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"AZ DEU-2019-0003" Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
AZ DEU-2019-0003
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Range Technician
Open Period:
11/23/2018 - 12/05/2018


This vacancy is limited to a certain number of applicants and may close before the close date listed here if that limit is reached.
GS - 0455 07
USD $42,699 - USD $55,507
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Phoenix, AZ, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Team


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Open to the Public-Must be a US Citizen
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position.
Marketing Statement:

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team as a Range Technician.

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.


Please read this job announcement in its entirety.

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 Phoenix District Office, located in Phoenix, Arizona, performing duties in support of the Lower Sonoran Field Office.  Information about Location and the Location area can be found at

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional travel may be required to attend meetings and training events.


Duties:  At this level, the incumbent provides technical support and assistance in range conservation, range management, and range improvement.

The duties will include but are not limited to:
-Ensures all stipulation in grazing permits and leases under area of responsibility are complied with.
-Confers with permittees/lessees on general inquiries such as project maintenance and conditions.
-Assists in preparation of grazing lease/permits and in other range administration matters.
-Prepares billing documents, prepares range transfers documents.
-Trains and monitors crews carrying out duties.
-Conducts range studies (i.e., condition and trend, utilization, actual use, climatological, etc.).
-Coordinates with wildlife biologists and participates in identifying areas of wildlife use, needs and unique situations.
-Plans/conducts range use supervision and allotment inspections.

Physical Demands: The work ranges from sedentary when completing duties in the office to frequent field work requiring a considerable amount of walking, riding, stooping, bending, and lifting.

Work Environment: Office work is performed in adequately lighted, heated, and air conditioned offices.  Much of the time is spent in the field where exposure to extremes of heat and cold, rough terrain, insects, snakes, and other hazards are common.  The employee will carefully adhere to all safety procedures to mitigate hazards encountered.

Qualifications and Evaluations


This position requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade or appropriate education, or a combination of education and specialized experience.

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:

    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 to do the work of this position.
    -Knowledge of basic principles of rangeland management.
    -Knowledge of processes, methods, and procedures associated with range technician duties (compliance with allotment plans, etc.,)
    -Ability to identify major plant species to perform range inventories and/or map weed locations.
    -Knowledge of livestock and livestock practices sufficient to identify breeds, approximate age and ownership.
    -Skill in operating a computer terminal and knowledge of procedures and functions to execute basic computers functions (entering/retrieving information from GIS, range and other databases, etc.).


    Specialized Experience Requirements:  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, you must have one year of experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-06 for the GS-07) of the position to be filled.  

    To qualify for the GS-07 level:  Applicants must possess at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 level.  Examples of specialized experience includes:   Assisting in the monitoring and/or management of public range resources of a specified area by observing, monitoring and reporting special conditions or making recommendations regarding your observations; or conducting range use inspections, determining compliance with allotment plans, investigating or researching rangeland trespass violations or performing the detailed work (including monitoring that requires plant identification and soils classification skills) necessary to complete specific rangeland monitoring or plans for development of an area for proper range management, conservation, and weed prevention; OR

    Successful completion of one full year of graduate level education in a field related to range work such as a major study in forestry, range management, agriculture or a field directly related to this position that has equipped me with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position; OR

    A combination of experience and education to meet the total experience. For example, 6 months of specialized experience as defined in the vacancy announcement and 9 semester hours of appropriate graduate study in the areas 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.

    For volunteer work you must identify the amount of time worked for each volunteer position including the dates (mm/dd/yy) along with the number of hours worked per week. Please ensure this information is clearly listed on your resume. 

    You must meet all qualification requirements and upload required documents by the closing date of the announcement.  

    Benefits and Other Info

    Agency 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.

    May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

    This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    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.

    Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year.  If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.

    This announcement is being advertised concurrently under Announcement#AZ-Merit-2018-0020, for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible.  You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

    If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.

    The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for occasional telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    This is a Bargaining Unit 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 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.

    Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

    This vacancy announcement will close when 50 applications have been received, even if it is earlier than the stated closing date. Any application received prior to midnight Eastern Time of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. You are strongly encouraged to apply to this announcement promptly and to submit all required supporting documents at the time of application. This vacancy will close before the stated closing date if the application limit is reached. Your application package and supporting documents will not be accepted once the vacancy announcement closes.

    If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Team at 602-417-9252 or BLM_AZ_SO_HR_TEAM@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:

    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.

    If you are using education to qualify you must provide a copy of Transcripts (unofficial or official) 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.

    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.  The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.

    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.