Bureau of Land Management Range Aid/Technician in Belle Fourche, South Dakota
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BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the seasonal team to serve as an Range Aid/Technician for the South Dakota Field Office in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Information about this area can be found at www.bellefourchechamber.org
Housing is not provided for this position.
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Range Aids or Technicians work under the supervision and guidance of professional range and natural resource specialists providing technical support and assistance in range conservation, range management, and range improvement. Performs the following or duties of similar complexity:
Incumbent uses knowledge of the most basic or commonly used rules, procedures, or operations to perform a few repetitive tasks common to the range program to support the work of higher graded technicians and Rangeland Management Specialists. Takes feed-lot census of permittees’ livestock before the grazing season and counts livestock entering the grazing area. Reports violations or problems to supervisor. Detects trespass animals. Incumbent also uses instruments needed to make rough measurements necessary in locating conservation projects in relation to established markers. Makes vegetation counts from small plots to determine such information as survival of seedlings, species, distribution of plants, volume of growth.
Monitors distribution and movement of livestock. Observes, records, and reports any signs of unauthorized grazing use/trespass animals and assists in roundup of trespass livestock. Makes observations of wildlife use. Serves as a team member for range inventory efforts. Includes duties such as mapper and entails collecting, compiling, and recording vegetation data on each site write-up area (SWA). Assists with vegetation counts by species and/or life form from small plots or transects to determine such information as survival of seedlings, species present, distribution of plants, volume of growth. Provides impressions of range conditions, and similar observations. Collects and records data in range studies such as condition and trend use, utilization, actual use, and climatological data. Collects, compiles, and records water sources data (wells, pipelines, reservoirs, etc.) and boundary lines (allotments, fences, natural barriers, etc.) for range inventory mapping efforts. Inputs data on grazing allotments into the automated system. Provides assistance in identifying needed improvement projects (wells, reservoirs, fences, vegetation projects, etc.) and inspecting/inventorying condition of existing projects. Occasionally uses an engineer’s level or transit and/or GPS as well as instruments needed to make rough measurements necessary in locating conservation projects in relation to established markers, computes yardage of simple earth dams and dikes or similar projects.
Occasional travel - Travel to the field will be required. The amount of overnight travel to be determined by the nature of the work.
No - These positions have no promotion potential; to be considered for a higher grade, you must apply for the higher grade.
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0455 Range Technician
Conditions of Employment
- Direct Deposit Required.
- U.S. Citizenship is required.
- 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
- Background Investigation is required.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the qualification requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume.
GS-3: *6 months of general work experience; Examples of general experience is experience that provided a broad familiarity of range management programs or techniques of collecting scientific data; *OR Successful completion of one year (45 quarter or 30 semester hours) of study above high school that included at least 6 semester hours in a combination of courses such as range management, or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences; OR A combination of experience and education to meet the total experience.
GS-4: *6 months of general and 6 months of specialized work experience. Examples of general experience is experience that provided a broad familiarity of range management programs or techniques of collecting scientific data. Examples of specialized experience may include assisting in the conservation, regulation, and use of public or Federally controlled lands for grazing; assisting in range research activities; assisting in the operation of a livestock ranch or in assisting in the management or preservation of lands comparable to the public range; surveying public lands for the presence of noxious weeds; locating and treating weeds with designated herbicides; and preparing accurate records of all treatment; *OR Successful completion of two years (90 quarter or 60 semester hours) of study above high school that included 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources, outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in math is creditable; OR A combination of experience and education to meet the total experience.
GS-5: *one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-4 level. Examples of specialized experience may include assisting in the conservation, regulation, and use of public or Federally controlled lands for grazing; assisting in range research activities; assisting in the operation of a livestock ranch or in assisting in the management or preservation of lands comparable to the public range; conducting preliminary reconnaissance of range areas to select possible sites for re-seeding, fresh clearing, water spreading systems, etc.; or serving as an instrument person in laying out contour furrows, determining the contour line and staking out the line; *ORSuccessful completion of a full four year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree (a) with a major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following courses: forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources, outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester hours in math is creditable; OR A combination of experience and education to meet the total experience.
General Experience: Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.
Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) 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, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.
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.
See qualifications section above.
- RELOCATION EXPENSES: Travel, transportation 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.
- HOUSING: There is no government housing available – securing housing 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.
- Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act: If selected from this or a similar competitive, seasonal announcement, your appointment may be creditable for consideration under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA). The Act allows certain individuals, who have or had time-limited appointments at land management agencies, to compete for any permanent position in the competitive service under “internal” merit promotion procedures. For more information, see the section under Eligibility, which starts with Question #15 (Q15. Who is eligible for appointment under these provisions?).
- MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT: Employees required to operate a motor vehicle must be at least 18; otherwise, you must be at least 16 at the time you report for work.-
Overnight travel may be required on a regular and recurring basis and employee will be required to obtain and use a government charge card, when travel is necessary.
This position is not eligible for Telework.
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.
GS-3- Ability to learning the most common rules, procedures, and operations of the range management program and those peculiar to the office.
Ability to take accurate measurements, use engineer’s transit, and GPS.
Ability to monitor number of animals, detect obvious trespass, conditions of plant life and soil, basic construction procedures.
Ability to operate two and four wheel drive vehicles.
*GS-4/5 *- Knowledge of the processes, rules, procedures and techniques used to independently perform the full range of standardized technician duties to develop, protect, and improve range lands.
Knowledge of basic principles of rangeland management sufficient to collect and evaluate data collected for accuracy, determine causes of variances, and applicability of data to the overall range program/project.
Knowledge of livestock and livestock practices sufficient to identify breeds, approximate age, and ownership.
Ability to operate two and four wheel drive vehicles.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
- Required Documents
In describing your experience, please be clear and specific.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/application material.
In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
- If qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience, a copy of your college transcript(s). If selected for this position you will be required to provide an official transcripts.
- If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, you should indicate the level of Veterans' Preference you are claiming on your resume. If you are claiming 0-point Sole Survivorship Veterans’ Preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference. If you are claiming 5-point Veterans’ Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, confirming dates spent on active duty and your character of military service. If you are claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, in addition to your DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). Missing documentation may result in a change or removal of your claim for Veteran’s preference. Additional information on Veterans' Preference can be found in the VetGuide. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide certification from your command that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date your application is submitted. For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.
- 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. Do not use both options. 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. 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 PM EST, on the closing date of this announcement.
READ THIS: It is the responsibility of the applicant to illustrate that all eligibility requirements are met. This includes ensuring your resume/application documents specific information on each employment listed. Specifically, you must document Agency/Company Name, supervisor's name and contact information, position title, grade/series/salary, and employment dates to include month, day and year. Failure to do so may result in your application being disqualified. If you have questions regarding the necessary documentation to include, contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement prior to the closing date of the 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.
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.
Temporary seasonal employees are eligible for the following:
Annual and Sick Leave
Depending on tour of duty – Sunday, holiday, shift differential
Paid Federal Holidays
Participation in the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program - Employees electing to participate in the FEHB will be responsible for the employee share of the premium while on the official agency roles, which is deducted from bi-weekly earnings. After separating from federal employment, employees will be offered to continue participation in FEHB under the Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) option. Employees electing to continue coverage under the TCC provision will be responsible for the full premium amount plus a 2% administration fee.
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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 to this Vacancy" at the bottom of this Screen and login to USAJOBS. If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, select the “Create a new account” link. You will be required to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS. If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the Forgot your username or password? link.
Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST by the closing date of this announcement.
If applying online 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.
If you need assistance in applying online, please contact the appropriate State Coordinator identified in the "What to Expect Next" section of this job announcement. If applying online 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.
Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to illustrate that all eligibility and qualifications requirements are met. Failure to do so may result in your application being disqualified. If you have questions regarding the necessary documentation to include or if you would like to verify your documentation has been received, contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement. It is recommended that you contact our office prior to the closing date of the announcement.
Agency contact information
Human Resources Office
Bureau of Land Management BLM Montana State Office Branch of Human Resources 5001 Southgate Drive Billings, Montana 59101 United States
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You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgment email from USAJobs that your submission was successful once we have received your online assessment questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application and/or referral to the hiring official via your USAJobs account after the evaluation process is complete. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required.
For assistance, contact the Branch of Human Resources Management at 406-896-5002.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/517568700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 11/21/2018 to 12/21/2018
Pay scale & grade: GS 03 - 05
Salary: $12.74 to $20.80 per hour
Appointment type: Temporary - This is a temporary appointment, not to exceed 1039 hours (6 months). 2019 summer season - generally from May-November.
Work schedule: Full-Time