Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Petroleum Engineer
Open Period:
12/19/2018 - 01/11/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0881 05/07/09/11/12
USD $33,394 - USD $99,920
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Farmington, NM, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Lisa Wells


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
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.

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

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

1-3 days per month.


As a Petroleum Engineer, you will provide professional and technical support and make recommendations relating to oil and gas operations on Federal and Indian Lands. You will investigate serious drilling or producing accidents, blowouts, and fires to determine probable cause and make recommendations for the issuance of safety alerts when necessary. You will review and make recommendations for approval of all down-hole operations within the Field Area; review applications for permit to drill; insure well design will protect the environment and personnel from hazardous materials; ensure rig equipment is capable of controlling extreme pressures; ensure abandoned well are properly plugged in order to protect subsurface formation sand other resource values.

Qualifications and Evaluations

This position has a basic education requirement: 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 a combination of education and experience. In addition to the basic requirement you must have appropriate experience or additional education.

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.
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
  • 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, your application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Highly 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.  Knowledge of petroleum engineering and geologic concepts, principles and practices applicable to oil and gas exploration and exploitation.

    2. Knowledge of oil and gas reservoir engineering to be used in reviewing engineering studies.

    3. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to a wide variety of audiences.

    4. Knowledge of the interaction between Federal and State laws and regulatory practices and the differences between private, State, Federal and Indian oil and gas lease terms.

    In addition to meeting the Basic Qualifications listed below, you must also meet the following additional qualification requirement for the (GS-5/7/9/11/12) grade levels, 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 of the position to be filled. 

    Specialized Experience Requirements:   

    To qualify for the GS-5: 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.

    To qualify for the GS-7: Meets the basic education requirement AND has 1 year of professional engineering experience equivalent to GS-5 in the Federal service. At this level, the incumbent performs work carrying out routine engineering assignments that require the application of mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences in support of reserves estimation. This would include applying basic formulas to routine calculations; preparing graphs and tables for other engineers; recording data in tests and studies; and searching technical reports and databases to obtain information. - OR - You may substitute education (education that is directly related) for experience at the GS-07 level if you have achieved: One year of progressively higher level graduate level education. - OR - You can qualify on Superior Academic Achievement and the provisions are outlined here - Superior Academic Achievement - OR A combination of graduate education and specialized experience that totals 100% of the requirement for the GS-07.

    To qualify for the GS-9: Meets the basic education requirement AND has 1 year of professional engineering experience equivalent to GS-7 in the Federal service. At this level, the incumbent performs work carrying out routine engineering assignments that require the application of mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences to the petroleum engineering field and progressively carrying out more complex assignments under supervision. This experience must include assisting with reserve and resource estimation and skills solving basic petroleum engineering problems. - OR - You may substitute education (education that is directly related) for experience at the GS-09 level if you have achieved: A Master’s or equivalent degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree. - OR - A combination of graduate education and specialized experience that totals 100% of the requirement for the GS-09.

    To qualify for the GS-11: Meets the basic education requirement AND has 1 year of professional engineering experience equivalent to GS-9 in the Federal service. At this level, the incumbent performs difficult and responsible work that requires a thorough knowledge of the special and complex subject matter of the profession. Examples: performs professional engineering work in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources such as well design, completion, workovers, plugging/abandonment and reservoir engineering.

    To qualify for the GS-12: Meets the basic education requirement and has one year of professional engineering experience equivalent to GS-11 in the Federal service. Work at this level is difficult and responsible and performed under general supervision with wide latitude for independent judgment. Assignments required extended specialized experience and independent decision making. Examples: serves as a senior engineer/staff specialist performing engineering work in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas resources.

    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

    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:

    Physical Demands:  The work involves mostly sedentary activities with some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light items. Short and sometimes irregular deadlines on important and complex issues combined with a very large workload produce periodic stress with mental and physical fatigue. The work involves the occasional Inspection of field activities requiring driving of passenger vehicles, and four wheel drive vehicles.

    Work Environment: Work is performed in an office setting. Visits to field locations involve operation of a motor vehicle. There may be visits where potentially dangerous or hazardous situations may be encountered.

    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.

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee. 

    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. 

    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 HR Specialist, Lisa Wells at 806-356-1034 or email lwells@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:

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.