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

About

Announcement Number:
MT-DEU-2016-0096
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Ecologist
Open Period:
09/21/2016 - 10/04/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0408 09/11
Salary:
USD $48,968 - USD $77,019
Work Schedule:
Full-time - This is a full-time position.
Promotion Potential:
GS-11
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Glasgow, 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:
Term Appointment not-to-exceed 1 year and 1 day that may be extended incrementally up to 4 years.
Marketing:
About the Agency
Summary:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as an Ecologist for the HiLine District Office, Glasgow Field Office.  The position is located in Glasgow, Montana.  Information about the Glasgow area can be found at Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.

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-2016-0212.  Only one person will be selected from these announcments. 
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

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

Duties

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

  • Collecting ecological data with an emphasis on seasonal habitat characteristics of sage grouse.
  • Performing ecological investigations, requiring field sampling, and analysis of computerized data.
  • Selecting, training and mentoring seasonal crews to collect and enter vegetation data using established protocols and databases.
  • Ensuring consistent data collection and entry to meet local, regional, and national priorities.
  • Summarizing sagebrush/grassland ecology research in order to simplify technology transfers to land managers by obtaining research results through timely literature review, correspondence, personal contacts, attendance at professional meetings and symposia, and coordination with the sagebrush/grassland research community.
  • Providing sound professional judgment and scientific knowledge to solve problems and recommend solutions with alternatives.
  • Attending meetings of technical and scientific groups at the local or regional level where sage grouse habitat ecology and ecosystem management are discussed.
  • Working with resource specialists in the determination and formulation of long-term and short-term habitat management objectives for the HiLine District Office, and integrating sagebrush/grassland ecology into the HiLine District's Approved Resource Management Plan implementation activities, including recommendations for NEPA analysis.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:  Work during field season requires strenuous physical effort and ability to periodically work long hours in the field participating in data collection or ecological asessments.  Work performed in an office setting (60%) and in the field (40%).

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Direct Deposit Required
  • 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.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" Sections.
  • 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 of professional practices, concepts, principles, research methods, and scientific theories applicable to ecological investigations to organize and plan a monitoring plan, serve on an interdisciplinary team in ecological assessments and environmental analyses, and develop criteria for evaluating management conditions and trends in ecosystems, with emphasis on seasonal habitat requirements for sage grouse.
    • Knowledge of sampling techniques and statistical methods required in the summary and interpretation of field data.
    • Ability to communicate in an oral and written manner for an effective transfer of information.
    • Practical knowledge of sagebrush/grassland management and related fields such as wildlife, fisheries, hydrology, soils, recreation management, and geology and their relation to the concept of multiple-use management.
    On-line Questionnaire: Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.
    Qualifications:
    Basic Education Requirements: Degree:  biology or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences.  These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences. 

    GS-09:  In addition to meeting the basic education requirements described above, applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service.  Work at this level requires applying expanded professional knowledge gained through relevant graduate study or work experience as a trainee ecologist. This level is characterized as advanced trainee.  Examples: analyzing biological components & processes in the context of ecosystems including environmental factors, physical-chemical & social relationships; OR substitution of education for experience: 2 years of progressively higher level directly related graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree may be substituted for specialized experience OR equivalent combinations of education and experience.

    GS-11:  In addition to meeting the basic education requirements described above, applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service.  Examples: Analysis of biological components & processes in the context of ecosystems including environmental factors, physical-chemical & social relationships. At this level, difficult & responsible work is performed under general supervision. Work requires a thorough & fundamental knowledge of a special & complex subject matter of the profession involved; OR substitution of education for experience: 3 years of progressively higher level directly related graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree may be substituted for specialized experience. OR equivalent combinations of education and 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. 

    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:
    • This position requires completion of 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.
    • 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.
    • RELOCATION EXPENSES: Travel, transportation 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.
    • 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.
    • Position is subject to meeting pre-employment physical requirements.

    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.