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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

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 07
* 1.I meet the basic requirement for professional Geologist because:
  1. I have successfully completed a 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor`s or higher degree in the field of 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.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a major in geology or related disciplines appropriate to the position advertised. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  3. I do not have the education or specialized experience (or combination) described above.


* 2.I qualify for the GS-07 level because:
  1. I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-5 in geology-related work. Work assignments were diverse, limited in complexity & selected to provide experience & training. Examples: provide expertise in processing applications to conduct oil & gas drilling; assist in the review of mineral exploration proposals; prepare environmental assessments for minerals activities; advise the public on law, regulations & procedures that pertain to mining claims, material sales & mineral leasing.
  2. I do not have the experience above, however, I meet the basic requirement AND I have completed 1 year of graduate education leading to a master`s degree in geology or a directly related field OR I meet the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) See OPM Quals Standard-General Policies E(4)(f). I will provide a copy of my college transcripts.
  3. I do not fully meet the experience or education requirements above, however, I do meet the basic requirement AND I possess an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  4. I do not meet any of the above responses.


* 3.Select the one statement that best describes your experience in applying the Mineral Leasing Act.
  1. I have not had experience, education or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.


* 4.Select the one statement that best describes your experience in working with engineers, economists, educators, the general public, or with classmates in gathering geological information and evaluating regulatory guidance.
  1. I have not had experience, education or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.


* 5.Select all that apply regarding the type of experience you have in conducting geologic investigations:
  1. Prepare geologic map sketches based on field observations and compass readings.
  2. Identify in field the mineralogy, lithology, and geologic structure of outcrop and formations.
  3. Analyze results from petroleum related geochemical analysis of samples and prepare reports based on analyses.
  4. Develop GIS data layers from analytical results and incorporate into map products.
  5. Calculate the estimated ultimate recovery for oil and/or gas wells.
  6. Develop recovery estimates using classification of proved, probable, and possible hydrocarbon reserve estimates.
  7. Conduct oil and gas assessments of lands, classifying the oil and gas occurrence potential as high, moderate, or low.
  8. None of the above.


* 6.Identify the work related to subsurface and structural geology that you have learned about or performed:
  1. Providing petroleum geologic information concerning oil and gas drilling operations.
  2. Preparing reports on subsurface geologic formations, stratigraphic and structural occurrence, and occurrences of other economic minerals.
  3. Reviewing and interpreting geologic, isopach, and structure contour maps, and geologic cross-sections.
  4. Identifying and describing lithologic rock types, depositional environments, stratigraphic transitions and other geological features.
  5. Evaluating mineral resource deposits and characteristics based on their geologic occurrence, areal distribution, stratigraphic relationships, and geologic structure.
  6. Analyzing stratigraphic correlations.
  7. None of the above.


* 7.Select the response which best describes your level of experience in presenting technical or other complex information to others.
  1. I have lead or facilitated formal briefings, meetings, and conferences presenting technical or other complex information.
  2. I have participated as a team member presenting technical, or other complex information, in formal briefings, meetings, and conferences.
  3. I have routinely presented technical or other complex information to small groups.
  4. I have routinely met with individuals one-on-one presenting technical or other complex information.
  5. None of the above apply.


* 8.Select the statement that best describes your ability to communicate effectively in writing.
  1. I have routinely provided persuasive and concise written reports, studies, policies, memoranda and other correspondence to high-level management. This correspondence often involved complex, controversial issues with the need to obtain buy-in and support for corporate policy.
  2. I have provided concise written reports, studies, memoranda and other correspondence to senior management in order to relay new information on corporate initiatives and policies or to provide a status of actions or projects.
  3. I have provided written reports, studies, memoranda and other correspondence to mid-level management and employees in order to relay information.
  4. I have written routine correspondence.
  5. None of the above.


* 9.Select the statement that best describes your ability to effectively communicate orally.
  1. I have routinely provided persuasive and concise oral presentations to high-level management. Presentations often involved complex, controversial issues with the need to obtain buy-in and support for corporate policy and initiatives.
  2. I have provided concise oral presentations to senior management in order to relay new information on corporate initiatives and policies or to provide a status of actions or projects.
  3. I have provided oral presentations to mid-level management and employees in order to relay information.
  4. I have provided oral presentations.
  5. I have not made oral presentations.


* 10.Select the statement that best describes your experience in reviewing mining plans of operation and/or amendments for locatable minerals.
  1. I have not had experience, education or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.


