EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions, GS-0454 and Individual Occupational Requirements).
INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL 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.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: 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: 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 masters degree or masters 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 applicants 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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.