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/
Applicants who apply under this job opportunity announcement agree to have their application, associated documents and applicable personal information shared with other Bureaus/Offices within the Department of the Interior (DOI) who have vacancies with the same occupational series, grade, full performance level and in the same geographic location(s). Applying to this announcement does not replace the need to apply to other job opportunity announcements for which you wish to receive consideration.
This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM),Gulf of Mexico OCS Region (GOMR), Resource Evaluation (RE), Geological & Geophysical Section, Geological & Geophysical Evaluation Unit II, in Jefferson, LA.
The incumbent works closely with other geologists, geophysicists, and supervisors of the BOEM GOMR office to provide a general guidance and coordination necessary to apply the data, results and conclusions generated by the regional studies and reservoir mapping program to estimate fair market value for the tracts offered on lease sales.
At the full performance level (GS-12) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
Analyzes, evaluates, and interprets geophysical and geological information and related data, independently carries out detailed, complex, and complete geoscientific investigations of considerable breadth and scope; to include use of geologic and seismic data to define structural traps associated with active salt tectonics, delineation and calibration of seismic amplitude anomalies, prospect identification, collaboration with other geophysicists and geologists in placing prospects into a regional play framework with the most reasonable reservoir facies and quantities uncertainty for use in hydrocarbon resource assessment.
Performs detailed analysis of geophysical, geological and engineering data in the application of determining hydrocarbon prospects, structural styles, trapping mechanisms, and probable productive facies of reservoir sands.
Works closely with other geologist/geophysicists, paleontologists, computer support staff, outside contractors (software personnel), engineers, and other technical and management personnel in solving unique and routine problems and preparing highly specialized technical reports for use in all branches of BOEM.
Performs sub-salt interpretation of both time and depth migrated seismic data to perform the conversion of time horizons to depth for the purpose of generating accurate structural sub-salt prospect maps.
Correlates relevant well logs, ties and calibrates existing well control to the seismic data and constructs detailed structural, stratigraphic and seismic attribute maps and cross-sections to support and illustrate a play, trend or prospect.
Works closely with Section Chiefs, Unit Supervisors, Staff Geologists, Staff Geophysicists, Staff Engineers, and Regional Supervisor as a specialist to advise, obtain information, and make recommendations to aid in the Region and Division management in decision making. Ensure effective flow of required information for decision making in each bureau.
Special Salary Rate Range Information:
GS-09: $61596 - 80077 per annum.
GS-11: $74525 - 96881 per annum.
GS-12: $89325 - 116128 per annum.
First time hires to the federal government typically start at the beginning salary in the range for their respective grade level.
BOEM has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.
Occasional travel - Travel of 1-5 nights per year may be required.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
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/.
Occasional overtime and weekend work may be required.
Minimum Qualification Requirements:
To qualify for this position you must meet the (1) Basic Educational Requirements AND (2) Specialized Experience for the series/grade 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:
You must meet the description in either A or B below to qualify for this position through this series.
A. Degree: that included at least 30 semester hours in mathematics (including calculus) and the physical sciences (geophysics, physics, engineering, geology, astronomy, meteorology, electronics, etc.).
B. Combination of education and experience: course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education that totals 100%.
You must meet the description in either A or B below to qualify for this position through this series.
A. Degree: geology, which included or was supplemented by 20 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.
B. Combination of education and experience - course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education that totals 100%.
(2) Specialized Experience
You must either meet A, B, or C in order to qualify for the series and grade to which you are applying.
A. Specialized Experience: To qualify for the GS-09, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 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: assisting with geological/geophysical assignments that require application of geological or geophysical principles to interpret geophysical/geological data to determine structure and/or physical properties of the subsurface.
B. Education: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree OR master's or equivalent graduate degree.
C. Combination of Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet the total experience requirement for this grade level.
A. Specialized Experience: To qualify for the GS-11, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least 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 typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: 1) utilizing geoscientific software (e.g., seismic data interpretation or well log evaluation software) to perform subsurface oil and gas interpretation; and 2) integrating digital well log data with seismic data through digital well log analysis;
B. Education: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
C. Combination of Education and Experience: Combination of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet the total experience requirement for this grade level.
GS-12 Note: Education cannot be substituted for experience at this grade level.
Specialized Experience: To qualify for the GS-12, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least 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 typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: 1) utilizing geoscientific software (e.g., seismic data interpretation or log evaluation software) to perform subsurface oil and gas interpretation; 2) integrating digital well log data with seismic data through digital well log analysis; and 3) analyzing geological or geophysical data to identify oil and gas resources and reserves, and placing them into distinct hydrocarbon plays.
If qualifying with experience, you must meet all specialized experience statements.
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
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.
How You Will Be Evaluated
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. You are being evaluated under the Category Rating method, which means, if you are determined to be qualified you will be placed in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "Platinum", "Gold", and "Silver". However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "Platinum" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:
Geology - Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and theories of the origins and structure of the earth, including the physical forces that have shaped it and its physical and organic history.
Geophysics - Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and theories related to solid earth structure, global seismic patterns, lithosphere, atmosphere, and the behavior of the earth's gravitational, magnetic, and electrical fields, and other forces affecting the earth and its environment.
Reasoning - Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes inferences or draws accurate conclusions.
Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
Written Communication - Expresses facts and ideas in writing in a succinct and organized manner.
If you are a status applicant (current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility in the competitive service), 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.
To preview the assessment questionnaire click: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10875951
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)
Trust determination process
Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/How_to_create_your_resume
Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (4) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (5) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15 (if applicable).
NOTE: Applicants claiming veterans preference (TP, CP, CPS) must submit a copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," (Member 4 copy is preferred), showing the dates of active duty, type of discharge, and character of service (must be honorable); OR acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 10% or more).
You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education - accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: https://www.bsee.gov/careers/usajobs-assistance OR http://www.boem.gov/USAJobs-Assistance/ .
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.
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U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
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All U.S. Citizens