Range Aids/Technicians - MT, ND, SD

  • Bureau of Land Mangement
  • Dillon, MT, United States
  • Jan 20, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources GIS - Remote Sensing

Job Description

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Summary

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

First Consideration Date: You must apply on or before February 2, 2018, to receive first consideration for the location(s) you are interested in. Thereafter, applications may be considered as needed by location during the open period of the announcement.

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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.

Physical Demands / Work Environment: Work may take place in extremely remote environments and may require primitive camping and living skills for upwards of two weeks in duration. 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.

Salary: Salary shown is taken from the Rest of the U.S. pay table, step 1. You may view the OPM salary tables, with the various locality rates, at 2018 General Schedule (GS) Locality Pay Tables. 

If selected from this or a similar competitive, seasonal announcement, your appointment may be creditable for consideration under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA)​. The Act allows certain individuals, who have or had time-limited appointments at land management agencies, to compete for any permanent position in the competitive service under “internal” merit promotion procedures. For more information, see the section under Eligibility, which starts with Question #15 (Q15. Who is eligible for appointment under these provisions?).

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Responsibilities

Range Aids or Technicians work under the supervision and guidance of professional range and natural resource specialists providing technical support and assistance in range conservation, range management, and range improvement. Performs the following or duties of similar complexity:

GS-03/04

Monitors distribution and movement of livestock. Observes, records, and reports any signs of unauthorized grazing use/trespass animals and assists in roundup of trespass livestock. Makes observations of wildlife use. Serves as a team member for range inventory efforts. Includes duties such as mapper and entails collecting, compiling, and recording vegetation data on each site write-up area (SWA). Assists with vegetation counts by species and/or life form from small plots or transects to determine such information as survival of seedlings, species present, distribution of plants, volume of growth. Provides impressions of range conditions, and similar observations. Collects and records data in range studies such as condition and trend use, utilization, actual use, and climatological data. Collects, compiles, and records water sources data (wells, pipelines, reservoirs, etc.) and boundary lines (allotments, fences, natural barriers, etc.) for range inventory mapping efforts. Inputs data on grazing allotments into the automated system. Provides assistance in identifying needed improvement projects (wells, reservoirs, fences, vegetation projects, etc.) and inspecting/inventorying condition of existing projects. Occasionally uses an engineer’s level or transit and/or GPS as well as instruments needed to make rough measurements necessary in locating conservation projects in relation to established markers, computes yardage of simple earth dams and dikes or similar projects.

GS-05/06/07

Serves as crewmember and occasionally crew lead for specific projects. Collects information from records or in the field (such as condition and trend use, utilization, actual use, climatological data, available forage, stubble height, status/condition of range improvement projects, type and location of weeds, livestock trespass, and unauthorized use) used in development and revision of allotment plans, monitoring and inventory plans, AWP, range improvement plans, grazing transfers, EA's and EIS's. Makes vegetation counts by species and/or life form from small plots or transects to determine such information as survival of seedlings, species present, distribution of plants, volume of growth. Provides impressions of range conditions, and similar observations. Makes observations of wildlife use. Does pre-inspection of facilities and compliance inspections. Records results and makes recommendations on adequacy of facilities and care of animals. Reviews data for accuracy, completeness, and for meeting user requirements. Notes circumstances that cause variances in data. Prepares portions of plans such as data tables, graphic material and maps. Performs on the ground monitoring of allotments to determine compliance, range condition, and required maintenance. Uses GIS to prepare reports and presentations. Maintains case files. Prepares correspondence. Answers factual questions pertaining to the range program either in person or over the phone. Participates in on-the-ground projects such as construction of water systems and fencing, installation of cattle guards, planting or seeding of vegetation, and noxious weed control. Provides assistance in identifying needed improvement projects (wells, reservoirs, fences, vegetation projects, etc.) and inspecting/inventorying condition of existing projects. Collects, compiles, and records water sources data (wells, pipelines, reservoirs, etc.) and boundary lines (allotments, fences, natural barriers, etc.) for range inventory mapping efforts. Uses an engineer’s level or transit and/or GPS. Also uses instruments needed to make measurements necessary in locating conservation projects in relation to established markers, computes yardage of simple earth dams and dikes or similar projects.

Closes 04/20/2018

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Sector

Government- Federal

Salary

$12.74 to $19.82 per hour. Pay scale & grade GS 03 - 07.