Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Geologist (Recent Graduate)
Open Period:
05/13/2014 - 05/27/2014 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 1350 07/09
USD $39,179 - USD $62,297
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work schedule is full-time.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Few Vacancies in

Vernal, UT, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Rebecca Oaks


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Recent Graduates who in the previous 2 years have completed a degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Veterans precluded by a military service obligation have up to 6 years after completion of degree or certificate to apply.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Recent Graduates
Appointment Type Details:
This is a Recent Graduates position.
Marketing Statement:
The BLM seeks a dynamic and energetic student to join its team and gain valuable work experience as a Geologist.

The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout  the nation.  The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

This position is located in Vernal, Utah. Information about this area can be found at Vernal, Utah.

This is an excepted service, developmental experience appointment expected to last only 1 year under the BLM Pathways Recent Graduates Program. The BLM will require the selected applicant to complete a Participant Agreement in which it shall document the anticipated start and end dates for this developmental appointment.

The agency may noncompetitively convert a Recent Graduate who is a U. S. citizen to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service, as long as the Recent Graduate successfully completes the BLM’s 1 year developmental program and meets the OPM Qualification Standards for the targeted occupational series.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy. The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered. View FAQs regarding PCS: http://on.doi.gov/Wg6iXi

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

At times, travel for field work, meetings and/or training may be required.


This is an advanced trainee geologist position located in a Bureau of Land Management Field Office that is responsible for basic work tasks that involve knowledge and application of the principles of geology. Duties include applying geological practices to the processing of drilling permits (including both surface and subsurface resource review), mineral material applications, solid leasable mineral applications, surface management of operations authorized by the mining laws and actions related to abandoned mines. Incumbent assures compliance with the environmental and reclamation requirements of the Secretary’s regulations and current Bureau policy. 

Qualifications and Evaluations

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible, an applicant must be:
A Recent Graduate who has obtained a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two years or other applicable period.

Other applicable period may include: (1) Certain veterans precluded from applying within the timeframe described above due to a military service obligation, shall have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon his/her release or discharge from active duty. However, in no event, may the individual’s eligibility period extend beyond 6 years from the date on which the individual completed the requirements of an academic course of study; and (2) Applicants who completed their educational program requirements after December 27, 2010 will have a full 2 years of eligibility beginning on the date the final regulations became effective, July 10, 2012.

You must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Key Requirements:
  • U. S. citizenship is required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" sections.
  • Cannot hold an active real estate license.
  • Cannot have interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
  • Direct deposit is required.
  • Education Requirements:
    Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements for the job. Your eligibility and qualification status will be based on a human resources assessment conducted using qualification standards, information provided in your resume, and required supporting documents (see the Required Documents section). Veteran’s preference applies to the selection for positions in the Pathways Programs. The examination and selection of applicants will be made in accordance with requirements of the 5 CFR Part 302.

    Eligible and qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager in unranked order, all preference eligibles will be referred together regardless of the type of preference followed by all other candidates. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The job related questions align with the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties of this position:

    Knowledge of basic geology, principles, theories, practices
    and science of geology and minerals management.

    Knowledge of general mineral methodologies related to conducting inventories and mineral evaluations and preparing technical reports.

    Ability to research, collect, verify, interpret, and analyze
    a variety of directions, regulations and information and
    communicate results to customers
    Basic Education Requirement:

    This position has a positive education requirement which requires that you have a degree in 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; OR a combination of education and experience -- course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional 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

    Specialized Experience Requirement:

    In order to assess you meet a qualified status for this position and to refer you to the hiring manager, the agency must be able to determine that you meet the qualifications based on completed education, specialized experience, and/or both in addition to the basic education requirement outlined above - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-07 Geologist:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in geology related work.  Work assignments were diverse, limited in complexity & selected to provide experience & training. Examples: provide expertise in processing applications to conduct oil & gas drilling; assist in the review of mineral exploration proposals; prepare environmental assessments for minerals activities; advise the public on law, regulations & procedures that pertain to mining claims, material sales & mineral leasing; OR have 1 year of graduate education leading to a master`s degree in geology or a directly related field OR meet the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) See OPM Quals Standard-General Policies E(4)(f); OR have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. Only graduate level education may be combined with experience.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-09 Geologist:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in geology related work.  At this level, geologists independently perform recurring assignments that are more difficult & complex than those performed by a recent graduate. Examples: review & provide geologic expertise in the processing of applications to conduct drilling; review mineral exploration proposals & recommend stipulations to protect resource values; provide geologic data to staff engaged in drainage & economic evaluation; OR 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master`s degree or master`s or equivalent graduate degree in the field of geology or directly related fields of study; OR have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. Only graduate level education in excess of the first year of may be combined with experience.

    Benefits and Other Info

    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the OPM website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.
    Other 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 Selective Service System website.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: (1) Your resume; (2) Your responses to the Assessment/Job-Related Questions; and (3) Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. 

    Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.

    If you have not already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

    If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.

    Your application package, including required documentation, must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement.

    If you need assistance in applying online, please contact the Human Resources Office at (801) 539-4229. If applying online poses a hardship for you (i.e., you do not have access to the Internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.
    Required Documents:
    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the job-related questions), you are required to submit the following forms:

    Verification of Degree: Copy of your transcripts with conferred degree that includes courses, hours, and grades. If you have recently graduated and your degree has not yet posted to your transcript, additionally you will need to provide a letter from the academic institution stating you have meet all degree requirements. Education must be from an accredited U. S. educational institution. Unofficial transcripts and letter from the institution are acceptable for the application process, but prior to appointment the official transcript(s) showing degree conferred will be required. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.

    If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, you should indicate the level of Veterans' Preference you are claiming on your resume. If you are claiming 5-point Veterans’ Preference, you must submit a copy of your Member 4 DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, showing your character of military service. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide certification from your command that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. If you are claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, in addition to the Member 4 copy DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). Missing documentation may result in a change or removal of your claim for Veteran’s preference. Additional information on Veterans' Preference can be found in the VetGuide. You may request copies of your DD-214 by calling 1-800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833 or online.

    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 through 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.
    Next Steps:
    You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.  You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.