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

Vacancy Details

Grade: 09

1 I qualify for the GS-9 grade level because: Answer to this question is required
  • I meet the basic educational requirement AND I have one year of professional natural resource management specialist experience equivalent to GS-7 in the Federal service as stated in the specialized experience definition in the vacancy announcement.
  • I do not have the experience above, however, I meet the basic requirement AND I have completed 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master`s degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in biological sciences or a directly related field. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  • I do not fully meet the experience or education requirements above, however, I do meet the basic requirement AND I possess an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above, I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  • I do not have the specialized experience or education (or combination) described above.
2 I meet the basic requirement because: Answer to this question is required
  • I have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor`s degree with a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, range management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position advertised. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  • I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, range management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position advertised. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  • I do not have the education or specialized experience (or combination) described above.
3 Indicate your level of experience as it relates to your application of professional and scientific rangeland ecosystem management principles, practices, theories and techniques in order to assess resources for proper rangeland health. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
4 Identify the specialized work related to land use planning and environmental analysis that you have performed on the job. Answer to this question is required
  • Interpret, planning and NEPA laws, regulations, policies, and guidance for specific land and resource management programs and projects.
  • Analyze methods and provide guidance to management for planning and environmental processes on public lands.
  • Assist in the development of implementation strategies for planning and NEPA decisions related to public land management.
  • Resolve protests or appeals related to public land uses or natural resource management projects.
  • Coordinate identification of inventory and data collection needed to conduct natural resource management planning and NEPA decision-making efforts.
  • Coordinate natural resource assessment activities to determine resource conditions in advance of planning and decision making for public land use.
  • Coordinate land or environmental monitoring activities to assure that land use decisions are being implemented and desired effects are being achieved.
  • Review and evaluate land use planning documents for meeting regulatory requirements and recommend changes to comply with directives and guidance.
  • Identify, develop, and implement strategies for natural resource planning systems and NEPA decisions.
  • None of the above
5 Please indicate the following statement that best describes your highest level of experience, education, and/or training providing long range resource planning, program direction, coordination and evaluation of vegetative management and related activities in a field office or similar environment. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in this field.
  • I have completed education or training in this field, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  • I have used professional knowledge in this field on the job. My work in this field was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have performed work in this field as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • Work in this field has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed the work and I have trained others in performance of this work and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.
6 Which of the following vegetation monitoring activities have you performed as a regular part of your job? Answer to this question is required
  • Assembling vegetation data
  • Gathering new data on vegetation
  • Surveys for threatened and endangered plant species
  • Special studies to evaluate plant resource questions
  • None of the above
7 Identify the rangeland management tasks, as they relate to Rangeland Monitoring, that you have performed on the job Answer to this question is required
  • Plan and conduct range inventories
  • Plan and conduct forage utilization studies
  • Conduct range trend analysis
  • Review and anlyze inventory and monitoring data in support of ecosystem-based management
  • None of the above
8 Select the one answer that best describes your level of experience as it relates to your application of biological monitoring methods, as applied to multiple resources management. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in this field.
  • I have had education or training in this field, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  • I have used professional knowledge in this field on the job. My work in this field was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have performed professional work in this field as a regular part of my job. I have performed the work independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • Work in this field has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed the work and I have trained others in performance of this workload (or) other professionals have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.
9 Indicate your level of proficiency as it relates to your use of an automated Rangeland Administration System (RAS). Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had training or experience with an automated RAS.
  • I have had training and experience in an automated RAS, but use it only occasionally in my work.
  • I have used an automated RAS as a regular part of my job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or more experienced employee.
  • I am considered an expert in the use of an automated RAS and am consulted by other RAS users for assistance with their work.
10 I have performed the following grazing administration tasks: Answer to this question is required
  • I have processed grazing applications.
  • I have processed grazing permits/leases.
  • I have processed grazing bills.
  • I have completed grazing transfers.
  • None of the above.
11 Select all of the different desktop applications that you have experience using: Answer to this question is required
  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Project Management Software; e.g., MS-Project
  • Presentation Software; e.g., MS-Power Point
  • Database Record Systems
  • Rangeland Administration System (RAS)
  • Rangeland Improvement Project System (RIPS)
  • Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Global Position System (GPS)
  • Management Information System
  • Query and Ad hoc Reporting; e.g., Hyperion/Brio
  • Budget Planning System (BPS)
  • None of the above
12 Identify the statements that describe your experience working with people on a regular basis. Answer to this question is required
  • I participate in one-on-one interactions with co-workers to accomplish work-related duties.
  • I exchange information in one-on-one situations with others outside of the immediate work group,
  • I handle customer complaints or problems; propose new procedures; work well with a variety of people including immediate supervisor and the public.
  • I direct incoming calls and visitors to staff who can best help them.
  • I cooperate with others on projects or tasks; elicit necessary information from others who are uncooperative or uninterested.
  • I tactfully handle difficult or uncomfortable situations; work well with others from diverse backgrounds and across levels in the agency or organization.
  • I answer routine questions & provide assistance to callers or visitors, and resolve administrative issues.
  • None of the above
13 Select the statement that best describes your experience in working in an interagency and partnership work environment. Answer to this question is required
  • I have been the lead for developing partnerships with other government agencies, non-government organizations and private parties.
  • I have communicated, partnered and Collaborated with other government agencies, on broad resource management issues.
  • I have communicated, partnered and collaborated with other government agencies, non-government organizations and private parties on broad resource management issues at the local level.
  • I have communicated and collaborated with other Bureau or agency employees on local resource management issues that have public impact.
  • I have communicated and collaborated with Other Bureau or agency employees on local resource management issues. I have assisted in preparation of formal presentations and/or provided input to reports.
  • I have had no experience in working in an interagency or partnership work environment.
14 Select the statement that describes your experience with communicating within a team and an organization with people of varying work backgrounds and attitudes. Answer to this question is required
  • I have successfully led or managed three or more teams of three or more business participants with diverse backgrounds and interests to produce products or work through contentious issues.
  • I have successfully led or managed one to two teams of three or more participants with diverse backgrounds and interests to produce products or work through contentious issues.
  • I have directly and successfully participated in three or more teams of three or more participants with diverse backgrounds and interests to produce products or work through contentious issues.
  • I have directly and successfully participated in at least one team of three or more participants with diverse backgrounds and interests to produce products or work through contentious issues.
  • I have limited to no experience in working with teams of three or more participants and interests to produce products or work through contentious issues.
15 Select the following statement that best describes your ability and experience to communicate effectively in writing. Answer to this question is required
  • I have routinely written persuasive and concise written instructions, reports, memoranda or other correspondence. This correspondence often involved complex, controversial issues with the need to obtain buy-in and support and was accepted without change.
  • I have regularly drafted a variety of correspondence for the review and signature of my supervisor or higher official, with minimal or no substantive required revisions.
  • I have composed general instructions, reports, memoranda and other correspondence according to standardized requirements which were accepted without major changes or modifications.
  • I have written routine correspondence for a supervisor which required extensive subject content revisions.
  • I have not regularly written much in the way of formal correspondence or reports
16 Please check each of the following that describes your experience in the NEPA process Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience with the NEPA process.
  • I have education and/or training in NEPA processes but I have not performed this work on-the-job.
  • I have prepared a Categorical Exclusion Report or Documentation of NEPA Adequacy (DNA).
  • I have participated as a member of an Interdisciplinary Team in the development of an Environmental Assessment (EA).
  • I have led or coordinated an Interdisciplinary Team in the development of an Environmental Assessment (EA).
  • I have participated as a member of an Interdisciplinary Team in the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
  • I have led or coordinated an Interdisciplinary Team in the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
  • I have participated as a member of an Interdisciplinary Team in the development of a Resource Management Plan and/or Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS).
17 Select the statement that best describes your highest level of experience, education, or training in writing reports and/or other documents. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have written documents which contain factual information.
  • I have written documents regarding specific topics that identify and analyze relevant facts in order to present findings
  • I have written reports and/or other documents regarding particular subject matter areas that present relevant facts, identify and analyze the major issues, formulate conclusions, identify alternatives, and recommend actions.

