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

About

Announcement Number:
MT-DEU-2017-0009
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Hydrologist
Open Period:
11/14/2016 - 11/28/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 1315 07/09/11
Salary:
USD $40,033 - USD $77,019
Work Schedule:
Full-time - This is a full-time position.
Promotion Potential:
GS-11
Duty Location(s):
1
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:
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 Hydrologist, for the HiLine District Office, Glasgow Field Office.  This position is located in Glasgow, Montana.  Information about the Glasgow area can be found at www.glasgowchamber.net.

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-2017-0030. 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.  The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered.  

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

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

Duties

This position serves as a Hydrologist in a Bureau of Land Management District or Field Office responsible for performing work involving the collection, analysis, and evaluation of surface and ground water quality and quantity associated with the management of public lands.  At the full performance level, major duties include, but are not limited to, the following:  Planning and coordinating projects involving the analysis and evaluation of stream flow and transport of sediment or pollutants in stream channels; performing a variety of hydrologic models to generate information on high flows, channel behavior, and sedimentation; calibrating hydrologic models to account for changes in land use patterns and modifying modeling procedures to improve model validity; serving on interdisciplinary teams as the subject matter expert on water resources; engaging in negotiations for agreements for the use of federally owned water resources; and recommending actions to assure the availability of water for Bureau of Land Management administration responsibilities.

If selected at the lower grade: The incumbent will work under close supervision performing the overall duties and responsibilities at a lower complexity than described in the full performance level, until the employee has acquired sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to assume the full range of assignments.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
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" 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;
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:
    When using category rating use this:

    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 the theories, principles and concepts related to hydrology and other natural resources sufficient to evaluate potential impacts and to recommend mitigation to maintain or restore water quality and hydrologic function; (2) Knowledge and skill sufficient to apply standard techniques and processes while maintaining quality assurance and within established deadlines with minimal supervisory control; (3) Ability to devise strategies to overcome significant resource management problems, particularly those related to water quality issues, including developing relevant designs and implementation guidelines considering feasibility, cost/benefit, resource protection and longevity; (4) Ability to plan, design, implement, and complete projects to ensure completion on schedule and within budget; and (5) Knowledge of federal, state and local water laws, including a familiarity with applicable state water right procedures.

    On-line Questionnaire: Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.
    Qualifications:
    Basic Education Requirement:  This position has a basic education requirement which requires you to have a degree in physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics.  Calculus and physics, as described above, are requirements for all grade levels; OR a combination of education and experience that includes the coursework shown above plus appropriate experience such as field or laboratory work requiring application of hydrologic theory and related sciences such as geology, geo-chemistry, geophysics or civil engineering to make observations, take samples, operate instruments, assemble, analyze and interpret data and report findings orally and in writing.

    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.

    In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, applicants must have appropriate experience or additional education.  

    For GS-07:  In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume.   To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade.  Specialized Experience for the GS-07 Hydrologist:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in hydrologic related work.  Specialized experience is defined as experience which includes the application of knowledge and competence in solving theoretical and practical hydrologic problems.  Examples:  Under close supervision by a senior hydrologist or supervisor performing basic hydrological tasks such as  collecting various hydrologic stream channel and climatic data in the field; assisting on assignments involving the analysis of water flow and transport of sediment or pollutants in surface and ground water; analyzing and evaluating data and identifying trends in movement of water; and assisting in assignments to identify the effects of land management activities upon water resources; OR 1 year of graduate education in Hydrology or a directly related field or you meet the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement.  See OPM Qualification Standard-General Policies E(4)(f); OR an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above.  Only graduate level education may be combined with experience.

    For GS-09:  In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume.   To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade.  Specialized Experience for the GS-09 Hydrologist:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in hydrologic related work.  Specialized experience is defined as experience which includes the application of knowledge and competence in solving theoretical and practical hydrologic problems.  Examples:  working with senior specialists to plan and coordinate projects involving the analysis and evaluation of flow and transport of sediment or pollutants in stream channels and ground water; assessing, monitoring, and researching existing work on the nutrients, pollutants, and other components in ground and surface water; evaluating data, identifying trends in movement of water and any known contaminants and providing feedback on anomalies to more senior specialists; and applying standard flood forecasting procedures to compensate for missing or conflicting measurements; OR 2 years of graduate education leading to a master?s or equivalent graduate degree in Hydrology or a directly related field; OR 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.

    For GS-11:  In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume.   To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade.  Specialized Experience for the GS-11 Hydrologist:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in hydrologic related work.  Specialized experience is defined as experience which includes the application of knowledge and competence in solving theoretical and practical hydrologic problems.  Examples: providing input and advice on watershed actions or plans associated with forest management, wildlife management, road construction or other activities; providing technical advice on water rights applications and claims; assessing, monitoring, and researching existing work on the nutrients, pollutants, other components in ground water and surface water; and determining short-term flood risks in identified areas; OR 3 years of graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in Hydrology or a directly related field; OR an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above.  Only graduate level education in excess of the first two years may be combined with 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.
    • If selected for this position, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450 within 30 days of reporting to duty.  You will be required to provide this information annually.
    • 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.

    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 receive a score of at least 90 to receive priority consideration under either program.  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 or upload more than one file in each section, 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.