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Public Affairs Specialist

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Department Of The Interior
All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required. This is a permanent Long Term Career Seasonal position. Work Schedule is Full Time. Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.
For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.
This position is located in the Twin Falls District, Shoshone, Idaho. Information about the surrounding area may be found here.
We expect to fill one vacancy at this time; however, more than one position may be filled from this announcement.
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. U.S. Citizenship required. Security Clearance/Background Investigation required. Read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections. You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land. Direct Deposit Required. - Schedules public meetings or workshops with groups/individuals to ensure public involvement in statewide fire programs.
Coordinates all wildland fire restriction and closure plan development and implementation.
Develops or adapts 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.
Maintains/improves/develops current relationships with various media outlets throughout Southern Idaho.
Maintains effective relationships with the media by preparing news releases, writing feature stories, and providing requested background information such as maps, photos, pictures and art work.
Develops and coordinates the contents and construct of fire webpages for the Idaho IntraNet Website.
Updates content to improve the usability, look, and feel of the webpages.
Obtains color maps, photographs and synthesized graphics for use in the webpages.
Determines need for and content of webpages based on coordination with appropriate subject matter specialists and public interest.
Maintains the consistency, accuracy, and comprehensiveness of fire webpages.
Work with District Information officer for press releases, media advisories and special projects. 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 must meet all qualification requirements by 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. 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, you application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly 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.
KSA 1: Knowledge and ability to develop and present outreach programs pertaining to the local fire program.
KSA 2: Knowledge and skill sufficient to establish and maintain effective relations with public information and communication media.
KSA 3: Knowledge and ability to develop and maintain fire webpages.
KSA 4: Knowledge and skill sufficient for planning, writing and editing materials such as press releases, articles, webpage information, and correspondence.
To preview questions please click here. 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.
For GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-07 in the federal service. Specialized experience at this level may include examples such as: having a proficiency in Dreamweaver or other web development tool and web-site development, public speaking with interaction with working groups & public officials, organizing public meetings, and using social media proficiency with little to no supervision.
Substitution of Education for the Specialized Experience Requirement:
For GS-09: Masters of equivalent graduate degree, OR two full years (18 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.
Education and experience may be combined to meet the specialized experience requirement. To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.
Click on the button "Apply to this Vacancy" and login to "My Account" on USAJOBS.
If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.
If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Forgot your Username and/or Password" link below the login on USAJOBS.
Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.
If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR POC Michelle Wood at or email .If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying. In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
If you are qualifying with education, you must provide a copy of your transcripts for verification that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university by the closing date. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of 'official' transcripts.
Copy of State Driver's license for verification.
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: please provide documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.
Veterans' Preference: 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.
For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans' preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.
For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit the same documentation as 5-point veterans' preference as well as a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference.
For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.
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.
UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.
If uploading a resume, you must include the following: Job Title and Grade Level, if Federal employment, Duties and Accomplishments, Employer's Name and Address, Supervisor's Name and Telephone Number, Starting and Ending dates (month and year), Hours worked per week, and Salary.
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.
Once your completed application is received, we will conduct an evaluation and the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for future consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.
You may also check the status of your application by viewing your "My Account" on USAJOBS. May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.
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 fall within the Highly or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.
This announcement is being advertised concurrently under Announcement# ID-Merit-2014-0113 for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible.
This announcement is also being advertised concurrently by OPM under Announcement # FS-1237172-DS15 which is open to all United States citizens.
You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under all recruitment methods.
This is a Long-Term Career Seasonal appointment; it is expected you will work at least 6 months, but less than 9 months a year. When work or funds are not available, you will be placed in non-pay status.
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.
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