Bureau of Land Management Recruiting in
Positions include Field Managers, Smokejumpers and Fire Dispatchers.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hiring in a variety of occupations. There
are currently 60 job openings at BLM throughout the nation.
Focusing on renewable energy, safe and responsible mineral development, outdoor
recreation and other key priorities, the President’s budget had requested $1.2
billion in appropriations for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land
Management for the past fiscal year (FY) 2014. The request, announced earlier
this year, represents a $32.6 million or 2.9 percent increase over the Agency’s
congressionally enacted FY 2012 budget.
The BLM is responsible for carrying out a variety of programs for the management
and conservation of resources on 253 million surface acres as well as 700
million acres of subsurface mineral deposits. These public lands make up about
13 percent of the total land surface of the United States and more than 40
percent of all land managed by the Federal Government.
The following are some of the current career openings with the BLM.
• Land Surveyor GS-1373
• Smokejumper GS-0462
• Range Technician GS-0455
• Field Manager GS-0340
• HR Assistant GS-0203
Some Current Job Openings
in the BLM typically serve as consultant, coach and supporter
to facilitate problem solving and accomplishment of Field Office goals and
programs. Responsible for administration of a variety of management programs
such as safety, upward mobility, cost reduction, sick leave, EEO, drug free
workplace, overtime usage, suggestions, etc
at the GS-05 level receives training in the use of parachutes
in jumping over forest and mountainous terrain landing in open areas, rough
terrain or timber. Upon landing, they act as firefighters in the suppression of
fires using a variety of hand tools, chain saws, portable pumps and other
equipment in suppressing fires.
perform work which involves measurement of public lands,
including establishing, investigating, and reestablishing land and property
boundaries including preparing plats and legal descriptions for plats of land;
and work that involves knowledge and application of the principles of land
surveying in combination with knowledge of land ownership laws. Duties include
serving as the State Office public relations contact concerning major boundary
surveys, land ownership issues, and other legal and technical matters.
execute dispatch procedures in response to incidents.
Execute operating plans and action guides for efficient and cost-effective
mobilization to emergency situations.
Monitor and review the status of suppression resources; process weather
observations and spot weather forecasts; broadcast daily and updated fire
weather information; and initiate and complete required fire reports for initial
Human Resources Assistants
process a full range of personnel and payroll
related actions as well as background investigations, adhering to OPM guidelines
and work with automated personnel computer systems and software in effecting
personnel actions and completing work assignments.
Qualifications for some of these jobs are as follows:
Field Manager qualifications are as follows:
For GS-13: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the
next lower grade level (GS-12) in the Federal service. Specialized experience
examples: experience in public lands natural resource multiple use management;
experience supervising energy and minerals development; experience providing
leadership, motivation, direction and decisions required to implement and carry
out multiple use and ecosystem management within an organization containing a
variety of resources; or other directly related experience.
Smokejumpers at the GS-05 level must meet at least one of the following AND the
- One (1) year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-04 level
duties. Examples include on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range
fire control, prevention or suppression work as a skilled wildland firefighter,
utilizing a variety of specialized wildland fire tools and equipment. OR
- successful completion of a 4 year course of study above high school leading to
a Bachelor's degree with either 1. a major study in forestry, range management
or agriculture; or a subject matter field directly related to the position; OR
2. at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following courses:
forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation,
wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources
(except marine biology and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil
or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester hours
of mathematics is creditable. The level of the course work must have been
equivalent to at least the junior- and senior-year levels of a baccalaureate
- a combination of education and experience that is directly related to the work
of this position.
To qualify for Land Surveyor basic requirements are as follows:
A. Degree: Land Surveying; or Civil Engineering with a surveying
option/emphasis. The Civil Engineering major must have included at least 6
semester hours of surveying, 3 semester hours of land law, and 21 additional
semester hours in any combination of the following: surveying, photogrammetry,
geodetic surveying, geodesy, route surveying, remote sensing, cartography,
survey astronomy, land information systems, computer-aided mapping, aerial photo
interpretation, and survey analysis and adjustments. OR
B. Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in
land surveying or civil engineering as described in paragraph A, plus
appropriate experience or additional education.
Human Resources Assistant applicants at the GS-06 level must meet at least one
of the following:
Must have one or more years of specialized experience that is equivalent to at
least the GS-05 or higher grade level in the federal service which is in or
related to Human Resources Assistant work or related position and ensuring the
timely and accurate processing of personnel actions into an automated processing
system, explaining personnel procedures; explaining basic features of employee
benefit programs and assisting employees with completing in-processing forms
including background investigation paperwork, computing creditable service,
researching personnel rules and regulations using the guide to processing
personnel actions, Code of Federal Regulations, etc., and communicating
personnel information to employees and managers.
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