Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Mining Engineer/Geologist
Open Period:
11/28/2016 - 12/09/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0880,1350 12
USD $71,025 - USD $92,332
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Albuquerque, NM, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Joann Leon


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position.
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to provide professional geological expertise and administration of the Indian minerals program, solid and fluid minerals programs.

The BLM manages more land - 245 million surface acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The BLM, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

This position is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Information about Albuquerque and the Albuquerque area can be found at Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce

Physical Demands: The work includes both office and field conditions. Office work involves long periods of intense concentration on technical details. Most field work requires a certain amount of physical stamina and is often under a variety of arduous conditions, including travel by 4-wheel drive vehicle or on foot over rugged, slippery, and/or hazardous terrain, exposure to extreme temperature and weather conditions, as well as topographic extremes. The incumbent may be required to perform duties that require recurring bending, crouching, stooping, reaching or lifting. Work may also include lifting of moderately heavy items, such equipment and samples. 

Work Environment: When in the office, the position is physically located in close proximity to a number of other professional employees, and must tolerate an average amount of conversation, telephone and other similar office distractions and background noise. Office quarters are located in a modern office building and tend to be “cubicle/open space” arrangements. The incumbent may be eligible for max-flex scheduling, telework accommodations or may be required to work remotely from home. Field conditions include the full range of topographic conditions, ranging from rolling hills to a steep mountainous terrain. Incumbent will, on occasion, be required to tolerate high/low temperatures, dust and high levels of noise and vibration. Safety clothing such as safety boots, goggles, etc. are required to be worn. During winter months temperatures of 10 degrees Fahrenheit can be expected, while during the summer temperatures in excess of +100 degrees Fahrenheit are not uncommon. The incumbent may be subjected to hostile wildlife, chemical and physical hazards. Incumbent will adhere to all safety rules and regulations as prescribed in manuals/supplements or by the designated Safety Officer. When completing work assignments in the office or field, or operating a motorized vehicle, incumbent must be alert to safety hazards to ensure work is accomplished in the most efficient and safe manner.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

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.  

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

1-5 days per month


Incumbent administers the Indian Mineral Program within the District.  Works with designated representatives from the various Tribal groups as well as various governmental groups including but not limited to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the Office of Natural Resources and Revenue (ONNR), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), etc.  The incumbent reviews exploration or development operating plans for adequacy on mineral leases, sales and mining operations. Participates in or leads interdisciplinary team projects for minerals related actions, such as the development of environmental documents for the purpose of evaluating applications for free use permits, material sales, oil and gas leasing, geothermal resource leasing, exploration and development drilling, and mining plans of operations.  Provides written and/or oral assistance to the public on questions concerning the laws, regulations, and policy governing all aspects of mineral resources on public lands.

Qualifications and Evaluations

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you
  • Have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
  • Direct Deposit Required
  • Background Investigation Required
  • Education Requirements:
    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. 

    1. Knowledge of a wide variety of laws, regulations, executive orders and directives applicable to administer the office's mineral programs.

    2. Knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations.

    3. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing to prepare clear, concise reports with professional quality.
    BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: This position has a positive education requirement - applicants must demonstrate that they meet this requirement. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED).

    This is an interdisciplinary position:

    To qualify under the Mining Engineer series you must 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; OR 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.

    To qualify under the Geologist series you must 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; OR combination of education and experience equivalent to a major in geology or related disciplines appropriate to the position advertised.

    Specialized Experience:  Applicants must also meet the specialized experience in addition to the Basic Educational Requirements.
    Specialized Experience for the GS-12 Mining Engineer: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in engineering. 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

    Specialized Experience for the GS-12 Geologist: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in engineering.Perform work independently and are expected to take initiative and be creative in accomplishing the work including analyzing and interpreting policy; oversees permit applications and programs; evaluating research; carrying out inspections.

    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.

    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

    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.
    Other Information:
    SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

    May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

    CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

    Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.

    The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    If selected for this position, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450 within 30 days of reporting to duty.  You will be required to provide this information annually.

    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

    Click on the button "Apply OnLine" and login to MY USAJOBS.

    If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

    If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link.

    Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

    If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at (505) 954-2223 or via email at BLM_NM_HR_vacancies@blm.gov. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.
    Required Documents:
    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

    Copy of Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university.  If your degree is from a Foreign Institution See Foreign Education.

    Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.

          For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.

          For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

          For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.

    For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

    Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.  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.

    UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: Instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager.  Do not use both options.

    Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

    Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
    Next Steps:
    You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.

    You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.