Job Overview


The Department of the Interior is devoted to protecting and preserving the natural resources of this great nation, including National Parks, Landmarks, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native American, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and affiliated Islanders.

The office of Minerals Evaluation(OME) is located within the Office of Valuation Services (OVS) within the Office of the Secretary (OS), of the Department of the Interior(DOI).  The office is responsible for conducting mineral assessments and market analyses to estimate the minerals contribution to the value of Indian and non-Indian land in support of DOI appraisals.

This position serves as an expert senior geologist, mineral economist, mining engineer, petroleum engineer, or physical scientist on a multi-disciplinary team of mineral specialists (geologists, mineral economists, mining engineers, petroleum engineers, and physical scientists) providing mineral assessments, market analyses, and valuation analyses in support of realty appraisals on both Indian and non-Indian Federal lands.

Office of the Secretary has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval or during an emergency or natural disaster.


This vacancy is also announced as OS-CW-13-MM844878 (MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures (i.e. current competitive service employees, have reinstatement eligibility for the competitive service, or who are eligible for special appointing authorities).  You must apply and submit required documents for both announcements if you wish to receive consideration under both Merit Promotion and Delegated Examining procedures.

Salary Information:  GS-12 $73,848 - $96,001 per annum; GS-13: $87, 815 - $114,158 per annum.  First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

This is a permanent, full-time, career/career conditional appointment.  The position has a full performance level of GS-13.

TEMPORARY OPEN CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT: Most positions are expected to start in April and be filled through October. There may be some positions that start earlier and/or end later. Applicants are encouraged to apply early in the recruitment process. The first certificate of candidates will be issued to the hiring unit no sooner than thirty days after the opening date of the announcement. Additional certificates will be issued upon request from the hiring unit.

**This announcement has been extended to Wednesday, October 23, 2013**


Major Duties

As experience is gained, the selectee(s) will perform a broader range of assignments under less supervision.  At the full performance level of GS-13, the major duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Gathering, interpreting, and synthesizing data to determine the mineral potential of Indian and non-Indian lands using parameters that include, but are not limited to, the estimation of mineral resources and reserves, depth or thickness of the resource, geologic structures, and any variations in the local geologic conditions.
  • Gathering, interpreting, and synthesizing data to determine the mineral potential of Indian and non-Indian lands; applying a comprehensive knowledge of their field and resource evaluation to complex and unprecedented problems of considerable diversity.
  • Interpreting laws, regulations, agency policy manuals or directives concerning the extraction of natural resources specifically to identify how these regulations may impact the potential for the development of a deposit.
  • Explaining minerals related information to inform or educate co-workers and conducting briefings, meetings, or conferences to inform or educate personnel external to the organization.
  • Initiate contact with individuals outside the organization to acquire or disseminate minerals related information.
  • Write defensible technical papers, reports, or materials for briefings, meetings or conferences. These materials may combine geologic and economic concepts to explain the determination of the mineral potential of lands.
  • Review technical minerals related papers or reports prepared by others to ensure that technical and professional procedures were followed and that resulting conclusions and recommendations are fully supported and in accordance with applicable departmental and office standards.
  • Write requests for proposals (RFPs) or work plans, evaluate bids and contractors, and monitor contractors' technical performance.