Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Mitigation Specialist
Open Period:
08/31/2016 - 09/14/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0401 12
USD $71,012 - USD $99,243
Work Schedule:
Full-time - This is a full-time position.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Denver, CO, US
Grand Junction, CO, US
Billings, MT, US

Miles City, MT, US
Vernal, UT, US
Casper, WY, US

Cheyenne, WY, US
Rock Springs, WY, US
Worland, WY, US

Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Branch of Human Resources


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens.  No previous Federal Service is required. 
Security Clearance Required:
Not Applicable
Appointment Type
Term appt, NTE 4 yrs
Appointment Type Details:
Term Appointment not-to-exceed 1 year and 1 day that may be extended incrementally up to 4 years.
About the Agency
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as a Mitigation Specialist for the Rocky Mountain Region Sage Grouse (RMRSG) project under the State Director in the Montana State Office.  The RMRSG area includes Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and the northeast corner of Utah. 

Duty Station:  This position will be located in one of the cities listed below.  During the application process, the applicant will have the opportunity to identify their preferred location(s) from the following choices:  Billings, Montana, Miles City, Montana, Cheyenne, Wyoming  Casper, Wyoming Rock Springs, Wyoming, Worland, Wyoming, Denver, Colorado, Grand Junction, Colorado, and Vernal, Utah.  Clicking on the duty station will direct you to the respective Chamber of Commerce website for information about the area.  

Note:  The pay schedule for the Denver, Colorado, area includes a higher locality rate, and the salary range for a position in Denver, from step 1 to step 10, is $76341 - $99243 per annum.  

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 1 year and 1 day, with possible extension up to a total of 4 years (or longer if approved by the Office of Personnel Management) without re-announcement

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.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
50% or less

This position will require significant travel in the field and for meetings.  


This incumbent in this position serves as the principle coordinator and technical advisor on policies, procedures, and practices designed to mitigate impacts from a wide range of uses and projects on public lands.  Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:   

  • Providing technical advice to regional and state leadership on mitigation strategies, planning, and implementation.
  • Developing, reviewing, recommending and implementing changes to mitigation program policies, standards, methods, controls, and procedures.
  • Participating on interagency and interdisciplinary teams, as well as other committees to discuss mitigation initiatives, activities, policies, and procedures at the national, regional, and state level.  
  • Promoting and implementing an integrated training program to meet the requirements of the field.
  • Developing, reviewing, analyzing, and/or editing mitigation related content for major environmental and project planning documents (such as Land Use Plans and Environmental Impact Statements).
  • Implementing studies, analyses, and calculations, as appropriate, to provide appropriate mitigation and compensation for impacts for individual site specific projects and broader scale cumulative impacts.
  • Evaluating the overall program effectiveness and accomplishments to incorporate multi-scale analyses.
  • Researching, identifying, and negotiating partnerships, cooperative agreements, interagency agreements, and or memoranda of understandings with other agencies, institutions, or organizations to encourage and facilitate cooperative mitigation management strategies. 

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" & "Required Documents" Sections.
  • Background Investigation is required.
  • 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:
    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 of and experience in applying a wide range of theories, principles, concepts, practices, and standards of mitigation and natural resources management.
    • Professional scientific knowledge of a natural resources science field such as biological sciences, wildlife management, rangeland management, ecology, etc.
    • Thorough knowledge of Federal, State, and local environmental laws and regulations in order to develop, review, recommend and implement changes to mitigation program policies, standards, methods, controls, and procedures.
    • Knowledge of analytical and evaluative methods, principles, and techniques in order to analyze and evaluate the effects of public and private land uses and mitigation proposals on biological, natural, social, cultural, and economic resources.
    • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing to clearly articulate ideas, concepts, and complex procedures; effectively navigate political environments; and negotiate with a variety of stakeholders, including Federal, Tribal, State, and Local governments, special interest groups, authorized land users, industry, etc.
    On-line Questionnaire:  Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.
    Basic Education Requirements: A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR B. Combination of education and experience--at least 24 semester hours equivalent to a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines relative to the position, plus appropriate experience and/or additional education.

    Specialized Experience:  In addition to meeting the basic education requirements described above, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-11 grade level. Such experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience to qualify at the GS-12 level must demonstrate a knowledge of principles related to the mitigation of natural resource impacts such as developing or implementing mitigation plans, providing information and guidance on mitigation implementation, assessing mitigation debits and credits, and/or evaluating mitigation successes or failures. 

    In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - this specialized experience must be included in your resume.  

    There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-12 level.

    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 a one-year trial period.  
    • 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.
    • 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.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    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 see Foreign Education requirements.   Note: Transcripts must be submitted to each announcement as applicable.

    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.