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Rangeland Management Specialist – Department of the Interior – Worland, WY

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Job Description

Duties

    • Summary
      Explore a new career with the BLM – where our people are our greatest natural resource.

      For additional information about the BLM, please visit
      Our website
      .

      The Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Office oversees the Cody, Lander, and Worland field offices and is co-located in the Worland Field Office. Combined, the field offices manage 5.8 million acres of public land surface and 7 million acres sub-surface Federal mineral estate. Located in north central Wyoming, these lands provide a variety of resources and uses including wild horses, wildlife habitat, scenic vistas, recreation opportunities, mineral development, and livestock grazing. You can mountain bike, horseback ride, hunt big game, fish a blue-ribbon trout stream, explore the badlands, see the latest dinosaur discoveries, and more! So when you come to Wyoming, visit the Bighorn Basin and enjoy America’s public lands!

      For information on the city of Worland, please go to:
      Worland, WY

      Physical Demands
      : The work may frequently require walking or riding horses or in vehicles over rough terrain to collect samples and perform monitoring activities. Work may also include bending, crouching, stopping, reaching or lifting. Overnight camping is sometimes required.

      Work Environment:
      The work is performed in an office setting. However, frequently there is outdoor exposure to complete the work which may involve extreme temperatures, holstile wildlife, and inclement weather.

      Responsibilities
      Duties for the GS-5 Level:
      The person in this position works under the guidance and supervision of a supervisor or higher graded rangeland management specialist. This is a developmental and basic trainee position. Major duties include but are not limited to: Prepares, evaluates and conducts ecological analyses of public rangeland projects; Develop management plans, assist in designing technical surveys, and performs work on rangeland improvement projects under the supervision of a senior rangeland management specialist; conducts monitoring studies and determine the need for rangeland and watershed improvements; and properly files, stores and preserves range administration records and monitoring data.

      Duties for the GS-7 Level:
      The person in this position works under the guidance and supervision of a supervisor or higher graded rangeland management specialist. This is a developmental and advanced trainee position that has assignments more complex and with less instruction than the basic trainee position. Major duties include but are not limited to: Prepares, evaluates and conducts ecological analyses of public rangeland projects; develops management plans, assists in designing technical surveys, and performs work on rangeland improvement projects under the supervision of a senior rangeland management specialist; conducts monitoring studies and determine the need for rangeland and watershed improvements; and properly files, stores and preserves range administration records and monitoring data.

      Travel Required
      Occasional travel – Some overnight travel will be required.

      Supervisory status
      No

      Promotion Potential
      11

      Who May Apply
      This job is open to…
      All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
      Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

    • Job family (Series)
      0454 Rangeland Management

    • Requirements
      Requirements
      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.

      Basic Education Requirement:
      This position has a positive education requirement which requires that you have a degree in 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; and 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; OR A 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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

      You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

      Qualifications
      In addition to meeting the basic entry requirement, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education of the position to be found qualified. 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. 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.

      Specialized Experience for the GS-7 Rangeland Management Specialist:
      In addition to the basic education requirement, you must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in rangeland management related work. Work assignments were diverse, limited in complexity & selected to provide experience & training.
      Examples:
      assisting higher level professionals with grazing applications and permits, on-the-ground use supervision, planning and conducting range studies, planning range & watershed improvements, conducting trespass investigations, consulting with livestock operators and preparing land use planning documents.

      To qualify for the GS-5
      Rangeland Management Specialist, you must meet the basic entry requirements.

      You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

      Education

      Additional information
      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.

      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 fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria 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.

      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.

      This announcement is being advertised concurrently under WY-Mert-2017-0164 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.

      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. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran’s preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. 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.

      For the GS-05 and
      GS-7 Level:
      (1) Knowledge of rangeland management and the ability to perform work involving conserving, developing and managing public rangelands; (2) Knowledge of the disciplines of other natural resources and biological sciences; (3) Ability to effectively communicate technical and non-technical information both orally and in written form to diverse groups of people; (4) Ability to use automated systems to input data and generate reports; and (5) Ability to research, collect, verify, interpret, and analyze a variety of complex directions, regulations and information.

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      Background checks and security clearance
      Security clearance
      Q – Nonsensitive

    • Required Documents
      Required Documents
      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. 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:

      A copy of ALL your transcripts
      or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution,
      See Foreign Education
      .

      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’ Preference:
      If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you should indicate the level of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.

      • For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.
      • For 5-point veterans’ preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
      • For 10-point veterans’ preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.

      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.

      UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.

      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.

    • Benefits
      Benefits
      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.

      • Benefits for federal employees
      • Healthcare insurance
      • Pay and leave

      Review our 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.

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