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    Summary

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) manages the exploration and development of the nation's offshore resources. It seeks to appropriately balance economic development, energy independence, and environmental protection through oil and gas leases, renewable energy development and environmental reviews and studies. For information about our bureau go to: http://www.boem.gov/

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

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    Responsibilities

    The mission of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is to manage ocean energy and mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in a manner that balances energy independence, economic development, and environmental protection. Energy resources on the OCS include oil and natural gas, as well as sources of renewable
    energy. Marine mineral resources include sand, gravel, and other non-energy minerals.

    For each major stage of offshore energy and mineral planning and development, BOEM conducts reviews under a suite of environmental laws (e.g., National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA)). These reviews and related public engagement help inform the Bureau's decisions on conventional and renewable energy exploration, leasing and development activities, as well as marine mineral activities for coastal restoration projects. Additionally, BOEM's scientists oversee environmental studies to ensure the best available information is used to inform decision- making.

    To comply with these environmental laws, BOEM must assess the potential impacts of human-made noise (created by a number of BOEM activities) on marine species in the OCS. In order to better understand and analyze the impacts of these anthropogenic noises, BOEM is establishing an in-house, state-of -the-art Center for Marine Acoustics (CMA), which will include capabilities for developing and running underwater acoustic models. The goal of the CMA is to support all noise-related aspects of BOEM's environmental analyses, including routine NEPA documents, MMPA and ESA consultations, internal BOEM technical reports, and prioritization of scientific studies.

    The incumbent serves as an Acoustic Modeler in the Office of Environmental Programs (OEP) or Office of Renewable Energy Programs.

    At the full performance level (GS-13) the major duties of this position include but are not limited to the following:

    1. Acquires and implements a suite of underwater acoustic propagation models, dedicated marine mammal movement models and supporting software and databases capable of modeling potential acoustic impacts or other important acoustic analyses for all underwater acoustic sources regulated by BOEM. Develops supporting software to link existing models and maintain results of modeling efforts.
    2. Uses expertise in scientific discipline and analytical techniques to author or review technical documents related to acoustic modeling or perform specialized analyses on impacts of human-made noise on marine species.
    3. Prepares, or assists in preparing documents, Departmental and Bureau correspondence, and briefing materials concerning acoustic issues, including those related to decisions, public or stakeholder inquiries, and or congressional requests. Presents to Bureau and Departmental leadership.
    4. Recommends field, laboratory, modeling, and/or synthesis studies necessary to adequately assess the environmental impacts from OCS activities.
    5. Coordinates procurement of environmental studies and manages contractual agreements as Contracting Officer Representative. Prepares and reviews statements of work, procurement packages (including government cost-estimates) and evaluates proposals for technical adequacy, programmatic consistency, and cost-effectiveness.
    6. Forms and maintains constructive working relationships with other Regional/Program Offices and Interior bureaus. Liaisons with other stakeholders on issues concerning BOEM decision-making, rulemaking, and other aspects of OCS activities dealing with environmental issues and assessment.
    7. Represents the findings of BOEM's environmental analysis and research to the public, key stakeholders, and other experts at meetings.

    BOEM has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    Salary Range Information:
    GS-09: $59,534 - $77,396 Per annum.
    GS-11: $72,030 - $93,638 Per annum.
    GS-12: $86,335 - $112,240 Per annum.
    GS-13: $102,663 - $133,465 Per annum.
    First time hires to the federal government typically start at the beginning salary in the range for their respective grade level.


    This vacancy is also announced as BOEM-MMGG-20-KS-072(DEU) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Competitive Examining procedures.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel of 1-5 nights per month may be required.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen
    • You will be subject to a background/ suitability investigation/ determination
    • Your 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/.

    Qualifications

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

    (1) Basic Educational Requirements:


    In addition to the specialized experience requirements for this position, applicants must meet the Education Requirements described below:

    General Engineer- 801:
    A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; 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.

    -OR-

    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 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 below:
    1. Professional registration or licensure
    2. Written Test
    3. Specified academic courses
    4. Related curriculum
    To view more information, click on the link below:
    https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf

    Physical Scientist 1301:
    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.

    -OR-

    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.

    Mathematician- 1501
    A. Degree: Mathematics, statistics, or actuarial science. The degree must be in a major field of study (at least at the baccalaureate level) that is appropriate for the position.

