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Telecommunications Specialist

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Department Of The Interior
All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required. This is a permanent position in the competitive service. This is a full-time position. BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as a Telecommunications Specialist, for the Montana State Office, Division of Support Services, Branch of Engineering. This position supports primarily BLM Land Mobile Radio (LMR) wireless communications systems within the Montana/Dakotas. Heavy emphasis is placed on the ability to work unsupervised in the support, maintenance and improvement of the regions VHF radio system. This requires extensive knowledge and experience with VHF and UHF fixed and portable repeaters, links, base stations, mobile and portable radios including IP based Dispatch Centers. This position is located in Lewistown, Montana. Information about the Lewistown area can be found at .
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM''s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.
This position is also being advertised under vacancy announcement MT Merit-2014-0063. Only one person will be selected from these announcements. U.S. Citizenship is required. Security Clearance/Background Investigation 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. At the full performance level, the incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:
Coordinating and providing support for voice and data equipment installation.
Providing support for hooking up remote radio control terminals, dispatch consoles, PC''s, local area networks (LAN''s), and peripheral-sharing devices.
Troubleshooting hardware and software problems for users.
Managing the programming and installation of radio communications software.
Resolving complex telecommunications problems, such as linking incompatible equipment and systems, telephone equipment with multiple operating capabilities, and linking different kinds of voice and/or data requirements through automated processors and modems.
Monitoring and making configuration changes to statewide voice and data communications systems.
Developing procedures for diagnostic testing, error recovery, traffic re-routing, problem isolation and identification, and gathering and analyzing data.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: The work is mostly sedentary, although there is a continuing requirement for field work and climbing of radio towers and the maintenance or installation of equipment may be required. The work is performed under various conditions and in many locations, sometimes in inclement weather and at high altitudes. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 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, your 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:
Knowledge of a wide range and depth of communications concepts, principles, practices, procedures, and techniques involving telephone, data and/or radio which includes hardware/software integration for telecommunications, voice communications, data communications, and/or computer hardware architecture to review, analyze, and resolve difficult telecommunications problems.
Knowledge of manual and automated drafting and drawing techniques as applied to the professional portrayal of telecommunications systems and equipment in diagrammatic and schematic forms.
Knowledge of electronic communications equipment, digital radio principles, practices, procedures, policies, standards, and operational requirements.
Knowledge of acquisition procedures for obtaining telecommunications services from common carriers, contractors, and other commercial services.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, on technical and non-technical matters as they relate to telecommunications.
On-line Questionnaire: Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.
To preview questions please click here. Selective Placement Factors: This position requires special qualifications that have been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as screen out elements. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified:
A valid state driver''s license.
Ability to work outdoors in inclement weather and in mountains at high altitudes up to 8,000 feet in elevation.
For GS-09: In addition to the selective placement factors - One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience for the GS-09 level include performing development work of limited scope on major units of a large system or comparable individual devices or assemblies. Units and devices are moderately complex, including service monitors, control links, radio repeaters, base stations, radio consoles, hand-held mobile devices, tone controls, peripheral recording equipment (dispatch), telephone test set, etc. - 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. Education must be in the major study of electrical or electronic engineering, mathematics, physics, public utilities, statistics, computer science, telecommunications management, information systems management, business administration, industrial management, or other fields directly related to the position.
For GS-11: In addition to the selective placement factors - One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience for the GS-11 level include the use of schematic diagrams, a variety of test equipment, and the application of appropriate electronic formulas involved in testing, troubleshooting, modifying, designing, calibrating, installing, maintaining, repairing, constructing, developing on electronic equipment or similar functions. - OR- 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. Education must be in the major study of electrical or electronic engineering, mathematics, physics, public utilities, statistics, computer science, telecommunications management, information systems management, business administration, industrial management, or other fields directly related to the position.
Specialized Experience: 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. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.
