Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforceme MINING ENGINEER, GS-0880-11/12 in Lexington, Kentucky
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
- 1 vacancy - Lexington, KY
Work Schedule is Full -Time - Permanent
Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (13 day(s) ago)
** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (1 day(s) away)
About the Agency
The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is looking for a talented, highly motivated and experienced Mining Engineer located in the Appalachian Region Office (ARO), Lexington Field office, Lexington, KY. Are you interested? If so, then don't miss this opportunity! We want your resume application today! Come join a rewarding team of professional and technical employees with OSMRE who are working throughout the United States. Apply today! Our employees represent a broad range of expertise essential to the successful implementation of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA).
If selected for this position, you will be working for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, located in Lexington, KY.
The position has a full performance level of GS-12.
TELEWORK: OSMRE has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework at supervisor’s discretion*.*
This announcement is being advertised concurrently under announcement #MPP-OSM-2016-0004 which is open to all qualified persons. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be under both recruitment methods.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
As a junior journeyman Mining Engineer, you will (with minimal guidance from manager):
- Serve as technical advisor and provide technical support to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) officials, State officials, industry representatives, and environmental/citizen representatives.
- Serve as an expert on problems associated with engineering including blasting, reclamation costs, bond calculations, slope stability, approximate original contour (AOC), underground and surface mine design, excess spoil disposal, landslide stabilization, subsidence, and structural/foundation investigations.
- Remain current in area(s) of expertise through review of technical literature, review and comments on other professional work, attend professional meetings, and maintain other professional contacts.
- Meet with mine operators, State and Federal personnel, consultants, contractors, members of academia, public interest groups, the general public, and others involved with reclamation.
- Serve as agency representative and expert witness at administrative and judicial proceedings arising from inspection findings. You will be responsible for reviewing the engineering evidence and give testimony and must be prepared to present and defend finding of fact.
- Conduct reviews of mining engineering statutory laws, regulations, policy interpretations, and technical guidelines.
- Provide findings of fact, position, and policy papers for the Program Manager, Field Office Director, Regional Director, the Solicitor, and Headquarters office.
- Initiate and coordinate routine requests for technical assistance from the Appalachian Region Office (ARO).
- Prepare written proposals and reports regarding field site studies; review unsolicited research proposals; and make funding recommendations.
- Provide technical training and technology transfer with discipline(s) to State and OSMRE personnel as needed to support functions.
- Occasional Travel
- 1-5 days per month
- You must be a U.S. Citizen
- Background Investigation required
- Subject to Financial Disclosure requirements. You cannot own any
- direct or indirect financial interest in a coal mining operation.
- Males born after 12/31/59 - must complete Selective Service Registration.
- Selectee may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Basic Entry Requirements for ALL Grades:
A. To qualify as Mining Engineer (0880):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 advanced courses 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); (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. -OR-
B. Combination of education and experience: Possess a 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 theoretical and practical understanding 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: Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions), are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. 2. Written Test: Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer- in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. 3. Specified Academic Courses: Successful completion in an accredited college or university of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering. These must have included the courses specified in the basic requirement. 4. Related Curriculum: Successful completion in an accredited college of a full 4-year or longer related curriculum leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the candidate has at least one (1) year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)
In addition to meeting the basic education requirement listed above:
For GS-11, you must possess:
- Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. OR
- A combination of specialized experience and graduate education that together meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position. OR
- One year of specialized experience with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, that is typically in or directly related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service, comparable pay band system or volunteer service.* Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sector. This is a junior journeyman position. At this grade level, you will perform the duties of the full performance level but at a reduced level of responsibility. Specialized experience is defined as:assisting and providing technical support to higher level mining engineers, State/Federal officials, industry representatives, public interest groups, general public, etc., conducting investigations and/or survey; and applying engineering and mathematical skills to conduct segments of research studies. *In addition to meeting the basic education requirement listed above:
For GS-12: You must possess one year of specialized experience with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, that is typically in or directly related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service, comparable pay band system or volunteer service.* Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sector. Specialized experience may include:* conducting mining engineering and/or related work including coal exploration, surface coal mining operations, interpretation of drilling information, stratigraphic modelling of coal deposits, project management, etc.,; and professional writing and experience with program technical guidance.
For more information, click on: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/mining-engineering-series-0880/
Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume.
You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of college courses that includes hours and grades.
Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume.
Q - Nonsensitive
What To Expect Next
After all application packages have been received, we will review it to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire (if applicable) and you may be contacted to provide further documentation or for an interview. You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status."
A final job offer for this position is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications.
Review our benefits
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit: Selective Service.
*Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified (Silver Category) for this vacancy. To be in the Silver Category, you must score at least 85 (prior to veterans preference) on a 100-point scale. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp*
*Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP):*CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified (Silver Category) for this vacancy. To be in the Silver Category, you must score at least 85 (prior to veterans preference) on a 100-point scale. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Information about CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp
*Financial Disclosure:Candidates for employment are required to submit a "Statement of Financial Interests." Selectee will be required to file Forms OGE 450 and DI 1993 upon entrance on the job and annually thereafter to avoid any conflict of employment and financial interests. Every OSMRE employee is prohibited from owning any direct or indirect financial interest in a coal mining operation, in accordance with *30 CFR 706.The financial interest of an OSMRE employee's spouse, minor child or relative living with the employee is imputed to the employee. A new employee owning any interest in coal mining operations will be required to divest themselves of the interest.
Salary Range: $59,246.00 to $92,316.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0880-11/12
Promotion Potential: 12
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens
Control Number: 453019200
Job Announcement Number: DEU-OSM-2017-0004