Job Overview


Are you interested in joining - 

--An agency whose mission includes protecting and preserving America’s special places, such as the Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone National Park, or the Grand Canyon?  

--An agency whose responsibilities touch the lives of all Americans, and contributes to the Nation’s environmental quality, economic vitality, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native Americans, Alaska Natives and affiliated Islanders? 

The Department of the Interior has a multifaceted mission that combines natural resource protection, recreation, natural resource use, services to communities and individuals, and biological and earth sciences.  We are seeking individuals who share a passion for our country’s most valuable resources and a commitment to obtaining, training, and retaining a highly skilled and diverse workforce needed to accomplish our exciting and challenging mission.

The Department of the Interior:

·         Manages one in every five acres of land in the United States.

·         Operates more than 800 dams and irrigation facilities.

·         Oversees water projects that irrigate lands generating 60 percent of our Nation’s vegetables.

·         Manages lands and waters that generate one-third of the Nation’s domestic energy supply.

·         Undertakes research and provides scientific information to advance our knowledge of our surroundings.

·         Serves American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities.

·         Works with States to restore abandoned mine land sites and protects communities.

·         Manages 388 national park units and 542 wildlife refuges.

·         Employs over 75,000 individuals at approximately 2,400 locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and freely associated states who work with thousands of state, local, and public interest groups to help cities and towns address their natural resource needs.

The Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA or the Board) is an appellate review body that exercises the delegated authority of the Secretary of the Interior to decide public land disputes arising from the implementation of various statutes by the Department of the Interior. Its administrative judges decide appeals from bureau decisions relating to the use and disposition of public lands and their resources, including a wide variety of matters including mining claims, oil and gas disputes, royalty under-reporting, surface coal mining permits, geothermal leasing rights, rights-of-way and other use permit appeals, and Equal Access to Justice claims.  Located within the Department's Office of Hearings and Appeals, IBLA is separate and independent from the Bureaus and Offices whose decisions it reviews.   

If selected for the position, you will review cases and prepare draft decisions and orders, both procedural and substantive, in cases that are on appeal before the Board.  As an Attorney-Adviser (General), you will participate in all phases of legal work incident to the Board’s review and disposition of the Board’s docket of appeals.

This position is in the Excepted Service under the authority of 5 CFR, section 213.3102(d), Schedule A.  Competitive Civil Service status is not acquired under this appointment.


As an Attorney-Advisor (General) at the GS-14 grade level, you will review case files and write draft decisions and orders presented in the Board’s docketed appeals.  Your duties will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Reviewing case files and performing legal research.
  • Identifying relevant procedural and substantive legal issues as well as material issues of fact.
  • Monitoring the status of cases to ensure the timely submission of pleadings, adequacy of service, and ripeness for review.
  • Drafting orders resolving issues raised in motions or other requests.
  • Drafting clear and concise decisions in which the legal issues are identified, factual background summarized, salient contentions of the parties presented, and the rationale is persuasive and legally sound.
At the GS-12 and GS-13 level, your assignments will include the above duties but with greater supervision, and will be specifically designed to prepare you for advancement to the next higher level without further competition.  Advancement to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed, and depends on (1) your having demonstrated an ability to successfully perform at the next higher level, to the satisfaction of the immediate supervisor; and (2) your having satisfied all legal and regulatory requirements for advancement.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No