Rangeland Management Specialist GS 5-7

Forest Service

Hines, John Day, Lakeview, Prairie City, Prineville, OR

Job Type: Full-Time

Salary: $39,576 - $49,025 per year

Start / End Dates: Target start date of Summer/Fall 2024

The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Current students who are scheduled to graduate within nine months may also apply to these positions. However, these students cannot be appointed until after graduation and the official degree has been awarded and conferred.


  • Responsibilities listed are at GS-07 level.
  • Assist in rangeland area analysis to determine ecosystem health, diversity, trend, successional stage, site potential, desired plant community grazing capacity of the vegetation.
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of various rangeland activities on other resource management activities and uses.
  • Participate in and cooperate with research, and State and local game management agencies in range research in demonstration field projects.
  • Recommend stock driveway use routes or methods of moving stock to and from various grazing areas.
  • Make livestock checks or counts to determine that only authorized animals are being grazed on National Forest System lands or other lands under Forest Service control.
  • Recommend grazing strategy, livestock management practices and grazing capacity, for non-Forest lands under Forest Service administration.
  • Coordinate with rangeland users to help solve rangeland problems.
  • Assist in developing unit rangeland area livestock management plans and/or strategies.
  • Plan, establish and complete the unit rangeland vegetation management program progress schedule.
  • Direct unit program for tagging, dye branding or other means of identifying authorized livestock.

Qualifications / Experience Level Required:

Conditions of Employment
  • Must be at least 16 years of age and meet education requirements.

  • Must be suitable for Federal employment as determined by a background investigation.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National at the time of non-competitive conversion to a term or permanent position in the competitive service.

  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify/.

  • The incumbents of Recent Graduate positions may be reassigned/relocated to any geographical location where the employee’s services are needed as determined by management. Mobility agreement may be required.

  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.

  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period.

  • A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways.

You are required to meet the eligibility requirements of the Recent Graduate program, as described below in order to be considered for this position. You must meet all the eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to: Rangeland Management Series 0454 (opm.gov) The minimum qualification requirements for each grade level of this vacancy announcement are described below:


To be eligible, you must meet one of the following requirements:
Completed all requirements for an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two years;
If you are a current student who is in the process of completing your degree, academic documentation must accompany your application package to validate your upcoming graduation date (you must complete all degree requirements within nine months of the application closing date to be considered a Recent Graduate);

Due to military service obligation, you were precluded from applying to the Recent Graduate Program during any portion of the two-year eligibility period described above. This eligibility period cannot extend more than six years from the date on which the requirement for the academic degree or certificate was received.

You must possess the qualifications requirements identified below to be considered qualified for this position. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.

Basic Requirement for the Rangeland Management Specialist, 0454 series:
Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree that included a major field of study in 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 Resource 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.

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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to the requirements described above, the following additional education and/or specialized experience are required for the grade(s) specified.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

For the GS-05: The basic education requirements above are fully qualifying for the GS-5 grade level.

For the GS-07: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as the two or more of the following: Collecting basic data from on the-ground observations to determine rangeland activity suitability, ecological heath, ecological status, trend and grazing capacity of the rangeland resource; gathering basic information for rangeland vegetation programs and monitoring strategies and activity permits for compliance and on-the-ground results; and/or assisting with rangeland improvement projects and maintenance.

OR one full year of graduate level education (18 semester hours);

OR an appropriate combination of graduate level education and specialized experience;

OR Superior Academic Achievement (to determine if you are eligible, go to: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp.

The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

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.

Please note that Superior Academic Achievement cannot be applied unless you have graduated and have been awarded the degree (the final GPA is required). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work

Education completed in foreign colleges and universities may be used if it has been accredited or evaluated by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Note regarding certificate programs: A certificate program is defined as a post-secondary education, in a qualifying education institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum. While recently graduating from a certificate program may afford you Recent Graduate Program eligibility, it may not be sufficient in terms of qualification standards for the series and/or the grade level.

This position has a positive education requirement, as outlined above under basic qualifications. The term positive education requirement refers to an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) determination that the duties of a scientific, technical, or professional position cannot be performed by an individual that does not have the prescribed minimum education. For additional information on the qualification standards for the 0454 series, visit the OPM Qualifications Standard found at: Rangeland Management Series 0454 (opm.gov).

