Announcement Number:
UT Merit-2012-0002
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Geographic Information System Specialist
Open Period:
10/17/2011 - 11/07/2011
GS - 0301K 11
$57408.00 - $74628.00
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 in
  • Vernal, UT
For More Info:
Melodee Peshell


Who May Apply:
All current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility in the Vernal, UT local commuting area. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles within the local commuting area and Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles.   Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities
Security Clearance Required:
Duration Appointment:
Permanant position
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team as a GIS Specialist.

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 Vernal, UT.  Information about Vernal and the Vernal area can be found at Vernal, Utah
Supervisory Position:
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Key Requirements:

U.S. Citizenship required Background Investigation required. 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.


You will serve as a Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist.  You will be responsible for acquisition and management of the wide range of spatial information required to support the management of public lands.  You will perform the following duties:  Geospatial analysis, Geospatial information management, Geospatial program management/coordination and Geospatial policy and planning.

Qualifications and Evaluations

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement.
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 qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points.  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:

* Ability to apply Geographic Information Systems and related technology in support of natural resource management.

* Knowledge of the techniques used in the analysis of multiple resources.

* Knowledge of standard GIS software/hardware.

* Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Specialized Experience Requirements :

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement.  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.

For GS-11, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-9 in the Federal service as a GIS Specialist or in a directly related position. At this level, you performed difficult and responsible work under general supervision. The work required a thorough and fundamental knowledge of a special and complex subject matter of the profession involved. Examples: Serve as lead GIS expert for an organization solving GIS issues; plan and coordinate multiple projects for subordinate offices; develop new procedures for map production; develop and modify GIS software applications and interfaces; provide technical support involving geospatial data; work experience in bringing consistency to all geospatial data. OR

Completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctors degree or three (3) years of graduate education leading to such a degree in a directly related field. Provide a copy of your college transcript. OR

An equivalent combination of experience and education as described above. Provide a copy of your college transcript.

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:
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.

Some travel is required.

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 between the Best or Highly Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

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 resume;
2. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire;
3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Click on the button "Apply to this Vacancy" at the bottom of this Screen 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 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.

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 (801) 539-4188 or mpeshell@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 on-line application (resume and responses to the
questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:    

1.  Most recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).

2.  If this applies to you:  Copy of Transcripts that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university.   If your degree is from a Foreign Institution See Foreign Education .

3.  If this applies to you:  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 station.

4.  Veterans:  If you are applying under the Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), submit your DD-214 (Member Copy 4).  Your veterans preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

5.  If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.

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

Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time,
on the closing date of this announcement.
What to Expect Next:
Once your completed application is received, we will conduct an evaluation and the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for future consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.

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