Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Mining Engineer
Open Period:
12/13/2018 - 01/11/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0880 12
USD $73,375 - USD $95,388
Work Schedule:
Full-time - This is a full-time position.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Billings, MT, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Branch of Human Resources


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – Open to Public, No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Applicable
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position in the competitive service.
About the Agency

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as a Mining Engineer for the Montana State Office, Division of Energy, Minerals, & Realty, Branch of Solid Minerals. This position is located in Billings, Montana. Information about the Billings area can be found at www.billingschamber.com. Outside Magazine's Annual Best Town Contest Featured Billings as the Best Town of 2016.

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

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


This position is also being advertised under vacancy announcement MT Merit-2019-0031. Only one person will be selected from these announcements.

The incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Reviewing mine plans for compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, ensuring that the mine design, mining procedures, and stated recoverable reserves indicate that maximum economic recovery will be attained. 

  • Reviewing environmental and technological exclusions and their impacts on adjacent federal and Indian mineral resources. 

  • Conducting on-site inspections of mining and exploration operations for compliance with laws, regulations, and approved plans.  

  • Inspecting for extent of mining, recovery of seams mined, location and orientation of pits, and resource recovery effectiveness.  

  • Issuing formal notices of noncompliance and preparing written inspection and recommendations for corrective actions and to resolve controversial issues.

  • Conducting independent in-office production verification calculations to verify the accuracy of the quantity of production reports for royalty purposes. 

  • Participating as a member of the evaluation team in making Fair Market Value determinations for solid minerals leasing actions, exchanges, and lease modifications.  

  • Preparing the tract engineering report which covers minability and marketability.  

  • Providing input for lease administration decisions to ensure proper resource recovery is achieved, public interest is being served, and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

  • Serving as a NEPA interdisciplinary team member providing geologic and mining engineering expertise for writing, reviewing and commenting on NEPA documents associated with planning, leasing, or exchange actions. 

Physical Demands and Work Environment: Work environment ranges from the office setting to remote field locations. Although most of the work is in the office, frequent field inspections necessitate hiking or walking in mountainous terrain at all times of the year. Incumbent is required to travel in difficult terrain and extreme climatic conditions by foot, 4-wheel drive vehicles, or snow machine. May occasionally ride in a fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters.

Qualifications and Evaluations


You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.  

Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background Investigation 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.
  • Education Requirements:

    See Qualifications section.

    Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html


    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, 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:

    1. Professional knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, guidelines, and procedures concerning leasing and development of solid leasable minerals, production accounting and royalty management.

    2. Knowledge and sufficient skill to develop solid mineral Mine Inspection and Enforcement Plans, to monitor production of the mineral resources from permits and leases, and plans to monitor the implementation of measures required to protect the environment.

    3. Knowledge of mining engineering and/or geologic principles and practices to provide expert advice to approving officials relative to the review of proposed leasable mineral operations, and a variety of other leasable mineral related activities including the review of geologic reports and applications submitted by the permittees or lessees.

    4. Knowledge of engineering, geologic, and hydrologic hazards assessment necessary to ensure precautionary measures are implemented during mining to minimize unnecessary loss of mineral resources, degradation to the environment, and to promote the safety, health, and welfare of the mine workers.

    5. Knowledge of other disciplines and other agencies' operating procedures in order to coordinate mining operations with other functions and operations regulated by other agencies, using diverse disciplines, in such a way that all requirements are fully met.

    Online Questionnaire: Please make sure that your responses to the online questionnaire are supported in your resume.


    Applicants must meet the following Basic Education Requirements:

    Mining Engineer, 0880 series - A) Degree: 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 - B) A 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 one of the following: professional registration or licensure, written test, specified academic courses, or related curriculum. Click here for additional information

    In addition to the basic education requirements above, to qualify for the GS-12 level applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level, GS-11, of the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes work/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. Examples include serving as a specialist performing work in minerals exploration, development & production activities such as reviewing/preparing exploration and mine plans for the extraction of minerals; evaluating mineral resources, extraction methods and costs; and inspecting mining operations and reclamation activities.

    There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at this grade 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.

    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:

    • Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

    • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP/ICTAP 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. To be well qualified, you must fall within the Well Qualified or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.

    • The official worksite for the selectee is the duty station identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty location on a regular and recurring weekly basis. The selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    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 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. 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 HAVE OR CREATE A PROFILE in USAJOBS. Your profile must contain a current resume for submission. In order to receive proper consideration, your resume should include the following information:
    - Current 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.).
    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) Include SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION as applicable. See “Required Documents” section.

    Checking Application Status and Materials: Do this before the announcement closes. It is your responsibility to ensure that a complete application (including a resume, online questionnaire, and applicable supplemental documentation) is received before by 11:59 PM 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. After you have completed your application, to check the status of your application materials log in to your USAJOBS account, select the “Applications” section, the status for your application will show on the right-hand side of the position in which you applied. You can also click on the “+” sign on the left-hand side to see a detailed applications status. Once your resume and online 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 online questionnaire have been received; applicable supplemental documentation may still need to be submitted (see Required Documents).

    Required Documents:

    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 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 showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc., and reason for separation) - the member 4 copy is preferable. If you are claiming preference as a CP, CPS, or XP, your profile must also 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) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (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.

    Uploading and Faxing Supplemental Documentation: You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your computer or USAJOBS Profile. Uploading Documents: you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager (3MB is the maximum size allowed for a document). 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. Do not use both options or upload more than one file in each section, only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system. Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST), on the closing date of this announcement.

    Next Steps:

    You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgment email from USAJobs that your submission was successful, once we have received your online assessment questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application and/or referral to the hiring official via your USAJobs account after the evaluation process is complete. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required.