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

About

Announcement Number:
NM-DEU-2016-0057
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Geographic Information System Specialist
Open Period:
06/28/2016 - 07/12/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0301K 09
Salary:
USD $47,923 - USD $62,297
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
GS-09
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Amarillo, TX, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Allan Read
505-954-2087
blm_nm_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:
Other
Appointment Type
Term appt, NTE 13 mos
Appointment Type Details:
This a Term NTE 13 months
Marketing Statement:
The BLM manages more land – approximately 253 million 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 Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation.  The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health 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 Amarillo, Texas.  Information about Amarillo and the Amarillo area can be found at Amarillo, TX.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Not Required

Duties

Incumbent will serve as the Amarillo Field Office technical expert to assist the Data Collections Team to prepare documents for the disposal of real property by using GIS, CAD and detailed knowledge of SDE database management, design, optimization and operation in a federated GIS architecture.  Use Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) software to generate reports, land status, rights of way, maps and records from operational data, processing requirements and team feedback ion results.  Creates updated maps and GIS layers for the use of geographic technologies to meet BLM mission requirements.  Geographic (Mapping Science) technologies include: Geographic Information Systems (GIS), satellite remote sensing, aerial photography, cartography, and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).  Prepares work and performs quality control on GIS and CAD project work, develops updated CAD drawing and drawn information from a wide range of source data.  Works with other federal agencies, state, county, city and other local government entities, private organizations, and professional organizations.  Provide SDE database education, training, and documentation along with providing user support and troubleshooting assistants to state and field office personnel.  Collaborates and provides leadership on the data collections team.  Tasked with preparing the sales documentation, maps and CAD drawings to facilitate the property disposal of Helium Program Assets.  Acts accordingly as a team member and provides input in the documentation of BLM business requirements.  Using this input from BLM program leads and resource specialist, incumbent will utilize this data as a foundation on which technology will be developed and integrated in support of BLM mission requirements.  Suggests technically feasible approaches, and makes recommendations to the user and management regarding the most efficient automation, mapping, and/or analysis approaches.  Performs consultation and research to determine common and unique requirements, to recommend standardized resource base data terms and elements for uniform identification by all users and to select and develop a system design to service users individually or as a group.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
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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.

    1)  Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Computer Assisted Design (CAD), Spatial Database Engine (SDE), cartography, and satellite remote sensing including application analysis, design techniques, and alternative design approaches.

    2)  Knowledge and technical expertise in managing a GIS architecture, SDE database management, design, optimization, and operation.

    3)  Skilled in documenting business requirements for the sale and disposal of real property to meet mission needs.

    4)  Ability to build coalitions to facilitate data exchange for a property disposal project.

    5)  Knowledge of and technical expertise in, the profession of geography and cartography including theories, concepts, history, techniques, methods and standards.
    Qualifications:
    This position does not have an education requirement, however you may qualify based on a combination of education and specialized experience.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-09 is described as:

    Experience: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-07) performing coordination & technical direction of GIS data preparation, entry & analysis; manage GIS operations project schedules, data entry/digitizing; administer data base; coordinate system user activities; OR master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree (NOTE: 18 semester hours is considered an academic year of graduate study) OR LL.B. or J.D., if related; OR Combination of Education and Experience: Total qualifying education as described above and experience as listed above are combined together and when combined must total to equal at least 100 percent to qualify. Only graduate level education may be combined with experience.

    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 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.  

    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.

    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 position is not eligible for Telework.

    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) 954-2087 or 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.

    Former PLC Member: Submit a copy of your “Certificate of Eligibility for Noncompetitive Hiring” along with a copy of your “PLC Participant Verification Work Hours Sheet.”

    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.