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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Biologist (Marine) GS-0401 11/12

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Job Announcement Number:BOEM-DK-13-MM782603 (DEU)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, December 07, 2012 to Friday, December 21, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Jefferson, LA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB 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. 

 

 

The incumbent will support the functions and mission of the Office of the Environment (ENV) as one of the regional advisors on matters related to the marine and coastal environment associated with the Gulf of Mexico and the east coast of the United States.

 

This position is a permanent full-time position located in Jefferson, LA
 

Jefferson Louisiana is a suburb of New Orleans, Louisiana.  The region thrives with cultural activities, recognized internationally as a center for fine dining, music, literature and the arts as well as for professional sports including NFL football, NBA basketball, and Triple-A baseball.  There are six colleges and universities offering a variety of curriculums at the bachelor, master and doctorate levels: two medical schools, two law schools and a dental school.  There is a mix of public, private and charter primary and secondary schools.  New Orleans also boasts a world-class zoo and aquarium.  The climate is characterized by a mild winters, extended springs and fall seasons, and warm summers.  The weather is conducive to the outdoor recreational activities available in Sportsman’s Paradise such as fishing, hunting, golf, and water sports.

 

This vacancy is also announced as BOEM-DK-13-MM782615 (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.

 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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 annually may be required.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

DUTIES:

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Major Duties (The duties desribed reflect the full performance level of this position.)

The major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

 

• Serves in the Biological Sciences Unit (BSU) as a biologist on matters related to marine and coastal communities of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coast and offshore area.  This includes coastal habitats, offshore habitats, deep water benthic habitats, National Marine Sanctuaries, fisheries, coastal and marine birds, beach mice, and other protected or endangered species.   Reviews and writes sections of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents.

 

• Serves on a team to establish criteria for impact assessment methodologies and to develop specialized data on marine and coastal communities and related species.

 

• Identifies specific environmental problems, develops study protocols, and nominates these studies for funding approval.

 

• Accepts responsibility for study procurements, including: preparing the procurement package; evaluating technical proposals and negotiations with offerors; conductsing award briefing of successful offerors and debriefings of unsuccessful offerors.

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS


ALL APPLICANTS:  To qualify for this position you must meet the Basic Educational Requirements AND Specialized Experience for the grade to which you are applying. 

 

Basic Educational Requirements

Biologist GS-401
A. Degree:  biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
                                       OR
B. Combination of education and experience* – Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 

Specialized Experience Requirement
GS-11
To qualify for the GS-11 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-9).   Specialized Experience Requirements are defined as:  Demonstrated knowledge of marine and/or coastal environmental resources; experience with marine and/or coastal environments studies or research for use in environmental documents.

-OR-

A Substitution of Appropriate Education for Experience
You may substitute education (that is directly related) for experience at the GS-11 level if you have achieved:

A Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.

 

*A Substitution of an Appropriate Combination of Experience and Education for Experience
Only education in excess of the first two years of progressively higher level graduate education toward a Ph.D. or the equivalent graduate degree may be used toward this combination. 

 

*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. 


GS-12
Note:  At the GS-12 level you may not substitute education for experience.
To qualify for the GS-12 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-11).   Specialized Experience are defined as:  Demonstrated knowledge of marine and/or coastal environmental resources; experience with marine and/or coastal environments studies or research for use in environmental documents; experience evaluating potential environmental impacts on marine and/or coastal environmental resources; and experience in utilizing environmental laws and regulations necessary to oversee environmental compliance on the outer continental shelf (OCS).

 

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


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: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp.

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. http://www.sss.gov.

 

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. 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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 (Online Questionnaire) 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:

• Knowledge of principles, theories, and techniques of one or more of these disciplines; biology, marine biology, and environmental sciences as they related to understanding marine and coastal species and habitats.

 

• Ability to analyze data, identify problems, and develop study protocols to resolve problem from one or more of these disciplines: biology, marine biology, and environmental sciences. 

 

• Skill in written communication such as in preparing, reviewing, and editing technical reports and environmental documents 

 

• Ability to communicate (orally) and work with diverse groups that could include BOEM colleagues, other federal agencies, state agencies, industry, academia, and the public.

 


BENEFITS:

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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .



OTHER INFORMATION:

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: www.boemre.gov/adm/ethics.html 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. 



HOW TO APPLY:

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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
www.usajobs.gov .
• 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.
http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf
• 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
http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf 
• Clearly include the Vacancy Identification Number MM(782603), 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, December 21, 2012).



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://my.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/ResumeAndApplicationTips#icc .

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.
            OR
       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
http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) 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.

 

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HR Assistant
Phone: (703)787-1446
Email: HUMAN.RESOURCES@BSEE.GOV
Agency Information:
BOEM GOMR
1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard
New Orleans, LA
70123-2394

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

BOEM-DK-13-MM782603 (DEU)

Control Number:

332695200