Telecommunications Specialist
Department Of The Interior - Miles City, MT

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BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as a Telecommunications Specialist in the Montana State Office, Division of Support Services, Branch of Engineering. This position is located in Miles City, Montana. Information about the Miles City area can be found at Miles City Chamber of Commerce .

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. 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. For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website .

This position is also being advertised under vacancy announcement MT Merit-2013-0015. Only one person will be selected from these announcements.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship is required.

Security Clearance/Background Investigation is 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.

Direct Deposit Required.

DUTIES:
The incumbent is a technical specialist and performs technical and analytical work involving the planning, procurement, installation, and maintenance of radio and digital communications. At the full performance level, the incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:

Developing detailed telecommunications plans based on long-term plans and objectives, results of special surveys and studies, and user requirements, for telecommunications systems, equipment, and services.

Conducting studies and/or reviewing the results of studies of radio and data communications usage.

Resolving complex telecommunications problems, such as linking incompatible equipment and systems, telephone equipment with multiple operating capabilities, and linking different kinds of voice and/or data requirements through automated processors and modems.

Preparing specifications and requirements for proposals and contracts, reviewing bids for vendor availability, and monitoring vendor performance to ensure equipment and service requirements are met.

Coordinating and providing support to State and Field Offices for voice and data equipment installation. Preparing operating procedures to operate radio communications systems, and microwave networks.

Reviewing radio frequency authorizations in accordance with Department and Bureau requirements. Coordinating major wiring and equipment moves and additions with vendors.

Working closely with State and Bureau telecommunications personnel in the design, installation, and repair of digital radio equipment.

Providing input to the annual work plan, State Telecommunications Plan, and State Telecommunications Services Record for design, development, construction, implementation, and maintenance of all voice and data communications systems and networks.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Selective Placement Factors: This position requires special qualifications that have been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as screen out elements. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified.

A valid state driver's license.

Ability to work outdoors in inclement weather and in mountains at high altitudes up to 8,000 feet in elevation.

For GS-09: In addition to the selective placement factors - One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service - OR – Master's or equivalent graduate degree, or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.B. or J.D., if related. Education must be in the major study of electrical or electronic engineering, mathematics, physics, public utilities, statistics, computer science, telecommunications management, information systems management, business administration, industrial management, or other fields directly related to the position.

Examples of qualifying specialized experience for the GS-09 level include performing development work of limited scope on major units of a large system or comparable individual devices or assemblies. Units and devices are moderately complex, including service monitors, control links, radio repeaters, base stations, radio consoles, hand-held mobile devices, tone controls, peripheral recording equipment (dispatch), telephone test set, etc.

For GS-11: In addition to the selective placement factors - One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service – OR- Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.M., if related.

Education must be in the major study of electrical or electronic engineering, mathematics, physics, public utilities, statistics, computer science, telecommunications management, information systems management, business administration, industrial management, or other fields directly related to the position.

Examples of qualifying specialized experience for the GS-11 level include the use of schematic diagrams, a variety of test equipment, and the application of appropriate electronic formulas involved in testing, troubleshooting, modifying, designing, calibrating, installing, maintaining, repairing, constructing, developing on electronic equipment or similar functions.

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 of the position to be filled.

Equivalent combinations of post-high school education and specialized experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

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 a wide range and depth of communications concepts, principles, practices, procedures, and techniques involving telephone, data and/or radio which includes hardware/software integration for telecommunications, voice communications, data communications, and/or computer hardware architecture to review, analyze, and resolve difficult telecommunications problems.

Knowledge of manual and automated drafting and drawing techniques as applied to the professional portrayal of telecommunications systems and equipment in diagrammatic and schematic forms.

Knowledge of electronic communications equipment, digital radio principles, practices, procedures, policies, standards, and operational requirements.

Knowledge of acquisition procedures for obtaining telecommunications services from common carriers, contractors, and other commercial services.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, on technical and non-technical matters as they relate to telecommunications.

On-line Questionnaire:
Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.
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BENEFITS:
To explore the benefits typically offered to most federal employees in permanent positions, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

OTHER INFORMATION:
At times, occasional travel may be required.

Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.

RELOCATION EXPENSES: Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation and Departmental policy. The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered. To view FAQ regarding PCS click here .

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

Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

You must possess a valid automobile driver's license at the time of appointment and at all times during their appointment in this position.

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