Office of the Secretary of the Interior Appraiser in Lakewood, Colorado

Office of the Secretary of the Interior
3 vacancies in the following locations:
  • Lakewood, CO
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Bloomington, MN
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (9 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Join the Department of Interior!

The Department of the Interior (DOI) is devoted to protecting and preserving the natural resources of this great nation, including National Parks, Landmarks, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native American, Alaska Natives, and affiliated Islanders. This position is located in the DOI, Office of the Secretary (OS), Office of Valuation Services (OVS).

The OVS performs appraisals, appraisal reviews, appraisal consulting, and related real property valuation assignments for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), National Park Service (NPS), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USF&WS;). The incumbent serves as a staff appraiser performing appraisals and appraisal reviews.

If selection is a person without prior federal experience the starting pay will be at either the GS-11 Step 1 or the GS-12 step 1 which is:


$61,956.00 annually for Atlanta, GA

$62,847.00 annually for Bloomington, MN

$63,691.00 annually for Lakewood, CO


$74,260.00 annually for Atlanta, GA

$75,329.00 annually for Bloomington, MN

$76,341.00 annually for Lakewood, CO

For more information about the Office of the Secretary, please visit our website at

  • Perform appraisal services and employs proper appraisal procedures, principles and techniques to comply with applicable Federal laws and regulations for use in determining property value.

  • Prepares appraisals and review appraisals of land, or interests in land, including conservation or other easement interests for acquisition, sale, condemnation, donation, exchange, lease and rental determinations for special uses.

  • Prepares appraisal reports utilizing all three approaches to value.

  • Prepares appraisals or appraisal reviews for properties with minerals, timber, highly developable properties, conservation easements and rights-of-way.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • 1 to 5 Nights for work assignments
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Background investigation, fingerprints, and credit check may be required.
  • Direct Deposit is required.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade level they are applying for.

Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience for this position includes but is not limited to the following:

Specialized Experience for the GS-11:

Specialized experience for this position includes but is not limited to performing appraisal and appraisal related duties such as developing supported opinions of market value of real property or property interests as of a specific date.

Specialized Experience for the GS-12:

Specialized experience for this position includes but is not limited to:

preparing appraisals of real property, providing appraisal consultation services to clients, estimating the market value of properties, and applying federal, state, and local land and land-title laws to carry out appraisal assignments.

A written test is not required.

This position contains a selective placement factor (SPF) that is part of the minimum requirement of the position. If you do not meet the SPF, you are ineligible for further consideration. The SPF for this position is:

You must possess a current General Appraiser Certification in at least one state whose certification standards comply with the minimum Federal standards for general appraiser certification in compliance with Title XI of the Financial Institution Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA).

A copy of your current certificate should be submitted with your application in order to be considered.

All qualification and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Science programs and other organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.

All applicants will be rated on the following competencies required of this position:

Technical Competency –Appraising: Appraises real properties and completes appraisal reports employing proper appraisal procedures, principles, and techniques ensuring compliance with applicable Federal laws and regulations.

Technical Competency: Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender disabilities, and other individual differences.

Technical Competency – Reviewing Appraisals: Reviews appraisals and provides appraisal review services to clients. Reviews appraisals submitted by staff appraisers and private fee appraisers; determines whether proper appraisal procedures, principles, and techniques were employed and determines whether appraisal comply with applicable Federal Laws and Regulations.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume and other application documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire and may interview the best-qualified applicants. For status updates on your application, please follow the directions listed above in the How to Apply section. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation. A final job offer for this position is typically made within several weeks after the closing date of the vacancy announcement.


For more information on major benefits offered to most Federal Employees, please visit:

The Office of Valuation Services has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval no more than 50% of the time.

Employees must meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act in order to telework. Employees are eligible to telework if they have not: been disciplined for being absent without permission for more than five (5) days in any calendar year; been disciplined for violations of the standards of ethical conduct for employees of the executive branch for viewing, downloading, or exchanging pornography, including child pornography, on a federal government computer or while performing an official function; or received a less than Fully Successful performance rating. The Department of the Interior also considers employees with documented conduct issues ineligible for telework.

Other Information

Conditions of Employment:

A current professional designation or accreditation that requires classroom training in appraisal practice and experience requirements approved by the Appraiser Qualifications Board, as well as a demonstration appraisal report or appraisal review report, and a comprehensive qualifying examination is HIGHLY desirable.

Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Officer.

If selected at the GS-12 you will be required to file, prior to entrance on duty, a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450).

Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.

This position requires operation of a Government vehicle, therefore, proof of possession of a valid state driver's license is required.

Work Schedule:

This position will be filled as full-time.


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

This position is being advertised concurrently with vacancy announcement # OVS-17-MP-1823550JAS using Merit Promotion procedures. If interested, refer to that announcement to determine if you meet merit promotion requirements and can apply to that announcement.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.

If selection is made below the full performance level, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.

Salary Range: $61,956.00 to $99,243.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1171-11/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453317700

Job Announcement Number: OVS-17-DE-1824890JAS