Petroleum Engineer
Department Of The Interior - Miles City, MT

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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 and Nonrenewable Resources, in Miles City, Montana. Information about 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 - 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-2013-0014. Only one person will be selected from these announcements.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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.

Passage of a pre-employment physical is required.

DUTIES:
At the full performance level, the position investigates and analyzes complex petroleum engineering problems related to fluid minerals operations on Federal and Indian mineral estates and serves as a highly skilled specialist providing advanced petroleum engineering expertise in the specialty field of reservoir engineering and drainage. The incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:

Evaluating geologic data provided and conferring with geologist in seeking further interpretation of conflicting or inconclusive data.

Determining drainage area and volumes being drained from Federal leases using a variety and number of methods such as decline curve analyses, material balance calculations, volumetric and reservoir planimeter evaluations, reservoir modeling and simulation analyses, secondary and tertiary recovery applications, and other appropriate engineering applications.

Evaluating drainage determinations prepared by industry experts to disprove Bureau determinations, and justifying findings to industry representatives.

Presenting expert testimony on highly controversial findings and cases involving large monetary sums to appeal boards.

Preparing oil and gas production taxation estimates of major and independent companies, predicting oil and gas pricing escalations and declines, and estimating revenue and working interest participation and revisions.

Performing discounted cash flow (DCF) economic analyses for drainage and diligent development determinations.

Analyzing Applications for Permit to Drill (APDs) to ensure company operations are conducted in a manner which protects hydrocarbon, water, and other mineralized zones; promotes resource conservation; ensures public safety; and complies with applicable rules, regulations, procedures, and special stipulations.

Reviewing subsequent oil and gas operations to assure proper handling, storage, and measurement of all oil and gas.

Ensuring operations are designed and conducted in a matter that will conserve and protect Federal and Indian minerals.

Developing long range objectives and establishing guidance and direction to ensure the effective use of automation in program accomplishment and improve cross-program coordination.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: Work is primarily sedentary and performed in a typical office environment. Occasionally, the employee conducts field work which requires travelling over rough roads, hiking or climbing in rough terrain, carrying field equipment, exposure to poisonous gases and other similar dangerous conditions, and exposure to a range of climatic conditions including rain, snow, heavy winds, and extreme temperatures from sub-zero to over 100 degrees.

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 meeting the 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.

For GS-11: 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.

For GS-12: 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.

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 theories, principles, and practices of petroleum engineering to plan, carry out, and oversee the full range of professional petroleum engineering assignments involving post lease oil and gas operations.

Knowledge of and skill in the specialty of petroleum reservoir engineering theories, principles, and techniques to investigate advanced and controversial engineering problems relating to drainage and diligence.

Skill in interpersonal, oral, and written communication principles, techniques, and methods sufficient to resolve conflicting viewpoints; communicate, explain, and justify Bureau minerals program, policies, and decisions to industry representatives and interest groups; investigate and resolve serious complaints; and present expert testimony on highly controversial decisions.

Knowledge and experience in the areas of environmental analysis and resource planning in order to write and/or review fluid minerals sections of Bureau and other surface management agencies long and short range planning documents such as Resource Management Plans and supplements, Environmental Assessments, and Environmental Impact Statements.

Knowledge of automation technology, policies, and procedures to lead, advocate, sponsor, and integrate the use of automation in accomplishing the program functions.

On-line Questionnaire:
Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.
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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: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

OTHER INFORMATION:
At times, occasional travel may 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 .

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.

Direct Deposit is required.

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