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Job Title:  Interdisciplinary Physical Scientist/Petroleum Engineer, GS-1301/0881-09/11/12
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Job Announcement Number:  BSEE-CW-13-MM818883 (DEU)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
SALARY RANGE:
$52,643.00 to $101,719.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:
Friday, March 15, 2013 to Tuesday, April 2, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
GS-0881/1301-09/12
POSITION INFORMATION:
Full Time - Permanent
PROMOTION POTENTIAL:
12
DUTY LOCATIONS:
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Camarillo, CA United StatesView Map
Anchorage, AK United StatesView Map
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 serves as a Physical Scientist or Petroleum Engineer in the Oil Spill Response Division (OSRD) within the BSEE, a Bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

This position is highly specialized, in which the incumbent serves as a technical authority on offshore oil spill response planning based on knowledge and/or experience in oil spill response techniques and crisis management concepts. The incumbent will also provide professional advice to the OSRD Chief; OSRD and other staff of the BSEE; Federal and State Agencies; and industry stakeholders.

This is a Permanent, Full Time position with locations in Camarillo, CA and Anchorage, AK.

 

 

It has been 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-MM818884 (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 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 (GS-12) of this position.)

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

Serves as a Physical Scientist specializing in matters related to offshore oil spill planning, containment, abatement, and response. The title of the position is Planning Analyst.

  • Conducts and documents a detailed and thorough technical review of Regional, Sub-Regional, and Site Specific OSRPs and assures that each plan is in compliance with applicable regulations. Also assures that communication to the regulated community during the review process is conducted using professional correspondence.
  • Serves as an exercise design and implementation team leader for unannounced oil spill drills. As such, the incumbent is responsible for the preparation, scheduling, and conduct of unannounced oil spill drills, and monitoring the operator’s response, deployment of resources, and use of technology necessary to conduct an effective response. The incumbent develops the spill scenario, establishes an observation plan, and assembles and provides advice and instructions to the monitoring team concerning drill observation and evaluation. During the drill, exercises full authority to redirect team members or change the drill as deemed necessary to meet exercise objectives. Prepares the exercise, and reviews and disseminates the final technical analysis of the drill and lessons learned.
  • Conducts, documents, and evaluates field inspections of oil spill containment, control, and cleanup equipment, prepares enforcement actions as necessary, and prepares analysis. Communicates inspection results to Division staff.
  • If selected at the GS-09 or GS-11 level, you will perform the duties above under closer supervision and will receive more detailed instructions for responsibility of duties.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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**You may meet the Basic Educational Requirements for this position by meeting the education requirements of one of the following series Physical Scientist GS-1301 or Petroleum Engineer GS-0881.**

BASIC MINIMAL QUALIFICATIONS: PHYSICAL SCIENTIST GS-1301

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:

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.

 

NOTE: You must submit qualifying transcripts to show how you meet the education requirement.

 

(2) Additional Qualifications: Physical Scientist GS-1301-09

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-7). Specialized experience is defined as

·         Experience effectively and logically communicating complex ideas to large crowds, small groups, and to the regulated community through written documents, presentation materials, and verbally and;  

·         Experience interpreting and applying regulations and policies to different situations ensuring the intended outcome is met using the applicable authority and jurisdiction.

OR

*Substitution of Appropriate Education For Specialized Experience

OR

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

 

(2) Additional Qualifications:  Physical Scientist GS-1301-11

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-9). Specialized experience is defined as

·         Experience effectively and logically communicating complex ideas to large crowds, small groups, and to the regulated community through written documents, presentation materials, and verbally and;  

·         Experience interpreting and applying regulations and policies to different situations ensuring the intended outcome is met using the applicable authority and jurisdiction and;

·         Experience in reviewing or writing oil spill or emergency response plans using equipment and tactics and;

·         Experience in a specific assigned Incident Command System position in either an exercise or real response scenario and;

·         Experience in a role established in the National Contingency Plan, National Response Team or in an Area Contingency Committee.

OR

*Substitution of Appropriate Education For Experience

OR

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

 

(2) Additional Qualifications:  Physical Scientist GS-1301-12

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 defined as

·         Experience effectively and logically communicating complex ideas to large crowds, small groups, and to the regulated community through written documents, presentation materials, and verbally and;  

·         Experience interpreting and applying regulations and policies to different situations ensuring the intended outcome is met using the applicable authority and jurisdiction.

·         Experience in reviewing or writing oil spill response plans using equipment and tactics and;

·         Experience in a specific assigned Incident Command System position in either an exercise or real response scenario and;

·         Experience in a role established in the National Contingency Plan, National Response Team or in an Area Contingency Committee and;

·         Experience in designing emergency response exercises using a design process based on objectives including but not limited to Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation System (HSEEP) and evaluating response exercises in an After Action Report or similar document.

 

BASIC MINIMAL QUALIFICATIONS: PETROLEUM ENGINEER GS-0881

To qualify for this position you must meet the (1) Basic Educational Requirements AND (2) Additional Qualifications for the series to which you are applying. 

