Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Human Resource Specialist
Open Period:
11/04/2016 - 11/18/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0201 09/11
USD $48,977 - USD $77,033
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Santa Fe, NM, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Debra Smith


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Term appt, NTE 4 yrs
Appointment Type Details:
This is a Term NTE 4 years with an initial appointment of 13 months.
Marketing Statement:
The BLM manages more land - 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 estate 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 Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Information about Santa Fe and the Santa Fe area can be found at the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce.

Physical Demands: Work is sedentary. The duties require occasional periods of standing, walking, bending, and carrying of light objects. 

Work Environment: Work is performed primarily in an office environment that is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated. Occasional travel is required. 
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Up to 3 days a month.


This position will service the New Mexico State Office. Incumbent provides guidance to managers regarding laws, regulations, policies and procedures on a variety of issues such as leave administration, hours of duty, training, awards, unemployment and compensation.  Analyzes individual cases to determine appropriate rate of pay considering many factors such as highest previous rate, special salary rates, retained grade and/or pay, pay schedule changes etc. Gives advice to supervisors, managers, and employees on basic pay, locality pay, special salary rates, pay flexibilities, FLSA and Title 5 overtime determinationsProvides technical expertise in determining rates of pay and on using compensation flexibilities to help recruit, manage, and retain employees. Analyzes individual cases to determine appropriate rate of pay considering many factors such as highest previous rate, special salary rates, retained grade and/or pay and pay schedule changes. Works with automated personnel systems such as the Federal Personnel Payroll system (FPPS) in effecting personnel actions and completing work assignments. Provides advice to managers, supervisors, and employees regarding difficult and complex recruitment and placement actions. Collaborates with managers in determining short and long term recruitment needs and in developing effective recruitment methods and strategies. Consults with hiring officials on any special qualifications required, and advises them of any special hiring authorities which may be utilized. Announces vacancies under the Merit Promotion Program, through direct hire, or delegated examining authority or through the Office of Personnel Management. Makes qualification determinations, rates and ranks applicants against crediting plans and advises subject matter experts and panels who may assist with the recruitment process. Prepares certificates of eligibles. Ensures all placement actions meet regulatory requirements.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship 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
  • Background Investigation Required
  • Education Requirements:
    This position does not have an education requirement. You must meet the specialized experience requirement to qualify for this position.
    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.

    1. Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships and skill in meeting and dealing with a wide variety of people to ensure that focus remains on substantive issues.

    2. Broad knowledge of HR management and the interrelationships of separate HR functions in order to coordinate actions where the major issues involve several HR management areas, and to provide general advice and assistance in those areas.

    3. Knowledge of current HR automated systems to query, retrieve, and analyze information in order to complete work assignments. 

    4. Knowledge of how the principles of HR management can help the organization achieve its goals and ability to incorporate such information into daily contacts with managers and supervisors.
    Specialized Experience: applicants must meet the specialized experience indicated below. 

    Specialized Experience for the GS-09 is described as: 

    Experience: Specialized experience is described as one year of experience equivalent to the GS-07 or equivalent level applying knowledge of fundamental recruitment and placement practices; providing advisory services in the areas of staffing, special employment programs, and classification; determining eligibility and qualification requirements of job applicants for specific positions; developing vacancy announcements; reviewing personnel actions for accuracy; and researching personnel and pay issues. -OR-

    Education: 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 directly related.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-11 is described as:

    Experience: Specialized experience is described as one year of experience equivalent to the GS-09 or equivalent level researching, interpreting, and applying appropriate Federal laws, regulations, policies and guidelines in the area of recruitment, placement, and  providing management advisory services related to recruitment, placement, and developing job analysis and assessment tools; analyzing personnel needs of an organization and recommending solutions to staffing problems; reviewing recommendations for promotion/reassignment to determine eligibility; and analyzing, evaluating and classifying positions to assign occupational series and grade. -OR-

    Education: 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.

    Combination of Education and Experience: Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable. Total qualifying education as described above and experience as listed above are combined together and when combined must total to equal at least 100 percent to qualify. Only graduate level education may be combined with experience.

    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.

    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:
    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.

    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. 

    Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year.  If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.

    This is a term position for which all qualified U.S. citizens with or without Federal Status may apply and be considered.  Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service, and will be for a period not-to-exceed 13 months with possible extension up to a total of 4 years (or longer if approved by the Office of Personnel Management) without re-announcement.

    The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

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

    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 505-954-2081 or blm_nm_hr_vacancies@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:
    Resumes must show relevant experience and other information.  Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information.  Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).   You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional).   If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.

    Copy of Transcripts 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.

    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.

    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.