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Grade: 09
* 1.GS-9 Choose one answer that best describes your education, experience or combination of education and experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I possess a Master's or equivalent graduate degree OR two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.B. OR J.D., if related, that has equipped me to perform the duties of this position.
  3. I possess a combination of graduate level education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


2.Select the answer that best describes your experience in using, interpreting, and applying lands and realty regulations, policies and procedures governing the use of federal lands.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


3.I have processed the following realty transactions.
  1. Rights-of-way applications
  2. Recreation and Public Purpose applications
  3. Withdrawal of lands from public domain and review existing withdrawals
  4. Real property appraisal requests
  5. Land use contracts or documents (e.g., easements, rights-of-entry, leases, licenses, permits)
  6. Sales of public land
  7. Land exchanges
  8. Land acquisitions by purchase or donation
  9. Resolution of unauthorized uses
  10. Special legislation based actions
  11. Interagency agreements
  12. Disposal of real property and interests therein
  13. Assembly for GSA disposal of real property and interests therein
  14. Condemnation assembly
  15. Relocation transactions (Public Law 646)
  16. None of the above


4.Select the answer that best describes your experience creating and interpreting legal land descriptions.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


5.Select the response that best describes your experience preparing waiver valuations (formerly known as determination of values) for the sale, acquisition, partial acquisition, land exchanges, and/or establishment of fees for use authorizations. Please ensure this experience is supported by your resume.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


6.I have experience preparing and administering the following right of use authorizations.
  1. Cabin leases
  2. Grazing leases
  3. Agricultural leases
  4. Recreation agreements/permits
  5. Commercial filming permits
  6. Gravel extraction permits
  7. Boat dock permits
  8. Crossing agreements
  9. Mineral rights
  10. Other permit types
  11. Consent agreements
  12. Tribal allottee leases
  13. Utility corridor leases
  14. Joint use agreements
  15. None of the above


7.I have researched and interpreted the following land records and/or documents.
  1. Abstract of titles (specifically warranty and quit claim deeds)
  2. Land status records
  3. Survey plats
  4. Tract books
  5. Title Commitments and Final Title Policies
  6. Contracts
  7. Deeds
  8. Mortgages
  9. Other federal agency records (non-Reclamation)
  10. State or County agency records
  11. Recorded survey maps
  12. Legal descriptions contained in deeds
  13. Subdivision maps
  14. Right-of-way maps
  15. Unrecorded survey maps
  16. Master Title Plats
  17. Hazardous Materials Surveys
  18. None of the above


8.Select the answer that best describes your experience analyzing title insurance policies and verifying ownership and encumbrances.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task


9.I have extracted, collected, prepared, and formatted data from legal or technical documents and various sources for the compilation and preparation of reports.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


10.Select the following records management tasks you have routinely and independently performed.
  1. Have created, modified, and updated records in Reclamation's FIRM database for land management.
  2. Have used other land management databases.
  3. Data retrieval and assembly of land records in support of audits.
  4. Development and organization of land records into a computer-based system.
  5. Development and organization of maps and documents into a lands records storage and retrieval process.
  6. Researched and retrieved complete lands records for protection, appeal and audit actions.
  7. None of the above.


11.Select the answer that best describes your experience identifying and successfully resolving conflicts with other uses and users of federal lands.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


Grade: 11
* 1.GS-11 Choose one answer that best describes your education, experience or combination of education and experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I possess a PH.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M. if related, that has equipped me to perform the duties of the position.
  3. I possess a combination of graduate level education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


2.Select the answer that best describes your experience in using, interpreting, and applying lands and realty regulations, policies and procedures governing the use of federal lands.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


3.I have processed the following realty transactions.
  1. Rights-of-way applications
  2. Recreation and Public Purpose applications
  3. Withdrawal of lands from public domain and review existing withdrawals
  4. Real property appraisal requests
  5. Land use contracts or documents (e.g., easements, rights-of-entry, leases, licenses, permits)
  6. Sales of public land
  7. Land exchanges
  8. Land acquisitions by purchase or donation
  9. Resolution of unauthorized uses
  10. Special legislation based actions
  11. Interagency agreements
  12. Disposal of real property and interests therein
  13. Assembly for GSA disposal of real property and interests therein
  14. Condemnation assembly
  15. Relocation transactions (Public Law 646)
  16. None of the above


