Mining Engineer/Geologist

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Department Of The Interior
All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required. This is a permanent position. Work Schedule is Full Time. 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 Winnemucca, Nevada. Information about Winnemucca and the Winnemucca area can be found at Winnemucca Chamber of Commerce. U.S. Citizenship is required Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required. Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "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 Direct Deposit Required. The primary responsibility of this position is to provide federal environmental oversight of private sector mineral exploration, development and production activities occurring on public lands. This includes exploration, development and production of locatable (e.g. gold, silver and copper), saleable (e.g. sand and gravel) and leasable (e.g. geothermal) minerals. Mineral proposals range from exploration programs of all sizes, to pilot testing projects, and several full development projects including geothermal-based electrical production and large-scale mines involving several thousand acres. Customers range from small-time operators to major international corporations. The operational proposals, reclamation plans, and reclamation cost estimates must all be reviewed for conformity with the appropriate regulations as well as other laws and State regulations. Surface use and occupancy determinations must also be made. A major part of the duties for this position will be to review of proposed mineral operations for impacts to the environment, including closure of large scale heap leach facilities. The staff person's time will be spent both in the office reviewing proposals and leading minerals projects as well and in the field inspecting projects for compliance with the regulations and other laws. For GS-11 : In addition to meeting the basic education requirement you must have one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-09) in the federal service. At this level, geologists work assignments require the geologist to determine approaches & solutions, using judgment in modifying, adapting & making compromises within standard guidelines, applying standard scientific practices to new situations & relating the work to precedents. Completed work is reviewed for technical soundness & conformance to requirements & objectives of the assignment.-- OR -- Completion of three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in the field of geology or directly related fields of study.-- OR -- I meet the basic requirement AND I possess an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above (I will provide a copy of my college transcript).
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
This position falls under the group coverage qualification standards for Professional and Scientific positions in conjunction with the Individual Occupation Requirements for Mining Engineer and Geologist. 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.
KSA 1 : Technical expertise in reviewing proposals and formulating surface protection stipulations, standards, and mitigating measures to reduce the adverse impacts of surface-disturbing activities.
KSA 2 : Ability to participate in or lead interdisciplinary team projects.
KSA 3 : Skill in inspection protocol, and enforcement of measures intended to protect the environment, and appropriate follow-up measures.
KSA 4 : Expertise and ability to conduct mineral examinations, including mineral in character, uncommon variety, and surface use determinations, mineral appraisals, and mineral potential determinations.
KSA 5 : Skill at coordinating review, inspection, and enforcement activities with other agencies and members of the public.
To preview questions please click here. Qualification Requirement Using Specialized Experience or Education: In order to be rated as qualified using specialized experience, we must be able to determine that you meet the definition(s) below in addition to meeting the Basic Education Requirements; 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 level of the position to be filled.
To qualify using education you will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit all of your college transcripts; a certificate of diploma cannot be used to determine applicant qualification. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.
For Mining Engineer - Basic Education Requirement:
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.
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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:
1. Professional registration
2. Written Test
3. Specified academic courses
4. Related curriculum
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Specialized Experience Requirements:
For GS-09 : In addition to meeting the basic education requirement you must have one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-07) in the federal service. At this level assignments are more difficult & complex than those performed by recent graduates of a baccalaureate program. Examples: assist higher level mining engineers in minerals exploration, development & production activities such as prepare/review exploration plans or the extraction of minerals; determine mineral reserves, inspect mining operations & reclamation activities. -OR-- I meet the basic requirement AND I have completed 2 years of graduate level education leading to a master s degree or equivalent graduate degree in engineering. --OR-- I meet the basic requirement AND I have an equivalent combination of additional education and experience described above. --OR-- I meet the basic requirement AND I have a combination of superior academic achievement See OPM Quals Standard-General Policies E(4)(f) and 1 year of appropriate professional experience. --OR-- I meet the basic requirement AND I have completed a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering AND I have 1 year of appropriate professional experience (I will provide a copy of my college transcript).
For GS-11 : In addition to meeting the basic education requirement you must have one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-09) in the federal service. Specialized experience is further defined: examples of experience; at this level, work is difficult requiring a thorough knowledge of the subject matter involved. Examples: perform work in solid minerals exploration, development & production such as prepare or analyze exploration plans, the extraction of minerals in conformance to lease terms & conditions, or mine plans; determine mineral reserves, inspect mining operations & reclamation activities. -- OR -- I meet the basic requirement AND I have completed 3 years of graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree in engineering.-- OR -- I meet the basic requirement AND I have an equivalent combination of additional education and experience described above (I will provide a copy of my college transcript).
FOR Geologist - Basic Education Requirement:
A. 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.
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B. Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
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.
Specialized Experience Requirements:
For GS-09 : In addition to meeting the basic education requirement you must have one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-07) in the federal service. At this level, geologists independently perform recurring assignments that are more difficult & complex than those performed by a recent graduate. Examples: review & provide geologic expertise in the processing of applications to conduct drilling; review mineral exploration proposals & recommend stipulations to protect resource values; provide geologic data to staff engaged in drainage & economic evaluation. --OR-- Completion of two (2) full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master s degree or master s or equivalent graduate degree in the field of geology or directly related fields of study .--OR-- I meet the basic requirement AND I possess an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above (I will provide a copy of my college transcript). 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.
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If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at or email us at . 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:
-Positive Education Requirement: All Copies of Transcripts that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.
All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of 'official' transcripts.
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 more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit: Vet Guide. For preference as 5-point veteran (TP) , 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 preference as a 10-point veteran (CP, CPS, or XP) , please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP and ICTAPeligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.
If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other non-competitive Special Appointing Authorities, you must submit proof of eligibility.
You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile:
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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. 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. 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.
CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Best or Highly Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.
May require completion of a one year probationary period.
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.
BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.
Occasional travel may be required.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
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.
This announcement may be used to fill more than one position within this District Office. !benefits.hms?orgId=3&jnum;=111090

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