Park Ranger

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Position Overview

Park Rangers help visitors appreciate and enjoy the more than 189 million acres of public lands preserved, managed, and protected by DOI. From the Park Ranger who greets visitors at the gate to the Superintendent managing multiple large parks, all have an important role to play in making public lands inviting, inspiring, safe and accessible. Many Rangers plan and conduct engaging and interactive programs to educate visitors of all ages and backgrounds about historical, natural, or scientific treasures. Others focus on law enforcement and emergency services.

This position is represented at the following bureaus

Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
National Park Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Candidate Description

The ideal candidate will serve as a personable and well-informed ambassador for the Department of the Interior. Park Rangers see working with diverse people as a pleasure. Learning about and protecting historical buildings, archeological treasures, natural resources, plants, people and animals is a passion. Park Rangers have a visible and tangible desire to protect and promote our national parks and our natural and cultural history. Park Rangers excel at fostering curiosity and providing educational opportunities for all park visitors. Some positions may require firearms proficiency, motor vehicle licensing, or the ability to operate watercraft.

Specialty Areas

  • Interpretation

  • Visitor Protection and Services
  • Resource Management

     

Work Environment

Rangers can work in an amazing range and variety of environments from urban historical sites to remote mountain posts. Being a Park Ranger means bringing your passion for America’s public lands to every sort of environment. Many locations involve significant time outdoors in remote, rugged areas, while others manage quiet farms or scenic parkways. A career as a Park Ranger truly has something for everyone.

Minimum Education Requirements

Please see the Individual Occupation Requirements on the OPM website.

Career Level Requirements

Responsibilities by Level

  • Entry:

    • Answering visitor questions and providing information
    • Conducting interpretive talks and/or tours
    • Presenting educational and interpretive programming
    • Performing patrols to check conditions at various areas
    • Gathering visitor use data

  • Mid:

    • Developing and implementing interpretive, educational, safety or visitor use plans
    • Serving as work leader coordinating student or other volunteer projects
    • Issuing and managing permits  

  • Journey:

    • Planning, directing and evaluating complex interpretive, educational, preservation, interpretation or safety programs
    • Supervising lower level rangers

  • Senior:

    • Serving as a Superintendent or Visitor Services Manager
    • Overseeing all operations in one or more parks or refuges
    • Managing a regional level program office

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Strengths by Level

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  • Accountability
    Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
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  • Attention to Detail
    Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
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  • Customer Service
    Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
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  • Decision Making
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  • Influencing/Negotiating
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  • Interpersonal Skills
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  • Oral Communication
    Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
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  • Organizational Awareness
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  • Problem Solving
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  • Teaching Others
    Helps others learn through formal or informal methods; identifies training needs; provides constructive feedback; coaches others on how to perform tasks; acts as a mentor.
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  • Teamwork
    Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.
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  • Technical Competence
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  • Writing
    Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
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Common Pathways

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