Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Realty Specialist (Recent Grad)
Open Period:
05/18/2016 - 06/01/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 1170 05/07
USD $32,374 - USD $52,134
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work schedule is full time
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Las Vegas, NV, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Human Resources Office


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Recent Graduates who in the previous 2 years have completed a degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Veterans precluded by a military service obligation have up to 6 years after completion of degree or certificate to apply.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Recent Graduates
Appointment Type Details:
This is a Recent Graduates position.
Marketing Statement:
The BLM seeks a dynamic and energetic recent graduate 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.
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 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.

This position is for Recent Graduates who have completed a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous 2 years. Note: (1) Certain veterans precluded from applying within the timeframe due to a military service obligation have up to 6 years from completing their education to apply; (2) Applicants who completed their educational program requirements after December 27, 2010 will have a full 2 years of eligibility beginning on the date the final regulations became effective, July 10, 2012.  

This is an excepted service, developmental experience appointment expected to last only 1 year under the BLM Pathways Recent Graduates Program. The BLM will require the selected applicant to complete a Participant Agreement in which it shall document the anticipated start and end dates for this developmental appointment.  

The agency may noncompetitively convert a Recent Graduate who is a U. S. citizen to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service, as long as the Recent Graduate successfully completes the BLM’s 1 year developmental program and meets the OPM Qualification Standards for the targeted occupational series.

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.

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.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Field inspections may require travel.


This is an entry level trainee position. As a trainee, perform a variety of developmental assignments of limited difficulty in all or several of the following areas: lands and realty case work, planning systems, compliance, environmental analysis, and outreach.

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

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

You will need to clearly state in the resume your undergraduate and/or 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:
    Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements for the job. Your eligibility and qualification status will be based on a human resources assessment conducted using qualification standards, your responses to the job-related questions, information provided in your resume, and required supporting documents (see the Required Documents section). Veteran’s preference applies to the selection for positions in the Pathways Programs. The examination and selection of applicants will be made in accordance with requirements of the 5 CFR Part 302.  

    Eligible and qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager in unranked order by preference status: (1) Preference eligible veterans having a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more (CPS and CP); (2) Other preference eligibles (XP); (3) Applicants eligible for 5-point veteran’s preference (TP); and those (4) Applicants not eligible for veteran’s preference (NV). In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The job related questions align with the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties of this position.  

    KSA 1: Knowledge of land law transaction and realty in order to process a variety of land cases.

    KSA 2: Ability to research, collect, verify, and interpret, in order to analyze a variety of specific directions, regulations, and information.

    KSA 3: Skill in a variety of communication techniques, in order to disseminate information in a clear and concise manner.
    To be eligible, an applicant must be: A Recent Graduate who has obtained a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous 2 years or other applicable period.

    Other applicable period may include: (1) Certain veterans precluded from applying within the timeframe described above due to a military service obligation, shall have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon his/her release or discharge from active duty. However, in no event, may the individual’s eligibility period extend beyond 6 years from the date on which the individual completed the requirements of an academic course of study; and (2) Applicants who completed their educational program requirements after December 27, 2010 will have a full 2 years of eligibility beginning on the date the final regulations became effective, July 10, 2012.

    In order to assess you meet a qualified status for this position and to refer you to the hiring manager, the agency must be able to determine that you meet the qualifications based on completed education, specialized experience, and/or both - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

    For the GS-05: Completed a four year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree in any field; OR Three (3) years of full time general experience, one (1) year of which was equivalent to at least GS-4, that required me; 1) analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data; and recognize solutions; 2) plan and organize work; 3) and Communicate effectively orally and in writing; OR a combination of education and experience.

    For the GS-07: Competed a 4-yr bachelor’s degree in any field & meet 1 of the following superior academic provisions: GPA of 3.0 or higher for all completed coursework or for all courses completed in the last 2 full years of undergraduate work; GPA of 3.5 or higher for all courses in the major field of study, or courses in major completed in last 2 years of undergraduate work; rank in the upper 1/3 of your college; or member in a national honor society recognized by the Associate of College Honor Societies; OR successfully completed one full year of graduate level study (18 credits or equivalent), or possess a master’s or higher degree, e.g., LL.B., J.D., LL.M., Ph.D., in a field that provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work; OR At least one (1) year of full time work experience, equivalent to the GS-05, which shows research & analytical skills in areas of public lands realty case work (such as rights-of-way, temporary use permits, exchanges, public sales, recreation and public purposes leases/ patents, airport leases/patents, land classification, withdrawal, State selections, trespasses, etc.) or other public lands use authorization; OR a combination of education and experience.

    When combining education and experience, first take the total number of semester hours (or equivalent) earned and divide by 12- semester hours (or equivalent); then take the total number of months of experience and divide by 36 months; finally, add the two percentages. The total number must equal at least 100 percent.

    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 eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


    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 OPM.GOV.
    Other Information:
    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.

    Occasional travel may be required.

    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:

    Verification of Degree: Copy of all your transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U. S. educational institution. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the application process, but prior to appointment the official transcript(s) will be required. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.  

    Veteran’s Preference: If you are entitled to veteran’s preference, you should indicate the level of veteran’s preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veteran’s preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide. You may request copies of your DD-214 by calling 1-800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833 or online at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/.  

    For 5-point veteran’s preference, you must 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 veteran’s preference, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15 (Application for 10-point Veterans Preference), a DD-214 showing character of service, and the required documentation.  

    Certification In Lieu of DD-214: Active duty service members claiming veteran’s preference may submit a ‘certification’ when applying for Federal jobs (Chapter 21 of Title 5 U. S. C Section 2108a). The ‘certification’ is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. Prior to appointment, agencies must verify the service member is eligible for veteran’s preference in accordance with 5 U. S. C. 2108, unless the service member is appointed under the provisions of 5 U. S. C. 5534a, Dual employment and pay during terminal leave from uniformed services.  

    For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit the VetGuide.

    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.