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

About

Announcement Number:
MT-DEU-2016-0079
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Natural Resources Specialist (State Wild Horse and Burro Specialist)
Open Period:
07/26/2016 - 08/09/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0401 12
Salary:
USD $71,012 - USD $92,316
Work Schedule:
Full-time - This is a full-time position.
Promotion Potential:
GS-12
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Billings, MT, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Branch of Human Resources
406-896-5002
apply@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 is a permanent position in the competitive service.
Marketing:
About the Agency
Summary:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as a Natural Resources specialist (State Wild Horse and Burro Specialist), for the Montana State Office, Billings Field Office.  This position is located in Billings, Montana.  Information about the Billings area can be found at www.billingschamber.com.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.  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. For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.

This position is also being advertised under vacancy announcement MT MERIT-2016-0170.  Only one person will be selected from these announcements.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Yes

RELOCATION EXPENSES:  Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation, Chapter 302, and Departmental policy. If eligible, the use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will be offered.   If offered, there is no assurance that you will receive a guaranteed offer for the sale of your home.    

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

At times, travel for meetings/training and to the field will be required.

Duties

The incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:

- Serving as the Wild Horse and Burro (WH&B) Program Leader for the Montana State Office Montana/Dakotas (MT/Daks) and the Billings Field Office (FO). 
- Responsible for coordinating all WH&B actions (adoptions, compliance inspections, etc.) within MT/Daks. 
- Consolidating, developing, and monitoring statewide budget and work plans while preparing, monitoring and implementing the FO budget. 
- The position is responsible for planning and managing wild horses and burros and their habitat consistent with Public Law 92-195 (Wild Free-Roaming Horse &Burro Act); and sound land use planning, multiple use and ecosystem management principles, and resource management objectives.
- Responsible for coordinating data collection and interpretation of program specific and interdisciplinary studies.
- Responsible for coordinating/preparing WH&B population, ecological, genetic, behavioral, habitat information and management recommendations for inclusion in BLM planning documents.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:  Work is performed in both an office setting and in the field.  Field work involves a variety of settings, varying from flat to steep and rocky terrain, harsh climate conditions, and temperature extremes from below zero to over 100 degrees.  Overseeing gathering operations and adoptions involves working around corrals and hazards associated with untamed animals in confined spaces.  Field work may involve strenuous walking, riding horseback, and climbing over rough and mountainous terrain.  Overseeing contracted or BLM gathering operations involves setting up field corrals, and may include working horses up to 1500 pounds, lifting hay bales up to 100 pounds, metal corral panels, construction materials, wire, and rope.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • 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 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, 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:
    - Knowledge and application of the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act and policies, manuals and handbooks regarding the WH&B program. Technical knowledge of WH&B, wildlife and rangeland management principles, concepts and theories, including population dynamics, habits, behavior, nutritional requirements and plant/animal ecological relationships.
    - Effective communication techniques (oral and written) to create and maintain positive lines of communication.
    - Ability to consolidate, develop, and monitor the statewide WH&B budget.
    - A thorough knowledge of other natural resources (e.g. range, wildlife, riparian), land use planning, environmental analysis and multiple use management to deal with resource conflicts created by WH&Bs and to develop Herd Management Area Plans.
    - Ability to serve as team leader for interdisciplinary reviews/evaluations.

    On-line Questionnaire:  Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.
    Qualifications:
    Basic Education Requirements:  This position has a positive education requirement which requires that you have:
    A)  A Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
     - OR -
    B)  Combination of education and experience:  Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    For GS-12: In addtion to the Basic Education Requirements, one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service.  Specialized Experience:  Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  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:  planning and managing wild horses and burros and their habitat, managing rangelands for ecological improvement, coordinating WH&B activities including wild horse monitoring, removals, adoptions, compliance inspections and special projects/initiatives related to WH&B management.

