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Rangeland Management Specialist

Department Of Agriculture

This is a Contract position in Ely, NV posted September 12, 2020.

* DutiesHelpDutiesSummaryThe position has responsibility for managing, planning, scheduling, coordinating, reviewing, and reporting on an ecosystem-based rangeland management program.Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates when applications are due for these locations can be found on the Forest Service website.Salary wage as shown is for Rest of the U.S. For more information, refer to the Office of Personnel Management, Salary and Wages web page.Learn more about this agencyResponsibilities* Duties listed are at the full performance level, GS-11.* Develop an overall ecosystem-based rangeland management program utilizing resource management plan goals, objectives and decisions and rangeland project decisions.* Investigate and analyze rangeland resource problems and/or environmental conditions, to initiate the necessary decision processes to resolve conflicts, to recommend or implement identified solutions.* Ensure the effective development and utilization of the rangeland resource in conjunction with all other resources to achieve land management goals and objectives.* Conduct complete inventories and annual monitoring of rangeland resource and activities to document degree of impacts occurring, plant community changes and trend of ecological status or diversity that results.* Advise landowners and land lessees on principles of rangeland management and the laws, regulations, and policies governing management of range resources.* Serve on interdisciplinary teams to evaluate rangeland resource and ecosystem impacts, identify alternatives, and/or trade-offs or results of various rangeland project proposals.* Position exercises supervisory and managerial authorities and responsibilities less than 20% of the time.* The work requires regular physical exertion, such as hiking, riding horses, or riding in trucks including 4x4s over rough, uneven, mountainous terrain.Travel RequiredOccasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position for meetings, trainings, and/or site visits.Supervisory statusYesPromotion Potential11* Job family (Series)0454 Rangeland Management* RequirementsHelpRequirementsConditions of Employment* Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.* Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.* Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.* Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.* Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.* Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit e-verify.gov* Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses – 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115-97. Questions should be directed to the Travel help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email asc_tos@fs.fed.us.QualificationsIn order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management’s General Schedule Qualification Standards.Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.Basic Requirement for the GS-0454:Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree that included a major field of study in range management; or a related discipline that included at least 42 semester hours in a combination of the plant, animal, and soil sciences, and natural resource management, as follows:* Range Management — At least 18 semester hours of course work in range management, including courses in such areas as basic principles of range management, range plants, range ecology, range inventories and studies, range improvements, and ranch or rangeland planning.* Directly Related Plant, Animal, and Soil Sciences — At least 15 semester hours of directly related courses in the plant, animal, and soil sciences, including at least one course in each of these three scientific areas, i.e., plant, animal, and soil sciences. Courses in such areas as plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant ecology, animal nutrition, livestock production, and soil morphology or soil classification are acceptable.* Related Resource Management Studies — At least 9 semester hours of course work in related resource management subjects, including courses in such areas as wildlife management, watershed management, natural resource or agricultural economics, forestry, agronomy, forages, and outdoor recreation management.* OR-Combination of education and experience: At least 42 semester hours of course work in the combination of plant, animal, and soil sciences and natural resources management shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Combined total must equal 100%.In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below.Specialized Experience Requirement:For the GS-454-09: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the Federal Service’s GS-7 grade level. Examples of specialized experience: Assisted senior specialists in performing scientific and technical analysis and/or provided technical advice concerning rangeland management topics and/or issues; assisted in performing recurring, well-defined, and moderately difficult range improvement projects such as preparing allotment management plans; located, designed, and placed fences, signs, and cattle guards; determined stocking and rotation schemes and similar projects; and/or assisted in preparing segments of conventional range use plans under multiple-use sustained yield concepts or developed simple activity plans.* OR-Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree in the field of rangeland management or directly related field of study;* OR-Have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. Only graduate level education in excess of the first year (18 semester hours/27 quarter hours) may be combined with experience. Combined total must equal 100%.For the GS-454-11: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the Federal Service’s GS-9 grade level. Examples of specialized experience: Analyzed environmental data and advised on conventional rangeland management issues and projects; exercised independent judgment to perform recurring, well-defined, and moderately difficult range improvement projects such as preparing segments of land use plans under multiple-use sustained yield concepts, designing and implementing plant community changes, developing and implementing prescribed burns, or other initiatives of comparable scope and complexity; and/or prepared segments of conventional rangeland use plans under multiple-use sustained yield concepts or assisted in the development of activity plans that included range and watershed improvement.* OR-Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position being filled);* OR-An appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master’s degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.).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.TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.Education

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