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

About

Announcement Number:
OR-DEU-2016-0093
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Interdisciplinary Position (Biometrician)
Open Period:
03/28/2016 - 04/08/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0401,0460,1530 12
Salary:
USD $74,950 - USD $97,434
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
GS-12
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Portland, OR, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Lane Gaylord
503-808-6391
lgaylord@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 position.
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as a Biometrician.
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:
**NOTE:  This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the advertised series. The series of the position will be determined by the qualifications of the selectee.**

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 Oregon State Office, visit our website.
For information about the Portland area, visit Travel Portland.

Physical Demands/Work Environment: The incumbent will typically work in an office setting where walking, standing, bending and carrying of light items is required.  Occasional travel to the field where physical activity involving walking long distances, bending or climbing over rough, steep and/or rocky terrain could occur.  Rain, cold, heat and dangers such as falling tree limbs and trees may be encountered.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Yes

Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation, Chapter 302, and Departmental policy.  The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered.  

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional travel may be required.

Duties

The Biometrician position is located in the Oregon State Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Portland, Oregon.  The position is a technical specialist that provides expertise on management of the BLM Oregon and California (O&C) forest lands and public domain lands intermingled within western Oregon. The position will provide leadership and technical guidance in planning vegetation inventory and monitoring, sampling, and analysis of data using appropriate techniques. Major duties include:  Provides expert technical advice and direction for the collection, warehousing, analysis, and reporting of Oregon/Washington’s vegetation inventory program involving a full range of duties associated with forest vegetative inventory and biometrics; Analyzes and resolves critical and complex mensuration and quantitative database problems and devises new procedures from experimental and research data or evidence; Provides expert technical advice for the collection, analysis, and reporting of vegetative resource data for Oregon/Washington vegetative inventory program; Reviews all vegetative data acquisition procedures to ensure consistent inventory methods are utilized which align with BLM protocols and databases; Conducts statistical analysis of data such as regression analysis and analysis of variance as needed by the State Director, State Office, and districts; Provides clear and concise explanations of inference to a wide variety of audiences in a concise written format and through oral presentations.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
Summary of requirements: You must meet all requirements listed in the "Qualifications" section of the announcement.
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
  • 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
  • Background Investigation 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. 
    KSA's:
    1.  Professional knowledge of a wide range of mathematical methods and in-depth knowledge of theory and practice of statistical methods to conduct statistical analysis of data.
    2.  Knowledge of a wide range of professional forestry concepts, principles and practices, including silviculture, mensuration and timber sale appraisal methods, system analysis and design, plant pathology, timber sampling techniques, timber valuations and related specialty areas sufficient to provide consultation and guidance and analyze and evaluate data associated with vegetative inventories.
    3.  In-depth knowledge of a statistical package, such as Statistical Analysis (SAS), r, and/or SPSS Statistics software, as well as expert knowledge of Microsoft Office Work, Excel and Access to analyze and evaluate data associated with vegetative inventories and land management planning; knowledge of Geographic Information System (GIS) software such as ArcMap is recommended.
    4.  Familiarity with Automated Data Processing methods and of major programming languages for mobile devices required for programming hand held recorders.
    5.  Skill in providing clear and concise explanations of inference to a wide variety of audiences in a concise written format and through oral presentations.
    Qualifications:
    Basic Qualifications:
    GS-401:  Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.  OR a combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
    GS-460: Degree: forestry; or a related subject-matter field that included a total of at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours of course work were in forestry. The curriculum must have been sufficiently diversified to include courses in each of the following areas: -Management of Renewable Resources -- study of the science and art of managing renewable resources to attain desired results. Examples of creditable courses in this area include silviculture, forest management operations, timber management, wildland fire science or fire management, utilization of forest resources, forest regulation, recreational land management, watershed management, and wildlife or range habitat management. - Forest Biology -- study of the classification, distribution, characteristics, and identification of forest vegetation, and the interrelationships of living organisms to the forest environment. Examples of creditable courses in this area include dendrology, forest ecology, silvics, forest genetics, wood structure and properties, forest soils, forest entomology, and forest pathology. - Forest Resource Measurements and Inventory -- sampling, inventory, measurement, and analysis techniques as applied to a variety of forest resources. Examples of creditable courses include forest biometrics, forest mensuration, forest valuation, statistical analysis of forest resource data, renewable natural resources inventories and analysis, and photogrammetry or remote sensing OR Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in forestry, or at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours were in forestry. The requirements for diversification of the 24 semester hours in forestry are the same as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
    GS-1530:  Degree: that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing  OR Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.

    In addition to meeting the basic requirements above, you must also meet the following 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-11) of the position to be filled. Examples Using a professional knowledge of a wide range of mathematical and statistical methods to conduct statistical analysis of vegetative or other natural resource data. 

    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:
    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 trial/probationary period.
    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.
    Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.

    This announcement is being advertised concurrently under Announcement#OR Merit-2016-0180 for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

    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 lgaylord@blm.gov or 503-808-6391. 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.
    - 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.
     - 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.
    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.