Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Ecologist/Botanist (Interdisciplinary)
Open Period:
06/29/2016 - 07/06/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0430,0408 09/11
USD $48,968 - USD $77,019
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Taos, NM, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Joann Leon


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Term appt, NTE 13 mos
Appointment Type Details:
This is a Term NTE 13 months.
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to provide technical expertise and guidance on native plant materials development work. 

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.
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 Taos, New Mexico. Information about Taos and the Taos area can be found at Taos Chamber of Commerce.

Physical Demands: Work may be in an office or field setting. Field work requires long days in the field and the incumbent must be capable of working in mountain and/or semi-arid areas as well as lift more than 50 pounds. Must be able to withstand exposure to high winds and extreme temperatures over rough terrain on foot. May be required to fly as an observer in light aircraft at low altitude in gathering data. Much of the field work requires driving a 4X4 vehicle.

Work Environment: The sedentary office environment involves everyday risks and discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of office, meeting, and training room and outdoor settings. Occasional travel to the state office, other field offices, meetings, and field may be required.

The field work involves working in variable topography from flat to steep, rough terrain, and weather extremes. Long hours spent driving is necessary due to the vastness of the Field Office. Incumbent is expected to ride in fixed wing aircraft and helicopters in performance of his/her duties on an as-needed basis. 
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

1-5 days per month


Incumbent provides technical expertise and guidance on native plant materials development work; coordinate and implement statistically rigorous landscape level vegetation monitoring; coordinate and lead the integrated weed management program; the management of special status plant species; provide technical expertise in managing ecological processes and functions; interpretation of regulations and policy; use of technical studies, methods and techniques; and assistance to the field office in accomplishment of botanical and restoration ecology work. Responsible for the planning, monitoring, and implementation of the special status plant species program. Provides technical expertise and guidance on other botanical and ecological matters. Supports resource management planning efforts and serves as member of an interdisciplinary planning team for resource planning, Environmental Assessments, Environmental, Impact Statements, and land management projects.

Qualifications and Evaluations

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:
    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, your 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. Professional knowledge of the wide variety of principles, theories, practices, and science of ecology, botany and plan sciences (including plant ecology, plant taxonomy, and restoration ecology).

    2. Ability to develop, implement, and support landscape-level inventory and monitoring protocols for ecological systems and biotic resources.

    3. Ability to collect and analyze vegetation and ecological data and other related data.

    4. Knowledge of plant materials programs, special status species management, vegetation monitoring, the National Seed Strategy, and the Seeds of Success program.

    5. Knowledge of the multiple use and sustained yield concept and associated requirements of legislation including the Federal Policy and Federal Land Management and Policy Act (FLPMA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Endangered Species Act (ESA).
    BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: This position has a positive education requirement - applicants must demonstrate that they meet this requirement. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED).

    For consideration as an Ecologist you must have a degree in 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.

    For consideration as a Botanist you must have a degree in botany; or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany; OR a combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in botany or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Specialized Experience:  Applicants must also meet the specialized experience in addition to the Basic Educational Requirements.
    Specialized Experience for the GS-09 Ecologist: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level as an ecologist or in a related field. Work at this level requires applying expanded professional knowledge gained through relevant graduate study or work experience as a trainee ecologist. This level is characterized as advanced trainee. Examples: analyze biological components & processes in the context of ecosystems including environmental factors, physical-chemical & social relationships; OR 2 years of graduate education leading to a master`s degree or master`s or equivalent graduate degree in ecology or a related field; OR a combination of experience and education described above.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-09 Botanist: 1 year of professional botany experience equivalent to the GS-07 level. At this level assignments are more difficult and complex than those performed at the GS-05 level. Work requires application of expanded professional knowledge.  Examples: experience in the professional knowledge of theories, principles, practices, and techniques associated with restoration ecology and landscape ecology as applied across multiple scales, and the capabilities and use of spatial data, remote sensing, and digital imagery in GIS for the assessment of resource condition, including but not limited to; knowledge of the interrelationships of soil, water, vegetation, fauna, climate, biology, geology, and human activities at multiple scales; OR 2 years of graduate education leading to a master`s degree in botany, basic plant science, or a directly related field; OR an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-11 Ecologist: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level as an ecologist or in a related field. Difficult & responsible work is performed under general supervision. Work requires a thorough & fundamental knowledge of a special & complex subject matter of the profession involved. Examples: analysis of biological components & processes in the context of ecosystems including environmental factors, physical-chemical & social relationships; OR 3 years of graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in ecology or a related field; OR a combination of experience and education described above.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-11 Botanist: 1 year of one year of professional experience in botany equivalent to the GS-09 level. Performs difficult and responsible work under general supervision. Work requires a thorough and fundamental knowledge of the profession. Examples:  analysis of biological components & processes in the context of ecosystems including environmental factors, physical-chemical & social relationships; OR 3 years of graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in botany, basic plant science, or a directly related field; OR an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above.

    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.

    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

    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 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.

    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 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 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.

    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 (505) 954-2223 or via email at BLM_NM_HR_vacancies@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.  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.