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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:NEPA PLANNER

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:14-03020003-11989DP-BC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,923.00 to $57,982.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 to Monday, May 12, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Bloomfield, NM View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 14-03020003-11989G-BC.  Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

This position is located on the Carson National Forest, Jicarilla Ranger District, Bloomfield, NM.  For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Anthony Madrid, District Ranger, at 505-320-4083 or email amadrid@fs.fed.us

This position is located on the Jicarilla Ranger District.  Incumbent is responsible for performing work involved in natural resources planning and environmental law compliance, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The Jicarilla Ranger District is located within one of the largest known basin for gas and oil development in the United States, the San Juan Basin.  There are 134 oil & gas leases and 850 active natural gas wells located on the District.  There is also approximately 500 miles of pipelines and 400 miles of roads which service the gas wells on the District.  The District also has a very active partnership program in the area of watershed/wildlife habitat restoration.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A 1-year probationary period is required.

DUTIES:

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Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Develops annual program of work for the district NEPA program. Forecasts projected financial, administrative, and staffing needs for unit programs.

Serves as the main point of contact for NEPA activities on the unit. Provides direction and guidance during the NEPA process. Serves as lead for interdisciplinary teams carrying out environmental studies, and ensures NEPA documents are in accordance with law, regulations and policy. Formulates documents, e.g., decision memos, environmental assessments, environmental Impact statements and related instruments.

Develops plans for specific areas of accountability (ie., water, soils, habitat management, etc.). Facilitates project planning between inter and intra agency organizations that partner with the Forest Service.

Conducts field surveys and accomplishes technical reconnaissance to gather information required to define objectives.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position.

A legible copy of your transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education; if you do not provide a copy of your transcripts, you will not be given consideration for your education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience and educational requirements.

Basic Requirements: 1. Degree: Biological Sciences, Agriculture, Natural Resource Management, Chemistry or Related disciplines appropriate to the position;

OR,

2. Combination of Education and Experience: Courses equal to a major as show in 1. above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to the Basic Requirements, the individual grade requirements are:

 GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level performing duties and areas of work in natural resources management in support of NEPA such as:

Participates in natural resource management activities by making observations, gathering data, and reporting findings where information was used in environmental assessments and environmental impact statements; Participates in the permit review process or identified regulatory compliance issues and requirements by performing field inspections and collecting and analyzing environmental data; Served as a project planner for one or more conventional environmental resources projects, such as construction, production, or reclamation activities and ensured compliance with environmental plans and stipulations.

Two (2) years or more (approximately 30 credit hours) of graduate education (above a bachelor’s degree) leading to a Master’s degree with coursework directly related to the position.

Three (3) full years of progressively higher education, one year of which was above a Master’s Degree, in a program directly related to this position. Ph.D or an equivalent doctoral degree in a program directly related this position.

Combination of specialized experience and education above a Master’s Degree in a program directly related to this position.

GS-09: One year of specialized experience equal to the GS-07 grade level performing duties and areas of work in natural resources management in support of NEPA such as:

 Participated in natural resource management activities by making observations, gathering data, and reporting findings where information was used in environmental assessments and environmental impact statements; Participated in the permit review process or identified regulatory compliance issues and requirements by performing field inspections and collecting and analyzing environmental data; Served as a project planner for one or more conventional environmental resources projects, such as construction, production, or reclamation activities and ensured compliance with environmental plans and stipulations.

Two (2) years or more (approximately 30 credit hours) of graduate education (above a bachelor’s degree) leading to a Master’s degree with coursework directly related to the position. Master’s Degree with coursework directly related to the position.

Combination of graduate education and specialized experience directly related to the position.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.


REQUIREMENTS:

 May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form, i.e., the online questionnaire.  The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process.  To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.


To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=6fb0feae-9b3d-4ac2-aa09-a32000e324ed


BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/enrollment/new-federal-employee-enrollment/

The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:  http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/enrollment/new-federal-employee-enrollment/

OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.  

This is a bargaining unit designated position.

If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK:  Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

Government housing is not available.

Forest Service affiliated daycare facilities are not available.

Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

HOW TO APPLY:

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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.
The following instructions outline our application process.

  • You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. 
  • We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
  • This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact us if you are requesting this.

Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2: Create a resume with USAJOBS or upload a resume into your USAJOBS account. Customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.
You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.
NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded documents must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement.  The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  • Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
  • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience and/or if you are using education to meet the criteria for the quality category. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter and an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.
  • Other required documents may include:
    • CTAP/ICTAP Required Documentation Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from. 
    • Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
    • Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
NOTE : If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HRM Contact Center
Phone: 877-372-7248, option 2
Fax: 866-338-1978
Email: fsjobs@fs.fed.us
Agency Information:
USDA Forest Service
Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab.
Albuquerque, NM,
87109
United States
Fax: 866-338-1978

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an acknowledgement email that the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.

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Job Announcement Number:

14-03020003-11989DP-BC

Control Number:

369249100