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:
- Professional knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, guidelines, and procedures concerning leasing and development of solid leasable minerals, production accounting and royalty management.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
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.