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

About

Announcement Number:
OR-DEU-2015-0157
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Range Technician (ESI Team)
Open Period:
06/18/2015 - 07/01/2015 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0455 07
Salary:
USD $39,570 - USD $51,437
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
GS-07
Duty Location(s):
2 Vacancy in

Vale, OR, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Gary Abeyta
503-808-6262
gabeyta@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
Term appt, NTE 13 mos
Appointment Type Details:
This is a Term Seasonal NTE 13 months.
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the Ecological Site Inventory (ESI) team as a Range Technician in Vale, Oregon. The BLM manages more land - 245 million surface 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 BLM, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, 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.

For information about the Vale District, visit our website.

For information about the Vale area, visit the Vale Chamber of Commerce.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
50% or less

50% or greater during the field season.

Duties

This position is a Range Technician assigned to the Jordan Resource Area of the Vale District.  The incumbent works for the Ecological Site Inventory (ESI) team collecting and analyzing vegetation data in relationship to Ecological Site types.  The position involves the performance of a variety of routine and frequently complex tasks in an office setting or field environment which includes some or all of the following duties.  Collecting ecological site information for population distributions, conditions, trend, associated species, and land forms of occurrence.  Incumbent compiles data into appropriate reports, identifies vegetative habitats and maps ecological potential of public lands in close coordination with soil scientists.  Incumbent evaluates and maps present plant communities upon the bases of degree of departure from the ecological potential.  Aids in developing and refining ecological descriptions where adequate descriptions are lacking, uses screen digitizing to transfer vegetative field mapping product into the GIS system.  Assembles ecological field data from ESI inventory, and inputs information into databases.  Enters survey data from data sheets and/or tables using software such as Excel or Access, along with performing statistical manipulations.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
Summary of Requirements:  You must meet all requirements as listed in the "Qualifications" section of the announcement.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "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, Well 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.

    1. Knowledge of plant taxonomy, plant physiology, ecology, and the nature and properties of soils.

    2. Skill using electronic equipment (computers, portable data recorders, digital cameras, Global Positioning Systems, etc.) and associated computer software to record, process and manipulate data.

    3. Knowledge of federal and resource management laws, resource management laws, regulations, policies and procedures necessary to carry out assigned tasks.

    4. Ability to effectively document field observations and biological conditions.

    5. Ability to communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing, sufficient to work well on teams, exchange information and deal on a day-to-day basis with other employees, and the general public.
    Qualifications:
    For GS-07: 1 full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level in the Federal service, OR 1 year of graduate level college education in a field related to range work such as a major study in forestry, range management, agriculture or a field directly related to this position, OR an equivalent combination of the specialized experience and education.

    Specialized Experience Requirements: 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 (GS-06) of the position to be filled. Examples:  Experience collecting ecological samples, compiling data into reports, identifying vegetative habitats, evaluating and mapping plant communities, and experience transferring information into different databases.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. 

    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:
    This is a term position for which all qualified U.S. citizens with or without Federal Status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service, and will be for a period not-to-exceed 13 months with possible extension up to a total of 4 years (or longer if approved by the Office of Personnel Management) without re-announcement.

    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 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.

    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 Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

    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 Gary Abeyta in the HR Office at 503-808-6262 or gabeyta@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:

    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.

    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 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference. 

    For 5-point veterans' preference, 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 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation. 

    For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide

    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.
    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.