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Job Title:Supervisory Environmental Protection Specialist, GS-0028-14

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Job Announcement Number:BOEM-DK-13-MM801841 (DEU)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$105,609.00 to $137,289.00 / Per Year


Monday, December 10, 2012 to Friday, December 28, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy 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 primary mission of BOEM is to conduct and manage balanced and orderly oil and gas leasing, exploration, and development with the protection of human, marine, and coastal environments.  The Alaska Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region Office has the responsibility for the Federal offshore minerals leasing program in Alaska; preparation of National Environmental Policy (NEPA) documents (environmental impact statements (EIS's) and environmental assessments (EA's)); and the gathering, generating, and assessing data and information on the Alaska OCS.  Other duties include the conduct of public hearings, scoping meetings, presale evaluations, sale preparation, technical and environmental reviews of post-sale operation, and outreach activities.


If selected you will serve as the Chief, Environmental Analysis Section I within the Office of Environment Alaska OCS Region, for BOEM located in Anchorage, Alaska.


Relocation Incentive MAY be offered. 


This position is a permanent full-time position.

This vacancy is also announced as BOEM-DK-13-MM801844 (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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The major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

• Serves as supervisor of the Environmental Analysis Section and is responsible for managing and coordinating the activities of a multidisciplinary staff in the conduct of environmental assessment and study evaluations relating to the OCS and adjacent coastal areas. Responsible for the supervision of approximately 8-10 employees with a range of disciplines including oceanographer, fisheries and wildlife biologists, physical scientist, sociocultural specialist, technical writer-editor and clerical staff.

• Plans and budgets for the environmental impacts statements work to be accomplished in the Section; sets priorities  and schedules; fosters teamwork and the productivity of work teams; assigns work based on priorities, the difficulty of assignments, and the capabilities of employees; ad evaluates the performance of staff directly supervised.

• Responsible for the collection, standardization, and analysis of environmental impact statements (EIS’s) and environmental assessments (EA’s) for specific sale area and requests to conduct oil and gas activities or geophysical or geological activities on the OCS.  Ensures coordination and consultation with State, other Federal agencies, and tribes in preparing environmental documents. 

• Serves as a Regional authority on NEPA compliance for both pre and post-sale activities. Provides advice and expertise to upper management on NEPA compliance requirements.

• Establishes priorities and coordinates responsibilities in planning work. Develops systems, policies, and procedures for OCS-wide environmental assessment.


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To qualify for the GS-14, you must possess one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through federal service.  Specialized experience is: working with complex programs and issues in the scientific or environmental field (either government or private sector) where you demonstrated the potential to successfully supervise a diverse staff, performed public outreach (such as Environmental Impact Statements (EIS 's) scoping and public hearing, government-to-government meetings, in multiple communities and/or venues); and planned, prepared, and reviewed documents for environmental hazard risk analysis (e.g., large projects, programmatic EIS 's, multi-year program plans) prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  An example of a complex program or issue in the scientific or environmental field would be having dealt with a lease sale program, or a large government effort project, such as an EIS coordinator, project leader, or program leader.  A diverse staff would include multiple employees with a variety of professional specialties such as economists, social scientists, wildlife biologists, terrestrial biologists, marine mammal biologists, oceanographers, and physical scientists.

Specialized experience must also include communicating effectively with others to accomplish the goals of NEPA.  This communication could be demonstrated by public speaking or conducting meetings that include the public, and representatives from industry, environmental groups, native groups, tribes, and/or local, state, and federal agencies about technical issues; government to government consultations; and/or EIS public scoping and hearings.


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 (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:

• Technical Credibility - Experience in overseeing, leading, or providing training for technical or scientific projects that required applying appropriate procedures, requirements, or environmental laws and regulations to make decisions.

• Leadership Skills  - Experience in: planning programs; creating an atmosphere of trust and employee engagement, understanding the needs of employees to foster open communication and problem solving; understanding the mission of an organization to solicit and develop strategies; and communicating to a variety of stakeholders and entities on controversial issues to share information, gather information, and provide briefings.

• Analytical Skills - Demonstrated ability to assess a situation or problem that may be complex or uncomplicated to make a decision; assessment may include the review of an overabundance of scientific information, conflicting views, laws or regulations, or technical information to formulate the best response in making a decision.



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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(801841), 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 28, 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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