U.S. citizens: Natural Resource Specialist

Norman, OK, United States 🇺🇸


Responsible for permitting various types of surface activities in fluid exploration and development. Analyzes the environmental impacts of proposed drilling operations, field development, and subsequent surface disturbing operations. Specifies measures to mitigate impacts of fluid minerals development. Prepares appropriate documentation in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Reviews Notices Of Staking (N0Ss) and Applications for Permit to Drill (APDs) for compliance with various regulations, orders and instruction memoranda. Arranges and conducts field inspections with operators/private land owners/surface management agencies/contractors to permit drilling and production facilities. Modifies proposals/adds stipulations as needed to protect environmental resources. Coordinates with various resource specialist in developing mitigation stipulations. Monitors construction, production, and reclamation activities to ensure compliance with environmental plans and stipulations. Detects violations during these inspections and tabs appropriate enforcement action. May include work stoppage, plan revision or development of Conditions Of Approval (COAs). Prepares detailed reports and recommends bond release from liability. Inspects items such as: drill pad construction; access roads, production facilities and pipelines; water disposal facilities; abandoned well site rehabilitation; and undesirable events (e.g .hazardous wastes spills). Serves as a technical expert on surface protection and reclamation by providing technical guidance to other staff members. Coordinates with other field offices to assure planning and environmental concerns are addressed consistently. Utilizes automated equipment (hardware/software), data, systems, and applications to accomplish the duties of the position. Collects, enters, manipulates, updates, and maintains data according to prescribed Bureau, program, and accepted industry standards. Ensures data quality and integrity by adherence to quality control standards and procedures.


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) of the position to be filled. Examples: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level performing developing natural resources management plans including monitoring studies, allotment evaluations and inspections, working and coordinating with partners and the public; OR – Education: For a GS-11 based on education would require 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR -Combination of Education and Experience: Total qualifying education as described above and experience as listed above are combined together and when combined must total to equal at least 100 percent to qualify. Only graduate level education in excess of the first year may be combined with experience.

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 by the closing date of the announcement.

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED): This position has a positive education requirement which requires you to have a degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position OR a combination of education and experience — courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


This position has a positive education requirement – applicants must demonstrate that they meet this requirement. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)