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Posted by: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Oct 17, 2019


Location:

Jefferson, LA

Job Description:

Duties

Summary
The Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) works to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement. For information about our bureau go to: http://www.bsee.gov/

Security Clearance Required: A Public Trust Background Investigation will be required for this position if selected and hired.

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Responsibilities
This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region, Office of the Regional Director, Office of Environmental Compliance, in Jefferson, LA. The primary purpose of this position is to perform environmental monitoring, field verification and compliance oversight and advise on technical matters in environmental engineering.
At the full performance level (GS-13) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
Serves as an advisor and consultant on technical matters related to environmental engineering issues. Advises on BSEE pollution prevention and control regulations and standards for waste treatment design, to include process system design and equipment for offshore facilities. Serves as a Water Quality Compliance Coordinator, leading BSEE's coordination efforts with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the Gulf of Mexico OCS Region. Oversees office compliance reviews of required industry activity reports to verify compliance with water quality standards. Develops reports on office and field compliance verification efforts and assessments on the effectiveness of related environmental mitigations and other environmental requirements. Develops criteria for impact-assessment methodologies and identifies needed improvements to verification methodologies and enforcement for coastal and marine water quality through adaptive management and coordination with counterparts in partnering federal agencies. Identifies specific process and engineering issues impacting water quality that may be addressed through studies, analyzes the nature of problems, develops study protocols to resolve these problems or to provide an information base for better understanding of the problems, and recommends studies for funding. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
Salary Information
GS-12: $74,596-$96,978 per annum, GS-13: $88,704-$115,313 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.

This vacancy is also announced as BSEE-EENN-19-RD-133(DEU) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Competitive Examining procedures.

Travel Required
Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel of 1-5 nights may be required.

Supervisory status No

Promotion Potential 13

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 grade to which you are applying.

(1) Basic Educational Requirements: Please Note: This position requires specific educational coursework to qualify. You MUST provide transcripts in order to verify that the educational requirements have been met.
You must meet the description in either A or B below to qualify for this position.
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 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) conducting engineering design and/or engineering review of systems, processes, and equipment to meet Clean Water Act discharge standards and/or pollution prevention and control standards.
GS-13
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) conducting engineering design and/or engineering review of systems, processes, and equipment to meet Clean Water Act discharge standards and/or pollution prevention and control standards; 2) performing compliance verification reviews or monitoring of discharges under the Clean Water Act; and 3) conducting or overseeing site inspections and/or investigations to assess Clean Water Act compliance and preparing requisite reports.
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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