Job Overview


The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.


Preference in filling vacancies in the Bureau of Indian Affairs is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25 USC 472).  Verification Form BIA 4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian preference.


The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Real Estate Services is looking for candidates to serve as Realty Specialists who can advise supervisory staff concerning the implementation and management of acquisition and disposal under the Land Buy Back Program (LBBP) for Tribal Nations.

Location and Salary Information: First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

Albuquerque, NM; Aberdeen, SD; Billings, MT

GS-09 $47,448 - $61,678 per annum. GS-11 $57,408 - $74,628 per annum.

Minneapolis, MN:

GS-09 $50,275 - $65,352 per annum. GS-11 $60,827 - $79,073 per annum.

This is a permanent, full-time, appointment. The position has a full performance level of GS-11. Relocations expenses will not be paid.

This vacancy is also announced as BIA-DA-13-MM885718(MP), for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures (i.e. current competitive service employees, have reinstatement eligibility for the competitive service, or who are eligible for special appointing authorities). You must apply and submit required documents for both announcements if you wish to receive consideration under both Merit Promotion and Delegated Examining procedures.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.


Major Duties

As experience is gained, the selectee(s) will perform a broader range of assignments under less supervision. At the full performance level of GS-11, the major duties will include, but are not limited to:

    Ensure the protection, conservation, and prudent utilization of Indian lands within the acquisition and disposal program.

    Review complex or completed subordinate work as well as review and prepare decisions/determinations.

    Perform audits of real estate management practices and real estate transactions.

    Consult with tribes/beneficiaries/lessees/other land owners and interested parties regarding process options, documentation, and other conveyance activities.

    Research, analyze and review conflicting problems and issues as well as provide findings and recommendations.