This position is part of the Department of the Interior, Office of Valuation Services. The incumbent serves as a geologist, mineral economist, mining engineer, petroleum engineer or physical scientist on a multi-disciplinary team of mineral specialists providing mineral assessments, market analysis, and valuation analysis in support of realty appraisals on both Indian and non-Indian Federal lands.Learn more about this agency
- Gather, interpret and synthesize data within a geographic information system (GIS) to determine the mineral potential of Indian and non-Indian lands.
- Collect and conduct routine analysis on market and economic data for fuel and non-fuel commodities to arrive at a defensible opinion of the market and the economic feasibility of a deposit.
- Apply a strong knowledge of mineral fuel and non-fuel laws in order to interpret laws, regulations, agency policy manuals, or directives concerning the extraction of natural resources.
- Write routine technical reports, papers, and other related materials to ensure the inclusion of a defendable explanation on the mineral potential of lands and are written in accordance to departmental and office standards.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship is required.
- Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.
- Direct Deposit of pay is required.
- Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
QualificationsAll applicants must meet one of the following basic qualifications:
GS-0110 Economist Series
GS-1350 Geology Series
GS-1301 General Physical Science Series
GS-0880 Mining Engineering Series
GS-0881 Petroleum Engineering Series
All applicants at the GS-07 level must meet one of the following qualifications:
A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience for this position includes but is not limited to researching and collecting technical data as it relates to oil, gas, solid mineral, and/or geothermal resources; compiling and analyzing information in order to present in a logical manner; drafting documents for inclusion in technical projects and (4) explaining minerals related information to staff members to ensure quality work.; OR
B. One year of graduate-level education. One year of graduate level education equates to 32 quarter hours or 18 semester hours of education.; OR
C. I have a bachelor's degree with Superior Academic Achievement (SAA). SAA is based on class standing, grade-point average or honor society membership; Class standing - applicant must be in the upper third of the graduating class; OR Grade-point average (GPA) - applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years of education; OR 3.5 out of a possible 4.0 based on courses completed in the major field of study completed in the final two
years of the curriculum; OR membership in a national scholastic honor society (Note: Applicants who select this response must provide transcripts as verification of their education).; OR
D. Combination of education and experience as listed above.
E. FOR APPLICANTS TO THE ENGINEERING, GS-0880/0881 SERIES ONLY: I have successful completion of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering.
All applicants at the GS-09 level must meet one of the following qualifications:
A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience for this position includes but is not limited to interpreting geologic information and maps to determine local and regional mineral potential; researching technical and economic data used to determine the mineral and/or royalty value of oil, gas, solid mineral, and/or geothermal commodities; synthesizing technical data and preparing written reports and other work products; and explaining technical minerals related information to staff members and contacts external to the organization.; OR
B. Two years of progressively higher level graduate level education leading to a Master's degree or Master's or equivalent graduate degree in Geology, Physical Science and/or related Engineering Science, or Professional Engineering.; OR
C. Combination of education and experience as listed above.
D. FOR APPLICANTS TO THE ENGINEERING, GS-0880/0881 SERIES ONLY: Successful completion of 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.
All applicants at the GS-11 must meet one of the following qualifications:
A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience for this position includes but is not limited to researching and analyzing technical and economic data used to determine the mineral and/or royalty value of for oil, gas, solid mineral, and/or geothermal commodities; assembling data used with analysis tools, such as, but not limited to, geographic information systems (GIS), cash flow models, reserve decline curve analysis, mining cost models; preparing complete technical documents, maps and reports with defensible conclusions; explaining technical minerals information and job-related skills to inform and educate staff and contacts external to the organization.; OR
B. Three years of progressively higher level graduate level education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree in Geology, Physical Science and/or related Engineering Science, or Professional Engineering.; OR
C. Combination of education and experience as listed above.
Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
A written test is not required.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
This position has a basic education requirement, you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
Only education from institutions which are accredited or preaccredited/candidate for accreditation may be used to meet education requirements.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
The duties of this position are suitable for occasional telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act.
Stipulations of Employment:
This term appointment may be extended up to a maximum total period of 4 years or terminated at any time at management discretion. Selection does not confer eligibility to be promoted or reassigned to other positions or to be non-competitively converted to a career-conditional appointment.
Selection for this term position may require serving a 1-year trial period.
This position allows for a flexible work schedule.
DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic for, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Applications: help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information
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.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
For Category Rating: Once the application process is complete, qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The categories for this announcement are defined as: Best-Qualified and Qualified. Your resume and supporting documentation will then be used to determine if you are qualified for this job. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
- Mineral Economics
- Oral Communication
- Problem Solving
- Technical Competency - Technical Documentation
The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligible within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).
Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment mm/yy and duties performed.
2. College transcript(s)
3. Other supporting documents:
- Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g. DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
- Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
- Cover Letter, optional
It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted prior to the closing date of the announcement.
Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date to receive consideration.
- To begin, click Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account.
- You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application.
- You will receive an email notification when your application has been received for the announcement.
- To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
- You may preview the Assessment Questionnaire at: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10142790
Agency contact information
1849 C. Street NW
Washington, DC 20240
For status updates on your application, please follow the directions listed above in the How to Apply section. Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. If you are selected for an interview for this position, you will be contacted directly. A final job offer for this position is typically made within several weeks after the closing date of the vacancy announcement. After confirming a job offer, all other applicants will be notified of their non-selection.
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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
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You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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