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"BOEM-MMEE-19-DC-077(MP)" Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Position Title:
Renewable Energy Program Specialist
Open Period:
05/01/2019 - 05/14/2019


GS - 0301 13/14
USD $99,172 - USD $152,352
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-Time/Part-Time
Promotion Potential:
Promotion Potential Explanation:
There is no non-competitive advancement available beyond the GS-14 level.
Duty Location(s):
Few Vacancies in

Sterling, VA, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Derek Childress


Hiring Path:
• Individuals with disabilities
• Competitive service
• Excepted service
• Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
• Land & base management
• Military spouses
• Family of overseas employees
• Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA
• Special authorities
• Veterans
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
The following individuals may apply for consideration:  Status Candidates (Merit Promotion, VEOA, Special Hiring Authorities, ICTAP/CTAP).
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent career/career-conditional position in the competitive service.
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 (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: 

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Up to 1-5 days of travel expected on average per month.


This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Office of Renewable Energy Programs, in Sterling, Virginia.

At the full performance level (GS-14) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Acts as the primary project coordinator for renewable energy leasing activities and during agency review and approval of proposed activities on existing renewable energy leases.

  • Extensive coordination and consultation with other BOEM and Department of Interior offices, Federal agencies, coastal states, American Indian tribes, industry, and other interested parties.

  • Manages Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force activities, such as regular coordination with members, planning and conducting in-person and webinar meetings, and updating membership.

  • Coordinates with and communicates information learned to the Projects and Coordination Branch Chief and staff, OREP Management, and BOEM.  Alerts OREP management or other superiors to possible problems and proposes potential solutions.

  • Represents OREP and BOEM at professional meetings, conferences, and on task forces or committees involving Federal, state, or private agencies and individuals where expertise is required.

  • Develops and maintains effective liaisons with Federal and state resource agencies and other local groups to determine issues and concerns, ensure involvement in renewable energy planning processes, and obtain current information for planning, analyses and project

  • Acts as the primary project coordinator during the planning and leasing process of renewable energy activities on the OCS.

  • Carries out critical tasks and milestones in the planning and leasing process, including, but not limited to, development of Requests for Interest, Calls for Information and Nominations, Area Identification decision documents, and proposed/final sale notices; coordination of the review of Technical and Financial Qualifications of potential lessees; and preparing for and conducting results-driven meetings with offshore renewable energy stakeholders.

  • The employee interacts with BOEM personnel, stakeholders, and other government entities to develop work products (e.g., Federal Register notices, decision memos, briefing documents, etc.) and to accomplish planning and leasing activities. Efforts will likely include coordinating the internal development of products by scheduling, planning, and leading effective meetings, producing briefing documents and leading briefings, development of communication and outreach plans, establishment of project schedules, and meeting scheduled deliverables.

  • The employee serves as the primary OREP point-of-contact for review of plan submittals (i.e., survey plans, Site Assessment Plans, Construction and Operations Plans, and General Activities Plans), and coordinates with appropriate OREP staff, other DOI/BOEM offices, and lessees from initial review stages (e.g., pre-submittal, completeness review, complex and significant determination, etc.) through eventual plan disposition (e.g., technical/environmental reviews, development of terms and conditions, communication of appropriate financial assurance, etc.).

  • The employee communicates plan submittal requirements to lessees in coordination with other OREP staff, and coordinates pre- and post-submittal meetings to discuss lease, environmental compliance and/or regulatory requirements as well as draft/final guidance documentation germane to plan submission.

  • The employee develops and manages an overall plan review schedule in coordination with other OREP staff, and manages lessee expectations through the course of the plan review. The employee coordinates collection and communication of plan review comments to lessees and internal review of responses through comment resolution.  The employee schedules periodic plan review meetings, internally with subject-matter-experts (SMEs) and externally with lessees, to discuss relevant submittal requirements, updates to the plan review schedule, and/or review comments that require resolution, as appropriate.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Office of Renewable Energy Programs, has determined that the duties of this position are eligible for limited telework, subject to supervisory approval.

Salary Information
(Grade level) (Step 1 salary – Step 10 salary) per annum.   (Grade level) (Step 1 salary – Step 10 salary) per annum.  First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

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

Qualifications and Evaluations

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
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:

    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. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

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

    • Program and Project Management- Ability to manage renewable energy projects by coordinating with subject matter experts, developing a plan of action and milestones, schedules, and briefing materials for leadership

    • Initiative- Ability to be a self-starter, proactively forecast and identify issues needing resolution, and recommend solutions with little to no instruction

    • Attention to Detail- Ability to develop briefing papers, presentations, memoranda, and other documents that convey key information in a concise, accurate, and informative manner

    • Oral Communication- Ability to effectively present legal, technical, and often voluminous information to a variety of audiences 

    • Technical Knowledge- Knowledge of federal statutes, regulations, and procedures related to offshore energy development 



    Minimum Qualification Requirements:

    To qualify for this position you must meet the Specialized Experience for the series to which you are applying.  

    (1) Specialized Experience

    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 defined as demonstrated experience: 1) assisting in projects related to the regulation of marine natural resources; 2) coordinating and/or consulting with a diverse range of subject matter experts in the marine natural resources field, both internal and external to your organization; and 3) implementing pre-existing policy, guidance and/or regulations related to marine natural resources.

    To qualify for the GS-14, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service.   Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: 1) managing projects related to the regulation of marine natural resources; 2) coordinating and/or consulting with a diverse range of subject matter experts in the marine natural resources field, both internal and external to your organization; and 3) developing policy, guidance and/or regulations related to marine natural resources.

    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:

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

    Merit Promotion candidates must also meet Time-in-Grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    Benefits and Other Info

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    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 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 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 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

    Your application package must include:  (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) Your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station; and a past SF-50 showing your highest FPL position; (4) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (5) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15, if eligible under VEOA or VRA; (6) Proof of eligibility if applying under a special appointing authority;(7) Current or former Government employees are strongly encouraged to submit a recent performance appraisal.

    NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility under VEOA or VRA, must submit a copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," (Member 4 copy is preferred), showing the dates of active duty, type of discharge, and character of service (must be honorable); OR acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 10% or more).

    NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility based on 30% or more service connected disability, you are required to submit documentation that is indicated on the SF-15 as acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 30% or more.

    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: OR

    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.