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Job Title:Geologist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:AZ-Merit-2014-0061

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$47,923.00 to $75,376.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, June 11, 2014 to Wednesday, June 25, 2014




This is a Full-time position - This is a Permanent position.




1 vacancy - Lake Havasu City, AZ View Map


All current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility, CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area; and Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles.


Not Applicable




About the Agency

This position is located in the Lake Havasu City Field Office.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel to training and within the state.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizen.
  • Must complete a background investigation prior to appointment.
  • 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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This position serves as a geologist in a BLM  Field Office.  The employee is responsible for the management and execution of the field office minerals programs.
The employee ensures that mineral materials are developed in accordance to regulation and that the sites are compliant with pertinent regulations.
The employee reviews locatable minerals mining notices, plans, and occupancy requests to ensure they meet the standards set forth in regulation.  The employee also perform compliance inspections at the minerals sites to ensure sites are compliant with regulations.
The employee manages the abandoned mine land program for the field office.
The employee serves as a member of the field office interdisciplinary team.
The employee will perform minerals investigations to write mineral reports.




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

GS-9: one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level.  Examples of specialized experience for this position includes performing observations, measurements, computations and analyses to assist geologists in carrying out assignments; following established methods and procedures, or detailed instructions using judgment in applying basic principles and procedures; possessing a good general working knowledge of geology.

GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level. Specialized experience for this position includes performing field and office duties for the collection and analysis of geologic data.


Applicants may also qualify on the basis of education as follows:

GS-09: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree in geology or other directly related field or master's or equivalent graduate degree.

GS-11:  3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree in geology or other directly related fieldor Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.


Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.  Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be combined with experience.  For example, one-half of the requirement for a master's degree plus 6 months of experience equivalent to a GS-07 may qualify for the GS-09.

Degree: 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 -- course work as shown  above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


 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, 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.

1.  Professional knowledge of the principles and theories of geology and related sciences in the collection, measurement, analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of geologic information.

2.  Professional knowledge of geologic concepts, principles, and practices applicable to a full range of duties related to land use planning , NEPA and EA procedures.

3.  Professional knowledge and execution of minerals management regulations.

4.  Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.


Evaluation of Experience: Acceptable experience may have been gained through geological field or laboratory work that provided a means of obtaining professional knowledge of the theory and application of the principles of geology and closely related sciences, e.g., geophysics, geochemistry, or hydrology. Such work generally must have involved making close observations, taking samples, handling various types of instruments and equipment, assembling geologic data from source materials, and analyzing and reporting findings orally and in writing. Experience that involved only one phase of geology work, e.g., collecting samples, would not be acceptable as providing the required professional knowledge of the theory and principles of geology. In some situations, professional scientific experience in other fields may be accepted in part as professional geological experience. Such experience must have been preceded by appropriate education in geology or by professional geological experience, and must have contributed directly and significantly to the applicant's professional geological competence. Examples include some positions in geophysics, mining engineering, soils science, physical oceanography, hydrology, climatology, biology, analytic or experimental chemistry, metallurgy, and comparable fields where the normal duties or results of investigations have been extended to the solution of geologic problems by the applicant. Ordinary functions of positions such as seismic, computer, petroleum or mining engineer, mine superintendent, or metallurgist generally are not considered professional geological experience. To receive credit for geological experience obtained in positions that are not full-time professional geological positions, the applicant is responsible for indicating clearly the actual time or percentage of time devoted to geologic duties within such positions, and for giving adequate descriptions of the geologic functions.


Please make sure that your responses to the questionnaire are supported in your application or resume.
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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.

May require completion of a 1 year probationary period;

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior.  Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

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.

Occasional travel may be required.


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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 Carol Cole @ 602-417-9391 or  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 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.

  Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees:  submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).

 If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.


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

Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.


Carol Cole
Phone: 602-417-9391
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
Arizona State Office
1 North Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ
Fax: 000-000-0000


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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