Petroleum Engineer, GS-0881-7/9
Department Of The Interior - Meeker, CO

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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.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join our team at the White River Field Office to provide technical expertise for onshore oil and gas leasing, exploration, and development.

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

This position is located in Meeker, Colorado. Information about Meeker can be found at Meeker Chamber of Commerce .
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "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 Lands.
  • Direct Deposit Required.

DUTIES: Using your knowledge of petroleum engineering operations, principles and practices, you will perform the following duties under close supervision:

* Provides professional petroleum engineering and regulatory review of Applications for Permits to Drill (APDs) and Sundry Notices for exploratory and development drilling and subsequent operations.

* Provides professional petroleum engineering and regulatory review of applications for and variance of regulatory requirements.

* Analyzes, reviews, and promotes the use of innovation, through more complex drilling rigs, drilling techniques, and technology including automated drilling systems.

* Utilizes data from reservoir and economic analysis, completion reports and monthly reports of operations, as well as Federal regulations, policies, and guidelines to make paying well determinations and decisions on suspensions of operation and/or production.

* Serves on or leads the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) for oil/gas on RMP plan amendments, Plans of Developments, Geographic Area Plans and Master Development Plans.

* Responds to requests from within the agency, from outside agencies and the general public for information related to regulation of operations on the federal mineral estate.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement- please be sure to include this information in your resume.

TO QUALIFY FOR THE GS-07 GRADE LEVEL , you must satisfy one of the requirements described below:

1) SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: You must meet the basic requirement and show that you have one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level (GS-05). Examples: assisting higher level petroleum engineers in the full range of petroleum engineering and field practices related to the recovery of fluid minerals over an extensive geographic area, including varied duties related to petroleum exploration, drilling, development, production, abandonment and the environment. -OR-

2) EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION: You must meet the basic requirement and have one year of graduate level education with courses directly related to petroleum engineering. -OR- You must meet the basic requirement of Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.).

3)COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: You may meet qualifications requirement for this position by combining specialized experience and appropriate graduate education according to the following formula: (a) your total months of full time specialized experience as a percentage of a 12 month total; PLUS (b) your total number of qualifying graduate semester or quarter hours as a percentage of one year of graduate study leading to a master's degree. The total of the two percentages must equal at least 100 percent.

TO QUALIFY FOR THE GS-09 GRADE LEVEL , you must satisfy one of the requirements described below:

1)SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: You must show that you have one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level (GS-07). This level is considered an advanced trainee. Assignments are significantly more difficult and complex than typically performed by recent graduates of a baccalaureate program.

Examples: assisting higher level petroleum engineers in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources including: well design, well completion, workovers, and well plugging. -OR-

2)EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION: You meet the basic requirement and have two years of graduate level education leading to a masters degree or equivalent graduate degree in engineering -OR- You meet the basic requirement and completed a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelors degree in engineering AND have 1 year of appropriate professional experience -OR- You meet the basic requirement AND have a combination of superior academic achievement (S.A.A.) and 1 year of appropriate professional experience.

3)COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: You may meet qualifications requirement for this position by combining specialized experience and appropriate graduate education according to the following formula: (a) your total months of full time specialized experience as a percentage of a 12 month total; PLUS (b) your total number of qualifying graduate semester or quarter hours as a percentage of two years of graduate study leading to a master's degree. The total of the two percentages must equal at least 100 percent.

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

Education Requirement: This position has a basic education requirement: degree in 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-

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. Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration (i.e., petroleum engineering).

2. Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

3. Specified academic courses-Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements as described in the first paragraph, OR Related curriculum-Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

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.

Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the specialized experience as defined in the announcement or vacancy questions. In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume.

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 concepts, principles, and practices of petroleum engineering and operations.

* Ability to analyze new and cutting-edge formation evaluation tests for coal bed methane, shale, and tight gas sand reservoirs.

* Ability to identify, compile, analyze, and interpret engineering and production data to study oil and gas reservoirs to predict reservoir performance.

* Technical knowledge of the drilling and production operations of the petroleum industry.

* Knowledge of common software and specialized software related to a fluid minerals program.

To preview questions please click here .

BENEFITS: To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS .

For information on the General Schedule (GS) pay salary chart, please visit the OPM website at Special Rate Table Number 0415 .

OTHER INFORMATION: May require completion of a 1 year probationary period. Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy.

Occasional travel may be required.

You must possess a valid automobile driver's license at the time of appointment and at all times during your appointment in this position.

Before entering on duty, 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.

Work Environment: When in the office, the work is primarily sedentary. Travel by all modes of transportation to areas of extreme climatic and topographic conditions is expected. Occasional site visits to rugged field locations will also occur. Field work involves walking and/or driving in a four-wheel-drive vehicle over rough terrain in remote areas under adverse weather conditions. Conditions range from sub-zero temperatures with snow in the winter, to high temperatures and low humidity in the summer.

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.

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.

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