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Job Title:  Petroleum Engineer GS-0881-11/12
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Job Announcement Number:  BOEM-DK-13-MM914866(DEU)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,859.00 to $97,944.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 to Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
Many vacancies in the following location:
Jefferson, LA View Map
United States Citizens


The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) manages the exploration and development of the nation’s offshore resources. It seeks to appropriately balance economic development, energy independence, and environmental protection through oil and gas leases, renewable energy development and environmental reviews and studies. 

This announcement is being amended to add cut-off dates.  Each month a list of qualified applicants will be pulled on the 30th of the month.  This list will be reviewed for qualification being met.  On the last month the annuncement is open - the list will be pulled once the announcement closes.   

At the Full Performance Level (FPL) the incumbent will serve as a senior Petroleum Engineer conducting comprehensive field investigations necessary for the oil and gas reserve evaluations of the Gulf of Mexico.  Investigations will include the identifications and estimation of hydrocarbon reserves in the Gulf of Mexico.  


Pay for this position will be set using a special pay provision effective through September 30, 2013, OR the OPM Special Rate Pay Table Number 415 for Series 088, OR the locality pay table for the duty location.  For more information on special pay provisions for this position go to: 


Salary Information
GS-11 $62,859.00 - $81,714.00 per annum.; GS-12 $75,343.00 - $97,944.00 per annum. First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.  

This position is full-time permanent and is located in Jefferson, LA.


Jefferson, Louisiana is a suburb of New Orleans, Louisiana.  The region thrives with cultural activities, recognized internationally as a center for fine dining, music, literature and the arts as well as for professional sports including NFL football, NBA basketball, and Triple-A baseball.  There are six colleges and universities offering a variety of curriculums at the bachelor, master and doctorate levels; two medical schools, two law schools and a dental school.  There is a mix of public, private and charter primary and secondary schools.  New Orleans also boasts a world-class zoo and aquarium.  The climate is characterized by mild winters, extended spring and fall seasons, with warm summers.  The weather is conductive to the outdoor recreational activities available in Sportsman’s Paradise such as fishing, hunting, golf and water sports.  

BOEM has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.



This vacancy is also announced as BOEM-DK-13-MM914867(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.




  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
  • Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
  • Travel is required for training and meetings.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.


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Major Duties  (The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

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

Employee MUST participates in technical and non-technical training programs provided by the agency as well as from non-governmental consultant firms.  Employee will be assigned training courses to gain expertise on specific engineering practices, database usage, resource evaluation/assessment, and software modeling programs.

Employee performs engineering investigates to determine the Worst Case Discharge or uncontrolled flow from the reservoir parameters of the rock and petroleum fluids.

Performs engineering analyses concerning adequacy of bids offered for leases at OCS lease sales; generates forecast of oil and gas production, drilling activities, and platform installations. 

Provides technical petroleum engineering expertise in the development, maintenance and modification of computerized programs studying reservoirs performance and storing and retrieving oil and gas reserve data.

Prepares technical exhibits, reports, and testimony for congressional subcommittees, hearings, and other legal proceedings.  May serve as an expert witness.  Prepares highly specialized engineering reports on oil and gas matters as frequently requested from BOEM headquarters and other Federal agencies. 

Independently evaluates previously studied fields to all revisions to the original resource assumption and for the determination of the field’s development and exploration plan.

Applies reservoir engineering data to the calculations of reservoir contents recovery potentials and to the analysis and prediction of reservoir under a variety of productions methods.


Performs the basic reservoir computation analyzing, such as volumetric and pressure data vs. production plus (P/Z) on reservoir levels and decline curves on both reservoir and field levels.



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To qualify for this position you must meet the 1. Basic Educational Requirements AND 2. Specialized Experience (or education substitution where applicable) for the grade to which you are applying. 


Please Note: This position requires specific educational coursework to qualify. You MUST provide transcripts in order to verify that the educational requirements have been met. This information must be received by the closing date of the announcement. Failure to provide this information will result in you receiving an "INELIGIBLE" rating.


Petroleum Engineer GS-0881
You must meet the description in either A or B below to qualify for this position.
1. 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.
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 -- 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.
• Written Test-- Evidence of having succesfully 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.
• 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.
• 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.)


