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

About

Announcement Number:
NM Merit-2018-0070
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Geologist/Petroleum Engineer
Open Period:
08/08/2018 - 08/22/2018 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 1350,0881 12
Salary:
(USD) $85,860 - (USD) $111,618
Promotion Potential:
GS-12
Duty Location(s):
3 Vacancy in

Santa Fe, NM, US
For More Info:
HR Office
775-861-6424
nvjobs@blm.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All current federal employees or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility; CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area; Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA); Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA); Veterans more than 30% disabled eligible; Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities, Schedule A and/or individuals w/disabilities; All former PLC members who within the past 120 days have completed all requirements of a creditable PLC project.
Security Clearance Required:
Other
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position.
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team in Santa Fe, new Mexico.

The BLM manages more land - 245 million surface 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 BLM, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Summary:
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 Santa Fe, New Mexico. Information about Santa Fe and the surrounding area can be found at the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce website.

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 road less 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.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Yes

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

1-5 days per month

Duties

Serves as a Geologist/Petroleum Engineer for the New Mexico State Office –Reservoir Management Group (RMG) located in Santa Fe, NM. Address complex drainage program work goals through the application of standard reservoir engineering principles, geologic concepts and automation. Is the technical advisor to lower graded engineers in the field on drainage issues.

Perform reservoir analysis to determine the drainage area and drainage configuration on Federal and Indian lands.

Perform comprehensive subsurface studies of oil and gas reservoirs which may involve well log interpretation, incorporation of correlations, geologic cross sections, structural and isopach maps of fluid reservoirs, calculations of hydrocarbon reserves and value to the U.S. Methods of reserve determination include volumetric calculations, decline curve analysis, material balance, and reservoir modeling relationships.

Analyze Federal and Indian oil and gas unit agreement actions. These actions would include: exploratory and enhanced recovery unit designation, unit final approval, unit expansion, paying well determinations, unit participating areas, and unit termination.
Analyze applications for Gas Storage Agreements and renegotiates gas storage fees on a periodic basis with the grantee for existing Gas Storage Agreements.

Evaluate and make independent interpretations of technical and economic data submitted by the unit operator for exploratory unit paying well determinations.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

This position has a positive education requirement and transcripts are required.

Key Requirements:
  • 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
  • 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 qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. 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.

    KSA 1: Ability to technically analyze large complex exploratory and enhanced recovery unit agreements to include drainage situations.

    KSA 2: Knowledge of the appropriate parts of the Code of Regulations found under Titles 25, 30, and 43, in order to develop standards and ensure compliance with laws and regulations.

    KSA 3: Skill in a variety of communication techniques in order to discuss/negotiate technical engineering concepts.
    Qualifications:

    In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement and the Basic Qualifications for either the Petroleum Engineer or Geologist (transcripts required) - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-11) of the position to be filled.

    For Petroleum Engineer (job series 0881): A bachelor`s degree in Engineering that included courses accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering (ABET); OR included differential & integral calculus AND course in 5 of these areas of engineering science or physics: (1) statics/dynamics; (2) strength of materials; (3) fluid mechanics/hydraulics; (4) thermodynamics; (5) electrical fields/circuits; (6) nature & properties of materials; or (7) optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics or electronics.
    OR
    A combination of education & experience including engineering coursework in physical & mathematical science & experience in one of the branches of engineering, AND I have one of the following: (1) a current professional engineer registration; (2) passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) exam or similar examination; (3) completed 60 semester hours of coursework specified above; (4) completed bachelors degree in a related field AND have 1 year or more of professional engineering experience.
    Plus
    One (1) year of professional engineering experience equivalent to GS-11 in the Federal service. Work at this level is difficult & responsible & performed under general supervision with wide latitude for independent judgment. Assignments required extended specialized experience & independent decision making. Examples: serves as a senior engineer/staff specialist performing engineering work in the exploration, development & production of oil & gas or geothermal resources.

    For Geologist (job series 1350): Successfully completed a 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor`s or higher degree in the field of 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 equivalent to a major in geology or related disciplines appropriate to the position advertised.
    Plus
    One (1) year of specialized Experience equivalent to GS-11 in the Federal Service. Work at this level is difficult & responsible & performed under general supervision with wide latitude for independent judgment. Examples: planning, initiating, directing, and executing an oil and gas program; developing contracts, gas agreements, unit agreements, and compensatory royalty agreements; developing scenarios for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); technical analysis of NEPA documents.

    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 in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.

    There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 and above grade levels.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.
    Other Information:
    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 receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used for this position.

    Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.

    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.

    May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

    If selected for this position, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450 within 30 days of reporting to duty.  You will be required to provide this information annually.

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

    The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

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

    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 button "Apply OnLine" 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 "Did you forget 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 the HR Office at (775) 861-6424 or via email at nvjobs@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:
    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 See Foreign Education

    Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees: submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).

    Veterans Special Appointing Authorities: To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three or more years of active service. A VEOA eligible who is separated 30 days or less prior to completion of the three-year active duty service requirement is eligible to receive consideration for BLM vacancies Submit documentation to support your claim for VEOA or preference veteran (DD-214 that shows discharge as honorable or general, SF-15, Veterans Administration Letter). If you are currently on active duty, you must provide an official statement of service from your command, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proved your military service was performed under honorable conditions. You must clearly identify your claim for veterans' preference on your application. For more information on veterans' preference, please go to OPMs website at: Feds Hire Vets.

    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.”

    If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.

    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.  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.

    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.
    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.