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Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Rangeland Management Specialist in Browning, Montana

Summary

This position is located with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Superintendent, Blackfeet Agency in Browning, Montana.

Responsibilities

Serves as Agency Rangeland Management Specialist, responsible for planning, administering and directing the range management on the Blackfeet Reservation. Responsible for range transactions and legal instruments preparation to assure conformance with legal, statutory, regulatory and policy requirements. Interprets terms and conditions of grazing permits when disputes arise and makes necessary modifications. Ensures rights protection and trespass procedures are executed according to 25 CFR 166.800 and the Blackfeet Tribal Grazing Resolution. Responsible for interpreting policies, regulations and procedures encompassing range issues including 25 CFR, BIAM, TAAMS, the Blackfeet Tribal Constitution and By-Laws, Tribal policies and resolutions, Regional and Central Office directives and policies, and Solicitor's opinions, necessary for the development, management and protection of Indian resources. Incumbent works cooperatively with the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council, Land Board Committee, Allocation Committee, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA) and various other Federal Agencies, County and State Departments on development and management of the Blackfeet Reservation, trust land resource. Incumbent provides assistance to Range staff in applying GIS (Arc Map), GPS technology and iPad operation/utilization for land management and conservation planning

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

Basic Requirements for all Grades; 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. OR 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. GS-11: 1 Year of Specialized Experience at the next lower grade or equivalent(in the federal service or private sector) Specialized Experience is experience that demonstrates the applicants' experience and knowledge in working in the conservation, regulation and use of public or Federally controlled lands for grazing management or related disciple; experience in directing range management or other trust land program. Skill in general and technical supervision by providing job assignments and monitoring work progress. Knowledge in determining range utilization/trend and working with rights protection/trespass issues. Skill in working on TAAMS encoding for Trust Land. Knowledge in interpreting policies, regulations and procedures encompassing range or trust land issues including federal, state and Tribal regulations necessary for the development, management and protection of Indian resources. Experience in working cooperatively with the Tribal Business Council/Tribal programs and/or other Federal and State agencies. Experience in communicating with beneficiaries, permittees, landowners and general public. Effective written communication skills. Skill in applying GIS (Arc Map) and GPS technology for land management and conservation planning. Experience in creating maps to delineate soil type, vegetative types, geographical differences and/or various land unit boundaries. Skill in creating shapefiles by digitizing points, lines and polygons. OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree GS-9: 1 Year of Specialized Experience at the next lower grade or equivalent(in the federal service or private sector) or meet education requirements. Specialized experience is experience that demonstrates the applicants' experience and knowledge in working in the conservation, regulation and use of public or Federally controlled lands for grazing management or related disciple; Experience in directing range management or other trust program. Skill in providing job assignments and monitoring work progress. Knowledge in determining range utilization and working with rights protection/trespass issues. Experience in working on TAAMS or received TAAMS training. Knowledge with policies, regulations and procedures encompassing range or trust land issues including federal, state and Tribal regulations necessary for the development, management and protection of land resources. Experience in working cooperatively with Tribal programs and/or other Federal and State agencies. Skill in communicating with beneficiaries, permittees, landowners and general public. Effective written communication skills. Skill in applying GIS (Arc Map) and GPS technology for land management and conservation planning. Experience in creating maps to delineate soil type, vegetative types, geographical differences and/or various land unit boundaries. OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree GS-7: 1 Year of Specialized Experience at the next lower grade or GS-5, if federal service or equivalent in private sector. Specialized Experience is experience that demonstrates the applicants' experience and knowledge in working in the conservation, regulation and use of public or Federally controlled lands for grazing management or related disciple; experience planning for range management or other trust program. Skill developing job assignments and monitoring work progress in conjunction with a supervisor. Experience working with rights protection/trespass issues. Received TAAMS training. Knowledge with policies, regulations and procedures encompassing range or trust land issues necessary for the development, management and/or protection of land resources. Experience working cooperatively with Tribal programs and/or other Federal and State agencies. Skill communicating with the general public. Experience applying GIS (Arc Map) and/or GPS technology for land management and conservation planning. OR 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Merit Promotion candidates must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the announcement closing date.

Education

Basic Requirement for all Grades in this series, as shown above. If you are qualifying based on your education, you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society. One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education which shows the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: FOREIGN EDUCATION

Additional Information

All new hires earn the beginning salary of their pay grade (Step 1). See 2020 Salary Tables and select the pay chart for Browning, Montana. If no specific chart is listed for this geographic location, see the "rest of U.S." chart. The full performance level of this position is GS-11 . Promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. A career ladder promotion is at the discretion of management, and in no way guaranteed. TELEWORK: Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster. Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employeeguides/careertransition.asp . Under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) two groups of individuals are eligible to apply under this announcement: current and/or former employees serving or who have served under time-limited competitive appointments at land management agencies. Land Management Agencies include: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service. Current appointees: 1) must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency; 2) must have served under one or more time limited appointment(s) by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; AND 3) must have performed at an acceptable level during each period of service. Former appointees: 1) must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency; 2) must have served under one or more time limited appointment(s) by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; 3) must have separated for reasons other than misconduct or performance; AND 4) must have performed at an acceptable level through the service period. Certain candidates may be eligible to apply under a special hiring authority including those for disabled individuals, Peace Corps employees, Foreign Service employees, veterans, etc. For more information, visit the following OPM websites: USAJOBS Information Center: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/; Vets Info Guide: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/. Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. Most individuals who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.

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