Interdisciplinary Economist or Petroleum Engineer

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Sterling, Virginia
Posted
Jan 28, 2022
Closes
Feb 02, 2022
Function
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Hours
Full Time
Duties

This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Office of Strategic Resource Programs, Economics Division, in Sterling, VA.

This position is eligible for a remote work arrangement. The selectee may work from the remote location as agreed upon by the employee and the hiring official within the United States. More information regarding BOEM's remote work terms is available here BOEM Manual 370-300-3 Remote Work.pdf

At the full performance level (GS-14) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Conducts economic or engineering analysis for BOEM's offshore oil and gas, renewable energy, or marine minerals programs.
  • Researches and develops methods likely to be useful in analysis of offshore policy issues or in other pertinent applications, working both individually and in collaboration with other staff within Economics or other Divisions, outside contacts, or contractors.
  • Prepares reports of research and applications that explain the work, give interpretations of results, and describe the significance of the results.
  • Responsible for assessing the adequacy of assigned existing analytical techniques, models, tools and methods used in the division and for pursuing improvements as needed.
  • Leads, adapts and implements new applications of recently available analytical or engineering techniques.
  • Develops statistical models, methods, and tools for forecasting time series of prices and other economic variables.
  • Recognized as an expert to provide reliable valid economic input to critical, established Bureau decision processes.
  • Participates in diverse BOEM teams to improve their work with respect to economic, energy, or engineering issues, and to assess how renewable and non-renewable energy activities affect, and are affected by, domestic and international economic activity and trends.

  • BOEM has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    Salary Range Information: First time hires to the federal government typically start at the beginning salary in the range for their respective grade level.

    Base Pay - The salary for the selectee will be adjusted to include locality based pay entitlements as it pertains to the remote work location:
    GS-12: 68,299 - $88,792
    GS-13: $81,216 - $105,579
    GS-14: $95,973 - $124,764

    Sterling, VA (locality pay included):
    GS-12: $89,834 - $116,788
    GS-13: $106,823 - $138,868
    GS-14: $126,233 - $164,102

    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
    • Your 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/OR (2) Specialized Experience for the series to which you are applying. *Note* Transcripts must be submitted with your application. Failure to submit all transcripts will result in disqualification for consideration for this position.

    (1) Basic Requirements: Economist (0110)
    A. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
    -OR-
    B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Evaluation of Experience - Examples of qualifying experience include:
  • individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation;
  • supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or
  • teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following (1) personal research that produced evidence of results, (2) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.
  • Experience in related fields that did not involve the use and understanding of economic principles and theories may not be used as qualifying experience for these positions. Special attention on this point should be given to certain types of work that may or may not have provided professional economic experience. The following examples of work require special care in such determinations:
  • economic statistics;
  • industrial surveys;
  • management of individual business enterprises, including farms;
  • industrial planning;
  • writing or editorial work in economic subjects; and
  • financial market analysis.
  • (1) Basic Educational Requirements: Petroleum Engineer (0881)
    A. Degree: Professional Engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
    -OR-
    B. Combination of education and experience: College-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following listed in the link below: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf

    (2) Specialized Experience: GS-12
    To qualify for the GS-12, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade 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: must meet all
  • Performing economic analysis of policy, legislation and/or regulations impacting energy, mineral, environmental, resource economics, and/or other economic policy analysis;
  • utilizing computer-based tools to conduct analysis associated with energy or nonenergy mineral resource exploration, development and production, and/or other economic policies; and
  • creating and assessing energy resource, economic evaluation, or economic impact models;
  • (2) Specialized Experience: GS-13
    To qualify for the GS-13, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade 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: must meet all
  • Performing economic analysis of policy, legislation and/or regulations impacting energy, mineral, environmental, resource economics, and/or other economic policy analysis;
  • utilizing computer-based tools to conduct analysis associated with energy or nonenergy mineral resource exploration, development and production, and/or other economic policies;
  • creating and assessing energy resource, economic evaluation, or economic impact models; and
  • presenting results of economic studies to management officials for decision making purposes;
  • (2) Specialized Experience: GS-14
    To qualify for the GS-14, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade 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: must meet all
  • Performing economic analysis of policy, legislation and/or regulations impacting energy, mineral, environmental, resource economics, and/or other economic policy analysis;
  • utilizing computer-based tools to conduct analysis associated with energy or nonenergy mineral resource exploration, development and production, and/or other economic policies;
  • creating and assessing energy resource, economic evaluation, or economic impact models;
  • presenting results of economic studies to management officials for decision making purposes; and
  • representing an organization at leadership meetings and conferences in areas of economics.
  • 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.