Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Open Period:
02/07/2019 - 02/21/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 1350 05/07/09/11
USD $33,394 - USD $79,586
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Carlsbad, NM, US
Roswell, 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.

A position will be located in Carlsbad, New Mexico.  Information about Carlsbad and the Carlsbad area can be found at Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce

A position will be located in Roswell, New Mexico.  Information about Rowell and the Roswell area can be found at Roswell Chamber of Commerce


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

To attend meetings, conferences, training and offsite visits.


The basic duties below are described at the full performance level GS-11. At less-than-full-performance level, the incumbent will be assigned various tasks on an on-the-job training basis, with the difficulty of the tasks and degree of independent performance increasing gradually, as the incumbent becomes better trained, and demonstrates the ability to assume greater responsibility.  At the full performance level, the geologist is responsible for budget and programming for the mineral program, planning and environmental coordination; develops, implements and updates the district planning system, provides laws, regulations and policy assistance to the public, prepares mineral reports and appraisals, provides surface protection, inspection and enforcement, and trespass.  The geologist determines procedures for the safe abandonment of mine shafts and portals. Processes leases, permits, notices and plans of operations.  


Qualifications and Evaluations


The Carlsbad, NM office pay is based on special rate table (0715).  The pay schedules for these grades are the following:

GS-05 step 1 $39,076.00 to GS-5 step 10 $50,801.00    GS-07 step 1 $48,403.00 to GS-07 step 10 $62,922.00

GS-09 step 1 $59207.00 to GS-09 step 10 $76,970.00   GS-11 step 1 $71,634.00 to GS-11 step 10 $93,127.00

This position has a positive education requirement which requires that you have a degree in geology or a combination of education and experience.

Physical Demands: The work includes both office and field conditions.  Office work involves long periods of intense concentration on technical details.  Most field work requires a certain amount of physical stamina and is often under a variety of arduous conditions, including travel by vehicle, all train vehicles (ATVs), or foot over rugged, slippery, and/or hazardous terrain, exposure to adverse temperature and weather conditions, as well as physiographic extremes.  The individual may be required to perform duties that require recurring bending, crouching, stooping, reaching or lifting.  Work may also include lifting of moderately heavy items, such as equipment samples.

Work Environment:  When in the office, the position is physically located in close proximity to a number of other professional employees, and must tolerate and average amount of conversation, telephone and other similar office distractions and background noise. Office quarters are located in a modern office building and tend to be “open space” arrangements.  Field conditions include the full range of topographic conditions, ranging from rolling plains to steep mountainous terrain. Will on occasion be required to enter surface and underground mines and tolerate high/low temperatures, dust and high levels of noise and vibration.

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:

    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 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.

    • Knowledge of basic geology, principles, theories, practices and science of geology and minerals management sufficient to accomplish day-to-day work assignments working with a diverse group of people.

    • Knowledge of general mineral methodologies related to conducting inventories and mineral evaluations and preparing technical reports.

    • Knowledge of federal mining laws, rules and policies regarding mining law administration.

    • Knowledge of Environmental Assessment (EA) procedures and ability to develop EA's in the minerals management program.

    • Ability to prepare professional mineral reports and other associated technical reports and documents.


    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 of the position to be filled. 

    Specialized experience for the GS-05:  One year specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the GS-04.  Examples of specialized experience: geological field or laboratory work, making close observations, taking samples, handling various types of instruments and equipment, assembling geologic data and analyzing and reporting findings orally and in writing.  Education: Degree in 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.

    Specialized experience for the GS-07: One year specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the GS-05.  Examples of specialized experience:  performing field studies to gather geological samples and data; assisting with geological studies and surveys; interpreting and analyzing results to determine the validity and scientific significance of the data OR you have a combination of education and experience that equates to one year of experience.  Education:  One full year of graduate level education OR successfully completed a bachelor's degree with superior academic achievement OR Combination of education and experience.

    Specialized experience for the GS-09:  One year of appropriate professional experience in geology that is equivalent to at least the GS-07.  Examples of specialized experience:  performing a variety of observations, computations, compilations and analyses in assisting higher level Geologist in carrying out geologic assignments. This work experience would have involved following established methods and procedures, or detailed instructions; using some judgment in applying basic principles and procedures, and would have required a good general working knowledge of the principles and the theories of geology.  Education: Successfully completed 2 full years of progressively higher graduate education level education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.

    Specialized experience for the GS-11: One year of appropriate professional experience in geology that is equivalent to at least the GS-09.  Examples of specialized experience:  independent responsibility for a well-defined study or for a phase of a larger study that required the planning and carrying out of routine geologic work.  This work would have required the individual to select and make minor adaptations to procedures and accepted practices and handle unexpected conditions arising in the normal course of the work.  At this level, Geologist have a sound working knowledge of the principles of geology and the ability to independently perform moderately difficult and responsible scientific work.  Education:  Successfully completed 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or a PH.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

    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

    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.

    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.  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.

    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.   If selected for this position at the GS-9 and GS-11 levels, 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.

    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:

    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

    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.