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Job opening: STUDENT TRAINEE (PARK RANGER) (Pathways)

Salary: $33 906 - 37 696 per year
Published at: Sep 19 2023
Employment Type: Multiple Schedules
About the Position: Position(s) will be filled under the Department of the Army Pathways Intern Program. Click here or more information on Pathways program participation. THIS IS NOT ONLY A SUMMER JOB. This is a year round internship; potentially leading to a permanent appointment.


Pathways Internship positions provide for development and training. Assignments become more responsible as incumbent increases knowledge and skills through work experience and academic training. At the full-performance level, you will be expected to: Provide visitor assistance by answering visitor's questions relating to the recreational facility; give directions to the projects camp grounds, picnic areas and boating areas; provide instructions and information to the public. Explain the Project's rules and regulations to visitors; collect recreational use fees; provide courtesy safety inspections; and control vehicular traffic. Conduct tours (e.g., nature walks); maintain, arrange or update displays and exhibits; ensure literature supplies are available for the public. Staff a visitor center. Collect data on visitor attendance and erosion problems. Perform administrative duties and report findings; and utilize a personal computer to enter and retrieve data.


  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • The duties of this position meet the criteria for compliance with Federal and Department of the Army Drug Free Workplace Programs. This position is subject to a pre-employment screening, and random testing thereafter.
  • Incumbent must possess or be able to acquire first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and blood-borne pathogen training.
  • Incumbent is required to work in adverse weather conditions (e.g., heat, cold, rain, wind, etc.).
  • Possession of or the ability to acquire a state driver's license
  • Required to wear prescribed uniform as identified.
  • In accordance with the Pathways Intern Program Requirements, the selectee must sign an Army Internship Program Participant Agreement that states the internship period, work schedule, position information, and program requirements.
  • This position requires you to work full-time in the summer and as much as is practical the rest of the year while attending/enrolled in school at least half-time.
  • The duties of this position require the incumbent to possess or obtain and maintain a Corps of Engineers boat operator's license within 12 months.
  • Ability to work nights and/or weekends depending on the needs of the project to which the employee is assigned.
  • Incumbent must receive a minimum of 24 hours of personal protection /unarmed self defense, situational evaluation and tactical communication training within two years of employment.
  • THIS IS NOT ONLY A SUMMER JOB. This is a year round internship; potentially leading to a permanent appointment.


OPERATING PROJECT LOCATIONS: Buchanan Dam, HV Eastman Lake @ Raymond, CA Schafer Dam & Success Lake @ Porterville, CA Hidden Dam, Hensley Lake @ Raymond, CA New Hogan Dam & Lake @ Valley Springs, CA Who May Apply: Students who are eligible for participation in the Department of the Army Internship Program Positions are open to current students pursuing a qualifying college degree (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution on at least a half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled). Short-term training programs (e.g., several two-week programs completed) are not considered an academic course of study. Internships are for current students in good standing at an accredited educational institution. For this internship, you must be able to work: full-time when not attending classes (i.e. summers, fall and spring breaks, etc), and part-time otherwise. This intern position is designed to prepare a student trainee for employment after graduation as a Park Ranger, GS-0025-09. Interns will be assigned tasks designed to increase familiarity with the target occupation in a real world work environment. This opportunity follows a standard promotional path: Internship selections will be made at the GS-03 or GS-04 or GS-05 level. Within 120 days after completion of Internship requirements, you may be eligible for conversion to the entry-level for the target occupation. Entry level for these positions are typically at the GS-05 level. The actual grade level at the time of conversion depends on academic achievement and other factors. The full performance level of this position is GS-09. 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. See requirements for conversion to permanent or term position in the "Additional Information" section below. To qualify for a Pathways Internship as a GS-03, students must have completed one full academic year of post-high school study. To qualify for a Pathways Internship as a GS-04, students must have completed two full academic years of post-high school study or an associate's degree. To qualify for a Pathways Internship as a GS-05, students must have completed four full academic years of post-high school study or an bachelor's degree. NOTE: Students that are graduating and are not subsequently enrolled in another program might not meet the work-hour requirements prior to graduation and will be at risk for not being able to convert to a career or career-conditional appointment! For qualification purposes, an academic year is computed as follows: At the undergraduate level, successfully completed education that has not led to possession of a degree is credited based on its relationship to 120 semester hours or 180 quarter hours. For example, 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours is comparable to 1 year of undergraduate education. Four years of progressive study or 120 semester hours meets the degree requirements. Additional credit cannot be given for duplicate course work. For study at a business or technical school, 36 weeks of study (20+ classroom hours per week) is comparable to 1 academic year above high school. NOTE: If your college, vocational, trade, technical or high schools' definition of "academic year" differs from above, you must submit proof of this difference (e.g., copy of course catalog that defines an academic year). Absent this documentation, you will screened for academic qualifications based on the academic hours as defined in the bullets above. THIS IS NOT ONLY A SUMMER JOB. This is a year round internship; potentially leading to a permanent appointment.


For this internship, we are seeking a current student majoring in Outdoor Recreation Management, Public Affairs, Natural Resource Management, Park Administration, Environmental Sciences, Criminal Justice, Forestry, Geology, Botany, Natural History, or Ecology, etc.

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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

This is a student internship opportunity. Your transcripts and proof of current enrollment are a required part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.


  • Name: Army Applicant Help Desk