Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist
Open Period:
12/14/2018 - 12/28/2018 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0301K 07/09
USD $41,365 - USD $65,778
Work Schedule:
Full-time - This is a full-time position.
Promotion Potential:
Promotion Potential Explanation:
The person selected from this announcement will be hired as either a GS-7 or GS-9. The full performance level of this position without further competition is GS-11.
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Malta, MT, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Branch of Human Resources


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens.  No former Federal service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Applicable
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position in the competitive service.
About the Agency

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.  BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join our team as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist in the North Central Montana District, Malta Field Office, in Malta, Montana.  Information about the Malta area can be found at the Malta Chamber of Commerce website.  

This position is also being advertised under vacancy announcement MT Merit-2019-0041. 

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

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.


This is a career-ladder position with potential to the GS-11 level. At the GS-07 and 09 levels, the incumbent will perform progressively more difficult duties at a reduced level of responsibility while receiving on-the-job and other appropriate training that will prepare him/her for promotion to the next higher grade level.  At the full-performance level, the incumbent is responsible for the acquisition and management of the wide range of spatial information required to support the management of public lands and performs a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:  

  • Serving as the principal technical advisor on geographic information systems (GIS) to the resources staffs within the District. 

  • Administering geospatial databases and implementing quality control and assurance guidelines for geospatial data projects.  

  • Providing technical user support and troubleshooting assistance for problems related to GIS hardware and application software.  

  • Implementing analytical techniques necessary to solve various procedural and factual geospatial and GIS issues, i.e., identifying data needs for specific projects, determining compatibility with other platforms, locating missing information.  

  • Digitizing geographic information and identifying interrelationships within data and applying layers of geographic data to produce spatial analysis and derivative maps to promote effective and economical management of natural resources.  

  • Analyzing cumulative impacts of frequently measured environmental factors.  

  • Working with a diverse group of resource specialists, planners, and managers to coordinate and implement local GIS activities and working with other BLM offices and Federal, State, and local agencies to coordinate data capture and analysis projects.  

  • Promoting and implementing an integrated training program to teach basic skills in the use of GIS software, data acquisition, retrieval, and analysis to meet local needs. 

  • Assisting in the integration of Enterprise GIS with long and short term planning and management activities at the local level. 

Qualifications and Evaluations


You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of 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" 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.
  • Education Requirements:

    There is not an education requirement for this position. 


    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 geographic/cartographic sciences, interdisciplinary resource management, and database management in order to administer geospatial databases and to identify interrelationships within GIS data. 

    • Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), related technology, and analytical techniques in order to resolve moderately complex GIS issues and complete a variety of well-precedented projects and assignments in support of business operations and natural resources management activities.

    • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with a variety of audiences (i.e.planners, resource specialists, and managers) in order to present ideas and information in easy to-understand formats intended to increase understanding of Bureau programs, policies, and objectives.

    • Knowledge of functions, principles, techniques of land use planning, including outdoor recreation planning and interdisciplinary resource management (e.g., environmental impact analysis, rangeland management, wildlife management etc.) in order to assist in the integration of Enterprise GIS with long and short term planning and management activities.

    Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.  We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.  


    For GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service –OR-1 full year of graduate level education –OR- a bachelor’s degree with superior academic achievement.  Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.

    For GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service -OR- 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.  Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.

    Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledges, 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 of the position to be filled.

    Specialized Experience for GS-07 Level: Examples include using well established policies, procedures and techniques, such as assisting in GIS data preparation and entry; use of GIS hardware and software and providing cartographic products such as maps, drawings and illustrations using CAD technology and graphics.

    Specialized Experience for GS-09 Level: Examples include providing coordination and technical direction of GIS data preparation, entry and analysis; managing GIS operations project schedules and data entry/digitizing; administering data base; coordinating system user activities.

    Equivalent combinations of post-high school education and specialized experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.

    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 URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Agency 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.

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

    • 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 fall within the Well Qualified or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.

    • The official worksite for the selectee is the duty station identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty location on a regular and recurring weekly basis.  The selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    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.
    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. THE FOLLOWING SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE RECEIVED, AS APPLICABLE:

    1) College Transcripts: If you believe you qualify based on your education, or a combination of education and experience, 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 see 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 preferenceclick here.
    4) 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 computer or USAJOBS Profile. Uploading Documents: you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager (3MB is the maximum size allowed for a document). 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. Do not use both options or upload more than one file in each section, only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system.  Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

    Next Steps:

    You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgment email from USAJobs that your submission was successful once we have received your online assessment questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application and/or referral to the hiring official via your USAJobs account after the evaluation process is complete.  You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required.