Job Overview


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.


  • 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.
  • Supervisory Status


    Promotion Potential


    Travel Required

    • Not Required

    Relocation Authorized

    • 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.

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Indian Preference Eligibles / Current Status Employees or Former Employees with Reinstatement Eligibility.

    Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.