Public Affairs Specialist
Department Of The Interior - Anchorage, AK

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This position is located at the Campbell Creek Science Center (CCSC) at the Anchorage District Office (ADO), Anchorage, Alaska under the direction of the CCSC Manager. This position is responsible for all aspects of the development and implementation of the Science Center's Public Affairs program and administrative services.

The BLM Campbell Creek Science Center provides educational opportunities for adults, children, and families as well as meeting space for various groups. The Center offers students of all ages the chance to learn in the outdoor classroom. Visitors have access to creeks, forests, meadows, and a rich abundance of plants and wildlife. Our programs promote awareness, understanding, stewardship, and an appreciation for the natural environment.

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The salary range given above includes base pay and locality pay, you will also receive a 5.57% cost of living allowance for Anchorage, Alaska . This allowance is subject to annual review, adjustment and gradual decrease.

Full Performance Level is: GS - 9

Who May Be Considered: Applications will be accepted from:

1) All U.S. Citizens - please apply under occupational specialty code 001 if you meet this criteria.

2) Status Candidates - this includes current Federal employees who serve under a competitive career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service, reinstatement eligibles (former Federal employees who served under a career appointment in the competitive service) and VEOA eligibles (veterans with preference and veterans who have been honorably discharged and substantially completed at least 3 years of continuous active duty service. Please apply under occupational specialty 002 if you meet the criteria mentioned above; and

3) Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities - this includes applicants who are eligible for noncompetitive or special appointment authorities such as: 30% or more compensably disabled veterans, Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA - for positions at GS-11 and below), and persons with disabilities (Schedule A), military spouse preference, Federal employees in excepted positions covered under an interchange agreement, and other eligible special hiring authorities (such as Peace Corps, Boren Fellows, etc.). This also includes applicants who previously held, or currently hold, this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this position. For more information about special hiring authorities, click here . Please apply under occupational specialty 003 if you meet the criteria mentioned above.

Documentation to verify your eligibility under Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities or as a Status Candidate needs to be submitted with your application in order to be considered.
  • U. S. Citizenship is required.
  • Successful completion of a background check is required.
  • Overnight travel away from home 1-5 nights per month is required.
  • Applicant cannot hold an active real estate license.
  • Applicant cannot hold stock in firm with interest in Federal Land.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.

DUTIES: At the full performance level of the position some of the major duties include but are not limited to:
  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with newspapers, television, radio, and social media to positively promote department activities and programs.
  • Prepare a variety of written materials, including newspaper releases, articles, correspondence, brochures, and event flyers.
  • Gather, compile, and edit material for posting on approved social media sites. (i. e. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr)
  • Plan and conduct special events with staff members and community organizations.
  • Coordinate administrative services, including telephone coverage, preparation of department documents, file maintenance, reports, and correspondence within appropriate guidelines.
  • Serve as Contracting Officer’s Representative and/or Project Inspector for janitorial and other contracts at the Science Center.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: To qualify for the Public Affairs Specialist, GS-07 grade level, you must meet one of the following:

A. Have successfully completed a bachelor's degree AND meet one of the superior academic achievement provisions: a) A grade point average of B (a GPA of 3.0 or higher) for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last 2 full years of undergraduate study; or b) A grade point average of B+ (a GPA of 3.5 or higher) for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study; or c) Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision; or d) Membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. NOTE: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor society. (YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR TRANSCRIPTS)

B. Have one full year of graduate level study or possess a master's or higher degree, e.g., Ph.D., in a subject that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Such subjects include journalism, advertising, creative writing, radio and television, speech, public speaking, group dynamics, interviewing techniques, or questionnaire design. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school you attended has determined to represent one year of study. If this information cannot be obtained from your school, we will consider 18 semester/27 quarter hours to be equal to one year of full-time study. (YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR TRANSCRIPTS)

C. Have at least one year of work experience in presenting analyses of factual material in narrative form, such as writing news reports or magazine articles; or conducting tours of facilities and explaining the work performed; or market research activities.

D. Have a combination of graduate level education as described in "B" and a combination of experience as described in "C." When combining graduate education and experience, first take the total number of semester hours (or equivalent) earned and divide by 18 semester hours (or equivalent); then take the total number of months of experience and divide by 12 months; finally, add the two percentages. The total must equal at least 100% to qualify. (YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR TRANSCRIPTS)

Education: For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descript courses listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research"), please indicate through your resume or attachment memorandum from an academic professor how each course fulfills the specific education requirement, i.e., state number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned.

NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. Applicants can verify accreditation HERE .

Special Instructions For Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that 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, click HERE .

Time-in-Grade Requirements: Under competitive merit promotion procedures, any individual who is currently holding, or who has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service must meet time in grade requirements (have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the Federal service). (Some exclusions are found in 5 CFR 300.602.) You must include an SF-50 (you may need to submit more than one) that supports meeting this requirement with your application package.


Physical Demands - The work although primarily sedentary, will include working on a desk and taking part in meetings. Work can require long periods of standing, bending, crouching, and stooping, stretching, reaching, climbing ladders, driving a motor vehicle, lifting moderately heavy equipment and materials, and walking over rough, uneven, or rocky terrain in variable temperatures. The work often requires intensive concentration and periods of handling a myriad of professional functions simultaneously under often stressful, noisy, and demanding conditions.

Work Environment - The work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate-controlled office that requires no special safety precautions. The office is an open-office situation in which the employee shares common work areas with others. Noise level is high, instructions are frequent, and privacy is minimal. Occasionally, the selected applicant is required to work outdoors on and off trail on varied terrain. Travel to remote rural villages may be necessary during which the employees may be exposed to extreme weather conditions, including subzero temperatures, snow, rain, and ice. The selected applicant is required to wear an official BLM uniform at all times.


A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Candidates who apply under All U.S. Citizens procedures will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category, and veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:
  • Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
  • Highly Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job; and
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are highly qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Highly qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

Candidate who apply under Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

BENEFITS: The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees HERE .


If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran , you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15 . If you don’t have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at .

If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge , you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.

If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran , you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15 , and if applicable, a completed SF15 . If you don’t have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at or call 1-800-827-1000.

Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service .

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

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