$51,089.00 to $66,417.00
Open & closing dates
$51,089 to $66,417 per year
Pay scale & grade
Full-Time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Permanent - This is a permanent position.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Lake Havasu City, AZ
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
Current or former competitive service employees, including:
Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Individuals with a disability
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This position is located in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Information about the local area can be found at ****.
Physical Demands: Most of the work is performed in an office setting. Driving a car or pickup truck is periodically required. The work may require walking outdoors and travel in light aircraft, helicopters, and off-road vehicles. Long work days are occasionally required to meet deadlines and resolve specific problems. Writing and editing assignments require a degree of concentration and often include working under extremely tight deadlines with considerable outside presssure.
Work Environment: Travel to field sites or other Bureau of Land Managment/government offices is often required. Attendance at meetings at night or on weekends is sometimes required. Incumbent will adhere to all safety rules and regulations as prescribed in manuals/supplements or by the designated Safety Officer.
Learn more about this agency
This position is located at the Colorado River District Office in Lake Havasu City, AZ. BLM’s multiple use mission requires that the incumbent manage complex, and often controversial issues related to the diverse and conflicting programs managed in the office. For example, the incumbent may handle communications related to lands and realty including commercial recreation leases; renewable energy; mining and minerals and proposed mines; wild horse and burro management; wildland fire management and restoration; conservation programs for special status species; land use programs such as grazing allotments and recreation permitting; and/or nationally significant cultural and natural resources.
Assists in the development of public affairs products for projects, such as communication plans and press releases. Provides verbal and written responses to inquiries from the media, congressional representative, and the public. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with groups interested in or affected by BLM programs.
Develops and maintains professional, proactive, credible relationships with media outlets, including traditional and new media outlets. Serves as a primary spokesperson for the office. Coordinates media coverage of BLM issues, programs, special events and activities. Arranges media interviews and prepares managers and subject matter experts for these interviews. Works with media representatives to promote timely, accurate and when possible, positive, news coverage. Handles media inquiries on sensitive or controversial issues.
Researches, drafts, and distributes a broad range of creative, informative electronic products designed to further public, employee, and customer understanding of BLM and its mission. Including the development of social media content for posting.
Reviews photographs and video for quality and composition. Takes photographs and video for use in print or digital media products.
At the GS-09 grade level the employee will be closely supervised.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required to attend various training and events.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
All current federal employees or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility; CTAP/ICTAP eligible in the local commuting area; and Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA)and Veterans more than 30% disabled eligibles
Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities, Schedule A and/or individuals with disabilities
. All former PLC members who in the past 2 years have completed all requirements of a creditable PLC project.
Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.
Job family (Series)
1035 Public Affairs
Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship is required
Be sure to 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
Background Investigation Required
GS-09: One year of specialized expereience equivalent to at least the GS-07.
If using education to qualify you will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.
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 (GS-07) of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience includes:
-Developing a variety of informative presentations or responding to questions/issues for print or broadcast media and or targeted audiences.
-Assisting with developing and/or distributing news releases encompassing a variety of programs and issues.
-Providing input to create briefing papers or submissions for a variety of publications (e.g., digital, electronic, written) to enhance public understanding of agency programs and policies.
OR, applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-09 level as follows: Master's or, equivalent graduate degree, or Two (2) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.B. or J.D., if related,
OR, applicants may combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-09 level as follows: Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education (graduate level education) and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements for this position. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for the position. Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be used to qualify applicants for positions at the GS-09 grade level.
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. For volunteer work you must identify the amount of time worked for each volunteer position including the dates (mm/dd/yy) along with the number of hours worked per week. Please ensure this information is clearly listed on your resume.
Selection for this vacancy will be made at the GS-09. Full performance level is GS-12. The GS-09 grade level comprises an intervening GS-11 grade level career ladder promotion, leading up to the full performance level of GS-12. Onceall eligibility requirements are met the incumbent will be eligible for an intervening career ladder promotion to the GS-11 grade level and GS-12 respectively.Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the next higher grade. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon the employee completing the time-in-grade and satisfactory performance requirements, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds
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.
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
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
. 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.
BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.
The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
How You Will Be Evaluated
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.
-Professional knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and techniques of public relations.
-Knowledge of media formats and protocols.
-Ability to leverage multiple social media platforms to obtain agency communication objectives.
-Skill in analyzing the characteristics and needs of target audiences and determining the most effective communication techniques to use in reaching these publics.
-Skill in still imagery and video priciples and editing software.
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Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional). If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.
In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
Copy of Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution See Foreign Education
Former PLC Member: Submit a copy of your “Certificate of Eligibility for Noncompetitive Hiring” along with a copy of your “PLC Participant Verification Work Hours Sheet.”
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: 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.
Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees: submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).
If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.
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.
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.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
How to Apply
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.
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Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.
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Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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New employee probationary period
Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.
U.S. Department Of The Interior Bureau of Land Management
Website : http://www.blm.gov/nhp/index.htm
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), created in 1946 through a merger of the General Land Office (GLO) and the U.S. Grazing Service, has roots going back to the creation of the GLO in 1812. In celebration of 200 years of land management, the BLM presents this website -- a collection of the stories, traditions and heritage that make up our unique history. BLM employees, current and retired, have contributed to this labor of love and many more will continue to add their unique histories over time.