Rangeland Management Specialist
Department Of Agriculture - Soda Springs, ID

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A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-1104150055-02054G (DB)B Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

This position serves as a fully operating rangeland management specialist assisting in or independently administering an ecosystem based rangeland management program and related resource coordination.

  • Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. Application or resume should contain sufficient information to validate qualification and specialized experience claimed in the questionnaire.
This position serves as a fully operating rangeland management specialist assisting in or

independently administering an ecosystem based rangeland management program and related resource coordination.

  • Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. Application or resume should contain sufficient information to validate qualification and specialized experience claimed in the questionnaire.
Two positions will be filled. Both are located in the Intermountain Region/R4. One is located on the Caribou-Targhee NF, Soda Springs Ranger District and one is located on the Salmon- Challis National Forest, Challis Ranger District.

For the position located on the Caribou-Targhee, you may contact Kevin Parker, Supervisory Rangeland Management Specialist at or (208) 547-1108.

For the position located on the Salmon-Challis, you may contact Barry Dopp, Supervisory Rangeland Management Specialist at or (208) 879-4161.

  • The incumbent will serve in a developmental capacity at the GS-5 & GS-7 levels and will be non-competitively promoted to the full performance level (GS-9) after meeting time-in-grade and specialized experience requirements.
  • Please read the vacancy announcement thoroughly and follow all instructions to ensure proper consideration. If you are unable to apply on-line or have questions about the meaning of items in the vacancy announcement, please contact Human Resources Management at 1-
877-372-7248. KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service. DUTIES:

  • Monitoring, gathering, analyzing, interpreting and evaluating data to determine land management, economic & social goals & objectives identified for land involved are being achieved.
  • Plan and carry out systematic ecosystem based rangeland surveys and inventories to identify and assess rangeland characteristics, amounts, types, values, and susceptibility of various land areas to specific land uses.
  • Participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of rangeland projects.
  • Gathers and assembles data concerning rangeland health, trends, and ecological status of vegetation communities, site potential and desired plant community.
  • Makes recommendations for improved rangeland and livestock administration and provides input into the development of subsequent rangeland and livestock management decisions.
  • Prepares assigned portions of environmental assessments as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Makes recommendations for improved rangeland and livestock administration and provides input into the development of subsequent rangeland and livestock management decisions.
  • Works closely with permittees and other livestock owners to prevent further unauthorized use.
  • Prepares livestock management plans.
  • Prepares or initiates action on cooperative agreements for rangeland improvements.
  • Prepares rangeland improvement maintenance schedules and keeps records of existing and proposed improvements, maintenance needs, and accomplishments.
  • Determines rangeland readiness for various rangeland uses,
  • Inspects rangeland uses for compliance and monitors the results of the rangeland uses that are permitted or allowed.
  • Determines compliance and makes recommendations to correct discrepancies . QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
"Requirements"

You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for all positions at the GS-5 grade level and above.

Bachelor's Degree: range management; or a related discipline that included at least 42 semester hours in a combination of the plant, animal, and soil sciences, and natural resources management, as follows:
Range Management -- At least 18 semester hours of course work in range management, including courses in such areas as basic principles of range management, range plants, range ecology, range inventories and studies, range improvements, and ranch or rangeland planning.
Directly Related Plant, Animal, and Soil Sciences -- At least 15 semester hours of directly related courses in the plant, animal, and soil sciences, including at least one course in each of these three scientific areas, i.e., plant, animal, and soil sciences. Courses in such areas as plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant ecology, animal nutrition, livestock production, and soil morphology or soil classification are acceptable.
Related Resource Management Studies -- At least 9 semester hours of course work in related resource management subjects, including courses in such areas as wildlife management, watershed management, natural resource or agricultural economics, forestry, agronomy, forages, and outdoor recreation management.
OR
Combination of education and experience -- at least 42 semester hours of course work in the combination of plant, animal, and soil sciences and natural resources management shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to the basic requirements, the following additional education and/or experience are qualifying. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience requirements.

Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

GS-5 - Applicants who meet the basic requirements described above are fully qualified for the GS-5 level.

GS-7 - One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level; one full year of graduate level education; an appropriate combination of graduate level education and specialized experience; or Superior Academic Achievement (go to this site determine if you are eligible: ). The education must http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Examples of specialized experience are: Assisting higher level professionals with grazing applications and permits, on-the-ground use supervision, planning and conducting range studies, planning range & watershed improvements , conducting trespass investigations, consulting with livestock operators and preparing land use planning documents.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.

May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

Must be a high school graduate or equivalent

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=2e7b2797-9832-4c04-bf3b-a15700e19a9d

BENEFITS:
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

. OTHER INFORMATION:
I f you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

One-third of the range allotments can only be accessed by horseback or walking.

ü The Position on the Salmon-Challis National Forest is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

ü The Position on the Caribou-Targhee is a non-bargaining unit position.

ü Relocation expenses are not authorized .

ü There is no government housing.

Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

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