Washington D.C.
Mar 29, 2019
Mar 29, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - Travel may be required occassionally.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • 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.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • 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/.


    Applicants MUST meet ALL three (3) of the specialized experience below and your experience MUST be clearly written in your resume.

    Specialized Experience - 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 typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: 1) Serving as a technical expert, conducting research, and developing, writing, and editing materials to convey information concerning complex programs and functions; 2) Facilitating communications with Departments, bureaus, offices or organizations to verify factual information in preparing or editing technical responses or publications and; 3) Ensuring accuracy in information and that concepts are contained in correspondence and documents submitted to top management/senior management of large and complex organization for their signature.

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

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

    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

    At the GS-13 grade level, you may not substitute education for experience.

    Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position. 

    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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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    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. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

    1. Communication – Skill in organizing, expressing, and communicating ideas clearly in writing and verbally. Ensures that regular communication occurs based on the needs of the work, the individual, management, or the situation. Listens to issues, problems, and unpopular points of views and states opinion and/or makes recommendations in a manner that encourages dialogue and has an effective resolution. Ability to comprehend and communicate complex issues that cut across bureaus of the Department, other agencies, and throughout Government.
    2. Technical Knowledge– Expert knowledge of writing and editing techniques, to include contemporary English usage, grammar, sentence structure, and the process of reviewing, editing, or constructively critiquing a document, correspondence, or message. Ability to format correspondence to convey intended messages to target audiences with clarity and precision. 
    3. Organizational and External Awareness – Ability to identify and communicate the interrelationship between the agency’s mission and function and best practices related to implementing agency programs, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations. Identify and understand economic, political, and social trends that affect the organization, as well as program priorities and current issues confronting the Secretary and senior officials of the Department. 
    4. Research – Skill in gathering, developing, and checking the accuracy of information. Knowledge of the principles, methods, and processes used to conduct a systematic and objective inquiry. Verify all references are pertinent to the subject and are current, and delete unnecessary or inappropriate ones. Ability to obtain additional subject matter information as required. 
    5. Attention to Detail – Ability to be thorough when writing and editing correspondence and conscientious about addressing every detail. Follow steps as outlined in the Agency’s Department’s guidance and policy accordingly. Review materials to ensure they are accurate, clear and concise. Perform follow-up to ensure quality of work product and/or actions are completed.   

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    Drug test required No

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