    -OR-

    B. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major field of study as shown in paragraph A above, plus additional education or appropriate experience.

    (2) Specialized Experience

    GS-9 Specialized Experience:
    To qualify at the GS-9 grade level, you must have at least one FULL year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level. 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 position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience 1)running established underwater acoustic models OR experience in at least one of the following: 2) using computer coding language like Matlab, python, R, C++ or similar; 3) integrating and interpreting model outputs to address targeted technical scenarios and presenting results in written or oral formats; or 4) using applied statistical analysis or coursework demonstrating knowledge in applied statistical analysis.

    -OR-

    Education: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.

    -OR-

    Combination of education and experience: Possess a combination of post high school education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.

    GS-11 Specialized Experience:
    To qualify at the GS-11 grade level, you must have at least one FULL year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level. 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 position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience 1) running established underwater acoustic models AND experience in at least one of the following: 2) using computer coding language like Matlab, python, R, C++ or similar; 3) writing own code to process complex data sets; 4) integrating and interpreting model outputs to address targeted technical scenarios and presenting results in written or oral formats; or 5) using applied statistical analysis or coursework demonstrating knowledge in applied statistical analysis.

    -OR-

    Education: 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: Possess a combination of post high school education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.

    GS-12 Specialized Experience: (Please note, education cannot be substituted at the GS-12 Grade level and higher)
    To qualify at the GS-12 grade level, you must have at least one FULL year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. 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 position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience 1) running, modifying and creating underwater acoustic models AND experience in at least ONE of the following: 2) using computer coding language like Matlab, python, R, C++ or similar; 3) writing own code to process complex data sets; 4) integrating and interpreting model outputs to address targeted technical scenarios and presenting results in written or oral formats; or 5) using applied statistical analysis.

    GS-13 Specialized Experience: (Please note, education cannot be substituted at the GS-12 Grade level and higher)
    To qualify at the GS-13 grade level, you must have at least one FULL year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level. 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 position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience 1) running, modifying and creating underwater acoustic models AND experience in at least TWO of the following: 2) using computer coding language like Matlab, python, R, C++ or similar; 3) writing own code to process complex data sets; 4) integrating and interpreting model outputs to address targeted technical scenarios and presenting results in written or oral formats; or 5) using applied statistical analysis.

    NOTE: You must submit your transcripts to show that you meet this requirement. Failure to submit your transcripts will result in an "Ineligible" rating.

    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.

    Merit Promotion candidates must also meet Time-in-Grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    Education

    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. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

    • 190 Modeling and Simulation - Knowledge of the tools and techniques used to develop functional, physical, or prototype underwater acoustic models and simulations for test and evaluation programs, the prediction of behavior and phenomena, and to visually communicate concepts.
    • 297 Teamwork - Works well with and helps others achieve mutual objectives; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others and fosters accountability to accomplish goals.
    • 298 Technical Competence - Understands and appropriately applies procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise (for example, engineering, physical science, law, or accounting); maintains credibility with others on technical matters.
    • 329 Written Communication - Expresses facts and ideas in writing in a succinct and organized manner
    DUE WEIGHT
    Please submit 1) a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and 2) a list of any awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. Any performance appraisal/evaluation and award documentation you provide will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will review this documentation and give it due weight consideration during the overall selection process.

    If you do not have your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation, please submit a statement as to why it is not available. Please indicate if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level.

    To preview the assessment questionnaire click: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10882761

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

    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) SF-50's showing (1) your highest FPL, and (2) most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station. Please note that all SF-50's submitted must show that you are a status candidate or eligible under this announcement. Please refer to the eligibility in the online questionnaire for more information; (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, if eligible under VEOA or VRA; (6) Proof of eligibility if applying under a special appointing authority;(7) Current or former Government employees are strongly encouraged to submit a recent performance appraisal.
    NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility under VEOA or VRA, 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).
    NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility based on 30% or more service connected disability, you are required to submit documentation that is indicated on the SF-15 as 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 30% 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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    Benefits

    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.

    https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pandemic-information/benefits/#url=Overview

    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

    HR Assistant

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    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
    45600 Woodland Road
    Sterling, VA 20166
    US
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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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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

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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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/575933300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.