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Job Title:  Tribal Relations Specialist
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Land Management
Job Announcement Number:  AZ DEU-2013-0040

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$58,715.00 to $91,487.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 to Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Work Schedule is Full Time. - This a Term NTE 13 months.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Phoenix, AZ, USView Map
All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required.


BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team as a Tribal Relations Specialist.

The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million 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 Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout  the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. This position is located in the BLM Arizona State Office, in Phoenix, AZ. We are located at One North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ. The area has many sports and cultural attractions, distinctive restaurants, and diverse attractions. Please visit for more information on Phoenix, AZ. 

The Bureau of Land Management in Arizona is comprised of the Arizona State Office and four districts, each with its own character and challenges.

  • The Arizona State Office provides technical and administrative support to field units and coordinates the accomplishment of mission critical work throughout the organization.
  • The Phoenix District focuses on high priority programs associated with demands for recreation, energy and transportation, and open space. 
  • The Gila District runs the spectrum from rural to urban issues.
  • The Arizona Strip faces challenges from energy mineral demands, invasive species and habitat conversion.
  • The Colorado River District encompasses one of the largest wilderness programs in Arizona.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
  • Direct Deposit Required
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.


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Advises the State Director, the State Management Team, and staff on tribal consultation and coordination. Actively facilitates and leads tribal consultation and coordination for complex undertakings, such as renewable energy projects, land actions, right-of-ways and Resource Management Plans under various authorities including but not limited to the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Assists and advises District and Field Managers on consultation responsibilities. Provides support to District and Field Managers to facilitate tribal consultation on smaller projects as requested.


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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 of the position to be filled.

Examples of specialized experience are: Drafting and coordinating Programmatic Agreements and Memos of Agreements; preparing and coordinating ethnographic studies, trails studies, regional synthesis studies and associated cultural studies; developing positive relationships with tribes to facilitate and further partnerships; coordinating tribal outreach efforts; evaluating sensitive issues and recommending steps to solve those issues; preparing briefing documents, summaries of Tribal relations and consultation activities, and summaries of Tribal concerns.

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

GS-11 requirements: A. 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal service;


B. a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.M. from an accredited college or university. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. (You must submit copies of your transcripts);


C. an equivalent combination of the education and specialized experience described above. This experience and education together must meet 100% of the qualification requirements for this position. (You must submit copies of your transcripts).

GS-12 requirements: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service.


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, Highly 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.

  • Knowledge of the treaties and executive orders as they pertain to tribes and tribal reservations.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret policies, develop programs and procedures, and to provide guidance to others.
  • Knowledge and awareness of the social, cultural, economic and religious issues of tribes and a good understanding of Indian culture and religion.
  • Skill in consulting and advising representatives of private and public organizations at all levels of the organization in an effective manner.
  • Well-honed listening skills and sensitivity to understand the appropriate time to listen and the appropriate time to express agency concerns.

To preview questions please click here.


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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.


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 trial 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 Highly or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

This is a term position for which all qualified U.S. citizens with or without Federal Status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service, and will be for a period not-to-exceed 13 months with possible extension up to a total of 4 years (or longer if approved by the Office of Personnel Management) without re-announcement.
Occasional travel may be required.


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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 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. 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 list your office POC phone number and e:\mail. 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.


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

If qualifiying on education, a 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 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. The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet. 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.


Harley Green
Phone: 602-417-9274
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
Arizona State Office
1 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ
Fax: 571-258-4052


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.

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