Bureau of Land Management Supervisory Natural Resource Specialist (Assistant Field Manager) in Lewistown, Montana

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Summary

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as the Supervisory Natural Resource Specialist (Assistant Field Manager) in the North Central Montana District, Lewistown Field Office (LFO), in Lewistown, Montana. Information about the Lewistown area can be found at http://www.lewistownchamber.com/

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.The BLM manages more land - 245 million surface acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The BLM, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.

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Responsibilities

This position provides direct leadership as a first level supervisor to the Division of Renewable Resources. The incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Providing supervision and leadership to 11 employees to accomplish the LFO’s range, wildlife, weed, forestry, hydrology and surface management responsibilities.
  • Planning, scheduling, assigning and prioritizing work in a manner which promotes efficiency in the utilization of labor and operational resources.
  • Promoting teamwork within the field office and develops goals and objectives that integrate the range, wildlife, weed and surface protection program objectives with other LFO program priorities.
  • Providing input to the preparation, implementation, and conformance to land use plans and interdisciplinary plans.
  • Providing input into Field Office budget planning process to ensure the needs of all programs supervised within this position are fully considered in the AWP.
  • Monitoring and manages the program budget.
  • Providing general direction, setting performance standards, and implementing provisions of personnel management programs.
  • Informing workforce about program policy and procedures. Physical Demands and Work Environment: Work may occasionally require strenuous duty and trips to the field. Field duties may require some physical exertion such as walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces and exposure to extreme temperatures.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - At times, travel to the field, and for meetings and/or training may be required.

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential

12

Who May Apply
This job is open to…
  • All current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility
  • CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area
  • Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Eligibles
  • Current or former time-limited employees eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA)​

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0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "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.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

Qualifications

Basic Education Requirements:Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. – OR - Combination of education and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major (at least 24 semester hours), as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

For GS-12: In addition to the basic education requirement, one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service.

Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-11) of the position to be filled. At this level, incumbents perform difficult & responsible work requiring a thorough knowledge of a special & complex subject matter of the profession. Examples: demonstrated experience in planning, implementing, and/or administering a natural resource program in the public lands environment; or working with public land resource values, issues, or controversies and developing land-related planning strategies and procedures.

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.

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Additional information
  • Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.
  • Supervisory Probationary Period: If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one year supervisory probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.
  • Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
  • If selected for this position, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450 within 30 days of reporting to duty. You will be required to provide this information annually.
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP/ICTAP 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. To be well qualified, you must receive a score of at least 90 to receive priority consideration under either program. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.
  • If eligible under LMWFA you 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). (See "Required Documents" for more information.)
  • The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

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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 required to do the work of this position:

  • Practical knowledge of Bureau policies and procedures, laws, regulations and court decisions applicable to the range, wildlife and weed management programs sufficient to supervise specialists working in these programs.
  • Working knowledge of the Bureau's planning and National Environmental Policy Act procedures and policies in order to prepare and review these documents and to ensure good coordination/consultation and building effective working relationships with numerous internal and external customers
  • Knowledge of the Bureau program and budget system sufficient to prepare the field office range, wildlife, weed and surface protection portion of the Annual Work Plan, program packages, procurement plans, mid-year reviews and progress reporting
  • Knowledge and skill in supervision and leadership in order to effectively organize and assign work, evaluate results, and take appropriate personnel actions. On-line Questionnaire:

Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Not Applicable

Drug test required

No

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Required Documents

All applicable supplemental documentation must be uploaded or faxed (with generated fax cover sheets) to: 571-258-4052, and received before by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement. See important information regarding uploading and faxing supplemental documentation below. THE FOLLOWING SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE RECEIVED, AS APPLICABLE:

*1) SF-50b (or SF-50):*If you are applying as a current federal employee or as a reinstatement eligible you must submit a copy of your SF-50b (Notification of Personnel Action), or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).

