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    Summary

    This position is part of the Arctic District Office, located in Fairbanks, AK. Information about locations within Alaska can be found at: https://dcra-cdo-dcced.opendata.arcgis.com/

    The closing date has been extended to April 23, 2019.

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    Responsibilities

    • Serves as an expert advisor and consultant on hydrology, snow, soils, air, and climate related matters to the Assistant District Manager and specialists in the District.
    • Interprets snow, soil, water, and air technical and regulatory standards, guidelines, and policies.
    • Provides snow, soil, water, and air expertise and data for incorporation into District office documents.
    • Reviews proposed actions for impacts to snow, soil, water, and air resources, and provides information and data for incorporation into environmental assessments.
    • Collects, compiles, and analyzes data to determine feasibility and impact of programs, practices, and policies on multiple use resources.
    • Performs water, snow, soil, and air data acquisition, interpretation, and application.
    • Interprets laws, national and state regulations, and BLM policies concerning water, snow, soil, and air resources.
    • Represents the District office at professional and Bureau meetings and workshops, and on various committees of a technical professional nature.
    • For more information on the duties of this position contact the supervisor, Sarah LaMarr, at (907) 474-2334.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

  • Job family (Series)

    0470 Soil Science

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • Security Clearance/Background Investigation required.
    • You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Lands.
    • Direct Deposit Required.

    Qualifications

    We must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. 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. To be creditable, this experience must have been for 1 year and equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled. (If the position was seasonal, your resume must show periods worked.

    BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT: In order to meet the basic qualification requirement for the Soil Science GS-0470 series, your application materials must demonstrate that you meet either A or B below:

    A. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in soil science, arctic engineering, or a related field that included 30 semester hours or equivalent in biology, physical, arctic engineering, atmospheric or earth science with a minimum of 15 semester hours in such subjects as soil genesis, pedology, soil chemistry, snow or soil physics, atmospheric science and/or soil fertility.

    B. Have a combination of education (as described in A above) and specialized experience equivalent to a major in soils or biological science (at least 30 semester hours) with 15 semester hours in soil genesis, pedology, soil chemistry, snow or soil physics, snow physics, atmospheric science, and/or soil fertility, PLUS appropriate experience or additional education.

    ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT - In addition to meeting the Basic Qualification Requirement outlined above, to be found qualified at the GS-11 grade level, your application materials must also demonstrate meeting either A, B, or C below:

    A. Possess one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to at least GS-9 grade level in the Federal service. Work is moderately difficult and requires considerable additional professional training. Specialized experience is defined as: prepare soils portions of environmental assessments; analyze surface use proposals on soils, permafrost, and wetlands, conduct field inventories & monitoring studies, and interpretation of soils and geology data. NOTE: Your resume must contain sufficient detail to prove you have one year experience performing these duties.

    B. Successful completion of 3 years of graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in soils science or a directly related field. Note: You must submit college transcripts to verify this.

    C. Have a combination of specialized experience (as described in A above) and graduate level education (as described in B above), when combined meet the qualification requirements. Note: only graduate education in excess of 36 semester/54 quarter hours or school equivalent is creditable toward this grade level when combining.

    Education

    Additional information

    • This announcement is being advertised concurrently under BLMAK-19-10460120-KL 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.
    • 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 at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx
    • 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.
    • We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of 04/23/2019.
    • 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 (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs (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/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 fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a RPL, you may be given priority consideration.
    • BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.
    • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document, you do not have in electronic form; view the following link for information regarding an Alternative Application

    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. Answers submitted in the questionnaire must be supported on your resume. If you meet 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.

    • Knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act, Clean Water Act, and policies and procedures related to environmental compliance; ability to apply laws, regulations, policies and required procedures.
    • Skill in preparing snow soil, permafrost and wetland analyzes.
    • Knowledge of theories, principles, and concepts related to snow, soils, permafrost, wetlands, and snow to resolve, avoid or mitigate the impacts from land management issues that may adversely affect these resources.
    • Ability to communicate complex and detailed information both orally and in writing; experience in presenting information to management, the public, federal and state agencies; experience in preparing written reports.
    • Ability to coordinate and cooperate with diverse groups and organizations, develop and maintain partnerships, and leverage funding to support research and studies.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk
    2. Other supporting documents:
    • Copy of Transcripts (official or unofficial) or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education, (If qualifying based on education)
    • 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 applicable.
    • 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. If documents supporting veterans' preference are not received, then veterans' preference will not be given.
    For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans' preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.

    For 5-point veterans' preference, 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, 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.

    Hard copy application materials, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. If the required documents are not submitted, your application may be considered incomplete.

    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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    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.

    https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/benefits/

    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.

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    How to Apply

    1. You must submit a resume and also complete the online application and assessment questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section.
    DEADLINE DATE: A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) or 7:59 pm Alaska Time on 04/23/2019 to receive consideration.
    • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
    • Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
    • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
    • The eligibility portion of the application process is designed to allow you to choose how you wish to be considered for this announcement. You may choose more than one eligibility. You must provide proof of your eligibility and will only be considered for the questions that you answer "yes".
    • Please note, your eligibility will be based solely on the selections you have indicated in this section. You must provide the supporting documentation to support your claim to be considered. You may choose more than one eligibility in this section.
    • To view the assessment questionnaire, click here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10460121.
    To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

    Agency contact information

    Kathy Le

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    BLM Alaska
    222 West 7th Avenue
    Anchorage, AK 99513
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    Learn more about this agency

    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. Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

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    Learn more about what it's like to work at Bureau of Land Management, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

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    Next steps

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    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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A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • 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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/529408700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.