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

About

Announcement Number:
NV-DEU-2014-0095
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Rangeland Management Specialist
Open Period:
05/15/2014 - 05/29/2014 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0454 05/07
Salary:
USD $31,628 - USD $50,932
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work schedule is full time.
Promotion Potential:
GS-11
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Battle Mountain, NV, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Human Resources
775-861-6431
nvjobs@blm.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Permanent
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.
Summary:
This is a career ladder position with promotional potential to the GS-11. Selections will be made at the GS-05/07 level only. At the GS-09/11 the salary range is $47,923-75,376.

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
These positions are located in Battle Mountain, Nevada. More information about each area can be found at the Battle Mountain Chamber of Commerce


Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

May require travel for onsite inspections.

Duties

At the GS 5-7 Level: Assists senior rangeland management specialists in gathering, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of monitoring data to determine if land use objectives are being met. Reviews grazing permits to ensure compliance with appropriate federal law. Reviews and processes annual grazing applications. Conducts upland vegetation monitoring studies and determines the need for range and watershed improvements that are directly related to management objectives. Responsible for assisting in preparing, evaluating and conducting biological analyses of public rangeland projects. Responsible for providing basic input to interdisciplinary reports, environmental assessments, and protective stipulations for rangeland ecosystems.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
These positions fall under the Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions and Rangeland Management Series, 0454 Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR).
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:
    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 you meet the qualification requirements, you 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.

    At the GS-05 and GS-07 level:

    KSA 1: Knowledge of rangeland management and the ability to perform work involving conserving, developing and managing public rangelands.

    KSA 2: Knowledge of the disciplines of other natural resources and biological sciences.

    KSA 3: Ability to effectively communicate technical and non-technical information both orally and in written form to diverse groups of people.

    KSA 4: Ability to use automated systems to input data and generate reports.

    KSA 5: Ability to research, collect, verify, interpret, and analyze a variety of complex directions, regulations and information.
    Qualifications:
    Basic Education Requirement: This position has BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS. All applicants must clearly state their undergraduate and graduate degree(s) and submit ALL l their college transcript(s). The BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS for this position are as follows: A. Degree: Range Management OR a related discipline that included at least forty-two (42) semester hours in a combination of the plant, animal, soil sciences, and natural resources management, as follows: 1. Range Management: At least eighteen (18) semester hours of course work in Range Management, including courses in such areas as basic principles of range management, range plants, range ecology, range inventories and studies, range improvements, and ranch or rangeland planning. 2. Directly related plant, animal, and soil sciences: At least fifteen (15) semester hours of directly related courses in the plant, animal, and soil sciences, including at least one (1) course in each of these three scientific areas, i.e., plant, animal, and soil sciences. Courses in such areas as plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant ecology, animal nutrition, livestock production, and soil morphology or soil classification are acceptable. 3. Related resource management studies: At least nine (9) semester hours of course work in related resource management subjects, including courses in such areas as wildlife management, watershed management, natural resource or agricultural economics, forestry, agronomy, forages, and outdoor recreation management. --OR-- B. Combination of education and experience with at least forty-two (42) semester hours of course work in the combination of plant, animal, soil sciences and natural resources management as described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. To qualify using education you will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit all of your college transcripts; a certificate of diploma can not be used to determine applicant qualifications. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution See Foreign Education.
    Qualification Requirement Using Specialized Experience or Education: In order to be rated as qualified using specialized experience, we must be able to determine that you meet the definition(s) below; 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.
    To qualify at the GS-05 grade level you must meet the Basic Education requirements.
    To qualify at the GS-07: In addition to meeting the basic education requirements described above, one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lover grade level (GS-05) in the Federal service. Specialized experience is further defined as assisting higher level professionals with grazing applications and permits, on-the-ground use supervision, planning and conducting range studies, planning range & watershed improvements, conducting trespass investigations, consulting with livestock operators and preparing land use planning documents; OR One year of graduate education in range management or a directly related field;
    OR Graduated from a four year college with Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.), which is based on one of the following: (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society member. For a detailed description of Superior Academic Achievement please visit: Superior Academic Achievement

    You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    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:
    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.
     
    BLM may use certain incentives currently offered by the Federal government to attract high quality applicants. The incentives that may be offered include Student Loan Repayments, Relocation Incentives and/or Recruitment Incentives. 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.May require completion of a 1 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.
     
    Occasional travel may be required.
     

    --This announcement may be used to fill more than 1 vacancy at the Battle Mountain District Office to include duty location in Austin, Eureka, and Tonopah, Nevada.

    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: 
    - All Copies of Transcripts must 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/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 non-competitive Special Appointing Authorities, you must submit proof of 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. 
    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.