Bureau of Land Management Natural Resource Specialist/Physical Scientist in Salt Lake City, Utah

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This position is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Information about Salt Lake City and the surrounding area can be found at Salt Lake City, UT.

This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled as a Natural Resource Specialist-GS-0401, or Physical Scientist- GS-1301 depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

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This position serves as a Natural Resource Specialist or Physical Scientist within the Branch of Fluid Minerals at the Utah State Office. The incumbent will be responsible for expediting and completing required National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis and documents associated with fluid minerals leasing and planning efforts. Major duties include but are not limited to:

  • Provide technical and procedural expertise in the administration and coordination of NEPA for the fluid minerals program.
  • Develop stipulations for leasing and serve as technical expert in the applications of such stipulations.
  • Review existing or proposed guidelines, procedures, regulations and policies that involve the fluid minerals program.
  • Serve as team lead for lease sales.

Physical Demands: The work varies from principally sedentary in completing office phases of the duties assigned to performing field work. May be required to walk or drive a four-wheel drive vehicle or all-terrain vehicle (ATV) into remote or otherwise inaccessible areas. Average agility and dexterity is required by the position.

Work Environment: Work is in three principle settings: a) office, b) travel to isolated locations, and c) inspection sites where protective clothing and safety precautions are required, subject to work around heavy construction equipment and dust. Office work will often involve abnormal stress situations involving completion of priority work pursuant to the requirement to meet short deadlines or to deal with multi-tasking or complex resource issues. Field work may include walking and driving motor vehicles over rough terrain in all kinds of weather ranging from below freezing to over 100°F. There will be travel and time spent away from the field office to attend training and/or coordination meetings.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - At times, travel for field work, meetings and/or training may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

1301 General Physical Science

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Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; or
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
  • Direct Deposit Required.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirements in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. Time-in-Grade requirements for the GS-12 level is 52 weeks at the GS-11 level.


Basic Education Requirement: This position has a basic education requirement.

To qualify under the 0401 series, you must have a degree in 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.

To qualify under the 1301 series, you must have a degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. OR* Combination of education and experience:*education equivalent to one of the majors shown above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

You must submit your transcripts that clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts.

In addition to the time-in-grade requirement*AND* the basic requirement listed above, to qualify at the GS-12 level you must meet the following:

Specialized experience: Applicants must possess one (1) full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 level that equipped you with the professional knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work of a Natural Resources Specialist or Physical Scientist. Specialized experience includes researching, interpreting, and applying public land laws and federal regulations; working with interdisciplinary team to review planning and environmental documents including NEPA; and communicating technical and non-technical information to a variety of audiences.

Please see* “Required Documents”*of this announcement.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the specialized experience as defined in the announcement. In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume.

Additional information

If selected for this position, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-450) within 30 days of reporting to duty. You will be required to provide this information annually.

Placement Policy:The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.* This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.*

The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

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): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. CTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used for this position.

Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.

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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.

After the vacancy closes, 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:

KSA 1: Knowledge of onshore oil, gas, and geothermal operating regulations, various Notices to Lessees, and the laws that govern fluid minerals development on public lands.

KSA 2: Knowledge of theories, principles, practices, and techniques of biological and physical sciences.

KSA 3: Ability to provide leadership implementing the National Environmental Policy Act, including leading teams in assessing resource impacts, conducting research, compiling data, and writing environmental documents.

KSA 4: Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.

On-line Questionnaire: Please make sure that your responses to the on-line 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

Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional). If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.

In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you may be required to submit the following forms as applicable. Failure to provide the applicable required documents will result in no further consideration for this vacancy:

Current DOI career or career-conditional employees: You must provide a copy of your last or most recent non-award SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action", to indicate your current DOI status. In addition, you must submit an SF-50(s) that clearly demonstrates that you have spent 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in order to meet the Time-in-Grade requirement. For additional information on Time-in-Grade, please click here or visit the “Requirements” section in this announcement.

College Transcripts:This position has an educational requirement. You must submit a copy of your college transcripts and/or a list of college courses that include hours and grades. All qualifying education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can verify accreditation at http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. If you are selected, official transcripts will be required prior to appointment date. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution See Foreign Education.

CTAP:If you are claiming CTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

Uploading and Faxing Supplemental Documentation:You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. *Do not use both options. *Only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system. Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, 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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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items:

  1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; AND2. Your resume; AND3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Click on the button "Apply OnLine" and login to MY USAJOBS. If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and paste or type a resume into USAJOBS. If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link. Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

If applying on-line 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.

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Agency contact information
Sheramie Nelsen







Bureau of Land Management Utah State Office (UT953SN) 440 West 200 South, Suite 500 Salt Lake City, Utah 84101 United States

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Next steps

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification will be sent to the email address you provided to notify you of your status. You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

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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  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/513654200. 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 10/22/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 12

Salary: $73,375 to $95,388 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time