Bureau of Land Management Rangeland Management Specialist in Elko, Nevada
Due to current Hiring Controls, priority consideration will be given to all current DOI non-competitive applicants for this position.
This announcement may be used to fill more than one position within the district.
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This position is located in Elko, Nevada. Information about Elko and the local area can be found at the Elko Chamber of Commerce.
Physical Demands: The individual may frequently be required to walk or ride horses and/or vehicles over rough terrain, perform duties that require recurring bending, crouching, stooping, reaching or lifting. Extended periods of driving four wheel vehicles over rough terrain is required to reach remote areas. Overnight camping is sometimes required. The incumbent may be subjected to hostile wildlife, chemical and physical hazards.
Work Environment: The work of the employee is performed in an office setting. However, frequently when necessary to complete the work, there is outdoor exposure. Outdoor work is performed in remote areas. The work involves regular and recurring exposure to moderate risks and discomfort.
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At the GS 5-7-9 Levels: Assists senior rangeland management specialists in gathering, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of monitoring data to determine if land use objectives are being met. Reviews grazing permits to ensure compliance with appropriate federal law. Reviews and processes annual grazing applications. Conducts upland vegetation monitoring studies and determines the need for range and watershed improvements that are directly related to management objectives. Responsible for assisting in preparing, evaluating and conducting biological analyses of public rangeland projects. Responsible for providing basic input to interdisciplinary reports, environmental assessments, and protective stipulations for rangeland ecosystems.
At the GS-11 Level: Plans, manages, produces, and implements allotment evaluations for assigned allotments. Principle author/editor of written products developed for the allotment evaluation and NEPA environmental assessment process. Develops, maintains and revises planning documents in the field office for the range program in accordance with established planning schedules. Ensures impacts to the range and grassland ecosystem are properly mitigated. Serves as the principal investigator and negotiator on livestock grazing unauthorized use cases and makes recommendations for case settlement and closure. Assists in the development, implementation, and maintenance of Resource Management Plans (RMPs).
Occasional travel - May travel to district and field offices to consult with federal and non-federal agencies as well as the general public.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
All current federal employees or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility; CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area; Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA); Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA); Veterans more than 30% disabled eligible; Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities, Schedule A and/or individuals w/disabilities; All former PLC members who within the past 120 days have completed all requirements of a creditable PLC project.
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0454 Rangeland Management
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship is required.
- Security Clearance/Background Investigation 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.
These positions fall under the Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions and Rangeland Management Series, 0454 Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR).
Basic Education Requirement: This position has BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS. All applicants must clearly state their undergraduate and graduate degree(s) and submit ALL l their college transcript(s). The BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS for this position are as follows: A. Degree: Range Management OR a related discipline that included at least forty-two (42) semester hours in a combination of the plant, animal, soil sciences, and natural resources management, as follows: 1. Range Management: At least eighteen (18) semester hours of course work in range management, including courses in such areas as basic principles of range management, range plants, range ecology, range inventories and studies, range improvements, and ranch or rangeland planning. 2. Directly related plant, animal, and soil sciences: At least fifteen (15) semester hours of directly related courses in the plant, animal, and soil sciences, including at least one (1) course in each of these three scientific areas, i.e., plant, animal, and soil sciences. Courses in such areas as plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant ecology, animal nutrition, livestock production, and soil morphology or soil classification are acceptable. 3. Related resource management studies: At least nine (9) semester hours of course work in related resource management subjects, including courses in such areas as wildlife management, watershed management, natural resource or agricultural economics, forestry, agronomy, forages, and outdoor recreation management. --OR-- B. Combination of education and experience with at least forty-two (42) semester hours of course work in the combination of plant, animal, soil sciences and natural resources management as described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
To qualify using education you will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit all of your college transcripts; a certificate of diploma can not be used to determine applicant qualifications. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution See Foreign Education.
Qualification Requirement Using Specialized Experience or Education: In order to be rated as qualified using specialized experience, we must be able to determine that you meet the definition(s) below; 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 level of the position to be filled.
To qualify at the GS-05 grade level you must meet the Basic Education requirements.
To qualify at the GS-07: In addition to meeting the basic education requirements described above, one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lover grade level (GS-05) in the Federal service. Specialized experience is further defined as assisting higher level professionals with grazing applications and permits, on-the-ground use supervision, planning and conducting range studies, planning range & watershed improvements, conducting trespass investigations, consulting with livestock operators and preparing land use planning documents; OR One (1) year of graduate education leading to a Master's degree in rangeland management or a directly related field; OR Graduated from a four year college with Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.), which is based on one of the following: (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society member. For a detailed description of Superior Academic Achievement please visit: Superior Academic Achievement OR Have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. Only graduate level education may be combined with experience.
To qualify at GS-09: In addition to meeting the basic education requirement described above, 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: assisting with grazing leases, permits, transfers and allotment management plans, monitoring studies, allotment evaluations and inspections, and analyzing multiple resource management issues; OR Two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in Rangeland Management or a directly related field of study; OR Have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. Only graduate level education in excess of the first year may be combined with experience.
To qualify at GS-11:* In addition to meeting the basic education requirement described above, 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: resolving grazing administration issues, developing allotment plans, and serving as principal contact and negotiator for rangeland issues within multiple-use-management areas; *OR Three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in Rangeland Management or a directly related field of study; OR Have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. Only graduate level education in excess of the first two years may be combined with experience.
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 300.64. 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
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 required to do the work of this position.
At the GS-05 and GS-07 level:
KSA 1: Knowledge of rangeland management and the ability to perform work involving conserving, developing and managing public rangelands.
KSA 2: Knowledge of the disciplines of other natural resources and biological sciences.
KSA 3: Ability to effectively communicate technical and non-technical information both orally and in written form to diverse groups of people.
KSA 4: Ability to use automated systems to input data and generate reports.
KSA 5: Ability to research, collect, verify, interpret, and analyze a variety of complex directions, regulations and information.
At the GS-09 and GS-11 Level:
KSA 1: Knowledge of and skill in applying concepts, principles, and methodologies in the field of rangeland management.
KSA 2: Knowledge of the theories, principles and concepts related to the ecological behavior of grasslands, pasture lands, savannas, shrub lands, riparian properties, deserts, meadows and coast marshes.
KSA 3: Ability to communicate with a variety of individuals and groups both verbally and in writing on a variety of resource issues.
KSA 4: Knowledge of applicable Federal Laws, statutes and legislation governing rangeland management programs.
KSA 5 (for GS-09 level): Skill in gathering data, and analyzing, interpreting and evaluating the results.
KSA 5 (for GS-11 level): Knowledge of related disciplines in order to integrate findings into the allotment evaluation processes. To preview questions please click here.
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Drug test required
- Required Documents
Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/yyyy) 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 allcollege 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.
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.”
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).
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.
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.
If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.
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.
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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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.
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Bureau of Land Management Nevada State Office NV-953 Reno, Nevada United States
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/501980300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 06/13/2018 to 06/27/2018
Salary: $33,394 to $79,586 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 05 - 11
Work schedule: Full-Time - Full time.
Appointment type: Permanent - This is a permanent position.