Summary The incumbent serves as a developmental Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist in a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) office. This position is responsible for the acquisition and management of spatial information required to support the management of public lands. This position is located with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, FIRE - Great Plains in Rosebud, South Dakota. This is a Bargaining Unit position, for more information see USA Jobs What are bargaining units Responsibilities Implements analytical techniques necessary to solve recurring, procedural, and factual geospatial and GIS issues (i.e. identifying data needs for specific projects, determining compatibility with other platforms, locating missing information). Analyzes cumulative impacts of frequently measured environmental factors and conducts basic 3D/spatial analysis and geospatial modeling to analyze resource distribution and behavior. Receives training on how to administer geospatial databases and implement quality control and assurance guidelines for geospatial data projects. Provides technical user support and troubleshooting assistance for recurring problems related to GIS hardware and application software. Assists in implementing an integrated training program to teach basic skills in the use of geospatial software, data acquisition, retrieval and analysis, in order to meet local needs. Assists in the integration of Enterprise GIS with long- and short-term planning and management activities. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards Miscellaneous Administration and Program Series 0301). GS-11: 1 year specialized experience or the equivalent, comparable to at least the GS-9 in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private sector that include working on multi-disciplinary teams as a team member assigned to carry out the planning and coordination of trust resources and/or related projects; managing a variety of project activities; participating in multi-objective investigation activities for trust resources, related projects; and communicating assigned project information and progress to management and leadership, partners, stakeholders, other involved agencies, and the public where applicable; utilizing geospatial analysis techniques including analytical techniques and modeling, cartographic principles, raster processing, and scripting; applying geospatial information management, database design, mobile GIS, and ArcGIS Server in an enterprise GIS environment; and training others in the application of geospatial programs, providing technical support, and working with a data steward in an interdisciplinary trust resource environment. OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree (54 semester hours, 81 quarter hours or equivalent); or LL.M.; if directly related to this position. GS-9: 1 year of specialized experience or the equivalent, comparable to at least the GS-7 in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private sector that include providing regular status updates to management and leadership on project activities; practical hands-on experience and knowledge of geospatial analysis techniques including analytical techniques and modeling, cartographic principles, raster processing, and scripting; practical hands-on experience and application of geospatial information management, database design, mobile GIS, and ArcGIS Server in an enterprise GIS environment; and practical hands-on experience and application using geospatial program coordination in providing technical support and training. OR Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related. GS-7: 1 year of specialized experience or the equivalent, comparable to at least the GS-5 in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private sector that include working under close supervision with a diverse group of local resources specialists, planners and managers to implement local GIS activities; receives training and development in the knowledge of geospatial analysis techniques including analytical techniques and modeling, cartographic principles, raster processing, and scripting; application of geospatial information management, database design, mobile GIS, and ArcGIS Server in an enterprise GIS environment; and assists in geospatial program coordination activities and providing technical support and training. OR 1 full year of graduate level education or Superior Academic Achievement SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled. SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled. S.A.A. is based on (1) Class standing-applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class, based on completed courses; or (2) Grade-Point Average-applicants must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (3) Election to membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society - membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision. 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. Education 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 Additional Information All new hires earn the beginning salary of their pay grade (Step 1). See 2024 Salary Tables and select the pay chart for Rosebud, South Dakota. If no specific chart is listed for this geographic location, see the "rest of U.S." chart. The full performance level of this position is GS-11. Promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. A career ladder promotion is at the discretion of management, and in no way guaranteed. TELEWORK: Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of the position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp . Certain candidates may be eligible to apply under a special hiring authority including those for disabled individuals, Peace Corps employees, Foreign Service employees, veterans, etc. For more information, visit the following OPM websites: USAJOBS Information Center: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/; Vets Info Guide: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/. Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. Most individuals who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.
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