Land Law Examiner (Minerals)


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    There are two vacant Land Law Examiner positions located in Moab, Utah. One position is located within the Canyon Country District Office and is being advertised under this announcement number UT-Merit-2018-0212. The second position is located within the Moab Field Office and is being announced under announcement number UT-Merit-2018-0224. If you would like to receive consideration for both vacancies, you must apply to each announcement.

    This position serves as a Land Law Examiner for the Canyon Country District Office located in Moab, Utah. The incumbent provides land law examining and adjudication for a wide variety of difficult fluid and/or solid mineral cases, involving major interests and relatively high economic values. The incumbent at all grade levels will perform a wide range of tasks described below, with work designed to further develop and refine their knowledge and skills. At the full performance grade level, major duties include but are not limited to:
  • Reviews and processes the full range of difficult and complex oil and gas leasing and development actions including applications for permit to drill, sundry notices, bonding and related activities for technical accuracy and legal adequacy.
  • Prepares necessary oil and gas permit packages and other documents including appropriate provisions and stipulations; ensures that environmental documents have been prepared and approved and are incorporated into the official case record.
  • Prepares oil and gas decision documents and/or notices such as those rejecting or accepting applications along with requests for additional information or curative actions.
  • Prepares and processes cases under appeal to the Interior Board of Land Appeals, responds to Congressional requests and Freedom of Information Action requests relative to the oil and gas program.
  • Provides advice, assistance, and instruction in legal interpretation and other information on varied mineral laws.
  • Conducts legal research, analyzes regulations, judicial decisions, Solicitor opinions and other decisions that impact minerals adjudication.
  • Utilizes data systems and applications to collect, enter, manipulate, update and maintain data according to Bureau and program standards; ensures data quality and integrity by adherence to quality control standards and procedures.

    Physical demands: The work is predominantly sedentary although there is some walking, stooping, and bending involved when searching for records.

    Work environment: The work is predominantly performed in an office environment.

    Travel Required
    Occasional travel - At times, travel for field work, meetings and/or training may be required.

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    09

  • Job family (Series)
    0965 Land Law Examining

  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
    • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "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.

    You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. Time-in-Grade requirements for the GS-9 level is 52 weeks at the GS-7 level. Time-in-Grade requirements for the GS-7 level is 52 weeks at the GS-6 level. Advancement to positions up to GS-5. Candidates may be advanced without time restriction to positions up to GS-5 if the position to be filled is no more than two grades above the lowest grade the employee held within the preceding 52 weeks under his or her latest nontemporary competitive appointment.

    Qualifications

    Specialized Experience: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled. This experience must be documented in your resume.

    In addition to the time-in-grade requirements, to qualify at the GS-05 level you must meet one of the following:

    Specialized experience: Applicants must possess 3 years of general experience, with at least 1 year equivalent to the GS-4, that provided you a familiarity with real property laws and legal land descriptions, land titles, tract maps, and legal documents, or other experience that involved explanation, application, or interpretation of laws, regulations, policies, etc. Such experience may have been gained in positions such as law clerk, claims examiner, contact representative, or other work dealing with laws, rules, regulations, procedures, etc. OR Education: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a bachelor's degree, in an accredited college or university. OR Combination of Education and Experience.

    In addition to the time-in-grade requirements, to qualify at the GS-07 level you must meet one of the following:

    Specialized Experience: Applicants must possess one (1) full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-05 level that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Land Law Examiner. Examples: examination of applications and claims for the disposal, use of, or title to public lands, issuance of leases, licenses, or permits for land or resources use; title searching, interpreting land records; work in land appraising; legal instrument review and interpretation; working with legal transactions such as acquisition, leases, or disposal of land. OR Education: To qualify based on education you must A) have 18 semester hours of graduate level education leading to a master's degree (including law school) that included or was supplemented by 12 semester hours of course work related to the administration of land laws. Examples include course work in surveying, cartography, land use law, real estate law, land appraising, land use planning, water rights, mining laws, or legal instrument review and interpretation OR B) you meet the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement ( S.A.A. ) AND you have at least 12 semester hours of coursework related to the administration of land laws as mentioned above. OR Combination of Education and Experience.

    In addition to the time-in-grade requirements, to qualify at the GS-09 level you must meet one of the following:

    Specialized Experience: Applicants must possess one (1) full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-07 level that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Land Law Examiner. Examples: adjudication of applications and claims for the disposal, use of, or title to public lands, issuance of leases, licenses, or permits for land or resources use; title searching, interpreting land records; work in land appraising; legal instrument review and interpretation; working with legal transactions such as acquisition, leases, or disposal of land. OR Education: To qualify based on education you must have 36 semester hours of graduate level education leading to a master's degree (including law school) in a directly related field such as surveying, cartography, land use law, real estate law, land appraising or land use planning. OR Combination of Education and Experience: When substituting, you cannot use the first 18 semester hours that you earned.

