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Job Title:Human Resources Specialist (Classification/Employee Relations/Retirement Benefits)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:BLMAK-13-803863-BH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$62,703.00 to $97,701.00 / Per Year


Monday, December 10, 2012 to Wednesday, December 26, 2012




Full Time - Term NTE 13 months




Few vacancies in the following location:
Anchorage, AK United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


The BLM manages more land – 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.

The salary range given above includes base pay and locality pay, you will also receive a 5.57% cost of living allowance for Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau, or 7.18% for all other Alaska locations. This allowance is subject to annual review, adjustment and gradual decrease.


For additional information about the BLM please visit BLM

This position is located in Anchorage, Alaska.  Information about locations within Alaska can be found at: Alaska


This is a Term position not-to-exceed 13 months.  It may be extended up to a total of four years without further competition. 


  • 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.


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As a Human Resource Specialst (Classification/Employee Relations/Retirement Benefits), you will:

  • assist managers and supervisors in developing position descriptions, classify positions in accordance with classification standards and principles, prepare defensible classification evaluation statements, and resolve position management and classification issues involving a variety of positions in both the General Schedule and Federal Wage System;
  • provide guidance, advice, and assistance to supervisors and managers on employee relations matters, develop and propose courses of actoin to resolve problems, and prepare cases related to grievances, advers actions, and performance-based actions;
  • retrieve information from and process personnel actions in an automated human resources system; and
  • provide advice and guidance to employees, supervisors, and managers on a variety of classification, employee relations, benefits, performamance, and other human resources issues.

For more information on the duties of this position contact the supervisor, Helen Stewart at (907) 786-3307.


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In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. 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, you must show the periods you worked.)


GS-11:  To qualify for this position at the GS-11 level, you must possess one of the following:

A. EXPERIENCE - At least one year of specialized experience that is equivalent to at least the GS-09 or higher grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: classify and evaluate a variety of positions in the General Schedule or equivalent up to the GS-11 level; provide advice or recommendations to supervisors regarding a variety of employee relations programs such as routine grievances, disciplinary actions, work-life programs, retirements, performance management, and awards; function as a contributing member of a team of human resources professionals in support of organizational goals and objectives; and/or retrieve information from a human resources database, analyze data, and present information to a variety of audiences. OR


B. EDUCATION - Successfull completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. OR


C. COMBINATION OF EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION - An equivalent combination of the specialized experience and graduate education as described in “A” and “B” above. Only progressively higher education beyond the second year of graduate education may be combined with experience to be creditable under this method.


GS-12:  To qualify for this position at the GS-12 level, you must possess at least one year of of specialized experience that is equivalent to at least the GS-11 or higher grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: classification and evaluation of a variety of positions in the General Schedule or equivalent up to the GS-13 level and under the Federal Wage System; providing advice or recommendations to supervisors regarding a variety of employee relations programs including difficult grievances, disciplinary actions, work-life programs, retirements, performance management, and awards; function as a contributing member of a team of human resources professionals in support of organizational goals and objectives; and/or retrieve information from a human resources database, analyze data, and present information to all levels of audiences.


NOTE:  If qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience, you must provide a copy of transcripts or list of courses from an accredited college or university that includes hours and grades.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 


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 qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. If you meet the qualification requirements, your 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.

  • Knowledge of position classification and position management.
  • Knowledge of employee relations and related programs.
  • Skill in the operation of automated personnel systems to process actions or retrieve information.
  • Skill in oral, written and interpersonal communications working in a collaborative team environment.


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


The full performance level of this position is GS-12.  An individual selected for this position at less than the full performance level may be promoted without further competition once qualification and eligibility requirements are met.  Promotions are based on a variety of factors and are not automatic or guaranteed.


Selectee may be required to complete a trial period.


Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. Travel, transportation 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.


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP):  ICTAP provides eligible displaced and 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 displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP 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 ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP/CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: career transition.


CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they earn a minimum score of 85 on the rating criteria for this position.


BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.  The incentives that may be offered include Student Loan Repayments, Relocation Incentives and /or Recruitment Incentives.


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We recommend you use the resume builder in USAJobs.

To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status. Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here. For both of these forms the vacancy identification number is: 803863


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Time or 7:59 pm Alaska Time on Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Who Can I Contact if I Have a Question?

If you have questions about this announcement or the application process, contactBeth Hartt at (907)271-5511 or toll free at (888) 859-4183. Reference the title Human Resources Specialist (Classification/Employee Relations/Retirement Benefits) and/or the vacancy announcement number BLMAK-13-803863-BH.


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

  • Copy of Transcripts (official or unofficial) or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited college/university (if qualifying based partly or completely 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 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.  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. 


NOTE: There is a 10 page limit on each type of document that is faxed; information on excess pages will be lost. There is no limit on the number of pages when submitting online.


Beth Hartt
Phone: (907)271-5511
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Mgmt Alaska
222 West 7th Ave 13
Anchorage, AK


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgment email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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