Grade: 11

1 I qualify for the GS-11 level because: Answer to this question is required
  • I meet the basic requirements & I have 1 year of experience as a Natural Resource Specialist or related position equivalent to GS-9 in the Federal service. I have read the vacancy announcement for examples of specialized experience qualifying for this position.
  • I meet the basic requirements AND I have completed 3 years of graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree in the field of natural resource management or directly related field. Applicants should describe how specific course work, research, projects, dissertation, theses, etc., demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position being advertised. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  • I meet the basic requirements AND I have a combination of experience and second year graduate level education described above. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  • I do not meet any of the above responses.
2 I meet the basic requirement because: Answer to this question is required
  • I have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor`s degree with a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, range management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position advertised. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  • I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, range management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position advertised. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  • I do not have the education or specialized experience (or combination) described above.
3 Indicate your level of experience as it relates to your application of professional and scientific rangeland ecosystem management principles, practices, theories and techniques in order to assess resources for proper rangeland health. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
4 Identify the specialized work related to land use planning and environmental analysis that you have performed on the job. Answer to this question is required
  • Interpret, planning and NEPA laws, regulations, policies, and guidance for specific land and resource management programs and projects.
  • Analyze methods and provide guidance to management for planning and environmental processes on public lands.
  • Assist in the development of implementation strategies for planning and NEPA decisions related to public land management.
  • Resolve protests or appeals related to public land uses or natural resource management projects.
  • Coordinate identification of inventory and data collection needed to conduct natural resource management planning and NEPA decision-making efforts.
  • Coordinate natural resource assessment activities to determine resource conditions in advance of planning and decision making for public land use.
  • Coordinate land or environmental monitoring activities to assure that land use decisions are being implemented and desired effects are being achieved.
  • Review and evaluate land use planning documents for meeting regulatory requirements and recommend changes to comply with directives and guidance.
  • Identify, develop, and implement strategies for natural resource planning systems and NEPA decisions.
  • None of the above
5 Please indicate the following statement that best describes your highest level of experience, education, and/or training providing long range resource planning, program direction, coordination and evaluation of vegetative management and related activities in a field office or similar environment. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in this field.
  • I have completed education or training in this field, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  • I have used professional knowledge in this field on the job. My work in this field was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have performed work in this field as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • Work in this field has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed the work and I have trained others in performance of this work and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.
6 Which of the following vegetation monitoring activities have you performed as a regular part of your job? Answer to this question is required
  • Assembling vegetation data
  • Gathering new data on vegetation
  • Surveys for threatened and endangered plant species
  • Special studies to evaluate plant resource questions
  • None of the above
7 Identify the rangeland management tasks, as they relate to Rangeland Monitoring, that you have performed on the job Answer to this question is required
  • Plan and conduct range inventories
  • Plan and conduct forage utilization studies
  • Conduct range trend analysis
  • Review and anlyze inventory and monitoring data in support of ecosystem-based management
  • None of the above
8 Select the one answer that best describes your level of experience as it relates to your application of biological monitoring methods, as applied to multiple resources management. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in this field.
  • I have had education or training in this field, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  • I have used professional knowledge in this field on the job. My work in this field was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have performed professional work in this field as a regular part of my job. I have performed the work independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • Work in this field has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed the work and I have trained others in performance of this workload (or) other professionals have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.
9 Indicate your level of proficiency as it relates to your use of an automated Rangeland Administration System (RAS). Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had training or experience with an automated RAS.
  • I have had training and experience in an automated RAS, but use it only occasionally in my work.
  • I have used an automated RAS as a regular part of my job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or more experienced employee.
  • I am considered an expert in the use of an automated RAS and am consulted by other RAS users for assistance with their work.
10 I have performed the following grazing administration tasks: Answer to this question is required
