Meteorologist
Department Of The Interior - 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 Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Alaska Region has responsibility for evaluating, leasing, and managing marine mineral resources and related operations on the Alaska Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The primary mission of the Alaska Region is to conduct and manage a balanced and orderly oil and gas leasing program while protecting the human, marine, and coastal environments. The Office of Environment (OE) provides environmental stewardship by implementing the Environmental Studies Program to conduct research on environmental resources in Alaska. OE applies the best available scientific information when preparing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents and other environmental documents under relevant environmental laws and to support informed decision making. The Region also provides support to BOEM Headquarters, e.g., preparing for lease sales, conducting public meeting and hearings, consulting and coordinating with Alaska stakeholders, pre- and post-sale analyses of the potential effects of OCS activities on Alaska resources, and development of mitigation and monitoring protocols. This position is assigned to the Environmental Analysis Section II (EAS-II), OE.

The incumbent serves as the meteorologist in the Environmental Analysis Section II and functions as the Alaska Region technical expert on issues and impact analysis related to meteorology, climate and climate change, OCS emissions, and air quality.

GS-13 is the full performance level.

This position is located in Anchorage, AK

This vacancy is also announced as BOEM-EW-13-MM782708(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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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:
Major duties at the full performance level for this position include, but are not limited to:

Collects, reviews, models, and analyzes meteorological, climate, and air quality data and fully incorporates information into pre- and post-lease NEPA analyses using approved air quality computer models to estimate the air quality effects of emissions from OCS oil and gas activities. Interprets and summaries relevant data and information for use by BOEM decision makers.

Applies technical expertise and established guidance in the formulation and recommendation of alternatives and mitigating measures to resolve environmental issues, conflicts, and impacts related to air quality emissions, and climate change. Evaluates and compares the potential effects of the alternatives and the potential effectiveness of the mitigation measures.

Develops, implements, and maintains the Arctic Offshore Activities Data System (AROADS) or other similar program for collecting emissions, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, from stationary OCS production combustion sources to track compliance under the relevant BOEM and EPA regulations.

Coordinates with EPA and with BOEM Headquarters and Gulf of Mexico Region to maintain effective information exchange and consistency in applying the BOEM regulations.

Assesses the adequacy of existing information relevant to program and management needs relating to meteorology, air quality, emission, and climate change. Identifies information and data needs relevant to supporting NEPA analyses of proposed OCS activities. Makes appropriate recommendations to management concerning types of studies that are needed to fill data needs in a timely manner.

Provides expert advice and support during all phases of studies contracted for meteorological, climate, or air quality resource information. Writes proposals and justifications for environmental studies to meet program needs relating to meteorology, air quality, emission, and climate change. Reviews studies and contractor proposals relative to environmental assessment needs. Participates on Technical Proposal Evaluation Committees (TPEC’s) and assists in contract administration of selected studies. Reviews results of ongoing studies efforts to ensure assessment objectives are being met and timeliness with ongoing environmental assessments.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
You must meet both the basic education requirement and the specialized experience for the grade to which you are applying.

Basic Education Requirement:
A. Degree: meteorology, atmospheric science, or other natural science major that included:

1. At least 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of credit in meteorology/atmospheric science including a minimum of:

a. Six semester hours of atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics; *

b. Six semester hours of analysis and prediction of weather systems (synoptic/mesoscale);

c. Three semester hours of physical meteorology; and

d. Two semester hours of remote sensing of the atmosphere and/or instrumentation.

2. Six semester hours of physics, with at least one course that includes laboratory sessions. *

3. Three semester hours of ordinary differential equations. *

4. At least nine semester hours of course work appropriate for a physical science major in any combination of three or more of the following: physical hydrology, statistics, chemistry, physical oceanography, physical climatology, radiative transfer, aeronomy, advanced thermodynamics, advanced electricity and magnetism light and optics, and computer science.

  • There is a prerequisite or co-requisite of calculus for course work in atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics, physics, and differential equations. Calculus courses must be appropriate for a physical science major.
OR

B. Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Specialized Experience Requirements:
GS-12

To qualify at the GS-12 you must have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-11). Specialized Experience is that which 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 : (1) interpreting and providing guidance on relevant federal or state regulations pertaining to air pollution; (2) using computer software to either prepare dispersion models or review dispersion models prepared by others for air quality impact analyses; and (3) using knowledge of meteorological principles and methodologies to analyze data pertaining to emissions and air quality impacts of industrial activities.

GS-13

To qualify at the GS-13 you must have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-12). Specialized Experience is that which 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 : (1) interpreting and providing guidance on relevant regulations of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and state regulations pertaining to air pollution; (2) using computer software to either prepare dispersion models or review dispersion models prepared by others for air quality impact analyses; (3) using knowledge of meteorological principles and methodologies to analyze data pertaining to emissions and air quality impacts of industrial activities; and (4) preparing environmental assessments and documentation in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements.

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

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: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp .

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. http://www.sss.gov .

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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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 knowledge of meteorology and air quality issues in order to analyze information and provide guidance concerning air pollutants.

Ability to work in a team environment as a technical authority and contributing member of an interdisciplinary team.

Written Communication Skills to write scientifically sound environmental assessments, and technical reports and briefings.

Oral Communication Skills to brief management on highly technical subjects, work with applicants, and give presentations to stakeholders and the public.

BENEFITS:
To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:
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: www.boemre.gov/adm/ethics.html 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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