Bureau of Land Management Interdisciplinary (Geospatial Ecologist/Geographer/Ecologist) in Butte, Montana

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BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as a Geospatial Ecologist for the Western Montana District, Office, Butte Field Office, Division of Nonrenewable Resources. This position is located in Butte, Montana. Information about the Butte area can be found at http://www.buttechambersite.org/.

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This is an interdisciplinary position that will be filled as a Geospatial Ecologist, GS-0401-11; Geographer (Geospatial Ecologist), GS-0150-11; or Ecologist (Geospatial Ecologist), GS-0408-11; dependent upon the incumbent's qualifications.

The incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Analyzes and interprets resource information results and makes recommendations on findings for use by interdisciplinary planning teams or individual resource professionals.
  • Ensures quality control of data, data standards, databases, data dictionary, applications and computer model use for resource activities and compliance with state and Bureau standards and practices.
  • Makes decisions on model development, data collection and analysis techniques, project utilization, etc.
  • Provides for data availability and resource information partnerships with other land management agencies and users of resource information such as the general public.
  • Coordinates efforts in providing data sources for digitizing or other data capture methods.
  • Manages the GIS program and resource information analysis and serves as the technical expert on GIS applications and information support needs.
  • Manages, develops, coordinates, and integrates GIS technologies to conduct more efficient resource analysis, analyze problems and issues and implement efficient practices/procedures, data management, database integration and application development in conjunction with and for resource professionals.
  • Trains resource management personnel on application use, interface with other software systems, and data management policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Advises, interprets and implements GIS policies, standards and guides and recommends acquisition of GIS products and/or other services.
  • Keeps abreast of current GIS developments and resource information management changes.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The work is primarily sedentary, requiring long periods of sitting in one position, intense concentration, and working for several hours at a time. This work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate controlled office. Occasionally there may be some physical exertion such as walking, hiking, standing, bending, lifting, carrying of items, and driving or riding in an automobile.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - At times, this position may require travel for field work, meetings and/or training.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

0150 Geography

0408 Ecology

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Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" Sections.
  • Background Investigation is required.
  • 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 is required.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


Basic Education Requirements: This position has a positive education requirement. The incumbent must meet ONE of the following basic education requirements:

  • To qualify for the GS-0401 series applicants must have: A degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. - OR - A combination of education and experience that included courses equivalent to a major (at least 24 semester hours), as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  • To qualify for the GS-0150 series applicants must have: A degree in 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 - A combination of education and experience: that included courses equivalent to a major in geography (at least 24 semester hours), 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.
  • To qualify for the GS-0408 series applicants must have: A degree in 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.

In Addition to one of the above Basic Education requirements applicants must meet the following:

*To qualify for the GS-11 grade level: *

  • One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. 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: Coordinating data collection and reporting at the local or state level, performing analyses on natural resources datasets, recommending statistically sound approaches to natural resource management challenges at the local or state scale, performing statistical analyses, and contributing to study reports from the statistical perspective. - OR - 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education DIRECTLY related to the work of the position leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

Equivalent combinations of post-high school education and specialized experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.


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.


*Foreign *Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional information
  • Appointment may be subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.
  • Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
  • 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.
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP/ICTAP 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. To be well qualified, you must receive a score of at least 90 to receive priority consideration under either program. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.
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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:

  • Knowledge of natural resources science and/or social science to evaluate, analyze and model interrelationships of various natural and cultural resources.
  • Knowledge of geospatial applications, tools and technologies, including GIS, remote sensing, relevant databases and geospatial repositories, to coordinate with interdisciplinary team members, GIS, IT, and other resources staff within the Bureau, as well as representatives from other federal, state, and local agencies.
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with a wide range of audiences including resource professionals, partners, and the general public, using maps, digital and social media, geospatial tools, and applications.
  • Ability to effectively present complex or abstract ideas and information in easy to understand formats, with the goal of increasing understanding of Bureau programs, policies and objectives, in a range of formats, including formal and informal training.

Online Questionnaire: Please make sure that your responses to the online questionnaire are supported in your resume.

