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Job Title:  Sociocultural Specialist
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Job Announcement Number:  BOEM-EW-12-MM783841(DEU)

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,703.00 to $97,701.00 / Per Year
Thursday, November 08, 2012 to Friday, November 30, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location:
Anchorage, AK United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


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.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Alaska Region has responsibility for evaluating, leasing, and managing marine mineral resources and related operations on the Alaska Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The primary mission of the Alaska Region is to conduct and manage a balanced and orderly oil and gas leasing program while protecting the human, marine, and coastal environments. The Office of Environment (OE) provides environmental stewardship by implementing the Environmental Studies Program to conduct research on environmental resources in Alaska. OE applies the best available scientific information when preparing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents and other environmental documents under relevant environmental laws and to support informed decision making. The region also provides support to BOEM Headquarters, e.g., preparing for lease sales, conducting public meetings and hearings, consulting and coordinating with Alaska stakeholders, pre- and post-sale analyses of the potential effects of OCS activities on Alaska resources, and development of mitigation and monitoring protocols. This position is assigned to the Environmental Analysis Section I (EAS-I), OE.  

The incumbent serves as the Socio-Cultural Specialist in EAS-I and functions as an Alaska Region technical analyst for issues and impact analyses on subsistence activities, cultural systems, environmental justices, and historic and prehistoric archaeological resources.


GS-13 is the full performance level.

There is only one vacancy at this time, however, this announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if any become available.


This position is located in Anchorage, AK


Salary Range Information:

GS-11:   $62,703 - $81,511

GS-12:  $75,156 - $97,701


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-EW-12-MM784226(MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures (i.e. current competitive service employees, have reinstatement eligibility for the competitive service, or who are eligible for special appointing authorities).  You must apply and submit required documents for both announcements if you wish to receive consideration under both Merit Promotion and Delegated Examining procedures.




  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
  • Relocation expenses WILL NOT be authorized.
  • Travel of 1-5 nights per month may be required.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.


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Major duties at the full performance level for this position include, but are not limited to:


Writes description and analysis sections on subsistence activities, cultural systems, environmental justice, and archaeological resources for environmental documents and prepares responses to public comments on these topics.


Provides expert technical input to the development of alternatives and mitigating measures related to subsistence activities, cultural systems, environmental justice, and archaeological resources issues and conflicts.


In collaboration with the Alaska OCS Preservation Officer, develops NHPA programmatic agreements, Notices to Lessees, and potential mitigation measures or conditions of approval relevant to historic properties.    


Assesses the adequacy of existing data and information on subsistence activities, cultural systems, environmental justice, and archaeological resources relevant to environmental analysis, consultation, OCS Program activities, and management needs for planning areas in the Alaska OCS.


Provides expert technical advice and support for BOEM-funded studies related to subsistence activities, cultural systems, environmental justice, and archaeological resources.


Initiates, drafts, reviews, and recommends environmental studies/research to meet program needs relating to subsistence activities, cultural systems, environmental justice, and archaeological resources.


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You must meet both the basic education requirement and specialized experience requirement for the grade to which you are applying.

Basic Educational Requirement

Degree: behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


Combination of education and experience -- that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.


Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.



Specialized Experience


To qualify at the GS-11 you must have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-09).   Specialized Experience is that which 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: Identifying and analyzing relevant information to support sociocultural and/or environmental impact analyses; assisting with the development of scientific documents related to environmental analysis; and reviewing and commenting on environmental documents prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.


A Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate degree in a behavioral or social science, or related discipline appropriate for the position, or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or an LL.M., if related. 


An Appropriate Combination of Experience and Education: Only education in excess of the first year of progressively higher level graduate education toward a master's degree or the equivalent graduate degree may be used toward this combination (example: 2.5 years in a Ph.D. program (50%) plus 6 months of specialized experience (50%)=100%).

