Petroleum Engineer
Department Of The Interior - Washington, DC

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BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join our team to provide technical expertise as a Petroleum Engineer in the Assistant Director, Minerals and Realty Management, Division of Fluid Minerals (WO-310).

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 Bureau of Land Management, please visit OUR WEBSITE .

This position is also being advertised under Merit Promotion procedures, to be considered under both announcements, you must also apply to vacancy number WO Merit-2013-0016

This position is located in Washington, DC. Information about Location and the Location area can be found at DC .


U.S. Citizenship is required. Direct Deposit 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.

The position is located in the Assistant Director, Minerals and Realty Resources, Division of Fluid Minerals. The incumbent will serve as a Senior Petroleum Engineer Program Lead for Oil and Gas, on Federal and Indian Lands.

The incumbent will provide National level coordination, policy and program direction of the Oil and Gas program in the Fluid Minerals program; ensure oil and gas operations are conducted in a safe manner that is environmentally sound, the public is protected and production on Federal and Indian lands are properly handled and reported correctly.

Incumbent will serve as Program Lead for the Fluid Minerals Division’s budget

processes; develop the annual work plan for the Division’s program goals and ensure that the annual work plans, budget goals, objectives, milestones, performance standards and measurements are met.

The incumbent will be responsible for developing strategies and guidance that affect the Fluid Minerals Program.

The incumbent will coordinate and direct development of resource related strategies and guidance response to new and evolving conditions and policies and oversees the analysis of the relationship between policy and applicable laws relative to Energy Minerals Resources. The incumbent collaborates with the Bureau of Indian Affairs regarding tribal affairs. The incumbent is also charged with providing direction and management within the Fluid Minerals Division necessary to achieve the goals and objectives within the Directorate and the BLM as a whole.

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.


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:

1. Professional registration

2. Written Test

3. Specified academic courses; and

4. Related curriculum

Note: An applicant who meets the basic requirements as specified in A or B above may qualify for positions in any branch of engineering unless selective factors indicate otherwise.

Specialized Experience Requirements: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirementin addition to the basic education requirements- please be sure to include this information in your resume. 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 the GS-14: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level.

Example of Specialized Experience: Examples of specialized experience at the GS-13 grade level or equivalent level include: Knowledge of Federal Regulations pertaining to the legal aspects of oil and gas leases, operations relative to Federal agencies, States and/or Indian Tribes; knowledge of petroleum engineering and related physical sciences to the development of oil and gas resources; knowledge of oil and gas operations including drilling, production, abandonment, and associated fluid mineral development and the technical safety and environmental consideration involved.

For the GS-13: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level.

Example of Specialized Experience: Examples of specialized experience at the GS-12 level include: Knowledge of petroleum engineering and related physical sciences relative to the use of oil and gas resources; knowledge of oil and gas operations (i.e. drilling, production, abandonment, and associated fluid mineral development to include the technical safety and environmental impact;

knowledge of federal leasing laws, regulations and policies; experience in oil and gas operations.

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

This position falls under the Group Qualification Standards for

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, you 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 job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

1. Knowledge of new technology relative to Petroleum Engineering.

2. Ability to evaluate new technology relative to Petroleum Engineering and its impact on the fluid minerals program (i.e., the operations and the compliance programs).

3. Knowledge of oil and gas operations to include drilling, production, abandonment, and associated fluid mineral development.

4. Knowledge of federal fluid minerals programs.

5. Knowledge of the laws, regulations, Onshore Oil and Gas Orders, practices and policies related to the development of energy and mineral resources on Federal and Indian lands.

6. Ability to communicate in both orally and in writing.
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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS .

BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants. The incentives that may be offered include Student Loan Repayments, relocation incentives and/or Recruitment incentives.

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 a completion of a 1 year probationary period.

Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulations 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 .

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 Best or Highly Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

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