  • I have processed grazing applications.
  • I have processed grazing permits/leases.
  • I have processed grazing bills.
  • I have completed grazing transfers.
  • None of the above.
11 Select all of the different desktop applications that you have experience using: Answer to this question is required
  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Project Management Software; e.g., MS-Project
  • Presentation Software; e.g., MS-Power Point
  • Database Record Systems
  • Rangeland Administration System (RAS)
  • Rangeland Improvement Project System (RIPS)
  • Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Global Position System (GPS)
  • Management Information System
  • Query and Ad hoc Reporting; e.g., Hyperion/Brio
  • Budget Planning System (BPS)
  • None of the above
12 Identify the statements that describe your experience working with people on a regular basis. Answer to this question is required
  • I participate in one-on-one interactions with co-workers to accomplish work-related duties.
  • I exchange information in one-on-one situations with others outside of the immediate work group,
  • I handle customer complaints or problems; propose new procedures; work well with a variety of people including immediate supervisor and the public.
  • I direct incoming calls and visitors to staff who can best help them.
  • I cooperate with others on projects or tasks; elicit necessary information from others who are uncooperative or uninterested.
  • I tactfully handle difficult or uncomfortable situations; work well with others from diverse backgrounds and across levels in the agency or organization.
  • I answer routine questions & provide assistance to callers or visitors, and resolve administrative issues.
  • None of the above
13 Select the statement that best describes your experience in working in an interagency and partnership work environment. Answer to this question is required
  • I have been the lead for developing partnerships with other government agencies, non-government organizations and private parties.
  • I have communicated, partnered and Collaborated with other government agencies, on broad resource management issues.
  • I have communicated, partnered and collaborated with other government agencies, non-government organizations and private parties on broad resource management issues at the local level.
  • I have communicated and collaborated with other Bureau or agency employees on local resource management issues that have public impact.
  • I have communicated and collaborated with Other Bureau or agency employees on local resource management issues. I have assisted in preparation of formal presentations and/or provided input to reports.
  • I have had no experience in working in an interagency or partnership work environment.
14 Select the statement that describes your experience with communicating within a team and an organization with people of varying work backgrounds and attitudes. Answer to this question is required
  • I have successfully led or managed three or more teams of three or more business participants with diverse backgrounds and interests to produce products or work through contentious issues.
  • I have successfully led or managed one to two teams of three or more participants with diverse backgrounds and interests to produce products or work through contentious issues.
  • I have directly and successfully participated in three or more teams of three or more participants with diverse backgrounds and interests to produce products or work through contentious issues.
  • I have directly and successfully participated in at least one team of three or more participants with diverse backgrounds and interests to produce products or work through contentious issues.
  • I have limited to no experience in working with teams of three or more participants and interests to produce products or work through contentious issues.
15 Select the following statement that best describes your ability and experience to communicate effectively in writing. Answer to this question is required
  • I have routinely written persuasive and concise written instructions, reports, memoranda or other correspondence. This correspondence often involved complex, controversial issues with the need to obtain buy-in and support and was accepted without change.
  • I have regularly drafted a variety of correspondence for the review and signature of my supervisor or higher official, with minimal or no substantive required revisions.
  • I have composed general instructions, reports, memoranda and other correspondence according to standardized requirements which were accepted without major changes or modifications.
  • I have written routine correspondence for a supervisor which required extensive subject content revisions.
  • I have not regularly written much in the way of formal correspondence or reports
16 Please check each of the following that describes your experience in the NEPA process Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience with the NEPA process.
  • I have education and/or training in NEPA processes but I have not performed this work on-the-job.
  • I have prepared a Categorical Exclusion Report or Documentation of NEPA Adequacy (DNA).
  • I have participated as a member of an Interdisciplinary Team in the development of an Environmental Assessment (EA).
  • I have led or coordinated an Interdisciplinary Team in the development of an Environmental Assessment (EA).
  • I have participated as a member of an Interdisciplinary Team in the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
  • I have led or coordinated an Interdisciplinary Team in the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
  • I have participated as a member of an Interdisciplinary Team in the development of a Resource Management Plan and/or Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS).
17 Select the statement that best describes your highest level of experience, education, or training in writing reports and/or other documents. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have written documents which contain factual information.
  • I have written documents regarding specific topics that identify and analyze relevant facts in order to present findings
  • I have written reports and/or other documents regarding particular subject matter areas that present relevant facts, identify and analyze the major issues, formulate conclusions, identify alternatives, and recommend actions.

