Job Description

Job Summary

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team in Elko District  in Elko, Nevada.  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.

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

This position is located in Elko, Nevada  Information about the Elko, Nevada Location area can be found at Elko Chamber of Commerce.
Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Duties

This position serves as a geologist in a Bureau of Land Management Office.  The geologist is responsible for performing work that involves knowledge and application of the principles of geology, and being responsible for planning, initiating, directing, and executing the minerals program activities.  The geologist plans, initiates, and directs  work that involves compliance activities over mining industry, sales, permits and leases to assure the orderly development and conservation on minerals materials, locatable and leasable minerals on public lands; and assures maximum economic recovery of mineral deposits through review of industry operating plans for exploration, development, and extraction of minerals and compliance with the environmental reclamation requirements of Department of Interior's regulations and Bureau of Land Management policy.

Additional Information

What To Expect Next

You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.

You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

BENEFITS

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

Other Information

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.

May require completion of a 1 year probationary period

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 receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used for this position.

BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.

Occasional travel may be required.

You will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.

How to Apply

To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items:  1.  Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3.  Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Click on the button "Apply OnLine" and login to MY USAJOBS.

If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link.
Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at at (775) 861-6431 or email us at nvjobs@blm.gov.  If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

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 qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points.  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 at the GS-7 level:  (1) Knowledge of basic geology, principals, theories, practices, and science of geology and minerals management.  (2)  Ability to research, collect, verify, interpret, and analyze a variety of complex directions, regulations, and information and communicate results to customers.  (3)  Trainee would know how to develop and update the geology and minerals portion of the local office planning system.  (4)  Knowledge of general mineral methodologies related to conducting inventories and mineral evaluations and preparing technical reports.  (5)  Knowledge of oil and gas applications for permits to drill, mineral material sales, free use permits, and sampling/testing permits, mining claims, occupancy uses, mining plan of operations, and notices of mining plan of operations.

The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work at the GS-9/11 levels:  (1) Knowledge of the principles, theories, practices and science of geology and minerals management to accomplish work assignments; (2) Knowledge of federal mining law, rules and policies regarding mining law administration; mineral patents; surface management; surface use and occupancy; and valid and existing rights determinations; (3) Knowledge of Environmental Assessment (EA) procedures and ability to develop EAs in the minerals management program; (4) Knowledge of and demonstrated ability to prepare professional mineral reports and other associated technical reports and documents; and (5) Knowledge of programs relating to minerals program to provide multiple-use coordination necessary to complete work in other related processes such environmental assessments, land use planning and preparation of resource protection.
To preview questions please click here.

Required Documents

In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

Copy of All Transcripts that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university.  If your degree is from a Foreign Institution See Foreign Education.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees:  submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).

Veterans Special Appointing Authorities: To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three or more years of active service. A VEOA eligible who is separated 30 days or less prior to completion of the three-year active duty service requirement is eligible to receive consideration for BLM vacancies Submit documentation to support your claim for VEOA or preference veteran (DD-214 that shows discharge as honorable or general, SF-15, Veterans Administration Letter). If you are currently on active duty, you must provide an official statement of service from your command, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proved your military service was performed under honorable conditions. You must clearly identify your claim for veterans' preference on your application. For more information on veterans' preference, please go to OPMs website at: Feds Hire Vets.
If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.

You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.  The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.

UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: Instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager.   Do not use
both options.

Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete
application.

Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.