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Job Title:Physical Scientist, GS-1301-09/11/12

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Job Announcement Number:BSEE-CW-13-MM818926 (DEU)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 to Monday, April 08, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1301-09/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
New Orleans Metro Area, LA United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) works to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement.

****THIS POSITION IS BEING RE-ANNOUNCED TO AMEND THE QUALIFICATION SECTION FOR QUALIFYING EDUCATION. APPLICANTS THAT APPLIED PREVIOUSLY DO NOT NEED TO REAPPLY.*** 

 

This position is in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Region Branch of the Oil Spill Response Division (OSRD) of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. The position duty station is in New Orleans Metro area, Louisiana.

This position serves as a Preparedness Analyst in the GOM Branch of the OSRD. The OSRD administers a highly specialized program that provides expert advice on offshore oil spill prevention, planning, preparedness, intervention, containment, control, and response to senior agency staff, Federal and state agencies, offshore operations, and the response community. This program is directly related to the conservation of natural resources and preservation of the environment as required by the OCS Lands Act (OCSLA), the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90), and OCS oil and gas operating.

 

 

Salary Range Information:

GS-09: $47,448 - $61,678

GS-11: $57,408 - $74,628

GS-12: $68,809 - $89,450

 

BSEE 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-CW-13-MM818949 (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 be authorized.
  • Travel of 1-5 nights per month may be required.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

DUTIES:

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

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

     

  • Serves as a Preparedness Analyst specializing in matters related to offshore oil spill preparedness, containment, and cleanup strategies and equipment.
  • Conducts, documents, and evaluates field inspections of oil spill containment, control, and cleanup equipment, issues enforcement actions as necessary, and prepares analysis.
  • Receives and evaluates daily oil spill reports to determine validity of the report and the appropriate response action.
  • During actual spills the incumbent deploys to incident command post to assess engineering, technical and scientific needs during a spill response.
  • Assists in the development of oil spill drills and may serve as drill evaluator.
  • Attends and presents at selected required annual oil spill response training classes.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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.

(1) Basic Educational Requirements:

Physical Scientist GS-1301

  1. 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.
  2. OR

  3. 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.

(2) Specialized Experience

 

GS-09

To qualify for the GS-09 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-07).

Specialized experience is:

  • Providing technical advice for response planning, prevention, or containment and cleanup of oil spills;
  • Assisting in evaluating oil spill response actions (planned or actual)
  • Contributing to or assisting development of oil spill response strategies.
  • -OR-

     A Substitution of Appropriate Education For Experience

    You may substitute education for experience at the GS-9 level if you have achieved:

     §   A master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.   

    -OR-

     *A Substitution of an Appropriate Combination of Experience and Education For Experience

    §  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. 

     *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-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 level (GS-09).

Specialized experience is:

  • Providing technical advice and expertise for response planning, prevention, or containment and cleanup of offshore oil spills
  • Conducting or evaluating oil spill response actions (planned or actual)
  • Contributing to or developing offshore oil spill response strategies.
  • OR-

    A Substitution of Appropriate Education For Experience

    You may substitute education for experience at the GS-9 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 or an LL.M., if related. 

     -OR-

    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-12Note: 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 level (GS-11).

Specialized experience is:

  • Providing technical advice and expertise for response planning, prevention, or containment and cleanup of offshore oil spills
  • Having primary responsibility for conducting or evaluating oil spill response actions (planned or actual)
  • Overall program responsibility for development of offshore oil spill response strategies.
  •  

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 oil spill response, containment, cleanup, and applicable laws

o Knowledge of oil spill response equipment operation and inspectiono Knowledge of incident command system.

o Knowledge of the nature and environmental effects of oil spills to enable the incumbent to provide advice and technical expertise on measures and techniques that will ensure conservation and maximum protection of natural resources.

Planning and problem solving ability

o Knowledge of engineering, geology, geophysical or other physical sciences equivalent to that gained in obtaining a Bachelor's Degree.

o Knowledge and skill in identifying and finding solutions to scientific or technical problems

Oil and Gas operation experience

o Knowledge of oil and gas exploration, development, and transportation operations on the Outer Continental Shelf and knowledge of the technology, concepts, principles, and practices of petroleum, and of the physical sciences such as chemistry, physics, mathematics, oceanography, and meteorology to enable the incumbent to provide technical advice and expertise on the containment, control, and cleanup of oil spills; to design, plan, conduct, document, and evaluate unannounced equipment inspections; to develop effective mitigation measures; and to assist the OSRD in developing prevention requirements for offshore State waters.

Communication Skills

o Knowledge and skill to effectively, clearly, and authoritatively communicate technical information on oil spill containment, control, and cleanup to OSRD decision makers, Federal and State government authorities, industry representatives, and the general public using detailed written reports, making oral presentations, and editing or commenting on the work of others.

 


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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HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

 

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 08, 2013 to receive consideration.

§  To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

§  Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

§  It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

§  To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

§  To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript

 

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1.   To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdfand provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 818926.

2.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

 

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 08, 2013. To receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1.   Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2.   Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.

3.   Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

 

All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by (Monday, April 08, 2013).



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.RESOURCES2@BSEE.GOV
Agency Information:
BSEE GOMR
1201 Elmwood Park Blvd
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.

 

If you are rated as one of the best qualified candidates or qualifying under a special appointing authority, 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:

BSEE-CW-13-MM818926 (DEU)

Control Number:

336505600