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Job Title:  Supervisory Interdisciplinary (Mining Engineer/Geologist)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Land Management
Job Announcement Number:  WO-DEU-2014-0006

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$106,263.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year
Thursday, May 22, 2014 to Friday, June 20, 2014
Work Schedule is Full Time. - This is a permanent position.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
 All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.


About the Agency

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

This position is located in the Solid Minerals Division (WO-320) in Washington, DC. Information about the area can be found at Washington, DC.

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.

This announcement is being advertised concurrently with WO Merit-2014-0063 which is open to All current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibilty. If you are interested in being considered under both recruitment methods, you must submit complete application packages for each.


  • Occasional Travel
  • As Required


  • Yes
  • 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.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required. Direct Deposit 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
  • Responses to the questions must be supported in your resume.


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The incumbent is the Deputy Division Chief for Solid Minerals in the Energy, Minerals and Realty Management Directorate. As the Deputy Division Chief, the incumbent serves as an alter ego to the Division Chief. The incumbent is the supervisor directly under the Division Chief for the Solid Minerals Division staff; serves as a consultant, coach, and supporter for employees while collectively solving problems. The incumbent should have experience managing mineral resource personnel.

The incumbent provides a wide range of managerial and leadership for national policies, procedures, personnel, and professional standards related to the solid minerals program. Serves as one of the principle Washington Office liaison directly under the Division Chief for the five Solid Mineral program within the BLM field offices. The five different mineral programs are 1. Mining Law, 2. Mineral Materials, 3. Coal, 4. Non-Energy Leasing and 5. Oil Shale and Tar Sands programs; develops policies and procedures to ensure proper Federal implementation of the mineral materials, mining laws, coal, non-energy leasing and oil shale programs; develops and maintains close working relationships with non-governmental groups, industry, State, local and Native American organizations who have an interest in the areas of solid minerals; provides programmatic input into the budget and makes recommendation for budgetary resources needed to support the program.

The incumbent is the supervisor directly under the Division Chief for the Solid Minerals Division staff; serves as a consultant, coach, and supporter for employees while collectively solving problems.


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Basic Requirements for the Mining Engineer 0880: Bachelor’s degree in engineering that included courses acceptable by the Accreditation Board for engineering (ABET); or included differential and integral calculus AND courses in 5 of these areas of engineering science or physics: (1) statics, dynamics; (2) strength of materials; (3) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (4) thermodynamics; (5) electrical fields and circuits; (6) nature and properties of materials; or (7) optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


Combination of education and experience including engineering coursework in physical and mathematical science and experience in one of the branches of engineering, and I have one of the following: (1) a current professional engineer registration; (2) passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) exam or similar examination; (3) completed 60 semester hours of coursework specified above; (4) completed bachelor’s degree in a related field AND have 1 year or more of professional engineering experience.

Basic Requirements for the Geology 1350: Degree in the field of 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.


Combination of education and experience equivalent to a major in geology or related disciplines appropriate to the position advertised.

Specialized Experience Requirements: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume.  To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.  

For the GS-14 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level.

Examples of specialized experience at the GS-13 or equivalent include: Experience directing and managing personnel that work in the development of a minerals resource program. Experience researching, analyzing and interpreting procedures and guidelines relative to Federal Solid Minerals Programs; experience assisting and evaluating work of solid minerals staff; experience in supervisory functions such as supervising senior technical staff and handling HR actions; experience in serving as a liaison with other resource managers and other management officials on program/controversial matters; experience in budget formulation and implementation; experience developing national policies; and experience in project management.

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

Candidates must meet all qualification requirements as identified in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook. This position is under the Administrative and Management Positions Qualification Standards.

Substitution of Education: There is no substitution of education at the GS-14 grade level.


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, you 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 job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

KSA 1: Knowledge of mineral materials, mining law, coal, non-coal leasable and oil shale programs.

KSA 2: Knowledge of State and Federal regulatory programs and permitting procedures including the National Environmental Policy Act, air and water quality, and solid waste management programs as they relate to mining.

KSA 3: Knowledge of earth sciences, mining and/or geology including a wide range of theories, principles, practices, and techniques of geologic studies and mining engineering.

KSA 4: Ability to communicate technical and programmatic information to diverse audiences.

KSA 5: Skill in providing leadership and coordination techniques.
To preview questions please click here.


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Occassional travel may be required.

May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

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

Before entering on duty, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.

SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

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

For Category Rating: CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Highly or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.


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To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.
Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.
If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.
If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.
Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.
If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact LaShawn Jackson at and 202-912-7644. 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.


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

Copy of Transcripts: Copy of Transcripts 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, See Foreign Education.

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.
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.
For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.
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.

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. 

UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options. 

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.


LaShawn Jackson
Phone: 202-912-7644
Fax: 202-912-7121
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
BLM, Washington Office, WO-712
20 M Street, SE
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-912-7121


You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.
You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

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