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Bitterroot Range, Montana
BLM
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
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Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 11
* 1.I qualify for the GS-11 level because:
  1. I meet the basic requirement AND have 1 year of engineering experience equivalent to GS-9 in the Federal service. At this level, work is difficult requiring a thorough knowledge of the subject matter involved. Examples: perform work in solid minerals exploration, development & production such as prepare or analyze exploration plans, the extraction of minerals in conformance to lease terms & conditions, or mine plans; determine mineral reserves, inspect mining operations & reclamation activities.
  2. I meet the basic requirement AND I have completed 3 years of graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree in engineering. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  3. I meet the basic requirement AND I have an equivalent combination of additional education and experience described above. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  4. I do not meet any of the above responses.


* 2.I meet the basic requirement:
  1. I have a bachelors degree in Mining Engineering that included curriculum accredited by ABET; OR include differential & integral calculus AND courses in five of the following 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. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  2. I have a combination of education & experience including engineering coursework in physical & mathematical science & experience in one of the branches of engineering AND I have 1 of the following: (1)professional engineer registration; (2)passed the EIT examination or similar state examination; (3)completed 60 semester hours of coursework specified in the basic requirement above; (4)completed a bachelors degree in a related field AND have 1 year or more of professional engineering experience.
  3. I do not meet any of the above responses.


* 3.Select the one statement that best describes your experience, education and training in providing solid minerals mining engineering or geologic expertise to the analysis, preparation, review and revision of comprehensive surface mine plans:
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 4.When faced with tight deadlines, changing priorities and conflicting responsibility, which of the following best describes your work style.
  1. I thrive with the challenge. I am at my best when working under pressure.
  2. I adapt well to changing needs. I re-prioritize workloads and coordinate with others to get the work done.
  3. I work best in a structured environment although I can adapt to emergency situations on occasion.
  4. I do not adapt well to conflicting situations and priorities. I like to know what is expected of me at all times.
  5. I have not had experience working in an office with this type of structure.


* 5.Select the following statement that best describes your ability and experience to communicate effectively in writing.
  1. I have routinely written persuasive and concise written instructions, reports, memoranda or other correspondence. This correspondence often involved complex, controversial issues with the need to obtain buy-in and support and was accepted without change.
  2. I have regularly drafted a variety of correspondence for the review and signature of my supervisor or higher official, with minimal or no substantive required revisions.
  3. I have composed general instructions, reports, memoranda and other correspondence according to standardized requirements which were accepted without major changes or modifications.
  4. I have written routine correspondence for a supervisor which required extensive subject content revisions.
  5. I have not regularly written much in the way of formal correspondence or reports


* 6.Select the statement that best describes the skills that you routinely apply in a team setting.
  1. I have not typically had, or job conditions did not allow, frequent or regular interactions with other employees and/or supervisors within a team setting.
  2. I have occasionally interacted with and relayed information to co-workers and supervisors within a team setting.
  3. I have frequently interacted with and relayed information to co-workers and supervisors within a team setting.
  4. I have frequently interacted with and relayed information to co-workers and supervisors within a team setting. In situations such as shifts in priorities and work assignments resulting from unexpected events, I have evaluated priorities and objectives and provided the team with advice and guidance.
  5. I have frequently interacted with and relayed information to co-workers and supervisors within a team setting. In situations such as shifts in priorities and work assignments resulting from unexpected events, I have evaluated priorities and objectives, provided the team with advice and guidance, and made changes affecting the program. I have also resolved conflicts within the team by tactfully handling difficult or uncomfortable situations.


* 7.Which of the following best describes your oral communication abilities and experience?
  1. I have regularly met with various levels of top management, senior staff, and members of industry or professional organizations. I have also been successful in negotiating compromises, and obtained adoption of technical views and methods where conflicts existed.
  2. I have regularly interacted with co-workers, and coordinated with Federal and non-Federal organizations to accomplish my work. I have also conducted seminars, training, and presentations for colleagues to relay new processes and techniques or project status.
  3. I have regularly interacted with co-workers and other Federal employees within the more immediate organization regarding the issues and timeliness of the services provided.
  4. I have regularly relayed information to co-workers and other employees within the organization.
  5. None of the above.


