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

About

Announcement Number:
UT-Merit-2014-0008
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Planning and Environmental Specialist
Open Period:
12/02/2013 - 12/16/2013 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0301A 11
Salary:
(USD) $57,408 - (USD) $74,628
Promotion Potential:
GS-11
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Moab, 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.
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 Moab, Utah. Information about Moab and the area can be found at Moab, 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" & "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.

Duties

This position serves as a Planning and Environmental Specialist located in a Field or State Office and is responsible for performing work that involves knowledge and application of the principles of natural resource programs. Serves on interdisciplinary teams (IDT) to work on specific planning and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents components and provides training to IDTs regarding development and implementation of NEPA and planning documents.  Assures that land use planning efforts are will coordinated with other local, State, and Federal agencies and ensures public participation in the planning process.  Reviews complex environmental analysis documents to ensure compliance and consistency with all applicable laws and regulations and serves as procedure and policy coordinator on all NEPA and planning documentation matters.  Provides responses to the public information request regarding completed, in-progress, and future planning document availability and assures that documents are appropriately filed and posts for availability for public review.

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:  
(1) Knowledge of  natural resource programs, including; cultural resources, threatened and endangered species, geology, hydrology, soils, range conservation, and wildlife to ensure an integrated analysis is performed and logical cause and effect relationships are supported;
(2) Knowledge of planning systems and NEPA analysis processes to ensure documents are produced according to Federal standards;
(3) Knowledge of Federal policies, goals, programs and interrelationships of these programs, techniques and practices which can be used to secure public involvement and input in Federal land use planning and NEPA programs and to train other resource specialists;
(4) Skill in analytical writing, technical report writing, and public speaking, performing environmental analysis, completing written assignments, and participating in reviews, and public meetings; and
(5) Ability to learn, use and provide leadership for the use of electronic systems for document preparation, posting and tracking (including ePlanning or similar  required software).
Qualifications:
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.  
Specialized Experience for the GS-11 Planning and Environmental Specialist:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in Planning and Environmental Specialist work related to Natural Resource Programs.  Examples:  experience with land use and multiple use  resource management planning; being a lead or member of an interdisciplinary team working on planning and environmental analysis processes, principles and practices; reviewing planning and NEPA documents to ensure they read smoothly and correctly; reviewing environmental documents to insure compliance with applicable laws and regulations; work with public land resource values, issues, or controversies; and assisting in developing public land-related planning strategies and procedures;
OR 3 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a directly related field of study.  Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work; OR have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above.

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 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.

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:

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).
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.

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.

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

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.
What to Expect Next:
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.