Geospatial Ecologist/Geographer/Ecologist Job at US Department of the Interior – 4.1 Denver, CO
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.
25% or less – You may be expected to travel for this position.
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 Lands.
Direct Deposit Required.
Appointment will be subject to a favorably adjudicated background/suitability investigation/determination.
Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the qualification requirements as defined in the announcement. In addition, your responses to the questions must adequately reflect in your resume.
May require a one year probationary period.
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
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.
You will be evaluated based on how your application materials reflect the qualification requirements of this position.
To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online questionnaire will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be contacted for an interview.
You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application materials (e.g., resume, supporting documents), the responses you provide on the application questionnaire, and the result of the additional assessments required for this position. You will be assessed on the following competencies:
Geospatial Ecology: Investigates the variety of spatial patterns in nature and their ecological consequences.
Leadership: The ability to inspire and motivate action.
Oral and written communication: Expresses ideas and facts to individuals or groups effectively; makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others; facilitates an open exchange of ideas, and expresses facts and ideas in writing in a succinct and organized manner.
GIS and Remote Sensing: Proficiency in computer-based tools for mapping and analyzing feature events on earth.
Geospatial modeling and analysis: A process for analyzing events through a geographic filter in order to make statements of likelihood for event occurrence or emergence.
Land Use Planning: Regulating the use of land by a central authority in an effort to promote more desirable social and environmental outcomes as well as a more efficient use of resources.
Ecological proficiency: The relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.
In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires successful completion of the following additional assessment: Subject Matter Expert Resume Panel Review. These assessments measure the critical competencies listed above that are required to successfully perform the job.
In the evaluation process, due weight will be given to job related experience, education, training, incentive awards and performance appraisals. Applicants must have a performance rating of at least the equivalent of fully successful to be eligible for promotion or placement. Applicants may provide a copy of a performance appraisal of record dated within the last 18 months. If the applicant is unable to provide a performance appraisal of record dated within the last 18 months, the applicant may provide a written explanation as to why.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)
Trust determination process
Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume.
Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). Failure to provide required information will result in loss of eligibility. You are welcome to submit an optional cover letter.
Performance Appraisal/Evaluation: Please submit 1) a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and 2) a list of any awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. Any performance appraisal/evaluation and award documentation you provide will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will review this documentation and give it due weight consideration during the overall selection process. If you do not have your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation, please submit a statement as to why it is not available. Please indicate if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level.
Transcripts: You MUST submit a copy of ALL your college transcripts or a list of ALL college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. Upon selection, official transcripts must be received prior to appointment. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.
Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees: Submit a copy of your most 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).
Former Public Lands Corps (PLC) Member: Submit a copy of your “Certificate of Eligibility for Noncompetitive Hiring” along with a copy of your “PLC Participant Verification Work Hours Sheet. “Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA):
Applicants eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act as a current or former employee of a land management agency, who is serving or previously served on a temporary or term appointments, you must submit the following documentation to receive consideration:
SF-S0(s), Notification of Personnel Action, that documents your service under competitive examining procedures in time limited appointments that totals 24 months at land management agencies without a break in service of two or more years (initial, extension, and termination of all appointments); and
Documentation of satisfactory performance, if available, such as performance evaluations, references by supervisors, or other documents, e.g., memorandums of record, whereas the supervisor documented an acceptable performance level.
Applicants eligible under a Special Hiring Authority for Veterans, you must submit proof that supports your claim. This may include:
A legible copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, member 4 copy or any official documentation or statement from the Armed Forces that confirms your dates of service and that your separation, discharge, or release from active duty was under honorable conditions.
If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans’ preference or that shows length of service, AND that your character of military service is honorable.
If you have a service-connected disability, a copy of your Veterans Affairs (VA) letter indicating the combined percentage rating of your disability.
Required Documents as indicated on page 2 of the SF-15 to support your claim. NOTE: The SF-15 alone cannot be used to verify eligibility.
Special Hiring Authorities: If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or lnteragency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: Submit 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.
Please note that documents selected for transfer from your USAJOBS profile are NOT automatically added to your application. You need to transfer your document(s) in the “Documents” step during the application process.
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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This job is open to
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Federal employees who meet the definition of a “surplus” or “displaced” employee.
Federal employees – Competitive service
Current or former competitive service federal employees.
Individuals with disabilities
Land & base management
Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.
Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista
Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.
Clarification from the agency
All current career/career-conditional or former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility; Veterans’ Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA); Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA), former Public Land Corps (PLC) eligibles, and Persons eligible under other Special Hiring Authorities. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area.
About the Company
Company: US Department of the Interior – 4.1
Company Location: Denver, CO