* 8.Select the statement that best describes your highest level of experience, education, or training in GPS software and hardware for data collection, integration, and processing.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Indicate your level of experience, education or training as it relates to the laws, rules, and regulations of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 10.Select the one statement that best describes your experience, education and training in preparing a mine and reclamation plan application package, including related environmental permit applications (Clean Water Act, wetland mitigation, stream alteration, etc.) associated with permitting a large, open pit mining operation.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 11.Select the one statement that best describes your experience, education and training in designing and applying best management practices to control and mitigate environmental impacts from open pit mining operations.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 12.Select the one statement that best describes your experience, education and training in preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a large surface mining operation.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee or I have provided technical assistance to an EIS project either as a proponent’s representative.
  4. As a mining technical specialist (employed with the government, consultant, or mining industry) or as an interdisciplinary team member, I have provided input to a project leader/senior employee or government agency working on a mine related EIS.
  5. I have performed this task not as the primary project leader, but by providing significant technical expertise and input to an EIS project reviewing a surface mine application. The project leader or other senior employee has supervised my work.
  6. I have been a primary project leader or have provided significant assistance to the project leader for a underground mining EIS either for a mining company requesting approval of an underground mine or a land management agency responsible for review and approval of an underground mine.
  7. I have been the primary project leader, either for a mining company requesting approval of a surface mine and reclamation plan or a land management agency responsible for review and approval of a surface mine and reclamation plan, assigned to prepare the EIS for the project. This has been a regular part of my job, and I have worked independently and usually without review by my supervisor or senior employee.
  8. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
  9. None of the above


Grade: 12
* 1.I meet the basic requirement:
  1. I have a bachelors degree in Mining Engineering that included curriculum accredited by ABET; OR include differential & integral calculus AND courses in five of the following 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. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  2. I have a combination of education & experience including engineering coursework in physical & mathematical science & experience in one of the branches of engineering AND I have 1 of the following: (1)professional engineer registration; (2)passed the EIT examination or similar state examination; (3)completed 60 semester hours of coursework specified in the basic requirement above; (4)completed a bachelors degree in a related field AND have 1 year or more of professional engineering experience.
  3. I do not meet any of the above responses.


* 2.I qualify for the GS-12 level because:
  1. I meet the basic requirement AND I have 1 year of engineering experience equivalent to GS-11 in the Federal service. At this level, work requires independent judgment & action or decision making & an intimate grasp of the subject matter. Examples: serve as a specialist performing work in minerals exploration, development & production activities such as review/prepare exploration plans or the extraction of minerals, evaluate mineral resources, inspect mining operations & reclamation activities.
  2. I do not meet the response given above.


* 3.When faced with tight deadlines, changing priorities and conflicting responsibility, which of the following best describes your work style.
  1. I thrive with the challenge. I am at my best when working under pressure.
  2. I adapt well to changing needs. I re-prioritize workloads and coordinate with others to get the work done.
  3. I work best in a structured environment although I can adapt to emergency situations on occasion.
  4. I do not adapt well to conflicting situations and priorities. I like to know what is expected of me at all times.
  5. I have not had experience working in an office with this type of structure.


* 4.Select the following statement that best describes your ability and experience to communicate effectively in writing.
  1. I have routinely written persuasive and concise written instructions, reports, memoranda or other correspondence. This correspondence often involved complex, controversial issues with the need to obtain buy-in and support and was accepted without change.
  2. I have regularly drafted a variety of correspondence for the review and signature of my supervisor or higher official, with minimal or no substantive required revisions.
  3. I have composed general instructions, reports, memoranda and other correspondence according to standardized requirements which were accepted without major changes or modifications.
  4. I have written routine correspondence for a supervisor which required extensive subject content revisions.
  5. I have not regularly written much in the way of formal correspondence or reports


