Rangeland Management Specialist (GS 5-9)



  • Makes plant identifications and evaluations; determines plant community characteristics, basic soil-plant relationships, response of plants to grazing use, and productivity of grazing lands.
  • Develops resource inventories, including identification of ecological sites, forage suitability groups, range conditions, range trends, and forage production.
  • Develops resource inventories, including identification of wildlife habitat, watershed qualities and other resources, as a step in developing ecological site descriptions, conservation plans.
  • Assists landowners in development of practical grazing management plans, including planned grazing systems, initial stocking rates, and utilization standards.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
  • Satisfactory Background investigation and/or fingerprint check. If selected, you will be sent instructions on obtaining fingerprints. Please note we are not able to reimburse any fees incurred for fingerprints.
  • Successful completion of one-year trial period
  • Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit https://www.e-verify.gov/
  • Signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways.
  • This position requires the incumbent to possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.
  • Duty Location may change based upon training needs or upon conversion to competitive service.


(NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts. Failure to submit transcripts will result in an ineligible rating.)
Basic Requirements: For the GS-05 level: Degree: Bachelor's degree: range management; or a related discipline that included at least 42 semester hours in a combination of the plant, animal, and soil sciences, and natural resources management, as follows:

  • Range Management -- At least 18 semester hours of course work in range management, including courses in such areas as basic principles of range management, range plants, range ecology, range inventories and studies, range improvements, and ranch or rangeland planning.
  • Directly Related Plant, Animal, and Soil Sciences -- At least 15 semester hours of directly related courses in the plant, animal, and soil sciences, including at least one course in each of these three scientific areas, i.e., plant, animal, and soil sciences. Courses in such areas as plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant ecology, animal nutrition, livestock production, and soil morphology or soil classification are acceptable.
  • Related Resource Management Studies -- At least 9 semester hours of course work in related resource management subjects, including courses in such areas as wildlife management, watershed management, natural resource or agricultural economics, forestry, agronomy, forages, and outdoor recreation management.

OR Combination of education and experience: at least 42 semester hours of course work in the combination of plant, animal, and soil sciences and natural resources management shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.