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NOTE: This announcement has been amended to change the closing date from 12/11/19 to 12/18/19.
The Petroleum Engineering manages, supervises, and leads, and/or performs professional engineering and scientific work involved in the discovery and recovery of oil, natural gas (e.g., methane, ethane, propane, and butane, and helium. The work includes: exploration and development of oil and natural gas fields; production, transportation, and storage of petroleum, natural gas, and helium; investigation of the transportation and sale of natural gas; valuation of production and distribution facilities for tax, regulatory, and other purposes; and research on criteria, principles, methods, and equipment involved in exploration and development activities. The incumbent coordinates work and issues with the BLM New Mexico State Office and the BLM Washington Office, Fluid Mineral Branch and the Office of Natural Resource Revenue for program priorites. Supervises staff in advising on and performing analysis or other work to ensure BLM complies with current authorized policies, regulations, laws and BLM goals. Supports BLM's efforts to deliver work product required by the Reimbursable Support Agreement (RSA). Prepares reports on all inspections, witnessing, and/or compliance. Proveds general and specific oversight regarding programs to ensure effective implementation and consistency. Participates in work groups, special task forces and committees. Documents problems and determines corrective action.
Physical Demands: Principally the work is sedentary, and occurs in an office setting. The work may occasionally require field inspection work, which requires travel over rough roads, hiking or climbing in rough terrain, and carrying field equipment. Field inspection work involves long periods of standing, walking, stooping, and climbing. Maybe involved with collecting samples, studying production operations, and/or carrying equipment weighing less than 50 pounds.
Work Environment: Work is normally performed while sitting at a desk in an office. Occasional visits to the field require close proximity to operating machinery and heavy equipment exposing the incumbent to high noise and high temperature areas. Incumbent may be exposed to hazardous environments including flammable atmospheres near production vessels and fuel-gas prime movers and safety devices and possible toxic atmospheres of hydrogen sulfide. Exposed to areas that are confined and abnormally elevated with extreme weather conditions. Incumbent is required to be trained in the use of personnel protective equipment (PPE), become knowledgeable of classified areas, trained in the characteristics, effects, and dangers of H2S and aware of personal limitations due to claustrophobia or vertigo. The necessary travel to and from onshore locations is accomplished by government motor vehicle. The incumbent is required to be trained in defensive driving.
Occasional travel - Travel less that 5 days a month, to attend meetings and trainings
Job family (Series)
0881 Petroleum Engineering
Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship is required.
Security Clearance/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.
This is an interdisciplinary position and has a positive education 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.
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.
Basic Requirements for 0881 Petroleum Engineer: A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by 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. OR B. 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)1, 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)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and 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 the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A. 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 bachelor’s 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. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)
Basic Education Requirement for 1350 Geologist: Degree: 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.-OR- Combination of education and experience - course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Evaluation of Experience: Acceptable experience may have been gained through geological field or laboratory work that provided a means of obtaining professional knowledge of the theory and application of the principles of geology and closely related sciences, e.g., geophysics, geochemistry, or hydrology. Such work generally must have involved making close observations, taking samples, handling various types of instruments and equipment, assembling geologic data from source materials, and analyzing and reporting findings orally and in writing. Experience that involved only one phase of geology work, e.g., collecting samples, would not be acceptable as providing the required professional knowledge of the theory and principles of geology. In some situations, professional scientific experience in other fields may be accepted in part as professional geological experience. Such experience must have been preceded by appropriate education in geology or by professional geological experience, and must have contributed directly and significantly to the applicant's professional geological competence. Examples include some positions in geophysics, mining engineering, soils science, physical oceanography, hydrology, climatology, biology, analytic or experimental chemistry, metallurgy, and comparable fields where the normal duties or results of investigations have been extended to the solution of geologic problems by the applicant. Ordinary functions of positions such as seismic, computer, petroleum or mining engineer, mine superintendent, or metallurgist generally are not considered professional geological experience. To receive credit for geological experience obtained in positions that are not full-time professional geological positions, the applicant is responsible for indicating clearly the actual time or percentage of time devoted to geologic duties within such positions, and for giving adequate descriptions of the geologic functions.
In addition to meeting the Basic Education requirements applicants must demonstrate that they meet the specialized 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-12) of the position to be filled.
Specialized experience to qualify at the GS-13: supervision over oil and gas industry activities on public lands, permits and leases on public lands; planning, initiating, directing, and executing minerals program activities with particular focus on fluid minerals resources; implementing fluid mineral resource exploration, development, and production activities; reviews oil and gas leases, drilling plans, and production data for adequacy under established standards; represents leadership at meetings of business, professional, government and various user and interest groups. May lead interdisciplinary team projects for fluid minerals related actions. At this level, the Geologists or Petroleum Engineer independently performs recurring assignments that are difficult and complex in nature.
Substitution of Education: There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-13 grade level..
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the specialized experience as defined in the announcement. In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume/application material. You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
This position has a positive education requirement. See qualification section for description of the Basic Education Requirement (BER). Additionally, you must submit copies of transcripts or a list of all 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used 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.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS: These positions are subject to a pre-employment background investigation. If applicable, the appointment will be subject to successful completion of the background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to satisfy the background check will result in cancellation of offer of employment or may be grounds for termination.
May require completion of a 1-year probationary period
This position is not eligible for Telework.
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.
BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated for this position based on how well you meet the qualifications stated in the announcement. Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. 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. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics) required to do the work of this position:
1. Knowledge of management practices, organization, supervision, and administrative theory in order to identify and assign work and priorities of subordinate professionals, make adjustments to changing conditions and policies, develop budgets and Annual Work Plans, and provide leadership and practical solutions for complex problems faced daily by subordinate staff.
2. Knowledge of engineering or geology sufficient to direct the work of professional geologist and engineers and oversee the processing of Applications for Permit to Drill, sundry notices, diligent development and drainage reviews of Indian trust leases, mineral material applications and sales, solid leaseable actions, and inspection of mining claims.
3. Knowledge of Federal laws, regulations, Executive Orders, manuals, policies, instruction memorandums, and applicable operating procedures and guidelines associated with the development of energy resources.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
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:
You MUST submit a copy of ALL your college transcripts or a list of ALL 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.
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). Also, submit any SF-50s that document your highest grade held permanently or temporarily.
Former PLC Member: Submit a copy of your “Certificate of Eligibility for Noncompetitive Hiring” along with a copy of your “PLC Participant Verification Work Hours Sheet.”
VEOA Veterans: You will need to submit documentation to show your veterans' preference, years of active military service, and character of service (type of discharge).
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.
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 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: allows you to upload your documents through Applicant Manager instead of faxing them. 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.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.