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

About

Announcement Number:
MT-DEU-2018-0049
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Physical Scientist (Air)
Open Period:
05/01/2018 - 05/15/2018 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 1301 12
Salary:
(USD) $73,375 - (USD) $95,388
Promotion Potential:
GS-12
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Billings, MT, US
For More Info:
Branch of Human Resources
406-896-5002
apply@blm.gov

Overview

Who May Apply:
All U.S. Citizens – Open to Public, No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Applicable
Duration Appointment:
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 Physical Scientist (Air) in the Montana State Office, Division of Resources, Planning, and Fire, Branch of Planning & Biological Resources and Science. This position is located in Billings, Montana. Information about the Billings area can be found at Billings Chamber of CommerceOutside Magazine's Annual Best Town Contest Featured Billings as the Best Town of 2016.

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-2018-0107.  Currently there is one vacancy and one person will be selected from these announcements.  In the event of additional vacancies, additional selections made be made 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 may be required.

Duties

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

  • Implementing National policy and guidance for the three state region.
  • Carrying out or approving air quality analysis for all projects with the potential to impact air or climate resources.
  • Administering contracts for complex modeling efforts.
  • Providing technical and regulatory review for long range management plans, multiple use management proposals, and permits.
  • Providing technical guidance and mentoring to Field Office level natural resource specialists.
  • Coordinating program activities and issues with the BLM's Washington Office, the National Operations Center, legal counsel, and air quality specialists in other BLM State Offices.
  • Serving as the BLM's technical liaison with state, local, and tribal governments, other federal agencies, industry, and the public in the three state region.
  • Representing the State Director on national, state, and regional committees.
  • Promoting cooperation and improved relationships with other federal, state, local, and tribal governments.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply"  &  "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.
  • 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 professionally accepted concepts, principles, and theories of air resource management and analysis sufficient to be recognized as a technical authority in complex energy development projects and land use planning, and ability to use automated applications in managing air resource data and in evaluating current methods of modeling and monitoring.
    • Knowledge of legal mandates, policies, and regulations relating to the air resources program.
    • Knowledge of planning processes and the relationships with other natural resource programs sufficient to provide technical guidance in plans development, and familiarity with other resource disciplines including oil, gas, and coal development in order to work effectively on interdisciplinary teams.
    • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing in order to develop and disseminate information on air resources for public use, to make public presentations on air resources, and to promote positive relationships with the public, other agencies, and special interest groups.
    On-line Questionnaire
    Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.
    Qualifications:
    Basic Education Requirements: This position has a positive education requirement which requires that you have a degree in: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. - OR - Combination of education and experience that included education equivalent to one of the majors shown in above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
    For GS-12: In addition to the basic education requirement, one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service.
    Specialized Experience: Experience that 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 (GS-11) of the position to be filled. At this level, under general supervision, incumbents perform difficult and responsible work requiring a thorough knowledge of a special and complex subject matter of the profession. Examples: Serving as the lead air resource specialist on interdisciplinary (ID) project planning teams, interpreting air quality modeling to analyze the effects of mineral resource development on air resources, preparing air quality analysis contract specifications such as but not limited to modeling and monitoring; recommending mitigation measures to protect air quality; developing and overseeing monitoring plans; and evaluating monitoring data; ensuring project compliance with appropriate regulations.

    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:
    http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/Guide-Me/New-Prospective-Employees/
    Additional 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.
    • 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/ICTAP 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. To be well qualified, you must receive a score of at least 90 to receive priority consideration under either program. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.
    • Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
    • 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.

    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.

    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 section).
    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.
    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.  Note: Transcripts must be submitted to each announcement as applicable.
    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) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (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.

    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.
    What to Expect Next:
    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.