Student Trainee Natural Resources Specialist Park Ranger Job

Vacancy No. SWGJ21XXXXXX9364HSS Department U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Salary $28,078.00 to $62,981.00 Grade 3 to 7
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 1/14/2021 Close Date 12/31/2021
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Status Candidates

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 01/14/2021 to 12/31/2021

  • Service


  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 3 - 7

  • Salary

    $28,078 to $62,981 per year

    Salary will be set based upon the grade level and location at which selection is made.

  • Appointment type

    Term - 13 months - however may be extended for up to 4 years.

  • Work schedule

    Multiple Schedules

  • Chicago, IL Few vacancies
  • Olmsted, IL Few vacancies
  • Rock Island, IL Few vacancies
  • Scott AFB, IL Few vacancies
  • Bloomington, IN Few vacancies
  • Dubois, IN Few vacancies
  • Huntington, IN Few vacancies
  • Indianapolis, IN Few vacancies
  • Lagro, IN Few vacancies
  • Peru, IN Few vacancies
  • Poland, IN Few vacancies
  • Rockville, IN Few vacancies
  • Bee Spring, KY Few vacancies
  • Buckhorn, KY Few vacancies
  • Falls of Rough, KY Few vacancies
  • Fort Campbell, KY Few vacancies
  • Fort Knox, KY Few vacancies
  • Glasgow, KY Few vacancies
  • Grayson, KY Few vacancies
  • Louisa, KY Few vacancies
  • Louisville, KY Few vacancies
  • Morehead, KY Few vacancies
  • Paintsville, KY Few vacancies
  • Sassafras, KY Few vacancies
  • Shelbiana, KY Few vacancies
  • Springfield, KY Few vacancies
  • Taylorsville, KY Few vacancies
  • Van Lear, KY Few vacancies
  • Detroit, MI Few vacancies
  • Grand Haven, MI Few vacancies
  • Buffalo, NY Few vacancies
  • Bainbridge, OH Few vacancies
  • Batavia, OH Few vacancies
  • Brookville, OH Few vacancies
  • Columbus, OH Few vacancies
  • Conesville, OH Few vacancies
  • Delaware, OH Few vacancies
  • Dover, OH Few vacancies
  • Nellie, OH Few vacancies
  • New Cumberland, OH Few vacancies
  • New Holland, OH Few vacancies
  • Waynesville, OH Few vacancies
  • Westerville, OH Few vacancies
  • Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Few vacancies
  • Zanesville, OH Few vacancies
  • Nashville, TN Few vacancies
  • Haysi, VA Few vacancies
  • Burnsville, WV Few vacancies
  • East Lynn, WV Few vacancies
  • Hinton, WV Few vacancies
  • Huntington, WV Few vacancies
  • Justice, WV Few vacancies
  • Lavalette, WV Few vacancies
  • Summersville, WV Few vacancies
  • Sutton, WV Few vacancies
Relocation expenses reimbursed

Yes - You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy when a permanent change of station has been authorized and determined to be in the best interest of the Government.

Telework eligible


This job is open to
  • Students

    Current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Includes internships, pathways and other student programs.

Clarification from the agency

Direct Hire Authority for Post-Secondary Students

Announcement number


Control number


  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    About the Position: This announcement covers a variety of Student Trainee Natural Resource Specialist (Park Ranger) position under the Direct Hire Authority for Post-Secondary Students.

    Applicants must reapply every 90 days to remain eligible for consideration.

    Learn more about this agency
    • May be non-competitively converted to a career/career-conditional appointment within 120 days of successful completion of academic program
    • Post-secondary student positions are provided opportunity for development and training. Assignments become more responsible as incumbent increases knowledge and skills through work experience and academic training.
    • Assignments at this level are designed to orient, train, and increase the incumbent's knowledge in the engineering sciences, to problems concerned with testing a wide variety of systems and equipment.
    • Performs a variety of assignments selected to broaden skills and provide practical experience to prepare for progressively more complex assignments.
    • Full performance duties typically involve creating, exploring, evaluating, designing, and sharing solutions and the validity of their predicted performance to resolve problems, conditions, and issues.
    • Students will be expected to assist with planning activities related to one or more of the following: recreation, shoreline stabilization, pest control, soil conservation, boundary surveillance, property protection, and public education.
    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some positions filled from this announcement may require occasional work travel. This requirement will be identified as job offers are made to selected candidates.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    9 - - May be selected at the 3,4,5, or 7 grade level with non-competitive promotion potential to the target grade.

