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Natural Resources Specialist US Department of the Interior Dickinson, ND

  • Part-Time
  • Dickinson, ND
  • Applications have closed

Website US Department of the Interior

US Department of the Interior is looking for highly motivated and talented candidates for the part-time role of Natural Resources Specialist. The new role is available in Dickinson, ND.

Brief Details

Job: Natural Resources Specialist
Full-time, Part-time
Company: US Department of the Interior
Location: Dickinson, ND


Job Description



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

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as a Natural Resources Specialist in the Eastern Montana/Dakotas District Office, North Dakota Field Office, Division of Resources. This position is located in Dickinson, North Dakota. Information about the Dickinson area can be found at www.dickinsonchamber.org .

Also open under vacancy announcement MT Merit-2019-0082.

The incumbent is responsible for application of natural resource management and environmental science principles to the execution of a comprehensive surface protection and compliance program dealing with fluid minerals development in the Field Office. At the full performance level, duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Permitting various types of surface activities in fluids minerals exploration and development.
Reviewing stipulations on existing leases for applicability to proposed activities.
Evaluating the environmental impacts of proposed drilling operations, field development, and subsequent surface disturbing operations.
Preparing appropriate documentation in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. These activities include reviewing notices of staking, applications for permit to drill, and sundry notices for compliance with various regulations, orders and instruction memoranda.
Monitoring construction, production, and reclamation activities to ensure compliance with environmental plans and stipulations.
Inspecting items such as drill pad construction, access roads, production facilities & pipelines, water disposal facilities, abandoned well site rehabilitation and undesirable events such as oil spills.
Reviewing and processing lease nomination packages to determine if parcels are suited for leasing.
Coordinating reviews with other BLM resource specialists and other agencies.
Physical Demands: This position varies from principally sedentary in completing office phases of the duties assigned to performing field work. The field work will requires physical activity in driving and walking to, from and around locations in rough terrain, adverse conditions, and temperature extremes, such as heat in excess of 100 degrees F. and cold below -25 degrees F.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – At times, travel for meetings and/or training may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

11 – If selected at the GS-07 or GS-09 grade level, incumbent will be allowed to perform the duties of the position with a reduced level of responsibility and/or difficulty while receiving on-the-job, trainee assignments or other appropriate training.

Job family (Series)

0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences



Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship is required.
Background Investigation is required.
You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you
have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
Be sure to read the “How to Apply” & “Required Documents” Sections.
Direct Deposit is required.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


Basic Education Requirements: A. Degree: biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR B. Combination of education and experience-at least 24 semester hours equivalent to a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines relative to the position, plus appropriate experience and/or additional education.

Additional Requirements: In addition to meeting the basic education requirements described above, applicants must have at least one of the following:

For GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service. At this level the incumbent applies basic concepts, principles, and methodologies of the field. Example: compiling biological reports for review by higher graded specialist, analyzing environmental impacts, protecting environmental resources. – OR – One year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education DIRECTLY related to the work of the position – OR – A bachelor’s degree with Superior Academic Achievement that included coursework DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.

For GS-09: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level. Such experience must demonstrate a working knowledge of the theories, principles, and techniques of natural resource management related to developing and monitoring mitigation stipulations for surface use activities. Example: conducting compliance and monitoring of energy and non-energy development for the protection of public land resources. – OR – 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree, if related.

For GS-11: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level. Such experience must demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of natural resource principles as they relate to developing and monitoring mitigation stipulations for surface use activities. Examples: analyzing and evaluating diverse environment conditions; analyzing biological components & processes in the context of ecosystems including environmental factors, physical-chemical & social relationships; and working as a member of an interdisciplinary team. – OR – 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

If you are using education to qualify for this position, it must have provided you with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform natural resources duties on public lands.

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.

Equivalent combinations of post-high school education and specialized experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.

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.


This position has an education requirement. See Qualifications section.

Additional information

Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP/ICTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM’s Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must fall within the Well Qualified or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM’s Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP .
The BLM utilizes telework flexibilities to increase employee satisfaction and retention and to continue operations during emergencies and weather-related closures.
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 you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well 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:

A professional knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of natural resource management and the ability to determine optimum resource balance with respect to complex surface disturbance activities.
Knowledge of the biological and physical sciences and a working knowledge of civil and agricultural engineering as they relate to construction practices, soils, slope stabilization, re-vegetation, etc.
Knowledge of the laws, regulations, operating orders, manuals, policy and instruction memorandums dealing with the development of fluid minerals.
Knowledge of standard operating procedures as they relate to geophysical exploration, oil and gas drilling, oil and gas production facilities and abandonment operations.
Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with companies, private landowners, and the general public.
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 .
Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Not Required

Drug test required


Required Documents

Required Documents

All applicable supplemental documentation must be uploaded or faxed (with generated fax cover sheets) to: 571-258-4052, and received before by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement. See important information regarding uploading and faxing supplemental documentation below. THE FOLLOWING SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE RECEIVED, AS APPLICABLE:

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.

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 showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc., and reason for separation)- the member 4 copy is preferable. If you are claiming preference as a CP, CPS, or XP, your profile must also 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: Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (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.

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.

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.



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