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Job Title:Inspector(Offshore Operations & Safety)-GS-1801-07/09/11(DEU)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Job Announcement Number:BSEE-CWLT-14-MM1153915(DEU)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$39,179.00 to $84,983.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, August 18, 2014 to Monday, September 15, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1801-07/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Houma, LA View Map
Lafayette, LA View Map
New Orleans, LA View Map
Clute, TX View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

This announcement has been amended to add an additional duty location:  Lafayette, LA.

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

If selected, you will routinely perform safety and environmental inspections of known or conventional oil and gas production, production operations and associated facilities, equipment and control systems and/or specifically designated portions of non-conventional safety and environmental inspections of oil, gas, and other mineral facilities and operations in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

This position, at the GS-07, is a Level II training position and receives extensive on-the-job and formal training in oil, gas and/or other minerals operations and equipment; government laws, regulations and standards; BSEE Regional and District policy; and inspection guides and manuals which include procedures for conducting inspections.  On-the-job training is provided by the supervisor, lead inspector and senior inspectors; formal training is provided by recognized reputable oil industry focused training institutions.

Salary Range Information:   Louisiana Salary Range:              Texas Salary Range:

                                          GS-07:  $39,179 - $50,932            GS-07:  $44,172 - $57,424

                                          GS-09:  $47,923 - $62,297            GS-09:  $54,031 - $70,237  

                                          GS-11:  $57,982 - $75,376            GS-11:  $65,372 - $84,983

 

This is a permanent, full-time, career/career conditional appointment. 

 
BSEE has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

http://www.bsee.gov/

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • 25% or Greater
  • 1-5 nights per month

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • Yes
  • Authorized

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.

DUTIES:

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

Major duties at the full performance level include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Performs production inspections of oil and gas facilities to ensure safety of operations and personnel.

  • Identified deficiencies or violations of environmental and safety laws and regulations.

  • Write reports of operations findings, and Letters of Deficiency.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Minimum Qualification Requirements:

GS-07

To qualify for the GS-7 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-5). Specialized experience includes: participating in safety and environmental inspections of oil and gas facilities (upstream) and their associated equipment and control systems.  Other Specialized Experience considered would be at least 1 year in the following positions: Roustabout, Pumper, Gauger, or operator;

 

OR

 

Substituting Education for Experience

You may substitute successful completion of one year of full-time graduate education for the experience required at the GS-7 level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university.

 

OR

 

You may also substitute superior academic achievement for the experience required at the GS-7 level. You must have completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or have a class standing in the upper third of a graduating class or major subdivision, or membership in a national scholastic honor society. Refer to www.cbp.gov for additional information. For more information about SAA, please visit: http://archive.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp#e4f

 

OR

 

A combination of specialized experience and education is qualifying if it equals 100%.

 

GS-09

To qualify for the GS-9 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-7). Specialized experience includes: Effectively working in a subordinate capacity while learning correct procedures from senior inspectors or other compliance personnel in preparing for, conducting, and reporting on inspections and investigations of onshore oil and gas production facilities (upstream) and associated equipment and control systems and/or by conducting segments of inspections while onsite and preparing written inspection reports. Other Specialized Experience considered would be at least 1 year in any of the following positions: Onshore oil and gas Pumper or Gauger; Onshore oil and gas operator (A,B, or C)/lead operator; Onshore oil and gas field foreman;


OR


Substituting Education for Experience

A Master's degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree for the experience required at the GS-9 grade level or a L.L.B. or J.D. degree if related.  Such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills necessary to do the work.

 

OR

 

A combination of specialized experience and education is qualifying if it equals 100%.

 

GS-11

To qualify for the GS-11 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-9). Specialized experience includes: Assists senior inspectors or other compliance personnel in preparing for, conducting and reporting on inspections and investigations of offshore oil and gas production facilities (upstream), by conducting segments of offshore oil and gas inspections, preparing written inspection reports, and by independently conducting oil and gas inspections of less complex facilities (upstream). Other Specialized Experience considered would be at least 1 year in any of the following positions:  Offshore oil and gas Pumper or Gauger; Offshore oil and gas operator (A,B, or C)/lead operator; Offshore oil and gas field foreman; Oil and gas subsea specialist; Offshore oil and gas electrical/instrumentation specialist/I&E Technician.


OR


Substituting Education for Experience

A Ph.D. or an equivalent doctoral degree, three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree or a LL.M. degree, if related.  Such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills necessary to do the work.

 

OR

 

A combination of specialized experience and education is qualifying if it equals 100%.

 

Selective Placement Factor: If qualifying solely on education, the degree must show coursework related to- (Minimum of six courses required.)

