Planning and Environmental Specialist (Litigation Coordinator)
25% or less - Travel may be required to attend trainings, conferences, workshops, and/or field visits.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Physical Demands: The individual in this position works primarily in an office setting with normal indoor heating, cooling, and lighting. The individual may be required to lift files, boxes, and books.
Work Environment: The work is performed primarily in an office setting. However, occasionally when necessary to complete the work, there may be outdoor exposure. Outdoor exposure requires some discomfort in extremes of temperature or inclement weather.
We expect to fill this vacancy at this time; however, more than one position may be filled from this announcement.
Responses to the online job-specific questions must be supported in your resume.
Specialized Experience Requirements:
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.
For GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-09 in the federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as working in a legal environment providing technical advice, organizing and managing case specific discovery; analyzing complex litigation support requirements to develop or recommend appropriate strategies; researching, analyzing and summarizing relevant legal precedents; and preparing and maintaining a variety of documents.
Substitution of Education for the Specialized Experience Requirement:
For the GS-11, PHD or equivalent doctoral degree, OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M., if related.
For GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-11 in the federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as conducting review of and response to public comments; addressing protests and appeals; and reviewing NEPA documents to ensure compliance with applicable law, regulation, and policy and to ensure high quality of analyses.
There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 and above grade levels.
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.
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)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP 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. 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/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
CTAP and ICTAP 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.
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 administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties.
The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
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.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.Read more
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.
KSA 1: Knowledge of Federal NEPA and environmental laws, current legal opinions, regulations, procedures and other guidelines needed to prepare NEPA documents.
KSA 2: Knowledge of public land management laws, regulations, policies; as well as Federal resource programs and decision authority to develop land use plans.
KSA 3: Skill in providing leadership and communication techniques when working with staff specialists, management officials and groups of people with diverse backgrounds.
KSA 4: Skill in analyzing environmental and NEPA case law and administrative rulings to provide guidance and advice to management on major planning and environmental projects; conducting training; and synthesizing and abstracting data into issue papers, guidance, briefings, recommendations and public presentations.
KSA 5: Ability to write and consolidate budget submissions for an annual work plan, mid-year reviews, end of year reports and other major budget exercises.
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