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Job Title:Interdisciplinary Geologist/Geophysicist GS-1350/1313-11/12

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Job Announcement Number:BOEM-DK-13-MM914868(DEU)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$62,859.00 to $97,944.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, September 03, 2013 to Tuesday, December 31, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




Many vacancies in the following location:
Jefferson, LA View 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.

This position requires knowledge of traditional geological concepts, principles and practices related to the entire spectrum of petroleum geology and subsurface mapping techniques as well as a fundamental understanding of basic petroleum geophysics. 

The incumbent will work closely and cooperatively with other geologist/geophysicist, and supervisor of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Gulf of Mexico Region (GOMR) office to provide a general guidance and coordination necessary to apply the data, results and conclusions generated by the regional studies and prospect mapping program to the identification, classification, and evaluation of hydrocarbon bearing reservoirs in the GOMR. 

Salary Information

Pay for this position will be set using a special pay provision effective through September 30, 2013, OR the OPM Special Rate Pay Table Number 415 for Series 088, OR the locality pay table for the duty location.  For more information on special pay provisions for this position go to:

GS-11 $62,859.00 - $81,714.00 per annum.; GS-12 $75,343.00 - $97,944.00 per annum. First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

This is an open continuous announcement.  The first referral certificate will be pulled 30 days after the announcement opened and will continue every 30 days until the announcement closes.  Once the announcement closes, one last referral certificate will be pulled.

Employees MUST participate in technical and non-technical training programs provided by the agency as well as from non-government consultant firms.  Employee will be assigned training courses to gain expertise on specific geological practices, database usage, resource evaluation/assessment, and computer mapping work stations.
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 school.  New Orleans also boasts a world-class zoo and aquarium.  The climate is characterized by mild winters, extended spring 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.
BOEM 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 BOEM-DK-13-MM914869(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 may be required.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.


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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:

• Analyzes, evaluates, and interprets geological and geophysical information and related data.  Independently carries out detailed, complex, and complete geoscience investigations of considerable breadth and scope.  Applies seismic attribute analysis in the evaluation of geologic settings.

• Primary duties include, use of geophysical data to define and map structural features, prospects, worst case blowout scenarios, reservoirs, fields, and perform regional analysis.  Correlates relevant well logs, ties and calibrates existing well control to the seismic data and constructs detailed structural, stratigraphic and seismic attribute maps and cross-sections to support and illustrate a prospect, reservoir, field, play, or trend.

• Reviews operator submitted data and analysis and develops an independent analysis the interpretation from geophysical investigation and mapping.
• Duties support fair market evaluation of prospects, petrophysical analysis, regional basin analysis, reserve and resource estimation at a field and reservoir level, and worst case well blowout scenarios. 

• Accomplishment of these duties requires proficiency in skilled areas:  using 3-D seismic surveys with computer workstations and software, use of computerized display and mapping packages, calibrations of seismic response to existing well control, integration of digital databases into the seismic, evaluation, and mapping workstation software packages.

• Works closely and cooperatively with geologists, geophysicists, petrophysics, engineers, and supervisors in attaining best results on geological interpretations in evaluation of prospects, reservoir estimates, and basin assessment


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To qualify for this position you must meet the 1. Basic Educational Requirements AND 2. Specialized Experience (or education substitution where applicable) for the grade to which you are applying. 

Basic Educational Requirements

In addition to the specialized experience requirements for this position, applicants must meet the Education Requirements described below:

Geophysics Series, 1313
Basic Education Requirements:
A. Degree: that included at least 30 semester hours in mathematics (including calculus) and the physical sciences (geophysics, physics, engineering, geology, astronomy, meteorology, electronics, etc.).
B. Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education
Geology Series, 1350
Basic Education Requirements
A. Degree: geology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological science, structural, chemical, civil, mining or petroleum engineering, computer science, planetary geology, comparative planetology, geophysics, meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, physical geography, marine geology, and cartography.
B. Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  You must submit your transcripts or other verification to verify that you meet this educational requirement.

Specialized Experience

To qualify at 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 is defined as: Experience in (1) evaluating highly complex structure and facies maps with respect to reserve determinations; (2) devising techniques that will resolve discrepancies between the several disciplines used in subsurface analysis for developing reserves and resource estimate; (3) overcoming difficult and  unusual problems where precedents are not directly applicable.
Education:  Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
Combination of Education and Experience:  When combining education & experience only Graduate education in excess of 2 years may be used.  The total percentages must equal 100% to qualify.

**If this position requires specific educational coursework to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you MUST submit transcripts.  Failure to provide transcripts will result in you receiving an “Ineligible” Rating.

To qualify at 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 is defined as:  Experience in (1) evaluating highly complex structure and facies maps with respect to regional analysis, reserve determinations and resources assessment; (2) devising techniques that will resolve discrepancies between the several disciplines used in subsurface analysis for developing reserves and resource estimate; (3) overcoming difficult and  unusual problems where precedents are not directly applicable; and (4) recognize possible new directions of approach and devise new or improved techniques for obtaining effective results; and (5) establishing concepts, theories, or programs to acquire and analyze the full range of field development from the exploration to exploitation phases by applying geophysical and geological data. 

At the GS-12 level there is no substitution for education.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM’s website:

Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements. Failure to provide the documents will result in you receiving an INELIGIBLE rating.

Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.


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


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

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

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

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

Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation, and responses to the (View Assessment Questions) will be made. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position. 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:
Concepts, Principles, Theories and Practices of Geology and Geophysics – Professional knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories, and practices of geology/geophysical used in evaluation and mapping of subsurface structures, stratigraphy and petroleum prospects and reservoirs.  

Software Skills - Ability to incorporate computer mapping packages in the geological/geophysical interpretation of subsurface structures, stratigraphy and petroleum reservoirs. 

Analytical Skills – Ability to perform complex geological/geophysical analysis from subsurface well logs (electrical, acoustic, and radioactive) integrated with core sample data. 


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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 employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be 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 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 Tuesday, December 31, 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,, 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):

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

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 provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is   914868

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 Tuesday, December 31, 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

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.


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 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.

       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.

For additional veterans’ employment information please visit, or call 1-800-827-1000.


HR Assistant
Phone: (703)787-1446
Agency Information:
1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard
New Orleans, LA


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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