Position Information
This announcement is associated with the 2024 Society of Range Management (SRM) hiring event. The targeted start date for these positions is Summer-Fall 2024.To see where these Forest Service offices are located, click here. Click each region name to see the different locations within the Forest Service.

Please click this link to see the Career Map for these positions.

To see where these Forest Service offices are located, click here. Click each region name to see the different locations within the Forest Service.

If you have questions regarding duty locations in this announcement please email sm.fs.pathways@usda.gov. Please include the announcement number and the exact location(s) for which you have questions in your email.

The duty locations listed in this announcement include primary and alternate locations for available positions. You must select all duty locations for which you wish to be considered; final duty location for each position will be determined at the time of selection.

Selecting the “Location Negotiable after Selection” option in addition to selecting your preferred specific duty locations, implies your willingness to accept positions to alternative duty locations that may or may not have been indicated in this announcement. Selecting this duty location option may increase your chances of receiving an offer.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion procedures as announcement number 24-NPT-SRM-454-57-FS-JBV. Current federal employees may apply to both announcements. This position may be filled at the GS-05 or GS-07 grade level with promotion potential to the GS-09 .

Positions filled from this announcement may be a bargaining or a non-bargaining unit position represented by either NFFE, AFGE or NAGE depending upon duty location.

Additional information
Salary wage as shown is for Rest of the U.S. For more information, refer to the Office of Personnel Management, Salary and Wages web page.

GOVERNMENT HOUSING: May be available.

DAYCARE AVAILABILITY: Daycare facilities are not available.

FIELD GOING: The applicant should expect that these are all primarily field going positions, with a significant amount of physically challenging field work in natural resource settings. This could involve use of Forest Service vehicles, tools, and Personal Protective Equipment; hiking, exposure to weather extremes and wildlife, and in some cases, working extended hours or shifts, evening work and/or spending some nights at remote locations. These are developmental positions. Some require the appointee to sign a mobility agreement, requiring relocation after the initial developmental period.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL: If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed. Recent Graduates are on a trial period for the duration of the program.

TRAINING/IDP: This position requires 40 hours of formal, interactive training per year. An Individual Development Plan (IDP) must be completed and approved by the supervisor within 45 days of appointment. A mentor must be assigned within 90 days of appointment.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Recent Graduates may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent position in the competitive service after the successful completion of one year of continuous service. To be eligible for conversion, the Recent Graduate must meet the following:
  • Complete all requirements of the Recent Graduates program.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National at the time of non-competitive conversion to a term or permanent position in the competitive service.

  • Receive a favorable recommendation by supervisor.

  • Meet the OPM Qualification Standards for the position to which the Recent Graduate may be converted. Conversion is not guaranteed and is based on the needs of the agency.

  • Meet any agency specific requirements as outlined in the Participant Agreement.

  • Perform the job successfully.

TELEWORK: This position may be eligible to telework up to four days per week, based upon the duties of the position. This position may also be eligible for flexible work arrangements as determined by agency policy and any applicable collective bargaining agreements.

RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION INCENTIVE: The Forest Service may use certain incentives and hiring flexibilities, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract highly qualified candidates. Additional information is available at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/pay-and-leave-flexibilities-for-recruitment-and-retention/.

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

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

Please note, this position is targeted toward graduates who have been awarded their bachelor’s degrees or who have completed one full year of graduate level education.

This position has a targeted effective date of Spring 2024.

Before you submit an application for any of our vacancies, you should completely review the announcement and the requirements. You should only apply for position if you meet the required minimum qualifications AND program requirements described in the announcement. Do not apply to a duty location if you are not willing to accept or travel to that location.

If you have reviewed the announcement and believe that you meet both the minimum qualifications and the program requirements, you should document your experience and education in your resume. Since traditional resumes do not provide all the information needed to determine your status, you should create a more detailed resume to use when applying to Federal positions.

Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, permanent address, contact phone number and email address.

If you meet the eligibility requirements of the Recent Graduate program and the basic minimum requirements established for the position, you may be referred to the selecting official for consideration. Qualified individuals with veteran’s preference are listed ahead of individuals who do not have veteran’s preference.

To view the application form, visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12186257

Housing: May be available


Apply for This Position: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/772263200#

Application Closes: 02-21-2024

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