Petroleum Engineer
Bureau of Land Management 4.1274 reviews - Dickinson, ND

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BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as a Petroleum Engineer in the Eastern Montana/Dakotas District Office, North Dakota Field Office, Division of Mineral Resources. This position is located in Dickinson, North Dakota. Information about the Dickinson area can be found at the Dickinson Chamber of Commerce website.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. The BLM manages more land – approximately 253 million 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 Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health 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-2013-0113 Only one person will be selected from these announcements.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Security Clearance/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.

DUTIES: At the full performance level, the incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Applying in-depth professional knowledge to analyze, review, and promote the use of more complex drilling rigs and drilling techniques and technology.
  • Performing technical reviews and making recommendations for approval of all down-hole operations.
  • Calculating down hole pressures to ensure that pressure control equipment and procedures are sufficient to control the well.
  • Attending State Oil and Gas Hearings as the official representative for the Bureau.
  • Coordinating with the geological staff in the review of applications for permit (APDs) to ensure all mineral and fresh water intervals are identified and protected by the casing and cementing programs.
  • Providing professional petroleum engineering and regulatory review of Sundry Notice applications for oil and gas operations.
  • Serving on or leading the Interdisciplinary Team for oil/gas on Resource Management Plan amendments, Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments, Plans of Developments, Geographic Area Plans, and Master Development Plans.
  • Providing technical expertise and support to the Petroleum Engineering Technicians and Production Accountability Technicians concerning oil and gas inspection and enforcement issues.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: The work is primarily sedentary. Occasionally, the employee conducts field work which requires travel over rough roads, hiking or climbing in rough terrain, and carrying field equipment.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: 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 information.

In addition to one of the above basic education requirements:

For GS-11: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service; OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

For GS-12: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service.

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.

Specialized experience to qualify for the GS-11 level includes performing professional work in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources such as well design, completion, plugging/abandonment and reservoir engineering, evaluating diverse environmental conditions and proposing actions to change conditions, and inspecting oil and gas activities for conformance with standards and compliance.

Specialized experience to qualify for the GS-12 level includes work as a senior Petroleum Engineer planning, directing, and performing duties such as mineral resources evaluations, monitoring drilling and production of oil and gas operations, analyzing fluid mineral and geophysical applications, and ensuring environmental safeguards and safety.

Equivalent combinations of post-high school education and specialized experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: 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, Highly 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:
  • Knowledge of the operational and reservoir management principles, theories, and practices of petroleum engineering.
  • Knowledge of the appropriate parts of Federal Regulations and policies, rules, and regulations for consistent administration of Federal fluid minerals.
  • Knowledge of automated information management equipment and the ability to utilize software applications.
  • Knowledge of the legal aspects of oil and gas leases, operations, and formal agreements in order to effectively administer compliance with agreement terms.
  • Ability to express technical engineering concepts both verbally and in writing, and effectively communicate with companies, private land owners, and the general public.
  • Knowledge in the areas of environmental analysis and resource planning.
  • Ability to write and review range planning documents.
On-line Questionnaire:

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BENEFITS: To explore the benefits typically offered to most federal employees in permanent positions, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at:

  • At times, frequent travel will be required.
  • Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.
  • RELOCATION EXPENSES: 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. To view FAQ regarding PCS click Here.
  • BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants. The incentives that may be offered include Relocation Incentives and/or Recruitment Incentives, Service Credit for Non-Federal Work Experience Toward Annual Leave Accrual Rates, and Student Loan Repayments.
  • This position requires procurement duties. Applicants selected for this position must sign a certification of compliance with the requirement of Public Law 101-189.
  • You will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually
  • 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.

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