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.

Vacancy ID: 1174897

Social Services Representative

GS-0187-6/7, Posn. #1010071,

Southwest Region,

Mescalero Agency,

Branch of Social Services,

Mescalero, New Mexico

GS-06: $35,256 - $45,828 Per Annum

GS-07: $39,179 - $50,932 Per Annum


  • Government housing is not available. 
  • If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.

INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7). Consideration will be given to non-Indian applicants (Status or Reinstatement eligibles) in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible.


  • Accepts applications, gather information, records pertinent supporting data in the case record.
  • Make determination of eligibility in the programs of General Assistance, Miscellaneous Assistance and Individual Indian Monies management.
  • Counsel with clients on budgeting, alcoholism and other problems effecting financial need.
  • Make referrals to Bureau and State programs of Child Welfare Assistance, Family and Community Services and other social welfare and rehabilitation programs.
  • Required to be on-call periodically for Child Protective Services Referral when needed.
  • Assist with conducting home visits for case workers in respect to child welfare, transporting clients and conducting home visits for general assistance program and supervised IIM accounts.  

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • At times the work requires some physical exertion in driving to isolated homes and communities with few amenities, accommodations or services.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses will be paid in accordance with appropriate Federal Travel Regulations. They Pay flexibilities of the Recruitment Bonus, Relocation Bonus and Student Loan Repayment may be authorized by the Manager.