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Job opening: Park Ranger (Interpretation)

Salary: $57 118 - 74 250 per year
Relocation: YES
City: Empire
Published at: Jul 11 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is located in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, in the Interpretation Division. Open to the first 50 applicants or until 07/21/2023 whichever comes first. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration. For questions regarding the duties or location of this position, you can contact Merrith Baughman at [email protected] or 231-326-4725.


This is a 6-month base funded Subject to Furlough position. For 13 pay periods, the responsibilities of this position will include preparing and presenting a variety of formal and informal interpretive programs, curriculum-based educational programs, and distance learning programs. Plan, schedule, and conduct education programs, workshops, seminars, and conferences to promote the park's education program and to prepare educators for their class visits. Maintain education related equipment, supplies, and materials. Manage the park's education program reservations and ensures that the park's educational practices meet NPS standards. Develop digital media content for the park's social media platforms, app, and website that connects with all park audiences and is compliant with all NPS policies, standards, and requirements. If funding is available, the position will plan, design, develop, and improve interpretive materials such as signs, waysides, publications, exhibits, and audio, video, and other digital content. Assist the Chief of Interpretation with a wide variety of interpretive media development. This is a Career-Seasonal position and subject to release and recall procedures. A permanent career-seasonal position includes all the benefits of permanent employment, but does not provide employment on a full year-round basis. As such, selectee will be in a non-pay/non-duty status for at least 2 weeks to 6 months per year based on project requirements or weather conditions. Selectee are guaranteed to work at least 6 months per year but not more than 50 weeks per year. Your planned work year is from October to June and you will be in a non-pay status the remainder of the year. These dates may vary based on work needs. Area Information:Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is within a beautiful scenic resort area on the shores of Lake Michigan. Housing, medical facilities, shopping, churches, banks, daycare, and recreational opportunities are readily available within a 30-mile radius from park headquarters in Empire. High temperatures average between 70-80 degrees in the summer and low temperatures average between 10-20 degrees in winter. Shared government housing may be available for rent. For additional area information, please visit www.nps.gov/slbe.



All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-07/21/2023-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement. Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. To receive credit for experience, your resume MUST clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the resume must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount of qualified specialized experience. To qualify for this position at the GS-09 grade level, you must possess at least one of 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-07 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: park guide or tour leader; environmental educator or teacher; law enforcement or investigative work; archeological or historical preservation research work; forestry and/or fire management work in a park, recreation, or conservation area; management, assistant, or program specialist work involving the development and/or implementation of policy related to protection, conservation, or management of park areas or similar operations; or other similar work. You must include hours per week worked. -OR- EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least two full years of graduate study leading to a master's or equivalent degree in one of the following fields: natural resource management, natural sciences, earth sciences, history, archeology, anthropology, park and recreation management, social sciences, or other closely related subjects pertinent to the management and protection of natural and cultural resources. You must include transcripts. -OR- Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. For example, one half year of the specialized experience described above (50% of the experience requirement), and 27 semester hours or 41 quarter hours of directly-related graduate level college study in an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education) would be qualifying. Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level can be combined with the appropriate level of experience.The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. You must include hours per week worked. You must include transcripts. 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.


To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your 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.


  • Address Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore 9922 Front Street Empire, MI 49630 US
  • Name: Alyssa Medvec
  • Email: [email protected]