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Realty Specialist

Company name
Department Of The Interior Bureau of Reclamation

$73,375.00 to $95,388.00

Albuquerque, NM

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$73,375 to $95,388 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 12

Work schedule


Appointment type

Term - Term Appointment, not-to-exceed 2 years with possible extension(s).


1 vacancy in the following location:

Albuquerque, NM

1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

The public

U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.


Announcement number

BR-UC-2018-06 (DE-ro)

Control number





Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. View our video titled Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork here

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Realty Specialist. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment. Would you enjoy serving as a Realty Specialist? Responsibilities include a full range of realty duties for the area covered by this office.

Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

Position is located in the Albuquerque Area Office, Environment and Lands Division, duty stationed in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information about this location click here

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This position is located in the Albuquerque Area Office, Environment and Lands Division. The incumbent performs a full range of realty duties for the area covered by this office, including the following:

- Works on, manages, and/or provides guidance on special assignments.

- Serves as team lead for teams of Realty Specialists from multiple Federal, State, local and tribal governments.

- Researches and secures all available data pertaining to the ownership and boundaries of project lands or interest.

- Serves as the sole real estate expert responsible for the development, preparation, negotiation, processing and administration of relocation contracts, reciprocal joint use of right-of-way contracts, memorandums of understanding relative to relocation of interfering facilities or joint use of right-of-way easements.

- Initiates, coordinates, negotiates, prepares and administers or oversees the administration of land use agreements.

- Disposes of Real Property.

- Acquires interests (purchase, lease, right-of-way, easement, or other agreement) in land scattered over several states.

- Secures periodic review of continuing Reclamation needs for acquired and withdrawn lands and land rights.

Travel Required

50% or less - Travel off-site to meet with landowners and conduct negotiations 25-30% of the time. Occasional travel for training and meetings, with some overnight stays.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

All United States Citizens and Nationals.

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)

1170 Realty



Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National.

Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.

Must file 'Annual Confidential Financial Disclosure Report OGE-450'.

Required to possess and maintain valid state driver's license.

Required to obtain FAC-COR certification within one year of appointment.

You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective placement factors by the closing date of this announcement.


Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. For the GS-12 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-11 level of the position in the Federal service. Qualifying experience must have included four of the following: negotiating contracts and agreements; resolving problems with and/or processing land acquisitions; or disposals; or withdrawals; or waiver valuations; or appraisals; negotiating realty issues with Indian Tribes.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g. professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Applicants who do not meet the definition of specialized experience will be determined as not qualified and will be ineligible for consideration.


Additional information

Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.

References: On your application, please include the names and current phone numbers for at least 3 supervisory references. If any individual is no longer available for contact, you are requested to provide the name and current phone number of another person with the company (team lead, acting supervisor, etc.) that would know your work history.

E-Verify: DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit: E-Verify

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit: Selective Service

Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. Disabled veterans who meet minimum qualifications and have a compensable service connected disability of at least 10% (CP or CPS) will be placed at the top of the Best Qualified category. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Applicants determined best qualified will be referred to the selecting official. Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through your resume and responses to the online questions:

KSA 1: Skill in negotiating and building trust-based relationships with a variety of contacts/representatives, such as landholders, tribes, tribal members, developers, company representatives, public officials, and attorneys.

KSA 2: Knowledge of Federal Procurement Regulations and processes for developing, negotiating, and administering contracts, in order to serve as COTR.

KSA 3: Knowledge of realty instruments, use of supporting documents, real estate and land management terminology and varied realty and land management procedures.

Applicants’ answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resumes. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the response to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Required Documents

Required Documents

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit an on-line assessment questionnaire and the following supporting documents as appropriate:

Resume: A resume with dates of employment. Your resume may be submitted in any format. If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is most recent. It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/day/year to month/day/year or month/day/year to the date you are submitting the resume). If using an automated resume builder, be sure to include this specific information in the narrative portion of your work description. Any period of employment that does not include this specific information will not be credited toward meeting the qualifications requirements of the position.

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, if applicable: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and the type of preference you are claiming should be included on your resume. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are claiming that veteran service made it impossible to apply within 2 years of having graduated from an eligible educational institution, be sure that you provide sufficient documentation (more than 1 DD-214) to support your claim. For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form. For information on veteran's eligibility visit the Vet Guide

CTAP/ICTAP: Provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP click here

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.



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

Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Benefits URL above.

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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

How to Apply

Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the top of the page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: HireMe

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position. Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at (801) 524-3187, mail to 125 South State Street, Room 8100 (UC-529), Salt Lake City, Utah 84138, OR hand-deliver to the Human Resources Office, 125 South State Street, Room 7102A (Attn: UC-529), Salt Lake City, Utah 84138. Be sure to include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Agency contact information

Angelica Sotelo










125 S. State St., Room 8100

Salt Lake City, Utah

United States

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Next steps

After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process 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.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

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Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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