Park Guide

National Park Service | Gallitzin, PA

Posted Date 6/30/2020
Description These positions are located in the Western Pennsylvania Group of Parks in the Interpretive division of Johnstown Flood National Memorial and Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS.

This is a FT permanent career/career conditional, career seasonal position.

APPLICANT LIMIT: Open to the first 50 applicants or until 07/09/2020 whichever comes first. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration.These positions are Permanent Career Seasonal and subject to non pay time: Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS non pay time is PP 2-3 annually. Johnstown Flood National Memorial non pay time is PP 8-9 annually.

EOD is estimated for July/August 2020.

Major Duties:

Provides pre-established talks normally following a prescribed outline and requiring application of broad subject-matter knowledge of Johnstown Flood National Memorial and Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site and associated resources.

Such talks include detailed and specific interpretation and explanation of the outstanding features of the site from the standpoint of scientific or historical interest, the background of events leading up to feature or phenomenon; the facts, events, personalities and circumstances. In addition, the talks provide general information about other sites of public interest; facilities for public use; pertinent rules and regulations; and other matters designed to stimulate a sense of appreciation and thus encourage protection and preservation of the scenic, scientific or historic features.

Answers a wide variety of visitor questions. The questions encountered arise from observation of the features themselves; from the demonstrated major interests of visitors, or the nature of the talks. The answers to these questions require explanation and description of the background of the events leading up to the natural or scientific development and the introduction and discussion of an extensive body of facts, events, personalities, and circumstances.

May provide guided tours to groups up to 50 people. When the need arises, the guide must take measures to maintain order in the parties, prevent crowding or damage to historic sites, and take appropriate action in case of emergency until relieved.

Provides a wide range of services to visitors, including assistance with lost articles, car trouble, and first aid; and provides information about weather conditions, highway routes, park facilities, and area accommodations. In performing this duty the guide is responsible for providing current, accurate information concerning the NPS and other surrounding areas of interest, explaining the area's recreational opportunities, including NPS interpretive services, area campgrounds and lodging facilities. And hiking trails. Additionally, provides public orientation and explanations of current park events, and informs visitors of potential safety hazards.

This position may support interpretation operations at other WEPA parks and may require travel to and from other WEPA parks.

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site (ALPO): The Allegheny Portage Railroad was the first railroad constructed over the Allegheny Mountains. This inclined plane railroad operated between 1834 and 1854 and was considered a technological wonder in its day and played a critical role in opening the interior of the United States to trade and settlement. The Site interprets and preserves this early 19th century engineering achievement and the story of the people who built and used it. Duty station: Gallitzin, PA For more information go to

Johnstown Flood National Memorial (JOFL) The story of the Johnstown Flood has everything to interest the modern mind: a wealthy resort, an intense storm, an unfortunate failure of a dam, the destruction of a working class city, and an inspiring relief effort. When it happened, May 31, 1889, an era of the Conemaugh Valley's history ended, and another era started. Johnstown Flood commemorates the more than 2,200 lives lost in the flood and preserves the ruins of the South Fork Dam and historic structures associated with the South Fort Fishing and Hunting Club. Duty Station: South Fork, PA For more information go to qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-07/09/2020-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 either full-time or 40 hours per week. If a part-time work schedule is reflected, the hours must be annotated to ensure proper crediting of specialized experience.

To qualify for this position at the GS-05 grade level, you must possess 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-04 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as:oral presentation of historical, scientific or program information to groups; developing and/or revising technical, historical or scientific information for oral presentation to groups; experience as a park guide or tour leader, naturalist, environmental educator or teacher and or experience doing other similar work. You must include work schedule and hours per week worked.


EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least a Bachelor's degree in a field directly related to the work of this position, or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related). The education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university. You must include transcripts.


Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours (or equivalent) earned towards a bachelor's degree, in excess of 60 semester hours, and divide it by 60 semester hours. Then take the number of months of full time experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. You must include transcripts and work schedule/hours per week worked.

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.

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".

PLEASE NOTE: You will not be considered for any eligibility you do not select in the vacancy announcement pre-assessment eligibility questionnaire. Please be sure to select all responses that apply to your eligibility. If you do not check off any eligibility you will be screened out and deemed ineligible.

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