Bureau of Land Management Geospatial Ecologist/Geographer/Ecologist in Denver, Colorado
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. This position is located in the Division of Resource Services, Branch of Resource Data (OC-530) in Denver, CO. Information about Denver and the surrounding area can be found here. We expect to fill one vacancy at this time; however, additional positions may be filled from this announcement if they become available.
Provide guidance and expertise regarding geospatial and ecological modeling and analysis that supports a range of natural resources planning and science activities.
Lead and participate in interdisciplinary team(s) tasked with strengthening geospatial data, applications, and technology architectures needed to support BLM business processes.
Develop, review, recommend, and implement changes to geospatial program policies, standards, methods, controls, and procedures.
Initiate, formulate, plan, and execute major landscape level geospatial assessments and specialized projects that analyze and model natural and human-induced processes at a variety of temporal and spatial scales.
Develop new methods to analyze, adapt, and apply research to solve ecological and resource problems in a geospatial context.
Provide research results, knowledge, and new technologies to resource staff and field users through technical publications, presentations, training sessions, web, and social media.
Support the integration of remote sensing into natural resource management and monitoring programs.
Represent the interests of the BLM in various state, regional, and national forums on technical and scientific issues.
Ensure that geospatial program activities are consistent with national policies and priorities, as well as any applicable laws or regulations.
Conditions of Employment
In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the qualification requirements - please be sure to include this information in your resume. No assumptions will be made about your experience.
Specialized Experience Requirement: In addition to meeting one of the education requirements, you must possess one (1) full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 level that is equivalent in difficulty and complexity as indicated by the following examples: Coordinating data collection and reporting at the State or regional level, training others on ecologic and geostatistical assessment, performing advanced analyses on natural resources datasets, assessing proposed sampling designs for statistical soundness, recommending statistically sound approaches to natural resource management challenges at the local or regional scale, performing complicated statistical analyses under the supervision of more senior specialists, and contributing to study reports from the statistical perspective.
Substitution of Education: There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 grade level. 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. 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.
Education Requirement: This is an interdisciplinary position with a positive education requirement which requires you to have a degree in one of the following professional series:
Geographer, GS-0150: Degree: geography; or related physical or social science such as geology, meteorology, economics, statistics, sociology, anthropology, political science, history, cartography, computer science, urban studies, or planning that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields.-OR- Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in geography, or a related field that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Natural Resources Specialist, GS-0401: 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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Ecology, GS-0408: Degree: biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences. You must submit copies of all transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. See Required Documents section for more information.
DOI uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/e-verify. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/lnteragency Career Transition Assistance Program(ICTAP): These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well qualified for the position with a score of 90 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information: CTAP or ICTAP. SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation, Chapter 302, and Departmental policy. Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses - 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115-97. See "Other" section for additional information on 2017 Tax Cuts as related to PCS. Tax Law Impact for PCS: Moving expenses reimbursement is a taxable benefit. However, the Federal Travel Regulation 18-05 issued by General Services Administration has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance and Relocation Income Tax Allowance to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty station identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty location on a regular and recurring weekly basis. 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. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document, you do not have in electronic form; view the following link for information regarding an Alternative Application