  • Petroleum Computational Methods. Charts, graphs, scientific calculators, digital and other computing devices used to solve problems in the petroleum industry.
  • Reservoir Fluids. The chemistry and physical properties of oil and gas.
  • Well Drilling. Well drilling equipment and practices of the land and offshore petroleum industry.
  • Gas Production. The equipment, instrumentation and problems involved in the controlling, treating, measuring,and testing of natural gas.
  • Economics of the Petroleum Industry. Concepts of economics as applied to the petroleum industry.
  • Safety and Control Systems. Pneumatic, hydraulic, electrical and mechanical control, and safety systems.
  • Methods of Artificial Lift. Artificial lift methods employed in the extraction of well bore fluids. Includes gas lift,hydraulic, electrical and rod pumping design, installation, and operation.
  • Oil Production Mechanical, hydraulic, and control of problems associated with free flowing and artificially lifted oil well.
  • Drilling Fluids. Nature and control of drilling fluids as applied to drilling practices.
  • Well Completion, Service and Workover. Well completion practices, and problems of service and repair of oil and gas wells on land and offshore locations.
  • Well Control. Factors leading to well kicks, methods of controlling these factors: the equipment and procedures used to control kicks.
  • Well Evaluation, Methods, and Procedures. Equipment methods and procedures used to evaluate the drilled hole.

And, education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.  A Subject Matter Expert (SME) will determine if the course work qualifies. 

NOTE:  If you are substituting education for specialized experience, you must provide transcripts in order to verify that the educational substitution requirement has been met.  This information must be received by the closing date of the announcement.  Failure to provide this information will result in your receiving an “INELIGIBLE” rating

You must meet the OPM prescribed requirements outlined in the Qualifications section of this vacancy announcement on or before the close date to qualify for this position.

 

Physical Requirements:  Frequent walking, bending, stooping, and climbing tall ladders during inspection of offshore oil and gas facilities; helicopter travel is required.  AS DEFINED BY THE BSEE MEDICAL STANDARDS PROGRAM, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PASS A PRE-EMPLOYMENT MEDICAL EXAMINATION AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT.

 

Work Environment: Scheduled and unscheduled offshore overnight stays, as well as weekend duty assignments may be required by this position.  Weekend duty assignments are required by the position and are scheduled throughout the year.


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.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

  • Teamwork: Ability to work in a team environment towards a common goal.
  • Representational Assignments: Express’ information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information.
  • Oral Communication: To orally clarify regulatory requirements for policy. Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
  • Written Communication:  Experience communicates complex technical topics/data in writing and in layman’s terms.
  • Technical Knowledge: Design and operation of oil and gas production measurement facilities recommended practices and standards of the American Petroleum Institute and American Gas Association that pertain to oil and gas measurement and allocation.  Regulations and regional policy concerning measurement, allocation, commingling, and site security procedures.

 

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. You are being evaluated under the Category Rating method, which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified Category.  Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied.


BENEFITS:

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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.

To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits .



OTHER INFORMATION:

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. 

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 career or career-conditional Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility in the competitive service), 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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your resume must clearly support your self-elected responses to the assessment questionnaire associated with this vacancy announcement. In the event your self-elected responses to the assessment questionnaire cannot be verified within the contents of your resume, you may be placed in a lower quality category and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

To apply for this position, you must complete the assessment 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, September 15, 2014 to receive consideration.
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:
   ·DD-214
   ·Other
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript



Applying Online
To begin the application process, click Apply Online to the right of this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all required documents, and complete the assessment 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 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of this announcement.
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. 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.

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.  If you cannot apply online you can fax your complete application package.
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 assessment 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.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is   1153915
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, September 15, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the assessment questionnaire and submit via fax:
1.   Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire    View Occupational Questionnaire.
2.   Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the assessment 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Documents to be submitted online or by fax:
• Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words.
• Completed online Assessment Questionnaire or faxed OPM Form 1203FX.
• College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable;
• Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable)
• Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable) – DD-214 Member 4 copy, VA Letter, and SF-15, if applicable; active duty military submit statement of service from commanding officer documenting dates of active duty and any campaign medals/badges; include character of service.  For additional veterans’ records information please visit http://www.archives.gov/, or call 1-800-827-1000.
• Displaced Federal employees under ICTAP/CTAP – copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Well-qualified is a score of 85.  
Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents and visit our website for additional information http://www.bsee.gov/About-BSEE/Jobs/USAJobs-Assistance

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HR Assistant
Phone: (703)787-1446
Email: HUMAN.RESOURCES8@BSEE.GOV
Agency Information:
BSEE GOMR
1201 Elmwood Park Blvd
New Orleans, LA
70123-2394

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJobs that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line assessment questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation.  You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package.  You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required.  Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration.  We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background checks, and/or verification of your education.  If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources Office posting this announcement.

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Job Announcement Number:

BSEE-CWLT-14-MM1153915(DEU)

Control Number:

376917300