*To determine whether your combination of experience and education is "appropriate": First determine your total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for this grade level; then determine your experience as a percentage of the experience required for this grade level; finally, add the two percentages.  The total percentage must equal 100 percent to qualify.



There is no educational substitution for experience at this level.


To qualify at the GS-12 you must have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-11).   Specialized Experience is that which 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: Identifying and analyzing relevant information to evaluate the impact of energy development activities on an area's subsistence, culture, and resources; preparing sections of environmental impact analyses under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements, and evaluating the impact of activities on historic properties under the National Historic Preservation Act. 


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:

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. Failure to provide the documents will result in you receiving an ineligible rating.

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:

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.


Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veteran's preference, indicate the type of preference you are claiming on your resume, and in the occupational Online Questionnaire  Your veteran's preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. 


Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for this position.  Therefore, it is important that your resume supports your responses to the assessment questions.


There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application:

1. Your resume which is part of your USAJOBS profile
2. Your responses to the online questionnaire
3. Your required and supporting documents, as outlined in the announcement


Category Rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position.  The categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified.  Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied.


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 (View Assessment Questions) will be made. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position.  Our review of your resume and/or supporting documentation must support your responses to the Online Questionnaire to accurately reflect your abilities.


Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:


Technical knowledge of sociocultural resources and issues 

Ability to analyze potential effects of oil and gas activities

Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team  

Written Communication Skills in order to prepare sociocultural analysis of activities 


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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at .


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 (Office of the Secretary) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) employees are further restricted concerning their holdings of Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in corporations engaged in mining activities on Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). Please refer to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement webpage for Ethics located at: for additional information. BOEMRE requires the highest level of integrity. Employees must be totally 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.



If you are a status applicant (current permanent Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility), 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.


Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Officer.


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.
Recruitment methods and selection procedures will be based solely on merit after fair and open competitive, and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying disability, sexual orientation, or age.


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. 


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To Apply Online
• Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register.
• Answer the Questionnaire in its entirety and click on SUBMIT my answers.
• UPLOAD all required documents and other supporting documents.
• To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at .
• Click on Application Status.
• Click on the position title and select Apply Online to continue.


We strongly encourage you to apply online. However, if you cannot apply online, you may FAX your assessment questionnaire, resume and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144 by following the steps below.
To Apply by Fax:
• Print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX found here.
• Answer the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

• When faxing a completed OPM Form 1203-FX this will serve as your fax cover and must be placed on TOP of your supporting documents. No other fax page is required. Simply make sure all six pages of the completed OPM Form 1203-FX are on top of all other documents being faxed.


Combination Online/Fax:
• Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register.
• ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers.
• Print the official FAX coversheet found here 
• Clearly include the Vacancy Identification Number MM(783841), SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application.

• FAX the official fax coversheet and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.


All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by (Friday, November 30, 2012).


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 .

Your application package must include:
• Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words.
• Completed online Assessment Questionnaire or faxed OPM Form 1203FX.
• College transcript is required for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time.
• Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable)
• Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable)
      o If claiming 5 point preference:
         • DD-214 (member 4 copy or copy that shows nature of service)
         • If you are currently serving on active duty, an official Statement of Service from your command.
       o Other Official Documentation (e.g. copy of military orders, campaign documents such as: expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under HONORABLE conditions and that your service meets the OPM criteria for veterans preference to be awarded.
      o If claiming 10-point preference:
         • A completed Standard Form (SF)-15 (available at and the proof required by the SF-15 checklist based on type of preference claimed.


NOTE: If you submit an incomplete application, you will be given credit only for the information you provide. You are responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of your application in order to receive full credit for your experience, education, training, and/or veterans preference.



HR Assistant
Phone: (703)787-1446
Agency Information:
3801 Centerpoint Drive
Suite 500
Anchorage, AK


If you are rated as one of the best qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. After a selection is made all applicants for this position will be notified of their status either by letter or e-mail.


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