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Job Title:Pathways Interdisciplinary

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Office of the Secretary of the Interior

Job Announcement Number:WHRMO919601DC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$41,631.00 to $66,195.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, July 16, 2013 to Friday, July 26, 2013




Full Time - Recent Graduates




Few vacancies in the following location:
Lakewood, CO United StatesView Map


Student/Internship Program Eligibles


This announcement is running concurrently with announcement number WHRMO919599DC.

Join the Department of Interior's Office of Natural Resources Revenue!

The Department of Interior's Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) is currently seeking bright and highly-motivated applicants for the Recent Graduates Program. The purpose of the Recent Graduates Program is to provide recently graduating students with an entry-level developmental experience designed to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government.
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 Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and affiliated Islanders.
The Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) is part of the Department of Interior's Office of Policy, Management and Budget and is responsible for collecting and disbursing revenues from energy production that occurs onshore on Federal and American Indian lands, and offshore in the Outer Continental Shelf. During Fiscal Year 2012, ONRR disbursed more than $11.6 billion to states, American Indian Tribes and individual Indian mineral owners, and to various Federal accounts.
ONRR has been publicly recognized for its royalty auditing work, receiving the highest possible rating from an independent peer review. The ONRR Denver Office has been recognized as one of the top places to work in the Denver Metropolitan area in 2012. For the 16th consecutive year, ONRR has received an unqualified (clean) opinion on its Fiscal Year 2012 consolidated financial statements.
The Office of Natural Resources Revenue is in search of a candidate to become an Interdisciplinary Economist/Geologist/Physical Scientist/Mining Engineer/Petroleum Engineer for the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR). The incumbent is responsible for establishing the appropriate methods and procedures for valuing oil, gas, solid mineral, and geothermal resources, thereby insuring proper royalty collections.  If this sounds like a match for your skills, please apply!


  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Background investigation, fingerprints, and credit check may be required.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Traveling may be required.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.


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The major duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Compilation, interpretation, and analysis of information, including industry contracts and activities, to resolve problems and issues regarding proper royalty values of the product, amount of royalty due, suitability of allowances and deductions and appropriate royalty rates.
  • Provide consultation, advice, and explanation to ONRR and other federal agencies and public the methods and procedures for determining product values, allowances, deductions, royalties, and other background, regulatory, and technical counsel.
  • May be instrumental in formulating new valuation policy, investigating alternative valuations procedures and policies.
  • Prepare written communication supporting value determinations, directed valuation procedures, and official valuation policy.
  • Works closely with higher level valuation specialists and manager to identify product valuation issues requiring resolution and recommend action to alert management and/or resolve issues.


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In order to be eligible for the Recent Graduates Program, the following qualifications must be met:

• Be a U.S. citizen;

• Possess a qualifying associates, bachelor's, master's, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution, within the previous 2 years;

In addition to meeting the Basic Education Qualification Requirement, applicants must meet one of the requirements below:

Definition of Specialized Experience:  Applicants for the GS-07 grade level must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level and applicants for the GS-09 must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level.  Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in, or related to the position to be filled.


Specialized experience for the GS-07 position includes but is not limited to: (1) experience researching and collecting technical data as it relates to oil, gas, solid mineral, and/or geothermal resources; (2) experience compiling and analyzing information in order to present in a logical manner; and (3) experience presenting your findings in documents or oral presentations.
One year of graduate-level education. One year of graduate level education equates to 32 quarter hours or 18 semester hours of education.
A combination of Specialized Experience and graduate-level education as defined above which equals 100%.
A Bachelor’s degree with Superior Academic Achievement (SAA).
If you are claiming SAA, you must submit documentation by the closing date of the announcement showing that you have successfully completed all requirements for a bachelor's degree AND meet one of the following requirements:
1. A grade point average of "B" (a GPA of 2.95 or higher out of a possible 4.0) for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study.
2. A grade-point average of "B+" (a GPA of 3.45 or higher out of a possible 4.0) for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study.
3. Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision.
4. Membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. Note: If more than 10 percent of your courses were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honorary society.
For Petroleum or Mining Engineer Only:  Successful completion of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a Bachelor’s degree in engineering.

Specialized experience for the GS-09 position includes but is not limited to: (1) experience researching the fair market value of oil, gas, solid mineral, and/or geothermal resources; (2) experience performing analyses and calculations using standard mathematical and engineering formulas; and (3) experience preparing documentation conveying this information.
Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master's degree or Master's or equivalent graduate degree. Two years of graduate level education equates to 64 quarter hours of 36 semester hours of education.
A combination of Specialized Experience and graduate-level education as defined above which equals 100%.
A combination of Superior Academic Achievement and 1 year of appropriate professional experience.
For Petroleum or Mining Engineer Only: Successfully completion a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a Bachelor's degree in engineering and 1 year of appropriate professional experience.

To qualify for this position you must meet the (1) Basic Educational Requirements:

You must meet the description in either A or B below to qualify for this position in the series.

Economist GS-0110
A. Degree in Economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Geologist GS-1350
A. Degree in 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.
B. Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Physical Scientist GS-1301
A. Degree in 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.
B. 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.

Petroleum Engineer, GS-0881 & Mining Engineer, GS-0880
A. A professional engineering degree from a school of engineering with at least one or more 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 (advanced beyond 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. A combination of education AND experience--college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished: 1) a thorough knowledge of physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of 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) Professional registration; 2) Written test--Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer in Training exam or the written test required for professional registration; 3) Specified academic courses--Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours 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; or 4) Related curriculum--Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or appropriate professional field provided applicant has 1 year professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.


All requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


The information contained in your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine the degree to which you meet the following competencies (previously referred to as, knowledge, skills, and abilities) required of this position:

Technical Competency - market analysis of royalty products:  In-depth knowledge and application of geology, petroleum engineering, the physical sciences or economics sufficient to lead to in-depth analyses of oil and gas valuation including transporting (and gas processing operations) from the wellhead to the sales delivery point.

Science / Engineering /Economics:  Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of a combination of scientific, engineering, economic and accounting expertise applicable to determining royalty valuation for oil, natural gas, coal, geothermal, and leasable solid minerals, modes of transportation and marketing and economic strategies to ensure proper royalty collections. 

Legal Government & Jurisprudence:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, legal practices and documents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, government organization and functions, and the democratic political process. 

Written Communication:  Expresses facts and ideas in writing in a succinct and organized manner.

Oral Communication:  Expresses information (e.g., ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (e.g., technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others; attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

Problem Solving:  Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

Teamwork:  Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals. 

Teaches Others:  Helps others learn through formal and informal methods; identifies training needs; provides constructive feedback; coaches others on how to perform tasks; acts as a mentor.

Please ensure you answer all questions accurately.  Your responses are subject to verification.  In support of your responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire, your resume should include verbiage that describes your experience relative to the position for which you are applying and provide examples that show the depth of knowledge, level of skill, or degree of ability you possess.  If your application does not support your responses to the questionnaire or your application is not complete, it may affect your evaluation or result in your name being removed from further consideration.

To preview the assessment questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position, click the following link: View Assessment Questions

Qualified applicants will be rated on a scale of 70-100, plus veterans' preference if applicable.


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The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits that are unmatched by most other organizations. The following web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.   This link also provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees


The Office of Natural Resources Revenue has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.


Employees must meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act in order to telework. Employees are eligible to telework if they have not: been disciplined for being absent without permission for more than five (5) days in any calendar year; been disciplined for violations of the standards of ethical conduct for employees of the executive branch for viewing, downloading, or exchanging pornography, including child pornography, on a federal government computer or while performing an official function; or received a less than Fully Successful performance rating. The Department of the Interior also considers employees with documented conduct issues ineligible for telework.


Conditions of Employment:

The duration of an excepted service appointment in the Recent Graduates Program is a trial period.

Appointment under the Recent Graduates Program may not exceed two years. Appointees may be non-competitively converted to the competitive service after successful completion of at least one year of continuous service, in addition to all of the requirements of the Recent Graduates Program.

All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450). In addition, DOI (Office of the Secretary) and Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) employees are further restricted concerning their holdings of Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior.   This includes holding stock in corporations engaged in mining activities on Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.).
Please refer to the following webpage for Ethics information:   ONRR requires the highest level of integrity. Employees must be totally objective and impartial in the performance of their work.   All potential issues (e.g.: work related interactions with friends, family members or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.

This position requires approximately 1-5 nights of travel per month.

If selected, you will be required to file, prior to entrance on duty, a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450).

Work Schedule:
This position will be filled as full-time.

Relocation Expenses:
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses for this position will not be paid by the Department of the Interior.

Veteran's Preference:
If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please 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, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

Recent Graduates Program
If you are a veteran, as defined in 5 U.S.C. 2108, who, due to military service obligation, was precluded from applying to the Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period, you shall have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon your release or discharge from active duty. In no event, however, may your eligibility period extend beyond 6 years from the date on which you completed the requirements of an academic course of study.


This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.

If selection is made below the full performance level, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition.  However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, July 26, 2013 to receive consideration.

 - To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
 - Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
 - It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
 - To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
 - To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office representative listed in the "Agency Contact Info" section of this vacancy announcement.


You MUST submit the following documents for this vacancy announcement. Failure to submit all required documents will result in loss of consideration for this position.

- Resume

- Transcript(s): If you are substituting education for experience, or if this position has an education requirement, you MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s). If selected for this position, you will be required to furnish an ORIGINAL transcript prior to being appointed.

- Miscellaneous Documents:

-- CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: If you are applying under CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility under 5 CFR 330.602(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your position, grade level, and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

            -- Veteran's Preference Documentation (DD-214 and SF-15): If you are eligible and claiming 5-point veteran's preference, you MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veteran's preference, you MUST submit a copy of your DD-214, SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" and the documentation required by the SF-15. (Please Note: An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing veterans' preference will not be accepted as proof of entitlement.)

- The following documents are optional. You MAY submit the following documents for this vacancy announcement:

            -- Current or most recent performance appraisal.

Note:  We do not accept hard copies of application materials. If you submit more than one application package for this vacancy, only the last one submitted will be considered.  If you re-submit a package, all application package documents must be re-submitted in order to be considered for the position.

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

      1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 919601.

      2. Fax your cover page and documents to OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT at 1-478-757-3144. (Do not fax your cover page, resume, or supporting documents to the Interior Business Center or the Office of Natural Resources Revenue.) Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. 

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, July 26, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

   1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

   2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

   3. Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

Note: If you submit more than one application package for this vacancy, only the last one submitted will be considered. If you re-submit a package, all application package documents must be re-submitted in order to be considered for the position.


Patricia E. Rauls
Phone: (303)969-5349
Agency Information:
Interior Business Center
7301 W Mansfield Avenue
Lakewood, CO


After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume and other application documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire and may interview the best-qualified applicants. For status updates on your application, please follow the directions listed above in the How to Apply section. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation. A final job offer for this position is typically made within several weeks after the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

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