Bureau of Land Management Land Law Examiner in Rawlins, Wyoming

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

This position is located in the High Desert District in Rawlins, WY. The Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming manages over 18 million surface acres of public land and an additional 23 million acres of federal mineral estate. These public lands are held in trust for the enjoyment of, and use by, the American people.

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For information on the city of Cheyenne, please go to: Rawlins, WY

Physical Demands: Work is primarily sedentary in nature but will involve walking, bending, lifting, and carrying large files.

Work Environment: Work is performed in an open space cubicle office environment.


At the GS-7 level, you will collect data on a variety of assigned cases related to lands, oil and gas, mining or minerals cases. You will determine the accuracy and proper execution of applications or claims and the qualifications of applicants for legal rights as requested. You will adjudicate routine lands, mining, or mineral leasing applications filed which have more complex statutory and regulatory provisions, require development and review of a considerable amount of data and involve controversial factual situations. These cases involve controversial factual situations involvi8ng readily defined rights and intereasts, conflicting rights and interest, identifiable land status and normal values in terms of land and mineral resources. You will determine the accuracy and proper execution of applications or claims and the qualifications of applicants. You will also prepare routine correspondence, including decisions, to process cases. You will independently gather and research information and data necessary to complete and adjudicate a legal document.

If selected at the GS-5 level, work assignments will be developmental in nature and will be more closely supervised.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional overnight travel may be required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

All current federal employees or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility; CTAP/ICTAP eligible in the local commuting area; and Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA)and Veterans more than 30% disabled eligibles.

Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities, Schedule A and/or individuals with disabilities.

Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship is required; Direct Deposit Required;
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "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;
  • Background Investigation Required.

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-04 for the GS-05 and GS-05 for the GS-07) of the position to be filled.

*To qualify for the GS-05* you must have 3 years of general experience, 1 of which was equivalent to at least GS-04, OR education as described in the Requirements section above, OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. General experience is defined as: Experience that provided 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.

To qualify for the GS-07you must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-05, OR education as described in the Requirements section above, OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. Specialized experience is defined as: Experience in or directly related to examination or adjudication of cases involving laws and regulations dealing with lands and resources. Adjudication or 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, and resolving conflicts arising from use. General practice of law that included substantial involvement in examinations of titles or other legal transactions involving acquisition, lease, or disposal of land. Title searching, abstracting, or interpreting land records, survey plats, or tract indexes and books, provided the work demonstrated an understanding of the laws, regulations, and policies associated with land management programs. Work as a land appraiser that involved appraisal of undeveloped or marginal-type land.

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. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.

GS-05/07 Levels: If you are applying under VEOA and you are determined to be among the Best Qualified, you will be required to take the Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) assessment test.

Applicants may qualify for this position based on experience, education, or an equivalent combination of experience and education. At the GS-7 level, education must be directly related to the work of the position.

Education: At the GS-5 level applicants can qualify with a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in any field. At the GS-7 level, applicants can qualify based on 1 full year of graduate level education (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 land surveying, cartography, land use law, real estate law, land appraising, land use planning, water rights, mining laws, or legal instrument review and interpretation. Applicants who qualify on the basis of the Superior Academic Achievement provision must have had at least 12 semester hours of course work related to the administration of land laws.

If using education to qualify, you will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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Other 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.

May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

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 receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used for this position.

The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476895200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-11 to 2017-08-25

Salary: $32,844 to $52,893 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 05 - 07

Series: 0965 Land Law Examining

Appointment type: This is a permanent position.

Work schedule: Full Time.

Job announcement number: WY-Merit-2017-0197

Control number: 476895200