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Bureau of Land Management Natural Resources Specialist (Weeds Management Specialist) in Las Vegas, Nevada

Natural Resources Specialist (Weeds Management Specialist)

Department of the Interior

Bureau of Land Management

  • ##### Open & closing dates

06/11/2019 to 06/25/2019

This job will close when we have received 30 applications which may be sooner than the closing date. Learn more

  • ##### Service


  • ##### Pay scale & grade

GS 11

  • ##### Salary

$62,973 to $81,871 per year

  • ##### Appointment type

Temporary Promotion - This is a Temporary NTE 1 year with possibility to convert to permanent.

  • ##### Work schedule



1 vacancy in the following location:


Las Vegas, NV

Relocation expenses reimbursed


Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

- Duties

This announcement may be used to fill more than one position at this duty location.

This position is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. For information about the surrounding area, please visit Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

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The position is established to direct the integrated weed management program (IWM) in support of a multiple-use resource management program within multiple field offices. Incumbent also provides support and leadership in the Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation Program (ESR) by serving as the District’s ESR Coordinator.

Develop, coordinate, and implement the District weed program in coordination with other Federal, state, and local agencies; coordinates efforts with Interdisciplinary teams in the development, approval, and implementation of weed control and Emergency Stabilization Rehabilitation (ESR) plans, ensuring compatibility with existing policies and procedures. Evaluates proposed treatments and monitors for timely completion; makes recommendations for follow-up and additional long term actions; maintains geographic mapping records of planned and applied treatments.

Physical Demands: The incumbent must be in good physical condition. Field work requires long periods of walking over rough uneven terrain. From time-to-time, the incumbent will be involved in aerial flights involving helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

Work Environment: The incumbent is required to be in the field frequently for extended periods of time, occasionally in adverse conditions such as extreme heat. The incumbent is required to hike in mountainous, rocky terrain, steep timbered and brush hillsides as well as desert areas. Incumbent will adhere to all safety rules and regulations as prescribed in manuals/supplements or by the designated Safety Officer.

Travel Required

25% or less - Work requires extended periods of travel frequently operating a motor vehicle, sometimes under adverse conditions, including ice, mud, snow, and rough terrain.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • #### Job family (Series)

0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

- Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • 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 is required.

If selected for this position you will need to complete the Federal Information Systems Security Awareness (FISSA) training prior to start date (if applicable).


In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the Basic and 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.

Basic Requirements: * Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, range management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position; *OR A combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major, as shown, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

For the GS-11: Meet the basic requirements AND have 1 year of experience as a Natural Resource Specialist or related position equivalent to GS-9 in the Federal service. Examples of Specialized Experience for GS-11 include: development, coordination and implementation of an integrated pest management or weed program; as a team lead or member in the development, approval, and implementation of weed control and emergency stabilization rehabilitation plans; participating in natural resources monitoring program activities by making observations, gathering data, and reporting findings where information was used in environmental assessments and environmental impact statements, providing input or developing specific portions of annual program of work such as reporting on work unit accomplishments for natural resources in annual reports, and exploring background information (literature, reports, and discussions with others having specialized knowledge of the field or issue) and evaluating information and selecting approaches to study the issues at hand; experience applying knowledge of biological practices, principles and techniques sufficient to make recommendations in the planning and implementing environmental, recreational and natural resource management activities; experience monitory expenditures for a budget; OR meet the basic requirement and have completed 3 years of graduate level education leading to a Ph.D. degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related discipline. Applicants should describe how specific course work, research, projects, dissertation, theses, etc., demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position; OR meet the basic requirement AND possess an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above.

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.


This position falls under the Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific positions in conjunction with the Individual Occupational Requirements (Basic Requirement) for the Natural Resources and Biological Sciences, Series 0401.

This position has a positive education requirement. See qualification section for description of the Basic Education Requirement (BER). Additionally you must submit copies of transcripts or a list of all 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

You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit all your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

Additional information

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. 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 a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Information about CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP.

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.

Temporary Promotion may be extended up to a maximum of 5 years without further competition. Temporary promotion may be made permanent without further competition.

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.

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.

KSA 1: Knowledge of range and forest pest control programs, including biological control and chemical formulation.

KSA 2: Knowledge of related resource fields such as plant physiology, entomology and plant pathology in order to integrate their techniques, concerns, and relationships into advice and guidance given, as well as into individual accomplishments.

KSA 3: Knowledge of research, technology, and practices involved with the application of weed management to natural resources.

KSA 4: Knowledge with related fields such as soils, hydrology, wildlife habitat management, silviculture and entomology sufficient to incorporate considerations from these disciplines in the preparation of plans and in execution of planned activities.

To preview questions please click here.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance


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/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 unofficial Transcripts or a list of all college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of 'official' transcripts.

Current DOI career and career-conditional employees: Submit a copy of your most recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1), and shows you are a current DOI employee. If you do not submit an SF-50 showing current DOI status you will be found ineligible. This office will will use SF-50s to determine the applicant meets Time in Grade (TIG) or highest previous grade held requirements. Please submit multiple SF50s (if applicable) to verify you have satisfied all job announcement requirements.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) 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.

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.

- Benefits

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. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

- 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) 861-6422 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.

Agency contact information
Human Resources







Bureau of Land Management BLM Nevada State Office NV-953 1340 Financial Boulevard Reno, Nevada 89502 United States

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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.

- Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

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.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/535955200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.