U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

About

Announcement Number:
NV-DEU-2016-0120
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Realty Specialist
Open Period:
05/09/2016 - 05/23/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 1170 09/11
Salary:
USD $49,054 - USD $77,154
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work schedule is full time
Promotion Potential:
GS-11
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Las Vegas, NV, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Human Resources
775-861-6431
nvjobs@blm.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the Las Vegas District 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.
Summary:
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.

These positions are located within the Las Vegas District in the Las Vegas Field Office or the Pahrump Field Office. Information about the areas can be found at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and Pahrump Chamber of Commerce websites. Duty location to be determined upon selection.

Physical Demands: The work is split between sedentary and physical. Because the employee may lead or often conduct on-site examinations, there is some walking, standing, bending, and requiring normal physical exertion. Onsite visits require physical ability to traverse remote rough country by cross country vehicle or by foot, sometimes in extreme climatic conditions to conduct field inspections. The field duties of this position require that the employee operate four-wheel drive vehicles on and off roads in isolated areas.

Work Environment: The environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions. The work environment varies from an office setting to working outside in isolated areas under adverse weather conditions. The employee usually works alone while in the field. Temperatures in the field vary from minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Work in the office will generally be at a desk. The employee will adhere to all safety rules and regulations as prescribed in manuals/supplements or by the designated Safety Officer.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Field inspections may require travel.

Duties

The duties described below are at the full performance GS-11 grade level:

Using advanced knowledge and experience, independently lead or individually gather, analyze, and process information, to make defensible recommendations on a wide variety of complex and controversial lands and realty actions including rights-of-ways, communication sites, land acquisition and disposal, Recreation and Public Purposes (R&PP) actions, exchanges, permits, leases, withdrawals, and trespass.

Write opinions and recommendations using regulatory guidance such as judicial decisions, and Departmental and Bureau decisions. Collect, enter, update, and maintain data according to bureau and program standards while ensuring data quality and integrity. Interact with the public regarding realty matters on public lands.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
This position falls under the Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Administrative and Management Positions.

To qualify based on education, you will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

Applicants selected who have less than 3 years of experience as a Realty Specialist (GS-1170) will be required to attend a 3-part Lands and Realty Academy at BLM's National Training Center in Phoenix, AZ. The selected applicant must successfully complete and pass the Academy. Failure to complete and/or pass this Academy may result in your termination.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "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.
  • Background Investigation Required.
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:
    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, you application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well 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.

    KSA 1: Knowledge of principles, methods, techniques and procedures of the lands and realty programs and in application of public land laws, regulations, and policies.

    KSA 2: Knowledge of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Title 43 Code of Federal Regulations, realty reports and other pertinent laws and regulations to make appropriate recommendations for a wide variety of complex land and realty transactions. 

    KSA 3: Ability to understand the impact of construction on the environment, engineering principals and rehabilitation techniques as they apply to earthwork and structures.

    KSA 4: Ability to read and interpret maps, aerial photos, and master title plats in order to accurately determine land ownership.
    Qualifications:
    In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume.

    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.

    For the GS-09: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-7 level that provides the 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. Qualifying experience could be serving as a trainee realty specialist, realty technician, land law examiner, or legal clerk on lands actions or other public lands use authorizations that provided experience with field exams, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, requisitions & compliance; OR a master`s or equivalent graduate degree; OR two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related; OR a combination of education and experience described above.

    For the GS-11: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-9 that provides the 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. Specialized experience is further defined as; processing various types of land cases (i.e. public sales, rights/of/way, land exchanges, acquisitions, agricultural entries, land classification, withdrawals, leases, permits, recreation and public purpose leases/patents, airport leases/patents, State selections, trespasses, etc.), field examinations, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) processes, requirements, and compliance; OR a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR completed 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related; OR a combination of education and experience described above.

    Note: Real estate work experience in the private sector is not considered qualified unless the experience demonstrates specific relationship to public land issues.

    You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.  

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at OPM.GOV.
    Other Information:
    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/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 CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

    CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

    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.

    May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

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

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

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

    The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    This announcement may be used to fill more than one position within the Las Vegas District. 

    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 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.

    Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

    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:

    If qualifying based on education: Copy of all Transcripts 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 Foreign Education.

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

    Veterans' Preference: 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.  
    • For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.  
    • For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.  
    • For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.  
    For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.  

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

    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.  

    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 this 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.