Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Petroleum Engineer
Open Period:
11/08/2016 - 11/22/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0881 07/09/11/12
USD $45,512 - USD $92,316
Work Schedule:
Full-time - This is a full-time position.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Miles City, MT, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Branch of Human Resources


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position in the competitive service.
About the Agency
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to serve as a Petroleum Engineer in the Eastern Montana/Dakotas District, Miles City Field Office, Division of Minerals, in Miles City, Montana.  Information abour the Miles City area can be found at the Miles City Chamber of Commerce website.  

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.  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. For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.

This position is also being advertised under vacancy announcement MT Merit-2017-0011.  Only one person will be selected from these announcements. 
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation and Departmental policy.  The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered.

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

At times, travel in the field and for meetings and/or training may be required.


At the full performance level, the incumbent serves as a highly skilled specialist providing advanced petroleum engineering expertise in the field of reservoir engineering and drainage and operations engineering.  Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:  

  • Investigating and analyzing complex engineering issues on Federal and Indian mineral estates.
  • Analyzing, reviewing and promoting the use of more complex drilling rigs and drilling techniques and technology.
  • Analyzing complex operational programs that ensure adequate resource protection, including cement types and placement techniques, alternative fluids and evaluation tests. 
  • Performing technical reviews and making recommendations for approval of all down-hole operations.
  • Reviewing applications for permit to drill (APDs) ensuring company operations are to be conducted in a manner which protects hydrocarbon, water, and other mineralized zones.
  • Reviewing proposed testing, logging, and coring program.   
  • Coordinating with the geological  staff in review of APDs, ensuring mineral and fresh water intervals are identified. 
  • Evaluating geologic data provided and conferring with geologist in seeking further interpretation of conflicting or inconclusive data.
  • Reviewing Sundry Notice applications for oil and gas operations that include installation of measurement meters/facilities, approval of gas flaring/venting, off-lease measurement/storage of hydrocarbons, surface/down hole commingling, and disposal of produced water, and plugging and abandonment of drilling or depleted wells.
  • Identifying potential drainage situations using standard engineering and ecomonic principles, including decline curve analysis, ultimate recoverable reserves and economic limit and coordinating with the Reservoir Management Group to provide input and further analysis.  
  • Providing technical support to the reservoir management group for unit paying well determinations.
  • Overseeing technical inspections of drilling completion, work over and plugging/abandonment operations to ensure that operations are conducted in a safe and workmanlike manner.  

Qualifications and Evaluations

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. 
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • 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
  • Education Requirements:
    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume.  If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, 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
    • Professional knowledge of the operational and reservoir management principles, theories and practices of petroleum engineering in order to: review and recommend approval of APDs and Sundry Notices, recommend approval of well abandonment programs, recommend communitization agreements, and recommend certain unit agreement actions.
    • Knowledge of the legal aspects of oil and gas leases, operations and formal agreements in order to effectively administer compliance with agreement terms.
    • Knowledge of the appropriate parts of Federal Regulations and the the ability to apply policies, rules and regulations for consistent administration of Federal fluid minerals.
    • Ability to express technical engineering concepts both verbally and in writing, and effectively communicate with companies, private land owners and the general public.
    On-line Questionnaire:  Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.
    Basic Education Requirements: A) Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. - OR - 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 professional 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: professional registration, written test, specified academic courses, or related curriculum.  Click here for additional information.

    In addition to meeting the basic education requirements: 
    For the GS-07 level, applicants must meet ONE of the following:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 in the Federal Service.  Specialized experience is defined as: assist with or conduct routine engineering assignments (i.e. well design, well completion, workovers, and plugging); use automated databases, enter information and pull reports from automated databases and information systems to create technical presentations; spreadsheets, databases, and other documents, and planning projects, solving problems, and communicating effectively with diverse individuals or groups.   -OR-  A bachelor's degree with Superior Academic Achievement that included coursework DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.   SAA is defined as: 1) a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 3.0 for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last 2 years of undergraduate study; 2) GPA 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years; 3) rank in the upper one-third of your class in college, university, or major subdivision; or 4) membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies).  Please note: you must provide copies of your official or unofficial college transcripts.  -OR-  One year of  DIRECTLY RELATED graduate-level education.

    For the GS-09 level, applicants must meet ONE of the following:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 in the Federal Service.  Specialized experience is defined as: assist higher level petroleum engineers in the exploration, development and production of oil & gas resources including: well design, well completion, workover, and plugging.  Work independently to carry out routine engineering assignments that require the applications of mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences to the petroleum engineering field and progressively carry out more complex assignments (i.e., abandonment and reservoir engineering and analysis) under supervision.  Provide basic recommendations and advise senior staff regarding onshore oil and gas situations or complications; assist with diverse engineering projects; provide technical guidance and assist with on-site onshore oil and gas inspections.  -OR-  Two years of DIRECTLY RELATED graduate-level education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree. 

