Announcement Number:
NV Merit-2015-0246
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Land Surveyor
Open Period:
05/26/2015 - 06/09/2015 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 1373 11/12
USD $58,562 - USD $91,255
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Las Vegas, NV, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Human Resources


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility; CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area; and Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Eligibles Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities. All former PLC members who within the past 120 days have completed all requirements of a creditable PLC project.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position.
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the Las Vegas Distrcit team.  

The BLM manages more land – approximately 245 million surface 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 BLM, 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, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website. This position is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Information about the area can be found at Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation, Chapter 302, and Departmental policy.  The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered.  

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Work area is inside an office type environment, with occasional trips to the field.


This position serves as a land surveyor in a Bureau of Land Management Office. The land surveyor will perform work which involves measurement of public lands, including establishing, investigating, and reestablishing land and property boundaries, including preparing plats and legal descriptions for plats of land; and work that involves knowledge and application of the principles of land surveying in combination with knowledge of land ownership laws. Duties include serving as the State Office public relations contact concerning major boundary surveys, land ownership issues, and other legal and technical matters related to Federal interest lands that affect recognized Indian Nations and other Federal agencies; planning, directing, documenting, and guiding complex surveys and boundary investigations; designing and collecting accurate geodetic data; preparing field notes of surveys in final form from field returns and preparing plats of surveys in near final form; serving as party chief of one or more survey crews; and researching and preparing responses to inquiries pertaining to cadastral surveys or official survey records and land ownership.

Qualifications and Evaluations

This position is covered under the Office of Personnel Management's Professional Scientific and has Individual Occupational Requirements.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship 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 is required.
  • Education Requirements:
    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:

    KSA 1: Knowledge of the legal principles that apply to surface and subsurface ownership and property boundary control, and commonly accepted technologies and techniques used to conduct cadastral surveys and process survey data.

    KSA 2: Ability to analyze existing survey records and geodetic data to enter precise coordinate data and attributes into the Geographic Data Coordinate Data Base (GCDB).

    KSA 3: Ability to research, analyze, document, and collect existing survey, land status, title information, and geodetic data to create Special Instructions, prepare survey records, and present information orally and in written documents.

    KSA 4: Knowledge of Cadastral Survey concepts, legal requirements, policies, and practices to review survey records, analyze existing survey records, and provide technical assistance and training to others.
    In addition to meeting the basic entry requirement, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education of the position to be found qualified. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade.

    Basic Entry Requirement: This position has a positive education requirement which requires that you have a degree in land surveying or civil engineering with a surveying option or emphasis. The civil engineering major must have included at least 6 semester hours of surveying, 3 semester hours of land law, and 21 additional semester hours in any combination of surveying, photogrammetry, geodetic surveying, geodesy, route surveying, remote sensing, cartography, survey astronomy, land information systems, computer-aided mapping, aerial photo interpretation, and survey analysis and adjustments; OR a combination of education and experience -- course equivalent to a major in land surveying or civil engineering as described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education; OR current registration as a land surveyor in a State, territory, or the District of Columbia obtained by written examination. Such registration must have been obtained under conditions outlined in the National Council of Engineering Examiners (NCEE) Unified Model Law for Registration of Surveyors. Applicants wishing to be considered under this provision must show evidence of registration based on successful completion of the written examinations. Registrations granted prior to adoption of a registration law with qualification requirements equivalent to the NCEE Model law by the state, territory, or District of Columbia are not acceptable under this option. To be considered equivalent to the NCEE Model law, registration laws must include the four options listed within the NCEE Unified Model Law in the section specifying “General Requirements for Registration” as a Professional Land Surveyor.

    You will need to clearly state how your education meets the requirement, including any undergraduate/graduate degree(s) you have received, and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-11 Land Surveyor: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in land surveyor related work. At this level, work assignments require the land surveyor to determine approaches and solutions, using judgment in modifying, adapting, and making compromises within standard guidelines; applying standard practices to new situations; and relating the work to precedents. Completed work is reviewed for technical soundness and conformance to requirements and objectives of the assignment. Examples: plan and conduct land surveys, prepare written survey documents or notes, and coordinate with interested parties as a chief of parties or project manager. Manages complex and complicated cadastral survey or resurvey projects using a variety of survey equipment, including total stations, data collectors, handheld calculators, and GPS receivers; OR 3 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in land surveying or civil engineering with a surveying option/emphasis; OR have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-12 Land Surveyor: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in land surveyor related work. At this level, work assignments require the land surveyor to determine approaches and solutions to land surveying situations involving a variety of complicating factors; using judgment in modifying, adapting, and making compromises within standard guidelines; applying standard practices to new situations, relating the work to precedents; and communicating project status and with interested parties. Examples: coordinate with interested parties as chief of parties or project manager; manage complex and complicated cadastral survey or resurvey projects using a variety of survey equipment, including total stations, data collectors, handheld calculators, and GPS receivers; prepare written reports describing unique problems encountered with recommendations for solutions for management to make proper decisions.

    There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 and above grade levels.

    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 300.64. 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.

    Benefits and Other Info

    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.
    Other Information:
    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at ICTAP.

    CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used for this position.

    May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

    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 the Selective Service System website.

    BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.

    Occasional travel may be required.

    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

    This announcement may be used to fill more than one position at this duty location.

    How to Apply

    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.

    If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

    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.

    If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at (775) 861-6431 or email us at nvjobs@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.
    Required Documents:
    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:       

    Basic Enrty Requirement: All Copies of Transcripts and/or certifications that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.

    All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of ‘official’ transcripts.

    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).

    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.”  

    Veterans Special Appointing Authorities: To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three or more years of active service. A VEOA eligible who is separated 30 days or less prior to completion of the three-year active duty service requirement is eligible to receive consideration for BLM vacancies Submit documentation to support your claim for VEOA or preference veteran (DD-214 that shows discharge as honorable or general, SF-15, Veterans Administration Letter). If you are currently on active duty, you must provide an official statement of service from your command, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proved your military service was performed under honorable conditions. You must clearly identify your claim for veterans' preference on your application. For more information on veterans' preference, please go to OPMs website at: Feds Hire Vets.  

    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. 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.

    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 the announcement.
    Next Steps:
    You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.

    You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.