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    Job Title: Survey Technician

    Department: Department Of The Interior

    Agency: Bureau of Land Management

    Sub Agency: BLM – Seasonal / Temp

    Job Announcement Number: BLM-TEMP-2011-0027


    SALARY RANGE:

    $9.45 – $20.85 /hour

    OPEN PERIOD:

    Monday, January 03, 2011 to Wednesday, August 31, 2011

    SERIES & GRADE:

    GG-0817-02/07

    POSITION INFORMATION:

    Work Schedule is full-time. This is a temporary appointment

    PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

    No

    DUTY LOCATIONS:

    many vacancies – Throughout Idaho, ID; many vacancies – Throughout Montana, MT; many vacancies – Throughout South Dakota, SD

    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:

    All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.

    Opportunities in: Idaho: Boise, Burley, Coeur d’Alene, Hailey, Idaho Falls, Lapwai, Orofino, Pocatello, Salmon; Montana: Billings; South Dakota: Aberdeen

    JOB SUMMARY:

    BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join our temporary seasonal workforce.

    The BLM manages more land – approximately 253 million acres – 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 Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. 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.

    All positions may not be filled or they may be filled at different times depending on budget, hiring needs, and requirements. These positions are temporary and are expected to last for approximately 6 months. These positions have no promotion potential, if you want to be considered for a higher grade you must apply for the higher grade.

    KEY REQUIREMENTS:

    • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required;
    • Direct Deposit Required;
    • U.S. Citizenship is required;
    • Be sure to read the “How to Apply” & “Required Documents” Sections;
    • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
    • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.


    Duties

    Additional Duty Location Info:

    many vacancies – Throughout Idaho, ID; many vacancies – Throughout Montana, MT; many vacancies – Throughout South Dakota, SD

    Surveying Aid/Technicians assist professional land surveyors in the
    measurement or determination of distances, elevations, areas,
    angles, land boundaries, and other features of the earth’s surface.
    Assists Land Surveyors in setting survey monuments; this requires
    digging holes with shovels and rock bars for prolonged periods.
    Surveying work requires highly proficient operation of instruments
    and application of techniques to obtain the required skill and
    accuracy. Surveying duties frequently include physically demanding
    tasks such as prolonged walking with heavy packs of instruments and
    equipment, clearing timber and undergrowth, and driving vehicles
    over rough terrain. Positions may require frequent travel.

    The work is performed outdoors in rugged terrain; to include very
    steep, wet, muddy, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; positions
    require physical exertions, such as, bending, crouching, stooping,
    stretching, reaching, or similar activities. Individuals should be
    capable of working alone, or with other people, during early morning
    hours, night, or during the day.


    Qualifications and Evaluations

    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

    You must meet the qualification requirements to be found qualified.

    GS-2, Survey Aid -3 months of general experience OR High school graduation or equivalent.

    GS-3, Survey Aid 6 months of general experience; OR Successful completion 1 year of post secondary education that included at least one course in surveying, engineering, industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, forestry, geography, navigation, cartography, physical science, or mathematics; OR A combination of experience and education to meet the total experience.

    General Experience for 2 & 3 level: Any type of work that demonstrates the ability to perform the work of the position, or experience that provided familiarity with the subject matter.

    GS-4 Survey Technician– 6 months of general work experience, 6 months of specialized work experience. Examples of specialized experience may include serving as rodsman on surveys requiring special rodding procedures, using any of various types of rods, and selecting measuring or turning points in consideration of terrain and demands of the type of survey involved; serving as pacer of a leveling party, going ahead of the party and determining in advance the positions roadcrew will occupy so that shots will be balanced and instruments can be kept level; OR Successful completion of 2 years of postsecondary education that included 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as surveying, engineering, and industrial technology, engineering, industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, forestry, geography, navigation, cartography, physical science, or mathematics; OR A combination of experience and education to meet the total experience.

    GS-5, Survey Technician : 1 year or twelve months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level. Examples of specialized experience may include conducting surveys, typically with an assistant, using hand instruments such as hand levels and compasses, making simple traverse surveys using compass and tape, measuring small land areas, using rod, tape and hand level, to obtain rough estimates of yardage to be excavated; performing recording assignments which require concentration and specialized skill such as that required in making manual computations that involve elementary arithmetic processes made complex by virtue of the number and variety of manipulations involved and the speed with which successive readings are called; OR Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited or pre-accredited institution with major study in an appropriate field such as surveying, engineering, construction, industrial technology, or that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as surveying, engineering, industrial technology construction, physics, drafting, forestry, geography, navigation, cartography, physical science or mathematics, OR A combination of experience and education to meet the total experience.

    GS-6, Survey Technician : 1 year or twelve months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level. Examples of specialized experience may include operating transits, levels, alidades, and other instruments on surveys of the third or fourth order of accuracy along clear, accessible routes, running short traverse lines from known points along unobstructed routes, running level circuits between benchmarks of known elevation following established or clearly designated routes; selecting and recording descriptive data when complete, detailed survey notes are required; OR Successful completion of one-half year (13 quarter or 9 semester hours) of graduate study which includes coursework directly related to the work of the position; OR A combination of experience, and education to meet the total experience.

