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Grade: 04
* 1.GS-4 Choose one answer that best describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position.
  1. I have at least six months of general experience and six months of specialized experience. *See definition of general and specialized experience below.
  2. I have completed at least two years of education above the high school level that included at least 12 semester hours in courses such as American history, science, and/or public speaking.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience that when combined, meet the total requirements identified above for the GS-4.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements described above.


GS-4 General experience is defined as experience which demonstrates your ability to perform the work of the position or provided familiarity with the subject matter. Specialized experience is defined as experience which involved providing oral presentations of historical, scientific, or program information to groups; or developing and/or revising technical, historical, or scientific information for oral presentation to groups.

* 2.Please select the one response that describes your experience, education or training in providing lectures and disseminating technical and historical information to groups of visitors through dams, National Parks, museums, historical buildings, or other sites of public interest, explaining the respective facts and features.
  1. I have received post high school education or formal training in this function, but I have not performed this on the job.
  2. I have experience in public speaking.
  3. I have routinely explained factual, technical or historical information in a very structured setting to a variety of individuals.
  4. I have experience as a classroom teacher and have taken my class on field trips similar to that described above.
  5. I have experience as a technical instructor (such as a training instructor) presenting factual and technical information in informal settings.
  6. I have experience as a technical instructor (such as a training instructor) presenting factual and technical information in formal settings.
  7. I have conducted small group tours (1-20) (such as a tour bus guide, city tour guide, or similar position) involving dissemination of information of a general nature.
  8. I have conducted medium group tours (20-40) (such as a tour guide, ranger, or teacher) interpreting information to various age groups from elementary school children to senior citizens.
  9. I have researched technical data and summarized it to an easily understandable format for presentation, using interpretive principles.
  10. I have conducted large group tours (40 or more) interpreting information to various age groups from elementary school children to senior citizens. I have performed this independently and routinely and have carried this out successfully.
  11. None of the above.


* 3.Choose one answer that describes your experience, education or training in meeting and dealing with a variety of individuals in a tactful and courteous manner.
  1. I have received post high school education or formal training in this function, but I have not performed this on the job.
  2. I have experience communicating with a variety of individuals within the immediate organization, office, project, or work unit.
  3. I have experience dealing with the public such as a store clerk, receptionist, etc.
  4. I have experience (such as an instructor, tour guide with small groups, bus or city tours, or similar position) interacting with the public on a day to day basis using good communication skills and answering questions tactfully, never losing composure.
  5. I have experience communicating with individuals from all backgrounds such as a tour guide, park ranger, or teacher interacting with the public on a day to day basis. Have used good communication skills to answer a myriad of questions tactfully, never losing composure. I have performed this independently and routinely and have carried this out successfully.
  6. None of the above.


* 4.Please select the one response that describes your experience, education or training in maintaining groups of people in an orderly and safe manner.
  1. I have received post high school education or formal training in this function, but I have not performed this on the job.
  2. I have experience guiding small groups (1-20).
  3. I have experience in assembling, controlling and guiding small groups (1-20) such as tour bus guide, city tour guide, or similar position.
  4. I have experience in assembling, controlling and guiding medium size groups (20-40) through areas such as National Parks, museums, historical sites and buildings.
  5. I have experience in assembling, controlling, and guiding large groups (40 or more).
  6. I have experience in assembling, controlling, and guiding large groups (40 or more) through a working facility with ongoing maintenance in progress such as moving cranes, moving vehicles, noise, etc. I have performed this independently and routinely and have carried this out successfully.
  7. None of the above.


* 5.Select the one response that best describes your experience, education or training in researching, developing and presenting interpretive programs related to dams, parks, museums, historical buildings, or other sites of public interest.
  1. I have not performed this job function.
  2. I have received post high school education or formal training in this function, but I have not performed this on the job.
  3. I have assisted others in developing interpretive programs by researching topics of interest, but have not presented them independently.
  4. I have researched technical data and summarized it to an easily understandable format for presentation, using interpretive principles and have presented these programs to diverse audiences independently.
  5. I have extensive experience as an interpreter and have mentored or instructed others in researching and developing interpretive programs for diverse audiences.


