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Bureau of Land Management Supervisory Geologist / Petroleum Engineering in Location Negotiable After Selection, United States


Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. This position is with the New Mexico State Office, Division of Minerals. We expect to fill 1 vacancy at this time; however, additional positions may be filled from this announcement if they become available.


Provide full time supervision to a staff of professional petroleum engineers, geologist's ajudicators, Land Law Examiners, and GIS specialists.

Advises, counsels, and instructs employees on work and administrative matters, interviews and recommends candidates for appointment, resolves complaints, and handles minor disciplinary actions.

Exercises authority delegated by the Deputy State Director of Minerals to ensure Federal and/or Indian trust fluid mineral actions are completed in accordance with Federal regulations.

Develops long range objectives and establishes guidance and direction in support of initiatives and researches and recommends new program areas to the Deputy State Director of Minerals.

Provides geologic support in the processing of exploratory and secondary unit agreements, communization agreements, development contracts, gas storage agreements, compensatory royalty agreements, Federal drainage and Indian diligence.

Provides technical critical reviews, analysis and provides recommendations affecting implementation of new regulations, onshore orders, and operational standards pertinent to the BLM's fluid mineral programs.

Provides regional geologic support in the completion of reasonable foreseeable development scenarios for NEPA documents. Helps defend the reasonable foreseeable development results with both industry and other interest groups.

Prepares correspondence, technical reports, memoranda and responds to action item requests to complete project assignments at field office, district, state and bureau levels such as GAO, IG, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).


Conditions of Employment


In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the qualification requirements - please be sure to include this information in your resume. No assumptions will be made about your experience. GS-1350 Geology: A. Degree: geology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological science, structural, chemical, civil, mining or petroleum engineering, computer science, planetary geology, comparative planetology, geophysics, meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, physical geography, marine geology, and cartography.


B. Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. GS-0881 Petroleum Engineer: A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


B. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: 1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions. In addition to meeting the education requirement, you must possess one (1) full year of specialized experience at or equivalent in difficulty and complexity as indicated by the following examples: as a Petroleum Engineer or related position equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal Service. At this level work is performed under general administrative supervision. The work requires extended professional experience and a wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment.

OR Have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-12 as a Geologist or related position. At this level, geologists serve as senior technical experts performing work involving technical problems, methods & data that are highly incomplete, controversial, or uncertain. Recommendations & conclusions are accepted as sound & work is reviewed only for meeting fiscal constraints, coordination with others & attainment of objectives. 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 within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level. Physical Demands: Normally works in an office setting, with occasionally field duty associated with resources work. Work may be conducted under widely adverse conditions such as severe winter temperatures and summers that are extremely hot and dry. May be required to walk into roadless areas or

otherwise negotiate areas inaccessible to vehicular travel. Other methods of travel may include all-terrain vehicles, aircraft, or horseback. Work Environment: Most work is performed in the office in close proximity to fellow workers. Fieldwork may include walking or driving motor vehicles over rough terrain in remote areas. Abnormal stress situations may also occur involving completion of work to meet short deadlines.


This position has a positive education requirement which requires that you have a degree in Geology or Engineering or related disciplines appropriate to the position, or a combination of education and experience---courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. You must submit copies of all 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 See Foreign Education.

Additional Information

DOI uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Information about CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP. CTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used for this position. 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 Selective Service System at Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities, please visit: The official worksite for the selectee is the duty station identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty location on a regular and recurring weekly basis. The selectee may be allowed to telework on a situational basis with supervisor approval. BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document, you do not have in electronic form; view the following link for information regarding an Alternative Application