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

About

Announcement Number:
NM-PTHWYS-2018-0012
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Planning and Environmental Coordinator (Recent Graduate)
Open Period:
07/13/2018 - 07/19/2018 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0301A 11
Salary:
(USD) $61,218 - (USD) $79,586
Promotion Potential:
GS-11
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Socorro, NM, US
For More Info:
Joann Leon
575-751-4731
joleon@blm.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
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:
Other
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
This is a Recent Graduates 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:
The BLM seeks a dynamic and energetic recent graduate to join the team for interpretation, guidance coordination and implementation of the Bureau land use planning system and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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 Socorro, New Mexico.  Information about Socorro and the Socorro area can be found at City of Socorro.

Physical Demands:   The work is primarily sedentary and does not require unsual physical activity or demands. On occasion may require walking over rough, uneven or rocky terrain during periods of extreme temperatures. May be required to drive two to four wheeled drive government vehicles over tarred, gravel or dirt roads. 

Work Environment:  The work environment involves everday risks and discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of office, meeting and training room, and outdoor settings.

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; (2) Applicants who completed their educational program requirements after December 27, 2010 will have a full 2 years of eligibility beginning on the date the final regulations became effective, July 10, 2012.

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 Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

As Needed.

Duties

Provides technical assistance and support to the Field Office by interprets laws, regulations, policies and guidance for offices program and projects. Provides analyses and guidance for planning and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) procedures and resolution of protest and appeals. Analyzes and provides guidance for field office planning and environmental processes documents, and supporting records for compliance with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) planning and NEPA procedural requirements. Serves as technical liaison between the field office and other BLM offices, the Washington Office, other Federal, State and local government agencies. Program development and coordination and provides planning and NEPA program oversight to interdisciplinary teams in the implementation of land use plans, implementation level plans, and project specific plans. Develops and conducts field office training programs for all aspects of BLM's planning system and NEPA processes.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
This position does not have an education requirement.  You must meet the specialized experience requirement to qualify for this position.

You will need to clearly state in the resume your undergraduate and/or 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
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
  • Cannot hold an active real estate license.
  • Cannot have interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
  • Direct Deposit Required
  • Education Requirements:
    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 who receive a score that ranges 70 to 100 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 job related questions align with the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties of this position..

    (1) Knowledge of resource management planning and environmental analysis processes, principles and practices in order to evaluate and interpret field office needs in the planning and environmental coordination functions. (2) Knowledge of public land resources values, issues, and controversies to develop and coordinate policies and procedures. (3) Ability to communicate verbally and in writing on planning issues sufficient to serve as a spokesperson and liaison in meetings and conferences and to provide technical reports to a variety of audiences. (4) Knowledge of resource fields such as range, wildlife, forestry, receation, fire management, siderness, and ecology to incorporate considerations from these disciplines into planning and evrironmental processes. (5) Skill in providing leadership and coordination techniques when working with staff specialists, management officals, and groups of people with diverse backgrounds.
    Qualifications:
    To be eligible, an applicant must:

    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; and (2) Applicants who completed their educational program requirements after December 27, 2010 will have a full 2 years of eligibility beginning on the date the final regulations became effective, July 10, 2012.

    Specialized Experience Requirements:

    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 of the position to be filled .

    Specialized Experience for the GS-11 is described as: 

    Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-­09 level performing with experience with land use and multiple use  resource management planning; being a lead or member of an interdisciplinary team working on planning and environmental analysis processes, principles and practices; reviewing planning and NEPA documents to ensure they read smoothly and correctly; reviewing environmental documents to insure compliance with applicable laws and regulations; work with public land resource values, issues, or controversies; and assisting in developing public land-related planning strategies and procedures; -OR- Education: 3 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a directly related field of study.  Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. -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.

    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 OPM website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS
    Other Information:
    The entire period served as a Career/Indefinite Intern counts as the appointee's trial period. Prior Federal civilian service is credited toward the completion of the required trial period in the same manner as prescribed in 5 CFR 315.802.

    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.

    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 (575) 751-4731 or at joleon@@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 job-related questions), 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.

    Veteran's Preference: If you are entitled to veteran's preference, you should indicate the level of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veteran's preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide. You may request copies of your DD-214 by calling 1-800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833 or online at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/.

    For 5-point veteran's preference, you must 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 veteran's preference, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15 (Application for 10-point Veterans Preference), a DD-214 showing character of service, 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 the VetGuide.

    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

    <u>AUTO-REQUESTED FAX:</u> allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

    <u>UPLOADING DOCUMENTS:</u> instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures through 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,
    Next Steps:
    You will be notified as to the status of your application as the eligibility and qualification review process is conducted. You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBS account.