U.S. nationals: Senior Analyst (Federal Land and Water Resources)

U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Oakland, CA, USA 🇺🇸

Denver, CO, USA 🇺🇸

Washington, USA 🇺🇸

Atlanta, GA, USA 🇺🇸

Dallas, TX, USA 🇺🇸

Seattle, WA, USA 🇺🇸


  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates: 03/16/2023 to 03/30/2023
  • Salary: $108,794 – $183,500 per year
  • Pay scale & grade: PE 22
  • Locations: 1 vacancy in the following locations:
  • Remote job: No
  • Telework eligible: Yes—as determined by the agency policy.
  • Travel Required: Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.
  • Relocation expenses reimbursed: No
  • Appointment type: Permanent –
  • Work schedule: Full-time –
  • Service: Excepted
  • Promotion potential: None
  • Job family (Series): 0347 GAO Evaluator
  • Supervisory status: No
  • Security clearance: Other
  • Drug test: No
  • Position sensitivity and risk: Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
  • Trust determination process: Suitability/Fitness
  • Announcement number: NRE-23-DE-11884460
  • Control number: 713269600


The primary purpose of the position is to serve as a subject matter expert on federal land and water resources programs, performing the full range of analyst duties to respond to requests and mandates from and interact with congressional committees, subcommittees, and members. The GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.Learn more about this agency

This job is open to

Clarification from the agency

United States Citizens

This job is also open in another announcement to:

  • Federal employees – Competitive service
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Military spouses
  • Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista
  • Veterans


As a Senior Analyst (Federal Land and Water Resources), PE-0347-22 your typical work assignments may include the following:

  • Lead engagement teams in designing, implementing, and writing audits related to U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service; Department of the Interior; and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration programs.
  • Serve as a subject matter advisor to multiple engagement Teams on U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service; Department of the Interior; and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration programs.
  • Assist Natural Resources and Environment team leadership in providing assistance and briefings to congressional committees, Members, and staff related to U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service; Department of the Interior; and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration programs.


Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S. Citizen
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
Suitability for Federal employment, as determined by a background investigation
Completion of a probationary period is required.
Completion of a financial disclosure statement is required.
This is a bargaining unit position.

You must meet the specialized experience by the closing date of this announcement to be considered.


Minimum Qualification Requirements
Applicants must have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band or level equivalent to the GS-13, PE-IIA, PT-II, CS-II level in the federal service, or comparable experience in the private sector.

Specialized experience for this position is defined as 1) demonstrated experience in analyzing federal natural resources programs in two or more of the following areas: wildland fire management, land management, fish and wild life management, water resource management, and climate change adaptation; and 2) providing authoritative guidance to internal management and staff related to the program areas listed above.

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.


There is no positive education requirement for this position.

Additional information

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and are claiming 5-points veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, you must also submit an SF-15, “Application for 10-Point Veterans’ Preference” plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans’ preference visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx).

Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The U.S. GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the GAO require completion of a one or two-year probationary period.

Pay will be set within the selectee’s duty location.
Washington, DC: $117,111 – $183,500
Atlanta, GA: $108,784 – $174,116
Dallas, TX: $116,073 – $183,500
Denver, CO: $116,567 – $183,500
Oakland, CA: $130,452 – $183,500
Seattle, WA: $117,378 – $183,500


A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal 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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

A review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed in this announcement. You will be further evaluated based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying. Your responses must provide sufficient information to determine possession of experience and must be evidenced in your resume. Incomplete responses (e.g. see resume, or like), errors or omissions will affect your eligibility.

All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, Qualified. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Your qualifications will be further evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

Audit Reporting, Natural Resources Management, and Wildland Fire Management

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans’ preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service- connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

To preview the assessment questionnaire, click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11884460

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
  2. Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • Veterans’ Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
  • Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
  • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
  • To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.
  • If you are unable to apply online, you must request an alternative application which is available from the Human Resources Office. Please contact Michelle Furukawa at furukawam@gao.gov to obtain an alternative application.

Agency contact information

 Michelle Furukawa




Government Accountability Office
Human Capital Office
441 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20548

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Next steps

After the closing date of this announcement, GAO’s Human Capital Office will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications by reviewing your assessment questionnaire and resume to complete an analysis. Please be as complete and thorough as possible. If your application is rated “best-qualified,” your name will be referred to the selecting official for consideration. At this point you may be contacted for an interview.

If you do not meet the key requirements, and/or basic qualifications or you fail to submit all required application materials, your application will not be considered.

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