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

About

Announcement Number:
NM-PTHWYS-2017-0009
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Cartographic Technician (Recent Graduate)
Open Period:
06/30/2017 - 07/17/2017 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 1371 07
Salary:
(USD) $40,684 - (USD) $52,893
Promotion Potential:
GS-08
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Carlsbad, NM, US
For More Info:
Allan Read
505-954-2087
maread@blm.gov

Overview

Who May Apply:
Recent Graduates who in the previous 2 years have completed a degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Veterans precluded by a military service obligation have up to 6 years after completion of degree or certificate to apply.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Applicable
Duration Appointment:
This is a Recent Graduates position.
Marketing Statement:
The BLM manages more land – approximately 253 million 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 Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation.  The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Summary:
For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

This position is located in Carlsbad, New Mexico.  Information about Carlsbad and the Carlsbad area can be found at Carlsbad, NM.

Physical Demands: The physical requirements of the position are normal for an office environment. The work will require extended periods of standing at a digitizing tablet or light table and sitting at a computer workstation.

Work Environment: Typically, work is performed in a normal office setting; however, occasional field work may be required.

This position is for Recent Graduates who have completed a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous 2 years. Note: (1) Certain veterans precluded from applying within the timeframe due to a military service obligation have up to 6 years from completing their education to apply.

This is an excepted service, developmental experience appointment expected to last only 1 year under the BLM Pathways Recent Graduates Program. The BLM will require the selected applicant to complete a Participant Agreement in which it shall document the anticipated start and end dates for this developmental appointment.

The agency may noncompetitively convert a Recent Graduate who is a U. S. citizen to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service, as long as the Recent Graduate successfully completes the BLM’s 1 year developmental program and meets the OPM Qualification Standards for the targeted occupational series.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Authorized:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Less than 5 days a month.

Conditions of Employment:

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

Duties

Provide operational support to GIS projects at the Field Office.  Evaluate geographic data for spatial accuracy, correct errors and assure that map products are press ready and meet BLM mapping standards.  Utilize GIS to supplement and ultimately replace manual drafting of plat records.  Serve as liaison support within and outside the Bureau to ensure coordinated development of GIS technology.  Assist Resource Staff in digital data collection and GIS database maintenance, interacting with various resource specialists in a multitude of environments to discover/recover information that will be converted to the current GIS.  Provide support to field mapping projects utilizing Global Positioning Systems and digital imagery.  Answers questions and provides information for the general public, other agencies and groups relating to the use of GIS.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Education:
This position does not have an education requirement.  You must meet the specialized experience requirement to qualify for this position.
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.
Evaluations:
Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements for the job. Your eligibility and qualification status will be based on a human resources assessment conducted using qualification standards, your responses to the job-related questions, information provided in your resume, and required supporting documents (see the Required Documents section). Veteran’s preference applies to the selection for positions in the Pathways Programs. The examination and selection of applicants will be made in accordance with requirements of the 5 CFR Part 302.

Eligible and qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager in unranked order by preference status: (1) Preference eligible veterans having a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more (CPS and CP); (2) Other preference eligibles (XP); (3) Applicants eligible for 5-point veteran’s preference (TP); and those (4) Applicants not eligible for veteran’s preference (NV). In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The job related questions align with the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties of this position.

1.  Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) principles and concepts.

2.  Skill in using current GIS software, especially Arc Map and Arc Info.

3.  Skilled identifying and evaluating the content of geographic data from a wide variety of sources.

4.  Skill in developing and maintaining GIS databases; register map data digitizing data and editing digitized geographic information to eliminate errors.

5.  Ability to effectively communicate with other government agencies, coworkers, and the general public.
Qualifications:
Be at least 16 years of age or older for a non-arduous or non-hazardous duty position.

A Recent Graduate who has obtained a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous 2 years or other applicable period.

Other applicable period may include: (1) Certain veterans precluded from applying within the timeframe described above due to a military service obligation, shall have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon his/her release or discharge from active duty. However, in no event, may the individual’s eligibility period extend beyond 6 years from the date on which the individual completed the requirements of an academic course of study.

In order to assess you meet a qualified status for this position and to refer you to the hiring manager, the agency must be able to determine that you meet the qualifications based on completed education, specialized experience, and/or both - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-06) of the position to be filled.

Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

Specialized Experience for the GS-07 is described as:  

Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-­06 level performing work in cartography or in a related field such as photogrammetry or geodesy, where the work required similar knowledge and skills: OR Education: One year of graduate level education only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position, Examples of acceptable courses include:  cartography, astronomy, geodesy, photogrammetry, oceanography, computer science, land surveying, geophysics, remote sensing, algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Not more than 9 of the 18 semester hours should have been in mathematics or statistics.  (NOTE: 18 semester hours is considered an academic year of graduate study)

You must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

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.

BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.

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 505-954-2087 and maread@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:
Resumes must show relevant experience and other information.  Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information.  Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).  You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional).  If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.

In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

Verification of Degree: Copy of all your transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U. S. educational institution. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the application process, but prior to appointment the official transcript(s) will be required. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.

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.
Certification In Lieu of DD-214: Active duty service members claiming veteran’s preference may submit a ‘certification’ when applying for Federal jobs (Chapter 21 of Title 5 U. S. C Section 2108a). The ‘certification’ is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. Prior to appointment, agencies must verify the service member is eligible for veteran’s preference in accordance with 5 U. S. C. 2108, unless the service member is appointed under the provisions of 5 U. S. C. 5534a, Dual employment and pay during terminal leave from uniformed services.

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.

Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
What to Expect Next:
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.