(1) Basic Educational Requirements:

A.    Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; 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 professional 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 can be found here:

https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800/

 

NOTE: You must submit qualifying transcripts to show how you meet the education requirement.

NOTE: All qualifying experience for the Petroleum Engineer Series must have been gained in a Professional Engineering position.

 

(2) Additional Qualifications:  Petroleum Engineer GS-0881-09

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-7). Specialized experience is defined as

·         Communicate effectively orally and in writing and;

·         Providing guidance for emergency response planning and;

·         Contributing to or developing emergency response strategies and;

·         Participate in or evaluate emergency response planning, prevention, containment, and cleanup of oil spills or other contingency/response operations (e.g. natural disaster, security, environmental, etc); or participate in oil spill or emergency response exercises.

OR

*Substitution of Appropriate Education For Specialized Experience

OR

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

OR

Superior academic achievement (S.A.A.) – a combination of superior academic achievement and 1 year of appropriate professional experience.

OR

Completed a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor’s degree in engineering AND 1 year of appropriate professional experience.

 

(2) Additional Qualifications:  Petroleum Engineer GS-0881-11

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-9). Specialized experience is defined as

·         Communicate effectively orally and in writing and;

·         Participate in oil spill or emergency response planning concepts, equipment and tactics

·         Experience with Incident Command System and National, Area Contingency Plans

·         Apply pertinent environmental regulation and policies

·         Providing guidance for emergency response planning.

·         Contributing to or developing emergency response strategies.

·         Participate in or evaluate emergency response planning, prevention, containment, and cleanup of oil spills or other contingency/response operations (e.g. natural disaster, security, environmental, etc); or participate in oil spill or emergency response exercises.

OR

*Substitution of Appropriate Education For Experience

OR

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

 


(2) Additional Qualifications:  Petroleum Engineer GS-0881-12
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 defined as:


· Experience with oil spill or emergency response exercise design concepts and capability to conduct and evaluate those exercises.
· Providing guidance for emergency response planning.
· Having primary responsibility for conducting or evaluating oil spill or emergency response actions (planned or actual)
· Developing emergency response strategies.
· Participate in or evaluate emergency response planning, prevention, containment, and cleanup of oil spills or other contingency/response operations (e.g. natural disaster, security, environmental, etc); or participate in oil spill or emergency response exercises.

 

*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. 

 

*Substitution of Appropriate Education For Experience
-You may substitute education (education that is directly related) for experience at the GS-9 level if you have achieved 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree.
-You may substitute education (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

 

**Substitution of an Appropriate Combination of Experience and Education For Experience
For GS-09 -Only directly related 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.
For GS-11 -Only directly related 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.

 

***Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) is based on (1) class standing (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.
1. Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.
2. Grade-point average (G.P.A.) -- Applicants must have a grade-point average of:  3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or  3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.
3.  Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society -- Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.

 

 

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 (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. Your resume must clearly support your self-elected responses to the occupational questionnaire/assessment associated with this vacancy announcement. In the event your self-elected responses to the occupational questionnaire/assessment cannot be verified within the contents of your resume, your rating will be adjusted accordingly, and may subsequently place you in a lower quality category. 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:

 

General Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of oil and gas exploration, development, and transportation operations, and knowledge of the technology, concepts, principles, and practices of petroleum, and general knowledge of the physical sciences such as chemistry, physics, mathematics, oceanography, and meteorology to enable the incumbent to provide technical advice and expertise on the planning, prevention, containment, and cleanup of oil spills; to design, plan, conduct, and evaluate unannounced oil spill drills; to develop effective mitigation measures; and to assist in developing prevention requirements for offshore State waters.
  • Knowledge of oil and gas exploration, development, and transportation operations on the OCS with enables the incumbent to review technical documents regarding oil or hazardous waste release, containment, and cleanup.
  • Ability to modify and adapt standard practices and procedures to enable the incumbent to resolve various technical and procedural problems and issues related to OCS operations and the plan review and approval process.
  • Ability to adapt precedent or make significant departures from previous approaches to enable the incumbent to provide for the specialized requirements in ensuring compliance with applicable Federal regulations.
  • Knowledge of the geological, geophysical, safety, archaeological, biological, air quality, or environmental reviews performed by other offices and agencies to enable the incumbent to conduct the technical review of and coordinate comments on plans and to develop mitigating measures or conditions of approval.

Communication and Organizational Abilities and Skills:

  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate with independent initiative and latitude to ensure that the performance of mission related functions is accomplished within the time period specified by regulation or established by Federal Authorities.
  • Knowledge and skill to effectively, clearly, and authoritatively communicate technical information on oil spill planning, prevention, containment 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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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(818883), 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, April 05, 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 a copy that shows the nature of service)
         • If you are currently serving on active duty, an official Statement of Service from your command.

  • Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 day.
                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 or greater:
             • DD-214 (member 4 copy or a copy that shows the nature of service) and;
  • An official statement dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veteran (i.e., the applicant) has a service-connected disability of 10% or more.  

 

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:
BSEE
381 Elden Street
Herndon, VA
20170
USA

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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