* 5.Select the statement that best describes the skills that you routinely apply in a team setting.
  1. I have not typically had, or job conditions did not allow, frequent or regular interactions with other employees and/or supervisors within a team setting.
  2. I have occasionally interacted with and relayed information to co-workers and supervisors within a team setting.
  3. I have frequently interacted with and relayed information to co-workers and supervisors within a team setting.
  4. I have frequently interacted with and relayed information to co-workers and supervisors within a team setting. In situations such as shifts in priorities and work assignments resulting from unexpected events, I have evaluated priorities and objectives and provided the team with advice and guidance.
  5. I have frequently interacted with and relayed information to co-workers and supervisors within a team setting. In situations such as shifts in priorities and work assignments resulting from unexpected events, I have evaluated priorities and objectives, provided the team with advice and guidance, and made changes affecting the program. I have also resolved conflicts within the team by tactfully handling difficult or uncomfortable situations.


* 6.Which of the following best describes your oral communication abilities and experience?
  1. I have regularly met with various levels of top management, senior staff, and members of industry or professional organizations. I have also been successful in negotiating compromises, and obtained adoption of technical views and methods where conflicts existed.
  2. I have regularly interacted with co-workers, and coordinated with Federal and non-Federal organizations to accomplish my work. I have also conducted seminars, training, and presentations for colleagues to relay new processes and techniques or project status.
  3. I have regularly interacted with co-workers and other Federal employees within the more immediate organization regarding the issues and timeliness of the services provided.
  4. I have regularly relayed information to co-workers and other employees within the organization.
  5. None of the above.


* 7.Select the statement that best describes your highest level of experience, education, or training in GPS software and hardware for data collection, integration, and processing.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 8.Indicate your level of experience, education or training as it relates to the laws, rules, and regulations of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Select the one statement that best describes your experience, education and training in preparing a mine and reclamation plan application package, including related environmental permit applications (Clean Water Act, wetland mitigation, stream alteration, etc.) associated with permitting a large, open pit mining operation.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 10.Select the one statement that best describes your experience, education and training in designing and applying best management practices to control and mitigate environmental impacts from open pit mining operations.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 11.Select the one statement that best describes your experience, education and training in preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a large surface mining operation.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee or I have provided technical assistance to an EIS project either as a proponent’s representative.
  4. As a mining technical specialist (employed with the government, consultant, or mining industry) or as an interdisciplinary team member, I have provided input to a project leader/senior employee or government agency working on a mine related EIS.
  5. I have performed this task not as the primary project leader, but by providing significant technical expertise and input to an EIS project reviewing a surface mine application. The project leader or other senior employee has supervised my work.
  6. I have been a primary project leader or have provided significant assistance to the project leader for a underground mining EIS either for a mining company requesting approval of an underground mine or a land management agency responsible for review and approval of an underground mine.
  7. I have been the primary project leader, either for a mining company requesting approval of a surface mine and reclamation plan or a land management agency responsible for review and approval of a surface mine and reclamation plan, assigned to prepare the EIS for the project. This has been a regular part of my job, and I have worked independently and usually without review by my supervisor or senior employee.
  8. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
  9. None of the above


* 12.Select the one statement that best describes your experience, education and training in providing solid minerals mining engineering or geologic expertise to the analysis, preparation, review and revision of comprehensive surface mine plans:
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Identify the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) work related to minerals that you have performed on the job:
  1. I have prepared environmental assessments to determine if mineral development can be conducted in an environmentally acceptable manner.
  2. I have coordinated preparation of NEPA documents with other involved federal and state agencies and the public.
  3. I have written scopes of work to contract with consultants to prepare NEPA documents.
  4. I have directed the work of a contractor working on a NEPA document.
  5. I have prepared technical analysis reports or other documentation in support of impact analysis and alternative development for a mining related NEPA document.
  6. None of the above.