    GS-7, Survey Technician: 1 year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level Examples of specialized experience may include serving as observer on a geodetic triangulation party, making local measurement of azimuth, reference, and station marks; tests observing tower or stand for eccentricity and collimation; observes horizontal and, as necessary, vertical angles to targets; checking abstracts of observations to be sure that observations meet specifications; serving as instrument man on geodetic leveling surveys not complicated by conditions such as river crossings or steep grades requiring deviations from normal procedures OR Successful completion of one full year ( 27 quarter hours or 18 semester hours) of graduate study directly related to the work of the position; OR A combination of experience, and education to meet the total experience.

    Candidates must meet all qualification requirements as identified in
    the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook. For information on
    qualification requirements please click here Qualifications .

    You must show that you possess the specialized experience and/or
    education as described in the job specific questions for this
    position. Where only a portion of your work experience would be
    creditable for this position, please provide the percentage of time
    that you spent on the specialized duties listed.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. You will be rated on your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position.
    To preview questions please click here.


    Benefits and Other Info

    BENEFITS:

    For information on the General Schedule (GS) pay salary charts please click on the following link 2011 Salary and Wages .

    Typically new Federal employees with no prior paid Federal civilian experience will start at the lowest step of the salary range for the grade for which they qualify.

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

    You will not be eligible for benefits under this temporary appointment.

    OTHER INFORMATION:

    Condition of Employment

    As a condition of employment, 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. Click here to register or verify your registration.

    Direct Deposit: All new employees of the Bureau of Land Management must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of funds prior to appointment.

    If appointed to this position, while a BLM employee you cannot hold an active real estate license, and you cannot have an interest in Federal lands, or hold stocks in firms that have interest in Federal lands.

    Employees of the Federal Government are prohibited by criminal statute, 18 USC 208(a) and 5 CFR section 2635 subpart D, from participating personally and substantially in an official capacity in any matter in which, to his/her knowledge, he/she or any person whose interests are imputed to him/her under this statute has a financial interest, if the particular matter will have a direct and predictable effect on that interest.

    In accordance with 43 USC section 11 and 43 CFR section 20 subpart D all employees of the Bureau of Land Management are prohibited from obtaining and holding, directly and indirectly, an interest in any Federal Lands. This includes the obtaining and holding, directly and indirectly, a financial interest in an entity that hold an interest in Federal Lands.

    If tentatively selected for this position you will be required to complete and submit a OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.

    The person tentatively selected for this position is subject to completion of a favorable background investigation. Failure to satisfy the preliminary background check will result in cancellation of the tentative job offer. Failure to satisfy the full investigation requirements may be grounds for termination, once you are placed in the position

    A valid driver license is required for some positions. If you are selected for one of these positions you must be 18 years old and have a current driver’s license.

    MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT: Employees required to operate a motor vehicle must be 18, otherwise, you must be 16 at the time you report for work.

    A pre-employment physical may be required.

    Overnight travel may be required on a regular and recurring basis and employee will be required to obtain and use a government charge card, when travel is necessary.

    If you are selected for this position, prior to appointment, you may be subject to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug uses

    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.


    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 to this Vacancy” 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” .

    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. If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact 303 236-0204.

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    Different locations begin hiring at different times. The following cutoff dates are interim dates before the closing date of the vacancy announcement when candidates can be referred to the different locations for consideration. Therefore, ALL required documentation must be received at the time you apply, or before 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on the following cutoff dates:

    January 31, 2011
    February 28, 2011
    March 31, 2011
    May 1, 2011
    May 31, 2011
    June 30, 2011
    August 1, 2011
    August 31, 2011

    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

    A copy of your college transcript(s), if qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience. If selected for this position you will be required to provide an original copy of your transcripts.

    Veterans’ Preference: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you should indicate the level of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.

    For 5-point veterans’ preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
    For 10-point veterans’ preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required 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.

    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.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    For assistance – see the
    Phone: How to Apply Tab
    Fax: 571-258-4052
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    BLM – Seasonal / Temp
    Denver Federal Center
    PO Box 25047
    Denver, CO 80225
    Fax: 571-258-4052

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    The temporary seasonal job announcement you applied to is designed to collect applicant names for these announcements. There are no specific vacant positions waiting to be filled. These lists of candidates are only used if and when a manager should determine the need to hire someone for a position to fill in the coming season, and has the funds to pay for it. Applications are not routinely processed until a manager requests such a list of candidates. Only if a manager requests such a list of candidates for a specific duty location are applications to that duty location looked at. Until such time, applications are on hold pending management decisions to indeed hire someone.

    For assistance, contact the following State Coordinators:

    Idaho: Sarah Burley 208 373-3969
    Montana/South Dakota Todd Walton 406 896-5118

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