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Job Title:  Rangeland Management Specialist, GS-0454-5/7/9/11
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Job Announcement Number:  CRPA 150/14

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$31,628.00 to $75,376.00 / Per Year
Monday, August 4, 2014 to Monday, August 18, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Mescalero, NM View Map
Indian Preference Eligibles / Current Status Employees or Former Employees with Reinstatement Eligibility.
Public Trust - Background Investigation


The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

Vacancy ID: 1182926


Rangeland Management Specialist, GS-0454-5/7/9/11, 

Posn.# 4600043, Southwest Region,

Mescalero Agency,

Branch of Natural Resources,

Mescalero, New Mexico


GS-05: $31,628 - $41,122 Per Annum

GS-07: $39,179 - $50,932 Per Annum

GS-09: $47,923 - $62,297 Per Annum

GS-11: $57,982 - $75,376 Per Annum



  • Government Housing is not available.
  • If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.

INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7). Consideration will be given to non-Indian applicants (Status or Reinstatement eligibles) in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible.  Applicants not entitled to Indian Preference must be Federal civilian employees with competitive status or former Federal civilian employees with reinstatement eligibility and must submit latest Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50B, as proof.



  • Not Required


  • Yes
  • Relocation Expense will be paid in accordance with appropriate Federal Travel Regulation. The Pay flexibilities of the Recruitment Bonus, Relocation Bonus and Student Loan Repayment may be authorized by the Manager.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Appointment may include a requirement for one year probationary period.
  • Applications will only be accepted online or by fax to 1-478-757-3144.


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  • Serve as a professional assistant to the Natural Resources Manager.
  • Responsible for directing a range management program with a total land base of 460,678 acres.
  • Develop and implements range management plans, program and projects; issues and maintains grazing permits in accordance with tribal ordinances.
  • Work closely with tribal officials and rangeland users in accepting and /or adopting management plans and programs.
  • Advise and assist in development of grazing regulations and issuance of grazing permits.
  • Develop technical standards and guides for systematic inventories of the range resource.
  • Conduct systematic and comprehensive range inventories.
  • Analyzes data and determine range condition, stocking rate and management alternatives.  
  • Conduct annual utilization check of the range through visual observations.
  • Accumulates data to determine measure needed to protect improve and maintain the soil and forage resource.
  • Plan and implement structural and non-structural rage improvements.
  • Prepare data for annual range and resource management reports.


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    EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions, GS-0454 and Individual Occupational Requirements). 



    Basic Requirements:  

    A.  Degree: 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.




    B.  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 in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


    ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:  In addition to meeting the basic entry level qualification requirements, applicants must have the following:


    GS-05:  Those who meet the basic requirements described in the Individual Occupational Requirement are qualified for the GS-5 grade level.


    GS-07:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level OR 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement.

      Demonstrated work experience providing: (1) administration of agricultural and grazing permits; (2) rangeland vegetation inventory and monitoring; (3) develop range management unit plans, and rangeland improvement projects and development.

    Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled.  S.A.A. is based on (1) Class standing-applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class, based on completed courses; or (2) Grade-Point Average-applicants must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (3) Election to membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society – membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.


    GS-09:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree.


    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  Demonstrated work experience providing: (1) assisting in developing and implementing resources and use plans; (2) assisting in conducting field surveys; (3) assist in providing guidance and direction to Indian landowners.


    GS-11:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.


    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  Demonstrated work experience providing: (1) developing and implementing resources and use plans; (2) conducting field surveys; (3) advising management by interpreting rangeland management legislation, ensuring proper implementation of policy guidelines; (4) providing guidance and direction to landowners and permit tee/lessees.

    SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS:  A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.


    MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATION:  Occasionally operate a motor vehicle, but not on a regular basis.


    TELEWORK STATEMENT: The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.  


    As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

    • Knowledge of Rangeland Management
    • Planning and Evaluating
    • Problem Solving
    • Interpersonal Skill

    We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.


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    The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:



    CTAP & ICTAP APPLICANTS: Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) participants who are well qualified may apply for this position. To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, an applicant must provide written notification that they will be losing their current federal position. To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, an applicant must provide proof that they have lost their federal position within the last year. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information regarding CTAP & ICTAP, please visit


    NOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS: Section 1622 of the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he has knowingly and willfully failed to register with the Selective Service System. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment.



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    To Apply Online:

    • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register
    • Answer the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
    • UPLOAD all required documents and other supporting documents
    • To return to a previously saved or incomplete application go to

    We strongly encourage you to apply online. However, if you cannot apply online, you may FAX your assessment questionnaire, resume and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144 by following the steps below.


    To apply by Fax:

    • Print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX
    • Answer the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
    • When faxing a completed OPM Form 1203-FX, this will serve as your fax cover and must be placed on TOP of your application and other supporting documents. No other fax page is required. Simply make sure all six pages of the completed OPM Form 1203-FX are on top of all other documents being faxed


    Combination Online/Fax:

    • Log into or create your Application Manager account at
    • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
    • Include the Vacancy Identification Number 1182926, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application
    • Fax your United States Government Application Cover Page, application, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144

    Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., questionnaire responses, resume, and any supporting documents) are complete and accurate.


    All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by 11:59 PM EST; Monday, August 18, 2014.


    NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position requires the submission of additional forms as described under the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section. Failure to provide the required information and/or documentation may result in your application not being considered for employment.



    The following forms must be submitted in order to have a complete application:

    1. Resume/Application- Must contain the following:
      - Work experience, include the following:
      • Position Title;
      • Dates - from (mm/yy) to (mm/yy);
      • Hours Worked Per Week;
      • Current Supervisor's Name, Address, and Telephone number,
      - Education
      - References - List Three people who are not related to you and are not current or previous supervisors.
    2. Form BIA 4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, is required for claiming Indian Preference. No other form will be accepted.
    3. Form DD-214, if claiming 5 pt. veteran's preference or Standard Form 15 with required proof of entitlement, if claiming 10 pt. veteran's preference.
    4. College Transcript is required for verification/documentation of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.
    5. Assessment Questionnaire, listed in announcement. Failure to respond to the questionnaire will result in loss of consideration.
    6. Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, current or former Federal employees.
    7. GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Report, available at (Optional during the application process; however, selectee will be required to submit as part of the pre-appointment process.)

      NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete application will be given credit only for the information they provide. The applicant is responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian preference, veteran preference, experience, training, and/or education. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE



      Agnes Teller
      Phone: (505)563-5122
      Agency Information:
      BIA Center for Recruitment Albuquerque
      1011 Indian School Road NW Suite 136
      Albuquerque, NM


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


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