Geologist
Department Of The Interior 274 reviews - Redding, CA

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This position is located in a BLM Field Office or State Office. The geologist performs work that involves compliance activities over mining industry, sales, permits, and leases to assure the orderly development and conservation of mineral materials, locatable and leasable minerals on public lands, and all the minerals on acquired lands. The geologist assures maximum economic recovery of mineral deposits through the review of industry operating plans for exploration, development, and extraction of minerals.

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM: All U.S. Citizens and Status Candidates

Currently, only one vacancy exists; however more than one vacancy may be filled through this announcement should the need arise.

Full Performance Level i: GS - 11
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • U. S. Citizenship is required.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation is required.
  • Valid state driver’s license is required.
  • Required to be in travel status 1-5 nights per month.
  • Financial disclosure agreement is required.
  • Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid.

DUTIES: Major duties at the full performance level include, but are not limited to:

• Determine the appropriate procedures for the safe abandonment of mine shafts and portals.
• Issue permits and leases involving public lands and mineral deposits.
• Develop, implement, and update geology and mineral information to keep land use plans current.
• Provide assistance to the public regarding the laws, regulations, and policy governing all aspects of mineral resources on public lands.
• Contribute to the preparation of mineral reports and appraisals, budgets, and planning documents.
• Recommend corrective action for operations that are not in compliance of laws, regulations, and approved plans.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

To meet the Basic Requirements for the Geologist, GS-1350 series, you must meet at least one of the following requirements (Please note: to be found qualified for this series, you must submit your transcripts with your application):

A. Successful completion of a bachelors or higher degree in 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
B. A combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in “A” above, plus appropriate experience or additional education equivalent to a 4-year degree in geology. Evaluation of Experience: Acceptable experience may have been gained through geological field or laboratory work that provided a means of obtaining professional knowledge of the theory and application of the principles of geology and closely related sciences, e.g., geophysics, geochemistry, or hydrology. Such work generally must have involved making close observations, taking samples, handling various types of instruments and equipment, assembling geologic data from source materials, and analyzing and reporting findings orally and in writing. Experience that involved only one phase of geology work, e.g., collecting samples, would not be acceptable as providing the required professional knowledge of the theory and principles of geology. In some situations, professional scientific experience in other fields may be accepted in part as professional geological experience. Such experience must have been preceded by appropriate education in geology or by professional geological experience, and must have contributed directly and significantly to your professional geological competence. Examples include some positions in geophysics, mining engineering, soils science, physical oceanography, hydrology, climatology, biology, analytic or experimental chemistry, metallurgy, and comparable fields where the normal duties or results of investigations have been extended to the solution of geologic problems by you. Ordinary functions of positions such as seismic, computer, petroleum or mining engineer, mine superintendent, or metallurgist generally are not considered professional geological experience. To receive credit for geological experience obtained in positions that are not full-time professional geological positions, you are responsible for indicating clearly the actual time or percentage of time devoted to geologic duties within such positions, and for giving adequate descriptions of the geologic functions.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
In addition to meeting at least one of the Basic Qualification Requirements shown above, you must meet at least one of the following requirements to qualify for this position at the GS-07 level (Please note: to be found qualified for this series, you must submit your transcripts with your application):

A. Successful completion of a bachelor's degree in geology, plus 20 additional semester hours of coursework described 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 AND meet one of the following superior academic achievement provisions: 1) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for all completed undergraduate coursework or for all courses completed in the last two full years of undergraduate work; 2) a GPA of 3.5 or higher for all courses in the major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two full years of undergraduate work; 3) ranking in the upper one-third of your college, university, or major subdivision; or 4) membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. OR
B. Successful completion of one full year (18 semester hours or equivalent) of graduate level study, or possess a master's or higher degree, e.g., Ph.D., in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Such fields include geology, geophysics, hydrology, mineralogy, and earth science. OR
C. At least one year of full-time specialized experience or the equivalent, comparable to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private sector), performing all of the following duties: 1) researching and verifying the laws, principles, and guidelines of geology and minerals management; 2) conducting mineral inventories and evaluations; 3) using automated geological planning systems, such as ArcGIS, to update and track data; 4) assisting the general public and government agencies with mineral resources management on public lands; and 5) reviewing applications for mining law, mineral materials, oil and gas, and non-energy mineral management. OR
D. A combination of education and experience described in “B” and “C” above. To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then take the number of months of full-time experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.