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment
    • A trial or probationary period may be required in accordance with agency policy.
    • A post-secondary student appointment expires 120 days after completion of the designated academic course of study, unless the student is selected for noncompetitive conversion.
    • Post-secondary students will initially be appointed to a term appointment in the competitive service for an initial period expected to last more than 1 year; may be extended up to 4 years.
    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • Some positions may require one or more of the following: driver's and/or boat license, wear of uniform, drug testing, and/or physical.
    • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
    Who May Apply: To be eligible for consideration you must meet the definition of post-secondary student as defined below:

    Post-Secondary Student: a person who, (1) is currently enrolled in, and in good academic standing at, a full-time program at an institution of higher education; and (2) is making satisfactory progress towards receipt of a baccalaureate or graduate degree; and (3) has completed at least one year of the program.

    In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. 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).

    You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant education and experience.

    Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

    To qualify for a GS-03, students must have completed one full academic year of post-high school study.

    To qualify for a GS-04, students must have completed two full academic years of post-high school study or have an associate's degree.

    To qualify for a GS-05, students must have completed either:
    A) A bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR
    B) A combination of education and experience which includes courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    To qualify for a GS-07, students must have completed either:
    A) One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service which includes applying biological practices, principles and techniques sufficient to assist in the recommendations of planning and implementing environmental, recreational and natural resource management activities; OR
    B) One full academic year of graduate level education in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a related discipline/academic program; OR
    C) Superior Academic Achievement - - as defined in the group qualifications for Professional & Scientific positions; OR
    D) Specialized experience as described in A, but less than one year; and have some graduate level education as described in B, but less than the required one year. Compute the percentage of the requirements that is meet, and the total must be 100%. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then, divide your semester hours of graduate education by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.)

    Progression from the entry-level to the full performance level for this occupation will depend on successful completion of all requirements for promotion. Promotions may be considered after a year at each grade level, but are not guaranteed to occur on a specific time schedule.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

    Post-secondary students being considered for initial appointments to positions leading to target positions with positive education requirements should be enrolled in directly-related degree programs in order to meet the OPM qualification requirements for the target position upon completion of their academic program.

    Additional information

    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    • Direct deposit of pay is required.
    • A Post-Secondary Student Participant Agreement is required for post-secondary students.
    • This is a Career Program (CP) CP-18 position.
    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
    • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
    • When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit for more information.
    • 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.
    • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an agency determination that a PCS move is in the Government Interest.
    • Post-secondary students will initially be appointed to a term appointment in the competitive service for a period expected to last more than 1 year not to exceed 4 years; they may be non-competitively converted to a career or career-conditional appointment within 120 days of successfully completing the qualifying academic program.
    • May be selected at any grade level with non-competitive promotion potential to target grade. Non-competitive promotion potential to the target grade is based on time-in-grade requirements and demonstrated ability to perform the higher graded duties.
    • Recruitment and/or relocation incentives may be authorized.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If, after reviewing your résumé 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 when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.

    Veterans and Military Spouses will be considered along with all other candidates.

    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
    Required Documents

    The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External)

    As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

    1. Your resume:

    • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
    • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
    • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
    • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.

    2. Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
    • You must submit a copy of your transcript to determine eligibility under this hiring authority. Further, if you claim qualifications based on education and do not submit a supporting transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found not qualified. See: Transcripts and Licenses.

    NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

    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.

  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 12/31/2021 to receive consideration.

    • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application (
    • Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
    • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
    • It is your responsibility to verify that your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.
    • Additional information on how to complete the online application process and submit your online application may be found on the USA Staffing Applicant Resource Center.

    To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit:

    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.

    Agency contact information Army Applicant Help Desk Army Applicant Help Desk

    Louisville, KY 40201
    Learn more about this agency

    Looking for a great place to work? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the best! In 2016, USACE ranked number two of government large-agency subcomponents! As rated by their employees, USACE supervisors strongly support employee development and opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills, while also maintaining an optimal work/life balance. The Corps offers a team-inspiring and collaborative work environment; providing challenging and rewarding careers across a variety of disciplines.

    Next steps

    If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

    The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

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  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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