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Job Title:  Natural Resource Specialist
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Land Management
Job Announcement Number:  NV-DEU-2013-0021

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$31,315.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year
Saturday, November 10, 2012 to Monday, December 10, 2012
Work Schedule is Full Time - This is a permanent position.
1 vacancy - Elko, NV  View Map

All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.


BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to the Elko District.The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million 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 Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout  the nation.  The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health 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.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website. This position is located in Elko, Nevada. Information about Elko and the Elko area can be found at Elko Chamber of Commerce.

Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy.  The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered.  To view FAQ regarding PCS click Here.




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    Incumbent at the GS05-GS07 level will work under the guidance and supervision of a supervisor or higher graded Specialist. Serves as a technical specialist in the area of rangeland ecology, management  and administration.  Provides technical advice and staff support with the office and to field personnel.  Requires collection, interpretation and analysis of scientific data, preparation repots summarizing data, development of plans to apply information obtained. Work requires extensive personal/social interaction with the affected interests, other federal and nonfederal governmental agencies, peer and co-workers to monitor progress, maintain standards, explain findings and build consensus.


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    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:

    1. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


    2. 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 by the closing date of the announcement.


    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.


    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 you meet the qualification requirements, you application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Highly 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.

    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.


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    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.


    May require completion of a one year probationary period.

    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.

    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.



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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.

    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 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.


    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:   

    -All Copies of Transcripts that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution see OPM’s policy regarding Foreign Education.  All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of ‘official’ transcripts.

    - 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. For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit: Vet Guide.


     - For preference as 5-point veteran (TP), please 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 preference as a 10-point veteran (CP, CPS, or XP), please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.

    CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Best or Highly Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

    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. 


    Human Resources
    Phone: 775-861-6431
    Fax: 571-258-4052
    Agency Information:
    Bureau of Land Management
    Nevada State Office
    1340 Financial Blvd
    Reno, NV
    Fax: 571-258-4052


    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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