* 11.Indicate the statement that best describes your experience with evaluation of mining properties.
  1. I have not had experience, education or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.


* 12.Select all of the following references you have reviewed and interpreted:
  1. The 1872 Mineral Law.
  2. The 1920 Mineral Leasing Act.
  3. The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act.
  4. General mining laws.
  5. Implementing regulations of mining laws.
  6. None of the above.


* 13.Select the statement that best describes your experience conducting technical examinations, operation reviews, and abandonment inspections in accordance with regulatory guidance in 43 CFR:
  1. I have not had experience, education or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.


* 14.Select the statement that best describes your experience conducting technical examinations, operation reviews, and abandonment inspections in accordance with regulatory guidelines:
  1. I have not had experience, education or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.


* 15.Select the statement that best describes your experience reviewing and determining compliance with regulations for exploration, development, and production activities for salable and locatable minerals.
  1. I have not had experience, education or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.


* 16.Select the statement that best describes your experience in reviewing and analyzing geologic data for locatable and salable minerals.
  1. I have not had experience, education or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.


* 17.Select the statement that best describes your experience in preparing technical reports on geological information or data:
  1. I have not had experience, education or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.


* 18.Select the statement that best describes your experience in applying laws and regulations pertaining to solid and locatable mineral operations.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this field.
  2. I have completed education or training in this field, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have used professional knowledge in this field on the job. My work in this field was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed work in this field as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.


* 19.Indicate the work related to oil and gas applications you learned about or performed:
  1. Permits to drill.
  2. Mineral material sales.
  3. Free use permits.
  4. Sampling/testing permits.
  5. Mining claims.
  6. Occupancy uses.
  7. Mining plans of operation.
  8. Notices of mining plans of operation.
  9. None of the above.


* 20.Select the statement below that best describes your experience in the preparation of geologic permits, reports, maps, or presentations.
  1. I have not had experience, education or training in performing these tasks.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing these tasks but have not yet performed them on the job.
  3. I have performed these tasks on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed these tasks as a regular part of a job. I have performed them independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.


Grade: 09
* 1.I qualify for the GS-9 Level because:
  1. I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-7 in geology-related work. At this level, geologists independently perform recurring assignments that are more difficult & complex than those performed by a recent graduate. Examples: review & provide geologic expertise in the processing of applications to conduct drilling; review mineral exploration proposals & recommend stipulations to protect resource values; provide geologic data to staff engaged in drainage & economic evaluation.
  2. I do not meet the experience above, but I have successfully completed 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master`s degree or master`s or equivalent graduate degree in the field of geology or directly related fields of study.
  3. I do not fully meet the experience or education requirements above, however, I do meet the basic requirement AND I possess an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education 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 for professional Geologist because:
  1. I have successfully completed a 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor`s or higher degree in the field of 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.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a major in geology or related disciplines appropriate to the position advertised. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  3. I do not have the education or specialized experience (or combination) described above.


Grade: 11
* 1.I meet the basic requirement for professional Geologist because:
  1. I have successfully completed a 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor`s or higher degree in the field of 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.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a major in geology or related disciplines appropriate to the position advertised. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  3. I do not have the education or specialized experience (or combination) described above.


* 2.I qualify for the GS-11 Level because:
  1. I meet the basic requirement AND I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet experience above, but I have successfully completed three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in the field of geology or directly related fields of study. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  3. I do not fully meet the experience or education requirements above, however, I do meet the basic requirement AND I possess an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above, I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  4. I do not meet any of the above responses.


Grade: All Grades
Ensure that your resume clearly supports the answers you have provided in the questionnaire portion of this vacancy announcement.

* 1.By responding to this question, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which documents, if any, you need to provide in support of this application.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.I consent to the release of information about my ability and fitness for Federal employment by employers, schools, law enforcement agencies, and other individuals and organizations to investigators, human resource specialists, and other authorized employees or representatives of the Federal Government. I understand that for some other sources of information, a separate specific release may be needed, and I may be contacted for such a release at a later date.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.If you are, or were, a Federal employee who held a permanent position in the competitive service, select the highest full performance level of that position:
  1. 2
  2. 3
  3. 4
  4. 5
  5. 6
  6. 7
  7. 8
  8. 9
  9. 10
  10. 11
  11. 12
  12. 13
  13. 14
  14. 15
  15. Not applicable


* 4.I provide technical information to the general public or co-workers in the following manner(s):
  1. To individuals on a one-on-one basis
  2. To small groups of less than 20
  3. To groups of more than 20
  4. At conferences or informal meetings
  5. In training sessions
  6. I have completed a course in public speaking.
  7. None of the above.


