U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Ranger in Cottage Grove, Oregon

Job Overview

Job Overview

Looking for a great place to work? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE or "The Corps") is one of the best in America! In 2015, USACE ranked #128 out of 500 employers on Forbes' "America's Best Employers" list. From this list, the Corps ranked #10 in the government services industry, #6 in the federal government, and #8 in the engineering field. Follow this link for more information about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is an innovative, transformative organization providing engineering solutions to customers worldwide. Working at the Corps as a civilian employee means making a direct contribution to war fighters and their families; supporting overseas contingency operations; developing technology and systems that save the lives of soldiers and civilians; providing disaster relief; and protecting and enhancing the environment and the national economy.

About the Position:The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the largest provider of water-based outdoor recreation in the nation. Portland District's recreation sites allow visitors of all ages to enjoy biking, hiking, boating, fishing, camping, hunting, windsurfing and more.

Who May Apply:

Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.

  • Current Civilian Employee with the Department of the Army
  • Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) - Civilian Employee (non-Army)
  • Current Permanent Federal Civilian Employee (non-DOD)
  • Former Federal Employee, eligible for reinstatement
  • Eligible due to Interagency Career Transition Program (ICTAP)
  • Eligible under Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA)
  • Eligible under Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)
  • Veterans with a service-connected disability of 30% or more
  • Eligible for military spouse preference under Executive Order 13473
  • Priority Placement Program, Program S (Military Spouse) registrants referred through the Automated Stopper and Referral System (ASARS) for this position
  • Eligible for family member appointment under Executive Order 12721
  • Eligible for NAF/AAFES Interchange Agreement
  • Eligible due to an Interchange Agreement
  • Eligible due to prior employment with specific agencies
  • Eligible for Persons with Disabilities
  • Patrol project lands and waters to prevent unauthorized use, trespass, destruction of project land, water, facilities, and other environmental resources.
  • Enforce Title 36 CFR by educating the visiting public on project purposes, conditions, policies, and regulations.
  • Investigate and report violations.
  • Performs administrative duties as assigned to support the collection and documentation of data related to recreation and natural resource protection.
  • Provide project information to local, state and federal agencies and the visiting public through brochures, bulletin boards, news releases, telephone calls, and other written and oral correspondence.
Supervisory Status


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Less than 10% travel
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Experience required:

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.

To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: A) patrolling park lands; or advising the public on recreational use of Federal lands; and B) collecting data on plants or animals.

The experience in both A and B must be described in your resume to be considered basically qualified. Basically qualified candidates will be ranked based upon their knowledge and skills in the areas listed below.

This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service GS-04.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of Natural Resource Practices
  • Knowledge of Natural Resource Management
  • Knowledge of Park Management
  • Skill in Public Relations and Communication

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the GS-04 grade (or equivalent).

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify.

Applicants may qualify for this position at the GS-05 level by having completed a four-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelors degree with 24 semester hours of related coursework. You must include your transcripts with your application package when using education to qualify.

Applicants may qualify with a combination of experience and education: Determine the number of months of completed specialized experience and divide by 12, this is the percent of specialized experience you ahve completed. Verify you have completed 24 semester hours of coursework related to Park Ranger work. Determine the number of semester hours you have completed in excess of 60, this is the number of creditable semester hours. Divide the creditable semester hours by 60, this is the percent of education you have completed. Add the two percents together, and they must equal at least 100% to qualify using this combination method. You must submit your transcripts with your application package when qualifying using a combination of experience and education.

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • 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.
  • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • Background investigation may be required.
  • A Pre-employment occupational physical is required, periodic occupational physicals may be required. Required to wear prescribed uniform as identified in regulation, ER 1130-2-550, dated 15 November 1996. Must wear appropriate safety gear and protective clothing as required.
  • Required to have, or be able to obtain within 11 months of hire the Visitor Assistance/Title 36 training requirement in accordance with ER 1130-2-550. Must receive and maintain LEDS access which requires passing a background check.
  • Possession of or the ability to acquire a state driver's license. Ability to work nights and/or weekends depending on the needs of the project to which the employee is assigned.
  • Required to have, or be able to obtain within 6 months of hire, a valid CPR certificate and "Responding to Emergencies" (or equivalent) certificate.
Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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.


The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.

Other Information
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitantinformation sheet.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay.
  • This position is a TERM position. It is temporary and may be extended up to a maximum of four years.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474295600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-17 to 2017-07-26

Salary: $32,318 to $42,012 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 05

Series: 0025 Park Ranger

Appointment type: Term NTE 4 Years

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: WTHE171767551986515

Control number: 474295600