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Bureau of Land Management Planning and Environmental Specialist in Safford, Arizona

Planning and Environmental Specialist

Department of the Interior

Bureau of Land Management

  • ##### Open & closing dates

11/08/2019 to 11/22/2019

This job will close when we have received 50 applications which may be sooner than the closing date. Learn more

  • ##### Service


  • ##### Pay scale & grade

GS 07 - 11

  • ##### Salary

$42,053 to $80,912 per year

  • ##### Appointment type


  • ##### Work schedule



1 vacancy in the following location:


Safford, AZ 1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

- Duties

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

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

This position is located in Safford, Arizona. Information about the local area can be found at

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This position serves as a Planning and Environmental Specialist located in a Field or State Office and is responsible for performing work that involves knowledge and application of the principles of natural resource programs. Serves on interdisciplinary teams (IDT) to work on specific planning and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents components and provides training to IDTs regarding development and implementation of NEPA and planning documents. Assures that land use planning efforts are coordinated with other local, State, and Federal agencies and ensures public participation in the planning process. Reviews complex environmental analysis documents to ensure compliance and consistency with all applicable laws and regulations and serves as procedure and policy coordinator on all NEPA and planning documentation matters. Provides responses to the public information request regarding completed, in-progress, and future planning document availability and assures that documents are appropriately filed and posts for availability for public review.

Physical Demands:The individual works primarily in an office setting at this level. There may be some walking, standing or bending. There is some infrequent field work in this position, therefore, the individual may on occasion be required to walk or ride vehicles or horseback over rough terrain, and perform duties that require recurring bending, crouching, stooping, reaching or lifting. Work may also include lifting of moderately heavy items, such as equipment and samples and boxes of files.

Work Environment: The work is performed primarily in an office setting for long hours and under tight deadlines. However when necessary to complete the work, there may be outdoor exposure. Outdoor exposure requires some discomfort in extremes of temperature or inclement weather.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required to attend meetings and training events.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

11 - If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition dependent upon supervisory approval.

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0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program

- Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents Section.
  • 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.
  • Background Investigation Required.

You must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.


In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

To qualify at the GS-07 level you must meet one of the following:

  • Specialized Experience: Applicants must possess one (1) full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-05 level, that includes experience in planning and environmental specialist work related to Natural Resources Programs. At this level, work assignments are diverse, limited in complexity & selected to provide experience & training. Examples include experience in general resource management planning & environmental analysis processes, principles, and practices; work with public land resource values, issues, or controversies; and assisting in developing public land-related planning strategies and procedures;
  • Or Education: To qualify based on education, superior academic achievement is based on one of the following: (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society member or successful completion of one (1) full year of graduate level education (18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours) that demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
  • OR Combination of Education and Experience.

To qualify at the GS-09 level you must meet one of the following:

  • Specialized Experience: Applicants must possess one (1) full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-07 level, that includes experience in planning and environmental specialist work related to Natural Resources Programs. At this level, recurring assignments that are independently performed are more difficult & complex than those performed at the lower grade level. Examples include experience in general resource management planning & environmental analysis processes, principles, and practices; work with public land resource values, issues, or controversies; and assisting in developing public land-related planning strategies and procedures.
  • Or Education: To qualify based on education you must have 36 semester hours of graduate-level education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in a directly related field. OR Combination of Education and Experience: When substituting, you cannot use the first 18 semester hours that you earned.

To qualify at the GS-11 level you must meet one of the following:

  • Specialized Experience: Applicants must possess one (1) full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-09 level, that includes demonstrated experience with land use and multiple use resource management planning; being a lead or member of an interdisciplinary team working on planning and environmental analysis processes, principles and practices; reviewing planning and NEPA documents to ensure they read smoothly and correctly; reviewing environmental documents to insure compliance with applicable laws and regulations; work with public land resource values, issues, or controversies; and assisting in developing public land-related planning strategies and procedures.
  • OR Education: To qualify based on education you must have 54 semester hours of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field.
  • OR Combination of Graduate Education and Experience: When substituting, you cannot use the first 36 semester hours that you earned.

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. For volunteer work you must identify the amount of time worked for each volunteer position including the dates (mm/dd/yy) along with the number of hours worked per week. Please ensure this information is clearly listed on your resume.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.


If substituting or combining education for the specialized experience requirements, you will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit college transcripts.

Additional information

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.

May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

CTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used for this position.

Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.

The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for occasional telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

This announcement is being advertised concurrently under AZ DEU-2020-0003 which is open to all qualified persons. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants. A recruitment/relocation incentive may be available to the selected candidate.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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 qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. 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.

  • Knowledge of natural resource program, including: cultural resources, threatened and endangered species, geology, hydrology, soils, range conservation, and wildlife to ensure an integrated analysis is performed and logical cause and effect relationship are supported.
  • Knowledge of planning systems and NEPA analysis processes to ensure documents are produced according to Federal standards.
  • Knowledge of Federal policies, goals, programs and interrelationships of these programs, techniques and practices which can be used to secure public involvement and input in Federal land use planning and NEPA programs and to train other resources specialists.
  • Skill in analytical writing, technical reporting writing, and public speaking, performing environmental analysis, completing written assignment, and participating in reviews, and public meetings.
  • Ability to learn, use and provide leadership for the use of electronic systems for document preparation, posting and tracking (including ePlanning similar required software).

To preview questions please click here.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Not Required

Drug test required


- Required Documents

Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional). If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.

In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees: submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).

Copy of Transcripts 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 See Foreign Education.

Former PLC Member: Submit a copy of your “Certificate of Eligibility for Noncompetitive Hiring” along with a copy of your “PLC Participant Verification Work Hours Sheet.”

Applicants eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) must submit documentation verifying (a) initial selection under competitive examining procedures to a land management agency under a time-limited appointment in the competitive service , (b) service under this initial appointment, or in conjunction with subsequent competitive service time-limited appointments, to a land management agency was for a period of 24 months without a break in service of two or more years, and (c) performance was evaluated as being at an acceptable level for the entire applicable period(s). “Required documentation” includes first and last SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) for each appointment verifying the Position Occupied code (Block 34) is 1-Competitive Service, AND documentation of successful performance for each appointment. Applicants are encouraged to combine all required documents into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping documents into files will simplify the application process. Failure to submit required documentation will result in loss of consideration.

If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.

Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans: you must provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, years of active military service and character of service/type of discharge), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference; and/or VA Letter for proof of CP/CPS eligibility.

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 coversheet. UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: Instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options. 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.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

- Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

- How to Apply

To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Click on the button "Apply" and login to MY USAJOBS. If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS. If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.

Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

Agency contact information
HR Team






Bureau of Land Management BLM Arizona State Office AZ-953 One North Central Avenue Phoenix, Arizona 85004-2208 United States

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Next steps

You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted. You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBS account.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

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