Bureau of Land Management Geologist in United States
Summary Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our most precious resource. Positions are open in Winnemucca and Tonopah. See Additional Information for pay information. We expect to fill many vacancies at this time; however, additional positions may be filled from this announcement if they become available. This position is authorized a 20% incentive if eligible - see Additional Information. Responsibilities Applies a broad range of geologic and/or geochemical techniques to acquire data and samples. Develops, monitors, and manages project plans that outline the scope, schedule, and/or budget of assigned projects. Makes geological observations, computations, and measurements. Assesses the validity of procedures and techniques to correct for errors and improve results. Prepares or contributes to reports on geologic and related studies, that convey complex geologic, geomorphic, geochemical, biological, and/or hydrologic information. Involved in the permitting, data acquisition and procurement, coordinating and communicating with other groups and offices throughout the organization such as program and project managers, finance, maintenance, permit compliance, and acquisition. Applies a broad range of geologic and/or geochemical techniques to acquire data and samples. Makes geological observations, computations, and measurements. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the qualification requirements - please be sure to include this information in your resume. No assumptions will be made about your experience. This position has a Positive Education Requirement: There are two ways to satisfy the Education Requirement: A degree in Geology, which includes or is supplemented by 20 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 -OR- A combination of education and experience with course work equivalent to that above plus appropriate experience or additional education. 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. 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. 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. At the GS-07 Level: Specialized Experience: Meet the basic requirement AND have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-05 in the Federal service in geology-related work. Specialized experience is further defined as investigate geologic conditions associated with routine problems; assist in the routine observation, measurement, inventorying, or recording of scientific data used to support geological studies; assist in the preparation of documents or visual aids related to geological studies or programs; collect data and have skill in using computer systems; apply standard statistical models to analyze data -OR- Education: Meet the basic requirement AND completed one (1) full year of graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent in geology or a directly related field -OR- Superior Academic Achievement: Meet the basic requirement AND I meet the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A) See OPM Quals Standard-General Policies E(4)(f) -OR- Combination of Education and Specialized Experience: Meet the basic requirement AND possess an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. At the GS-09 Level: Specialized Experience: Meet the basic requirement AND have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-07 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is further defined as review and provide geologic expertise in the processing of applications to conduct drilling; review mineral exploration proposals and recommend stipulations to protect resource values; provide geologic data to staff engaged in drainage and economic evaluation -OR- Education: Meet the basic requirement AND have 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 education -OR- Combination of Education and Specialized Experience: Meet the basic requirement AND possess an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. At the GS-11 Level: Specialized Experience: Meet the basic requirement AND have at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is further defined as having professional experience 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 such as 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 -OR- Education: Meet the basic requirement AND have 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 education -OR- Combination of Education and Specialized Experience: Meet the basic requirement AND possess an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. Superior Academic Achievement (See OPM's General Policies, Application of Qualification Standards Section 4.f.) S.A.A. must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled. 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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level. Education This position falls under the General Schedule Qualification Standards for Geology series 1350 and has the below Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR). This position has a positive education requirement (see qualification section for education requirements). You MUST submit a copy of ALL your college transcripts or a list of ALL college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. Upon selection, official transcripts must be received prior to appointment. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your 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. All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of 'official' transcripts. Physical Demands: The work includes both office and field conditions. Office work involves long periods of intense concentration on technical details. Most field work requires physical stamina and is often under a variety of arduous conditions, including travel by vehicle, all train vehicles (ATVs), or foot over rugged, slippery, and/or hazardous terrain, exposure to adverse temperature and weather conditions, as well as physiographic extremes. The individual may be required to perform duties that require recurring bending, crouching, stooping, reaching or lifting. Work may also include lifting of moderately heavy items, such equipment and samples. The incumbent may be subjected to hostile wildlife, confined spaces, chemical and physical hazards. Work Environment: When in the office, the position is physically located in close proximity to a number of other professional employees, and must tolerate and average amount of conversation, telephone and other similar office distractions and background noise. Office quarters are located in a modern office building and tend to be "open space" arrangements. Field conditions include the full range of topographic conditions, ranging from rolling plains to steep mountainous terrain. Incumbent will, on occasion, be required to enter surface and underground mines and tolerate high/low temperatures, dust and high levels of noise and vibration. Safety clothing such as self-contained breathing apparatus; safety boots, goggles, etc. are required to be worn. During winter months temperatures of 10 degrees Fahrenheit can be expected, while during the summer temperatures in excess of+100 degrees Fahrenheit are not uncommon. Incumbent will adhere to all safety rules and regulations as prescribed in manuals/supplements or by the designated Safety Officer. When completing work assignments in the office or field, or operating a motorized vehicle, incumbent must be alert to safety hazards to ensure work is accomplished in the most efficient and safe manner. Additional Information Relocation/Recruitment Incentive: This position is offering a Relocation/Recruitment Incentive, 20% of the annual salary. To be eligible for a Relocation Incentive, you must be a current Federal Employee and the selectee must be employed with the Federal Government and the selectees current duty location is more than 50 miles from the duty location of this position. To be eligible for a Recruitment Incentive, selectee must not be employed by the Federal Government. Duty location pay information: Salary listed is for Winnemucca. Salary for Tonopah is higher than the advertised amounts: $50,036 - $96,263. DOI uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit E-Verify. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/lnteragency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): 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, 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: CTAP or ICTAP Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service Tax Law Impact for PCS: Moving expenses reimbursement is a taxable benefit. However, the Federal Travel Regulation 18-05 issued by General Services Administration has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance and Relocation Income Tax Allowance to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty station identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty location on a regular and recurring weekly basis. The selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. This announcement is being advertised concurrently under number NV-DEU-24-12301384-KP, which is open to all qualified persons. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods. Certain incentives (such as Recruitment, Relocation or Student Loan Repayment) may be authorized to eligible selectees. If eligible and qualified, you may be offered a recruitment or relocation incentive. The decision to offer an incentive will be made on a case-by-case basis and is neither promised nor guaranteed. For information visit: Recruitment Incentive or Relocation Incentive or Student Loan Repayment.