Bureau of Land Management Position Opening at usajobs.gov in Las Vegas, Nevada

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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 Las Vegas, Nevada. Information about Southern Nevada and the area can be found at: Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

Physical Demands: The work includes indoor and outdoor work. May be required to walk or ride vehicles or horses through rough terrain, perform duties that require bending, crouching, stooping, reaching, or lifting. Work may include lifting moderately heavy items such as equipment and samples.

Work Environment: The incumbent works in an office setting, however, considerable field work is required to complete projects. The employee may be exposed to discomfort from harsh weather and may be subjected to hostile wildlife, chemicals, and other physical hazards.

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Responsibilities

At the GS-09 Level: Responsible for assisting in preparing, evaluating, and conducting biological analyses of land and water resource projects and permit applications to ensure compliance with appropriate federal law. Assists other resource specialists in conducting studies to determine solutions for disease control and other problems with wildlife species. Participates in monitoring on-going wildlife habitat development projects and the implementation of new projects within the field/district office. Designs and implements habitat improvement and restoration projects for the field office in coordination with other programs, other federal agencies, state agency representatives and where possible with nongovemment organizations.

At the Full Performance GS-11 Level: Manage and perform professional, research, or scientific work that involves conserving, protecting, and administering wildlife species. Provide oversight and assistance to the District/Field office biology program for the management of the surrounding ecology, behavior and conservation of habitat of wild animals as well as coordinating wildlife management programs with other natural resources activities, such as land use planning, forest and range management programs. Responsible to the field manager for all facets of wildlife program activity planning, implementation, and monitoring.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel for field work may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

11

Who May Apply
This job is open to…

All current DOI employees with competitive eligibility; CTAP eligibles within the local commuting area; and Current or former time-limited employees eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA)​

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0486 Wildlife Biology

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Conditions of Employment
  • 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 is required.
  • Background Investigation is required.

This position falls under the Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions and has an Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) - Wildlife Biology Series, 0486 - located on the OPM website.

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.

Qualifications

This position has a Basic Education Requirement:A degree in biological science that included: (A) (1) At least 9 semester hours in such wildlife subjects as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, or research courses in the field of wildlife biology; (2) At least 12 semester hours in zoology in such subjects as general zoology, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects. (Excess courses in wildlife biology may be used to meet the zoology requirements where appropriate.); (3) At least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences; --OR-- (B) A Combination of education and experience -- equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), with at least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects, 12 semester hours in zoology, and 9 semester hours in botany or related plant science, as shown in (A) above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Qualification Requirement Using Specialized Experience or Education:In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - 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 of the position to be filled.

To qualify at GS-09: Meet the BASIC REQUIREMENT, AND one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-07) in the Federal service. Specialized experience is further defined as demonstrated examples in the following: Planning and conducting wildlife field inventories and monitoring studies, interpreting data and assisting in preparing wildlife management plans, preparing reports, and recommending habitat management practices; --OR-- Meet the basic education requirement AND completed two (2) full years of graduate level education in a directly related field leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in wildlife biology or related field such as mammology, ornithology, animal ecology, or wildlife management; --OR-- An equivalent combination of professional experience and second year graduate level education for a total of one (1) year.

To qualify at GS-11: Meet the BASIC REQUIREMENT, AND one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09) in the Federal service. Specialized experience is further defined as demonstrated examples in the following: Preparing wildlife portions of environmental assessments, analyzing surface use proposals on Threatened and Endangered Species, planning and conducting wildlife field inventories and monitoring studies, and interpreting data and preparing wildlife management plans; --OR-- Completion of three (3) full years of graduate level education in a directly related field leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph. D. or equivalent doctoral degree in wildlife biology or related field such as mammology, ornithology, animal ecology, or wildlife management; --OR--A combination of professional experience and third year graduate level education for a total of one (1) year.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.

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Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP 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 eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. CTAP and eligibles will be considered well qualified if they receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used 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.

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.

BLM may use certain incentives currently offered by the Federal government to attract high quality applicants.

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

The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

May require completion of a one 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 announcement may be used to fill more than one position within the District.

There is an application limit to the first 60 applications received. Once that limit has occurred the vacancy announcement will close on that day at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. If the 60 application limit is not reached, then the vacancy announcement will close on the scheduled close date.

This announcement is being advertised concurrently under Announcement#NV Merit-2018-0011 for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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 qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. 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 job elements required to do the work of this position.

At the GS-09/11 Level:

KSA 1: Knowledge of the theories, principles and concepts related to wildlife biology and the ability to relate knowledge to other professional bodies of knowledge, such as zoology, animal ecology, and other related fields.

KSA 2: Skill in collaborating with individuals or groups to gain support for the desired outcome.

KSA 3: Knowledge of major policy guidance, such as the National Environmental Policy Act, the Threatened and Endangered Species Act, and other related federal issuances in order to adhere to legal perimeters.

KSA 4: Knowledge of wildlife habitat, threatened and endangered species; and skill in modifying and adapting standard techniques and processes to overcome significant resource problems. To preview questions please click here.

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Required Documents

Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/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.

Positive Education Requirement: Copy of all 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. All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of 'official' transcripts.

Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees: Submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).

Former PLC Member: Submit a copy of your “Certificate of Eligibility for Noncompetitive Hiring” along with a copy of your “PLC Participant Verification Work Hours Sheet.”

Veterans Special Appointing Authorities: To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three or more years of active service. A VEOA eligible who is separated 30 days or less prior to completion of the three-year active duty service requirement is eligible to receive consideration for BLM vacancies Submit documentation to support your claim for VEOA or preference veteran (DD-214 that shows discharge as honorable or general, SF-15, Veterans Administration Letter). If you are currently on active duty, you must provide an official statement of service from your command, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proved your military service was performed under honorable conditions. You must clearly identify your claim for veterans' preference on your application. For more information on veterans' preference, please go to OPMs website at: Feds Hire Vets.

If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: Documentation verifying your CTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

Applicants eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) must submit documentation verifying (a) initial selection under competitive examining procedures to a land management agency under a time-limited appointment in the competitive service , (b) service under this initial appointment, or in conjunction with subsequent competitive service time-limited appointments, to a land management agency was for a period of 24 months without a break in service of two or more years, and (c) performance was evaluated as being at an acceptable level for the entire applicable period(s). “Required documentation” includes first and last SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) for each​ ​ appointment​ verifying the Position Occupied code (Block 34) is 1-Competitive Service, AND documentation of successful performance for each appointment. Applicants are encouraged to combine all required documents into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping documents into files will simplify the application process. Failure to submit required documentation will result in loss of consideration.

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.

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.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

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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 (775) 861-6431 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.

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HR Specialist
Phone

775-861-6422

Fax

000-000-0000

Email

nvjobs@blm.gov

Address

Bureau of Land Management BLM Nevada State Office NV-953 Reno, Nevada United States

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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.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/481629100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/12/2017 to 10/26/2017

Salary: $50,141 to $78,861 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 09 - 11

Work schedule: full-time

Appointment type: Permanent - This is a permanent position