Park Ranger (Protection)

  • National Park Service
  • Little River Canyon National Preserve, Alabama 176, Fort Payne, AL, United States
  • May 15, 2017
Temporary Communication/Public Outreach Law Enforcement Natural Resources

Job Description

 is currently accepting applications to fill up to (1) temporary positions at Little River Canyon National Preserve, Alabama. Appointments made under this announcement are limited to 1039 hours (six months) in a service year and may be terminated at any time. Appointments under this announcement are eligible for rehire and/or extension (when initial appointment is less than 1039 hours) if workload and funding allow. Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for rehire in subsequent service years. 

Anticipated Entry on Duty: June/2017


The incumbent serves as a Commissioned law enforcement ranger. Incumbent will work under the direction of the Chief Ranger. The primary duties will include detection and investigation of violations of all laws apprehension and detection of violators, protection of life and property and enforcement of federal, state and local laws and regulations. Performs law enforcement in the park, road patrols, traffic enforcement, boundary patrol, trail patrol, etc by foot, vehicle or all terrain vehicles. Investigates motor vehicle accidents. Will gain compliance of laws and regulations using the appropriate means from verbal warnings to arrest. Will gain compliance using the action necessary to preserve the peace, resolve problems, protect visitors and resources, apprehend violators and ensure compliance with regulatory and administrative requirements.

Responds to on-site and other emergencies involving injury and illness, including situations which may be life threatening. Assist in search and rescue operations.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Rigorous field work requires above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. This includes prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring agility and dexterity.

Duties often involve working in isolated outdoor environments while exposed to severe weather conditions. Dangerous persons must be physically confronted, subdued, and apprehended many of whom are known to carry weapons. There is a high-stress component associated with much of the incumbent's work assignment.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Duties require extended periods of outdoor work and exposure to conditions including temperatures well below freezing to in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Investigations are conducted on foot, in four-wheel drive vehicles, or other forms of conveyance in remote back country settings. Emergency service and law enforcement work requires entry into hazardous environments, exposure to dangerous persons, animals, and substances, and potential exposure to infectious diseases. Long periods of surveillance work may be required in cramped or unpleasant locations and under unpleasant conditions. A wide range of personal protective equipment and clothing is required to be used and work, some of which may be uncomfortable, hot or inconvenient to wear. Adherence to specific safety procedures and other precautions is required. 

Closes Monday 5/15/2017

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Closes Monday 5/15/2017

Job Level



Government- Federal


$19.41/hour. Series & Grade GS-0025-05.