4.I have experience preparing and administering the following right of use authorizations.
  1. Cabin leases
  2. Grazing leases
  3. Agricultural leases
  4. Recreation agreements/permits
  5. Commercial filming permits
  6. Gravel extraction permits
  7. Boat dock permits
  8. Crossing agreements
  9. Mineral rights
  10. Other permit types
  11. Consent agreements
  12. Tribal allottee leases
  13. Utility corridor leases
  14. Joint use agreements
  15. None of the above


5.Select the answer that best describes your experience identifying and successfully resolving conflicts with other uses and users of federal lands.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


6.Select the response that best describes your experience negotiating land use authorizations for the use of non-federal lands to include researching records, preparing associated documents, and executing and administering the authorization.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


7.Select the response that best describes your experience determining unauthorized use, occupancy, or trespass occurrences by conducting field surveys to ensure land utilization is in compliance with land use documents.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


8.Select the response that best describes your experience reviewing legal descriptions and site reviews by researching current and historical land status records and legal documents to ensure landownership is correct.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


9.Select the response that best describes your experience performing cost analyses by evaluating and appraising damages to real property to determine compensation to landowners.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


10.Select the response that best describes your experience preparing waiver valuations (formerly known as determination of values) for the sale, acquisition, partial acquisition, land exchanges, and/or establishment of fees for use authorizations. Please ensure this experience is supported by your resume.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


11.I have researched and interpreted the following land records and/or documents.
  1. Abstract of titles (specifically warranty and quit claim deeds)
  2. Land status records
  3. Survey plats
  4. Tract books
  5. Title Commitments and Final Title Policies
  6. Contracts
  7. Deeds
  8. Mortgages
  9. Other federal agency records (non-Reclamation)
  10. State or County agency records
  11. Recorded survey maps
  12. Legal descriptions contained in deeds
  13. Subdivision maps
  14. Right-of-way maps
  15. Unrecorded survey maps
  16. Master Title Plats
  17. Hazardous Materials Surveys
  18. None of the above


12.Select the answer that best describes your experience analyzing title insurance policies and verifying ownership and encumbrances.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task


13.Select the answer that best describes your experience identifying conformance of a proposed action with a Resource Management Plan.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


14.Select as many of the answers below that best describes which Federal laws and regulations you have referenced and used in your work experience.
  1. National Environmental Policy Act
  2. National Historic Preservation Act
  3. Clean Water Act
  4. National Pollution Discharge Control Act
  5. Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act
  6. Reclamation Reform Act of 1982
  7. 43 CFR 426 - Acreage Limitation Rules and Regulations
  8. 43 CFR 429 - Use of Reclamation Land, Facilities, and Waterbodies
  9. Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970
  10. Federal-Aid Right-of-Way Programs under Title 23 U.S.C
  11. Highway Beautification Act of 1965
  12. NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act)
  13. Federal Property Management Regulations
  14. Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA)
  15. 1890 Canal Act
  16. 43 CFR 423 - Public Conduct on Reclamation Lands
  17. Federal Water Project Recreation Act
  18. 1939 Reclamation Act
  19. None of the above


15.Select the following records management tasks you have routinely and independently performed.
  1. Have created, modified, and updated records in Reclamation's FIRM database for land management.
  2. Have used other land management databases.
  3. Data retrieval and assembly of land records in support of audits.
  4. Development and organization of land records into a computer-based system.
  5. Development and organization of maps and documents into a lands records storage and retrieval process.
  6. Researched and retrieved complete lands records for protection, appeal and audit actions.
  7. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
1.Where did you learn about this vacancy?
  1. Asianlife.com
  2. Diversenote.com
  3. NativeAmericanJobs.com
  4. WorkplaceDiversity.com
  5. Department of Veterans Affairs/Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
  6. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
  7. National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  8. Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  9. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
  10. Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU)
  11. Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  12. Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  13. Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  14. Referral from a Professional Organization
  15. Job/Career Fair
  16. Referral from a friend or family member
  17. Reclamation Employee
  18. Reclamation Internet Site
  19. Referral from a State or Local government
  20. Referral from another Federal Agency/employee
  21. OPM USAJOBS Internet Site
  22. Other Internet Site
  23. Other






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