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Job Title:Rangeland Management Specialist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:MT-DEU-2013-0052

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$38,790.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, May 03, 2013 to Friday, May 17, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0454-07/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a full-time position. 1 vacancy available. - This is a permanent position in the competitive service.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Havre, MT, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

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

JOB SUMMARY:

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as a Rangeland Management Specialist in the Hiline District Office, Havre Field Office.  This position is located in Havre, Montana.  Information about the Havre area can be found at the Havre Chamber of Commerce website.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.  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.  For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.

This position is also being advertised under vacancy announcement MT Merit-2013-0073.  Only one person will be selected from these announcements.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required;
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "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;
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.

DUTIES:

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At the GS-07 level: The person in this position works under the guidance and supervision of a supervisor or higher graded rangeland management specialist. This is a developmental and advanced trainee position that has assignments more complex and with less instruction than the basic trainee position.  Major duties include but are not limited to: Prepares, evaluates and conducts ecological analyses of public rangeland projects; develops management plans, assists in designing technical surveys, and performs work on rangeland improvement projects under the supervision of a senior rangeland management specialist; conducts monitoring studies and determine the need for rangeland and watershed improvements; and properly files, stores and preserves range administration records and monitoring data.  

At the GS-09 level:  The person in this position works under the guidance and supervision of a supervisor or higher graded rangeland management specialist. This is a developmental position.  Major duties include but are not limited to: Prepares, evaluates and conducts ecological analyses of public rangeland projects; serves as a rangeland resource consultant and advisor to numerous ranchers, farmers, and other land users in an assigned area; authorizes livestock use, process crossing permits, transfers, perform case file updates, and execute unauthorized use actions, range use adjustments and exchange-of-use authorizations; and conducts monitoring studies and determine the need for rangeland and watershed improvements.

At the GS-11 level:  This position serves as a Rangeland Management Specialist.  Major duties include but are not limited to:
Plans, manages, produces, and implements allotment evaluations for assigned allotments; provides and coordinates oversight and review of field and district office range documents for NEPA adequacy; reviews grazing permit applications to ensure compliance with appropriate federal law and regulations; processes protests and appeals, prepares casework in preparation for hearings; and provides input to interdisciplinary reports, environmental assessments resource management plans, and protective stipulations for rangeland ecosystems.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Education Requirements: A degree in Range Management; or a related discipline that included at least 42 semester hours in a combination of the plant, animal, and soil sciences, and natural resources management, as follows:  Range Management -- At least 18 semester hours of course work in range management, including courses in such areas as basic principles of range management, range plants, range ecology, range inventories and studies, range improvements, and ranch or rangeland planning.  Directly Related Plant, Animal, and Soil Sciences -- At least 15 semester hours of directly related courses in the plant, animal, and soil sciences, including at least one course in each of these three scientific areas, i.e., plant, animal, and soil sciences. Courses in such areas as plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant ecology, animal nutrition, livestock production, and soil morphology or soil classification are acceptable.  Related Resource Management Studies -- At least 9 semester hours of course work in related resource management subjects, including courses in such areas as wildlife management, watershed management, natural resource or agricultural economics, forestry, agronomy, forages, and outdoor recreation management. 

- OR - Combination of education and experience -- at least 42 semester hours of course work in the combination of plant, animal, and soil sciences and natural resources management shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

For GS-07:  In addition to meeting the basic education requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education of the position to be found qualified.  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. Specialized Experience for the GS-7 Rangeland Management Specialist:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in rangeland management related work.  Work assignments were diverse, limited in complexity & selected to provide experience & training. Examples: assisting higher level professionals with grazing applications and permits, on-the-ground use supervision, planning and conducting range studies, planning range & watershed improvements, conducting trespass investigations, consulting with livestock operators and preparing land use planning documents; OR have 1 year of graduate education leading to a master`s degree in rangeland management or a directly related field OR meet the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) See OPM Quals Standard-General Policies E(4)(f); OR have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. Only graduate level education may be combined with experience.
For GS-09:  In addition to meeting the basic education requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education of the position to be found qualified.  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.  Specialized Experience for the GS-9 Rangeland Management Specialist:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in rangeland management related work.  At this level, rangeland management specialists independently perform recurring assignments that are more difficult & complex than those performed by a recent graduate. Examples: work requiring the application of expanded professional knowledge, such as assisting with grazing leases, permits, transfers and allotment management plans; monitoring studies, allotment evaluations and inspections; and analyzing multiple resource management issues; OR 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master`s degree or master`s or equivalent graduate degree in the field of rangeland management or directly related fields of study; OR have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. Only graduate level education in excess of the first year of may be combined with experience.
For GS-11:  In addition to meeting the basic entry requirement, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education of the position to be found qualified.  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.  Specialized Experience for the GS-11 Rangeland Management Specialist:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in rangeland management related work.  At this level, work assignments require the rangeland management specialist to determine approaches and solutions using professional knowledge or experience of range management operations such as resolving grazing administration issues, developing allotment plans, and serving as principal contact and negotiator for rangeland issues within multiple-use-management areas; OR 3 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in the field of rangeland management or directly related fields of study; OR have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. Only graduate level education in excess of the first two years may be combined with experience.