2) College Transcripts: You must submit a copy of all college transcripts (undergraduate/graduate) or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. click here to see Foreign Education requirements. If submitting an SF-50 that indicates you are or were in a 400 professional series (not a technician) you do not need to submit your college transcripts.

3) VEOA Documentation: If applying under the VEOA appointing authority your profile must contain a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release, Discharge from active military showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc., and reason for separation)– the member 4 copy is preferable, or other authorized documentation to support your VEOA eligibility. Lack of supporting documentation will result in an inability to recognize veteran status eligibility for this announcement.

4)*Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Documentation:* If you are a CTAP or ICTAP Eligible applicant: Provide 1) a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; and, 2) proof of eligibility. It must be indicated in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. Note: CTAP/ICTAP documents must be submitted to each announcement as applicable.

5) Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA):If you are eligible under PL-114-47, 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.(See "Other Information" for additional guidance.)

Uploading and Faxing Supplemental Documentation: You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. Uploading Documents: you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager (3MB is the maximum size allowed for a document). Do not use both options or upload more than one file in each section, only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system. 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. Each document type must use the appropriate generated fax coversheet and be faxed in a separate transmission. 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.

Checking Application Status and Materials: Do this before the announcement closes. After you have completed your application, to check the status of your application materials log in to your USAJOBS account, select the “Application Status” section, check under the “Status” for this vacancy, once your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received it will state “Received.” Any other application status may indicate that you did not complete the application process and/or your application has not been submitted. Please note: A status of “Received” reflects that your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received; applicable supplemental documentation may still need to be submitted (see required documents above).

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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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. Learn more about federal benefits.

To explore the benefits typically offered to most federal employees in permanent positions, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at the above link.

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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

THIS IS AN ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS THROUGH USAJOBS.If you need assistance in applying online, please call or email the contact listed on this vacancy. 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: If you have access to a public library, State Job Service Office, etc., you must use these resources to apply online. You must follow the steps described below to complete the application process: 1)YOU MUST CREATE A PROFILE in USAJOBS under My Account. If you already have a registered profile in USAJOBS you do not need to register again. Your profile must contain a current resume for submission. In order to receive proper consideration, your resume should include the following information: - Personal contact information

  • Work experience (paid or unpaid) including - starting and ending dates (month and year), employer's name and address, job title (include job series and grade if Federal), duties and accomplishments, supervisor's name and telephone number, indicate if supervisor may be contacted, hours per week, and salary. Education and job-related training including - school name, type and year of degrees/diploma received, credits earned and majors; title of training course and year of completion.

  • References - personal and professional

  • Additional information - skills (languages, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.), certificates or licenses (current only), and/or honors, awards, and special accomplishments (recognition, professional memberships, publications, leadership activities, etc.). Insufficient information could result in an ineligible rating. The USAJOBS Resume Builder was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is an available tool when you login to your USAJOBS account. 2) COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION, including responses to all application questions, by clicking on the “APPLY ONLINE” button that appears on this announcement. 3) SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION as applicable. See “Required Documents” section below.

It is your responsibility to ensure that a complete application (including a resume, on-line questionnaire, and applicable supplemental documentation) is received before by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. NOTE: Technical problems may take at least 1 business day to resolve; therefore, you are highly encouraged to complete the application process prior to the closing date.

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Agency contact information
Human Resources Branch
Phone

406-896-5002

Fax

000-000-0000

Email

Apply@blm.gov

Address

Bureau of Land Management Montana State Office 5001 Southgate Drive Billings, Montana United States

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Next steps

You will receive notification via email, generally within 2 weeks of the closing date of the announcement, as to whether or not your name was referred to the selecting official. You may also check the status of your application by accessing the application status tab in your USAJOBs account.

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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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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.

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  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/502154200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 06/12/2018 to 06/26/2018

Salary: $73,375 to $95,388 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 12

Work schedule: full-time

Appointment type: Permanent - This is a permanent position in the competitive service.