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

Vacancy Details

About

Announcement Number:
OR-DEU-2020-0024
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Botanist
Open Period:
12/17/2019 - 12/23/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0430 09
Salary:
USD $51,440 - USD $66,868
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
GS-09
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Medford, OR, US
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
Paj Shua Cha
503-808-6221
pcha@blm.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Required
Appointment Type
Term appt, NTE 13 mos
Appointment Type Details:
This position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and is for a period not-to-exceed 13 months with possible extension up to a total of 4 years (or longer if approved by the Office of Personnel Management) without re-announcement.
Marketing Statement:

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as a Botanist.


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:

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.
For information about the Medford District visit our website.
For information about the Medford and Rogue Valley area, visit their website.

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional travel may be required

Duties

The incumbent provides specialized technical expertise in support of a multiple use resource management program.  Duties include: participate in the preparation of environmental assessments for actions affecting botanical resources; develop and evaluate vegetation monitoring programs; develop procedures for recording plant survey information; conduct and coordinate surveys for special status plants; assisting in botanical studies and research; and assists the Lead Botanist in program coordination.


Physical Demands: Majority of the work is performed outdoors in rugged terrain, manually controlling noxious weed infestations, and driving on unimproved logging roads and jeep trails.  The position requires physical exertions, such as hiking, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, and lifting moderately heavy items, or similar activities on steep slopes in dense brush, over several hours. 


Work Environment:  Work is divided between the field and office.  Field work may involve working alone in remote areas for long periods of time, but also with other people, during early morning hours or during the day.  The individual may be exposed to discomfort from extremes in weather temperatures and/or hostile wildlife, hostile insects, chemical, and physical hazards. 

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

Summary of Requirements: You must meet all requirements listed in the "Qualifications" section of the announcement.


 

Key Requirements:
  • 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
  • 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.


    1.  Knowledge of botany and habitat management concepts necessary to advise development and implementation of Field Office programs and projects related to botany and special status species resources, invasive non-native plant management and disturbed land restoration.


    2.  Knowledge of principles, practices, methods, and techniques for evaluating habitat conditions and needs.


    3.  Ability to analyze data and synthesize literature for inclusion into planning documents.


    4.  Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing to team members, employees, and members of the public.


    5.  Ability to use GIS technology for analyzing natural resource management issues and planning projects.

    Qualifications:

    Basic requirements: Degree in botany or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany -OR- Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in botany or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional 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.


    Specialized Experience Requirements:  In addition to meeting the basic requirements above, you must also possess one (1) year of specialized experience - 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 (GS-7) of the position to be filled. Examples: Using knowledge of and skill in applying basic concepts, principles and methodologies of the field sufficient to: conduct more recurring, well precedented botany projects using standard methods and techniques; identify and resolve botanical and plant response issues; prepare routine reports and prepare presentations; and analyze inventory and monitoring data.


    -OR- Substitution of Education for Experience: Two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree, if directly related and if it provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to successfully perform the duties of the position.


    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. 


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

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    Agency 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 trial 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.


    Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.


    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.


    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 Paj Shua Cha at pcha@blm.gov or 503-808-6221. 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.


    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.


    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.