Rock Botanist

Botany

GS-0430

Position Overview

Botanists at the Department of the Interior apply their technical expertise to provide guidance on native plant development, manage threatened plant species, and ensure responsible planning and development on Federal lands.

This position is represented at the following bureaus

Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
National Park Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Geological Survey

Candidate Description

The ideal candidate has professional expertise with botanical concepts, principals, laws, and regulations and communicate this expertise verbally and in writing in a clear and concise manner.

Work Environment

Work is performed in both an office environment and outdoors in the field. Field work conditions may involve walking over steep, rough, or rocky terrain, hiking through dense brush or over snow, and exposure to wildlife and inclement weather.

Minimum Education Requirements

Please see the Individual Occupation Requirements and the Professional and Scientific Positions Group Qualification Standard on the OPM websites.

Career Level Requirements

Responsibilities by Level

  • Entry:

    • Completes botanical surveys and clearances as the project inspector
    • Assists in implementing habitat improvement or restoration projects
    • Monitors and surveys sensitive species and their habitats
    • Utilizes Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Position System (GPS) technology to conduct plant surveys, identify impacts to threatened species, or evaluate inventory and monitoring of plant populations
    • Analyzes populations and distributions of sensitive species and makes recommendations for protection or management

  • Mid:

    • Evaluates proposed development projects to assess impacts to resources and recommends mitigation for those impacts
    • Develops vegetation plans for restoration, and directs plant inventory and monitoring plans; Locates local sources of native plants and materials for restoration projects
    • Develops and provides training for other staff
    • Recommends species to be placed on sensitive plants list 
    • Develops and reviews environmental documents relating to all manner of land disturbance activities at the local levels

  • Journey:

    • Assesses and analyzes local, regional, and national goals and relates them to programs and action plans
    • Advises management of probable changes in ecological systems emphasis
    • Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with user groups, academic institutions, or other government entities
    • Authors and reviews botanical sections of large scale management plans
    • Develops budget and sets spending priorities at the regional or state level, and develops regional contracts for botanical inventory and restoration

  • Senior:

    • Formulates policy, goals, objectives, and establishes priorities and strategies for major program areas
    • Provides technical counsel to other offices, groups, and teams
    • Identifies funding priorities for program areas
    • Serves on interdisciplinary teams

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Strengths by Level

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  • Accountability
    Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
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  • Attention to Detail
    Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
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  • Compliance
    Knowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and guidance.
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  • Creative Thinking
    Uses imagination to develop new insights into situations and applies innovative solutions to problems; designs new methods where established methods and procedures are inapplicable or are unavailable.
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  • Customer Service
    Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
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  • Entrepreneurship
    Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by developing or improving products or services. Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives.
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  • Flexibility
    Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; effectively deals with ambiguity.
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  • Influencing/Negotiating
    Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; works with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.
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  • Interpersonal Skills
    Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
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  • Oral Communication
    Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
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  • Organizational Awareness
    Knows the organization's mission and functions, and how its social, political, and technological systems work and operates effectively within them; this includes the programs, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the organization.
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  • Partnering
    Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
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  • Problem Solving
    Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
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  • Project Management
    Knowledge of the principles, methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources, including monitoring and inspecting costs, work, and contractor performance.
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  • Reasoning
    Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.
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  • Teamwork
    Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.
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  • Technical Competence
    Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
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  • Writing
    Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
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Common Pathways

Candidates who made this career change most commonly held these occupations...

50%

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