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

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 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:  (1) Knowledge of and skill in applying concepts, principles, and methodologies in the field of rangeland management; (2) Knowledge of the theories, principles and concepts related to the ecological behavior of grasslands, pasture lands, savannas, shrub lands, riparian properties, deserts, meadows and coast marshes; (3) Ability to communicate with a variety of individuals and groups both verbally and in writing on a variety of resource issues; (4) Knowledge of applicable Federal laws, statutes and legislation governing rangeland management programs; and (5) Skill in gathering data, and analyzing, interpreting and evaluating the results.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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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.

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • At times, occasional travel will be required.
  • Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.
  • RELOCATION EXPENSES:  Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation 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.
  • This position requires procurement duties.  Applicants selected for this position must sign a certification of compliance with the requirement of Public Law 101-189.
  • Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
  • Passage of a pre-employment physical is required.


HOW TO APPLY:

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THIS IS AN ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS THROUGH USAJOBS.

If you need assistance in applying online, please call or email the contact listed on this vacancy.  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.  PLEASE NOTE:  If you have access to a public library, State Job Service Office, etc., you must use these resources to apply online.

You must follow the steps described below to complete the application process:

1)YOU MUST CREATE A PROFILE in USAJOBS under My Account.  If you already have a registered profile in USAJOBS you do not need to register again.  Your profile must contain a current resume for submission.   In order to receive proper consideration, your resume should include the following information:
  • Personal contact information
  • Work experience (paid or unpaid) including - starting and ending dates (month and year), employer's name and address, job title (include job series and grade if Federal), duties and accomplishments, supervisor's name and telephone number, indicate if supervisor may be contacted, hours per week, and salary.
  • Education and job-related training including  - school name, type and year of degrees/diploma received, credits earned and majors; title of training course and year of completion.
  • References  - personal and professional
  • Additional information - skills (languages, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.), certificates or licenses (current only), and/or honors, awards, and special accomplishments (recognition, professional memberships, publications, leadership activities, etc.).
  • Insufficient information could result in an ineligible rating.  The USAJOBS Resume Builder was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed.  The Resume Builder is an available tool when you login to your USAJOBS account.

    2) COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION, including responses to all application questions, by clicking on the “APPLY ONLINE” button that appears on this announcement.

    3) SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION as applicable.  See “Required Documents” section below.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that a complete application (including a resume, on-line questionnaire, and applicable supplemental documentation) is received before by 11:59 PM  Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.   NOTE:  Technical problems may take at least 1 business day to resolve; therefore, you are highly encouraged to complete the application process prior to the closing date.



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    All applicable supplemental documentation must be uploaded or faxed (with generated fax cover sheets) to: 571-258-4052, and received before by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement. See important information regarding uploading and faxing supplemental documentation below.

    THE FOLLOWING SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE RECEIVED, AS APPLICABLE:

    1) College Transcripts: You must submit a copy of all college transcripts (undergraduate/graduate) 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 click here to see Foreign Education requirements.  Note: Transcripts must be submitted to each announcement as applicable. 

    2) Veterans Preference Documentation:  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.  Missing documentation may result a change or removal of your claim for Veteran’s preference.  If you are claiming preference as a TP Veteran your profile must contain a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release, or Discharge from active military service.  If you are claiming preference as a CP, CPS, or XP veteran your profile must contain a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, with all applicable supporting documentation as instructed in the SF-15.  More information regarding Veteran's preference is available at: www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

    3) CTAP/ICTAP Documentation:  If you are a CTAP or ICTAP Eligible applicant: Provide 1) a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; and, 2) proof of eligibility.  It must be indicated in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. Note: CTAP/ICTAP documents must be submitted to each announcement as applicable.  CTAP/ICTAP eligibles are Federal employees that have been or are likely to be separated from Federal employment by a Reduction in Force (RIF).  Current or former eligible Federal employees eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must receive a score of at least 90 to receive priority consideration under either program.  For CTAP and ICTAP, well-qualified means that the applicant meets the qualification standard and eligibility requirements for the position, meets minimum educational and experience requirements, meets all selective factors, where applicable, and is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry.  More information about these programs is available at the following web address:  http://www.doi.gov/hrm/guidance/fctap97.pdf

    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.  Each document type must use the appropriate generated fax coversheet and be faxed in a separate transmission.  Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager (3MB is the maximum size allowed for a document).  Do not use both options, only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system.  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.

    Checking Application Status and Materials:

    Hint: Do this before the announcement closes.  After you have completed your application, to check the status of your application materials log in to your USAJOBS account, select the “Applications” tab, check under the “Application Status” for this vacancy, once your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received it will state “Resume Received.”  Any other application status may indicate that you did not complete the application process and/or your application has not been submitted. Please note: A status of “Resume Received” reflects that your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received; applicable supplemental documentation may still need to be submitted (see required documents above).

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Human Resources Branch
    Phone: 406-896-5002
    Fax: 571-258-4052
    Email: apply@blm.gov
    Agency Information:
    Bureau of Land Management
    Montana State Office
    5001 Southgate Drive
    Billings, MT
    59101
    US
    Fax: 571-258-4052

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    You will receive notification via email, generally within 2 weeks of the closing date of the announcement, as to whether or not your name was referred to the selecting official.


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    Job Announcement Number:

    MT-DEU-2013-0052

    Control Number:

    342951200