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

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Announcement Number:
UT-Merit-2014-0002
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Ecologist
Open Period:
12/02/2013 - 12/16/2013 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0408 13
Salary:
(USD) $81,823 - (USD) $106,369
Promotion Potential:
GS-13
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Salt Lake City, UT, US
For More Info:
Rebecca Oaks
801-539-4229
roaks@blm.gov

Overview

Who May Apply:
All current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility and Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles; ICTAP/CTAP eligibles within the local commuting area.
 
Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities.
Security Clearance Required:
Duration Appointment:
This is a permanent position.
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team as an Ecologist.
 
The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million 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 Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health 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 Salt Lake City, Utah Information about Salt Lake City can be found at Salt Lake City, Utah.
Supervisory Position:
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Conditions of Employment:

U.S. Citizenship is required Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required. Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections You cannot hold an active real estate license; or have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land Direct Deposit Required.

Duties

The incumbent is the Colorado Plateau Coordinator for the Native Plant Materials Development Program and management strategy development for the Colorado Plateau (Plateau) and functions as the lead for management of the native plant materials program and conservation of sensitive species on the Plateau.  The incumbent is considered the BLM expert and advisor in matters relating to native plant materials and management of native plant resources on the Plateau.  This position is on the Branch of Renewal Resources staff in the Division of Natural Resources, Utah State Office, in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Incumbent ensures coordination and consistency of native plant materials collection and development and native plant management within and among the Plateau states of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona and that development of native plant materials is conducted using proper protocol.  Incumbent coordinates these efforts with the appropriate BLM State Offices and Washington Office Plant Conservation Program Lead, Seeds of Success Coordinator and the National Seed Coordinator.  Incumbent also coordinate activities, including studies and research, with the various external entities working with native plants on the Plateau including the Uncompahgre Plateau working group, various universities and colleges, other federal agencies, (e.g. Forest Service, NPS, FWS, NRCS, ARS, and USGS), State agencies such as the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, CPCESU, and others. Incumbent provides technical expertise and facilitates technology transfer and coordinate and guide the native plant research and the development and location of demonstration sites that showcase the application of restoration and conservation activities and treatments on the Plateau.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Education:
Requirements:
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 300.64.  If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a 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.
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 qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. 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:
 
* Knowledge of applicable laws, executive orders, regulations, and policies that authorize and direct management of the public lands on the Colorado Plateau. 
 
* Knowledge of native plants and ecosystems on the Colorado Plateau.
 
* Knowledge of theories, principles, practices, and techniques associated with restoration ecology and landscape ecology
 
* The ability to build collaborative partnerships across a broad spectrum of interest groups and individuals throughout the Colorado Plateau.
 
* The ability to communicate effectively and to provide strong leadership, both verbally and in writing to a wide range of publics, partners, and customers.
 
* The ability to interpret a wide array of complicated information and condense the salient points into written guidance, reports, correspondence, and other materials. 
Qualifications:
Basic Education Requirement:
 
Degree: biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.
 
Specialized Experience 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. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.
 
To qualify for GS-13:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-12 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as work that provided experience and knowledge in identifying, developing, and designing research of native plant materials, and/or knowledge of biological processes and ecosystems in the Colorado Plateau Region.

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.
 
May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.
 
Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy.  The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered. To view FAQ regarding PCS click here. 

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 receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used 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 801-539-4229.  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:
In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
 
1. Current and former federal 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).
 
2. 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.
 
3. If you're applying under special hiring authority for veterans, you must submit your DD-214 and any supporting documentation.
 
4. 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. 
What to Expect Next:
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 USAJOBs account.