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

About

Announcement Number:
NV-PTHWYS-2018-0020
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Land Surveyor (Recent Graduate)
Open Period:
09/29/2018 - 10/17/2018 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 1373 05/07/09
Salary:
(USD) $33,718 - (USD) $66,417
Promotion Potential:
GS-11
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Las Vegas, NV, US
For More Info:
Human Resources Office
775-861-6510
nvjobs@blm.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Recent graduates
• Open to the public
• Veterans
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 – OR – have an anticipated graduation date no later than 31 December 2018.
Veterans precluded by a military service obligation have up to 6 years after completion of degree or certificate to apply.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Recent Graduates
Appointment Type Details:
This is a Recent Graduates position. Students with an anticipated graduation date no later than 12/31/18 may also apply.
Marketing Statement:
The BLM seeks a dynamic and energetic recent graduate to join the Nevada State Office team!

The BLM manages more land – approximately 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 estates 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:

Are you a graduating student or a recent grad? Join our Pathways Recent Graduate Program! This one-year program offers professional and technical training, mentoring and developmental opportunities.

Information about the BLM, please visit Our website.


This Position is located in Las Vegas, NV. To learn about the area, visit Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce


BLM may use certain incentives (up to 10% of annual salary), currently offered by the Federal government to attract high quality applicants.

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
25% or less

Normally 25% or less, but may be higher, contingent upon the location of future workloads.  Will require travel for training and site visits.

Duties

We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed. Additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement with duty locations within the State of Nevada.


This is a developmental position to the full performance level of GS-11.


The position functions as a land surveyor for the Nevada State Office. Incumbent conducts field work and prepares the records necessary to approve official Cadastral surveys. Uses professional knowledge and applies concepts, principles, techniques, mathematics, physical science, and land laws to locate property boundary lines, evaluate existing survey records and to conduct formal investigations relating to the location of property rights. 


Physical Demands: Work is either in an office setting or out-of-doors involving extensive hiking, carrying heavy loads, and cutting and clearing brush and debris with axes, brush hooks, and chain saws.


Work environment: The work environment varies from an office setting to out-of-doors. The outdoor environment varies from flat, barren desert land or open prairie to extremely steep, rugged and broken mountains covered with dense brush and timber. The temperatures fluctuate from extremely hot to uncomfortably cold. At times, crews are required to work in rain and snow. Individuals are exposed to poisonous plants, snakes, insects, and most animals common to the outdoors.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

Recent Graduate Program Requirements:


• Recent Graduates who in the previous 2 years have completed a degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution – OR – have an anticipated graduation date no later than 31 December 2018 (Final qualification determination will be made upon graduation).


• Veterans precluded by a military service obligation have up to 6 years after completion of degree or certificate to apply.


• Students MUST submit all transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable). If selected, official transcripts will be required.


• An Individual Development Plan (IDP) will be completed within 45 days of appointment to track the Recent Graduates' career planning, professional development, and training activities.


• Selectee will be required to sign Recent Graduates Participant Agreement in which it shall document the anticipated start and end dates for this developmental appointment.


• The entire period served under the Intern Program counts as a trial period.


• Within the first year of employment, the incumbent will be provided a minimum of 40 formal hours of training.


• The incumbent will be assigned a mentor within 90 days of appointment.


• This is an excepted service, developmental experience appointment expected to last only 1 year under the BLM Pathways Recent Graduates Program.


• 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, please click here for more information.

Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship 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.
  • Background Investigation Required.
  • Education Requirements:

    This position falls under the Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific positions.  


    Basic Requirement: This position has a positive education requirement which requires you have a degree in land surveying; or civil engineering with a surveying option/emphasis. The civil engineering major must have included at least 6 semester hours of surveying, 3 semester hours of land law, and 21 additional semester hours in any combination of the following: surveying, photogrammetry, geodetic surveying, geodesy, route surveying, remote sensing, cartography, survey astronomy, land information systems, computer-aided mapping, aerial photo interpretation, and survey analysis and adjustments OR a combination of education and experience as described above OR current registration as a land surveyor in a State, territory, or the District of Columbia obtained by written examination. 


    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.

    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.  

    KSA 1: Knowledge of cadastral principles and practices, relevant laws and court decisions, advanced mathematics, and related subjects.

    KSA 2: Knowledge of the use of state-of-the art computer applications currently used in Cadastral operations and other aids needed to determine the mathematical calculations and accuracy of the surveys.

    KSA 3: Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing. 
    Qualifications:

    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 or other applicable period - OR – have an anticipated graduation date no later than 31 December 2018. Note: Other applicable period may include 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 and/or anticipated course completion, 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.

    For GS-05: Completed a four year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree in land surveying; or civil engineering with a option/emphasis that included at least 6 semester hours of surveying, 3 semester hours of land law, and 21 additional semester hours in any combination of the following: surveying, photogrammetry, geodetic surveying, geodesy, route surveying, remote sensing, cartography, survey astronomy, land information systems, computer-aided mapping, aerial photo interpretation, and survey analysis and adjustments; OR a combination of education and experience.--courses equivalent to a major in land surveying or civil engineering as described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. 

    For GS-07: Meet the basic requirement AND have one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-5 in the Federal Service. Examples: serve as the head of small party on routine surveying assignments utilizing a variety of survey equipment including total stations, data collectors, hand held calculators, and GPS receivers; OR meet the basic requirement AND have one year (18 semester hours) of graduate-level education in Land Surveying or Civil Engineering with surveying option/emphasis; OR meet the basic requirement AND meet the provisions of Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) See OPM Quals Standard-General Policies E(4)(f). I will provide a copy of my college transcripts; OR meet the basic requirement AND I have an equivalent combination of additional education and experience described above. 

    For GS-09: Meet the basic requirement AND have one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-7 in the Federal Service. Examples: leading a survey party on a single more complex surveying assignment utilizing a variety of survey equipment including total stations, data collectors, hand held calculators, and GPS receivers; OR meet the basic requirement AND I have two years (36 semester hours) of graduate level education leading to a master`s degree or equivalent in land surveying; or civil engineering with a surveying option/emphasis; OR meet the basic requirement AND I have an equivalent combination of additional education and experience described above. 


    See Education Requirements for Basic Requirement definition

    You must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by 31 December 2018.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    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.

    Require completion of a 1 year trail period.

    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

    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.

    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 (775) 861-6510 or email us at nvjobs@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:

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

    Verification of Degree-OR pending 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.  

    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.