In addition to meeting at least one of the Basic Qualification Requirements, you must meet at least one of the following requirements to qualify for this position at the GS-09 level (Please note: to be found qualified for this series, you must submit your transcripts with your application):

A. Successful completion of two full years (36 semester hours or equivalent) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or possess a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Such fields include geology, geophysics, hydrology, mineralogy, and earth science. OR
B. At least one year of full-time specialized experience or the equivalent, comparable to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private sector), performing all of the following duties: 1) interpreting and implementing the laws, principles, and guidelines of geology and minerals management; 2) performing inspections of abandoned mines and mineral operations; 3) using automated geological planning systems, such as ArcGIS, to input data and generate reports; 4) assisting the general public and government agencies with mineral resources management on public lands; and 5) processing applications for mining law, mineral materials, oil and gas, and non-energy mineral management. OR
C. A combination of graduate education and experience described in “A” and “B” above. To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree, in excess of 18 semester hours, and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then take number the number of months experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.

In addition to meeting at least one of the Basic Qualification Requirements, you must meet at least one of the following requirements to qualify for this position at the GS-11 level (Please note: to be found qualified for this series, you must submit your transcripts with your application):

A. Successful completion of three full years (54 semester hours or equivalent) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree, or possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Such fields include geology, geophysics, hydrology, mineralogy, and earth science. OR
B. At least one year of full-time specialized experience or the equivalent, comparable to at least the GS-09 level in the federal service (obtained in either the public or private sector), performing all of the following duties: 1) implementing and analyzing the laws, principles, and guidelines of geology and minerals management; 2) performing inspections of public lands and mineral operations and recommending corrective actions; 3) using automated geological planning systems, such as ArcGIS, to create reports and appraisals, monitor progress, and evaluate opportunities for development; 4) providing technical guidance to the general public and government agencies in mineral resources management on public lands; and 5) processing applications and issuing permits and leases for mining law, mineral materials, oil and gas, and non-energy mineral management. OR
C. A combination of graduate education and specialized experience as described in “A” and “B” above. To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree, in excess of 36 semester hours, and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then take number the number of months of qualifying specialized experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.

Education: For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descript courses listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research"), please indicate through your resume or attachment memorandum from an academic professor how each course fulfills the specific education requirement, i.e., state number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned.

NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. Applicants can verify accreditation HERE .

Special Instructions For Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, click HERE .

Time-in-Grade Requirements: Under competitive merit promotion procedures, any individual who is currently holding, or who has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service must meet time in grade requirements (have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the Federal service). Some exclusions are found in 5 CFR 300.602. You must include an SF-50 (you may need to submit more than one) that supports meeting this requirement with your application package.

All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

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 vehicle, all-terrain vehicles, or foot over rugged, slippery, and/or hazardous terrain. This includes exposure to adverse temperature and weather conditions, as well as physiographic extremes. Duties may require recurring bending, crouching, stooping, reaching, or lifting. Work may also include lifting of moderately heavy items, such as 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 modem office building and tend to be "open space" arrangements.

Field conditions include the full range of topographic conditions, ranging from rolling plains to a steep mountainous terrain. The incumbent will, on occasion, be required to enter surface and underground mines and 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 subjected to hostile wildlife, chemical, and physical hazards. The 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 when operating a motorized vehicle, the incumbent must be alert to safety hazards to ensure work is accomplished in the most efficient and safe manner.

May require completion of a one year probationary period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Candidates who apply under All U.S. Citizens procedures will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category, and veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:
  • Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
  • Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job; and
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.


  • Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are highly qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Highly qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

    Candidate who apply under Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

    All candidates will be evaluated against the following competencies:

  • KNOWLEDGE OF THE PRINCIPLES, THEORIES, AND PRACTICES OF GEOLOGY AND MINERALS MANAGEMENT

  • KNOWLEDGE OF MINERAL EXTRACTION TECHNOLOGIES

  • ABILITY TO PLAN AND PERFORM FIELD GEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATIONS

  • ABILITY TO USE AUTOMATED GEOLOGICAL PLANNING SYSTEMS TO INPUT DATA AND GENERATE REPORTS

  • ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY ORALLY

  • ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY IN WRITING

  • BENEFITS: The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees by clicking HERE .

    OTHER INFORMATION: HOW TO CLAIM VETERANS PREFERENCE (FedsHireVets.gov):

    If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran , you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15 . If you don’t have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at www.archives.gov/veterans .

    If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge , you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.

    If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran , you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15 , and if applicable, a completed SF15 . If you don’t have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 1-800-827-1000.

    Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service .

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