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Natural Resource Specialist

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Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-PN-VA-CCA-18-283 for current federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. Applicants interested in applying under both announcement numbers, must submit application packages for each.
Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his or her expertise as a Natural Resource Specialist. Make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.
Here is an opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!
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Responsibilities
Administers cost sharing agreements between Reclamation and our managing partners.
Management and oversight of the Project Soil and Moisture Conservation Program.
Performs land reclassification analyses for suitability of land inclusions into Irrigation Projects.
Initiates, prepares, and completes National Environmental Protection Act documents, Resource Management Plans and other resource management documents.
Management and oversight of Reclamation lands including a grazing lease program and invasive plant and animal control.
Responds to requests for information relative to land use inquiries and resolves trespass issues.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.
Supervisory status
No
Promotion Potential
11
Who May ApplyThis job is open to?All United States Citizens and Nationals.
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
Job family (Series)
0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences
Requirements
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship or National
Suitability for Federal employment determined by a background investigation
Must submit a resume and supporting documentation - See How to Apply
Must meet specialized experience requirements - See Qualifications
Submit transcripts to verify education requirements
For veterans consideration, submit documents under Required Documents
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements and any selective factors, by the closing date of the announcement.
Qualifications
Basic Education Requirements:
Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR
Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as 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, the HR Office must be able to determine that the applicant meets the specialized experience requirement - this information must be included in the resume.
To qualify at the GS-09 level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 in Federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as: experience where you served as an advanced trainee specializing in the application of biological and range sciences; performed common qualitative and quantitative analyses for natural resources; conducted surveys and drafted tentative professional opinions to assist in determining natural resource needs and remedies; and/or assisted in carrying out a range of analytical/scientific assignments in the resource management profession that included researching and analyzing data, issues, and information that support project recommendations; served as a team member specializing in natural resource management related environmental compliance; or assisted in the preparation of documents, such as, Categorical Exclusions and sections of Environmental Assessments; OR 2 years of directly related, progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree; OR master's or equivalent graduate degree; OR a combination of graduate education and specialized experience that together fully meet the requirement.
To qualify at the GS-11 level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 in Federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as: experience in natural resource management, with an emphasis on range management, botany/biology, or invasive species management; assisting in calculations of proper grazing stocking rates or utilization levels; identification and treatment of noxious weed species; and identification of basic soil properties; OR 3 years of directly related, progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree; OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR a combination of graduate education and specialized experience that together fully meet the requirement.
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. Applicants will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
If selected, the selectee will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify educational qualifications. An official transcript bears the University Seal and a signature certifying its authenticity and must be provided from the institution awarding the degree. Academic transcripts certified by notary publics are NOT official. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to reporting to work as a condition of employment. Failure to submit official transcripts may be grounds for dismissal or rescission of the job offer.
Education
This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience. Applicants must submit a copy of college transcript(s) (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support claimed education if substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission may result in being rated not-qualified for the position.
This position has a mandatory education requirement. Applicants must submit a copy of college transcript(s) (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support claimed education if substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in being rated not-qualified for the position.
Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.



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