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Job Title:Realty Specialist, GS-1170-09/11 (DEU)(LL)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-MP-2012-306

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$50,790.00 to $79,883.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, December 20, 2012 to Thursday, January 10, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1170-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Folsom, CA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and Nationals

JOB SUMMARY:

Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River, Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River, and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit: http://www.usbr.gov/
View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/Video

 

Want to work for a contemporary water management agency whose mission is to assist in meeting the increasing water demands of the West while protecting the environment and the public's investment? Join the staff of the Bureau of Reclamation as a Realty Specialist. Be involved in federal land transactions and management. This is a full time permanent position located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid Pacific Region, Central California Area Office, Project Integration Office in Folsom, CA. For more information on the Folsom area visit: http://www.folsom.ca.us/

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must possess a valid state driver's license.
  • Position subject to an extensive background investigation.
  • Travel may be required 5-10% of the time.

DUTIES:

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Position may be filled at the GS-09 or GS-11 level.  At the full performance GS-11 level, the incumbent serves as a Realty Specialist.

The duties of this position are developmental in nature, leading to the full performance level of GS-11. The incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the next level of the position upon meeting all regulatory requirements; certification by the supervisor of successful performance; completion of all training requirements; and the availability of work at the next higher grade level.  Note: promotion is not automatic.  

-Reviews and processes request for secondary use of Reclamation lands or facilities. -Evaluates land use requests to ensure the proposed use is compatible with and does not adversely impact Reclamation's use and interests.

-Prepares leases, licenses, permits, and draft easements containing terms and conditions to protect the interests of the United States.

-Determines and collects all administrative and use fees for easements, leases, licenses, and permits.

-Coordinates the preparation of environmental documentation, legal descriptions, and appraisals, and obtains legal approval.

-Reviews and updates real property utilization reports.

-Identifies surplus lands and recommends disposals.

-Extracts real estate ownership data from tract books, drawings, assessors' records, sales contracts, and grant deeds.

-Maintains a file of out-grants.

-Updates RIS to reflect current ownerships and encumbrances.

-Identifies unauthorized use of Reclamation lands, initiates remedial action, and pursues the action to final resolution of the trespass.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must have one year of specialized experience or additional education as defined below.

GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service OR two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree (or equivalent master's or graduate degree).

GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service OR a Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree) OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR an LL.M.

Education must be related to the position and include such coursework as land or resource management, law (e.g., property, real estate), contracts, business finance, business administration, quantitative methods, economics, accounting, or similar coursework that provided the competencies required to perform the duties of the position.

Foreign Education:  To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Definition of Specialized Experience: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:

GS-09: Evaluating, preparing and processing several types of routine property transactions (such as permits, leases, easements, licenses, transfers, exchanges, acquisition contracts, disposal documents); identifying and reporting instances of unauthorized use of government land or property; negotiating routine or standard property and land-use agreements with landowners, land users, project proponents, or government officials; researching records to obtain vague real estate and property information; analyzing and evaluating the merits of land-use requests; working with community planners and developers to develop land and facility use documents.

GS-11: Experience performing rights of use or acquisition and disposal activities; or reviewing realty actions to ensure compliance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Federal Land Policy and Management Act, or Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).

These examples are not all inclusive. 

Realty experience that solely involves the purchase or sale of single family residential property is not creditable for this position.


This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience. You must submit a copy of your college transcript unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education if you are substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.

Applicants must meet all qualification, and as applicable, selective factor requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 60 minutes. Applicants determined best-qualified will be referred to the selecting official. Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position.  If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories:  1)  Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified.  Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category.

Best Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications, are highly proficient in the major requirement(s) of the position, and proficient in most of the remaining aspects of the position. 

Well Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and are proficient in most aspects of the position.

Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and possess only a few aspects of the position.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through their resume and responses to the online questions.

1. Knowledge of Federal realty laws, directives, policies, procedures.

2. Ability to read aliquot parts and legal metes and bounds descriptions for real property and to locate such described property on small scale maps.

3. Ability to search and retrieve land record documents and to accurately interpret their meaning and importance.

4. Ability to write effective letters and coherent, comprehensive, and legally sufficient documents.

Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants rating themselves higher than is apparent in their description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration.


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BENEFITS:

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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc



OTHER INFORMATION:

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized and are the responsibility of the selectee.

Employment Conditions:

-Travel is required approximately 5-10% of the time.

-Operation of a government vehicle is required; therefore, you must possess and maintain a valid State’s driver’s license.  Driving record will be verified prior to final selection.

-This position requires completion of a one-year probationary period.

-Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.

-Required to obtain and use a government-issued credit card.

-All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.

Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service or be exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law.  To register for Selective Service or to verify that you have registered, please visit:  http://www.sss.gov

Optional Form 306 (OF-306):  Before final appointment and again before you begin work, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Federal hiring process visit: http://www.opm.gov/employ/students/fedhire.asp#authorities
Legal and Regulatory Guidance: http://www.usajobs.gov/lrg/



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy must be received online before midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C., time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of any page.
This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe.  For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/hireme.html
As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents.  Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.
Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from a USAJOBS profile (instructions are provided during the online application process.) In addition, applicants may e-mail their supporting documentation to mpjobs@usbr.gov, fax directly to the HR Office at 916-978-5563, or mail or hand-deliver to USBR/ATTN: HR, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).
Applicants needing assistance in applying online should contact the HR Office at 916-978-5476. If applying online poses a hardship contact the HR Office prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:
Transcript(s):  All applicants must furnish a copy of your college transcript(s), if applicable.  If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty:  If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
-For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an 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 requested by this form.
For candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) you must submit the appropriate DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) documenting your eligibility.
For information on veteran's eligibility visit:  http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp
CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP-ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application.  To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources Office
Phone: 916-978-5476
Fax: 916-978-5563
Email: mpjobs@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
2800 Cottage Way
Attn: MP-500
Sacramento, CA
95825-1898
US
Fax: 916-978-5563

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements.  Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.


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Job Announcement Number:

BR-MP-2012-306

Control Number:

334179500