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Job Title:Assistant Field Manager

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:MT-DEU-2013-0012

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$68,809.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, November 20, 2012 to Tuesday, December 04, 2012




This is a full-time position. - This is a permanent position in the competitive service.




1 vacancy in the following location:
Dickinson, ND, USView Map


All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.


BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as the Assistant Field Manager (AFM) for the Division of Minerals, North Dakota Field Office (NDFO). This position is located in Dickinson, North Dakota. Information about the Dickinson area can be found at

This is an interdisciplinary position which will be filled as a Supervisory Petroleum Engineer, GS-0881; or Supervisory Geologist, GS-1350. 

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-2013-0018.  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.
  • Passage of a pre-employment physical is required.


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The incumbent serves as the Assistant Field Manager (AFM) for the Bureau of Land Management, North Dakota Field Office (NDFO), Division of Mineral Resources.  The NDFO also has trust responsibility for the Indian minerals on three reservations. Within the NDFO there are approximately 6 million acres of federal mineral estate with approximately 2700+ oil and gas wells and four coal mines.  The incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Serving as a second level supervisor of the Division of Mineral Resources staff; setting performance standards and preparing formal performance evaluations for; and implementing provisions of personnel management programs such as Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) action plans, career development plans, attendance, leave and overtime policies, awards, grievance procedures and safety practices.
  • Promoting teamwork among the Division members and with other divisions; seeking opportunities for employee development and education; establishing priorities and makes work assignments; and developing and providing budget data.
  • Working closely with the Field Manager and subordinate supervisors to carry out the program management responsibilities of the Minerals program; providing guidance and oversight to ensure these programs are carried out in accordance with regulations, Bureau manuals and Instruction Memoranda.


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Applicants must meet one of the following basic education requirements:

Petroleum Engineer, Series 881, 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.

- OR –

Geologist, Series 1350, Basic Education Requirements: A) Degree: geology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological science, structural, chemical, civil, mining or petroleum engineering, computer science, planetary geology, comparative planetology, geophysics, meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, physical geography, marine geology, and cartography. - OR - B) Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to one of the above basic education requirements:

For GS-12: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience to qualify for the GS-12 level includes work that was performed under general supervision, incumbents performs difficult & responsible work requiring a thorough knowledge of a special & complex subject matter of the profession. Examples, experience as a senior Petroleum Engineer or Geologist planning, directing, and performing duties such as mineral resources evaluations, monitoring drilling and production operations, analyzing fluid mineral and geophysical applications, and ensuring environmental safeguards and safety.

For GS-13: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience to qualify for the GS-13 level includes work that is performed under general administrative supervision. The work requires extended professional experience and a wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment. Examples, experience as a lead Petroleum Engineer or Geologist directing, overseeing, and advising on mineral resources programs, drilling and production operations, and analyzing, evaluating and resolving a wide variety of complex problems related to oil and gas development.

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. Such experience must have provided knowledge of principles, theories, and practices of oil and gas development and other surface disturbing operations.

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


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:

  • Operational knowledge of the many resources involved in minerals and GIS programs.  The incumbent must be familiar with the system of planning, the preparation of environmental analysis and impact statements, socioeconomic consideration and analysis, and public participation methods in order to oversee such actions as complex inter- disciplinary analysis, routine analysis, program studies and summaries, budget development, and program analysis.
  • Professional knowledge of petroleum engineering sufficient to direct the work of the Division of Mineral Resources, to identify and assign work and priorities of subordinate professionals, make adjustments to changing conditions and policies, and to complete a wide variety of difficult and complex work assignments.
  • The incumbent must be familiar with a wide variety of laws, regulations, Executive Orders, procedures, and precedents, applicable to Minerals programs and activities.
  • Skill in using automation to produce documents e.g., reports, maps, etc. needed in decision-making.
  • Knowledge of management practices, organization, supervision, and administrative theory in order to provide leadership and practical solutions for complex problems faced daily by Division specialists.
  • Knowledge and understanding of teams, teamwork and group dynamics.
  • Ability to lead people with different ideas to reach an agreement.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing to explain and foster the Bureau’s overall automation initiatives.

On-line Questionnaire:

Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.


To preview questions please click here.


