Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.
For information on the city of Worland, please go to: Worland, WY One Position Available
For information on the city of Rawlins, please go to: Rawlins, WY One Position AvailableLearn more about this agency
Major Duties include but not limited to:
- Serves as Chief of Party during complex land surveys
- Ability to conduct surveys involving problems of substantial variety and complexity
- Determines and implements appropriate resolutions to unforeseen conflicts or delays on individual projects
- Respond to public, state, and federal entities concerning interpretation of land surveys regardless of completion date
Physical Demands: Work is either in an office setting or out-of-doors involving extensive hiking, carrying heavy loads, and cutting and clearing brush and debris with axes, brush hooks, and chain saws
Work Environment: The work environment varies from an office setting to oudoors. Outdoor environment varies from:
- Flat, barren desert land or open prairie
- Extremely steep, rugged and broken mountains covered with dense brush and timber
- Temperatures fluctuate from extremely hot to uncomfortably cold
- At times, crews are required to work in rain and snow
- Individuals are exposed to poisonous plants, snakes, insects, and most animals common to the outdoors
50% or less - Travel depends on location. Average yearly travel is about 50%. Some overnight travel may required.
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.
You MUST clearly state your Experience/Undergraduate/Graduate/Post Graduate Degree(s) and submit your college transcripts, unofficial acceptable.
This position has a positive education requirement which requires that you have a degree in:
- Degree: Land Surveying; or civil engineering with a surveying option/emphasis. The civil engineering major must have included at least 6 semester hours of surveying, 3 semester hours of land law, and 21 additional semester hours in any combination of the following: surveying, photogrammetry, geodetic surveying, geodesy, route surveying, remote sensing, cartography, survey astronomy, land information systems, computer-aided mapping, aerial photo interpretation, and survey analysis and adjustments.
- Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in land surveying or civil engineering as described in paragraph A, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
- The basic requirements for this series may be fully satisfied by a current registration as a land surveyor in a State, territory, or the District of Columbia obtained by written examination. Such registration must have been obtained under conditions outlined in the National Council of Engineering Examiners (NCEE) Unified Model Law for Registration of Surveyors. Applicants wishing to be considered under this provision must show evidence of registration based on successful completion of the written examinations. Registrations granted prior to adoption of a registration law with qualification requirements equivalent to the NCEE Model Law by the State, territory, or District of Columbia are not acceptable under this option. To be considered equivalent to the NCEE Model law, registration laws must include the four options listed within the NCEE Unified Model Law in the section specifying "General Requirements for Registration" as a Professional Land Surveyor
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the specialized experience as defined in the announcement. In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume.
In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement. To be creditable, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression (GS-09) OR- must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity for the position to be filled.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience including:
- Volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social)
- Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment
- You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience
- Your Resume MUST include total hours worked for each Volunteer Work experience
Basic Entry Requirement: This position has a positive education requirement which requires that you have a degree in land surveying or civil engineering with a surveying option or emphasis.
- The civil engineering major must have included at least 6 semester hours of surveying, 3 semester hours of land law, and
- 21 additional semester hours in any combination of surveying, photogrammetry, geodetic surveying, geodesy, route surveying, remote sensing, cartography, survey astronomy, land information systems, computer-aided mapping, aerial photo interpretation, and
- survey analysis and adjustments; -OR-
- Combination of education and experience
Specialized Experience for the GS-07 Land Surveyor: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in land surveying related work.
- Working with federal and state laws, regulations, guidelines, and policies concerning cadastral surveys;
- Experience reading and interpreting survey records with physical evidence to restore or reestablish obliterated corners;
- Experience with legal principles as they apply to surface and subsurface (mineral) ownership boundary control. Operation, adjustment, and maintenance of surveying equipment and instruments, including global positioning systems, theodolites, and total stations
- Preparing technical reports on routine survey situations; dealing diplomatically with landowners in explaining the purpose of a survey, to obtain knowledge as to existing property boundary control evidence, and to gain physical access to the vicinity of the survey
- Work with software and tools used in electronic collection of survey data and creation of CAD drawings, and the ability to utilize word processing software for the preparation of draft field notes; OR
- One year (18 semester hours) of graduate-level education in Land Surveying or Civil Engineering with surveying option/emphasis
Specialized Experience for the GS-09 Land Surveyor: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in land surveying related work. At this level, land surveyors independently perform recurring assignments that are more difficult & complex than those performed by a recent graduate.
