Geologist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Sterling, Virginia
Posted
Aug 11, 2017
Closes
Aug 28, 2017
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

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: http://www.boem.gov/

This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Marine Minerals Branch (MMB), Leasing Division (LD), in Sterling, VA.

The MMB is responsible for the oversight of policy and issues related to the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) non-energy mineral leasing, development, and management. Major functions of the MMB include the leasing of OCS non-energy minerals; stakeholder outreach on issues associated with the Marine Minerals Program (MMP); projection and planning of future resource commitments needed to meet program goals and objectives; program regulation and procedures; and identification of significant gaps in scientific data and information that could impede discovery or leasing of strategic minerals.

This is a permanent, full-time, career/career conditional appointment.

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

Salary Information

GS-7: $44,941-$58428 per annum. GS-9: $54,972-$71,467 per annum.First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

This vacancy is also announced as BOEM-MMCC-17-RD-059(MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures.

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 supervisor approval.


TRAVEL REQUIRED:
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel of 1-5 nights may be required.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
  • No

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.
  • Minimum Qualification Requirements:

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

    (1) Basic Educational Requirements:

    A. Degree: geology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological science, structural, chemical, civil, mining or petroleum engineering, computer science, planetary geology, comparative planetology, geophysics, meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, physical geography, marine geology, and cartography.

    -OR-

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

    (2) Specialized Experience:

    GS-7
    To qualify for the GS-7, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: 1) working on coastal or marine geological studies and field surveys; 2) compiling geologic data for preparing reports, summaries or other scientific documents necessary for evaluation of marine minerals resources; and 3) organizing and entering scientific data into relational spatial and non-spatial databases.

    -OR-

    One year of graduate-level education

    -OR-

    Combination: A combination of specialized experience and education that totals 100% of the experience requirement.

    -OR-

    Superior Academic Achievement (please copy and paste this link into your web browser to view the provision: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=General-Policies)

    GS-9
    To qualify for the GS-9, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: 1) working on coastal or marine geological studies and field surveys; 2) compiling geologic data for preparing reports, summaries or other scientific documents necessary for evaluation of marine minerals resources; 3) organizing and entering scientific data into relational spatial and non-spatial databases; 4) using software such as ArcGIS, SonarWiz, Surfer, CARIS, or Fledermaus to analyze and evaluate geological data; and 5) applying geologic principles and procedures in support of a marine mineral resource evaluation project or study.

    -OR-

    2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree

    -OR-

    Master’s or equivalent degree

    -OR-

    Combination: A combination of specialized experience and education that totals 100% of the experience requirement.

    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.

    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

    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/.

    Public Trust - Background Investigation


    DUTIES:

    At the full performance level GS-11 the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

    1) Uses ArcGIS and other tools in the review of post-dredging surveys to check on such lease terms as depths of cut, side-slope angles, and to ensure that all dredging took place within the boundaries of the lease area.
    2) Handles data entry, analysis and GIS applications for the long term maintenance, analysis and dissemination of marine mineral program datasets. Specifically maintains an electronic database (MMP GIS) for OCS sand leases as well as information from cooperative agreements and studies, including copies of maps, reports, lease documents and correspondence, pre- and post-dredging surveys, and geophysical and geological data.
    3) Assists marine mineral staff in a wide range of data types (such as geophysical, geological, biological, dredging, and geospatial) in both tabular and spatial formats and provides support to lease project coordinators for negotiated leases and coordinates activities with other members of the MMB to ensure consistent data workflows and metadata are complete.
    4) Monitors real-time dredge track information from ongoing operations and integrates applicable dredge quality management data and products for use in post-dredge biological and physical monitoring efforts.
    5) Analyzes the results of post-dredging monitoring surveys for completeness and compliance with the lease agreement.
    6) Supports MMB outreach efforts to inform states, industry, academia, special interest groups, the public, and other Federal agencies of MMP activities. This includes scientific and technical conferences.
    7) Utilizes various applications and software such as ArcGIS, SonarWiz, Surfer, CARIS, and/or Fledermaus to analyze and evaluate offshore sand resources.
    8) Participates as a contributing member on a multidisciplinary team to carry out a project, including but not limited to beach nourishment/coastal restoration projects, which also requires effective coordination and resolution of differences with other groups, agencies, and Departments whose views may not conform to BOEM policies or perspectives.