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

About

Announcement Number:
NM-DEU-2018-0057
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Land Law Examiner (Minerals)
Open Period:
09/17/2018 - 09/27/2018 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0965 09
Salary:
USD $50,769 - USD $66,001
Promotion Potential:
GS-09
Duty Location(s):
2
in
Farmington, NM, US
5
in
Santa Fe, NM, US
For More Info:
Lorissa Hernandez
505-954-2081
lhernandez@blm.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Other
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position.
Marketing Statement:

The BLM manages more land - 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 estate 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.

5 positions are located in Santa Fe, NM. Information about Santa Fe and the Santa Fe area can be found at Santa Fe, NM.


2 positions are located in Farmington, NM. Information about Farmington and the Farmington area can be found at Farmington, NM.

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

As needed.

Duties

Reviews, analyzes, and processes comprehensive and sometimes complex formal Federal agreement application documents. Prepares first and last production memoranda on Federal oil and gas leases and agreements. Case work includes reviewing and processing a wide variety of notices and applications to conduct a variety of oil and gas development activities or terminate geophysical and fluid mineral lease operations. Apply thorough, sound knowledge and experience in the use and interpretation of regulations, departmental decisions, and manuals as they relate to oil and gas activities and is responsible for total adjudication of a variety of applications. Adjudicates documents for technical and legal adequacy. Obtains additional information from applicants, other Federal agencies, or from lease files; and determines acceptability. Performs a wide range of professional and administrative duties associated with BLM's Oil and Gas programs. Ability to deal effectively with co-workers, Field and State Office personnel, industry officials and the general public.


Physical Demands: Work is predominantly sedentary although there is some walking, stooping, and bending involved when searching for records.


Work Environment: Work is performed in a typical office setting.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.

Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
  • Direct Deposit Required
  • Background Investigation Required
  • Education Requirements:

    This position does not have a positive education requirement; however, you may qualify for this position based on education alone or a combination of education and experience.

    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, your 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 regulations, manual releases, policies and practices relating to Information Systems Management.

    • KSA 2: Knowledge of their uses in statistical reporting, case adjudication, lands and resource management decisions.

    • KSA 3: Ability to apply applicable regulations to simple and routine cases.

    • KSA 4: Skill in communication in order to guide group efforts in accomplishing intended goals and objectives.

    Qualifications:

    Specialized Experience: 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. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-07) of the position to be filled. One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS­-07 level as a Land Law Examiner which is directly related to the work. Examples: Adjudication or examination of applications and claims for the disposal, use of, or title to public lands, issuance of leases, licenses, or permits for land or resources use, and resolving conflicts arising from use. General practice of law that included substantial involvement in examinations of titles or other legal transactions involving acquisition, lease, or disposal of land. Title searching, abstracting, or interpreting land records, survey plats, or tract indexes and books, provided the work demonstrated an understanding of the laws, regulations, and policies associated with land management programs. Work as a land appraiser that involved appraisal of undeveloped or marginal-type land. Processing, adjudications and advising on applications and claims for rights, privileges, gratuities, or other benefits authorized under various public land, mineral leasing, and mining laws; Familiarity with the examining and adjudication process to explain such matters as (1) the effect of withdrawals, mineral reservations, land classification and other actions on individual applications; The issues involved, the action being taken, or the status of pending cases (where appropriate to give such information); and (3) the basis for adverse actions and appeal rights; OR Education: Major study in any field; Applicants can qualify based on 2 full years (36 semester hours) of graduate level education leading to a master`s degree or equivalent (including law school) that included or was supplemented by 12 semester hours of course work related to the administration of land laws. Examples include course work in land surveying, cartography, land use law, real estate law, land appraising, land use planning, water rights, mining laws, or legal instrument review and interpretation. For some positions, graduate study alone may not provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the work. OR Education and Experience: Equivalent combination of experience and education as described 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.

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

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    Agency Benefits:

    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:

    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.

    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.


    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. 


    Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.

    The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position may be suitable for situational telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval in Santa Fe, NM only. Teleworking is not available in Farmington, NM.


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


    If selected for this position, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450 within 30 days of reporting to duty.  You will be required to provide this information annually.

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


    This announcement is being advertised concurrently under Announcement: NM MERIT-2018-0081, for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

    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.


    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 505-954-2081 or lhernandez@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:

    Resumes must show relevant experience and other information.  Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information.  Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional). If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.

    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:



    • Copy of 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.

    • 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.