Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Mining Engineer
Open Period:
07/07/2015 - 08/04/2015 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0880 12/13
USD $75,333 - USD $116,453
Work Schedule:
Full-time - The work schedule is full-time.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Lakewood, CO, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Emily Crain


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position.
Marketing Statement:
The BLM manages more land - approximately 245 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.

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to provide technical direction, guidance, and advice in the area of coal and non-energy leasing and development within the State of Colorado.

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

This position is located in Lakewood, Colorado. Information about Lakewood can be found at City of Lakewood.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation, Chapter 302, and Departmental policy. The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered.  

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

There will be cccasional travel for meetings and training.


As the Mining Engineer for BLM Colorado State Office Branch of Solid Minerals, you will:

* Be responsible for the coordination of all aspects of program policies established for coal exploration, leasing, development, operations, and the Inspection and Enforcement/Production Verification (I&E/PV) program;

* Serve as the primary contact and primary advisor concerning the Federal Coal Management Program for BLM personnel, representatives of business and industry, attorneys, Congressional staff, representatives of state, county and local agencies, other Federal agencies, coal lease applicants and the general public;

* Serve as the senior mining engineer/consultant to the Colorado State Director on policy issues affecting solid leasable minerals mining and development;

* Provide mining engineering expertise to District and Field Offices in preparation for Resource Management Plans, Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Analyses regarding impacts of surface and underground mining on the environment; and,

* Respond to Congressional inquries, requests under Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and provide information for response to the Colorado State Director's Office

Qualifications and Evaluations

Education Requirement: This position has a positive education requirement which requires that you have a degree in professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; 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. –OR- 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 professional 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 the ways indicated in the Qualification Standards set by OPM. Please use the following link in order to view the requirements: Mining Engineering Requirements.

Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the specialized experience as defined in the announcement or vacancy questions. In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship 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:
    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, you 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:

    * Knowledge of the Federal Coal Management Program, coal activity planning processes and procedures, environmental analyses and procedures, land use planning procedures and the coal leasing program;

    * Knowledge of specific coal regulations and all laws relating to coal leasing;

    * Knowledge of advanced concepts, principles, and practices of geology, mining engineering, or geological engineering, necessary to resolve complex investigations relating to coal exploration and development;

    * Knowledge of accepted and modern coal mining techniques necessary to analyze, interpret, and ensure mine plans prepared by operators are in compliance with regulatory requirements; and,

    * Knowledge of the principles and practices of mining engineering, rock mechanics, and mine design to provide input and expertise in developing manuals and environmental and planning documents
    In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement- please be sure to include this information in your resume.

    Specialized Experience Requirements: GS-12: In addition to meeting the positive education requirement, you must show that you have one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-11 grade level.  Examples: provides technical expertise and recommendations in the supervision and regulation of exploration, development, mining, production, and verification of leasable minerals on public lands to include processing leasable mineral permits and lease applications, reviewing and evaluating exploration and lease development plans, monitoring and inspection of permit/lease operations, and the verification of production from Federal and Indian leases; provides input on budget coordination and annual work plan preparation for mineral leasing and lease management programs; program management which includes recommending mineral priorities, developing policy and procedural guidance, conducting resource program coordination, providing input and review to minerals portions of various planning documents, and assisting and training other staff members.

    There is no education substitute for the GS-12.

    Specialized Experience Requirements: GS-13: In addition to meeting the positive education requirement, you must show that you have one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-12 grade level. Examples: applies a broad knowledge of engineering theories, concepts, principles, standards and methods to prepare, present and evaluate mining plans; acts as a principle contributor on team-based projects or coordinates a team project and provides technical oversight and direction; and, handles sensitive or very complex mineral law cases that impact coal and oil shale leasing, exploration and development on Federal lands.  

    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. 

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
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    Other Information:
    This announcement is being advertised concurrently under CO Merit-2015-0158 for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

    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.

    May require completion of a one year probationary period.

    Before entering on duty, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.

    You must be able to obtain and maintain a valid driver's license.

    The duties of this position involve field work in remote and/or rugged terrain where climatic conditions are variable and extreme.

    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 CTAP or ICTAP. 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.

    BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.

    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 responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. your resume; and 3. applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. 

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

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

    If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Forgot your username and/or Password?" link.

    Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement. 

    If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact Emily Crain at 303-239-3981 or ecrain@blm.gov. 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.
    Required Documents:
    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:  

    1. 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 VetGuide.

    2. 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, See Foreign Education.

    3. 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, performance appraisal 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.  Do not use both options.  

    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.  

    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.
    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.