This permanent full-time position is located in Nicodemus National Historic Site, in the Division of Interpretation.
This position is being concurrently advertised at the GS-09 level through Job Opportunity Announcement # MW-1543-NICO-20-10912535-IN . If you wish to be considered for this position at the GS-09 level under the Merit Promotion announcement you must apply to that announcement also.
This position serves as a full-performance level Park Ranger (Interpretation) at Nicodemus National Historic Site in Kansas. The purpose of interpretation is to enrich people's lives through meaningful experiences and enjoyable recreation; preserve and protect natural and cultural resources through broad collaboration and shared stewardship; and inspire social and environmental consciousness to build community and sustain the health of the planet.
Interpret resources and convey the national significance of Nicodemus; connect visitors to personal relevance; facilitate shared learning; support specific learning objectives to meet educator and community needs; inform the public for compliance and safety; support management of cultural resources representative of national heritage; and enhance mutual understanding for individual and social benefit. The incumbent is responsible for applying resourcefulness, judgment, and ingenuity, as well as fully-developed interpretive skills, techniques, and tools to resolve diverse program. issues and complete a substantial variety of interpretive projects and assignments.
Develop and present formal and informal audience and learner-centered interpretive experiences. Conduct and design interpretive experiences using a variety of interpretive to provide opportunities for personal and virtual connections. Facilitate and collaborate with others to explore sensitive, complex, and/or controversial topics. Ensure that work achieves educational outcomes, is age appropriate, incorporates multiple learning styles, and facilitates active engagement in learning.
Coordinate the operation of a visitor facility. Serve as a team leader or subject matter expert within team. Develop daily work schedules that include tours of duty and location of assignments for the supervisor's approval. Guide the learning of others through formal or informal methods. Train, mentor, coach, and evaluate a broad range of interpretive programs and products conducted by fellow interpreters, critique these activities, and recommend individual or program improvements. Identify training needs; provide constructive feedback; and coach others on how to perform tasks and meet professional standards. Participate in the on boarding and the orientation of new employees, volunteers, interns, and other partners. Compile reports and make recommendations for management.
Work collaboratively within a team environment for cross-divisional coordination, unified messaging, internal communication, and quality control. Promote personal, visitor, and worker safety by including risk assessments in all operational decisions and actions. Create and foster a culture of safety in the workplace by seeking out and valuing input from others and ensure compliance with safety policies and procedures. Formulate and execute park interpretive and resource plans. Coordinate the development and implementation of special projects. Actively engage and interact with local communities through on and off-site representation and interpretive programming.
While work is largely performed in an office setting, some walking and travelling on uneven terrain may be required to provide tours and orient visitors, etc. With low humidity and wind, western Kansas is dusty and hot in the summer. Wind conditions cause occasional impacts for driving. The area has an average of 19 inches of snow annually and conditions change quickly.
The incumbent handles work according to law, regulation, and policy and is supervised by the Superintendent of Nicodemus National Historic Site.
Duties will be developmental in nature when filled below the full performance level.
25% or less - You may be expected to travel 2-5 nights per month for this position. You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card for travel purposes.
Nicodemus National Historic Site, Washington Avenue, Bogue, KS, USA