    For the GS-11 level, applicants must meet ONE of the following:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Examples include work as a Petroleum Engineer performing duties such as mineral resources evaluations and various engineering calculations; conducting economic evaluations and calculations; performing professional work in the exploration, development, and production of gas resources such as well design, completion, and plugging/abandonment; evaluating diverse environmental conditions and recommending actions to change conditions; and inspecting oil and gas activities for conformance with standards and compliance.  -OR-   Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

    For the GS-12: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service.  Examples include work as a senior or lead Petroleum Engineer making independent decisions in planning, conducting, and directing mineral resources evaluations and various engineering calculations; monitoring drilling and production of oil and gas operations; conducting and applying economic evaluations and calculations; conducting or overseeing professional reservoir engineering projects; analyzing fluid mineral and geophysical applications; and evaluating diverse environmental conditions and approving and implementing actions to change conditions, ensuring environmental safeguards and safety.

    Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.  

    Equivalent combinations of post-high school education and specialized experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements at the GS-7 - 11 grades levels. There is no substitution for experience at the GS-12 level. 

    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.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
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    Agency Benefits:
    To explore the benefits typically offered to most federal employees in permanent positions, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at the above link.
    Other Information:
    • Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirement. 
    • Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
    • 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.
    •  To be well qualified, you must fall within the Well Qualified or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.  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.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    THIS IS AN ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS THROUGH USAJOBS.  If you need assistance in applying online, please call or email the contact listed on this vacancy. 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. PLEASE NOTE: If you have access to a public library, State Job Service Office, etc., you must use these resources to apply online.  You must follow the steps described below to complete the application process:
    1)YOU MUST CREATE A PROFILE in USAJOBS under My Account. If you already have a registered profile in USAJOBS you do not need to register again. Your profile must contain a current resume for submission. In order to receive proper consideration, your resume should include the following information: - Personal contact information
    - Work experience (paid or unpaid) including - starting and ending dates (month and year), employer's name and address, job title (include job series and grade if Federal), duties and accomplishments, supervisor's name and telephone number, indicate if supervisor may be contacted, hours per week, and salary.
    Education and job-related training including - school name, type and year of degrees/diploma received, credits earned and majors; title of training course and year of completion.
    - References - personal and professional
    - Additional information - skills (languages, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.), certificates or licenses (current only), and/or honors, awards, and special accomplishments (recognition, professional memberships, publications, leadership activities, etc.).
    Insufficient information could result in an ineligible rating. The USAJOBS Resume Builder was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is an available tool when you login to your USAJOBS account.
    2) COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION, including responses to all application questions, by clicking on the “APPLY ONLINE” button that appears on this announcement.
    3) SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION as applicable. See “Required Documents” section below.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that a complete application (including a resume, on-line questionnaire, and applicable supplemental documentation) is received before by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.  NOTE: Technical problems may take at least 1 business day to resolve; therefore, you are highly encouraged to complete the application process prior to the closing date.
    Required Documents:
    All applicable supplemental documentation must be uploaded or faxed (with generated fax cover sheets) to: 571-258-4052, and received before by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement. See important information regarding uploading and faxing supplemental documentation below.  THE FOLLOWING SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE RECEIVED, AS APPLICABLE:

    1) College Transcripts: You must submit a copy of all college transcripts (undergraduate/graduate) 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 click here to see Foreign Education requirements. Note: Transcripts must be submitted to each announcement as applicable. 
    2) Veterans Preference DocumentationIf 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.  Missing documentation may result a change or removal of your claim for Veteran’s preference.  If you are claiming preference as a TP Veteran your profile must contain a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release, or Discharge from active military service showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc., and reason for separation)- the member 4 copy is preferable.  If you are claiming preference as a CP, CPS, or XP, your profile must also contain a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, with all applicable supporting documentation as instructed in the SF-15.  If you are claiming preference based on sole survivorship (SSP), provide the documentation you received granting this preference.  More information regarding Veteran's preference click here.
    3) CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Documentation:  If you are a CTAP or ICTAP Eligible applicant: Provide 1) a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; and, 2) proof of eligibility.  CTAP/ICTAP 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.  To be well qualified, you must fall within the Well Qualified or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.  

    Uploading and Faxing Supplemental Documentation: 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. The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet. Each document type must use the appropriate generated fax coversheet and be faxed in a separate transmission. Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager (3MB is the maximum size allowed for a document). Do not use both options, only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system. 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.

    Checking Application Status and Materials: Hint: Do this before the announcement closes. After you have completed your application, to check the status of your application materials log in to your USAJOBS account, select the “Application Status” section, check under the “Status” for this vacancy, once your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received it will state “Received.” Any other application status may indicate that you did not complete the application process and/or your application has not been submitted. Please note: A status of “Received” reflects that your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received; applicable supplemental documentation may still need to be submitted (see required documents above).
    Next Steps:
    You will receive notification via email, generally within 2 weeks of the closing date of the announcement, as to whether or not your name was referred to the selecting official.