* 5.Select each type of experience you have in conducting geologic investigations:
  1. Prepare geologic map sketches based on observations and compass readings.
  2. Prepare detailed geologic maps generated from survey measurements.
  3. Identify in field the mineralogy, lithology, and geologic structure of outcrop and formations.
  4. Collect specimens and samples of rock, soil, and sediments.
  5. Design and conduct field sampling studies to determine grade and extent of mineralized zones.
  6. Conduct multi-year regional or reconnaissance sampling project to identify potential economic mineral occurrences.
  7. Analyze results from geochemical analysis of samples and prepare reports based on analyses.
  8. Design sampling protocol and select laboratory geochemical analyses for field projects.
  9. Develop GIS data layers from analytical results and incorporate into map products.
  10. Calculate grades and tonnage of mineral deposits.
  11. Develop mineral resource estimates using classification of measured, indicated, and inferred estimates.
  12. Conduct mineral assessments of public lands, classifying mineral potential of known occurrences.
  13. None of the above.


* 6.Identify the professional work related to subsurface and structural geology that you have performed on the job:
  1. Provide professional petroleum geologic expertise in review and processing of applications to conduct oil and gas drilling operations.
  2. Prepare reports explaining depths and thicknesses of subsurface geologic formations, stratigraphic and structural occurrence and limits of formation fluids (oil, gas and water), structural or stratigraphic factors that may affect oil and gas well drilling, completion and production, and occurrences of other economic minerals.
  3. Prepare, review and interpret geologic, isopach, and structure contour maps, and geologic cross-sections.
  4. Identify and describe lithologic rock types, depositional environments, stratigraphic transitions (e.g. channel systems, pinch-outs) and other geological features for geologic mapping and interpretation.
  5. Evaluate mineral resource deposits and characteristics based on their geologic occurrence, areal distribution, stratigraphic relationships, geologic structure and comparison with correlative or analogous geologic units.
  6. Perform stratigraphic correlations from electric well logs.
  7. None of the above.


* 7.Identify your experience in evaluating surface use and/or reclamation plans:
  1. I have provided verbal or written recommendations as to the usefulness of surface use plans for review by other staff.
  2. I draft modifications to those surface use plans that are determined to have problems or deficiencies.
  3. I resolve problems or deficiencies that are discovered in surface use plans, and assure the project proponent is advised of the deficiencies.
  4. I coordinate external and internal evaluation of surface use plans, and assure concerns are documented and/or resolved during the process.
  5. I review surface use plans, and require modifications of those plans determined to be unacceptable.
  6. None of the above.


* 8.I have obtained and evaluated detailed surface and subsurface geologic investigations for solid minerals which support recommendations made relating to the following types of land management documents:
  1. Environmental Assessments
  2. Environmental Impact Statements
  3. Resource Management Plan Revisions
  4. Programmatic Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs)
  5. Other Special Management Plans (e.g. ACECs, RNAs)
  6. None of the above


* 9.Identify the specialized work related to natural resource management land use planning and environmental analysis that you have performed on the job. Select all that apply.
  1. Interpret planning documents and NEPA laws, regulations, policies, and guidance for specific land and resource management programs or projects.
  2. Analyze methods and provide guidance to management for planning and environmental processes on public lands.
  3. Assist in the development of implementation strategies for planning and NEPA decisions related to public land management.
  4. Resolve protests or appeals related to public land uses or natural resource management projects.
  5. Coordinate identification of inventory and data collection needed to conduct natural resource management planning and NEPA decision-making efforts.
  6. Coordinate natural resource assessment activities to determine resource conditions in advance of planning and decision making for public land use.
  7. Coordinate land or environmental monitoring activities to assure that land use decisions are being implemented and desired effects are being achieved.
  8. Review and evaluate land planning documents for meeting regulatory requirements and recommend changes to comply with directives and guidance.
  9. Identify, develop, and implement strategies for natural resource planning systems and NEPA decisions.
  10. Apply knowledge of biology and life history of plant communities and species found in forested and rangeland ecosystems.
  11. None of the above.