This position requires a Basic Education Requirement
You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit all of your college transcripts for all degrees conferred; a certificate of diploma cannot be used to determine applicant qualification. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, see OPM’s policy regarding Foreign Education.
Basic Education Requirements:
Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
Combination of education and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Qualification Requirement Using Specialized Experience or Education:
In addition to the Basic Education requirement 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.
For GS-5: Meets the basic requirements of the series described above.
For GS-7: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-05) in the federal service further defined as experience assisting higher level professionals with grazing applications and permits, on-the-ground use supervision, gathering information related to natural resources projects, planning range and watershed improvements, conducting trespass investigations, consulting with livestock operators and preparing land use planning documents;
OR the basic education requirement and Superior academic achievement 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-the basic education requirement and a 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.
The Natural Resources Specialist falls under the Group qualification standards for Professional and Scientific positions in conjunction with the Individual Occupational Requirements for the Natural Resources and Biological Sciences standard.
Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. The physical demands of this position require physical exertion such as long periods of walking standing crouching, or riding horses or ATVs. Extended periods of driving four wheel drive vehicles over rough terrain is required to reach remote areas. Frequent overnight camping is required in order to effectively accomplish the program mission. The incumbent must be physical fit and capable of rigorous activity while performing assignments.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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 federal laws, regulations relating to the public lands and ability to interpret rulings made by the Federal Courts, Administrative Law judge and appeals.
KSA 2: Knowledge of rangeland management and how these resources effect a wide range of natural resources sufficient to integrate findings and recommendations into multiple use plans and on the ground management.
KSA 3: Consensus building skills sufficient to address differences among diverse affected interest, find common ground work through conflict and arrive at positive outcome.
KSA 4: Knowledge of ecological processes to evaluate and assess the environmental responses of the various management practices. To preview questions please click here.