Park Ranger- Backcountry

  • National Park Service
  • Port Angeles, WA, United States
  • Nov 25, 2016
Temporary Environmental Education/Communication Natural Resources

Job Description

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. 

Backcountry snow travel (skiing & snowshoeing) to monitor visitor use, provide first-hand assessment of conditions, respond to emergencies, participate in search & rescues, recognize and reduce hazards. Work safely in winter conditions (snow, sleet, ice, sub-zero, white-out conditions). Assess & forecast avalanche danger.

Backcountry Rangers work in remote wilderness settings and are often on extended (up to 10 days, 15 miles per day with heavy pack) solo patrols. It is extremely likely that in the course of their season, a backcountry ranger will respond to an emergency medical incident involving park visitors, co-workers, or themselves. These incidents range from minor sprains/strains to life threatening medicals/traumas requiring immediate helicopter evacuation. Rangers with basic First Aid/EMS training are able to provide initial care and relay critical information to responding teams. Assists in emergency situations by performing emergency first-aid or CPR to current level of training, gathers information from reporting parties and notifies appropriate park personnel.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work involves extensive periods of standing and walking, in some cases over rough surfaces or inclines, carrying backpack, tools, rescue equipment, etc.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is performed in setting in which there is regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomforts and unpleasantness, e.g., high or low temperatures, confined spaces or adverse weather conditions.

Closes Thursday 12/1/2016
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Job Level



Government- Federal


Salary Range $15.49 to $19.18/hr. Series & Grade GS-0025-05/07.