New job Roads and Right-of-Ways Specialist in Oregon

Roads and Right-of-Ways Specialist

Company : US Department of the Interior
Salary : $64,649 - $84,049 a year
Location : Oregon

Full Description



This position is located in the Upper Willamette Field Office, Springfield Oregon, of the Northwest Oregon District, Oregon/Washington Bureau of Land Management

Duty Station Title of Position: O&C Roads & Engineering Right of Way Specialist


The purpose of this position is to provide administration of the Oregon & California (O&C) Railroad Revested Lands Act Right-of-Way (ROW) program. This position is responsible for the inventory and management of timber road maintenance and construction needs of the Field Office transportation system. This position functions in a Western Oregon field office which implements timber sales from start to finish; working on the initial plans and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis; securing and maintaining appropriate permits and rights of way to the timber sale location; designing forest roads; constructing haul roads; maintaining roads through the sale, and eventual repurposing of routes for public use or decommissioning.

Main duties of the position include: processing O&C, unilateral, and Forest Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) Right-of-Ways permits; representing engineering on Interdisciplinary teams; conducting field timber road engineering and layout; surveying and designing roads; preparing and administering contracts.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1101 General Business And Industry

  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship required
    • May be required to complete background investigation.
    • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males
    • Must provide resume and supporting documents (See required documents).
    • You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Lands.
    • Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
    • You will be required to obtain and maintain a valid state driver's license.
    • If you are a new employee or new supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.


    In order to qualify, you must meet the experience and/or education requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. If qualifying based on education, a copy of your unofficial transcripts must be provided with your application.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience and/or education for the grade level in which you are applying:

    Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service (obtained either in the private or public sectors) performing the following: (1) processing and monitoring of right-of-way license agreements and/or permits; (2) conducting inventories and inspections of roads and rights-of-way; (3) providing engineering support such as road location surveys, drainage system, road designs and drawings; and (4) preparing and administering the engineering portion of timber sale contracts such as road use fees, road construction estimates, and/or road maintenance and rock wear fees.


    Education: Have at least 3 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.


    Combination: Have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. To determine your combination, first compute your experience as a percentage of the experience listed above; then determine your education as a percentage of the education listed above; then add the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent. Only graduate education in excess two full years (36 hours) may be used to qualify. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.

    TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT: Any applicant who is currently holding, or 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 (must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent in the Federal service). Current Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. For this position, one year at the GS-09 is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-11 level. (Must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No award SF-50 will be accepted). Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

    Volunteer Experience: 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.

    You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".


    To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.

    If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your 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.

    GRADUATE EDUCATION: 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.

    Additional information

    Physical Demands: The work is partially sedentary in the office environment, requiring considerable reading, writing and oral communications. The incumbent is required to operate four-wheel drive vehicles on and off roads in isolate areas to access government and permittee lands. Radio communication skills are required for communication and safety policies. Occasional long trips and long hours are require to conduct field examinations or to attending meetings or trainings. Frequent and recurring field duties involve traveling by foot, considerable hiking and/or climbing, occasionally in steep, rugged, brushy and otherwise difficult terrain to perform inventories and surveys. Survey duties may include cutting brush for visibility, survey equipment to operate properly, and safe access on foot. Incumbent may be required to carry survey stakes and equipment through the woods and potentially rugged terrain, with weights up to 50 pounds.

    Working Conditions: Work is in an office and the field environment. Work in the office environment is accomplished in an area that is properly lighted, heated and ventilated. Work performed outdoors includes extremely hot/cold/windy/dry/wet weather, rugged terrain, remote sites, and at construction sites. Occasional participation in public meetings required. Work hazards include; remote areas (unpopulated and semi-populated), crossing mountainous streams, lightning, wildfires, proximity to animals (both wild and domestic), poisonous snakes, poison oak, stinging insects, foot and vehicular travel in rain/snow/ice on uneven steep mountainous terrain/winding roads, which may include heavy brush or debris accumulations, construction sites (falling objects, chemicals, dust, noise, heavy construction equipment) and proximity to mechanical and electrical systems.

