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    The Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) works to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement. For information about our bureau go to:   http://www.bsee.gov/ 

    This position is located within the Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Oil Spill Preparedness Division (OSPD), Preparedness Verification Branch in Camarillo, CA.  The OSPD works to protect people and the environment from, and optimize response to, offshore facility oil spills through basic and applied research, program-inclusive regulatory oversight, integrated government and industry preparedness, and the use of the best available technology.

    This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available. 

    Salary Information:
    GS-11: $69,283 - $90,071 Per annum.
    GS-12: $83,043 - $107,955 per annum.
    GS-13: $98,747 - $128,373 per annum.

    First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

    This vacancy is also announced as BSEE-EEGG-18-KS-065(MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures.

    The BSEE has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    Recruitment incentives may be authorized/offered for qualifying individuals.

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    At the full performance level (GS-13) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

    1. Provides guidance, expert advice, training, and instruction to staff of the Branch on technical review and evaluation of oil spill response plans (OSRPs), plan holder training and exercises, unannounced exercises, oil spill response equipment and associated maintenance, training and use records; and ensures all activities are in accordance with national policy. Identifies and documents lessons learned. Ensures oil spill program activities are promptly revised to recognize and adapt to lessons learned.
    2. Conducts technical review and evaluation of OSRPs, conducts and evaluates unannounced exercises; inspects and evaluates oil spill response equipment and associated maintenance, training and use records; supports incident response; pursues regulatory enforcement; and engages in other oil spill program activities. Incumbent ensures these activities are done in accordance with appropriate laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
    3. Evaluates regulatory compliance issues for OSRPs, response equipment capabilities, and training and exercise conduct, and issues enforcement actions as warranted. Refers cases for civil penalty review as appropriate. Coordinates all enforcement activities with appropriate Headquarters, Region, and District BSEE staff.
    4. Assists and instructs or leads in the development of scenarios for government initiated unannounced oil spill exercises; may conduct exercise and/or serve as evaluator. Also assesses the need for changes to associated OSRPs, response tactics and strategies, and/or exercises and training based on outcomes.
    5. Conducts, documents, and evaluates field inspections of oil spill containment, control, and cleanup equipment; issues enforcement actions as necessary; and prepares analysis. Works with other Analysts to coordinate OSRP reviews, annual inspections of oil spill response equipment, conducts field inspections of equipment, issues enforcement actions as necessary, and prepares analysis.
    6. Serves as the lead BSEE representative on Regional Response Teams and Area Committees, as directed, to provide advice and assistance in the development and revision of NRS contingency plans and geographic response plans. Also supports other NRS committees and workgroups by reviewing and commenting on guidance documents and other work products.
    7. Ensures all oil spill preparedness activities are designed and conducted in accordance with relevant environmental federal statutes such as the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
    8. Provides subject matter expertise in the preparation of memorandums of understanding (MOU) or memorandums of agreements (MOA) with coastal states and Federal agencies concerning the implementation and practice of BSEE oil spill responsibilities. Provides advice and technical expertise to the Section, Branch, Division and other BSEE staff on matters related to oil spill preparedness, containment, and cleanup strategies and equipment.  Reviews a broad range of correspondence prepared by others to answer questions or solicit information from lessees, operators, oil spill removal organizations, Federal and state agencies, and the general public.
    9. Ensures industry after-action reports required by the regulations are submitted by the responsible party for a spill as appropriate. Supports the Office of Public Affairs by assisting in the identification of potential stories for publications, drafting relevant new briefs, and providing images taken from field activities.

    Physical Demands: The work is primarily sedentary; however, field work is required when participating in the inspection of oil spill response equipment stockpiles, participating in training exercises, witnessing equipment testing, conducting unannounced exercises, deploying to command posts during oil spills, attending meetings and conferences away from the duty station, and performing related duties. On the occasions that the incumbent is in the field, the duties are generally not strenuous in nature but do require physical exertion due to the nature and location of the sites being visited and inspected.

    Work Environment: Work is primarily performed in an office setting, with occasional trips to offshore locations, offices of offshore operators, equipment storage yards, and incident command posts. The work environment typically involves normal everyday risks or discomforts typical of an office setting.  Occasional travel by auto, plane, helicopter, or boat may be required. Fieldwork exposes the incumbent to adverse conditions such as weather, temperature extremes, and higher accident potential when offshore. Some work conditions may expose the incumbent to high noise levels.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel of 1-5 nights a month may be required.

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