Job Overview


Note:  We recently modified the job announcement to extend the closing date.

We anticipate filling positions pending budget approval.

This position is located in the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), Land Acquisition Section (LAS).  LAS is responsible for acquiring real property through condemnation proceedings, for use by the Federal Government for purposes ranging from establishing public parks to homeland security, and for approving title to lands being acquired by the united States by direct purchase.  The appraiser will serve as an expert consultant and analyst in complex matters involving the acquisition of real property by the Federal government.  The appraiser will also perform appraisal reviews and provide litigation support in exceptionally complex and controversial cases involving multi-million dollar compensation claims. 

ENRD seeks to attract, retain, and promote individuals of exceptional ability and talent from all walks of life.  The work environment and atmosphere is open, diverse, collegial, and inclusive.  There are active affinity groups for African-American; Asian-American; Hispanic; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT); and Native American employees, which are open to all DOJ employees regardless of background.  ENRD fosters a work environment where people of all backgrounds and experiences may reach their full potential.  We place a high value on diversity of background, experience and cultural perspective and encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including those from all racial and ethnic groups, women, LGBT individuals, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

ENRD has continued to rank among the top 5 federal subcomponents for the past five years, holding the #1 slot for three years consecutively.  

Who May Apply:   Merit Promotion eligible candidates
You are eligible under merit promotion procedures, if you meet one of the following criteria:
- Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service 
- Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous Federal service 
- Displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)
- Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service
- Individuals with disabilities - For more information and proof required see





As a Review Appraiser, you will:
• Serve as an expert appraiser/reviewer for complex, controversial and difficult appraisals involving real property associated with a broad range of federal projects from natural disaster restoration projects to homeland security.
• Perform appraisal reviews and provide litigation support in complex and controversial cases involving significant compensation claims.
• Analyze and review appraisal reports of real property for adequate development of pertinent legal and appraisal premises, proper application of appraisal techniques, factual and technical accuracy and overall professional quality.
• Serve as an expert litigation consultant on appraisal procedures and protocols within the Division, the Department and other federal agencies.  Act as a technical advisor on compliance with formal appraisal guidelines, including the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions.
• Advise attorneys on valuation issues and evaluate current and projected appraisal programs for adherence to legislation, policies and agency missions.
• Study and analyze a broad range of real property issues and prepare reports and recommendations.  These reports include feasibility and economic analyses of properties with complex characteristics and uses, lease buyout analyses, highest and best use analyses when potential use of the site is unclear or unknown, and analyses of risks in insuring, building, leasing, or disposing of property.  

Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  All applicants' qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:

• Real Estate Appraisal
• Planning and Evaluating
• Oral Communication
• Written Communication