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    The Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) works to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement. For information about our bureau go to: http://www.bsee.gov/

    This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.

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    This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Gulf of Mexico Region (GOMR) Office of Environmental Compliance, Coordination and Review Unit in Jefferson, LA.

    At the full performance level (GS-12) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
    1. Serves as an OEC NEPA Coordinator responsible for the coordination, documentation development, and tracking necessary to ensure BSEE's highly-complex structure, well, and pipeline permitting programs for GOMR and Atlantic OCS activities are approved in full compliance with NEPA and Center for Environmental Quality (CEQ) guidance, the OCS Lands Act (OCSLA) regulations, and all other applicable laws. Additionally, the incumbent works with regional Oil Spill Preparedness Division (OSPD) leads to provide NEPA documentation for Government Initiated Unannounced Inspection (GIUE) proposals in accordance with national policy.
    2. Assists OEC's senior/lead NEPA Coordinator in performing the necessary steps involved in determining the issues and impact producing factors (IPFs) associated with the proposed OCS activities and assesses the scope of the requisite OEC NEPA document. Analyzes, evaluates, and interprets the operational/infrastructure information in comparison with the associated lease stipulations and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) plans and site-specific NEPA analyses. Coordinates with BOEM NEPA coordinators/scientists preparing the analyses and if changes are required during any phase (for completed and active assessments), the incumbent leads BSEE's efforts to include necessary resource reviews, make the requisite changes, and/or develop project-specific mitigation/Conditions of Approval (CoAs) to ensure minimal environmental impact and allow for proper compliance verification.
    3. Ensures proper project/permit tracking, Administrative Record (AR) oversight, and NEPA document management using OCS IT systems (i.e., Technical Information Management System (TIMS), TIMSWeb, eWell, National Consolidated Information System (NCIS), specialized MS-Access tools, etc.), Geographic Information System (GIS) programs (i.e., TIMS Base-Mapping, ArcMAP, etc.), and various Records Management System filing and off-the-shelf (COTS) applications.
    4. Assist the senior/lead NEPA Coordinator on BOEM programmatic Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) prepared for OCS program oversight, lease sales, promulgation of regulations, or other high-level/controversial operations; including assisting with scenario development, participation in scoping meetings, identification/verification of program-specific IPFs, coordination with OEC scientists/engineers (during the review process), and participation in public hearings. The incumbent assists the senior/lead NEPA Coordinator on matters dealing with a variety of operational/technical issues; including identifying data gaps and specific environmental problems regarding BSEE-managed operations that may be addressed as research or study efforts or additional program analyses/white-papers.
    5. Assist OEC's Business Data Steward/Program Analyst with specific data management and IT needs associated with NEPA coordination/compliance; including recommendations for TIMS, eWell, and NCIS improvements, assistance preparing OEC-related Product Backlog Items (PBIs), and responding as NEPA subject matter expert (SME) on communications with persons and/or groups outside the Bureau and/or Region such as contractors/programmers. Supports the Data Steward with participation in BSEE's Project Priority Team (PPT) and/or support of the PPT and BOEM/BSEE Requirements Priority Boards (RPBs).
    6. Participates in office compliance verification reviewing of operational reports and industry's Post Activity Submittals (PAS) as it relates to their field of expertise, which includes requisite documentation (i.e., videos, sonar data, survey reports, as-built/as-placed plats, etc.) submitted after OCS operations are complete (in part or in whole) to verify/record compliance with environmental standards and/or conditions of approval placed on permits.
    7. Oversees, schedules, and conducts field monitoring and compliance verification efforts regarding their field of expertise as a member of the Seafloor Compliance Monitoring and Assessment Program (SCAMP); including mitigation, stipulation, and NTL oversight and enforcement and coordination with the requisite industry contacts, BOEM analysts, and other Federal, State, and private leads on compliance verification needs.

    The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    This vacancy is also announced as BSEE-EENN-20-IB-122(MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel 1-5 nights per month for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
    • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
    • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
    • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
    • 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. See http://www.sss.gov/.


    Minimum Qualification Requirements:
    To qualify for this position you must meet the (1) Basic Educational Requirements AND (2) Specialized Experience for the series to which you are applying.

