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Job Title:Review Appraiser

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:13-1102000004-0631DP-BWM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$73,848.00 to $87,815.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, January 18, 2013 to Friday, February 01, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1171-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Golden, CO View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens; no prior Federal experience is required.

JOB SUMMARY:

A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This position is located in the Forest Service Regional Office, Golden Colorado.

This position serves as the Senior Review Appraiser within the Regional Office staff and provides staff assistant to the Regional Appraiser. The incumbent is primarily responsible for supporting landownership adjustments.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-1102000004-0631G-BWM.  Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement.  Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.


The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a US Citizan to apply.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Must maintain a Certified General Appraiser license.
  • Financial disclosure required.

DUTIES:

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Serves as appraiser or delegated review appraiser as assigned by the Regional Appraiser and provides appraisal and/or review services to National Forests in the Region. Reviews appraisal reports submitted by either Forest Service staff appraisers or private-sector contract appraisers. Determines whether proper valuation procedures, principles and techniques were employed in the development of appraisals and if appraisal reports conform to Federal laws and regulations.

As assigned by the Regional Appraiser, coordinates with the appropriate contracting authority in the Regional Office or National Forests for the procurement of real estate appraisal contracts, including preparation of case-specific statements of work (appraiser instructions), analyzing appraisers' qualifications, selecting contract appraisers, conducting pre-work conferences, overseeing contract administration, and conducting appraisal review. Serves as Contracting Officers' Representative and reviews appraisals for adherence to contract specifications, statements of work, and recognized appraisal standards and practices.

Instructs contract and staff appraisers with regard to applicable Federal law, Forest Service policy, and the proper appraisal premises and procedures pertinent to valuing unique or complicated properties or those involved in condemnation. Assists the Regional Appraiser in planning and conducting in-house training.

Within area of responsibility and within delegated authority, develops and recommends policies, plans, standards, and procedures relating to real property and/or real property interests. Performs as the local expert and coordinator for the implementation of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, the Small Tracts Act of 1983, and the Townsite Act of 1958, with regard to valuation issues.

Duties listed are at the full performance level.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: provided staff assistance to the Regional Appraiser or equivalent and was primarily responsible for supporting landownership adjustments such as purchases, special uses, land exchanges and conveyances, Forest Legacy and other agency functions. This includes being responsible for providing a wide range of valuation services such as contracting for real property appraisals and performing technical appraisal reviews, assisting in developing and implementing technical training, establishing Regional valuation policy and assuring quality control for valuation activities. Has held delegated authority to approve appraisals up to/including $1,000,000 while demonstrating the ability to successfully handle cases with the potential of becoming controversial because of the unique property type or the ability of influential landowners to assert political pressure to “reevaluate” value conclusions in refutation of market indications.

One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: produced credible appraisal reports found defensible in the face of technical scrutiny. Served as an expert on all issues related to real property appraisals on assigned cases having been thoroughly trained and experienced in appraising all levels of assignment, from simple to complex. Demonstrated ability to communicate successfully with a wide range of audiences to both gather pertinent data for use in appraisal analyses and to explain the resulting conclusions of market value.


REQUIREMENTS:

 
May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period. 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated based on the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the “Apply Online” button to the right.


To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=f42957c5-ca7e-4265-bf19-a14700f12e50


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:  http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.  


This is a bargaining unit designated position.

This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.


Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.

• CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: If selected, you will be required to submit Form OGE-450 within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter. Selectee is subject to financial Disclosure Requirements in accordance with 5 CFR, Part 2635, Sub part E regarding business or personal transactions with applicants, borrowers, or business contacts who have or who are seeking business with this Agency. Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you will be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report.


BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK:  Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.


If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.

You must complete the application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Assistance is available during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be received no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step1 – Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2 - Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3 - Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.

You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be submitted to constitute a complete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents will result in elimination from consideration.

1. Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience; and, 5) other qualifications.

2. College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application, however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required.

3. DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) and/or SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference if claiming Veterans’ Preference or eligibility for appointment under the VRA, VEOA, or 30% Disabled Veterans hiring authority.

4. SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee that will verify your federal status, position title, series and grade. FSA County employees must provide the most recent Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50-B or FSA-50) that verifies permanent status. Also provide the SF-50 that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher.

5. Annual Performance Appraisal if you are a current Federal employee. Submit the most recently completed annual performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) which identifies the employee's official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.

6. Certification of Disability if you are eligible for appointment based on a disability under the Schedule A hiring authority. This certification can be documented by a counselor from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency or the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs; by a statement or letter on a physician/medical professionals’ letterhead stationary; or by statements, records, or letters from a Federal Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits. The certification must verify the applicant has a severe disability, is eligible under a Schedule A appointment authority, and he or she is able to perform the essential duties of the position. The certification must also describe any needed reasonable accommodation. You can review additional information at: https://www.opm.gov/disability/appempl.asp.

7. If you are eligible for appointment based on service in the Peace Corps, Vista, Action Cooperative, or another special authority, submit proof of eligibility.

8. CTAP/ICTAP documentation if separated from Federal service or pending separation based on a reduction in force (RIF) or other management workforce reduction action. Proof of eligibility must include a separation notice or Certificate of Expected Separation, SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action or most recent SF-50 (that is not an award), and latest performance appraisal (dated within the last 18 months) or a statement advising why one is unavailable.


NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HRM Contact Center
Phone: 877-372-7248, option 2
Fax: 866-338-1328
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: fsjobs@fs.fed.us
Agency Information:
USDA Forest Service
Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab.
Albuquerque, NM,
87109
United States
Fax: 866-338-1328

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an acknowledgement email that the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and if you were selected or not selected.  If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application.  Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.   Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate

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Job Announcement Number:

13-1102000004-0631DP-BWM

Control Number:

336080200