Grade: All Grades

1 If you are, or ever were, a Federal civilian employee, please indicate pay plan of the highest graded position you held: Answer to this question is required
  • GS
  • WG
  • WL
  • WS
  • WB
  • Other
  • Not applicable
2 If you are, or were, a Federal employee who held a permanent position in the competitive service, select the highest full performance level of that position: Answer to this question is required
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Not applicable
3 I consent to the release of information about my ability and fitness for Federal employment by employers, schools, law enforcement agencies, and other individuals and organizations to investigators, human resource specialists, and other authorized employees or representatives of the Federal Government. I understand that for some other sources of information, a separate specific release may be needed, and I may be contacted for such a release at a later date. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 I have read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" sections and understand that failure to submit any required documents may result in my being found not qualified. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5 My resume contains the beginning and ending dates (month/year to month/year) and grade level (if federal service) for each season of experience and/or service period in a pay status. I understand failure to adequately include this information may affect my qualification determination for this announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Ensure that your resume clearly supports the answers you have provided in the questionnaire portion of this vacancy announcement.
6 How did you learn about this position? (Check all that apply)
  • Friend or family member.
  • Professional society, social or nonprofit organization, or alumni group.
  • College counselor, college career center, or faculty member.
  • Non-academic employment office.
  • Career fair or recruitment event.
  • Magazine, newspaper, or other print sources.
  • USAJOBS job board.
  • Other online job boards, such as Monster, Careerbuilder, USA Staffing, or Indeed.
  • BLM website.
  • Other websites or internet advertisements.
  • Student Ambassadors Program representative.
  • Other.
7 What was your experience in applying for this position?
  • Very Easy
  • Easy
  • Somewhat easy
  • Somewhat difficult
  • Very difficult
  • I`ll never do this again!