Purchasing Agent
Bureau of Land Management - United States

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BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join our team. The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million 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 Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

The organization is the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management. This position will provide support to both the High Plains District and the Wind River/Big Horn Basin District. The duty station will be either in the High Plains District Office, Casper, WY or the Wind River/Big Horn Basin District Office in Worland, WY as agreed upon by the Selecting Officials and the selectee. The High Plains District office is co-located with the Casper Field Office. Located between the base of Casper Mountain and along the banks of the North Platte River in central Wyoming, the High Plains District includes the Casper, Buffalo and Newcastle Field Offices, which encompasses approximately 2.5 million acres of BLM-administered surface land and 11 million acres of mineral estate within Wyoming and Nebraska. The area has a rich history and a variety of recreational opportunities, along with an extensive minerals program. The Wind River/Bighorn Basin District is co-located with the Worland Field office. The District Office encompasses the Worland, Cody and Lander Field Offices, which includes over ten million acres of both surface and split mineral estate in the southern half of the Bighorn Basin. Located in north central Wyoming, these lands provide a variety of resources and uses including wild horses, wildlife habitat, scenic vistas, recreation opportunities, mineral development, and livestock grazing.

KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Direct Deposit Required
  • Be sure to 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
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.

DUTIES: There is one position to be filled in either Casper or Worland, WY. You will be responsible for coordinating and administering the procurement program for the High Plains and the Wind River/Big Horn Basin Districts. You will be responsible for the acquisition of supplies, equipment, construction and services up to $25,000 and all aspects of small purchasing. You will review procurement packages to ensure requisitions, noncompetitive justifications, specifications, special provisions and price schedules are adequate. You will determine the most advantageous source of supply by searching established sources and prepare orders against established contracts and blanket purchase agreements. You will be responsible for conducting market research for commercial items; awarding best value procurements and documenting the decision and judgments. You will also perform Post award duties of monitoring purchase orders to ensure completion in accordance of terms and conditions of order; provide interpretation to contractors on the terms and conditions and specifications of purchase orders and issue modifications. You will use automated equipment, data systems and applications to accomplish the duties of the position. You will be responsible for collecting, entering, manipulating, updating and maintaining data according to prescribed Bureau and program standards. At the Full performance level, you will process and award open market negotiated procurement up to the level 1 warrant authority.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Specialized Experience Requirements: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience for the GS-05 level include analyzing requests for procurement services or supplies; maintaining property logs; issuing purchase orders; and processing a variety of requisitions. Examples of specialized experience for the GS-06 level include experience in processing requisitions for a variety of items; negotiating prices or delivery and discount terms; performing price and cost analysis of quotations, offers and proposals or other directly related experience. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

To qualify at the GS-5 level, applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level (GS-04) in the Federal Service as a purchasing agent or related position OR completed four years of education above the high school level with a major study in any field for which a high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite OR an equivalent combination of experience and education described above.
To qualify at the GS-6 level, applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level (GS-05) in the Federal Service as a purchasing agent or related position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: 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, Highly 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.
* Knowledge of acquisition methods and procedures. * Ability to identify sources of supplies, services and construction to determine the most advantageous method of fulfilling requirements. * Ability to use automated acquisition processing systems. * Skill in oral and written communications. * Ability to perform duties in a changing environment and to prioritize an manage a dynamic workload.
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BENEFITS: To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS .

OTHER INFORMATION: CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If hired at the GS-05 level, w ithin 24 months of hire, you will be required to obtain and maintain a Level 1B Certification in the Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C) Program. To obtain the Level 1B certification, you will need a bachelor's degree OR 24 hours of business-related courses such as accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management AND complete required procurement training.
If hired at the GS-06 level, you will be required to meet the above conditions of employment within 12 months of hire.

Upon hire, you will be required to sign an agreement stating that you agree to meet the requirements as listed above, to obtain the Level 1B certification in the FAC-C Program within the given number of months after you enter on duty or you may be terminated.

You will be eligible for promotion to the GS-07 level after you meet time-in-grade, 1 year at the next lower grade level, and obtaining the Level 1B Warrant.

SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after 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 website .

May require completion of a 1 year probationary period;

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.

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 Highly or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

This position requires procurement duties. Applicants selected for this position must sign a certification of compliance with the requirement of Public Law 101-189.

Before entering on duty, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450 . You will need to provide the information annually.

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