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Mining Engineer

Location: Farmington, NM Posted Date: January 29, 2013
Employer: Bureau Of Land Management Apply By: March 30, 2013
Employer Job Id: NM-DEU-2013-0020 CareerMine Job Id: 899148

Job Summary:

  • BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to provide professional mining engineering leadership. The BLM manages more land – approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation.  The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
  • 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 vacancy is in Farmington, NM. Information about the BLM Farmington Field Office can be found at Farmington.

Key Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship is 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.
  • Direct Deposit Required.


  • Provides professional mining engineering expertise regarding uranium, coal, and mineral materials for both the Federal and Indian lands in the area served by the BLM Farmington Field Office. Develops mineral inventories, classification and evaluations. Analyzes exploration and development proposals. Performs inspections of active and inactive mining operations. Develops NEPA compliance documents and reclamation plans.

Qualifications Required:

  • 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 (GS-09 or GS-11) of the position to be filled.
  • GS-11: Meets the basic requirement AND has one year of engineering experience equivalent to GS-9 in the Federal service. At this level, work is difficult, requiring a thorough knowledge of the subject matter involved. Examples: perform work in solid minerals exploration, development and production such as prepare or analyze exploration plans, the extraction of minerals in conformance to lease terms and conditions, or mine plans; determine mineral reserves, inspect mining operations and reclamation activities.
  • GS-12: Meets the basic requirement AND has 1 year of engineering experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. At this level, work is difficult, requiring independent judgment and action or decision making and an intimate grasp of the subject matter. Examples: performs work in solid minerals exploration, development and production activities such as review/prepare exploration plans or the extraction of solid minerals, evaluation of mineral resources, and inspection of mining operations and reclamation activities.
  • You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
  • This series has a basic education requirement: you must have a degree in 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, OR a combination of education and experience including engineering coursework in physical and mathematical science and experience in one of the branches of engineering AND one of the following: (1) professional engineer registration; (2) passed the EIT examination or similar state examination; (3) completed 60 semester hours of coursework specified in the basic educational requirement; (4) completed a bachelor’s degree in a related field AND have 1 year or more of professional engineering experience.
  • You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades, at the time of application.

How You Will Be Evaluated:

  • 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 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.
  • Knowledge of mining principles and practices, specializing in solid minerals geology and engineering concepts.
  • Knowledge of the regional geology.
  • Knowledge of the federal mining law, mineral leasing laws, and State and Federal directives, policies, and regulations pertaining to Federal mineral resources.
  • Knowledge of personal computer geologic/engineering applications, including geophysical well log correlation, interpretation, structure and isopachous mapping, resource modeling and geostatistical data.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Other Information:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • 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 Highly or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.
  • 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.
  • Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.