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

About

Announcement Number:
NV-PTHWYS-2016-0010
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Outdoor Recreation Planner (Recent Grad)
Open Period:
05/19/2016 - 06/02/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0023 05/07/09
Salary:
USD $32,374 - USD $63,765
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
GS-09
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Las Vegas, NV, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Human Resources Office
775-861-6433
nvjobs@blm.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Recent Graduates who in the previous 2 years have completed a degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Veterans precluded by a military service obligation have up to 6 years after completion of degree or certificate to apply.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Recent Graduates
Appointment Type Details:
This is a Recent Graduates position.
Marketing Statement:
The BLM seeks a dynamic and energetic student to join its Las Vegas District Office team and gain valuable work experience as a Outdoor Recreation Planner.

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 Las Vegas, Nevada.  Information about Southern Nevad can be found at Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce website.

This position is for Recent Graduates who have completed a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous 2 years. Note: (1) Certain veterans precluded from applying within the timeframe due to a military service obligation have up to 6 years from completing their education to apply; (2) Applicants who completed their educational program requirements after December 27, 2010 will have a full 2 years of eligibility beginning on the date the final regulations became effective, July 10, 2012.  

This is an excepted service, developmental experience appointment expected to last only 1 year under the BLM Pathways Recent Graduates Program. The BLM will require the selected applicant to complete a Participant Agreement in which it shall document the anticipated start and end dates for this developmental appointment.  

The agency may noncompetitively convert a Recent Graduate who is a U. S. citizen to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service, as long as the Recent Graduate successfully completes the BLM’s 1 year developmental program and meets the OPM Qualification Standards for the targeted occupational series.

Physical Demands: The work is primarily sedentary. However, there may be some physical exertion such as walking; hiking; standing; bending; carrying of items such as books and backpacks; driving an automobile or off-highway vehicle; operating a small boat, etc.

Work Environment: Work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate controlled office. Occasional travel may be required. The position may be required to visit field sites where risks may include exposure to inclement weather and potential injury from falls, strains, bites, stings, etc. The incumbent will adhere to all safety rules and regulations as prescribed in manuals/supplements or designated by the Safety Officer.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Travel to field sites for work will occasionally be required.

Duties

At the GS-05/07 grade levels, this will be an entry level trainee position. As a trainee, perform a variety of developmental assignments of limited difficulty in all or several of the following areas: lands and realty case work, planning systems, compliance, environmental analysis, and outreach.

The duties described below are at the full performance GS-09 grade level:

Coordinate with managers, planners, and resource specialists to identify recreation program needs on a local scale and develop long and short-term outdoor recreation plans to address needs.

Coordinate recreation program activities with other BLM District and Field Offices, as well as private organizations, and the general public. Recommend changes to operational program aspects. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and interest/user groups concerned with public land management.

Monitor and inspect the operation of public use sites, permit programs, concessionaire operations, facilities, etc. Collaborate with others to develop new signage, brochures, displays, and other public information materials, and/or develop plans for new recreation facilities and structures.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
This position falls under the group coverage qualification standards for Administrative and Management positions in conjunction with the Individual Occupation Requirements for Outdoor Recreation Planning Series.

Education: Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -- outdoor recreation planning or a related field such as: sociology, forestry, landscape architecture, economics, biological science, park administration, earth science, natural resource management and conservation, civil engineering, urban planning, or recreation. Applicants who qualify on the basis of graduate work in related disciplines must have one or more courses in outdoor recreation.

 OR Experience

To qualify based on education, 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" 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 is 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 qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

    KSA 1: Knowledge of recreation inventory, permit administration and environmental education, as they relate to outdoor recreation planning.

    KSA 2: Knowledge of land use planning processes and the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

    KSA 3: Skill in communication techniques in order to present complex or abstract ideas and information in easy-to-understand formats to a variety of audiences.

    KSA 4: Ability to input, extract, and analyze information obtained/collected through various systems.
    Qualifications:
    To be eligible, an applicant must be: A Recent Graduate who has obtained a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous 2 years or other applicable period.

    Other applicable period may include: (1) Certain veterans precluded from applying within the timeframe described above due to a military service obligation, shall have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon his/her release or discharge from active duty. However, in no event, may the individual’s eligibility period extend beyond 6 years from the date on which the individual completed the requirements of an academic course of study; and (2) Applicants who completed their educational program requirements after December 27, 2010 will have a full 2 years of eligibility beginning on the date the final regulations became effective, July 10, 2012.

    In order to assess you meet a qualified status for this position and to refer you to the hiring manager, the agency must be able to determine that you meet the qualifications based on completed education, specialized experience, and/or both - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.  

    To qualify at GS-05: Three (3) years of general experience equivalent to GS-04 in the Federal Service that provided knowledge of the requirements and practices of outdoor recreation planning or natural resource utilization and conservation. At this level, assignments require a good working knowledge of a special subject matter and the exercise of independent judgment in accordance with well-established policies, procedures and techniques; OR completed a four year course of study leading to a bachelor`s degree with major study in outdoor recreation planning or a related field such as sociology, forestry, landscape architecture, economics, biological science, park administration, earth science, natural resource management & conservation, civil engineering, urban planning, or recreation; OR an equivalent combination of the general experience and education described above.  

    To qualify at GS-07: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent at the next lower grade (GS-05) in Federal service.  Examples: demonstrated ability to plan & coordinate the use of land, water & related resources for recreation & conservation purposes; carry out designated portions of an inventory of existing recreation resources; analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data and recognize solutions; plan and organize work; and communicate effectively orally and in writing; OR completed a bachelors degree in outdoor recreation planning or a related field AND meet the provisions of with Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.)  See OPM Quals Standard-General Policies E(4)(f); OR completed 1 full year of graduate education or a master`s or higher degree in outdoor recreation planning or a related field that included 1 or more courses in outdoor recreation; OR an equivalent combination of the specialized experience and graduate education described above.  

    To qualify at GS-09: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent at the next lower grade (GS-07) in Federal service.  Examples: conduct inventories and studies to determine recreation visitor use & site suitability; prepare recreation activity plans; work on environmental assessment projects related to recreation activities; process special recreation use permits including supervising events & performing compliance monitoring; coordinate the planning, operation, fee collection, & maintenance of developed campgrounds & trailheads; OR 2 years of graduate education leading to a masters or equivalent degree in outdoor recreation planning or a related field that included 1 or more courses in outdoor recreation; OR an equivalent combination of the specialized experience and graduate education described above.

    You must meet all eligibility and 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 one year probationary period.

    BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.

    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

    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.

    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.

    This announcement may be used to fill more than one position within the Las Vegas District. 

    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:
    Verification of Degree: Copy of all your transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U. S. educational institution. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the application process, but prior to appointment the official transcript(s) will be required. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.  

    Veteran’s Preference: If you are entitled to veteran’s preference, you should indicate the level of veteran’s preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veteran’s preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide. You may request copies of your DD-214 by calling 1-800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833 or online at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/.  

    For 5-point veteran’s preference, you must 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 veteran’s preference, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15 (Application for 10-point Veterans Preference), a DD-214 showing character of service, and the required documentation.  

    Certification In Lieu of DD-214: Active duty service members claiming veteran’s preference may submit a ‘certification’ when applying for Federal jobs (Chapter 21 of Title 5 U. S. C Section 2108a). The ‘certification’ is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. Prior to appointment, agencies must verify the service member is eligible for veteran’s preference in accordance with 5 U. S. C. 2108, unless the service member is appointed under the provisions of 5 U. S. C. 5534a, Dual employment and pay during terminal leave from uniformed services.  

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