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

About

Announcement Number:
NM-DEU-2017-0040
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Outdoor Recreational Planner-Caves
Open Period:
06/02/2017 - 06/15/2017 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0023 09/11
Salary:
USD $49,765 - USD $78,270
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
GS-11
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Carlsbad, NM, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Allan Read
505-954-2087
maread@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 Carlsbad, New Mexico.  Information about Carlsbad and the Carlsbad area can be found at the Carlsbad, NM

Physical Demands:  The employee must be capable of operating two and four-wheel drive motor vehicles, primarily pickups, over various kinds of terrain and driving surfaces, occasionally under adverse weather conditions. Field work also involves walking and climbing, sometimes in rugged terrain and in high temperatures. The employee maybe required to work in caves, which could involve spending long periods of time in the caves, crawling on hands and knees, and climbing, using specialized climbing equipment and techniques. The employee maybe required to perform fire suppression duties, depending on his/her interest and level of experience and training in wildfire suppression.

Work Environment:  Most work is performed in a typical office setting. Field work may involve working in isolated areas with summer temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit and winter temperatures that drop well below freezing due to the windchill factor. The employee may need to work long hours or on weekends to assist volunteers and to administer recreation permits. Work in caves may present special hazards resulting from pits, passages and cliff faces, and exposure to diseases harbored in dust and animal droppings.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

1-5 days a month.

Duties

Conducts or manages most aspects of the outdoor recreation program. Major program elements include recreation management, visual resource management, wilderness management, and off-road vehicle management. Provides the Field Office assistance on the cave management program by issuing permits, monitoring use, working with volunteers, or helping with other cave management duties. Prepares and implements activity level management plans for recreation management that are based on RMP-level use planning decisions. Provides assistance to management in preparing annual budgets based on land use planning. Prepares environmental assessments for Outdoor recreation management activities, and serves as a team member in the preparation and review of environmental analysis for projects related to oil and gas leasing and exploration, mineral materials sales and other Bureau or industry sponsored projects. Utilization of Automation equipment (hardware and software), data systems, Global Position systems (GIS), and applications to accomplish the duties of this positions. 

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:
    This position does not have a positive education requirement, however you may qualify based on your education.
    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.

    1. Knowledge of the requirements and practices of outdoor recreation planning and outdoor recreation management. 

    2. Knowledge of the federal regulations, policy statements and instructions pertaining to environmental analysis outdoor recreation and wilderness management. 

    3. Knowledge of the interrelationship of natural processes and of the practices of natural resource use and conservation and multiple use concept of land management. 

    4. Knowledge of the methods of Geospacial Information Systems (GIS) and automated data processing techniques. 

    5. Skill in effectively communicating with various individuals and agencies. 
    Qualifications:
    This position falls under the group coverage qualification standards for Administrative and Management positions in conjunction with the Individual Occupation Requirements for the Outdoor Recreation Planning series.

    To qualify with Education: Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -- outdoor recreation planning or a related field such as: sociology, forestry, landscape architecture, economics, biological science, park administration, earth science, natural resource management and conservation, civil engineering, urban planning, or recreation. Applicants who qualify on the basis of graduate work in related disciplines must have one or more courses in outdoor recreation.  OR Experience that demonstrates the ability to plan and coordinate the use of land, water, and related resources for recreation and conservation purposes.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-09 is described as: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in outdoor recreation management related work.  Specialized experience is defined as experience which includes the application of professional knowledge and competence in the ability to plan and coordinate the use of land, water, and related resources for recreation and conservation purposes at the trainee level.  Examples: Ability to deal with people of differing backgrounds and behavioral patterns. Evaluation of land or water areas for their recreation and related potential use, such as wildlife reserve.; -OR- EDUCATION: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related -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.


    Specialized Experience for the GS-11 is described as: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in outdoor recreation management related work. Specialized experience is defined as experience which includes the application of professional knowledge and competence in the ability to plan and coordinate the use of land, water, and related resources for recreation and conservation purposes .  Examples: Analysis and evaluation of outdoor recreation interests, habits, and needs of diversified groups, and the means for meeting those needs. Solution of administrative, intergovernmental, socioeconomic, and other problems involved in providing adequate recreation opportunities while preserving, restoring, and enhancing the quality of the outdoor environment.; -OR- Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related -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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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

    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 upload, 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 from the right side menu.

    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 505-954-2087 or 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:

    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.

    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.

    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.