Public Affairs Specialist

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Department Of The Interior
United States Citizens Seasonal Full Time
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.
The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team as a Public Affairs Specialist!The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation.
We expect to fill one vacancy at this time; however, more than one position may be filled from this announcement.
Full Performance Level is: GS- 09
Who May Be Considered: Applications will be accepted from:
1) Status Candidates - this includes current Federal employees who serve under a competitive career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service, reinstatement eligibles (former Federal employees who served under a career appointment in the competitive service) and VEOA eligibles (veterans with preference and veterans who have been honorably discharged and substantially completed at least 3 years of continuous active duty service. Please apply under occupational specialty 002 if you meet the criteria mentioned above; and
2) Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities - this includes applicants who are eligible for noncompetitive or special appointment authorities such as: 30% or more compensably disabled veterans, Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA - for positions at GS-11 and below), and persons with disabilities (Schedule A), military spouse preference, Federal employees in excepted positions covered under an interchange agreement, and other eligible special hiring authorities (such as Peace Corps, Boren Fellows, etc.). This also includes applicants who previously held, or currently hold, this grade or higher with the same promotion potential as announced for this position.
For more information about special hiring authorities, visit /#url=Types-of-Appointments. Please apply under occupational specialty 003 if you meet the criteria mentioned above.
Documentation to verify your eligibility under Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities or as a Status Candidate needs to be submitted with your application in order to be considered.
U. S. Citizenship is required. Read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections. You cannot hold an active real estate license. You cannot hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land. Direct Deposit Required. Valid state driver's license required. This is a permanent Career Seasonal position.
This Public Affairs Specialist position is located in the Twin Falls District, Shoshone, Idaho. Information about the surrounding area may be found here. . For additional information about the BLM, please visit .
At the full, GS-09 performance level, you will:
Maintain/improve/develop relationships with various media outlets throughout Southern Idaho by preparing news releases, writing feature stories, and providing requested background information such as maps, photos, pictures and art work.
Develop or adapt environmental education materials for use by schools and the public on such subjects as fire prevention, prescribed burns, fire equipment, fuels management, and fire rehab and schedules public meetings or workshops with groups/individuals to ensure public involvement in statewide fire programs.
Develop and coordinate the contents and construct of fire webpages for the Idaho IntraNet Website, determine content of webpages based on coordination with appropriate subject matter specialists and public interest, maintain the consistency, accuracy, and comprehensiveness of fire webpages, obtain color maps, photographs and synthesized graphics for use in the webpages and update content to improve the usability, look, and feel of the webpages.
Coordinate all wildland fire restriction and closure plan development and implementation.
Work with District Information Officer for press releases, media advisories and special projects.
A. Successful completion of a full four-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position (such fields include in journalism, communications, or other fields directly related to public relations) AND meet one of the following Superior Academic Achievement provisions: 1) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for all completed undergraduate coursework or for all courses completed in the last two full years of undergraduate work; 2) a GPA of 3.5 or higher for all courses in the major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two full years of undergraduate work; 3) ranking in the upper one-third of your college, university, or major subdivision; or 4) membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. NOTE: To qualify under this option, you must submit transcripts (official or unofficial) or other documentation to verify your Superior Academic Achievement.
B. Successful completion of one full year of graduate level study (the number of units your school uses to represent one graduate year or 18 semester hours or equivalent if that number is not available), or possess a master's or higher degree, e.g., LL.B., J.D., LL.M., Ph.D., in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Such fields include journalism, communications, or other fields directly related to public relations. NOTE: To be found qualified under this option, you must submit transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify your education.
C. At least one year of full-time work equivalent to the GS-05 level in Federal service (may be obtained in the public or private sectors) that required you to perform the following types of duties: 1) maintaining or updating an organizational web-site; 2) using standard media tools or social media to distribute coordinated information for an organization; 3) using public speaking skills to further an organization's goals or to instruct others (such as peers) in how to post or publicize social media events. NOTE: To qualify under this option, your resume must contain sufficient detail to prove you have one year experience performing these duties.
D. A combination of graduate education and specialized experience as described in "B" and "C" above. To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree and divide by 18 semester hours (27 quarter hours) or whatever number of units your school uses to represent 1 year of graduate study. Then take the number of months of full-time specialized experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. NOTE: To qualify under this option you must submit transcripts to verify your education and include proof of your experience in the text of your resume.
