Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Legal Assistant (Deputy Court Clerk) in Fort Washakie, Wyoming

Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Fort Washakie, WY
Work Schedule is Full Time - Term NTE 4 Years

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (10 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1824194

This is a term appointment for which all qualified applicants may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed a total of 4 years without further competition.

Copy of current state driver's license is required. Failure to provide proof of current valid driver's license will result in loss of consideration

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), in accordance with the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (25 USC 472), gives priority in selection to eligible Indian preference candidates. The BIA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Who May Apply:

  • Merit Promotion Plan (MPP) - Current and former career-conditional or career status employees.
  • Excepted Service (ESEP) - Indian Preference applicants.
  • Veterans Preference - Includes Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) applicants.
  • Special Hiring Authorities - Common authorities include Schedule A, Peace Corps, Foreign Service employees, etc.

For additional information see the "Other Information" section.

  • Provide assistance to the Court of Indian Offenses and Magistrate in connection with the discharge of all related court functions and procedures

  • Works closely with the Magistrate, Law Enforcement Services, Court Prosecutor, Court Public Defender, Social Workers, and Indian Child Welfare Workers to assist with all aspects of the CFR court to ensure that they are operating effectively and efficiently

  • Serves as an officer of the court who undertakes all duties and functions authorized, assigned, and/or delegated to the Court Clerk by 25 CFR Part 11 and court rules of the Wind River Reservation in order to perform and coordinate the day-to-day operation of the CFR court.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • May be required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government owned or leased vehicle in the performance of duties as assigned.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citzenship is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
  • Required to have federal payments made by direct deposit.
  • Indian Preference Applies

GS-05*:* 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 grade level OR 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Possession of the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities can be evidenced by:

  • Knowledge and skill in applying standardized court rules, processes, and procedures.

  • Knowledge and skill interpreting 25 CFR, Part 11, Court Rules for the Court of Indian Offenses and applicable tribal laws.

  • Knowledge of legal terminology, judicial proceedings, and understanding of legal activities and documents to provide administrative support for the court.

  • Skill in operating personal computers, word processing, and database software programs.

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

  • OR--------------------------------------------------


For GS-5: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree.

  • OR--------------------------------------------------


For GS-5: Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Convert the education to a percentage by dividing the amount of credits by 60. Convert the experience to a percentage by taking the total months and dividing them by 12. Combine both the percentages and it must equal at least 100%.

NOTE: If you are not in the series for which applying, your application package must show evidence of meeting the OPM Qualification Standards; i.e., required course work (transcript/listing of courses); specialized experience; etc.

Part-Time or Unpaid Experience: Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Conditions of Employment

  • Selectee may be subject to a 1-year probationary period.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service Registration if selected for appointment.
  • Selectee must have a safe driving record within the 3-year period immediately preceding submittal of the GSA-3607 form and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Agency.
  • Former Federal employees who received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buy out in their previous Federal employment are required to submit a copy of the application Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. The majority of individuals who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation payment prior to re-employment.

Background Check

  • Selectee must undergo a fingerprint check; results must be cleared prior to hire.
  • This position requires a background investigation. Continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation. If found suitable, you may be terminated after you begin work.
Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. Your ratings in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency during the probationary period.

After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.


The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package: Benefits and additional resources.

Additional benefits information:

  • Additional fitness subsidy to reimburse 50% of membership fees up to $275 per year, if applicable.
  • Transportation subsidy program which reimburses up to $130 per month for mass transportation expenses. Bicycle subsidy benefit program may be available, if applicable.
  • This position is not eligible for Telework.

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

Other Information

Additional selections of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligible was issued for this announcement, for filling additional or similar positions.

Appointing Authority Information

The following links will provide additional information on how you may be eligible for the hiring authorities under this announcement.

Indian Preference

Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans

Schedule A

Career Transitional Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Transitional Assistance Program (ICTAP)

Special Hiring Authorities

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

Salary Range: $32,318.00 to $42,012.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0986-05/05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: See Who May Apply listed below

Control Number: 453224000

Job Announcement Number: RMR-17-10