To preview questions please click here.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Not Applicable

Drug test required


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Required Documents

THE FOLLOWING SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE RECEIVED, AS APPLICABLE: 1) SF-50b (or SF-50): If you are applying as a current federal employee or as a reinstatement eligible you must submit a copy of your SF-50b (Notification of Personnel Action), or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1). 2) College Transcripts: You must submit a copy of all college transcripts (undergraduate/graduate) 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 click here to see Foreign Education requirements. If you are submitting an SF-50 that indicates you are or were in the GS-0401 series; GS-0150 series; or GS-0408 series you do not need to submit your college transcripts. Note: Transcripts must be submitted to each announcement as applicable. 3) VEOA Documentation: If applying under the VEOA appointing authority your profile must contain a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release, Discharge from active military showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc., and reason for separation)– the member 4 copy is preferable, or other authorized documentation to support your VEOA eligibility. Lack of supporting documentation will result in an inability to recognize veteran status eligibility for this announcement. 4) CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: If you are a CTAP or ICTAP Eligible applicant: Provide 1) a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; and, 2) proof of eligibility. It must be indicated in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. Note: CTAP/ICTAP documents must be submitted to each announcement as applicable. 5) Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA):If you are eligible under PL-114-47, LMWFA you must submit documentation verifying 1) initial selection under competitive examining procedures to a land management agency under a time-limited appointment in the competitive service, 2) 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 3) 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.

Uploading and Faxing Supplemental Documentation: You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your computer or USAJOBS Profile. Uploading Documents: you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager (3MB is the maximum size allowed for a document). Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet. Each document type must use the appropriate generated fax coversheet and be faxed in a separate transmission. Do not use both options or upload more than one file in each section, only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system. Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST), 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.

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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.

To explore the benefits typically offered to most federal employees in permanent positions, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at the above link.

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How to Apply

THIS IS AN ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS THROUGH USAJOBS.If you need assistance in applying online, please call or email the contact listed on this vacancy. If applying online poses a hardship for you (i.e., you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying. PLEASE NOTE: If you have access to a public library, State Job Service Office, etc., you must use these resources to apply online. You must follow the steps described below to complete the application process: 1) YOU MUST CREATE A PROFILE in USAJOBS under My Account. If you already have a registered profile in USAJOBS you do not need to register again. Your profile must contain a current resume for submission. In order to receive proper consideration, your resume should include the following information:

  • Current personal contact information

  • Work experience (paid or unpaid) including - starting and ending dates (month and year), employer's name and address, job title (include job series and grade if Federal), duties and accomplishments, supervisor's name and telephone number, indicate if supervisor may be contacted, hours per week, and salary.

  • Education and job-related training including - school name, type and year of degrees/diploma received, credits earned and majors; title of training course and year of completion.

  • References - personal and professional

  • Additional information - skills (languages, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.), certificates or licenses (current only), and/or honors, awards, and special accomplishments (recognition, professional memberships, publications, leadership activities, etc.). Insufficient information could result in an ineligible rating. The USAJOBS Resume Builder was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is an available tool when you login to your USAJOBS account. 2) COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION, including responses to all application questions, by clicking on the “APPLY ONLINE” button that appears on this announcement. 3) SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION as applicable. See “Required Documents” section below.

Checking Application Status and Materials: Do this before the announcement closes. It is your responsibility to ensure that a complete application (including a resume, online questionnaire, and applicable supplemental documentation) is received before by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. NOTE: Technical problems may take at least 1 business day to resolve; therefore, you are highly encouraged to complete the application process prior to the closing date. After you have completed your application, to check the status of your application materials log in to your USAJOBS account, select the “Applications” section, the status for your application will show on the right-hand side of the position in which you applied. You can also click on the “+” sign on the left-hand side to see a detailed applications status. Once your resume and online questionnaire have been received it will state “Received.” Any other application status may indicate that you did not complete the application process and/or your application has not been submitted. Please note: A status of “Received” reflects that your resume and online questionnaire have been received; applicable supplemental documentation may still need to be submitted (see Required Documents).

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Agency contact information
Human Resources Branch







Bureau of Land Management Montana State Office 5001 Southgate Drive Billings, Montana 59101 United States

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Next steps

You will receive notification via email, generally within 2 weeks of the closing date of the announcement, as to whether or not your name was referred to the selecting official. You may also check the status of your application by accessing the application status tab in your USAJOBs account.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/513702600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/12/2018 to 10/26/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 11

Salary: $61,218 to $79,586 per year

Appointment type: Permanent - This is a permanent position in the competitive service.

Work schedule: Full-Time - This is a full-time position.