpus Christi has all the amenities of a small city, including a wide variety of housing, shopping, and recreational opportunities, including an aquarium, museums, sporting events, concerts, and botanical gardens. Several school districts, hospitals, and universities/colleges are located within 30 miles of the park boundary. The Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce website can provide additional community and relocation information ( There is no regularly scheduled public or commercial transportation to the park and the nearest gas station and other amenities are located approximately 13 miles north of the park entrance.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.


Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship required.

Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.

Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males

Direct Deposit: Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.

Time-in-Grade: Any individual who is currently holding, or has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet time-in-grade requirements (must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent in the Federal service). Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Driver's License: You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid driver's license is required. You will be required to submit a Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that disclose all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you.

Uniform:You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.

Work Schedule: You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.

Probationary Period: If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.

Travel: You may be required to travel overnight away from home up to 3 nights per month. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.

Government Charge Card: You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.

A selectee receiving a first appointment to the Federal Government (Civil Service) is entitled only to the lowest step of the grade for which selected The display of a salary range on this vacancy shall not be construed as granting an entitlement to a higher rate of pay.


Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. For current Federal employees, if hours worked per week are not included on your resume, you must submit a non-award SF-50 as part of your application to be used to validate your work schedule and determine the amount of specialized experience that you will be granted. An award SF-50 will not be acceptable documentation for which to consider your amount of qualifying experience. For all other applicants who are not current federal employees, your resume must state either "full-time" (or "40 hours a week") or "part-time" with the number of hours worked per week to ensure proper crediting of specialized experience.

For periods of time that reflect military service, the DD-214 or Statement of Service is sufficient to meet the full and/or part-time hours requirement as the service dates will be reflected.

To qualify for this position at the GS-12 grade level, you must possess the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:

EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: Managing a complex interpretive/education operation to support mission goals. This includes: organizing work; setting priorities and goals; writing standard operating procedures; developing and presenting interpretive training; evaluating interpretive services; determining resource requirements; supervision; managing multiple budgets; managing facilities; coordinating housing; developing long and short-range strategies to achieve park and division goals; coordinating with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitoring progress, and measuring results and evaluating outcomes.

Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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Compensation Information:

$77,124 to $100,266 per year