Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Rangeland Management Specialist
Open Period:
08/22/2015 - 09/05/2015 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0454 07/09/11
USD $39,570 - USD $76,131
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work schedule is full time.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Winnemucca, NV, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Human Resources


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position.
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the Winnemucca team! 

The BLM manages more land – approximately 245 million surface 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 BLM, 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, diversity, 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 Winnemucca, Nevada. More information about the local area can be found at the Winnemucca Chamber of Commerce.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

May require trips to the field.


At the GS-07/09 Levels: Assists senior rangeland management specialists in gathering, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of data to determine if land use objectives are being met. Reviews range permits to ensure compliance with appropriate federal law. Assists with the coordinating and consulting with local Tribal Councils, state and federa agencies, and other groups regarding rangeland protection and conservation. Conducts studies and determines the need for range and watershed improvements that are directly related to management objectives. Responsible for assisting in preparing, evaluating and conducting biological analyses of public rangeland projects. Responsible for providing basic input to interdisciplinary reports, environmental assessments, and protective stipulations for rangeland ecosystems. Serves as a rangeland resource advisor to ranchers, farmers, and other land users.

At the GS-11 Level: Plans, manages, produces, and implements assigned alloment evaluations. Principle author/editor of written products developed for the allotment evaluation process. Develops, maintains and revises planning documents in the field office for the range program in accordance with established planning schedules. Ensures impacts to the range and grassland ecosystem are properly mitigated. Serves as the principal investigator and negotiator on livestock grazing unauthorized use cases and makes recommendations for case settlement and closure. Assists in the development, implementation, and maintenance of Resource Management Plans (RMPs).

Qualifications and Evaluations

Position falls under the Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions and Rangeland Management Series, 0454 Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR), and has a positive education requirement.

You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit all your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

May frequently be required to walk or ride horses and/or vehicles over rough terrain, perform duties that require recurring bending, crouching, stooping, reaching or lifting. Work may also include lifting of moderately heavy items, such equipment and samples. Extended periods of driving four wheel drive vehicles over rough tmain is required to reach remote areas. Overnight
camping is sometimes required. The incumbent may subjected to hostile wildlife, chemical and physical hazards.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "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.
  • Education Requirements:
    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, you application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well 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.

    At the GS-07 level:

    KSA 1: Knowledge of rangeland management and the ability to perform work involving conserving, developing and managing public rangelands.

    KSA 2: Knowledge of the disciplines of other natural resources and biological sciences.

    KSA 3: Ability to effectively communicate technical and non-technical information both orally and in written form to diverse groups of people.

    KSA 4: Ability to use automated systems to input data and generate reports.

    KSA 5: Ability to research, collect, verify, interpret, and analyze a variety of complex directions, regulations and information.

    At the GS-09 and GS-11 Level:

    KSA 1: Knowledge of and skill in applying concepts, principles, and methodologies in the field of rangeland management.

    KSA 2: Knowledge of the theories, principles and concepts related to the ecological behavior of grasslands, pasture lands, savannas, shrub lands, riparian properties, deserts, meadows and coast marshes.

    KSA 3: Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of individuals and groups both verbally and in writing on a variety of resource issues.

    KSA 4: Knowledge of applicable Federal Laws, statutes and legislation governing rangeland management programs.

    KSA 5 (for GS-09 level): Skill in gathering data, and analyzing, interpreting and evaluating the results.

    KSA 5 (for GS-11 level): Knowledge of related disciplines in order to integrate findings into the allotment evaluation processes.
    In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience and basic education requirements - 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.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    This position has BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS. All applicants must clearly state their undergraduate and graduate degree(s) and submit ALL l their college transcript(s). The BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS for this position are as follows: A. Degree: Range Management OR a related discipline that included at least forty-two (42) semester hours in a combination of the plant, animal, soil sciences, and natural resources management, as follows: 1. Range Management: At least eighteen (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. 2. Directly related plant, animal, and soil sciences: At least fifteen (15) semester hours of directly related courses in the plant, animal, and soil sciences, including at least one (1) 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. 3. Related resource management studies: At least nine (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 B. Combination of education and experience with at least forty-two (42) semester hours of course work in the combination of plant, animal, soil sciences and natural resources management as described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    To qualify at the GS-07: In addition to meeting the basic education requirements described above, one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lover grade level (GS-05) in the Federal service. Specialized experience is further defined as 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; OR One year of graduate education in Range Management or a directly related field; OR Graduated from a four year college with Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.), which 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: Superior Academic Achievement; OR an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. Only graduate level education may be combined with experience.

    To qualify at GS-09: In addition to meeting the basic education requirement described above, one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-07) in the Federal service, assisting with grazing leases, permits, transfers and allotment management plans, monitoring studies, allotment evaluations and inspections, and analyzing multiple resource management issues; OR Two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in Rangeland Management or a directly related field OR an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. Only graduate level education in excess of the first year may be combined with experience.

    To qualify at GS-11: In addition to meeting the basic education requirement described above, one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09) in the federal service, resolving grazing administration issues, developing allotment plans, and serving as principal contact and negotiator for rangeland issues within multiple-use-management areas; OR Three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or PH.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in Rangeland Management or a directly related field OR an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. Only graduate level education in excess of the first two years may be combined with experience.

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

    Benefits and Other Info

    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:
    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 Well or Best 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.

    BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.

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

    May require completion of a 1 year probationary period. 

    Occasional travel may be required.

    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 may be used to fill more than one position at this duty location.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.
    Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.
    If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.
    If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.
    Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.
    If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at (775) 861-6431 or email us at nvjobs@blm.gov. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.
    Required Documents:
    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
    Positive Basic Education Requirements: Copy of all Transcripts (to include bachelor's degree) or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.

    All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of 'official' transcripts.

    Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide. 
    • For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference. 
    • For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. 
    • For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.  
    For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.
    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.
    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile: 
    AUTO-REQUESTED FAX: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.  The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet. 
    UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options. 
    Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. 

    Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement. 
    Next Steps:
    You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted. 

    You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.