This position is located in the Twin Falls District, Division of Fire and Aviation. The Duty Station maybe within the local commuting area of Twin Falls, Shoshone, Jarbidge, or Burley, Idaho. Information about the surrounding area may be found here Twin Falls.
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- This position serves as a Natural Resource Specialist (Ecology/Botany/Monitoring) in the Twin Falls District with the requirement to develop, implement, and maintain an integrated and scientific inventory and studies program to measure progress toward a variety of ecosystem objectives affecting all land uses within the field office.
- Develops the special status species (SSS) plant program and vegetation management as it relates to the weed management, hazardous fuels management, stream restoration and special designation area programs.
- Interprets national, state and local program policy to provide guidance and program materials for plant management of upland and riparian and threatened and special status species.
- Advises on ecology, botany, and monitoring management as it relates to other multiple land uses such as range, wildlife, forestry, recreation, lands, wildland fire, and cultural.
- Communicates interpretations of Special Status Species (SSS) plant programs and vegetation management to assure inter-resource area understanding and uniform application.
- Provides in person and written responses for ecology, plant and monitoring issues as related to the planning and environmental analysis process.
- Provides ecology, plant and monitoring input to other discipline documents in a timely manner to meet various deadlines and resource needs.
50% or less - Frequent travel may be required (0-14 days per month).
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- 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
- Background Investigation Required
Physical Demands: Job requires varying proportions of office and field oriented duties. Office duties will often require long periods of time at a duty station inputting, organizing, and interpreting data. Office duties also require significant amounts of time coordinating and planning program factors with staff, outside interest groups, and other agencies. Field duties may involve long hours of driving, hiking, climbing, and other forms of outdoor physical activities. Field trips may vary from one day to two weeks in duration. The incumbent is expected to operate a four-wheel drive vehicle in remote areas.
Work Environment: The work environment varies from an office setting where the incumbent is in contact with work associates at all times to a field setting where the incumbent is working alone for extended periods of time in extremely remote situations. The topography in the work area varies from flat rolling sagebrush sites to rugged mountains. Temperatures can vary from -30 degrees F to 110 degrees F between winter and summer seasons. Incumbent will adhere to all safety rules and regulations as prescribed in manuals/supplements or by the designated Safety Officer.
We expect to fill one vacancy at this time; however, more than one position may be filled from this announcement.
You must possess a valid state driver's license by the closing date of the announcement and at all times during your appointment in this position.
Responses to the online job-specific questions must be supported in your resume.
Basic Education Requirement:
1. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
2. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in 1 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Specialized Experience Requirements:
In addition to the basic education requirement, 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.
For GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-09 in the federal service. Examples of specialized experience at this level include, but are not limited to: serving as a subject matter expert in matters relating to natural resource management or other biological sciences, monitoring and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); leading interdisciplinary teams in environmental analysis; providing technical advice to supervisory staff; serving as the technical expert for the SSS plant and natural plant community programs ensuring compliance with policy and law.
Substitution of Education for the Specialized Experience Requirement:
- For the GS-11, successful completion of 3 years (54 semester credits) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
Education and experience may be combined to meet the specialized experience requirement.
You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.
May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.
Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used for this position.
Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.
BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants. The incentives that may be offered include Student Loan Repayments, Relocation Incentives and/or Recruitment Incentives.
This position is not eligible for Telework.
SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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 qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. In the event that an applicant’s response on the questionnaire cannot be verified within the application materials ( e.g., resume, cover letter, education/training), the HR Office has the authority to lower the score of the candidate on that item to the response level supported by their application materials. 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.
KSA 1: Knowledge of ecological principles, ecosystem management, and the interrelationship between biological and physical components within an ecosystem.
KSA 2: Knowledge of data collection procedures, resource monitoring and inventory methods, and skill in designing and implementing various studies to monitor the accomplishment of management objectives.
KSA 3: Knowledge of the theories, principles, and terminology of plant taxonomy and the identification of plants, and the ability to apply this knowledge as necessary to manage the Special Status Species (SSS) plant and natural plant community programs.
KSA 4: Knowledge of the laws and regulations applicable to this program, particularly the Endangered Species Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Must have a thorough knowledge of current Bureau manuals, policies and program developments.
KSA 5: The ability to write clear and concise reports, plan and organize field methodology, research current literature sources, and interpret analytical data. Must have the ability to develop and apply new techniques, methodologies and strategies to solve difficult problems.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information. Civil service employees must provide their current OPM title, series, and grade. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional). If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.
In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
- You must provide copies of all your transcripts for verification that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university by the closing date. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education. All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of ‘official’ transcripts.
- Copy of State Driver's license for verification.
- Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees: submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).
- Applicants eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) must submit documentation verifying (a) initial selection under competitive examining procedures to a land management agency under a time-limited appointment in the competitive service , (b) service under this initial appointment, or in conjunction with subsequent competitive service time-limited appointments, was for a period of 24 months without a break in service of two or more years, and (c) performance was evaluated as being at an acceptable level for the entire applicable period(s). “Required documentation” includes first and last SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) for each appointment verifying the Position Occupied code (Block 34) is 1-Competitive Service, AND documentation of successful performance for each appointment. Failure to submit required documentation will result in loss of consideration.
- If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.
- Former PLC Member: Submit a copy of your “Certificate of Eligibility for Noncompetitive Hiring” along with a copy of your “PLC Participant Verification Work Hours Sheet.”
- Veterans Special Appointing Authorities: Submit documentation to support your claim for VEOA or 30% disabled veterans status (DD-214 Member Copy #4 or copy that shows discharge as honorable or general, SF-15, VA letter, etc). Supplemental documentation required if you are active duty military seeking veteran preference. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three or more years of active service. A VEOA eligible who is separated 30 days or less prior to completion of the three-year active duty service requirement is eligible to receive consideration for BLM vacancies. You must clearly identify your claim for veterans' preference on your application. For more information on veterans' preference, please go to OPMs website at: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/
- Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.
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.
UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.
If uploading a resume, you must include the following: Job Title and Grade Level, if Federal employment, Duties and Accomplishments, Employer's Name and Address, Supervisor's Name and Telephone Number, Starting and Ending dates (month and year), Hours worked per week, and Salary.
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.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.
Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.
If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.
If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.
Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.
If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the Human Resources Office at (208) 373-3921 or email BLM_ID_HR_Vacancies@blm.gov. 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.
Agency contact information
Human Resources Office
AddressBureau of Land Management
BLM Idaho State Office
1387 South Vinnell Way
Boise, Idaho 83709-3904
Once your completed application is received, we will conduct an evaluation and the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for future consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.
You may also check the status of your application by viewing your “My Account” on USAJOBS.
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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/547299700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.