Department Of The Interior 274 reviews - Anchorage, AK

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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.

The incumbent will serve in BOEM as a Geologist in Leasing and Plans Division, Alaska Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region. This is a highly technical position in which decisions made by the incumbent will influence operation, exploration, and development activity on federal leases on the Alaska OCS.

GS-13 is the full performance level.

This position is located in Anchorage, AK
This vacancy is also announced as BOEM-EW-13-MM787961(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 of 1-5 nights per month may be required.

You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

Duties at the full performance level (GS-13) include, but are not limited to the following:

Plans and coordinates projects involving regional geology, mineral exploration and exploitation, safety of operation, and conservation of natural resources.

Serves as an advisor and advanced specialist in surface and subsurface geological data interpretation. Provides geologic input for review of mineral development plans to minimize surface and subsurface hazardous conditions.

Solves complex geological problems associated with exploration and development plans, well and platform locations, and associated drilling and production problems.

Provides geological interpretations and recommendations based on data provided by the operating company to assist management in consideration of applications to drill, exploration and development plans, and platform applications.

Prepares subsurface structure maps of oil and gas fields. Reviews geological data on the occurrence, quantity, and potentialities of minerals and mineral fuel deposits within the Region.

Participates in meetings with individuals from private industry, state and federal agencies, and other private groups.

Presents testimony, as required, as an expert witness on complex oil and gas field issues.

You must meet both the educational requirement and the specialized experience for the grade to which you are applying.

Basic Educational Requirement

All applicants must meet A or B below to satisfy the basic education requirement.

A. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in geology. In addition to the geology course work included in the degree, it must also have included or been supplemented by 20 additional semester hours in any combination of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological science, structural, chemical, civil, mining or petroleum engineering, computer science, planetary geology, paleontology, geophysics, meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, physical geography, marine geology, and cartography.

  • OR-
B. A qualifying combination of education and experience that includes the course work shown in "A" and a combination of relevant experience and education that totals 100%. (The education or combined education and experience must be comparable in type, scope and thoroughness to that acquired through successful completion of a 4-year course of study as described in "A" above.

Specialized Experience Requirement:
GS-12 :
To qualify at the GS-12 level, you must have at least one FULL year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. 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 position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as: 1) applying geological and geophysical principles and practices to gather, analyze, and interpret data related to oil or gas resources; 2) utilizing specialized software tools (for instance, interpretive tools equivalent to those marketed by Schlumberger, Landmark or EarthVision) to interpret various types of geophysical and geological data (such as producing contour maps showing subsurface structure or isopachs) related to the evaluation of petroleum resources and providing technical assistance and information to senior staff; 3) interpreting various types of geophysical and geological data; and 4) applying current theories and practices to the integrated analyses of geological, geophysical, and engineering data necessary for evaluation of oil or gas resources .


To qualify at the GS-13 level, you must have at least one FULL year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level. 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 position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as: 1) Applying geological and geophysical principles and practices to gather, analyze, and interpret data related to oil or gas resources; 2) utilizing specialized software tools (for instance, interpretive tools equivalent to those marketed by Schlumberger, Landmark or EarthVision) to resolve a wide range of complex geologic problems using various types of geophysical and geological data related to the evaluation of petroleum resources ; 3) serving as a technical advisor to senior staff; 4) collaborating with geoscientists and engineers in conducting research and investigations in the oil and gas industry; and 5) independently synthesizing findings into comprehensive reports and/or oral presentations.

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. Our review of your resume and/or supporting documentation must support your responses to the Online Questionnaire to accurately reflect your abilities.

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:

Technical Competence in order to serve as a subject matter expert concerning surface and subsurface hazards.
Technology Application in order to analyze and interpret geophysical and geological data.
Oral and Written Communication in order to present testimony and reports, or participate in meetings as required.

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 (Office of the Secretary) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) employees are further restricted concerning their holdings of Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in corporations engaged in mining activities on Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). Please refer to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement webpage for Ethics located at: for additional information. BOEMRE requires the highest level of integrity. Employees must be totally 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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