Social Scientist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Sterling, Virginia
Posted
Jan 20, 2023
Closes
Jan 26, 2023
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

This position is located within the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Office of Renewable Energy Programs. This position will either be located in Sterling, Virginia or virtual location.

This position is being advertised as both location negotiable after selection and with a duty station of Sterling, Virginia with the option of telework. If applying to "negotiable after selection", this means that your duty station will be based off your home address and you will be a full-time remote worker.

At the full performance level (GS-13) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
As a Social Scientist for offshore renewable energy development, you will serve as the social science Subject Matter Expert for environmental and decision documents for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) renewable energy activities, rulemaking or other assigned activities and, at the full performance level, GS-13, will:
1. Implement environmental laws and regulations to ensure compliance of BOEM renewable energy activities with the requirements of OCS Lands Act (OCSLA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) related to impacts on socioeconomic resources.
2. Assess the adequacy of compliance with environmental laws and regulations related to socioeconomic resources, including environmental justice; and recommend solutions to analytical, policy, and scientific issues to meet and continually improve compliance with laws, regulations, and departmental/bureau policies.
3. Prepare and review environmental documents that integrate streamlining and state-of-the-art methods, scientific understanding, legal requirements, departmental and BOEM policies, and Executive Orders, including those related to environmental justice.
4. Use expertise in social science discipline and analytical techniques to author or review technical documents, perform specialized analyses, or support research.
5. Identify and address areas where information must be developed by either agency research or contract studies, then develop and manage such studies.
6. Coordinate the procurement of environmental studies and manages contractual agreements as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR).
7. Help resolve issues and identifies appropriate mitigation measures relating to socioeconomic resources.

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 supervisory permission.

The salaries listed below are for Sterling, Virginia. If selected for a virtual location, your salary will be set for the location in which you reside.


Salary Information for Sterling, Virginia:
GS-11: Step 1:$78,592.00 to Step 10: $102,166.00 per annum
GS-12: Step 1: $94,199.00 to Step 10: $122,459.00 per annum.
GS-13: Step 1: $112,015.00 to Step 10: $145,617.00 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.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


  • 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.
  • 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/.


  • Qualifications

    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 Educational Requirements:
    In addition to the specialized experience requirements for this position, applicants must meet the Education Requirements described below:
    Degree: Behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

    OR

    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

    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.

    SUBMISSION OF TRANSCRIPTS IS REQUIRED.

    (2) Specialized Experience
    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 in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: 1) Experience assisting in applying the concepts, principles and practices of social science to environmental resource management or interdisciplinary scientific issues in coordination with a Team Lead. 2) Experience in planning and carrying out social science projects related to renewable or offshore energy that include conducting targeted literature reviews; and 3) preparing summary technical reports of literature. Must meet all.

    APPLICANTS MAY SUBSTITUTE EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERINCE AT THE GS-11 LEVEL AS OUTLINED BELOW. TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED.

    Substitution of Specialized Experience for Education at the GS-11 level if you have achieved:
    • Ph. D. or equivalent doctoral degree or
    • Three (3) full of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or
    • LL.M., if related
    -OR-

    Combination of Education and Experience:: Only education in excess of the first two years of progressively higher level graduate education toward a Ph.D. or the equivalent doctorate degree may be used toward this combination (example: 2.5 years in a Ph.D. program (50%) plus 6 months of specialized experience (50%)=100%).

    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 in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: 1) Experience applying the concepts, principles and practices of social science to environmental resource management or interdisciplinary scientific issues in coordination with a team. 2) Experience in planning and carrying out social science projects related to renewable or offshore energy that include conducting targeted literature reviews; 3) preparing summary technical reports of literature; and 4) communicating scientific and technical information. Must meet all.

    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 in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: 1) Experience applying the concepts, principles and practices of social science to environmental resource management or interdisciplinary scientific issues as a Team Lead. 2) Experience in planning and carrying out social science projects related to renewable or offshore energy that include conducting targeted literature reviews; 3) preparing summary technical reports of literature; and 4) communicating scientific and technical information; and 5) experience conducting analyses or preparing documentation under the National Environmental Policy Act or Endangered Species Act. Must meet all.

    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.

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

    Education

    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


    Additional 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.

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