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

About

Announcement Number:
OR-DEU-2016-0176
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Interdisciplinary (Civil Engineer/Forester)
Open Period:
08/12/2016 - 09/01/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0460,0810 09/11
Salary:
USD $48,968 - USD $77,019
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work schedule is full time.
Promotion Potential:
GS-11
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Tillamook, OR, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Phyllis Barney
503-375-5666
pbarney@blm.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.

CLOSING DATE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 09/01/2016
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position.
Marketing Statement:
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.

For information about the Salem District, visit our website

For information about the Tillamook area, visit the Tillamook Chamber of Commerce.

Field work is physically demanding.  The lead forest engineer must be capable of extended periods of walking and working in rough mountainous terrain, extremely dense brush, logging slash, and ground that is either wet or covered in snow.  The incumbent must possess strength, stamina, and agility to successfully complete field work.  Indoor office work necessitates long hours of sitting, intense concentration, telephone conversations, operating computer terminals, and attending meetings and trainings.  Work requires the ability to effectively cope with pressure associated by both fixed and irregular deadlines, and managing multiple priorities.

Work is routinely performed in a properly heated/cooled indoor office setting and outdoors that may include extremely hot/cold/windy/dry/wet/ snowy weather in rugged terrain, remote sites, poison oak, bees and hornets, snakes, logging and construction sites and occasionally at public meetings.  The position requires operation of motor vehicles on narrow mountainous roads.  Protective gear is necessary for field work.  A valid State driver's license is required.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Not Required

Duties

The incumbent will serve as a forest engineer in the Tillamook Field Office. The forest engineer may be required to perform as project manager for teams of other forest engineers, engineers, or foresters involved in routine forest engineering, engineering, or forest management work.  Work involves design, survey, preparation and administration of construction, service, supply contracts, forest sale planning, and forest timber sale preparation and administration, and road right-of-way assignments. The forest engineer serves as a workgroup member for the engineering and forest planning and timber sale preparation team. He/she performs work with sale planning and layout, logging systems, road layout, road condition assessments for engineering packages, long-range forest management planning, and interdisciplinary team (IDT)/Environmental Assessment(EA)work for either the timber or engineering departments. Prepares and updates Transportation Management Objectives(TMOs)and maintains road inventory records in the Facility Asset Management System (FAMMS). He/she will also be involved with an extensive Reciprocal Right of Way(RROW)program associated with timber sale implementation and requests from our RROW partners.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
For the GS-09, one year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-07 in the federal service, or two years of graduate level education leading to a master's degree.

For GS-11 one year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-09 in the federal service.

Examples of specialized experience include to plan and implement technical projects in support of engineering and forestry orientated, multiple-use land management programs.  Ensure that design work complies with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  Prepare data for construction or project contract modifications from field measurements and computations.  Conduct technical studies and investigations.

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
  • 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 routine forest engineering, engineering, and forest management work.

    2) Knowledge of timber sale planning and layout, logging system analysis, road condition assessment, road construction, reconstruction, decommissioning and maintenance.

    3) Ability to use a wide variety of surveying equipment, and proficient in AutoCAD design/drafting and other engineering and logging system software packages.
    Qualifications:
    Specialized Experience Requirements:  

    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.

    This is an interdisciplinary position and you must meet the basic educational requirements for the job series for which your are applying.

    The basic requirement for the GS-0460 series is a bachelor's degree in forestry; or a related subject-matter field that included a total of at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours of course work were in forestry. The curriculum must have been sufficiently diversified to include courses in each of the following areas:

    Management of Renewable Resources -- study of the science and art of managing renewable resources to attain desired results. Examples of creditable courses in this area include silviculture, forest management operations, timber management, wildland fire science or fire management, utilization of forest resources, forest regulation, recreational land management, watershed management, and wildlife or range habitat management.

    Forest Biology -- study of the classification, distribution, characteristics, and identification of forest vegetation, and the interrelationships of living organisms to the forest environment. Examples of creditable courses in this area include dendrology, forest ecology, silvics, forest genetics, wood structure and properties, forest soils, forest entomology, and forest pathology.

    Forest Resource Measurements and Inventory -- sampling, inventory, measurement, and analysis techniques as applied to a variety of forest resources. Examples of creditable courses include forest biometrics, forest mensuration, forest valuation, statistical analysis of forest resource data, renewable natural resources inventories and analysis, and photogrammetry or remote sensing.

    The basic requirement for the GS-0810 Civil Engineer series, a bachelor's degree in professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

    Or a combination of education and experience as demonstrated by professional registration by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.  Or having passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) written examination.

    In addition to meeting the basic entry requirement, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education of the position to be found qualified.  To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade. 

    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:
    In July 2014, the Eugene and Salem Districts of the BLM initiated a two-year consolidation process that will – by October 2016 – result in a single District with one District Manager and one District Leadership Team. The Districts have begun an implementation plan that will guide the consolidation process over the next couple of years. Although the districts will remain separate entities during the transition, leadership will be looking for opportunities to engage employees, streamline work processes, and reduce overhead cost prior to becoming a new district. Our offices in Salem, Eugene, and Tillamook will remain and moves to a different duty station are not anticipated. Positions that have a district role may realize increased geographic responsibility as consolidation progresses.

    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 announcement is being advertised concurrently under Announcement OR Merit-2016-0363 for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

    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 503-375-5666 or email pbarney@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.

    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 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.

    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.

    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.
    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.