* 6.Select the answer that best describes your ability to retain composure under stressful situations when dealing with a variety of people.
  1. My previous positions have not required me to deal with a variety of people in stressful situations.
  2. I have had limited experience in handling stressful situations which dealt with a variety of people. When I did, my supervisor or senior employee was there to assist me in these situations.
  3. I have served in positions where I had to maintain composure in stressful situations dealing with a variety of people. I was usually able to do this without the review or intervention of my supervisor.
  4. I have served in a variety of position where I must maintain composure in stressful situations dealing with a variety of people. I was able to do this without the review or intervention of my supervisor or senior level person.


* 7.Select the response that best describes your experience maintaining groups of people in an orderly and safe manner.
  1. I have experience guiding small groups.
  2. I have experience assembling, controlling and guiding small groups (1-20) such as tour bus guide, city tour guide, or similar position.
  3. I have experience assembling, controlling and guiding small groups (1-20) as a park ranger or tour guide at National Parks, dams, museums, historical sites or buildings.
  4. I have experience assembling, controlling and guiding medium size groups (20-40) as a park ranger or tour guide at National Parks, dams, museums, historical sites or buildings.
  5. I have experience assembling, controlling and guiding large size groups (40 or more) as a park ranger or tour guide at National Parks, dams, museums, historical sites or buildings.
  6. None of the above.


* 8.Select all of the duties that you have successfully accomplished.
  1. Developed a thematic tour.
  2. Developed an educational activity for school-aged children.
  3. Presented and/or taught an interpretive program or activity to adults.
  4. Developed an exhibit or display for an interpretive center.
  5. Written text for a display or interpretive publication.
  6. Researched historic information for interpretive dissemination.
  7. Gathered original information for interpretive dissemination.
  8. Worked as a first line interpreter for the public in a visitor center.
  9. Worked with a volunteer program to motivate and train volunteers.
  10. None of the above.


Grade: 05
* 1.GS-5 Choose one answer that best describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position.
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience which involved providing oral presentations of historical, scientific, or program information to groups; or developing and/or revising technical, historical, or scientific information for oral presentation to groups.
  2. I have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree with a major study in American history, science, and/or public speaking OR that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in such subjects.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience that when combined, meet the total requirements identified above for the GS-5.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements described above.


* 2.Please select the one response that describes your experience, education or training in providing lectures and disseminating technical and historical information to groups of visitors through dams, National Parks, museums, historical buildings, or other sites of public interest, explaining the respective facts and features.
  1. I have received post high school education or formal training in this function, but I have not performed this on the job.
  2. I have experience in public speaking.
  3. I have routinely explained factual, technical or historical information in a very structured setting to a variety of individuals.
  4. I have experience as a classroom teacher and have taken my class on field trips similar to that described above.
  5. I have experience as a technical instructor (such as a training instructor) presenting factual and technical information in informal settings.
  6. I have experience as a technical instructor (such as a training instructor) presenting factual and technical information in formal settings.
  7. I have conducted small group tours (1-20) (such as a tour bus guide, city tour guide, or similar position) involving dissemination of information of a general nature.
  8. I have conducted medium group tours (20-40) (such as a tour guide, ranger, or teacher) interpreting information to various age groups from elementary school children to senior citizens.
  9. I have researched technical data and summarized it to an easily understandable format for presentation, using interpretive principles.
  10. I have conducted large group tours (40 or more) interpreting information to various age groups from elementary school children to senior citizens. I have performed this independently and routinely and have carried this out successfully.
  11. None of the above.


* 3.Choose one answer that describes your experience, education or training in meeting and dealing with a variety of individuals in a tactful and courteous manner.
  1. I have received post high school education or formal training in this function, but I have not performed this on the job.
  2. I have experience communicating with a variety of individuals within the immediate organization, office, project, or work unit.
  3. I have experience dealing with the public such as a store clerk, receptionist, etc.
  4. I have experience (such as an instructor, tour guide with small groups, bus or city tours, or similar position) interacting with the public on a day to day basis using good communication skills and answering questions tactfully, never losing composure.
  5. I have experience communicating with individuals from all backgrounds such as a tour guide, park ranger, or teacher interacting with the public on a day to day basis. Have used good communication skills to answer a myriad of questions tactfully, never losing composure. I have performed this independently and routinely and have carried this out successfully.
  6. None of the above.


