Bureau of Land Management Natural Resource Specialist in Safford, Arizona

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This vacancy announcement will close when 50 applications have been received.

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This position is located in the Gila District, Safford Field Office located in Safford, Arizona. Information about Location and the Location area can be found at http http://www.cityofsafford.us/.

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Responsibilities

At the GS-07 level: At this level the incumbent is an advanced trainee. The incumbent is involved in the management of surrounding biological resources coordinating with wildlife management programs with other natural resources activities such as land use planning, and range management program. With more independence at this level, the incumbent is expected to complete progressively more difficult developmental assignments. Thus, duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in implementing biological resource improvement and restoration projects.

  • Monitoring and surveying biological resources, as well as sensitive species and their habitats.

  • Evaluating and reporting data gathered form monitoring and surveys.

  • Identify impacts to wildlife habitat and threatened and endangered species and evaluates data to determine population trends and impacts.

  • Learning to collaborate with others that are responsible for writing and reviewing environmental assessments, biological assessments, protective stipulations and resource management plans.

At the GS-09 level: The incumbent will perform a variety of duties including primarily wildlife and threatened and endangered species and may include weed management, watershed, rangeland, botany and riparian duties. Thus, duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in preparing proactive management approach to the wildlife and threatened and endangered species.

  • Assists in the collection and interpretation of scientific data in order to evaluate implemented management practices and/or prescriptions.

  • Provides input and/or participates in developing land use plans, resource management plans, coordinated resource management plans and activity plans.

  • Participates in ensuring ecological sustainability of all public land with emphasis on wildlife and threatened and endangered species.

  • Participates in the preparation and reviews of environmental documents.

Physical Demands: The individual works in an office setting at this level, however, field based activities will require the individual to frequently walk or ride vehicles over rough terrain, performing duties that require recurring bending, couching, stooping, reaching or lifting. Work may also include lifting of moderately heavy items, such as equipment and samples.

Work Environment: Much of the work is performed in an office setting. However, frequent field work is necessary to complete the work involving outdoor exposure. Outdoor exposure involves some discomfort in extremes of temperature or inclement weather. The incumbent may be subjected to hostile wildlife, chemical and physical hazards.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required to attend meetings and training events.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

11 - Selection for this vacancy will be made at the GS-07 or GS-09 grade level. Full performance level is GS-11.

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0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

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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 Requirements: * A) Applicants must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s OR higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position being filled that included at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position being filled; OR

B) Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in “A” above PLUS APPROPRIATE EXPERIENCE or ADDITIONAL EDUCATION.

Qualifications

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. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-05 for the GS-07, GS-07 for the GS-09) of the position to be filled.

*To qualify at the GS-07 level applicants must: *

A) Meet the Basic Requirements and possess at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-05) of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as: Experience which includes the application of knowledge related to biological sciences such as wildlife biology, hydrology and range science and competence in solving theoretical and practical natural resource problems. Examples of specialized experience includes: Assisting with preparing, evaluating, and conducting analyses of biological resources as it relates to proposed projects within the Field Office; processing permit applications to ensure compliance with appropriate federal law; identifying the impacts to wildlife habitat and threatened and endangered species by other resource activities; assisting with evaluating inventory and monitoring data to determine population trends and impacts; OR

B) Must meet the Basic Requirements and have graduated with a bachelor's degree and meet the provisions of Superior Academic Achievement (SAA): For more information regarding SAA, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp - OPM General Schedule Qualification Standard-General Policies, E(4)(f); OR

C) Must meet the Basic Requirements and possess 1 year of GRADUATE-LEVEL education in biological sciences or a directly related field.

*To qualify at the GS-09 level applicants must: *

A) Meet the Basic Requirements and possess at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-07) of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as: Experience which includes the application of knowledge related to biological sciences such as wildlife biology, hydrology and range science and competence in solving theoretical and practical natural resource problems. Specialized experience is defined as experience which includes the application of knowledge and competence in solving theoretical and practical natural resource related problems. Examples of specialized experience includes: Working with senior specialist incumbent is responsible for assisting in preparing proactive management approach to the wildlife and threatened and endangered species program through management strategies for the conservation and protection of wildlife, listed and proposed threatened and endangered species in coordination with other programs. Assists in developing innovative and preventive management techniques that enhance the species and their habitats; OR

B) Possess 2 years of progressively HIGHER LEVEL GRADUATE education leading to a Master's degree or Master's or equivalent GRADUATE degree; OR

C) Combination of education and specialized experience as stipulated in the Basic Requirements section.

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.

For volunteer work you must identify the amount of time worked for each volunteer position including the dates (mm/dd/yy) along with the number of hours worked per week. Please ensure this information is clearly listed on your resume

Selection for this vacancy will be made at the GS-07 or GS-09 grade level. Full performance level is GS-11. If selection is made at the GS-07 grade level, once all eligibility requirements are met the incumbent will be eligible for an intervening career ladder promotion to the GS-09. If selection is made at the GS-09 grade level, once all eligibility requirements are met the incumbent will be eligible for an intervening career ladder promotion to the GS-11. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the next higher grade. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon the employee successfully completing the time-in-grade and satisfactory performance requirements, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.

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.

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

Education

This position has a positive education requirement which requires that you have a degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, related disciplines appropriate to the position.

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.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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. NOTE: This will continue to be put in the

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.

Use in the Merit Announcement: This announcement is being advertised concurrently under Announcement #AZ DEU-2018-0059 which is open to all qualified persons. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for occasional telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with prior supervisor approval.

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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 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/(for WG) job elements required to do the work of this position.

GS-07 KSAs:

  • Knowledge of biological components such as plant/animal communities, plant and wildlife, watershed, riparian habitat.

  • Knowledge of theories/principals/concepts related to ecosystem management, wildlife and threatened and endangered species.

  • Understanding of basic statistical concepts and ability to analyze data.

  • Knowledge of related disciplines of wildlife, watershed and rangeland management, to provide holistic approach to management and evaluations of environmental impacts.

GS-09 KSAs:

  • Knowledge of theories/principles/concepts to ecological management wildlife, and threatened and endangered species.

  • Understand of basic statistical concepts in order to analyze data.

  • Knowledge of plant, wildlife and threatened and endangered species.

  • Knowledge of related disciplines such as wildlife, watershed, rangeland management to evaluate and assess environmental impacts.

  • Knowledge and skills to develop publication for the public.

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Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required

No

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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:

Copy of 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.”

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, to a land management agency 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. Applicants are encouraged to combine all required documents into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping documents into files will simplify the application process. Failure to submit required documentation will result in loss of consideration.

Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans: you must provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, years of active military service and character of service/type of discharge), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference; and/or VA Letter for proof of CP/CPS eligibility.

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.

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).

If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.

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.

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.

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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.

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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 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.

Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

This vacancy announcement will close when 50 applications have been received, even if it is earlier than the stated closing date. Any application received prior to midnight Eastern Time of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. You are strongly encouraged to apply to this announcement promptly and to submit all required supporting documents at the time of application. This vacancy will close before the stated closing date if the application limit is reached. Your application package and supporting documents will not be accepted once the vacancy announcement closes.

If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at 602-417-9252 or fclaiborne@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.

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Floreca Claiborne
Phone

602-417-9252

Fax

000-000-0000

Email

fclaiborne@blm.gov

Address

Bureau of Land Management BLM Arizona State Office AZ-953 Phoenix, Arizona 85004-2208 United States

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You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.

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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.

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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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/513721800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/12/2018 to 10/18/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 07 - 09

Salary: $41,365 to $65,778 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time