    The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs (ICTAP):
    If you are applying for a special selection priority under DOI's Career Transition Assistance Plan (open to surplus DOI employees only) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (open to surplus and displaced Federal employees), you must:

    • meet CTAP/ICTAP eligibility criteria;
    • be rated well-qualified for the position with a rating of 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position and
    • submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility. For more information:

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application materials (e.g., resume, supporting documents), the responses you provide on the application questionnaire, and the result of the additional assessments required for this position.

    In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires successful completion of a Subject Matter Expert (SME) panel interview. This assessment measures the critical competencies listed below that are required to successfully perform the duties of this position.

    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. Best qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

    Candidates who apply under Noncompetitive Merit Promotion 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.

    You will be evaluated on the following competencies:

    • Administration and Management
    • Civil Engineering
    • Compliance Inspection
    • Contracting/Procurement
    • Oral Communication

    Performance Appraisals: In the evaluation process, due weight will be given to job related experience, education, training, incentive awards and performance appraisals. Current federal applicants must have a performance rating of at least the equivalent of fully successful to be eligible for promotion or placement. Current federal applicants may provide a copy of a performance appraisal of record dated within the last 18 months. If the applicant is unable to provide a performance appraisal of record dated within the last 18 months, the applicant may provide a written explanation as to why.

    Recruitment incentive awards: Current Federal applicants who have received recruitment incentive awards during the last two years, must list them on their resume.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 05/07/2021.

    • Résumé which includes YOUR NAME, address and contact information such as a valid phone number and e-mail address; a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, with dates specified in month and year format, and indicate hours worked per week. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade.
    • A complete Occupational Questionnaire
    • Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as:
    • Current/Former Federal employees: Your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, as well as the highest grade (or promotion potential) held, on a permanent basis and containing information which shows you meet time-in-grade (e.g., STEP increase, etc.) You must submit an SF-50(s) that shows permanent (career/career/conditional tenure) and competitive service eligibility to be considered. No award SF-50 will be accepted.
    • Documentation for the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) eligibility, which includes ALL Appointment AND Termination SF-50s for EACH appointment as well as ALL performance evaluations, for each qualifying period of temporary employment claimed.
    • Veterans Preference Documentation:
      • 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 SF15. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives.
      • 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 SF15. You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from or call 1-800-827-1000 to establish proof of disability.
    • College transcripts, if qualifying based on education.
    • Documentation for Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan consideration if you are a displaced Federal employee within the local commuting area. You must include: 1) Proof you are a displaced Federal employee, e.g., RIF Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, etc; 2) SF-50s (Notifications of Personnel Action) showing career/conditional tenure competitive status, promotion potential and duty location; and 3) your most recent performance appraisal. To exercise selection priority, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position.
    • Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities Appointment Eligibles: Schedule A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation or benefits office citing disability - eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u).
    • Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems Eligible: Documentation of eligibility as listed in each individual interchange agreement.
    • Other noncompetitive or special appointing authorities (e.g., Peace Corps, VISTA, Public Land Corp, Military Spouse, VRA, 30% Disabled Veterans, Certain Former Overseas Employees, Foreign Service, Boren Fellows, etc.) must provide substantiating documentation as required.
    • Any other supporting documentation required for verification as described in the announcement.
    Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.

    Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents. Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency's staffing offices.

    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.

  • 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.


This job is open to

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

  • Family of overseas employees

    Family members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is, or was, working overseas.

  • Federal employees - Competitive service

    Current or former competitive service federal employees.

  • Individuals with disabilities

  • Land & base management

    Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.

  • Military spouses

  • Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista

  • Special authorities

    Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.

  • Veterans

Clarification from the agency

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion, Land Management, and VEOA Eligibles) and Non-Competitive Authority Eligibles

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