* 4.Please select the one response that describes your experience, education or training in maintaining groups of people in an orderly and safe manner.
  1. I have received post high school education or formal training in this function, but I have not performed this on the job.
  2. I have experience guiding small groups (1-20).
  3. I have experience in assembling, controlling and guiding small groups (1-20) such as tour bus guide, city tour guide, or similar position.
  4. I have experience in assembling, controlling and guiding medium size groups (20-40) through areas such as National Parks, museums, historical sites and buildings.
  5. I have experience in assembling, controlling, and guiding large groups (40 or more).
  6. I have experience in assembling, controlling, and guiding large groups (40 or more) through a working facility with ongoing maintenance in progress such as moving cranes, moving vehicles, noise, etc. I have performed this independently and routinely and have carried this out successfully.
  7. None of the above.


* 5.Select the one response that best describes your experience, education or training in researching, developing and presenting interpretive programs related to dams, parks, museums, historical buildings, or other sites of public interest.
  1. I have not performed this job function.
  2. I have received post high school education or formal training in this function, but I have not performed this on the job.
  3. I have assisted others in developing interpretive programs by researching topics of interest, but have not presented them independently.
  4. I have researched technical data and summarized it to an easily understandable format for presentation, using interpretive principles and have presented these programs to diverse audiences independently.
  5. I have extensive experience as an interpreter and have mentored or instructed others in researching and developing interpretive programs for diverse audiences.


* 6.Select the answer that best describes your ability to retain composure under stressful situations when dealing with a variety of people.
  1. My previous positions have not required me to deal with a variety of people in stressful situations.
  2. I have had limited experience in handling stressful situations which dealt with a variety of people. When I did, my supervisor or senior employee was there to assist me in these situations.
  3. I have served in positions where I had to maintain composure in stressful situations dealing with a variety of people. I was usually able to do this without the review or intervention of my supervisor.
  4. I have served in a variety of position where I must maintain composure in stressful situations dealing with a variety of people. I was able to do this without the review or intervention of my supervisor or senior level person.


* 7.Select the response that best describes your experience maintaining groups of people in an orderly and safe manner.
  1. I have experience guiding small groups.
  2. I have experience assembling, controlling and guiding small groups (1-20) such as tour bus guide, city tour guide, or similar position.
  3. I have experience assembling, controlling and guiding small groups (1-20) as a park ranger or tour guide at National Parks, dams, museums, historical sites or buildings.
  4. I have experience assembling, controlling and guiding medium size groups (20-40) as a park ranger or tour guide at National Parks, dams, museums, historical sites or buildings.
  5. I have experience assembling, controlling and guiding large size groups (40 or more) as a park ranger or tour guide at National Parks, dams, museums, historical sites or buildings.
  6. None of the above.


* 8.Select all of the duties that you have successfully accomplished.
  1. Developed a thematic tour.
  2. Developed an educational activity for school-aged children.
  3. Presented and/or taught an interpretive program or activity to adults.
  4. Developed an exhibit or display for an interpretive center.
  5. Written text for a display or interpretive publication.
  6. Researched historic information for interpretive dissemination.
  7. Gathered original information for interpretive dissemination.
  8. Worked as a first line interpreter for the public in a visitor center.
  9. Worked with a volunteer program to motivate and train volunteers.
  10. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
You WILL NOT be considered for this announcement if you fail to submit ALL the applicable required documentation listed under the "How To Apply" tab (i.e. transcripts,DD-214's, SF-15, VA letter, SF-50's, PE Registration, etc.) by the CLOSING DATE of this announcement. Please call the Human Resources Office phone number listed on this announcement for clarification or further information.

* 1.I understand that by completing and submitting this application, I am certifying that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information provided is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. I understand that a false or fraudulent answer to any question may be grounds for not hiring me, or for firing me after I begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment. I also understand that failure to respond to this question will disqualify me from consideration.
  1. Yes
  2. No


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