Review Appraiser
Department Of Agriculture - Golden, 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 the Forest Service Regional Office, Golden Colorado.

This position serves ad the Senior Review Appraiser within the Regional Office staff and provides staff assistant to the Regional Appraiser. The incumbent is primarily responsible for supporting landownership adjustments.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Tate Curtis at 970-874-6607 or .

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-02000004-0631G-BWM1 . 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. KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a US Citizan to apply.
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered with Selective Service.
Must maintain a Certified General Appraiser license

Financial disclosure required. DUTIES:
Serves as appraiser or delegated review appraiser as assigned by the Regional Appraiser and provides appraisal and/or review services to National Forests in the Region. Reviews appraisal reports submitted by either Forest Service staff appraisers or private-sector contract appraisers. Determines whether proper valuation procedures, principles and techniques were employed in the development of appraisals and if appraisal reports conform to Federal laws and regulations.

As assigned by the Regional Appraiser, coordinates with the appropriate contracting authority in the Regional Office or National Forests for the procurement of real estate appraisal contracts, including preparation of case-specific statements of work (appraiser instructions), analyzing appraisers' qualifications, selecting contract appraisers, conducting pre-work conferences, overseeing contract administration, and conducting appraisal review. Serves as Contracting Officers' Representative and reviews appraisals for adherence to contract specifications, statements of work, and recognized appraisal standards and practices.

Instructs contract and staff appraisers with regard to applicable Federal law, Forest Service policy, and the proper appraisal premises and procedures pertinent to valuing unique or complicated properties or those involved in condemnation. Assists the Regional Appraiser in planning and conducting in-house training.

Within area of responsibility and within delegated authority, develops and recommends policies, plans, standards, and procedures relating to real property and/or real property interests. Performs as the local expert and coordinator for the implementation of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, the Small Tracts Act of 1983, and the Townsite Act of 1958, with regard to valuation issues.

Duties listed are at the full performance level. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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

Selective Placement Factors:
Grades GS-1171-12 and GS-1171-13: OMB Bulletin 92-06, in compliance with Title IX of the Financial Institutions of Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989, requires Appraisers to be licensed or certified in at least one state or territory within the United States as a Certified General Appraiser.

Grade GS-1171-13: Possess a designation or accreditation from a professional appraisal organization that has adopted and adheres to the Uniform Appraisal Standards of Professional Practice.

One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: provided staff assistance to the Regional Appraiser or equivalent and was primarily responsible for supporting landownership adjustments such as purchases, special uses, land exchanges and conveyances, Forest Legacy and other agency functions. This includes being responsible for providing a wide range of valuation services such as contracting for real property appraisals and performing technical appraisal reviews, assisting in developing and implementing technical training, establishing Regional valuation policy and assuring quality control for valuation activities. Has held delegated authority to approve appraisals up to/including $1,000,000 while demonstrating the ability to successfully handle cases with the potential of becoming controversial because of the unique property type or the ability of influential landowners to assert political pressure to “reevaluate” value conclusions in refutation of market indications.

One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: produced credible appraisal reports found defensible in the face of technical scrutiny. Served as an expert on all issues related to real property appraisals on assigned cases having been thoroughly trained and experienced in appraising all levels of assignment, from simple to complex. Demonstrated ability to communicate successfully with a wide range of audiences to both gather pertinent data for use in appraisal analyses and to explain the resulting conclusions of market value.

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.

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

This is a bargaining unit designated position.

This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

  • 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. - 19 months ago - save job
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