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Employment Type:
Full time
Job Category:
Information Services
Geographic Information Systems Specialist
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Bureau of Land Management | Shoshone, ID
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Job Description

The BLM manages more land than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en.html
This position is located in Shoshone, Idaho.
Information about the surrounding area can be found at shoshonecity.com

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

At the full performance level, the selected applicant serves as a principal technical advisor on Geographic Information Systems to the office manager and resource staff. This position is responsible for the acquisition and management of a wide range of spatial information required to support the management of public lands. The selected applicant must have a thorough and effective mix of technical skills in the geographic and computer science disciplines as well as a working appreciation of the Bureau mission and operations sufficient to support Bureau of Land Management business activities.

This position is also being announced at the GS-09/11 grade level. If you wish to be considered at the higher grade, please apply directly to announcement BLM-ID-DEU-2013-0027.

Full Performance Level is: GS - 11

U. S. Citizenship is required. Successful completion of a background check is required. Direct Deposit is required. Overnight travel between 1-5 nights per month is required.

DUTIES: Back to top
At the full performance GS-11, Major Duties include but
are not limited to the following:

Work with diverse groups of
resource specialists, planners and managers to coordinate and implement GIS
activities, to include development of project objectives, evaluation of
adequacy of existing data sources, creation/modification of GIS coverages and
databases, analysis, preparation of final output products, and data storage. Identify requirements and implement advanced analytical techniques necessary to solve complex Geographic
Information System (GIS) issues. Assist in the integration of
Enterprise Geographic Information System with long, and short term planning and
management activities. Provide technical user support for
all aspects of geospatial data and software. Develop and modify GIS software
applications and interfaces. Participate in work actively to
bring consistency to all geospatial data.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top To qualify for the Geographic Information
System Specialist, GS-07 grade level, you must meet one of the following:

A. Successfully completed a bachelor's degree
AND meet one of the superior academic achievement provisions: a) A grade point
average of B (a GPA of 3.0 or higher) for all completed undergraduate courses,
or those completed in the last 2 full years of undergraduate study; or b) A
grade point average of B+ (a GPA of 3.5 or higher) for all courses in your
major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two
years of undergraduate study; or c) Rank in the upper one-third of your class
in the college, university, or major subdivision; or d) Membership in a
national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the
Association of College Honor Societies. NOTE: If more than 10 percent of your
undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail or similar
basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor


B. Have one full year of graduate level study,
or possess a master's or higher degree, e.g., Ph.D., etc., in a field that
provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Such fields include but are not limited to, geography, biological
science, cartography, physical science, or natural resource management or other
fields of study directly related to the position. One year of full-time graduate education is
considered to be the number of credit hours that the school you attended has
determined to represent one year of study. If this information cannot be
obtained from your school, we will consider 18 semester/27 quarter hours to be
equal to one year of full-time study. (YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR TRANSCRIPTS)


C. Have at least
one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade
level in the federal government (obtained in private or public sector)
performing all of the following: 1) Identify requirements and implement analytical
techniques necessary to solve complex Geographic Information System issues; 2)
develop and modify Geographic Information System software applications and
interfaces; 3) provide technical user support for all aspects of
geospatial data and software.(YOUR RESUME MUST SUPPORT THIS RESPONSE)


D. Have a
combination of education as described in B and specialized experience as
described in C above. When combining education and experience, first take the
total number of semester hours (or equivalent) earned and divide by 18 semester
hours (or equivalent); then take the total number of months of experience and
divide by 12 months; finally, add the two percentages. The total must equal at
least 100% to qualify. (YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR TRANSCRIPTS)

Education: For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descript courses listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research"), please indicate through your resume or attachment memorandum from an academic professor how each course fulfills the specific education requirement, i.e., state number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned.

NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Applicants can verify accreditation at http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

Special Instructions For 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 .


TRAVEL AND RELOCATION: Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected applicant .
REAL ESTATE: Selected applicants cannot hold an active real estate license;
nor can you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal
DIRECT DEPOSIT: Direct Deposit is required.
TERM APPOINTMENT: This is a term position for which all qualified U.S. citizens with or without Federal Status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service, and will be for a period not-to-exceed 13 months with possible extension up to a total of 4 years (or longer if approved by the Office of Personnel Management) without re-announcement.


A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made
and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to
determine if you are qualified for this job. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or
experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all
instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Candidates will be rated
and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place
candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each
category, and veterans with a service-connected disability of at
least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category. Under Category
Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three

Best Qualified - applicants possessing
experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the
position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all
requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
Well Qualified - applicants
possessing experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the
position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the
requirements of the job; and
Qualified - applicants
possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the
position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but
not all of the requirements of the job.

BENEFITS: Back to top The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits#icc .

If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran , you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF-15 found at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf . If you dont have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at www.archives.gov/veterans .

If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge , you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.

If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran , you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15, and if applicable, a completed SF-15. If you dont have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 1-800-827-1000.

Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from www.sss.gov .

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

[Agency Bureau of Land Management]

About Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is responsible for managing 258 million acres of public lands, located mostly in the West. Wild horses and burros roaming public rangelands are managed in a manner consistent with BLM's overall multiple-use mission, as set forth in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 219,000 horses and burros into private care through adoption.