This Position Is No Longer Available
  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Realty Specialist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R6-13-845859-D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$68,809.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, February 21, 2013 to Thursday, March 07, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1170-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Lewistown, MT United StatesView Map
Great Falls, MT United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

You too can make a difference in our world. The work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is meaningful and varied. Want to know more about what it is like to work for us? Watch these short podcasts entitled Meet Your New Boss and Diversity is our Strength.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: All qualified U.S. Citizens

 

This is a permanent, full-time position located with the National Wildlife Refuge System, Division of Realty, Montana Wildlife Acquisition Office, Great Falls, Montana.

Note: This position will be located in Great Falls, Montana, or Lewistown, Montana. Location to be determined upon selection.

 

DUAL CONSIDERATION: This position is also being advertised for status candidates under vacancy announcement R6-13-836074-M. Please see that vacancy announcement for specific details regarding how to apply if you are a status candidate. Status candidates are current or former Federal employees and people eligible under special hiring authorities.

 

OTHER INFORMATION: 

*Frequent overnight travel required*

Valid state driver's license required

Uniform required

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses for this position will be authorized in accordance with appropriate Federal regulations. 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. citizenship required
  • A background investigation may be required
  • Completion of a one-year probationary period may be required
  • Extensive overnight travel will be required

DUTIES:

Back to top

Employee negotiates with private landowners, representatives of Federal, State or County agencies, corporations and non-profit organizations on the acquisition of real property by purchase, lease, easement, exchange, or donation. Collaborates and works closely with other agencies, partners or special interest groups to achieve land conservation objectives. Explains alternatives, objectives and the Service's position on land conservation projects with private landowners and other public agencies. Procures and reviews title commitments or title insurance for land acquisition projects. Resolves land title curative problems in close coordination with the Regional Solicitor's Office and Realty staff in the Regional Office. Analyzes title objections raised by the Solicitor's Office and takes or recommends steps to clear them. Advises and explains the legislation procedures in accordance with Public Law 91-646 on displacement activities of persons and businesses upon acquisition of real property. Processes appraisal requests and analyzes appraisals of land used to negotiate the acquisition of real estate interests. Evalutes and processes applications of rights-of-way for subordinate use of Service controlled land. Prepares documents and negotiates unique easement interests, including conservation easements, easement assignments from other agencies to Fish and Wildlife Service, flowage easements and right-of-way easements.

WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work requires some physical exertion such as walking over wet, rough, and rock surfaces, up and down grades, bending, stooping, climbing or reaching, average agility and dexterity. The work requires both office and outdoor work. Temperatures and weather extremes may be encountered in the performance of outdoor work.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Back to top

Qualification requirements may be condensed. The handbook can be viewed at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp.

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: One year of progressively responsible experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-11 grade level is qualifying for GS-12) that equipped the applicant with the particular 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 specialized experience for this position is successful completion of multiple land acquisition projects for conservation purposes by purchase, exchange and donation. For example: experience with the acquisition of conservation easements; negotiating with various partners (including landowners, non-profit conservation organizations and governmental bodies) on projects that involve the acquisition of important fish and wildlife habitat; knowledge of applicable laws and policies affecting the acquisition of fee and conservation easement interests in real estate; experience reviewing title commitments, title policies and supporting recorded instruments. 

NOTE: IF YOU CLAIM THAT YOU HAVE THE EXPERIENCE REQUIRED ABOVE, THIS EXPERIENCE MUST BE CLEARLY DESCRIBED IN YOUR RESUME. IF IT IS NOT, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: None 

 


Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

In addition to the Specialized Experience requirement and any Basic Education requirement, the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics) have been identified as required to satisfactorily perform the work of this position:

  • Knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations, policies or procedures governing the Federal land acquisition process
  • Knowledge of realty and appraisal practices, principles, laws, legal and procedures
  • Ability to communicate in writing
  • Ability to communicate orally

Applications are evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total experience and/or education/training into a single category. Your application will initially be rated against the criteria outlined in this announcement. Qualifying applications will then be placed into one of the following categories:

1. Best Qualified

2. Well Qualified

3. Better Qualified

4. Qualified

Applications in the Best Qualified category will be reviewed to ensure that the job requirements, including Specialized Experience, any Basic Education, Selective Factors, and eligibility requirements are met and supported/verified by the resume and other documents submitted. This will include a review of your resume and supporting documentation as compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your category placement may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in qualifying activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.

Applicant referral may be conducted utilizing a Two-Phase process. If the Two-Phase process is used, Phase 1 will consist of a review against the criteria described in this announcement to determine a pool of applicants for the Best Qualified category, who in turn will be further evaluated in Phase 2. In Phase 2, those applicants will be notified via email to provide a written narrative explanation to further detail their qualifications and experience as it relates to the requirements and criteria described in this announcement. Information, including deadlines for submission of narratives will be provided in the email. Phase 2 applicants will then be further evaluated to determine final placement into categories for referral.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

IT IS THE APPLICANT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT HIS OR HER RESUME AND ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION FULLY SUPPORT THE EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION CLAIMED IN THE QUESTIONNAIRE. APPLICATIONS THAT FAIL TO SUPPORT CLAIMS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

*APPLICANTS WHO DISQUALIFY THEMSELVES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FURTHER.*

Information for Veterans: The category rating process does not add veteran's preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade or higher.


BENEFITS:

Back to top
The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

OTHER INFORMATION:

Career Transition Assistance Programs: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance for Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or separated. If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must meet the definition of well-qualified. For this vacancy, the definition of well-qualified is placement into at least the well-qualified category. For more information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

Applicants who were born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov).



HOW TO APPLY:

Back to top

PLEASE REVIEW CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING:

All application materials and supporting documentation must be submitted and received by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of the announcement in order for you to be considered for this vacancy.

It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all application information, including the questionnaire, resume and any additional documents, whether uploaded or faxed, is received, legible, and accurate. HR will not modify any questionnaire answers or documents submitted by an applicant.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment Questionnaire. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button.

NOTE: To check the status of your application, including submission and receipt of the questionnaire, documents, etc., or to return to a previous or incomplete application, you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page: https://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Job Opportunity Announcement number: 845859. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and

2. Print this 1203FX form along with your responses to the assessment questionnaire https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203FX.pdf, and

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

If you cannot complete the application process using one of the options identified in the "How to Apply" section, please contact our office for alternate application procedures.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

1. Your Resume. In order to ensure that all required information is provided in your resume, it is strongly suggested that you use the USAJOBS Resume Builder. Additional information about the Resume Builder can be found here: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/How_to_create_your_resume

2. A completed and submitted Assessment Questionnaire

3. Other supporting documents:

-Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veteran's preference, you MUST provide a copy of your DD-214 Member-4, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" or other proof of eligibility, such as a statement of service, if still on active duty. For more information on veteran's preference, go to http://www.fedshirevets.gov/.

NOTE: Veterans must submit the Member-4 copy of the DD-214, which shows the character of service.

Veterans claiming 10-Point preference must submit evidence of eligibility documentation to include a DD-214 (Member-4 copy), Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference version dated December 2004), and the proof requested on the form. To print a copy of the SF-15, go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Frances K. Martinez
Phone: (303)236-4744
Fax: (478)757-3144
TDD: 1-800-877-8339
Email: FRANCES_MARTINEZ@FWS.GOV
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Colorado
Human Resources
134 Union Blvd
Lakewood, CO
80228 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the evaluation process is complete, you will be notified of your status and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

Back to top
Dock
Print Preview

Job Announcement Number:

R6-13-845859-D

Control Number:

338188000