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"BOEM-MMJJ-18-RD-086(DEU)" Vacancy Details

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Announcement Number:
BOEM-MMJJ-18-RD-086(DEU)
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Position Title:
Social Scientist
Open Period:
08/31/2018 - 09/17/2018

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 0101 11/12/13
Salary:
USD $67,930 - USD $125,865
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-Time
Promotion Potential:
GS-13
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Anchorage, AK, US
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
HR Assistant
703-787-1446
human.resources2@bsee.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Competitive service
• Military spouses
• Open to the public
• Veterans
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
This position is open to all US Citizens.
Security Clearance Required:
Other
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Permanent
Marketing Statement:

The Department of the Interior protects and manages the Nation's natural resources and cultural heritage; provides scientific and other information about those resources; and honors its trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities.


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

Summary:

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.   For information about our bureau go to: http://www.boem.gov/

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

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

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

Duties

This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Alaska Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region, Environmental Sciences Management Section, in Anchorage, AK.


Salary Information


GS-11: $67,930-$88,312 per annum, GS-12: $81,421-$105,847 per annum, GS-13: $96,819-$125,865 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 BOEM-MMJJ-18-RD-087(MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures.


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


1. Serves as a technical authority on social science studies (economics, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, and/or public administration) in the Alaska region office with an emphasis on issues pertaining to the economy, fisheries, subsistence, sociocultural systems, community health, historic and prehistoric resources, tourism and recreation, visual resources, land use and environmental justice.


2.Works with Federal, State, and local agencies, as well as elected officials from Tribes, Alaska Native Regional Corporations (ANCSA Corporations), and Alaska communities regarding the development and review of environmental studies.


3. Provides scientific advice and oversees coordination, planning, budgeting, and initiation of important scientific investigations (i.e. research, studies, and projects) which are categorized under the subjects of social science research.


4. Reviews and assists in the development of Statements of Work (SOW); requests for proposals (RFPs) developed from the SOWs; proposals submitted in response to RFPs; draft and final reports resulting from the technical work conducted for BOEM and other project deliverables.


5. Makes inspections of contracted research facilities and OCS development activities in the field to assess the effectiveness of the existing policies and/or techniques are deficient or inadequate and require additional study or revision.


6. Serves as the Region’s Historic Preservation Officer and, as such, conducts National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 consultations and coordinates the Alaska Region’s participation in BOEM’s historic preservation program.


7. Reviews, comments, or provides information or support to the BOEM National ESP and Alaska Region Environmental Sciences Management Section (i.e. Studies Plans, SOWs, proposals, etc.), the Alaska Region Environmental Analysis Sections- (review of Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments, Cumulative Impacts etc.), and other BOEM offices and divisions, and the Directorate.


8. Participates in both the conceptualization and preparation of Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and Environmental Assessments (EA) concerning archeological and cultural resources.  Reviews technical quality of environmental analyses performed and reported by others.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
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. See http://www.sss.gov/.
Key Requirements:
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
  • Education Requirements:

    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.  

    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: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

    Evaluations:

    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. 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 in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are “Platinum”, “Gold”, and “Silver”.  However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the “Platinum” category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.  Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.

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



    • Gather and Analyze Data- Skill in collecting, analyzing, interpreting and portraying technical data and information on key sociocultural factors and analyzing the potential impacts from the operation of conventional and renewable energy activities and other impact producing agents. 

    • Technical Knowledge- Knowledge of the principles, methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating social science research and consultations. 

    • Written Communication- Skill in scientific and technical writing to enable preparation and review of objective and appropriate scientific reports, documents, and correspondence. 


    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.

    Qualifications:

    Minimum Qualification Requirements:


    To qualify for this position you must meet the (1) Basic Educational Requirements AND (2) Specialized Experience for the series/grade to which you are applying.  

    (1) Basic Educational Requirements:


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

    A. Degree: 
    behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


    -OR- 


    B. Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.


    -OR-


    C. Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.


    (2) Specialized Experience:

    GS-11
    To qualify for the GS-11, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service.  Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: 1) planning and executing social science studies; and 2) analyzing and evaluating scientific data in order to make recommendations for improvement in processes.


    -OR-


    Education: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree


    -OR-


    Combination of education and experience: appropriate combination of education and experience that totals 100%. Note: Only graduate level education in excess of 36 semester hours may be applied toward the combination at this grade level.


    *Note: You may not substitute education for experience at the GS-12 and GS-13 levels.*


    GS-12


    To qualify for the GS-12, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service.  Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: 1) planning and executing social science studies; 2) analyzing and evaluating scientific data in order to make recommendations for improvement in processes; and 3) drafting reports resulting from research conducted on marine resource management and/or ocean energy development.


    GS-13


    To qualify for the GS-13, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service.  Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: 1) planning and executing social science studies; 2) analyzing and evaluating scientific data in order to make recommendations for improvement in processes; 3) drafting reports resulting from research conducted on marine resource management and/or ocean energy development; and 4) executing and leading major studies/projects to measure the impacts of conventional or renewable energy development and/or sand/gravel mining activities.


    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

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Other Information:

    Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position. 

    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

    The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

    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.

    NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.


    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

    How to Apply:
    Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

    To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at www.usajobs.gov and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

    If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Monster Help Desk by e-mail at mgshelp@monster.com or by phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.
             
    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://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/How_to_create_your_resume          

    Your application package must include:  (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) College transcript  (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (4) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15.

    You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education – accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: http://www.boem.gov/USAJobs-Assistance/.

    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.  

    Next Steps:
    You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgment 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.