interested in joining -
agency whose mission includes protecting and preserving Americas special
places, such as the Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone National Park, or the Grand
agency whose responsibilities touch the
lives of all Americans, and contributes to the Nations 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 countrys 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
Operates more than 800 dams and irrigation
Oversees water projects that irrigate lands
generating 60 percent of our Nations vegetables.
Manages lands and waters that generate one-third of
the Nations 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
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.
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 Boards review and disposition of the
Boards 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 Boards 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.
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.