Petroleum Engineer — Reston, VA

at U.S. Geological Survey
Location Reston, United States
Date Posted May 4, 2016
Category Reservoir Engineer
Job Type Contract
Min. Years Experience Required 1
Must Already Have Work Rights Yes


Job Overview

Job Overview


Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?
Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes.

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

This vacancy is limited to the first 100 applications received and will close at midnight Eastern Time on the day this application limit is reached regardless of the closing date specified in this vacancy announcement. Any application received prior to midnight Eastern Time of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. You are strongly encouraged to submit all required supporting documents at the time of application should the vacancy close earlier than stated in this announcement due to the applicant limit being reached. Supporting documents will not be accepted once the vacancy announcement closes.

GS-13: $92,145 (Step 01) to $119,794 (Step 10);
GS-14: $108,887 (Step 01) to $141,555 (Step 10);
NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.


As a Petroleum Engineer within the Eastern Energy Resources Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Perform field and office petroleum reservoir engineering work.
  • Organize and perform technical examination of domestic and international production data from IHS Energy, Nehring Associates, and other appropriate energy, geological, and geophysical data sources.
  • Perform reservoir simulations and evaluations, calculate hydrocarbon saturations, and determine reservoir recovery factors.
  • Prepare documentation and scientific reports of engineering and assessment results and present them as publications, talks and posters in geologic, engineering, and other multidisciplinary forums.
  • Analyze and evaluate data on water production, hydraulic fracturing, CO2 production, CO2 sequestration potential and engineering aspect related to reservoir storage.

USGS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty location identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this location on a regular and recurring basis.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • For meetings and field site visits.

Relocation Authorized

  • No
Job Requirements

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.


For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click on the following:

In addition to the basic education requirements, you must have 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.

For GS-13:

One year of appropriate specialized experience that is equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service to include performing reservoir simulations and evaluations, developing models or prototypes for improved resource estimates of geologic Carbon dioxide (CO2) subsurface storage, and studying the volume of waters produced during energy extraction or CO2 injection. In addition, experience must include writing petroleum engineering reports that have been published either as company reports or in the scientific literature.

For GS-14:

One year of appropriate specialized experience that is equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service to include serving as a project lead in the field of petroleum reservoir engineering and downhole petrophysics, performing reservoir simulations and evaluations, developing models for improved resource estimates of geologic CO2 subsurface storage, studying the volume of waters produced during energy extraction or CO2 injection, evaluating engineering requirements for injection of drilling waste and waters co-produced with hydrocarbons or CO2 storage, studies of formation damage, and evaluation of enhanced oil recovery techniques. In addition, experience must include writing multiple petroleum engineering reports that have been published either as company reports or in the scientific literature.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

  • 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.
  • This position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.
  • Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

  • A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.

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