Soil Scientist

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Department Of The Interior
All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required. This is a permanent position in the competitive service. This is a full-time position. 1 vacancy available. BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to serve as a Soil Scientist in the Western Montana District, Butte Field Office, Division of Nonrenewable Resources, in Butte, Montana. Information about the Butte area can be found at the Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce website.
This position is also being advertised under vacancy announcement MT Merit-2014-0083. Only one person will be selected from these announcements.
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. 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. For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website U.S. Citizenship is required. Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "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. Direct Deposit Required. This position serves the Field Office by providing guidance and technical advice to staff regarding soil quality and stabilityand directing the soils, water and air quality programs. This position also serves as the District resource to assist with soil reclamation and rediation efforts and post wildfire Emergency Stabilization and Burned Area Recover efforts and directs the District Hazardous Materals Management (HMM) program coordinator. At the full performance level, the incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to the following:
Serving as the District resource to assist with, or lead, soil related inventories, interpretations, studies and projects.
Serving as the initial contact point for hazardous materials incident reports.
Providing technical advice and guidance on hazardous material identification, response activities, and remediation.
Conducting soil, water and hazmat investigations and preparing findings and recommendations for soil and stream reclamation and rehabilitation.
Serving on or leading interdisciplinary teams to represent the soil, water, air and hazmat programs and to implement NEPA program requirements.
Serving as the District Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Resource Conservation and Recover Act (RCRA) expert and project lead.
Providing project management and contracts and agreements administration to implement soil, water, air, and hazmat programs in BLM and with entities outside of BLM as well.
Representing the Butte Field Office at professional and Bureau meetings and workshops and on various committees of a technical and professional nature.
Reviewing regulatory compliance documents and proposals having an effect on soil resources and ecosystem reclamation.
Preparing, executing, and monitoring budgetary proposals and tracking the accomplishments and expenditures for the soil, water, air and hazmat programs
Physical Demands: The work of this position varies from sedentary in an office setting to field work from and around locations in rough terrain, adverse conditions, and temperature extremes. In the field, the work may require some physical exertion such as walking or riding in vehicles over rough terrain, and recurring bending, crouching, stooping, reaching or lifting moderately heavy items such as equipment and samples. Field work will require use of a 4x4 truck and may also include aircraft, ATV and snowmobile use.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified . Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran''s preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, and abilities required to do the work of this position:
_Professional knowledge of hydrological and soil science principles, practices, methods, and procedures to evaluate and recommend responses to management activities and resource uses and to make predictions about behavior, use and management of water and soil resources and limitations under diverse conditions._
_Comprehensive understanding and knowledge of programs, policies, and scientific techniques, mining and reclamation laws and regulations to reclaim contaminated sites which pose a threat to the environment sufficient to _decide methods to rehabilitate rangelands with considerable and complex surface disturbance. __
_Ability to __recognize hazardous materials, evaluate incidents, analyze potential risks, and recommend actions to management to address potentially hazardous situations in various activities._
_Knowledge of Federal and State environmental laws and regulations as they relate to hazardous materials management, including the RCRA, CERCLA or Superfund; the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water and Clean Air Acts; the Toxic Substance Control Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act; the Occupational Safety and Heath Act; the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act; related state laws and implementing regulations._
_Skill in effective writing and verbal communication with management, resource specialists, representatives of other Federal, State, Tribal, and local governments, oil and gas industry, landowners, special interest groups, and other interested members of the public to ensure they understand the soils program and the policies, procedures and directives applicable to multiple use land management programs and how the programs are integrated with public land management objectives._
On-line Questionnaire: Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.
To preview questions please click here. Basic Requirement: A. Degree: Soil Science or closely related discipline; that includes 30 semester hours or equivalent in biological, physical, or earth science, with a minimum of 15 semester hours in such subjects as soil genesis, pedology, soil chemistry, soil physics, and soil fertility. OR B. A combination of education and experience --courses equivalent to a major in soil science or a related discipline that included at least 30 semester hours in the biological, physical, or earth sciences. At least 15 of these semester hours must have been in the areas specified in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
In addition to the basic requirement:
For GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal Service - OR - Two years (36 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master''s degree or master''s or equivalent graduate degree DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.
For GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal Service - OR - Three years (54 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.
Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.
For GS-09: Examples of specialized experience include conducting standard soil resource inventories and watershed restoration needs inventories; collecting soil samples for laboratory analysis to determine physical, chemical, and morphological characteristics; and/or assisting in writing watershed restoration plans, erosion control plans, soil resources improvement plans, soil management reports, soil survey reports.
