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Rangeland Management Specialist

Department Of The Interior
Edgewater, Colorado, US
Closing date
Jun 15, 2024

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Land Management
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
This position located in NPS Regional Office Serving Interior Regions 6,7 and 8, in the Resources Stewardship and Science Division.

Open to the first 50 applicants or until 06/05/2024 whichever comes first. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration.

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* Directs an intricate program of livestock grazing, grazing and range management, and related activities that involve sensitive and complex issues that may impact a wide variety of park issues. Knowledge of laws, regulations, and federal government policies and guidelines regarding the management and monitoring of vegetation and fauna, including endangered and exotic species, in order to assure that program goals and objectives reflect national priorities and policies. Knowledge of the characteristics, conditions, and interrelationships of livestock, vegetation, wildlife resources, and ecological systems to define program needs and evaluate results of management programs.
* Serves as a principal advisor to parks in the Region on the management of grazing and rangeland ecology and management. Represents the Region and Superintendent when working with others on livestock, grazing, and range matters. Develops and maintains liaisons and effective working relations with related groups and individuals, agencies, and the public in order to encourage and facilitate cooperative regional management strategies. Attends management and professional conferences and other events for the purpose of exchanging information, presenting technical and policy information, and advancing advocacy for park stewardship. Assists natural resources management staff in parks, centers, and support offices by providing direct professional and programmatic advice and support. Develops and carries out statistically valid data collection protocols. Performs data collection using the appropriate advanced technology. Performs data entry and carries out quality control checks on data collection and entry performed by others. Conducts analysis of complex data. Determines and documents the significance of findings.
* Develops and prepares major sections of appropriate park management plans dealing with livestock, vegetation, rangeland resources, and wildlife. Develops and prepares major portions of the resources management plan and specific action plans

pertaining to the ecological management of rangelands based on an inventory of the resources by using maps, aerial photography, satellite imagery, and other data to carry out park and agency rangeland ecology and management goals. Prepares specific action plans needed to protect and manage species or populations of special concern such as threatened or endangered species or to control exotic or feral species. Evaluates EAs and environmental impact statements for projects that may affect park resources.
* Develops and implements long range plans for the inventory, evaluation, documentation, preservation, research, and interpretation of the park's natural resources within the appropriate mission, objectives, and resources contexts. Develops guidelines to deal with the more complex or unusual problems, or with novel, undeveloped, or controversial aspects of wildlife biology, livestock and range management, and other natural resources and their management. Coordinates management strategies and programs with those on adjacent lands for the purposes of achieving broad ecosystem protection strategies and preventing human impacts. In cooperation with appropriate staff, researchers, and partners, the incumbent designs, develops, tests, and implements scientific monitoring protocols to identify, evaluate, and do long-term monitoring of vegetation and fauna.
* Duties will be developmental in nature when filled below the full performance level.

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-06/05/2024-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement.

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. For current Federal employees, if hours worked per week are not included on your resume, you must submit a non-award SF-50 for each federal position listed as part of your application to be used to validate your work schedule and determine the amount of qualifying experience that you will be granted. An award SF-50 will not be acceptable documentation for which to consider your amount of qualifying experience. For all other applicants who are not current federal employees, your resume must state either "full-time" (or "40 hours a week") or "part-time" with the number of hours worked per week to ensure proper crediting of specialized experience. Failure to adequately provide information needed to determine number of hours worked in each position may result in that time not being credited when evaluating qualifying experience.

For periods of time that reflect military service, the DD-214 or Statement of Service is sufficient to meet the full and/or part-time hours requirement as the service dates will be reflected.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS for the Rangeland Management Specialist, GS-0454 series:

Have successfully completed a bachelor's degree or higher in range management; or a related discipline that included at least 42 semester hours in a combination of the plant, animal, and soil sciences, and natural resources management, as follows:

* Range Management -- At least 18 semester hours of course work in range management, including courses in such areas as basic principles of range management, range plants, range ecology, range inventories and studies, range improvements, and ranch or rangeland planning.
* Directly Related Plant, Animal, and Soil Sciences -- At least 15 semester hours of directly related courses in the plant, animal, and soil sciences, including at least one course in each of these three scientific areas, i.e., plant, animal, and soil sciences. Courses in such areas as plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant ecology, animal nutrition, livestock production, and soil morphology or soil classification are acceptable.
* Related Resource Management Studies -- At least 9 semester hours of course work in related resource management subjects, including courses in such areas as wildlife management, watershed management, natural resource or agricultural economics, forestry, agronomy, forages, and outdoor recreation management.

IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: When using education to qualify you must document your course work and/or degree completed in your resume or other application materials you submit. You must submit a copy of your transcripts or a complete list of college courses taken that identifies for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed. If you do not submit specific course work information as described previously, your application will be rated not qualified for consideration. (A copy of your official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected).


Have a combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major in one of these disciplines, or a major in a related field that included at least 42 semester hours of course work in the combination of plant, animal, and soil sciences and natural resources management shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination demonstrates that I possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full four-year course of study with a major as described above.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AND/OR EDUCATION Requirements for Rangeland Management Specialist, GS-0454-11: To qualify for this position at the GS-11 grade level, you must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Possessat least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience is independently modifying and adapting standard techniques, processes, and procedures, and serving as a technical resource/expert on rangeland, grazing, and wildlife management issues. Additional examples of specialized experience could include ecological work with wildlife species; serve as a technical expert for interpretation and application of environmental laws and regulations for livestock, grazing, wildlife species, particularly threatened and endangered species and rare or sensitive wildlife species; develop and implement rangeland and related management plans (e.g. grazing, wildlife, vegetation); review and facilitate animal or wildlife species management plans and actions that may include working with Federal, State, American Indian Tribes, and other partners.


EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least a three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D degree or Ph. D or equivalent graduate degree in a field of study range management; or a related discipline corresponding to the course work defined in above. You must include transcripts.


Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. Possess a combination of the required education and experience. For example, I have six months of specialized experience (50% of the experience requirement), and 27 semester hours or 41 quarter hour of graduate level education as described (50% of the education requirement).You must include transcripts.

Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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