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Bureau of Land Management Range Technician (Weeds) in Belle Fourche, South Dakota


Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. This position is located in Eastern Montana/Dakotas District Office, South Dakota Field Office, Belle Fourche, South Dakota . Information about Belle Fourche and the surrounding area can be found at We expect to fill two (2) vacancies at this time; however, additional positions may be filled from this announcement if they become available.


Performs routine and recurring weed management activities for the respective organization in accordance with all applicable resource management plans, environmental assessments, cooperative agreements, safety plans, etc.

Completes recurring tasks involved in inventorying, monitoring, and mapping existing weed populations utilizing global positioning systems and topographic maps.

Completes rangeland rehabilitation and restoration projects in compliance with all applicable resource management plans, environmental assessments, cooperative agreements, safety plans, etc.

Provides written comments on environmental assessments, resource management plan reviews, and other planning documents.

Works closely with other landowners and cooperators within the geographic area in order to ensure weed management efforts are successful.


Conditions of Employment


In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the qualification requirements - please be sure to include this information in your resume. No assumptions will be made about your experience. You must possess one (1) full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-4 level that is equivalent in difficulty and complexity as indicated by the following examples: conducting weed treatments under the supervision of another licensed pesticide applicator, assists in inventory and monitoring weed infestations, maintaining spraying equipment and responsible for complying with proper application, storage, and handling of pesticides.


Education: Successful completion of a full four year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in forestry, range management, agriculture or a subject-matter field directly related to the position or 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. Not more than 6 semester hours in math is creditable.

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Combination of Education and Experience: You may meet qualifications requirement for this position with an equivalent combination of specialized experience and appropriate undergraduate education. 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 by the closing date of the announcement. Physical Demands: The work requires some physical exertion, such as regular and recurring running, walking, or bending; walking or climbing over rocky areas, through dense vegetation, and in mountainous terrain. The incumbent must be in good physical condition, be able to lift heavy objects, and perform strenuous physical activity for prolonged periods of time. The incumbent may be required to carry up to 45 pounds on his/her back over uneven terrain. Work Environment: Office work is performed in adequately lighted, heated, and air conditioned offices. Much of the time is spent in the field where exposure to extremes of heat and cold, rough terrain, insects, snakes, and other hazards are common. The incumbent will carefully adhere to all safety policies and procedures to mitigate hazards encountered.


Applicants may qualify for these positions based on experience, education, or an equivalent combination as described in the Qualifications section of this announcement. If using education to qualify, you must submit copies of all transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. See Required Documents section for more information.

Additional Information

DOI uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit E-Verify. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/lnteragency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): 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, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well qualified for the position with a score of 90 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information: CTAP or ICTAP SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born afer 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 at RELOCATION EXPENSES: 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. HOUSING: There is no government housing available. Securing housing will be the responsibility of the selected employee. Minimum Age Requirement: Employees required to operate a motor vehicle must be at least 18 when you report for work. TELEWORK: This position is not eligible for Telework. * THIS IS AN AMENDMENT OF ANNOUNCEMENT MTSS-21-11036584-LCR *

Applicants who applied under the previous announcement MUST reapply to receive consideration. All positions may not be filled or they may be filled at different times depending on budget, hiring needs, and requirements. These positions are temporary and are expected to last for up to 6 months. These positions have no promotion potential, if you want to be considered for a higher grade you must apply for the higher grade. If selected from this announcement you may be rehired for identical positions without further competition based on work needs, funding, or any other condition of employment. 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?). If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document, you do not have in electronic form; view the following link for information regarding an Alternative Application