For GS-11: Examples of specialized experience include conducting standard soil resource inventories and watershed restoration needs inventories; collecting soil samples for laboratory analysis to determine physical, chemical, and morphological characteristics; and/or assisting in writing watershed restoration plans, erosion control plans, soil resources improvement plans, soil management reports, soil survey reports. THIS IS AN ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS THROUGH USAJOBS .
If you need assistance in applying online, please call or email the contact listed on this vacancy. 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. PLEASE NOTE : If you have access to a public library, State Job Service Office, etc., you must use these resources to apply online.
You must follow the steps described below to complete the application process:
1)YOU MUST CREATE A PROFILE in USAJOBS under My Account. If you already have a registered profile in USAJOBS you do not need to register again. Your profile must contain a current resume for submission. In order to receive proper consideration, your resume should include the following information:
Personal contact information
Work experience (paid or unpaid) including - starting and ending dates (month and year), employer''s name and address, job title (include job series and grade if Federal), duties and accomplishments, supervisor''s name and telephone number, indicate if supervisor may be contacted, hours per week, and salary.
Education and job-related training including - school name, type and year of degrees/diploma received, credits earned and majors; title of training course and year of completion.
References - personal and professional
Additional information - skills (languages, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.), certificates or licenses (current only), and/or honors, awards, and special accomplishments (recognition, professional memberships, publications, leadership activities, etc.).
Insufficient information could result in an ineligible rating. The USAJOBS Resume Builder was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is an available tool when you login to your USAJOBS account.
2) COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION, including responses to all application questions, by clicking on the "APPLY ONLINE" button that appears on this announcement.
3) SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION as applicable. See "Required Documents" section below.
It is your responsibility to ensure that a complete application (including a resume, on-line questionnaire, and applicable supplemental documentation) is received before by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. NOTE: Technical problems may take at least 1 business day to resolve; therefore, you are highly encouraged to complete the application process prior to the closing date.
1) College Transcripts: You must submit a copy of all college transcripts (undergraduate/graduate) or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution click here to see Foreign Education requirements.
2) Veterans Preference Documentation : 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. Missing documentation may result a change or removal of your claim for Veteran's preference. If you are claiming preference as a TP Veteran your profile must contain a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release, or Discharge from active military service. If you are claiming preference as a CP, CPS, or XP, your profile must contain a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, with all applicable supporting documentation as instructed in the SF-15. If you are claiming preference based on sole survivorship (SSP), provide the documentation you received granting this preference. More information regarding Veteran''s preference click here .
3) CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: If you are a CTAP or ICTAP Eligible applicant: Provide 1) a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; and, 2) proof of eligibility. It must be indicated in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. Note: CTAP/ICTAP documents must be submitted to each announcement as applicable. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles are Federal employees that have been or are likely to be separated from Federal employment by a Reduction in Force (RIF). Current or former eligible Federal employees eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must receive a score of at least 90 to receive priority consideration under either program. For CTAP and ICTAP, well-qualified means that the applicant meets the qualification standard and eligibility requirements for the position, meets minimum educational and experience requirements, meets all selective factors, where applicable, and is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM''s Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.
Uploading and Faxing Supplemental 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. The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet. Each document type must use the appropriate generated fax coversheet and be faxed in a separate transmission. Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager (3MB is the maximum size allowed for a document). Do not use both options, only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system. 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.
Checking Application Status and Materials :
Hint: Do this before the announcement closes. After you have completed your application , to check the status of your application materials log in to your USAJOBS account, select the "Applications" tab, check under the "Application Status" for this vacancy, once your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received it will state "Resume Received." Any other application status may indicate that you did not complete the application process and/or your application has not been submitted. Please note: A status of "Resume Received" reflects that your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received; applicable supplemental documentation may still need to be submitted (see required documents above). You will receive notification via email, generally within 2 weeks of the closing date of the announcement, as to whether or not your name was referred to the selecting official. To explore the benefits typically offered to most federal employees in permanent positions, visit the Office of Personnel Management''s website at the above link.
Passage of a pre-employment physical is required.
Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.
To view FAQ regarding PCS click Here.
SELECTIVE SERVICE: 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. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.
You will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.
You will be required to complete the 40 hour OSHA Hazwopper Training and the Underground Entry Training and keep up to date on the yearly refresher courses.

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