    At each grade level, combinations of successfully completed undergraduate (GS-05) and/or graduate level education (GS-07/09) and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements if it has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

    Please see "Required Documents" of this announcement.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the specialized experience as defined in the announcement. In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume.

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    Additional information

    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.

    If selected for this position, at the full performance GS-09 grade level you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report , OGE-450. You will be required to provide this information annually.

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

    This position may require completion of a one year probationary period.

    Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    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 earn a minimum score of 90 on the rating criteria for this position.

    Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    After the vacancy closes, a review of your application package will be made to ensure you meet all qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. 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:
    GS-05:
    • Ability to search legal and related source documents for information.
    • Knowledge of maps, symbols and terms.
    • Ability to utilize computer equipment and software applications to input, manipulate, update, and maintain data.
    • Ability to communicate effectively convey information to customers from various backgrounds and experiences.

    GS-07 and GS-09
    • Knowledge of and ability to research, interpret, and apply various Federal Regulations, public land laws, mineral leasing laws, legal records, and related instructions in order to perform accurate record searches and document decisions.
    • Knowledge of land and minerals surveying terminology and land records systems in order to interpret and understand legal land descriptions and to accurately determine surface and mineral ownership from various maps, court decisions, publications, and other related manuals and guidance.
    • Ability to utilize computer equipment and software applications to input, manipulate, update, and maintain data and request reports.
    • Ability to communicate effectively in order to convey decisions on applications and to provide responses to questions from the public and other agencies.


    On-line Questionnaire: Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.

    If you are tentatively selected under the PLC, LMWFA, or the VEOA eligibility, you will be referred for the Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) examination administered under authorities of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). This ACWA examination is an OPM requirement and you must score 90 or above to receive further consideration for this position. You will not be compensated for any applicable transportation, travel, or time associated with this ACWA examination.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Public Trust - Background Investigation

    Drug test required
    No

  • Required Documents
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    Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional). If you wish to do so, include it with your resume as one document. In addition to the online application, you may be required to submit the following forms as applicable. Failure to provide the applicable required documents will result in no further consideration for this vacancy:

    If you are a current or former federal career and career-conditional employee: You must provide a copy of your last or most recent non-award SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" to indicate your current/former Federal status. If your current SF-50 does not confer status or time-in-grade, you must submit an additional SF-50(s) that clearly demonstrates Federal status and/or that you have met the time-in-grade requirements. For additional information, click here: Time-in-Grade requirements or Reinstatement eligibility .

    VEOA: To be eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) you must be a preference eligible Veteran OR a Veteran separated from the Armed Forces after 3 or more years of continuous active duty service performed under honorable conditions. A Veteran who is separated 30 days or less prior to the completion of the 3 year active duty service requirement will be eligible to receive consideration for this vacancy announcement. You must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, confirming dates spent on active duty and your character of military service.

    If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, you should indicate the level of Veterans' Preference you are claiming on your resume. If you are claiming 0-point Sole Survivorship Veterans' Preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference. If you are claiming 5-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, confirming dates spent on active duty and your character of military service. If you are claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, in addition to your DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). Missing documentation may result in a change or removal of your claim for Veteran's preference. Additional information on Veterans' Preference can be found in the VetGuide . If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide certification from your command that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date your application is submitted. Additional information regarding Veterans Preference or active duty military can be found here.

    If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under a noncompetitive or special appointing authority (e.g. Schedule A , VRA, 30% disabled Veteran , Military Spouse , Peace Corps / VISTA , PLC , LMWFA , etc), you MUST submit proof of this eligibility. For more information please click here .

    CTAP/ICTAP: If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

    Uploading and Faxing Supplemental Documentation: 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. Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures through Applicant Manager. Do not use both options. Only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system. 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.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
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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; AND 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 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.

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    Agency contact information Lori Malan

    Phone
    801-539-4229
    Fax
    000-000-0000
    Email
    [email protected]

    Address

    Bureau of Land Management
    Utah State Office (UT953LM)
    440 West 200 South, Suite 500
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
    United States

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    After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification will be sent to the email address you provided to notify you of your status. You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

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    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.


    You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov . For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/509664700 . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Company
Bureau of Land Management
Posted
09/06/2018
Type
Full time
Location
Moab, UT, US