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


  • At times, travel may be required.
  • Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.
  • Supervisory Probationary Period:  If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one year supervisory probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.
  • 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.


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If you need assistance in applying online, please call or email the contact listed on this vacancy.  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.  PLEASE NOTE:  If you have access to a public library, State Job Service Office, etc., you must use these resources to apply online.

You must follow the steps described below to complete the application process:

1)YOU MUST CREATE A PROFILE in USAJOBS under My Account.  If you already have a registered profile in USAJOBS you do not need to register again.  Your profile must contain a current resume for submission.   In order to receive proper consideration, your resume should include the following information:
  • Personal contact information
  • Work experience (paid or unpaid) including - starting and ending dates (month and year), employer's name and address, job title (include job series and grade if Federal), duties and accomplishments, supervisor's name and telephone number, indicate if supervisor may be contacted, hours per week, and salary.
  • Education and job-related training including  - school name, type and year of degrees/diploma received, credits earned and majors; title of training course and year of completion.
  • References  - personal and professional
  • Additional information - skills (languages, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.), certificates or licenses (current only), and/or honors, awards, and special accomplishments (recognition, professional memberships, publications, leadership activities, etc.).
  • Insufficient information could result in an ineligible rating.  The USAJOBS Resume Builder was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed.  The Resume Builder is an available tool when you login to your USAJOBS account.

    2) COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION, including responses to all application questions, by clicking on the “APPLY ONLINE” button that appears on this announcement.

    3) SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION as applicable.  See “Required Documents” section below.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that a complete application (including a resume, on-line questionnaire, and applicable supplemental documentation) is received before by 11:59 PM  Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.   NOTE:  Technical problems may take at least 1 business day to resolve; therefore, you are highly encouraged to complete the application process prior to the closing date.


    All applicable supplemental documentation must be uploaded or faxed (with generated fax cover sheets) to: 571-258-4052, and received before by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement. See important information regarding uploading and faxing supplemental documentation below.


    1) College Transcripts: You must submit a copy of all college transcripts (undergraduate/graduate) or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university.  If your degree is from a Foreign Institution click here to see Foreign Education requirements

    2) Veterans Preference Documentation:  If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.  Missing documentation may result a change or removal of your claim for Veteran’s preference.  If you are claiming preference as a TP Veteran your profile must contain a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release, or Discharge from active military service.  If you are claiming preference as a CP, CPS, or XP veteran your profile must contain a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, with all applicable supporting documentation as instructed in the SF-15.  More information regarding Veteran's preference is available at:

    3) CTAP/ICTAP Documentation:  If you are a CTAP or ICTAP Eligible applicant: Provide 1) a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; and, 2) proof of eligibility.  It must be indicated in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. Note: CTAP/ICTAP documents must be submitted to each announcement as applicable.  CTAP/ICTAP eligibles are Federal employees that have been or are likely to be separated from Federal employment by a Reduction in Force (RIF).  Current or former eligible Federal employees eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must receive a score of at least 90 to receive priority consideration under either program.  For CTAP and ICTAP, well-qualified means that the applicant meets the qualification standard and eligibility requirements for the position, meets minimum educational and experience requirements, meets all selective factors, where applicable, and is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry.  More information about these programs is available at the following web address:

    Uploading and Faxing Supplemental Documentation:

    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.  Each document type must use the appropriate generated fax coversheet and be faxed in a separate transmission.  Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager (3MB is the maximum size allowed for a document).  Do not use both options, only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system.  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.

    Checking Application Status and Materials:

    Hint: Do this before the announcement closes.  After you have completed your application, to check the status of your application materials log in to your USAJOBS account, select the “Applications” tab, check under the “Application Status” for this vacancy, once your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received it will state “Resume Received.”  Any other application status may indicate that you did not complete the application process and/or your application has not been submitted. Please note: A status of “Resume Received” reflects that your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received; applicable supplemental documentation may still need to be submitted (see required documents above).


    Human Resources Branch
    Phone: 406-896-5002
    Fax: 571-258-4052
    Agency Information:
    Bureau of Land Management
    Montana State Office, MT-933
    5001 Southgate Drive
    Billings, MT
    Fax: 571-258-4052


    You will receive notification via email, generally within 2 weeks of the closing date of the announcement, as to whether or not your name was referred to the selecting official.

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