Equivalent combinations of post-high school education and specialized experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements. THIS IS AN ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS THROUGH USAJOBS. If you need assistance in applying online, please call or email the contact listed on this vacancy. 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. PLEASE NOTE: If you have access to a public library, State Job Service Office, etc., you must use these resources to apply online. You must follow the steps described below to complete the application process:
1)YOU MUST CREATE A PROFILE in USAJOBS under My Account. If you already have a registered profile in USAJOBS you do not need to register again. Your profile must contain a current resume for submission. In order to receive proper consideration, your resume should include the following information: - Personal contact information
Work experience (paid or unpaid) including - starting and ending dates (month and year), employer''s name and address, job title (include job series and grade if Federal), duties and accomplishments, supervisor''s name and telephone number, indicate if supervisor may be contacted, hours per week, and salary.
Education and job-related training including - school name, type and year of degrees/diploma received, credits earned and majors; title of training course and year of completion.
References - personal and professional
Additional information - skills (languages, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.), certificates or licenses (current only), and/or honors, awards, and special accomplishments (recognition, professional memberships, publications, leadership activities, etc.).
Insufficient information could result in an ineligible rating. The USAJOBS Resume Builder was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is an available tool when you login to your USAJOBS account.
2) COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION , including responses to all application questions, by clicking on the "APPLY ONLINE" button that appears on this announcement.
3) SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION as applicable. See "Required Documents" section below.
It is your responsibility to ensure that a complete application (including a resume, on-line questionnaire, and applicable supplemental documentation) is received before by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. NOTE: Technical problems may take at least 1 business day to resolve; therefore, you are highly encouraged to complete the application process prior to the closing date. All applicable supplemental documentation must be uploaded or faxed (with generated fax cover sheets) to , and received before by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement. See important information regarding uploading and faxing supplemental documentation below.
THE FOLLOWING SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE RECEIVED, AS APPLICABLE:
1) College Transcripts: If you believe you qualify based on your education, or a combination of education and experience, you must submit a copy of all college transcripts (undergraduate/graduate) 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 click here to see Foreign Education requirements. Note: Transcripts must be submitted to each announcement as applicable.
2) Veterans Preference Documentation : 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. Missing documentation may result a change or removal of your claim for Veteran's preference. If you are claiming preference as a TP Veteran your profile must contain a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release, or Discharge from active military service. If you are claiming preference as a CP, CPS, or XP, your profile must contain a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, with all applicable supporting documentation as instructed in the SF-15. If you are claiming preference based on sole survivorship (SSP), provide the documentation you received granting this preference. More information regarding Veteran''s preference click here .
3) CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: If you are a CTAP or ICTAP Eligible applicant: Provide 1) a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; and, 2) proof of eligibility. It must be indicated in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. Note: CTAP/ICTAP documents must be submitted to each announcement as applicable. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles are Federal employees that have been or are likely to be separated from Federal employment by a Reduction in Force (RIF). Current or former eligible Federal employees eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must receive a score of at least 90 to receive priority consideration under either program. For CTAP and ICTAP, well-qualified means that the applicant meets the qualification standard and eligibility requirements for the position, meets minimum educational and experience requirements, meets all selective factors, where applicable, and is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM''s Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.
Uploading and Faxing Supplemental Documentation: 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. Each document type must use the appropriate generated fax coversheet and be faxed in a separate transmission. Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager (3MB is the maximum size allowed for a document). Do not use both options, only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system. 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.
Checking Application Status and Materials: Hint: Do this before the announcement closes. After you have completed your application, to check the status of your application materials log in to your USAJOBS account, select the "Application Status" section, check under the "Status" for this vacancy, once your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received it will state "Received." Any other application status may indicate that you did not complete the application process and/or your application has not been submitted. Please note: A status of "Received" reflects that your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received; applicable supplemental documentation may still need to be submitted (see required documents above).
You will receive notification via email, generally within 2 weeks of the closing date of the announcement, as to whether or not your name was referred to the selecting official. To explore the benefits typically offered to most federal employees in permanent positions, visit the Office of Personnel Management''s website at the above link.
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At times, frequent travel will be required.
Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
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 theSelective Service System website.
Position is subject to meeting pre-employment physical requirements.
You must possess a valid automobile driver''s license at the time of appointment and at all times during their appointment in this position.
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