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Job Title:  Ecologist
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Land Management
Job Announcement Number:  UT-Merit-2013-0037

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 to Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Work schedule is full-time. - This is a permanent position.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Kanab, UT, USView Map

All current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility and Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles; ICTAP/CTAP eligibles within the local commuting area.


Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities.


BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team as an Ecologist.


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 at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Kanab, Utah. Information about Kanab can be found at Kanab,Utah


  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; or
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
  • Direct Deposit Required.


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  • Serves as Monument focal point for integrated management of natural resources, including biological resources and physical resources.
  • Coordinates with staff specialists and provides a bridge between natural resource management programs utilizing a holistic approach to the understanding of ecosystems and their management.
  • Utilizes a systematic process to examine interrelationships between biological organisms, including man, and physical resources and environments.
  • Analyzes the effects of management on biological components such as vegetation condition, animal and plant population dynamics, plant growth requirements, and ecological conditions and examines the relationship of management on physical processes such as water, nutrient and energy cycles, soil erosion, water quality, and geology. Looks at ecosystem level interactions between these components and the landscape.
  • Evaluates resource management of public lands in the context of impacts to natural ecosystems and total energy flow.
  • Makes presentations of data, analysis and management recommendations and provides input to planning, budget and environmental analysis documents.
  • Monitors the effects of land management on various ecosystem components including biodiversity and ecological succession, predicts response of biological communities, and develops an understanding of the relationship between biological and physical processes.
  • Provides training in current methods of data sampling and analysis to other BLM staff.


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Basic Requirement:


Degree: biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.


Specialized Experience Requirements : 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 equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade GS-09 of the position to be filled.


To qualify for GS-11:  

One year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-09 in the Federal service. Specialized experience can include: experience with desert ecosystem assessment, monitoring, and evaluation; experience with biological and physical resource data collection, analysis, synthesis, data management, and presentation; experience in the preparation and review of plans and programs for natural resource management; experience with assessment and analysis of plant and animal community dynamics, function, and condition; experience with management of range and wildlife habitat management, riparian and fisheries resources; experience in developing solutions to administrative, intergovernmental, resource use, and other conflicts while maintaining diverse, natural and fully-functioning ecosystems.




3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. 

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.


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:


* Knowledge of ecological principles and ecosystem management and ability to identify, inventory, assess, monitor and analyze status of components and functions of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument ecosystems.


* Ability to coordinate with staff, lead analyses and interpretation of data for management evaluation, and develop annual work plans and program budget plans.


* Ability to communicate orally and in writing.  

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



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.


May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.


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. 


Physical demands will include field work in all weather conditions, and will include extended 4-wheel driving, hiking, or horseback trips in remote, rugged terrain. Work will also involve intervals of extended desk work.


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.


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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 Gary Abeyta in the HR Office at 801-539-4167 or 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:


1. Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees: submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).


2. Copy of Transcripts or a list of 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.


3. If you're applying under special hiring authority for veterans, you must submit your DD-214 and any supporting documentation.


4. 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.


You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.


<u>Auto-Requested Fax:</u> allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.


<u>UPLOADING DOCUMENTS:</u> 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. 


Gary Abeyta
Phone: 801-539-4167
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
Utah State Office (UT953GA)
PO Box 45155
440 West 200 South, Suite 500
Salt Lake City, UT
Fax: 571-258-4052


Once your completed application is received, we will conduct an evaluation and the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for future consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome. You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

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