2. Specialized Experience Requirement:

Specialized Experience:
  To qualify at the GS-11 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-9).  Specialized Experience is defined as: handling somewhat complex assignments related to the petroleum engineering field.  This experience must have included largely independently handling reservoir studies, although completed work may have required supervisor approval and experience providing information or recommendation or relevant issues to superiors. 
A Substitution of Appropriate Education for Experience
You may substitute experience for education (education that is directly related) for experience at the GS-11 level if you have achieved:

A Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education* leading to such degree; OR a combination of graduate education and specialized experience that total 100% of the requirement for the GS-11 level.
**A Substitution of an Appropriate Combination of Experience and Education for Experience
Only education in excess of the first two years of progressively higher level graduate education toward a Ph.D. or the equivalent graduate degree (from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) curriculum) may be used toward this combination.
**To determine whether your combination of experience and education is “appropriate”: 
First determine your total of qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for this grade level; then determine your experience as a percentage of the experience required for this grade level; finally, add the two percentages.  The total percentages must equal 100% to qualify.

  At the GS-12 level you may not substitute experience for education.

Specialized Experience: To qualify at the GS-12 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-11)  Specialized  Experience is defined as:  Handling a broad scope of assignments related to the petroleum engineering field.  This experience must include independently handling reservoir studies without consulting supervisors except on controversial or policy questions and experience independently developing approaches and solutions to problems relevant to the petroleum engineering field and experience independently performing engineering analyses.


Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM’s website:

Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements. Failure to provide the documents will result in you receiving an ineligible rating.

Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.


Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veteran's preference, indicate the type of preference you are claiming on your resume, and in the occupational Online Questionnaire  Your veteran's preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. 


Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for this position.  Therefore, it is important that your resume supports your responses to the assessment questions.


There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application:

1. Your resume which is part of your USAJOBS profile
2. Your responses to the online questionnaire
3. Your required and supporting documents, as outlined in the announcement


Category Rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position.  The categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified.  Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied.


Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation, and responses to the (View Assessment Questions) will be made. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position. Your resume must clearly support your self-elected responses to the occupational questionnaire/assessment associated with this vacancy announcement. In the event your self-elected responses to the occupational questionnaire/assessment cannot be verified within the contents of your resume, your rating will be adjusted accordingly, and may subsequently place you in a lower quality category. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Petroleum Engineering Principles – Knowledge of petroleum engineering principles, theories, and practices as they relate to oil and gas reservoir analysis, field development, production forecasting, and production operations, equipment, and facilities.
Evaluations Procedures – The ability to apply petroleum evaluation and probabilistic methods for the purpose of estimating the reservoir and resource potential reservoirs
Communication – The ability to communicate effectively in writing or orally.


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


Important Note: 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 Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be 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.


If you are a status applicant (current permanent Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.


Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Officer.


If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.
Recruitment methods and selection procedures will be based solely on merit after fair and open competitive, and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying disability, sexual orientation, or age.


A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior.  The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete.  If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check.  Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office. 


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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 Tuesday, December 31, 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.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

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 914866

2.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

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 Tuesday, December 31, 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.




Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.  It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed.  The Resume Builder is available at .

Your application package must include:
• Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words.
• Completed online Assessment Questionnaire or faxed OPM Form 1203FX.
• College transcript is required for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time.
• Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable)
• Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable)
      o If claiming 5 point preference:
         • DD-214 (member 4 copy or a copy that shows the nature of service)
         • If you are currently serving on active duty, an official Statement of Service from your command.

  • Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 day.
           o Other Official Documentation (e.g. copy of military orders, campaign documents such as: expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under HONORABLE conditions and that your service meets the OPM criteria for veterans preference to be awarded.
          o If claiming 10-point preference or greater:
             • DD-214 (member 4 copy or a copy that shows the nature of service) and;
  • An official statement dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veteran (i.e., the applicant) has a service-connected disability of 10% or more.

NOTE: If you submit an incomplete application, you will be given credit only for the information you provide. You are responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of your application in order to receive full credit for your experience, education, training, and/or veterans preference.


For additional veterans employment information please visit, or call 1-800-827-1000. 



HR Assistant
Phone: (703)787-1446
Agency Information:
1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard
New Orleans, LA


If you are rated as one of the best qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. After a selection is made all applicants for this position will be notified of their status either by letter or e-mail.


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