Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Open Period:
01/16/2014 - 02/18/2014 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 1315 09/11
USD $47,923 - USD $75,376
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Ely, NV, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Human Resources


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Applicable
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent full time 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.
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 Las Vegas, Nevada. Information about the Ely area can be found at White Pine Chamber of Commerce.
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.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

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.

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Field work requires gathering samples and other data, monitoring and inventory activities, and participation in project work. In his/her field capacity, the individual will be required to
walk or ride vehicles over rough terrain, perform duties that require recurring bending,
crouching, stooping, reaching or lifting. Work may also include lifting of moderately
heavy items, such as equipment and samples.


The duties of this positon include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducts watershed analysis and determines the disturbance history and environmental baseline or evaluates projects involving resource impacts to watershed condition, stream function and water quality from multiple-use resource management; and designs Best Management Practices, as appropriate to prevent or reduce potential impacts and maintain water quality.

  • Plans and collects surface or groundwater water quality and quantity monitoring data to support projects and programs, and prepares records and reports.

  • Subject matter expert and point of contact for water resource issues and water rights at the District/Field office; responsible for planning and implementing techniques to maintain or restore stream function and water quality, monitor water use; and where necessary, negotiate agreements.

  • Manages hydrologic and water quality projects to achieve desired results.

Qualifications and Evaluations

You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/ graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.
Key Requirements:
  • 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.
  • 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, Highly 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 required to do the work of this position.
    KSA 1: Knowledge of the theories, principles and concepts related to hydrology, hydro-geology, water conservation and water usage.

    KSA 2: Knowledge and skill sufficient to apply standard techniques and prossess while maintaining quality assurance and within established deadlines with minimal supervisory control.

    KSA 3: Ability to devise strategies to overcome significant resource management problems, particularly those related to water quality issues, including developing relevant designs and implementation guidelines considering feasibility, cost/benefit, resource protection and longevity. 

    KSA 4: Ability to plan, design, implement, and complete projects to ensure completion on schedule and within budget.
    KSA 5: Knowledge of federal, state, and local water laws, including a familiarity with applicable state water right procedures.
    This position falls under the professional and scientific group coverage qualification standards and the Hydrological Series Individual Occupational Requirements.

    Basic Education Requirement:
    Degree: physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Calculus and physics, as described above, are requirements for all grade levels.


    Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Qualification Requirement Using Specialized Experience:
    In order to be rated as qualified using specialized experience, we must be able to determine that you meet the definition(s) below in addition to meeting the Basic Education Requirements; 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 level of the position to be filled.
    For GS-09: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-07) in the federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience collecting, summarizing, analyzing, and interpreting climatological, surface water, ground water, or water quality data and determining the effects of proposed treatments and surface disturbing actions on hydrologic resources.
    For GS-11: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-09) in the federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience as a technical advisor in hydrologic work including: planning and developing projects, overseeing contracts for hydrologic studies, or insuring compliance with regulations concerning air and water quality and flood plain management.
    You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

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

    Benefits and Other Info

    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:
    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 Highly or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.
    May require completion of a one year probationary period.
    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.
    BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.
    Occasional travel may be required.
    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

    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 (775) 861-6431 or email us at nvjobs@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:
    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:   

    • Positive Basic Edation Requirements:  All Copies of Transcripts that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/ university. 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.

    • 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 more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit: Vet Guide. For preference as 5-point veteran (TP), 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 preference as a 10-point veteran (CP, CPS, or XP), please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.

    • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP and ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Highly or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

    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.