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

About

Announcement Number:
NM-DEU-2016-0075
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Rangeland Management Specialist
Open Period:
09/14/2016 - 09/28/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0454 07/09
Salary:
USD $39,570 - USD $62,920
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
GS-11
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Las Cruces, NM, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Debi Smith
505-954-2081
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
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.

This position is located in Las Cruces, NM.  Information about these locations and their areas can be found at Las Cruces, NM.

Physical Demands:  GS-07: The work is sedentary but may occasionally require some physical exertion such as walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces and exposure to extreme temperatures. The field duties of this position require that the employee operate four-wheel drive vehicles on and off roads in isolated areas. GS-09:The individual works in an office setting at this level, however, in order to gather samples and complete monitoring activities, the individual may frequently be required to walk or ride horses and/or vehicles over rough terrain, perform duties that require recurring bending, crouching, stooping, reaching or lifting. Work may also include lifting of moderately heavy items, such equipment and samples. Extended periods of driving four wheel drive vehicles over rough terrain is required to reach remote areas. Overnight camping is sometimes required. The incumbent may subjected to hostile wildlife, chemical and physical hazards.

Work Environment:  GS-07: Work is performed in the office and field locations under a variety of topographic and climatic conditions. GS-09: The work of the employee is performed in an office setting. However, frequently when necessary to complete the work, there is outdoor exposure. Outdoor exposure requires some discomfort in extremes of temperature or inclement weather. Outdoor work is performed in remote areas. The work involves regular and recurring exposure to moderate risks and discomfort (e.g., outdoor camping, insect borne disease). Special safety precautions and specialized equipment are required.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

>5 days a month

Duties

GS-07: The person in this position works under the guidance and supervision of a supervisor or higher graded rangeland management specialist. This is a developmental and advanced trainee position that has assignments more complex and with less instruction than the basic trainee position.  Major duties include but are not limited to: Prepares, evaluates and conducts ecological analyses of public rangeland projects; develops management plans, assists in designing technical surveys, and performs work on rangeland improvement projects under the supervision of a senior rangeland management specialist; conducts monitoring studies and determine the need for rangeland and watershed improvements; and properly files, stores and preserves range administration records and monitoring data.

GS-09: The person in this position works under the guidance and supervision of a supervisor or higher graded rangeland management specialist. This is a developmental position.  Major duties include but are not limited to: Prepares, evaluates and conducts ecological analyses of public rangeland projects; serves as a rangeland resource consultant and advisor to numerous ranchers, farmers, and other land users in an assigned area; authorizes livestock use, process crossing permits, transfers, perform case file updates, and execute unauthorized use actions, range use adjustments and exchange-of-use authorizations; and conducts monitoring studies and determine the need for rangeland and watershed improvements.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
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:
    Basic Educational Requirements -This position has a positive education requirement which requires that you have a degree in range management; or a related discipline that included at least 42 semester hours in a combination of the plant, animal, and soil sciences and natural resources management, as follows: Range Management - At least 18 semester hours of course work in range management, including courses in such areas as basic principles of range management, range plants, range ecology, range inventories and studies, range improvements and ranch or rangeland planning; directly Related Plant, Animal, and Soil Sciences - At least 15 semester hours of directly related courses in the plant, animal and soil sciences, including at least one course in each of these three scientific areas, i.e., plant, animal and soil sciences. Courses in such areas as plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant ecology, animal nutrition, livestock production and soil morphology or soil classification are acceptable; and related Resource Management Studies - At least 9 semester hours of course work in related resource management subjects, including courses in such areas as wildlife management, watershed management, natural resource or agricultural economics, forestry, agronomy, forages and outdoor recreation management; OR A combination of education and experience -- at least 42 semester hours of course work in the combination of plant, animal, and soil sciences and natural resources management shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
    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, Highly 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 and skill in applying concepts, principles, and methodologies in the field of rangeland management; (2) Knowledge of the theories, principles and concepts related to the ecological behavior of grasslands, pasture lands, savannas, shrub lands, riparian properties, deserts, meadows and coast marshes; (3) Ability to communicate with a variety of individuals and groups both verbally and in writing on a variety of resource issues; (4) Knowledge of applicable Federal laws, statutes and legislation governing rangeland management programs; and (5) Skill in gathering data, and analyzing, interpreting and evaluating the results.
    Qualifications:
    Specialized Experience: applicants must meet the specialized experience in addition to any Basic Educational requirements if applicable.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-07 is described as: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in rangeland management related work.  Work assignments were diverse, limited in complexity & selected to provide experience & training. Examples: assisting higher level professionals with grazing applications and permits, on-the-ground use supervision, planning and conducting range studies, planning range & watershed improvements, conducting trespass investigations, consulting with livestock operators and preparing land use planning documents;

    -OR- Education: 1 year of graduate education leading to a master`s degree in rangeland management or a directly related field

    -OR- Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) - S.A.A. is based on (1) Class standing - Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses. (2) Grade-point average (G.P.A.) - Applicants must have a grade-point average of: (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) or (3) Honor Society Membership - http://www.achsnatl.org/.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-09 is described as:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in rangeland management related work.  At this level, rangeland management specialists independently perform recurring assignments that are more difficult & complex than those performed by a recent graduate. Examples: work requiring the application of expanded professional knowledge, such as assisting with grazing leases, permits, transfers and allotment management plans; monitoring studies, allotment evaluations and inspections; and analyzing multiple resource management issues;

    -OR- Education: 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master`s degree or master`s or equivalent graduate degree in the field of rangeland management or directly related fields of study;

    -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. have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. Only graduate level education in excess of the first year of 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.

    Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604.  

    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.

    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)954-2081 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.