* 2.I have performed the following tasks for locatable minerals: (Select all that apply)
  1. I have made evaluations on the feasibility and profitability of mining hard rock minerals.
  2. I have planned and conducted land classifications for locatable minerals.
  3. I have conducted mineral inventory for locatable minerals.
  4. None of the above


* 3.Identify the following professional mining engineering or geologic work that you have performed on the job:
  1. Designing mineral exploration drilling plans
  2. Logging and interpreting drill hole data (including gamma logs)
  3. Interpreting geologic structure
  4. Delineating and assessing valuable ore bodies
  5. Designing or playing a primary role in developing, a surface mine and reclamation plan
  6. Directing or otherwise supervising the construction and operation of a large surface mine
  7. Experience in utilizing integrated mine modeling and planning software
  8. Experience with computer optimization programs to calculate the most economic mine design for a given set of cost and economic variables
  9. Operating or designing a mineral beneficiation plant
  10. Acted in the capacity of lead technical specialist in reviewing a major mine and reclamation plan or plan of operations (greater than 640 acres of disturbance) for technical adequacy while working for BLM, the Forest Service, Office of Surface Mining, or other federal or state regulatory agency
  11. None of the above


* 4.Identify the environmental monitoring work related to solid minerals that you have performed on the job:
  1. Gathered water monitoring data relating to sediment and other contaminants according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols.
  2. Prepared environmental monitoring reports for surface mines.
  3. On behalf of a government agency, I have reviewed environmental monitoring reports submitted by surface mines to determine compliance with an approved mine plan, the Clean Water Act, and other established requirements.
  4. Reviewed and interpreted environmental monitoring data and initiated appropriate responses or changes in practices to respond to or otherwise resolve environmental problems.
  5. None of the above.


* 5.Indicate which of the following actions and government permits or approvals you have had primary responsibilities for reviewing:
  1. Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act permit (Office of Surface Mining), or equivalent state permit
  2. BLM Mine and Reclamation Plan approval (non-energy solid leasable minerals)
  3. BLM or Forest Service Plan of Operations (locatable minerals on mining claims)
  4. USFS Special Use Permit or other land management agency right-of-way
  5. Section 404, Clean Water Act permit
  6. Wetland mitigation plan (related to Section 404, Clean Water Act)
  7. Acquisition of lands necessary for mine support facilities such as roads, structures, or waste dumps
  8. State water well permit
  9. Migratory bird “take” permit
  10. Environmental services contracting
  11. Comprehensive Environmental Resource Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) site investigation
  12. EPA Stormwater permit
  13. None of the above


* 6.Identify the professional mining engineering work related to management of solid minerals leases you have performed on the job:
  1. Review complex and/or controversial solid mineral exploration plans and mine plans for industry proposed operations to ensure conformance with laws, regulations, procedures, lease terms and guidance.
  2. Review and develop procedures and operating guidelines for solid mineral exploration and mining operations on Federal and Indian Lands.
  3. Represent higher level management on task forces to implement regulations and policies prescribed for management of solid mineral mining activities on Federal leases.
  4. Draft and/or review interagency agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) for coordinating solid minerals activities between BLM offices and other Federal agencies.
  5. Determine the relevence of new laws, regulations and policies to the State`s solid minerals operations and ensure consistent application on a statewide basis.
  6. Design, implant and provide oversight of production verification for solid minerals within the State for royalty management purposes.
  7. Design and implement Maximum Economic Recovery (MER) determinations of mineral reserves on leased lands or lands to be offered for lease.
  8. Establish Logical Mining Unit (LMU) guidelines and processing requirements to ensure consistency with regulatory requirements.
  9. Monitor and inspect mining operations on leased lands to determine whether production adequately meets Inspection and Enforcement/Production Verification guidelines.
  10. Provides technical guidance to the Field Offices in processing Preference Right Lease Applications (PRLAs).
  11. None of the above.


* 7.I have conducted and coordinated on-site inspections of exploration, development and mining operations for conformance with applicable State and Federal laws and regulations, lease terms, conditions and industry initiated mine plans.
  1. True
  2. False


* 8.Select the statement that describes your knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS) including base techniques and accurate mapping/navigating protocols.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.