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Legal Instruments Examiner

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Bureau Of Land Management Carlsbad , NM 88220

Posted 4 months ago



Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit .

This position is located in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Information about Carlsbad and the Carlsbad area can be found at the


Incumbent is responsible for total adjudication of a variety of applications. This work must be independently planned and organized in order to avoid case processing delays by: (1) ascertaining land status and minerals ownership so that incoming actions can be categorized; and (2) establishing individual files.

Adjudicates Applications for Permit to Drill to ensure all legal aspects required to approve an application are present and correct. Responsible for such items as: (1) maintaining posting procedures regarding notices of proposed actions; (2) verifying lease validity and ownership; (3) verifying percentage of ownership by each lessee; (4) verifying conformance with bonding requirements; (5) interfacing with local and national tracking systems (AFMSS) and LR2000 to enter oil and gas information and access lease and bonding data; (6) verifying spacing requirements and survey plats; (7) identifies production status and possible drilling extensions; (8) interprets propriety or legality of documents; and (9) determines required actions for correcting defective filings.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1-3 days a month.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)


Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship is 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
Direct Deposit Required
Background Investigation Required


Specialized Experience: applicants must meet the specialized experience in addition to any Basic Educational requirements if applicable.

Specialized Experience for the GS-6 is described as:

Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level assisting with the following duties: adjudicative duties and responsibilities associated with a variety of legally binding documents; determining if documentation satisfies applicable statutory and/or regulatory requirements; updating and entering appropriate information in automated data bases and tracking system spreadsheets; and conducting or assisting in legal research, analysis and evaluation of factual material and issues presented.

Specialized Experience for the GS-7 is described as:

Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-06 level in adjudicative duties and responsibilities associated with a variety of legally binding documents; determining if documentation satisfies applicable statutory and/or regulatory requirements; updating and entering appropriate information in automated data bases and tracking system spreadsheets; and conducting or assisting in legal research, analysis and evaluation of factual material and issues presented.

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.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


As a general rule, education is not creditable above GS-5 for most positions covered by this standard; however, graduate education may be credited in those few instances where the graduate education is directly related to the work of the position. You may also qualify based on a combination of experience and graduate level education.

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.

Additional 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 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 or . 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 fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

This position is not eligible for Telework.

Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume.

If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

1.Knowledge of Federal laws, regulations, directives and procedures governing oil and gas mineral resources classification, assessment and evaluation.

2.Knowledge of standard engineering terms, oil and gas terms and geological terms, agreements and application regulations in order to examine technical data, perform calculations, and to expedite the preparation of engineering and geologic analysis.

3.Knowledge of procedures and methods of developing and maintaining working case files for Applications for Permit to Drill and lease files.

4.Knowledge and understanding of map reading, symbols, and cartographic information relating to oil and gas development, as well as complex public land survey descriptions, survey plats, and accompanying documents.

5.Ability to communicate orally and in writing to a wide variety of audiences.
To preview questions please .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required


Required Documents

Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional). If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.

In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

Copy of Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, .

Former PLC Member: Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility for Noncompetitive Hiring along with a copy of your PLC Participant Verification Work Hours Sheet.

Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.

For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.
For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), 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.For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit .

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.

Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

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 .
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.

This job originated on . For the full announcement and to apply, visit . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

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Legal Instruments Examiner

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Bureau Of Land Management