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Job Title:Supervisor Interdisciplinary General Engineer / Physical Scientist, GS-0801/1301-14

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:BLMAK-13-798847-JG

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

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$105,609.00 to $137,289.00 / Per Year


Monday, December 03, 2012 to Thursday, January 03, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




Few vacancies in the following location:
Anchorage, AK United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


The BLM manages more land – 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.

The salary range given above includes base pay and locality pay, you will also receive a 5.57% cost of living allowance for Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau, or 7.18% for all other Alaska locations. This allowance is subject to annual review, adjustment and gradual decrease.


For additional information about the BLM please visit BLM

This position is located in the Technical & Design Review Section, Pipeline Monitoring Branch, Division of Lands & Cadastrial Division, Anchorage, Alaska.  Information about locations within Alaska can be found at: Alaska

This is also being announced under BLMAK-13-799885-JG, open to Status applicants.


  • 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 Land.
  • Direct Deposit Required.


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As a GS-0801/1301-14 Supervisory Interdisciplinary General Engineer/Scientist, you will:

·         Supervise the staff assigned to the Technical & Design Review Section within the Pipeline Monitoring Branch. Assign, direct, and review the work of engineers and scientists. Evaluate performance of work products related to oversight and monitoring activities.

·         Serve as an expert authority on Alaska pipeline engineering and other systems to assure technical adequacy of plans and designs as proposed by permittees’ or perspective permittees’ for construction, operation, maintenance, and termination phases of assigned projects.

·         Make field inspection trips to monitor Permittee’s construction, operations and maintenance activities.  Observe and evaluate actual or potential problems or impacts on the integrity of pipeline systems.

·         Conduct special studies, analysis, and assessments including development of pipeline engineering solutions, technology, and studies in areas not available from other experts or from the literature.  Serve as the contract officer’s technical representative for similar contracted services

·         Respond to requests from management, congress, the Department, other agencies within the joint pipeline offices, or from private entities.  Make presentations, and defend technical and agency positions on various issues.

·         Develop annual work plans and strategies for accomplishing the agency mission and assist management in promoting and establishing a successful and positive work environment.

For more information on the duties of this position contact the supervisor, Nolan Heath at (907) 271-1371



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Interdisciplinary positions are classified to the specific series which have been determined to be appropriate for the vacancy based on the duties and responsibilities of the positions and the general qualifications to perform the work.


Basic Requirements for the GS-0801 series, General Engineer:

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:

A.    Professional registration -- 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. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

B.     Written Test -- 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.

Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.

Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

C.     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. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

D.    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. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)


In addition, you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service, with experience in engineering/science of the construction, operation, maintenance and termination of complex oil and gas pipelines to include analysis of leakage or spillage conditions.


Basic Requirements for the GS-1301 General Physical Science series:

Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.


Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


In addition, you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service, with experience in engineering/science of the construction, operation, maintenance and termination of complex oil and gas pipelines to include analysis of leakage or spillage conditions.


ALL APPLICANTS:  As stated above, this position also requires completion of a specific course of study as reflected below. ALL CANDIDATES, including those who currently or have previously occupied a position in this job series, MUST submit a copy of their transcripts to document that they meet these educational requirements. If you have attended more than one university/college or have completed more than one degree, you must submit documentation from each university/college. (Most colleges and universities offer unofficial transcripts online.) If the position being filled requires specific classes or a specific number of credits, candidates must ensure that the transcripts submitted show completion of those courses or credits.  NOTE: It is the candidates responsibility to show how he/she has satisfied all educational and coursework requirements.  Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration.


Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body.

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. Answers submitted in the questionnaire must be supported on your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. 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.


·         Ability to supervise a small staff of highly skilled engineering and scientific staff, review and approve their work products for overseeing pipeline projects, and evaluate their performance as well as to develop annual work plans and strategies for accomplishing the agency mission and promote a successful and positive work environment.

·         Skill in applying expertise in advanced general and/or environmental engineering theories, principles, concepts, standards, and methods to pipeline designs.

·         Ability to communicate effectively in order to respond to requests from management, congress, or other special interest groups and prepare reports and memoranda and to present information to defend technical and agency position to individuals or groups.

·         Knowledge of advanced systems for data acquisition and monitoring to include leak detection system, remote sensing, supervisory control, seismic detection, curvature pig data, and cathodic protection. Ability to conduct field inspections to monitor construction, operations, and maintenance activities related to pipeline projects and evaluate actual or potential problems.

·         Skill with conducting special studies, analysis, or assessments involving development of pipeline engineering solutions and technology not generally available from experts or literature.  Manage contracts that explore or analyze engineering solutions not generally available.


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


Selectee may be required to complete a probationary period.


Supervisory Probationary Period: If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.


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.


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP):  ICTAP provides eligible displaced and CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP 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 ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP/CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: career transition.


CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they earn a minimum score of 85 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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To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents.

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We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here. For both of these forms the vacancy identification number is: 798847


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Time or 7:59 pm Alaska Time on Thursday, January 03, 2013

Who Can I Contact if I Have a Question?

If you have questions about this announcement or the application process, contactJacque Graham at (907)271-5695 or toll free at (888) 859-4183. Reference the title Supervisor Interdisciplinary General Engineer / Physical Scientist, GS-0801/1301-14 and/or the vacancy announcement number BLMAK-13-798847-JG.


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

  • Copy of Transcripts (official or unofficial) or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited college/university.
  • 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, if applicable.
  • Veterans' Preference:  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.  If documents supporting veterans' preference are not received, then veterans' preference will not be given.


For 5-point veterans' preference, provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.


For 10-point veterans' preference, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.  Hard copy application materials, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. If the required documents are not submitted your application may be considered incomplete. 


NOTE: There is a 10 page limit on each type of document that is faxed; information on excess pages will be lost. There is no limit on the number of pages when submitting online.


Jacque Graham
Phone: (907)271-5695
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Mgmt Alaska
222 West 7th Ave 13
Anchorage, AK


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgment email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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