    401 - Environmental Scientist
    (1) Basic Educational Requirements:
    In addition to the specialized experience requirements for this position, applicants must meet the Education Requirements described below:
    A. Degree: Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that include a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position,.
    B. Combination: Appropriate combination of education and experience that is equivalent to a major, as shown in "A" above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    1301 - Physical Scientist
    (1) Basic Education Requirements:
    A. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
    B. Combination of education and experience: education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    0819 - Environmental Engineer
    (1) Basic Educational Requirements: Please Note: This position requires specific educational coursework to qualify. You MUST provide transcripts in order to verify that the educational requirements have been met.

    You must meet the description in either A or B below to qualify for this position.
    A. Degree: 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.
    B. 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 understanding, both theoretical and practical, 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 listed in the link below: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf.

    (2) Specialized Experience:
    To qualify for the GS-12, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: 1.)identifying, interpreting and analyzing biological data and/or ecological processes that are affected by OCS exploration and development activities; 2.) applying environmental laws and/or regulations (e.g., National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MFCMA), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), or others, to analyze potential impacts to natural and cultural resources from development activities, and write scientifically defensible analyses for NEPA documents. 3.) participating in the environmental consultation process (i.e. writing biological assessments, biological evaluations, biological opinions and/or essential fish habitat assessments); and representing an organization at public meetings, hearings and/or scientific conferences in order to provide technical and scientific support/input.
    *Applicants MUST meet all 3 and your experience MUST be clearly written in your resume*

    Note: Education may not be substituted for specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level.

    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


    Education: If 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 transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements.

    Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. 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: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

    Additional information

    Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.

    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

    The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

    Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

    NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.
    A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. You are being evaluated under the Category Rating method, which means, if you are determined to be qualified you will be placed in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "Platinum", "Gold", and "Silver". However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "Platinum" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.

    Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:
    1.Technical Competence: Mastery of concepts, principles, and practices of environmental science and/or environmental engineering, and expert knowledge of the OCS Lands Act (OCSLA), NEPA, and other environmental laws and regulations, which enables the incumbent to serve as a technical authority in the accurate coordination of NEPA compliance documents for the OCS conventional and renewable energy permitting programs.
    2. Analytical: Knowledge of the general impact producing factors (IPFs) resulting from OCS conventional and renewable energy activities, BOEM and BSEE interrelationships, structure, missions, and programs related to their respective environmental and permitting functions for the purpose of administration/oversight of NEPA and Environmental Compliance needs and improvements.
    3.Compliance: Knowledge and skill to initiate creative, new and untested concepts and methodologies for addressing existing or unprecedented environmental issues of concern within the scope of NEPA and Environmental Compliance Verification; and the judgment to evaluate and incorporate the latest developments in analytical techniques into definitive guidelines used for the purpose of preparing NEPA compliance documents and associated mitigation/compliance-verification methods and procedures.
    4. Written Communication: Knowledge of the major issues, goals and objectives, work processes, and administrative operations of the Department, Bureau, and GOMR; including excellent interpersonal and communication skills needed to recommend and negotiate solutions, ensure the accuracy of impact assessments/compliance and documents.
    5. Oral Communication: Ability to communicate effectively in order to obtain and share information, and represent the Department/Bureau with proper disclosure of NEPA policy and factual information in public forums, workshops, meetings, conferences, etc.

    If you are a status applicant (current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility in the competitive service), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.

    To preview the assessment questionnaire click: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10874604

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

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    Required Documents

    Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/How_to_create_your_resume

    Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (4) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (5) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15.
    NOTE: Applicants claiming veterans preference (TP, CP, CPS) must submit a copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," (Member 4 copy is preferred), showing the dates of active duty, type of discharge, and character of service (must be honorable); OR acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 10% or more).

    You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education - accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: https://www.bsee.gov/careers/usajobs-assistance OR http://www.boem.gov/USAJobs-Assistance/.

    If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.


    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

    To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at www.usajobs.gov and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

    Agency contact information

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    Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
    45600 Woodland Road
    Sterling, VA 20166
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    The Department of the Interior protects and manages the Nation's natural resources and cultural heritage; provides scientific and other information about those resources; and honors its trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities.

    Next steps

    You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgment from USAJobs that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line assessment questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background checks, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources Office posting this announcement.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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