Rangeland Management Specialist
Bureau of Land Management - Challis, ID

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BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the 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.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our Website .

This position is located in Challis, Idaho. Information about the surrounding area can be found at http://www.challischamber.com/ .

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.

This announcement is being advertised concurrently with ID-Merit-2013-0059 which is open to all current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility, CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area, Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Eligibles , and Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities . If you are interested in being considered under both recruitment methods, you must submit complete application packages for each.
  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation required.
  • 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: -Responsible for rangeland management-related functions that impact the Field Office's rangeland resources.

-Serves as an interdisciplinary team leader to ensure that activities involving the rangeland resource are compatible with the other resource uses in the Field Office and carries out resource planning.

-Serves as the principle contact and negotiator for assigned rangeland resources, based on an ecosystem management concept, and is responsible for consultation, coordination and cooperation with both the livestock industry, other related agencies, the environmental/ conservation community, and various influential local government representatives.

-Responsible for directing the administrative functions associated with the grazing program: use authorizations, detecting and resolving unauthorized use, and range improvement planning.

-Responsible for Wild Horse and Burro (WH&B) management-related functions that impact the Field Office's resources. Responsible for conducting compliance inspections and monitoring of wild horse populations, distribution, and habitat. Responsible for planning, tracking, and quality control for horse gathers including NEPA documents.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Basic Education Requirement:

A. 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.


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.


B. 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 in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Specialized Experience Requirements:

In addition to the basic education requirement, 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.

For GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-05 in the federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as assisting professional level staff in collecting and interpreting range monitoring data, renewing livestock grazing permits, engaging grazing permittees in discussions about their grazing allotments, and participated in the wild horse and burro program (assisted in a gather, adoption, or feeding of animals).

For GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-07 in the federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as collecting and interpreting range monitoring data and renewing livestock grazing permits with minimal supervision. Assisting permittees in adjusting livestock grazing rotations due to not meeting rangeland health standards or current resource conditions (wildfire, drought, etv.), and demonstrate a professional knowledge of assigned grazing allotments. Provide technical advice for the wild horse and burro program by assisting on writing gather plans and completing the required NEPA.

For GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-09 in the federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as functioning as a subject matter expert in matters pertaining to rangeland management, rangeland health, grazing permit renewals, and wild horse and burro management. Provides technical advice to the supervisor about livestock grazing matters and wild horse and burro program.

Substitution of Education for the Specialized Experience Requirement :

For GS-07: One year (18 semester hours) of graduate-level education, if directly related,

** OR**

Superior academic achievement is based on one of the following: (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society member. For a detailed description of Superior Academic Achievement, please visit the Superior Academic Achievement website .

For GS-09: 2 years (36 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree, if directly related.

For GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, if directly related.

Education and experience may be combined to meet the specialized experience requirement.

Passage of a pre-employment physical is required.

The physical demands of this position are walking, hiking, climbing, horseback riding, operation of ATV's and other vehicles in rough terrain.

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 job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

KSA 1: Knowledge of laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to administration of grazing and other aspects of public land management.

KSA 2: Knowledge to the application of professional rangeland management principles, concepts, theories and techniques.

KSA 3: Ability to plan, design, and implement range improvements.

KSA 4: Ability to communicate orally and in writing and to work effectively as a member of a team.

KSA 5: Knowledge of principles, concepts, and theories sufficient to develop Wild Horse and Burro management plans, gather plans, range improvements, and evaluate National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) documents.

To preview questions please click here .

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: May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

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 http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ctap . 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 within the Best or Highly Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

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.

Occasional travel may be required.

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