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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Vacancy Details


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Announcement Number:
WY-DEU-2018-0050
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Land Surveyor
Open Period:
03/01/2018 - 03/21/2018

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 1373 07/09
Salary:
USD $41,365 - USD $65,778
Promotion Potential:
GS-11
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Casper, WY, US
For More Info:
Human Resources
307-775-6026
BLMJobs_WY@blm.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.

Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position.
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team.

The BLM manages more land - 245 million surface acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The BLM, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Summary:
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.  For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

This position is located in the Casper Field Office. Located at the base of Casper Mountain and along the banks of the North Platte River in central Wyoming, the Casper Field Office manages approximately 1.4 million acres of BLM-administered surface land and 4.7 million acres of mineral estate within Natrona, Converse, Platte and Goshen Counties. The area has a rich history and a variety of recreational opportunities.

For information on the city of Casper and the Casper area, please visit: CASPER
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

As required

Duties

Although this position is located in Casper, WY the position reports to the BLM Wyoming State Office located in Cheyenne, Wy under the Cadastral department in the Support Services Division.

This position serves as land surveyor in a Bureau of Land Management Office. The land surveyor will perform work which involves measurement of public lands, including establishing, investigating, and reestablishing land and property boundaries, including preparing plats and legal descriptions for plats of land; and work that involves knowledge and application of the principles of land surveying in combination with knowledge of land ownership laws. Duties include planning and conducting routine surveys and resurveys involving problems of moderate complexity, serving as survey party chief on routine or small-scale survey and resurvey projects, performing surveys in the full field-to finish mode, preparing reports and maintaining records of work accomplishments and required administrative information, and preparing draft field notes and plats. Most assignments are characterized by inadequate or inconclusive data requiring extensive search and interpretation of land records, historical data and legal decisions. Incumbent will encounter situations of a varying degree of complexity from the simple to the most complex. More complex surveying situations would normally be referred to higher authority, with the incumbent’s suggested recommendations, for proper guidance.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
You will need to clearly state your undergraduate / graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.
Degree: Land Surveying; or civil engineering with a surveying option/emphasis. The civil engineering major must have included at least 6 semester hours of surveying, 3 semester hours of land law, and 21 additional semester hours in any combination of the following: surveying, photogrammetry, geodetic surveying, geodesy, route surveying, remote sensing, cartography, survey astronomy, land information systems, computer-aided mapping, aerial photo interpretation, and survey analysis and adjustments.
OR
Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in land surveying or civil engineering as described in paragraph A, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
OR
The basic requirements for this series may be fully satisfied by a current registration as a land surveyor in a State, territory, or the District of Columbia obtained by written examination. Such registration must have been obtained under conditions outlined in the National Council of Engineering Examiners (NCEE) Unified Model Law for Registration of Surveyors. Applicants wishing to be considered under this provision must show evidence of registration based on successful completion of the written examinations. Registrations granted prior to adoption of a registration law with qualification requirements equivalent to the NCEE Model Law by the State, territory, or District of Columbia are not acceptable under this option. To be considered equivalent to the NCEE Model law, registration laws must include the four options listed within the NCEE Unified Model Law in the section specifying "General Requirements for Registration" as a Professional Land Surveyor.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
  • Direct Deposit Required
  • Background Investigation Required.
  • Education Requirements:
    This position has a positive education requirement, you must submit all transcripts in order to be considered qualified for this position.
    Evaluations:
    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position:

    1. Knowledge of land surveying and the Federal and state laws, regulations, guidelines, and policies concerning cadastral surveys. 
    2. Knowledge of the legal principles that apply to surface and subsurface ownership and property boundary control. 
    3. Ability to utilize word processing, computer aided drafting (CAD), and other subject specific software for the preparation of final draft field returns. 
    4. Ability to communicate with internal and external customers and landowners.
    5. Ability to meet deadlines and document delays affecting the final completion of survey products.
    Qualifications:
    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the specialized experience as defined in the announcement. In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume. In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.   In addition to meeting the basic entry requirement, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education of the position to be found qualified. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-07 Land Surveyor: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in land surveying related work. Examples: Working with federal and state laws, regulations, guidelines, and policies concerning cadastral surveys; experience reading and interpreting survey records with physical evidence to restore or reestablish obliterated corners; experience with legal principles as they apply to surface and subsurface (mineral) ownership boundary control. Operation, adjustment, and maintenance of surveying equipment and instruments, including global positioning systems, theodolites, and total stations. Preparing technical reports on routine survey situations; dealing diplomatically with landowners in explaining the purpose of a survey, to obtain knowledge as to existing property boundary control evidence, and to gain physical access to the vicinity of the survey. Work with software and tools used in electronic collection of survey data and creation of CAD drawings, and the ability to utilize word processing software for the preparation of draft field notes; OR One year (18 semester hours) of graduate-level education in Land Surveying or Civil Engineering with surveying option/emphasis.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-09 Land Surveyor: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in land surveying related work. At this level, land surveyors independently perform recurring assignments that are more difficult & complex than those performed by a recent graduate. Examples: In-depth professional experience with federal and state laws, regulations, guidelines, and policies concerning cadastral surveys. Experience reading and interpreting survey records and deeds; evaluate and correlate information from residents and private surveyors along with physical survey evidence to restore or reestablish obliterated corners; ranking of evidence, working with legal principles as they apply to surface and subsurface (mineral) ownership and property boundary control; OR 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master`s degree or master`s or equivalent graduate degree in land surveying or civil engineering with a surveying option/emphasis; OR have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above.  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 meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    Basic Entry Requirement: This position has a positive education requirement which requires that you have a degree in land surveying or civil engineering with a surveying option or emphasis. The civil engineering major must have included at least 6 semester hours of surveying, 3 semester hours of land law, and 21 additional semester hours in any combination of surveying, photogrammetry, geodetic surveying, geodesy, route surveying, remote sensing, cartography, survey astronomy, land information systems, computer-aided mapping, aerial photo interpretation, and survey analysis and adjustments; OR a combination of education and experience -- course equivalent to a major in land surveying or civil engineering as described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education; OR current registration as a land surveyor in a State, territory, or the District of Columbia obtained by written examination. Such registration must have been obtained under conditions outlined in the National Council of Engineering Examiners (NCEE) Unified Model Law for Registration of Surveyors. Applicants wishing to be considered under this provision must show evidence of registration based on successful completion of the written examinations. Registrations granted prior to adoption of a registration law with qualification requirements equivalent to the NCEE Model law by the state, territory, or District of Columbia are not acceptable under this option. To be considered equivalent to the NCEE Model law, registration laws must include the four options listed within the NCEE Unified Model Law in the section specifying “General Requirements for Registration” as a Professional Land Surveyor. You will need to clearly state how your education meets the requirement, including any undergraduate/graduate degree(s) you have received, and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

    You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.
    Other Information:
    SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website. Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid.  

    Before entering on duty, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.

    May require completion of a 1-year probationary period.

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.
    Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS. If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS. If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu. Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement. 
    If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at 307-775-6026. BLMJobs_WY@blm.gov. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.
    Required Documents:
    Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. 

    Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information. 

    Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).   You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional).   If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.  In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:  Copy of Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.

    Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.
    • For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.
    • For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
    • For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.
    For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.  Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.  
    UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager.  Do not use both options.  Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
    Next Steps:
    You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.  You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.