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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Natural Resource Specialist
Open Period:
08/28/2019 - 09/11/2019


GS - 0401 09/11
USD $51,440 - USD $80,912
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Boise, ID, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Human Resources


Hiring Path:
• Competitive service
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All current DOI internal employees/Agency employees only with competitive eligibility in the Local Commuting Area.

Security Clearance Required:
Not Required
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Temporary Appointment not to exceed 1 year
Marketing Statement:

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team as a Natural Resource Specialist!

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. Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.


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 Boise, Idaho. Information about the surrounding area may be found Boise.

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

Travel may be required to attend trainings, conferences, workshops, and/or field visits.


- Monitors condition and trend of vegetation habitat types.
- Initiates and leads land health assessments.
- Reviews and prepares National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents.
- Establishes monitoring studies, prepares files and reports.
- Involved in project design, development and implementation of land use & activity plans.
- Leader or member of interdisciplinary teams.
- Administer grazing program on assigned allotments.

Qualifications and Evaluations


Physical Demands: Job requires equal amounts of office and field oriented duties.  Office duties will often require long periods of time at a duty station inputting, organizing, and interpreting data.  Office duties also require significant amounts of time coordinating and planning program factors with Bureau staff, outside interest groups, and other agencies.  Field duties involve long hours of driving, hiking, climbing, and other forms of outdoor physical activities.  Field trips may vary from one day to two weeks in duration.  The incumbent is expected to operate a four wheel drive vehicle in remote areas.

Work Environment: The work environment varies from an office setting where the incumbent is in contact with work associates at all times to a field setting where the incumbent is working alone for extended periods of time in extremely remote situations.  The topography in the work area varies from flat rolling sagebrush sites in the Snake River Plains to the rugged Bennett Mountains.  Temperatures can vary from -30 F. to 110 F between winter and summer seasons.  Incumbent will adhere to all safety rules and regulations as prescribed in manuals/supplements or by the designated Safety Officer 

We expect to fill one vacancy at this time; however, more than one position may be filled from this announcement.

Responses to the online job-specific questions must be supported in your resume.

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 qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points.   In the event that an applicant’s response on the questionnaire cannot be verified within the application materials ( e.g., resume, cover letter, education/training), the HR Office has the authority to lower the score of the candidate on that item to the response level supported by their application materials. 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.

    KSA#1: Skill in applying professional knowledge in the development of watershed management plans, and in mitigating problems generated between wildlife, riparian, and mineral, livestock grazing and recreation uses.

    KSA#2: Knowledge of techniques used to collect, summarize, interpret and analyze field data related to ecology and watershed management. The knowledge and ability is used to monitor ecological health of watersheds, riparian areas, and ecosystems.

    KSA#3: Working knowledge of computer databases to query and input watershed, riparian, and range data.

    KSA#4: Skill in communicating with other federal, state, or local agencies and private individuals or organizations to resolve problems by professional judgment or advice, or to coordinate implementation of multiple resource goals into plans or activities.

    KSA#5: Ability to prepare clear, concise written reports and environmental assessments based on field data interpretations for use by managers.


    Basic Education Requirement:
    1. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
    2. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major as shown in 1. above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Specialized Experience Requirements:

    In addition to the basic education requirement, 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.  

    - For GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-07 in the federal service. Examples include, but are not limited to: experience working as a natural resource specialist or other biological science position; proficiency in writing technical reports; composing environmental assessments and editing various documents for clarity and consistency; working in the range or botany programs.

    - For GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-09 in the federal service. Examples include, but are not limited to: serving as a subject matter expert in matters relating to natural resource management or other biological sciences, monitoring and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); leading interdisciplinary teams in environmental analysis; providing technical advice to supervisory staff; working in the range or botany programs ensuring compliance with policy and law.

    Substitution of Education for the Specialized Experience Requirement:
    - For the GS-09, successful completion of 2 years (36 semester credits) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree.
    - For the GS-11, successful completion of 3 years (54 semester credits) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

    Education and experience may be combined to meet the specialized experience requirement.

    You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a temporary promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.

    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:

    This is a not-to-exceed 1 year temporary promotion assignment and may be filled at the GS-09 or GS-11 level (depending on qualifications). At the expiration of this assignment, or whenever your services are no longer needed, you will be returned to your position and agency of record.

    Travel and per diem are not covered for this position.

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

    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.

    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

    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 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 Human Resources Office at (208) 373-3921 or email  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.  Civil service employees must provide their current OPM title, series, and grade.  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:            

    - You must provide copies of all your transcripts for verification that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university by the closing date. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.   All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of ‘official’ transcripts.

    - Current career and career-conditional employees: submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).

    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.  

    If uploading a resume, you must include the following: Job Title and Grade Level, if Federal employment, Duties and Accomplishments, Employer's Name and Address, Supervisor's Name and Telephone Number, Starting and Ending dates (month and year), Hours worked per week, and Salary.

    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:

    Once your completed application is received, we will conduct an evaluation and the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for future consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.

    You may also check the status of your application by viewing your “My Account” on USAJOBS.