Environmental Scientist, GS-0401-13 (DEU)
Department Of The Interior - New Orleans, LA

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The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) works to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement.

This position’s office title is the Artificial Reef Coordinator (Biologist) . It serves in the Environmental Review Unit (ERU) under the Unit Chief and Regional Environmental Officer (REO) to support the Division/Branch/Unit needs. This position is located in Jefferson, LA.

Jefferson Louisiana is a suburb of New Orleans, Louisiana. The region thrives with cultural activities, is recognized internationally as a center for fine dining, music, literature and the arts as well as for professional sports including NFL football, NBA basketball, and Triple-A baseball. There are six colleges and universities offering a variety of curriculums at the bachelor, master and doctorate levels: two medical schools, two law schools and a dental school. There is a mix of public, private and charter primary and secondary schools. New Orleans also boasts a world-class zoo and aquarium. The climate is characterized by mild winters, extended spring and fall seasons, and warm summers. The weather is conducive to the outdoor recreational activities available in Sportsman’s Paradise such as fishing, hunting, golf, and water sports.

This is a Permanent, Full Time position.

This vacancy is also announced as (BSEE-CW-13-MM837062 (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 be authorized.
Travel may NOT be required.
You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit. DUTIES:

Major Duties : ( The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position.)

The major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

Serves as the Environmental Enforcement Division (EED)/Environmental Enforcement Branch (EEB) expert on matters related to artificial reefs and associated legislation, particularly the National Fishing Enhancement Act (NFEA), National Artificial Reef Plan, and the State artificial reef programs. As expert, you are also responsible for leading coordination efforts with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other Federal and State agencies;
Serves as the bureau Rigs-to-Reefs Program Coordinator, which includes duties as primary advisor on developing and refining the bureau’s reefing policy and establishing criteria and methodologies for reef site development; including, all associated monitoring/compliance requirements, and preparation of section and/or reviews in BSEE and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents related to artificial reefs and the incumbent’s area of expertise;
Oversees, schedules, and participates in EEB’s field efforts regarding artificial reef emplacement and related compliance efforts; including work with remote-sensing data collection, mitigation, stipulation, and NTL enforcement, and coordination with industry contacts, BOEM studies leads, NOAA and State program leads, and other Federal, State, and private groups; and
Maintains a positive relationship with technical and professional persons in BOEM, NOAA, USACE, USCG, and other Federal, State, and local governments, academic institutions, and other public and private entities and maintains an awareness of their programs for areas affected or expected to be affected by the OCS leasing program and the artificial reef program. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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

1. BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

OR

Combination of education and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

2. Specialized Experience: GS-13

To qualify for the GS-13 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the next lower grade level ( GS-12 ).

Specialized experience required for this position is:
Experience serving as an advisor, project or program manager, or working directly alongside such an individual, developing and refining artificial reefing policy and establishing criteria and methodologies for reef site development; including, all associated monitoring/compliance requirements, and preparing, writing, reviewing, and presenting scientific peer reviews or documents related to an artificial reef program and the use of artificial reefs in fisheries management.

Experience in resume will demonstrate actual experience representing an agency or industry related to the functions of this position.

Experience may have been gained in positions such as an Artificial Reef Coordinator or Environmental Scientist/Biologist/Ecologist or related discipline at local, state, federal agencies or private industries with direct ties to artificial reef development and management in marine areas or federal waters. Direct experience related to the "Rigs-to-Reefs" Program is highly desirable.

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 ( Online Questionnaire ) 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:

  • Program Management
§ Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and manage complex scientific or technical projects. This includes the ability to analyze scientific data, identify problems, and develop study protocols. This ability is necessary to resolve problems to properly determine the requisite compliance levels appropriate to reefing permits, approved plans, and/or other permit applications submitted by operators to BOEM and BSEE and to oversee the development of environmentally sound mitigation/alternatives that comply with the Agency’s programs and policies.

  • Technical Knowledge
§ Of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations and their relationship to environmental harm/degradation to coastal and/or marine waters.

§ Knowledge of offshore oil and gas operations, and the opportunities for environmental harm or degradation posed by such operations to coastal and/or marine waters. This knowledge is used to properly determine the requisite compliance levels appropriate for approved plans or permit applications submitted by operators to BOEM and BSEE. This also includes the ability to oversee the development of environmentally sound mitigation/alternatives that comply with the Agency’s programs/policies and the appropriate ways in which to monitor their application and ensure industry compliance.

  • Knowledge and use of artificial reef
§ Management programs and fishery management tools.

§ Knowledge of artificial reef management programs and the use of artificial reefs in fisheries management. This knowledge will be used to serve as an Artificial Program Coordinator and Rigs-to-Reefs Program Coordinator for the BSEE, EEB at both the Regional and National levels.

  • Knowledge of Environmental Laws and Regulations
§ Knowledge of specific environmental laws and regulations. This knowledge is needed to manage the Artificial Reef Program for BSEE. These laws include, but are not limited to, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA), the National Fishing Enhancement Act (NFEA), the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), and/or other environmental laws, regulations, and executive orders necessary to oversee industry’s environmental compliance on the Federal OCS.

  • Oral and written communication.
§ Demonstrated ability to communicate orally and in writing. This ability is extremely important in order to expertly prepare, summarize, and/or edit technical reports, contracts, analyses, reviews, and articles and to effectively communicate information to other scientists/engineers, management, and industry/public representatives through written reports and oral communications. 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 Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) 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 Safety and Environmental Enforcement webpage for Ethics located at: http://www.bsee.gov/About-BSEE/Ethics/Ethics.aspx for additional information. BSEE 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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