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

About

Announcement Number:
ID-DEU-2016-0031
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Ecologist
Open Period:
04/27/2016 - 05/10/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0408 11
Salary:
USD $59,246 - USD $77,019
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
GS-11
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Boise, ID, US
Marsing, ID, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Human Resources
208-373-3921
BLM_ID_HR_VACANCIES@BLM.GOV

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Applicable
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
This a Term position NTE 13 months, but may be extended up to 4 years.
Marketing Statement:
This position may be made permanent without further competition.

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to Ecologist. 

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

This position is located in Boise, Idaho and/or Marsing, Idaho  Click on each location for information about the surrounding areas. 

Physical Demands: Field duties may involve long hours of driving, hiking, climbing, and other forms of outdoor physical activities.  Field trips may vary from one day to two weeks in duration.  The incumbent is expected to operate a four-wheel drive vehicles in remote areas. 

Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. 

Work Environment: Job requires varying proportions of office and field oriented duties.  Office duties will often require long periods of time at a duty station inputting, organizing and interpreting data. 

We expect to fill one vacancy at this time; however, more than one position may be filled from this announcement.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Travel is required to attend trainings, conferences, workshops, and field visits.

Duties

- This position will serve as the lead for monitoring associated with landscape-scale emergency stabilization and rehabilitation (ESR), fuels reduction and other treatments following the 2015 Soda Fire. 
- Coordinates an interagency and mixed ownership land treatment monitoring program to measure progress toward or away form a wide variety of ecological objectives resulting from ESR treatments, including providing overall oversight of the interagency monitoring and data analysis efforts, leading and providing logistic support for field crews, reviewing and interpreting monitoring results, making management recommendations based of monitoring data and compiling reports for internal and external audiences. 
- Coordinates research projects proposed within the Soda Fire ESR project area, including ensuring necessary environmental documents, clearances, and requests for access are completed prior to research initiation and working with researchers to mitigate identified issues and ensure proposed projects are compatible with current and ongoing treatments.
- Functions as liaison between other Field Offices, District Staff, other states, State and Federal agencies on matters relating to logistics, data management, research, and monitoring within the Soda Fire ESR project area through frequent communication in various modes and venues.
- Provide resource advice based on state-of-the-art knowledge and assures that appropriate Field Office staff members are trained in accepted monitoring data collection methods.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date 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.
  • 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 1: Ability to interpret monitoring data, create reports on monitoring results and coordinate recommendations on future land uses and treatments.

    KSA 2: Knowledge of the interrelationships of various natural resources; such as botany, forestry, fisheries, and others and the ability to communicate clearly about the application of the geographic information system (GIS) processes to the analysis of these resources, with planning, resource specialist and managers.

    KSA 3: Ability to plan and execute assignments, select or develop appropriate methods or techniques and scheduling the frequency of particular studies.

    KSA 4: Knowledge of geographic/cartographic sciences, interdisciplinary resource management or natural resources management, data base management and geographic information system/land information systems.

    KSA 5: Ability to communicate effectively with a multi-disciplinary group in a knowledgeable and accurate manner, both orally and written, with peer professionals in Federal and State agencies.
    Qualifications:
    Basic Education Requirement:
    Degree: biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences. 

    Specialized Experience Requirements:
    In addition to the basic education requirement, 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.   

    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 at this level is defined participating in the planning and execution of ecological or biological studies with a limited number of variables; performing established, standardized tests and analyses on a broad range of biological samples; and conducting studies using established fact-finding and evaluation procedures. 

    Substitution of Education for the Specialized Experience Requirement:
    For GS-11: 3 years (55 semesters hours) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, if related. 

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

    Applicant must have related experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position.

    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.

    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:
    May require completion of a 1 year trial 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.

    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.

    The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    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 208-373-3921. 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: 

    - You must provide a copy of your transcripts for verification that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university by the closing date. 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.

    - 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 the same documentation as 5-point veterans’ preference as well as a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. 

    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. 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.   

    If uploading a resume, you must include the following: Job Title and Grade Level, if Federal employment, Duties and Accomplishments, Employer's Name and Address, Supervisor's Name and Telephone Number, Starting and Ending dates (month and year), Hours worked per week, and Salary. 

    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:
    Once your completed application is received, we will conduct an evaluation and the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for future consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome. 

    You may also check the status of your application by viewing your “My Account” on USAJOBS.