- Leading a survey party on a single more complex surveying assignment utilizing a variety of survey equipment including total stations, data collectors, handheld calculators, and GPS receivers; OR
- 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master`s degree or master`s or equivalent graduate degree in land surveying or civil engineering with a surveying option/emphasis;
- OR have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above
Combination of education and experience -- Course equivalent to a major in land surveying or civil engineering as described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education; -OR-
- Current registration as a land surveyor in a State, territory, or the District of Columbia obtained by written examination
- Such registration must have been obtained under conditions outlined in the National Council of Engineering Examiners (NCEE) Unified Model Law for Registration of Surveyors
- Applicants wishing to be considered under this provision must show evidence of registration based on successful completion of the written examinations
- Registrations granted prior to adoption of a registration law with qualification requirements equivalent to the NCEE Model law by the state, territory, or District of Columbia are not acceptable under this option
- To be considered equivalent to the NCEE Model law, registration laws must include the four options listed within the NCEE Unified Model Law in the section specifying “General Requirements for Registration” as a Professional Land Surveyor
- You will need to clearly state how your education meets the requirement, including any undergraduate/graduate degree(s) you have received, and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades
You must meet all qualification requirements by 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.
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.
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. 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.
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:
- This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility and
- You apply under the instructions in this announcement and
- 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.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.
This announcement is being advertised concurrently under WY-Merit-2020-0086 for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.
May require completion of a 1-year probationary period.
The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee MAY be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.
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.
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 you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:
- Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified
- Qualified Veteran's will receive selection priority over Non-Veterans
- Interviews may be conducted for this position; interviews may be conducted as pass/fail or may be scored
The job specific questions relate to the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to do the work of this position include but not limited to:
- Knowledge of land surveying and the Federal and state laws, regulations, guidelines, and policies concerning cadastral surveys
- Knowledge of the legal principles that apply to surface and subsurface ownership and property boundary control
- Ability to utilize word processing, computer aided drafting (CAD), and other subject specific software for the preparation of final draft field returns
- Ability to communicate with internal and external customers and landowners
- Ability to meet deadlines and document delays affecting the final completion of survey products
To preview questions please click here.
Resumes must clearly show relevant experience and other information We will not make assumptions of your qualifications ensure you clearly and sufficiently describe your related experience in your resume - Your resume MUST list:
- Your work experience including the dates (MM/DD/YY) of each employment
- The number of hours worked per week
- Salary information
Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome but not required to submit a cover letter. If you choose 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:
- Education: This position has a positive/basic education requirement
- A copy of ALL your transcripts (unofficial transcripts acceptable) or a list of college courses that include hours, grades, dates, and name of accredited U.S. college/university
- If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education
- If degree has been earned transcripts must show date Conferred or Awarded
Veterans’ Preference: If you are entitled to Veterans’ Preference your Veterans’ Preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide:
- 5-point - You must provide:
- DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); if currently on Active Duty your Official Statement of Service from your Command, a VA Benefits Office, or other Official Documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a Campaign Badge or Expeditionary Medal) that show Dates of Service and Character of Discharge
- 10-point - You must submit:
- Civil Service Preference Letter (Service-Connected Disability Letter from a VA Regional Office stating your total Disability Percentage) Documentation with your specific disabilities are NOT required.
- DD-214, (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or Official Statement of Service from a VA Benefits Office or other Official Documentation (e.g., letter that documents Dates of Service and Character of Discharge and/or documentation of receipt of a Campaign Badge or Expeditionary Medal)
- Standard Form 15 (SF-15), Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference
- For 0-point - Sole survivorship Veterans’ Preference (SSP), you must provide the documentation you received granting this preference
- For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide
If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive Special Appointing Authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.
- The agency notice, and
- Your most recent SF-50 (noting current position, grade level, and duty location)
Submitting Documents: Submit your documents by uploading your documents to your USAJOBS Profile or via Auto-Requested Fax. Do not use both options.
- Uploading Documents: Upload your documents to your USAJOBS Profile than thru Applicant Manager
- Auto-Requested Fax: Allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.
- 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.
Failure to submit required documentation will result in loss of consideration.
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.
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:
- Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire
- Your resume and
- Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement
If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a username and password then:
- Complete a questionnaire
- Upload Resume and any other supporting documents (PDF highly encouraged)
- Applicant does not have to use the “Resume Builder” in 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.
If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at 307-775-6122 or BLMJobs_WY@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.
PLEASE NOTE: This announcement is limited to the first 50 applicants. If the applicant Limit is reached prior to the closing date, the announcement will close at 11:59 PM Eastern Time on that day.
Agency contact information
AddressBureau of Land Management
BLM Wyoming State Office, WY-953
5353 Yellowstone Road
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009
You WILL NOTbe notified by email of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted. You must check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJobs account.
To view your status, login to USAJobs and click the Home tab. For more detailed information:
- Click on the position in question to expand the section
- Click on the “Additional Application Information” button, page will automatically route to the agency site
Detailed status information is listed in the “Comments” column
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
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.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/565221700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.