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Rangeland Management Specialist

Company: Department Of The Interior
Location: Toppenish
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

  • Duties




This position is located with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Superintendent, Yakama Agency, Deputy Superintendent-Trust Services, Natural Resources, in Toppenish, Washington.


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  • Provide staff support to administer the trust, care and use of the reservation natural resources, including; soil, water, range forage, fish, wildlife and outdoor recreation.
  • Administer the grazing permit system.
  • Serve as a rangeland resource consultant and advisor to management, land users, and Tribal program staff, administrators, and government.
  • Plan, manage, produce and implement range unit evaluations as the author, editor or inventory coordinator; to include reports, rangeland condition inventories, annual evaluations, determinations of carrying capacity and technical recommendations.
  • Conduct field investigations concerning theft, damage or destruction of range resources or government property.
  • Recommend, review and comments on wildlife habitat improvement projects.
  • Provide technical assistance to the Tribal Council, livestock operators and Indian landowners concerning the basic principles of range management, laws, regulations, and policies governing the management of rangeland trust resources.
  • Prepare budgets and identify funding allocations with improvement funds and responsible for expenditures within the approved budget constraints.
  • Provide direct supervision to lower-grade staff and indirect supervision to technicians in carrying out the mission of the Range Management program.
  • Responsible for budget development, program leadership, general activity direction, and supervision in efforts to the management, planning, development, conservation, and protection of range management and minerals development on Indian reservations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0454 Rangeland Management

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (title 25, USC Section 472). Form BIA -4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit
  • You may be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period
  • A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • If you are a male applicant born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
  • Incumbent is required to operate a government motor vehicle, must possess a valid driver's license, and have a safe driving record within the 3 year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607.


EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions, GS-0454 and Individual Occupational Requirements).


A. Degree:range management; or a related discipline that included at least 42 semester hours in a combination of the plant, animal, and soil sciences, and natural resources management, as follows:

  • Range Management-at least 18 semester hours of course work in range management, including courses in such areas as basic principles of range management, range plants, range ecology, range inventories and studies, range improvements and ranch or rangeland planning.
  • Directly Related Plant, Animal and Soil Sciences-at least 15 semester hours of directly related courses in the plant, animal and soil sciences, including at least one course in each of these three scientific areas, i.e., plant, animal, and soil sciences. Courses in such areas as plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant ecology, animal nutrition, livestock production, and soil morphology or soil classification are acceptable.
  • Related Resources Management Studies-at least 9 semester hours of course work in related resource management subjects, including courses in such areas as wildlife management, watershed management, natural resource or agricultural economics, forestry, agronomy, forages, and outdoor recreation management.


B. Combination of education and experience: at least 42 semester hours of course work in the combination of plant, animal, and soil sciences and natural resources management shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: In addition to meeting the basic entry level qualification requirements, applicants must have the following:


GS-12: In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, I have at least 1 year of full-time specialized experience or the equivalent, comparable to at least the GS-11 in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private sector). This experience includes analyzing rangeland resources to determine its current condition; drafting management plans; determining compliance or noncompliance with terms and conditions in grazing permits or leases; supervising office staff and field crews; responsible for the care and use of the Indian Reservations Natural Resources, including: soil, water, range forage, fish, wildlife and outdoor recreation.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Merit Promotion candidates must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the announcement closing date.

Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (title 25, USC Section 472).

Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur in the same location within 90 days from the closing date.


If you are qualifying based on your education, you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education which shows the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: FOREIGN EDUCATION

Keywords: Department Of The Interior, Yakima , Rangeland Management Specialist, Other , Toppenish, Washington

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