Bureau of Land Management Survey Technician in Medford, Oregon

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Physical Demands: Work requires physical exertion such as bending walking in rough, rocky, mountainous and densely vegetated terrain. Lifting and carrying equipment, and Personal Protective Equipment is required.

Work Environment: Primarily outside in all weather conditions.

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The incumbent is a Surveying Technician working for the Oregon State Office and is assigned to the Division of Management Services, Branch of Geographic Sciences. The incumbent acts as the principal assistant to the crew chief of one of the Oregon State Office Cadastral Survey crews and is responsible for the conduct of field surveys in the temporary absence of the Cadastral Surveyor. The incumbent may assist in the preparation of field notes and plats describing the surveys. The incumbent will research various records of surveys required to restore or resurvey property lines. The incumbent may be required to complete all calculations to determine the bearing of lines, and determine horizontal distance utilizing slope and vertical measurement, use GPS for geodetic coordinates and boundary lines, keep standard field notes of surveys and traverses. When serving as a temporary survey crew chief, carries out daily work assignment and provides guidance and direction to other employees for assigned project. Incumbent may prepare draft reports relating to field inspections of survey measurements and monumentation. The incumbent may have contact with other surveyors, the general public, other federal, state, and county agencies, and private land owners. In addition, the incumbent is exposed to various environmental factors throughout the work period. Work is often conducted in adverse conditions such as snow, sleet, rain, sun, or extreme heat. Walking distances may vary from 100 feet to 4-5 miles in a day's work. Terrain may change in elevation as much as 4,000 feet in several miles. The incumbent will operate manual tools such as shovels and axes, as well as power tools such as chainsaws and drills. Incumbent will have a valid driver's license at all times.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0817 Survey Technical

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Conditions of Employment
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  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you have an interest
  • or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
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  • Background Investigation Required

U.S. Citizenship is required.


In order to be rated as qualified for this position candidates must meet all qualification requirements as identified in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook. For GS-5: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-4) in the federal service, or completion of a full four year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation.For GS-6: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-5) in the federal service. or completion of a 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation, plus one full year of graduate education related to the occupation For GS-7: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-6) in the federal service or completion of a 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation, plus one full year of graduate education related to the occupation.

Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience are those which include use of surveying instruments, keeping standard field notes of surveys and traverses for preparation of rough draft field notes, and researching various records. This experience would be progressive in nature of responsibility and complexity for each grade level. Substitution of education for specialized experience when applying GS-05: 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation, if required. Substitution of education for specialized experience when applying for GS-06 and Above: Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required above GS-5 only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position. One full year of graduate education meets the requirements for GS-7.

You must show that you possess the specialized experience and/or education as described in the job specific questions for this position. You must meet the qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement to be found qualified. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In- Grade requirement.


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.

Additional information

The following cutoff dates are interim dates before the closing date of the vacancy announcement when candidates can be referred to the different locations for consideration. Therefore, ALL required documentation must be received at the time you apply, or before 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on the following early consideration dates /closing date: October 31, 2018.

This is a seasonal appointment; you will be in a pay status for at least 6 months, but less than 12 months a year. When work or funds are not available you will be placed in non-pay status.

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

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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.

  1. Knowledge of survey methods, techniques and procedures to plan non-routine survey assignments, develop revisions to standard work methods and procedures, and redirect crew efforts to adapt to field conditions.

  2. Ability to contact individuals about access and survey information.

  3. Knowledge of the operation, adjustment and maintenance of surveying equipment and instruments (transits, theodolites, EMDs, GPS) to operate, take measurements and conduct training.

  4. Knowledge of fundamental trigonometry and algebra sufficient to prepare field notes and check accuracy of survey.

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.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Not Applicable

Drug test required


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Required Documents

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.”

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.

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.

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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.

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.

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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.

Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.

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If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.

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 Office at 541-464-3208 or gstandle@blm.gov. 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.

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Agency contact information
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Bureau of Land Management BLM Oregon State Office, OR-953 1220 SW Third Portland, Oregon 97204 United States

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Next steps

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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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  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
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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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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/512535300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/01/2018 to 11/30/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 05 - 07

Salary: $33,394 to $53,773 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time - This is a permanent seasonal position.