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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Geologist in Washington, District Of Columbia


If you are ready to begin your new career or are looking for a place to make an impact, what better place than a top ranked agency in the federal government? We are looking for the best and brightest to join our team of dedicated professionals here at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), where we are ranked number one among mid-size agencies in the Best Places to Work in the federal government rankings!


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is seeking a highly motivated and qualified candidate for an exciting full-time permanent position with its Office of Energy Projects. The position is located in the Washington Office, and the incumbent will serve as a Staff Geologist in the Commission’s Natural Gas program in the Division of Pipeline Certificates. The Division of Pipeline Certificates is responsible for geologic, engineering, and policy review of proposals by natural gas companies, nation-wide. This important position reports directly to the Senior Geologist and Branch Chief in the Division of Pipeline Certificates and will review and analyze applications for natural gas storage in varied underground formations, as well as undertake policy review of proposed actions. The ideal candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, have a strong background and experience in geology and have journeyman level of experience and knowledge in the, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of underground storage of natural gas in aquifers, depleted production fields, and salt domes. The candidate will also have the ability to work independently and use leadership skills to maximize personal potential and enhance their productivity in meeting the mission, goals, and objectives of the Commission’s Natural Gas program.The mission of the Office of Energy Projects is to facilitate potential benefits to the nation through the review of natural gas and hydropower infrastructure proposals and minimize risks to the public associated with FERC jurisdictional energy infrastructure. To learn more about the Commission, please visit www.ferc.govMajor Duties include: Assists in performing analyses of underground storage information and semi-annual storage reports filed by jurisdictional pipeline companies.

Performs support duties such as abstracting cost and economic data from post certificate filings and annual reports, makes mathematical computations and develops chart and graphs, as needed.

Assists senior staff in performing modeling of underground storage of natural gas as well as portions of, or entire, pipeline transportation systems.


Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Must meet specialized experience.

One year probationary period may be required.

Generally, male applicants must be registered with the Selective Service.

A background investigation is required.

Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. Transcripts must be submitted at time of application. All required documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a required document (e.g. transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration.CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to: - Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment. - Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer. - Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.

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This position is INCLUDEDin the bargaining unit.Please note - Only your resume and cover letter will be forwarded to the selecting official.More than one selection for similar positions may be made from this announcement and the program office for that selection may vary.By applying, you agree to have your application shared with any interested selecting official(s).

Candidates must have one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-9 levelOR have completed requirements for a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree.

Specialized Experience is definedas:experience in performing geologic adequacy and suitability analyses of underground formations and storage of natural gas and oil.


OPM Education Requirement:Geologist


Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

Additional Information

FERC is ranked number one among mid-size agencies in the Partnership for Public Service’s Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings! FERC is currently number one Work/Life Balance, for the sixth year in a row. As a leader in Work/Life Balance FERC is proud to offer telework flexibilities in accordance with agency policy. Telework is not guaranteed and is offered on a case-by-case basis. FERC does not currently have any 100 percent telework positions.

When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval. You must submit all required information by the closing date. The materials you send with your resume will not be returned. If you are selected at a grade lower than the highest shown in this listing, you will be placed under a career development plan and can be non-competitively promoted when you successfully complete the requirements for the higher grade. Before entering on duty, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually. Relocation expenses will not be paid.It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. Please use the following link for additional information: Mythbusters of Federal Hiring Policies.