U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

About

Announcement Number:
MT-DEU-2014-0063
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Minerals Assistant
Open Period:
06/25/2014 - 07/09/2014 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0303 04/05
Salary:
USD $28,269 - USD $41,122
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work schedule is full-time. 1 vacancy available.
Promotion Potential:
GS-05
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Dickinson, ND, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Human Resources Branch
406-896-5002
Apply@mt.blm.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Term appt, NTE 4 yrs
Appointment Type Details:
Term Appointment not-to-exceed 1 year and 1 day that may be extended incrementally up to 4 years.
Marketing:
About the Agency
Summary:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join our team to serve as a Minerals Assistant in the Eastern Montana/Dakotas District Office, North Dakota Field Office, Division of Mineral Resources, in Dickinson, North Dakota. Information about the Dickinson area can be found at www.dickinsonchamber.org.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. 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. For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

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

Duties

The position provides direction and assistance to office visitors and office personnel and a variety of general support services functions that are essential to servicing all disciplines in the Division. The position is responsible for maintenance of the computerized tracking programs and record management system for the Minerals Division. At the full performance level, duties to support these functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assisting the Legal Instrument Examiners in preparing/processing oil and gas applications and agreements.
  • Completing and updating Lease Record Cards for Federal and Indian Oil & Gas Leases.
  • Developing tracking systems and utilizing existing approved BLM tracking systems for required reporting.
  • Entering data into the Automated Fluid Mineral Support System, Automated Land and Minerals Record System and retrieving data from these systems necessary for the oil and gas staff and management reports.
  • Serving as the collections and billings officer for the Minerals Division.
  • Supporting general visitor information activities.
  • Processing incoming and outgoing mail for the Division, including certified and priority mail.
  • Preparing and finalizing various forms of correspondence, statistical and/or complex tabular data, charges, Individual Well Record (IWR) forms and graphs usually from handwritten or rough-draft materials prepared by the Minerals professional staff, and ensuring that all documents are completed in compliance with BLM policy.
  • Maintaining administrative and legal case records in accordance with accepted legal policy.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
You must meet all 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" & "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.
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:
    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, Highly 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: 
    • Knowledge of oil and gas programs, policies, and procedures sufficient to assist in processing APD's and sundry notices. 
    • Practical knowledge of maps, general land and location descriptions, and ability to correctly identify leases, Communitization Agreements (CA's), field boundaries, units, participating areas, etc., and to plot data accurately on maps.
    • Ability to communicate orally and in writing; knowledge of workstations, PCs, and other hardware peripherals; and the skill to utilize these tools and equipment safely.
    • Interpersonal skills in working with public, often under pressure. This requires tact, diplomacy and the ability to be pleasant and professional regardless of the circumstances.
    • Working knowledge of collections (e.g. credit cards, cash, checks, etc.) and expenditure accounts.
    On-line Questionnaire: Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.
    Qualifications:
    For GS-04:  One year of general experience such as progressively responsible clerical, office, or other work that indicates ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position to be filled; OR - Successful completion of 2 years of education above high school level. 
    For GS-05:  One year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-04) of the position to be filled; OR - Successful completion of 4 years of education above high school level.
    Examples of qualifying specialized experience include providing information or assistance to the public in a business setting or to an organization where the purpose of the work is primarily related to mineral resources and/or land title research.  This work could include assisting with lease files and records for legal case n accordance with accepted legal policy, providing general clerical assistance in processing Applications for Permit to Drill (APD's), and preparing correspondence or tabulated documents and reports utilizing office automation systems; e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and other software.
    Equivalent combinations of post-high school education and specialized experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Agency Benefits:
    To explore the benefits typically offered to most federal employees in permanent positions, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at the above link. 
    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.
    -This position requires completion of a one year trial period.
    -RELOCATION EXPENSES: Travel, transportation 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.
    -This is a term position for which all qualified U.S. citizens with or without Federal Status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service, and will be for a period not-to-exceed 1 year and 1 day with possible extension up to a total of 4 years (or longer if approved by the Office of Personnel Management) without re-announcement.
    -This position requires procurement duties. Applicants selected for this position must sign a certification of compliance with the requirement of Public Law 101-189.
    -Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
    -BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants. The incentives that may be offered include Relocation Incentives and/or Recruitment Incentives, Service Credit for Non-Federal Work Experience toward Annual Leave Accrual Rates, and Student Loan Repayments.
    -In the event of additional vacancies more than one selection may be made from this announcement.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    THIS IS AN ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS THROUGH USAJOBS.  If you need assistance in applying online, please call or email the contact listed on this vacancy. If applying on-line 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. PLEASE NOTE: If you have access to a public library, State Job Service Office, etc., you must use these resources to apply online.  You must follow the steps described below to complete the application process:
    1)YOU MUST CREATE A PROFILE in USAJOBS under My Account. If you already have a registered profile in USAJOBS you do not need to register again. Your profile must contain a current resume for submission. In order to receive proper consideration, your resume should include the following information: - Personal contact information
    - Work experience (paid or unpaid) including - starting and ending dates (month and year), employer's name and address, job title (include job series and grade if Federal), duties and accomplishments, supervisor's name and telephone number, indicate if supervisor may be contacted, hours per week, and salary.
    Education and job-related training including - school name, type and year of degrees/diploma received, credits earned and majors; title of training course and year of completion.
    - References - personal and professional
    - Additional information - skills (languages, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.), certificates or licenses (current only), and/or honors, awards, and special accomplishments (recognition, professional memberships, publications, leadership activities, etc.).
    Insufficient information could result in an ineligible rating. The USAJOBS Resume Builder was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is an available tool when you login to your USAJOBS account.
    2) COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION, including responses to all application questions, by clicking on the “APPLY ONLINE” button that appears on this announcement.
    3) SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION as applicable. See “Required Documents” section below.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that a complete application (including a resume, on-line questionnaire, and applicable supplemental documentation) is received before by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.  NOTE: Technical problems may take at least 1 business day to resolve; therefore, you are highly encouraged to complete the application process prior to the closing date.
    Required Documents:
    All applicable supplemental documentation must be uploaded or faxed (with generated fax cover sheets) to: 571-258-4052, and received before by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement. See important information regarding uploading and faxing supplemental documentation below.

