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

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Announcement Number:
NM-DEU-2018-0027
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Environmental Protection Specialist
Open Period:
04/25/2018 - 05/08/2018 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0028 09
Salary:
(USD) $59,207 - (USD) $76,970
Promotion Potential:
GS-09
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Carlsbad, NM, US
For More Info:
Maurice (Allan) Read
505-954-2081
maread@blm.gov

Overview

Who May Apply:
All U.S. Citizens - Open to Public, No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Other
Duration Appointment:
This is a permanent 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:
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.

These positions are located in Carlsbad, New Mexico.  Information about Carlsbad and the Carlsbad area can be found at and Carlsbad, NM.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

1 to 3 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

    Conducts research and gathers and maintains environmental data for mitigation of surface and subsurface impacts; coordinates and participates in inspections; inspects construction sites for surrounding ecosystem and habitat impacts; and develops, recommends and implements plans to accomplish program surface protection goals.  Serves as an environmental advisor and evaluator to the Field or District Office interdisciplinary staff on programmatic, technical and regulatory actions when dealing with issues concerning hazardous waste cleanup and/or environmental protection.  Arranges and participates in the inspection of proposed and abandoned oil and gas drill sites and abandoned mine sites to determine the potential environmental impacts.  Makes recommendations on implementation of mitigation measures to reduce the impacts on the environment.  Participates in inventory collection and monitoring activities that support land use plans; provides technical advice and assistance to managers; and conducts studies and surveys to identify problems.  Coordinates and consults with local Tribal Councils, State or Federal Agencies, and special interest groups; and meets with operators to discuss mitigation measures.

    Qualifications and Evaluations

    Education Requirements:
    Requirements:
    This position does not have a positive education requirement.  However, you may qualify for this position based on your education.

    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:
    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 in the physical and resource sciences, (biology, ecology, chemistry, geology, hydrology, soils, range conservation, and wildlife)

    (2) Knowledge of natural resource and environmental protection and analysis concepts, principles, and procedures;

    (3) Ability and skill to search legal and related source documents for information, interpret and apply findings, develop recommendations,  document recommendations in a report, and present in an organized and concise manner;

    (4) Ability to utilize computer equipment and software applications to input, manipulate, update, and maintain data and request reports; 

    (5) Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
    Qualifications:
    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 of the position to be filled.  Specialized Experience for the GS-09 Environmental Protection Specialist:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in Environmental Protection Specialist work.  At this level, recurring assignments that are independently performed are more difficult & complex than those performed at the lower grade level. Examples of specialized experience include:  exercising judgment and a broad perspective in applying a thorough knowledge of the principles, concepts, and practices relating to environmental protection programs; OR - Education: 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master`s degree or master`s or equivalent graduate degree in a directly related field of study.  Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work; OR -  have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above.

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

    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:
    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.

    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 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 at 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.

    (DEU) 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.
    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.