Natural Resource Specialist
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This position is Norman, Oklahoma. Information about Norman and the Norman area can be found at Norman, OK.
: The work varies from principally sedentary in completing office phases of the duties assigned to performing field work. This calls for walking and other vigorous work under adverse climatic and topographic situations (heat in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (F) and cold below minus 20 degrees F.). Average agility and dexterity are required for this position.
Work is in three principal settings: (a) office; (b) travel to isolated locations; and (c) inspection sites where protective clothing and safety precautions are required, subject to work around heavy construction equipment and dust. Work environment involves high risk with exposures to potentially dangerous situations such as poisonous gas, blowouts, and other potentially dangerous oil and gas operations which pose a threat to the environment.
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Responsible for permitting various types of surface activities in fluid exploration and development. Analyzes the environmental impacts of proposed drilling operations, field development, and subsequent surface disturbing operations. Specifies measures to mitigate impacts of fluid minerals development. Prepares appropriate documentation in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Reviews Notices Of Staking (N0Ss) and Applications for Permit to Drill (APDs) for compliance with various regulations, orders and instruction memoranda. Arranges and conducts field inspections with operators/private land owners/surface management agencies/contractors to permit drilling and production facilities. Modifies proposals/adds stipulations as needed to protect environmental resources. Coordinates with various resource specialist in developing mitigation stipulations. Monitors construction, production, and reclamation activities to ensure compliance with environmental plans and stipulations. Detects violations during these inspections and tabs appropriate enforcement action. May include work stoppage, plan revision or development of Conditions Of Approval (COAs). Prepares detailed reports and recommends bond release from liability. Inspects items such as: drill pad construction; access roads, production facilities and pipelines; water disposal facilities; abandoned well site rehabilitation; and undesirable events (e.g .hazardous wastes spills). Serves as a technical expert on surface protection and reclamation by providing technical guidance to other staff members. Coordinates with other field offices to assure planning and environmental concerns are addressed consistently. Utilizes automated equipment (hardware/software), data, systems, and applications to accomplish the duties of the position. Collects, enters, manipulates, updates, and maintains data according to prescribed Bureau, program, and accepted industry standards. Ensures data quality and integrity by adherence to quality control standards and procedures.
Occasional travel - Less than 5 nights per month
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
All current federal employees or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility; CTAP/ICTAP eligible in the local commuting area; and Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA)and Veterans more than 30% disabled eligibles.
Current or former time-limited employees eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA).
Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.
#### Job family (Series)
0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences
Conditions of Employment
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
You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.
Specialized Experience equirements
: 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. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-09) of the position to be filled. Examples: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level performing developing natural resources management plans including monitoring studies, allotment evaluations and inspections, working and coordinating with partners and the public; OR - Education: For a GS-11 based on education would require 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR -Combination of Education and Experience: 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 in excess of the first year may be combined with experience.
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 in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT
: This position has a positive education requirement which requires you to have a degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position *
a combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
This position has a positive education requirement - applicants must demonstrate that they meet this requirement. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
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.
Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation, Chapter 302, and Departmental policy. The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered. If offered, there is no assurance that you will receive a guaranteed offer for the sale of your home.
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 receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used 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.
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.
BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.
This announcement is being advertised concurrently under Announcement #NM-DEU-2018-0033 which is open to all qualified persons. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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.
1) Knowledge of Federal and State laws, thourough knowledge of Oil and Gas Industry practices, procedures, and operations, professional knolwedge of soils, biology, and agriculture, knowledge of rangeland/vegetation ecosystems and soil properties for surface reclamation, working knowledge of geology and hydrology.
2) Knowledge of environmental protection concepts, principles and procedures, particularly as related to oil and gas production operations and road construction/maintenance/reclamation.
3) Knowledge of resource disciplines such as cultural resources, soil/water/air and visual resources, and the interrelationships in terms of multi-resource management.
4) Knowledge and ability to use various conflict resolution techniques such as negotiation, mediation, or facilitation in order to fashion amicable solutions to complex issues.
5) Professional knowledge of Federal laws and regulations, riparian/wetland and T/E resources as well as biological and physiological attributes and requirements of a wide range of wildlife and species. Must be able to identify T/E species to the Field Office's area.
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Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Drug test required
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.
In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
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
Applicants eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA)
must submit documentation verifying (a) initial selection under competitive examining procedures to a land management agency under a time-limited appointment in the competitive service , (b) service under this initial appointment, or in conjunction with subsequent competitive service time-limited appointments, to a land management agency was for a period of 24 months without a break in service of two or more years, and (c) performance was evaluated as being at an acceptable level for the entire applicable period(s). “Required documentation” includes first and last SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) for each appointment verifying the Position Occupied code (Block 34) is 1-Competitive Service, AND documentation of successful performance for each appointment. Applicants are encouraged to combine all required documents into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping documents into files will simplify the application process. Failure to submit required documentation will result in loss of consideration .
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.
Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees: submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50,
Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).
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 application.
Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
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.
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BLM New Mexico State Office, NM-951
301 Dinosaur Trail
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Open & closing dates:
06/11/2018 to 06/22/2018
$61,218 to $79,586 per year
Pay scale & grade:
Full-Time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Permanent - This is a permanent position.