Education: For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descript courses listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research"), please indicate through your resume or attachment memorandum from an academic professor how each course fulfills the specific education requirement, i.e., state number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned.
NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. Applicants can verify accreditation at
Special Instructions For Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that 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 .
Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. Time-in-Grade Requirements: Under competitive merit promotion procedures, any individual who is currently holding, or who has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service must meet time in grade requirements (have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the Federal service). (Some exclusions are found in 5 CFR 300.602.) You must include an SF-50 (you may need to submit more than one) that supports meeting this requirement with your application package. Examples of SF-50s that prove one year at the grade are WRI or WGI SF-50s.
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.
The physical demands of this position are generally sedentary. Some field work is required and you must operate various government vehicles including those with four-wheel drive.
Work is basically performed in an office setting and office space is provided for most of this work, however, there are occasions when meeting are held in various meeting places outside of the office.
You must possess a valid state driver's license by the closing date of this announcement and at all times during your appointment in this position.
You cannot hold an active real estate license or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
This position is a career-seasonal (subject to furlough) position. A permanent career-seasonal position includes all benefits of permanent employment, but does not provide for employment on a year round basis. In this position, the employee is guaranteed work at least 26 weeks, but not more than 50 in a service year; generally, it is expected you will work at least 6 months, but less than 9 months per year. When services are not required, employee will be placed in a non-pay status. Up to two weeks of paid vacation time may be used during part of the non-pay status period and/or unemployment compensation may be applied for. When in pay status the employee will work full-time (80 hours per pay period).
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.
If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.
Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are highly qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Highly qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.
Candidate who apply under Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1.Your R sum and other supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section below.
2.A complete Assessment Questionnaire.
A complete Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of Monday, November 24, 2014.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other documents and complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the job announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 1237172. Fax your documents to .
If you cannot apply online:
1.Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2.Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
3.Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:
1.Your R sum
Assessment Questionnaire
3.Other Supporting Documents (No Photos Please):
Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education
Current or former Federal employees MUST submit a copy of their SF-50 Form which shows position title, pay plan, series, grade, tenure group, position occupied (competitive/excepted), agency, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form(s) which demonstrates serving 52 weeks at the next lower level, or at the highest grade level achieved. If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof. THERE MAY BE SITUATIONS WHERE MORE THAN ONE SF-50 IS NEEDED TO VERIFY TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS AS WELL AS ELIGIBILITY FOR CONSIDERATION. IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT SUFFICIENT REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION AS A STATUS CANDIDATE.
Documentation of your eligibility to apply as a Noncompetitive candidate or under a Special Appointing Authority, if applicable. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment. THERE MAY BE SITUATIONS WHERE MORE THAN ONE SF-50 IS NEEDED TO VERIFY ELIGIBILITY FOR CONSIDERATION. IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT SUFFICIENT REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION AS A NONCOMPETITIVE CANDIDATE.
If you are a displaced Federal employee within in the local commute area of this announcement, you must include ALL the following documents to receive Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan consideration for this vacancy:
1. Proof you are a displaced Federal employee under 5 CFR 330.702, e.g., one of the following: RIF Separation Notice; Notice of Proposed Removal for Declining a Transfer of Function; Agency certification of inability to place after termination of work-related disability compensation; OPM Notice of Termination of Disability Annuity; or certification of a Military Reserve Technician or National Guard Technician special disability retirement annuity.
2. SF-50s (Notification of Personnel Action) sufficient to show all of the following: 1) that you held career/career-conditional competitive status in your position of record; 2) the promotional potential of your position of record; and 3) the duty location of your position of record. NOTE: You may need to submit more than one SF-50.
3. Most Recent Performance Appraisal. This requirement does not apply if you qualify for ICTAP due to injury compensation or disability annuity.
Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan (I/CTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above in accordance with the agency's merit promotion procedures on the rating criteria for this position. For further information about the I/CTAP programs, visit /
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. You will receive notice via email or by mail once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).
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If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF-15 found at . If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at .
If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15, and if applicable, a completed SF-15. If you don't have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at or call .
Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from .
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
This position is being advertised concurrently with the following vacancy announcements:
Announcement # ID-DEU-2014-0019 which is open to all qualified persons, and
Announcement # ID-Merit-2014-0113 which is open to all current or former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible.
You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under all recruitment methods.

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