Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
NM Merit-2019-0024
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Supervisory Mining Engineer
Open Period:
02/06/2019 - 02/22/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0880 12
USD $73,375 - USD $95,388
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Carlsbad, NM, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Allan Read


Hiring Path:
• Competitive service
• Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
• Land & base management
• Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA
• Veterans
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility; CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area; and Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Eligibles. Current or former time-limited employees eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA). Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a Permanent position.
Marketing Statement:

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.


This vacancy has been extended to close on February 22, 2019.


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 Carlsbad, NM. Information about Carlsbad and the Carlsbad area can be found at Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.

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

Occasional travel to attend training or offsite meetings at needed.


Serves as the Supervisory Mining Engineer of the Minerals team, providing administrative and technical expertise. Serves as the Field Office Manager as needed. Accepts, rejects, or corrects contractor work. Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates; makes assignments based on capability and expertise; evaluates work performance; develops performance standards; gives advice or instruction to subordinates; and identifies and arranges training for staff. Processes Applications for Permits to Drill, using the Secretarial Potash Order. Makes professional judgments based on advanced and expert levels of knowledge in mining operations. Performs regulatory work and provides technical, policy and procedural guidance to the minerals team members and other field and district office specialists on all matters pertaining to the minerals programs. Oversees and monitors the solid minerals functions for all aspects of the program. Provides consistency in program administration and policy application. Accesses, coordinates, prepares, and reviews assigned minerals-related environmental documents to assure that they are technically accurate. Ensures field office compliance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations. Assures that consideration of minerals management values are incorporated in environmental analysis documents for other program actions. 

Physical Demands: The work includes both office and field conditions. Office work often involves long periods of intense concentration on technical details, and lengthy periods using a personal computer. Most fieldwork requires a certain amount of physical stamina under a variety of arduous conditions, including travel by vehicle or foot over rugged, slippery, and/or hazardous terrain, exposure to adverse temperature and weather conditions, climbing into close and confined spaces, as well as other physiographic extremes.

Work Environment: The work environment includes working in both an office environment and in the field in isolated areas under adverse weather conditions. Work in the office will generally be at a desk or working with other specialists and managers at other locations. The incumbent will be required to work in operational conditions. Those operational conditions will require the incumbent to work alone while in the field. Temperatures in the Field Office area can vary from 0 degrees to 120 degrees Fahrenheit with wind gusts up to 50 mph or more. Average annual precipitation in much of the Field Office area varies but is generally less than 4 inches per year and usually less than 3 inches per year. When it does rain, it is often in high intensity thunderstorms, which causes flash flooding. The terrain is variable consisting of desert type environment to steep, rough and rolling mountainous areas. The incumbent will adhere to all safety rules and regulations as prescribed in manuals and supplements or by the designated Safety Officer.

Qualifications and Evaluations


This position has a basic qualification requirement and a specialized experience requirement. 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.

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

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.  

Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship 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 stock in firms with interest in Federal Land
  • Direct Deposit Required
  • Background Investigation Required
  • Education Requirements:

    Basic Qualification Requirement:

    Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (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.


    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), 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.

    2. Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, or any other written test required for professional registration, by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.

    3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in A above. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program.

    4. Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions.

    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.



    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 competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

    • Knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of geology and/or mining engineering and minerals management in order to develop solid minerals and potash leasing policies and provide advice to employees and management officials. 

    • Knowledge of organizational behavior, business and administrative management principles, concepts, the methods for managing project resources, staff, and project plans in order to direct employees of the Mineral Section in the planning and implementation of solid minerals projects and functions.

    • Knowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and guidance.

    • Skill in interpreting and applying a broad range of statutory and regulatory requirements (federal/state county/ local) and agency policies as they pertain to surface protection and reclamation activities, including aspects of the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, mine reclamation and closure regulations; as well as EPA and NEPA requirements in order to assure that follow-up actions are completed so that mineral actions and field office projects are carried out in conformance with their respective environmental and decision documents.

    • Ability to actively listen, communicate effectively both orally and in writing in order to perform written and verbal analysis, conduct meetings, give briefings, coordinate task orders, and provide advice and guidance at all employees at any management level.


    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.

    Specialized Experience Requirements: 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.  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. Examples:  serve as a specialist performing work in minerals exploration, development & production activities such as review/prepare exploration plans or the extraction of minerals, evaluate mineral resources, inspect mining operations & reclamation activities.

    Time-in-Grade Requirement: 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.

    In addition to meeting the specialized experience requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the basic qualification requirement listed below:

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
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    Agency Benefits:

    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website.

    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.

    Probationary Period: May require completion of a one-year probationary period.

    Supervisory Probationary Period:  If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.

    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.

    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.

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

    Telework: This position is not eligible for Telework.

    Financial Disclosure: 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 need to provide the information annually.

    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 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 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 Human Resources Office at (505)954-2087 and maread@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.

    Applicants eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) must submit documentation verifying (a) initial selection under competitive examining procedures  to a land management agency under a time-limited appointment in the competitive service , (b) service  under this initial appointment, or in conjunction with subsequent competitive service time-limited appointments, to a land management agency was for a period of 24 months without a break in service of two or more years, and (c) performance was evaluated as being at an acceptable level for the entire applicable period(s). “Required documentation” includes first  and last SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) for each  appointment verifying the Position Occupied code (Block 34) is 1-Competitive Service, AND documentation of successful performance for each appointment. Applicants are encouraged to combine all required documents into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping documents into files will simplify the application process. Failure to submit required documentation will result in loss of consideration.

    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.

    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).

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

    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.