    THE FOLLOWING SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE RECEIVED, AS APPLICABLE:
    1) College Transcripts: If you believe you qualify based on your education, or a combination of education and experience, you must submit a copy of all college transcripts (undergraduate/graduate) 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 click here to see Foreign Education requirements. Note: Transcripts must be submitted to each announcement as applicable.

    2) Veterans Preference Documentation:  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.  Missing documentation may result a change or removal of your claim for Veteran’s preference.  If you are claiming preference as a TP Veteran your profile must contain a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release, or Discharge from active military service.  If you are claiming preference as a CP, CPS, or XP, your profile must contain a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, with all applicable supporting documentation as instructed in the SF-15.  If you are claiming preference based on sole survivorship (SSP), provide the documentation you received granting this preference.  More information regarding Veteran's preference  click here.
    3) CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: If you are a CTAP or ICTAP Eligible applicant: Provide 1) a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; and, 2) proof of eligibility. It must be indicated in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. Note: CTAP/ICTAP documents must be submitted to each announcement as applicable. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles are Federal employees that have been or are likely to be separated from Federal employment by a Reduction in Force (RIF). Current or former eligible Federal employees eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must receive a score of at least 90 to receive priority consideration under either program. For CTAP and ICTAP, well-qualified means that the applicant meets the qualification standard and eligibility requirements for the position, meets minimum educational and experience requirements, meets all selective factors, where applicable, and is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.

    Uploading and Faxing Supplemental Documentation: 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. The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet. Each document type must use the appropriate generated fax coversheet and be faxed in a separate transmission. Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager (3MB is the maximum size allowed for a document). Do not use both options, only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system. 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.
    Checking Application Status and Materials: Hint: Do this before the announcement closes. After you have completed your application, to check the status of your application materials log in to your USAJOBS account, select the “Application Status” section, check under the “Status” for this vacancy, once your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received it will state “Received.” Any other application status may indicate that you did not complete the application process and/or your application has not been submitted. Please note: A status of “Received” reflects that your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received; applicable supplemental documentation may still need to be submitted (see required documents above).
    Next Steps:
    You will receive notification via email, generally within 2 weeks of the closing date of the announcement, as to whether or not your name was referred to the selecting official.