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Bureau of Land Management Recruiting in Various Occupations

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.

Career Types
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
Field Managers 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

Smokejumpers 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.

Land Surveyors 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.

Range Technicians 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 fire attacks.

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 Selective Factor:
- 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 program; OR
- 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.

To Apply
Candidates should scan this website for current vacancies or visit the BLM website . •