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Geospatial Ecologist Geographer Ecologist

Company name
U.S. Department Of The Interior Bureau of Land Management

$73,375.00 to $95,388.00

Reno, NV

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$73,375 to $95,388 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 12

Work schedule

Full-Time - Work Schedule is Full Time.

Appointment type

Permanent - This is a permanent position.


1 vacancy in the following location:

Reno, NV

Reno, NV

Relocation expenses reimbursed


Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation, Chapter 302, and Departmental policy. The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will be offered.

This job is open to

Land & base management

Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.

Federal employees - Competitive service

Current or former competitive service federal employees.

Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Federal employees who meet the definition of a surplus or displaced employee.

Internal to an agency

Current federal employees of this agency.

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Announcement number

NV Merit-2018-0149

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Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

This announcement may be used to fill more than one position at this duty location.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

This position is located in Reno, NV. Information about the Reno/Sparks area can be found at the Reno/Sparks Chamber of Commerce

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

Work Environment: Work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate controlled office. Occasional travel may be required. The incumbent will adhere to all safety rules and regulations as prescribed in manuals/supplements or designated by the Safety Officer.

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This position serves as a Geospatial Ecologist located in the Nevada State Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The incumbent serves as a consultant and technical advisor with responsibility for developing, implementing, and managing geospatial technological applications, assessments, and projects in support of BLM business activities and special initiatives. This position provides a unique combination of geospatial and ecological skills to facilitate the integration of landscape scale data and processes into state and/or regional level decision making and business practices. Major duties include but are not limited to:

Supports land management activities in landscape ecology, adaptive management, ecological process modeling, and monitoring.

Serves as a consultant and advisor with responsibility for developing, implementing, and managing geospatial technological applications, assessments, and projects in support of BLM business activities and special initiatives (e.g. Rapid Ecoregional Assessments; Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring Strategy; Greater Sage Grouse Initiative) over a wide geographic area (e.g. state or region), providing expert technical advice and direction regarding the collection of inventory, assessment, and monitoring data for major projects and/or studies.

Coordinates activities with other agencies, interest groups, and natural resources personnel with the goal of integrating landscape data into BLM business practices.

Leads and participates in interdisciplinary team(s) tasked with strengthening geospatial data, applications, and technology architectures needed to support BLM business processes.

Develops, reviews, recommends, and modifies geospatial program policies, standards, methods, controls, and procedures; resolves complex problems affecting geospatial modeling, analysis, applications, and technology.

Initiates, formulates, plans, and executes a variety of geospatial assessments and projects that analyze and model natural and human-induced processes and biological and physical components of ecosystems at a variety of temporal and spatial scales.

Analyzes and evaluates current geospatial practices and future needs at the state and/or regional level and recommends appropriate resource management strategies to address those needs.

Uses quantitative geospatial analysis techniques to predict effects of planned or natural changes in ecological systems.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

All current DOI internal employees/Agency employees only with competitive eligibility; and CTAP eligibles within the local commuting area; and Current or former time-limited employees eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA)?

Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

Job family (Series)

0150 Geography

0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

0408 Ecology

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Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship is required

Be sure to read the How to Apply and Required Documents Section

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 Required

Background Investigation Required

This position falls under the Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions.

Positive Education Requirement: You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.


In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-11) of the position to be filled.

Basic Education Requirement:

For the Geography Series, 0150: 1. 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 2. 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 in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

For the General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Series, 0401: 1. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, OR 2. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in Question 1 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

For the Ecology Series, 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 will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

Specialized Experience: Meet the Basic Education Requirement and have 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Specialized experience is further defined as experience using a GIS to perform geospatial analysis and data management; coordinating data collection, reporting, and documentation at a local or state/regional level; performing advanced geospatial analyses on natural resources datasets; performing complicated statistical analyses; and contributing to planning documents from the statistical perspective.

There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 and above grade levels.

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 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.


Additional information

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. 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 a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Information about CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP

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.

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


BLM may use certain incentives currently offered by the Federal government to attract high quality applicants.

The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position may be suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

May require completion of a one year probationary period.

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.

KSA1: Skill in applying a wide range of theories, principles, concepts, practices, standards, and methods of geospatial ecology in order to serve as an advisor regarding geospatial and ecological modeling and analysis.

KSA 2: Ability to utilize geospatial applications and tools (e.g. national data repositories, enterprise data management), and technologies (e.g. GIS, remote sensing) in order to participate in quantitative and qualitative evaluations of geospatial data products (e.g. National Hydrologic Dataset) and applications for appropriate use for land management activities at the state and/or regional level.

KSA 3: Knowledge of interrelationships between various natural and cultural resources (i.e. range, wildlife, soil, water, minerals) programs in order to work with a diverse group of resources specialists, planners, and managers to coordinate geospatial activities with the goal of integrating landscape data into BLM business practices.

KSA 4: Knowledge of land use planning processes, including resource management planning, activity planning, project planning, and interdisciplinary resource management planning.

KSA 5: Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with a variety of audiences in order to present complex or abstract ideas and information in easy-to-understand formats that increase understanding of Bureau programs, policies, and objectives.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/yyyy) 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 are required to submit the following forms:

Copy of Transcripts 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 See Foreign Education

Current DOI career and career-conditional employees: Submit a copy of your most recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1), and shows you are a current DOI employee. If you do not submit an SF-50 showing current DOI status you will be found ineligible.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP): documentation verifying your CTAPeligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

Applicants eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) must submit documentation verifying (a) initial selection under competitive examining procedures to a land management agency under a time-limited appointment in the competitive service , (b) 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 (c) 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.

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. 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.

Uploading Documents: Instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.

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.



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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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.

How to Apply

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; 2. Your resume; and 3. 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 you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at 775-861-6510. 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.

Agency contact information

Human Resources Human Resources







Bureau of Land Management

BLM Nevada State Office


Reno, Nevada

United States

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Next steps

You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.

You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

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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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process 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

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

Company info

U.S. Department Of The Interior Bureau of Land Management
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Company Profile
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), created in 1946 through a merger of the General Land Office (GLO) and the U.S. Grazing Service, has roots going back to the creation of the GLO in 1812. In celebration of 200 years of land management, the BLM presents this website -- a collection of the stories, traditions and heritage that make up our unique history. BLM employees, current and retired, have contributed to this labor of love and many more will continue to add their unique histories over time.

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