Realty Specialist
Department Of Agriculture - Pueblo, CO

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A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This position is located in Region Two on the Pike and San Isabel Natioonal Forests and the Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands at the Superviosrs Office in Pueblo, Colorado.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-0212-0449G-KA. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Scott Russell at 719-553-1417 or email to .

If you are claiming 10-point preference as a widow/widower of a certain deceased veteran, spouse of a veteran unable to work because of a service connected disability, or the mother of a deceased or disabled veteran, you must submit an SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and all supporting documentation listed on the second page of the SF-15. If you fail to submit the supporting documentation with your application, you will not be granted veterans preference. If you are not able to attach the forms to your application, you may fax to 866-338-1328, please include your name and the announcement number on all documents.


Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.

Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.

Financial disclosure is required.

Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Land Uses. Serves as the staff person and Program Manager responsible for furnishing guidance, assistance, and training to Ranger District personnel and counsel to immediate supervisor and Forest Supervisor on all matters pertaining to the authorization and administration of land uses. Performs Unit level review of applications for special uses and request for uses authorized by memorandums of understanding. Coordinates interdisciplinary review of associated environmental assessment reports and environmental statements. Evaluates proposed uses with respect to their potential impact on the management, protection, development, and utilization of National Forest resources; and their conformance with land management plans, policies, regulations, and statutory authorities. Manages a complex landownership adjustment program by providing program leadership, planning, direction, coordination, and technical advice in land adjustment including disposal, purchase, exchange, donation, partial interest, condemnation, rights-of-way, real estate title preparation, and rights-of-way cost-share agreements. May serve as an Interdisciplinary Team Leader and/or Member. Follows NEPA guidelines and requirements in developing the appropriate environmental documents.

Minerals Management. Serves as the staff person responsible for furnishing guidance, assistance, and training to District personnel and counsel to immediate supervisor and the Forest Supervisor on all matters pertaining to the unit materials management program and the application of the mining and mineral leasing laws. Represents the Unit in contacts with officials of other Federal bureaus and agencies, with representatives of the States in assigned areas, with officials of local municipal governments, and with representatives of mining companies, other industries, organizations, and individuals who are concerned in matters relating to the mining activities on the Unit. Assures conformance with established mineral laws, regulations, policy, standards, and program objectives and emphasis on a Forest-wide basis. Evaluates adequacy and effectiveness of Mineral Management Area through periodic on-the-ground reviews and initiates corrective action through organizational channels. Serves as primary Unit contact with the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Colorado Mineral Land Reclamation Board on general matters relating to mineral leasing. Represents the Unit in contacts with officials of other Federal and State agencies, local governments, and the mining industry.

You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level.

GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least to the GS-9 grade level; Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related; or an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.). Examples of specialized experience are:

Performed real property acquisition work involving the acquisition of rights of way.

Develop and conduct real estate transactions and conveyances.

Processed special use proposals and applications for public lands.

Knowledge of federal law, regulation and policy relating to occupancy and use of public lands.

Served as an Interdisciplinary Team Leader or provided technical advice to Interdisciplinary Teams.

Prepared funding allocations and scheduled personnel to accomplish organizational work.

Managed program budget and program target accomplishments.

Provided guidance, assistance, and training pertaining to a minerals management program.

Provided leadership and organizational management to subordinates in accomplishing assigned work.

Collaborated with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.

REQUIREMENTS: May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

You will be evaluated based on the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

This is a bargaining unit designated position but not covered at this location.

This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT : If selected, you will be required to submit Form OGE-450 within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter. Selectee is subject to financial Disclosure Requirements in accordance with 5 CFR, Part 2635, Sub part E regarding business or personal transactions with applicants, borrowers, or business contacts who have or who are seeking business with this Agency. Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you will be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report.

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