    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 URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Agency Benefits:
    To explore the benefits typically offered to most federal employees in permanent positions, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at the above link.
    Other Information:
    • Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.
    • Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Position is subject to meeting pre-employment physical requirements.
    • BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.  The incentives that may be offered include Student Loan Repayments, Relocation Incentives and/or Recruitment Incentives.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    THIS IS AN ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS THROUGH USAJOBS.  If you need assistance in applying online, please call or email the contact listed on this vacancy. 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. PLEASE NOTE: If you have access to a public library, State Job Service Office, etc., you must use these resources to apply online.  You must follow the steps described below to complete the application process:
    1)YOU MUST CREATE A PROFILE in USAJOBS under My Account. If you already have a registered profile in USAJOBS you do not need to register again. Your profile must contain a current resume for submission. In order to receive proper consideration, your resume should include the following information: - Personal contact information
    - Work experience (paid or unpaid) including - starting and ending dates (month and year), employer's name and address, job title (include job series and grade if Federal), duties and accomplishments, supervisor's name and telephone number, indicate if supervisor may be contacted, hours per week, and salary.
    Education and job-related training including - school name, type and year of degrees/diploma received, credits earned and majors; title of training course and year of completion.
    - References - personal and professional
    - Additional information - skills (languages, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.), certificates or licenses (current only), and/or honors, awards, and special accomplishments (recognition, professional memberships, publications, leadership activities, etc.).
    Insufficient information could result in an ineligible rating. The USAJOBS Resume Builder was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is an available tool when you login to your USAJOBS account.
    2) COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION, including responses to all application questions, by clicking on the “APPLY ONLINE” button that appears on this announcement.
    3) SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION as applicable. See “Required Documents” section below.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that a complete application (including a resume, on-line questionnaire, and applicable supplemental documentation) is received before by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.  NOTE: Technical problems may take at least 1 business day to resolve; therefore, you are highly encouraged to complete the application process prior to the closing date.
    Required Documents:
    All applicable supplemental documentation must be uploaded or faxed (with generated fax cover sheets) to: 571-258-4052, and received before by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement. See important information regarding uploading and faxing supplemental documentation below.

    THE FOLLOWING SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE RECEIVED, AS APPLICABLE:
    1) College Transcripts: You must submit a copy of all college transcripts (undergraduate/graduate) 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 click here to see Foreign Education requirements. 
    2) Veterans Preference Documentation:  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.  Missing documentation may result a change or removal of your claim for Veteran’s preference.  If you are claiming preference as a TP Veteran your profile must contain a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release, or Discharge from active military service showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc., and reason for separation)- the member 4 copy is preferable.  If you are claiming preference as a CP, CPS, or XP, your profile must also contain a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, with all applicable supporting documentation as instructed in the SF-15.  If you are claiming preference based on sole survivorship (SSP), provide the documentation you received granting this preference.  More information regarding Veteran's preference click here.
    3) CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: If you are a CTAP or ICTAP Eligible applicant: Provide 1) a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; and, 2) proof of eligibility. It must be indicated in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. Note: CTAP/ICTAP documents must be submitted to each announcement as applicable. Current or former Federal employees eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must fall within the Well Qualified or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.  For CTAP and ICTAP, well-qualified means that the applicant meets the qualification standard and eligibility requirements for the position, meets minimum educational and experience requirements, meets all selective factors, where applicable, and is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.

    Uploading and Faxing Supplemental Documentation: 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. Each document type must use the appropriate generated fax coversheet and be faxed in a separate transmission. Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager (3MB is the maximum size allowed for a document). Do not use both options, only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system. 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.

    Checking Application Status and Materials: Hint: Do this before the announcement closes. After you have completed your application, to check the status of your application materials log in to your USAJOBS account, select the “Application Status” section, check under the “Status” for this vacancy, once your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received it will state “Received.” Any other application status may indicate that you did not complete the application process and/or your application has not been submitted. Please note: A status of “Received” reflects that your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received; applicable supplemental documentation may still need to be submitted (see required documents above).
    Next Steps:
    You will receive notification via email, generally within 2 weeks of the closing date of the announcement, as to whether or not your name was referred to the selecting official.  You may also check the status of your application by accessing the application status tab in your USAJOBs account.