U.S. Department of the Interior
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Location: Sterling, VA

Full Description of the Position

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), U.S. Department of the Interior, 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 vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.


The mission of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is to manage ocean energy and mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in a manner that balances energy independence, economic development, and environmental protection. Energy resources on the OCS include oil and natural gas, as well as sources of renewable energy. Marine mineral resources include sand, gravel, and other non-energy minerals.

For each major stage of offshore energy and mineral planning and development, BOEM conducts reviews under a suite of environmental laws (e.g., National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA)). These reviews and related public engagement help inform the Bureau's decisions on conventional and renewable energy exploration, leasing and development activities, as well as marine mineral activities for coastal restoration projects. Additionally, BOEM's scientists oversee environmental studies to ensure the best available information is used to inform decision- making.

To comply with these environmental laws, BOEM must assess the potential impacts of human-made noise (created by a number of BOEM activities) on marine species in the OCS. In order to better understand and analyze the impacts of these anthropogenic noises, BOEM is establishing an in-house, state-of -the-art Center for Marine Acoustics (CMA), which will include capabilities for developing and running underwater acoustic models. The goal of the CMA is to support all noise-related aspects of BOEM's environmental analyses, including routine NEPA documents, MMPA and ESA consultations, internal BOEM technical reports, and prioritization of scientific studies.

The incumbent serves as an Acoustic Modeler in the Office of Environmental Programs (OEP) or Office of Renewable Energy Programs.

At the full performance level (GS-13) the major duties of this position include but are not limited to the following:

1. Acquires and implements a suite of underwater acoustic propagation models, dedicated marine mammal movement models and supporting software and databases capable of modeling potential acoustic impacts or other important acoustic analyses for all underwater acoustic sources regulated by BOEM. Develops supporting software to link existing models and maintain results of modeling efforts.

2. Uses expertise in scientific discipline and analytical techniques to author or review technical documents related to acoustic modeling or perform specialized analyses on impacts of human-made noise on marine species.

3. Prepares, or assists in preparing documents, Departmental and Bureau correspondence, and briefing materials concerning acoustic issues, including those related to decisions, public or stakeholder inquiries, and or congressional requests. Presents to Bureau and Departmental leadership.

4. Recommends field, laboratory, modeling, and/or synthesis studies necessary to adequately assess the environmental impacts from OCS activities.

5. Coordinates procurement of environmental studies and manages contractual agreements as Contracting Officer Representative. Prepares and reviews statements of work, procurement packages (including government cost-estimates) and evaluates proposals for technical adequacy, programmatic consistency, and cost-effectiveness.

6. Forms and maintains constructive working relationships with other Regional/Program Offices and Interior bureaus. Liaisons with other stakeholders on issues concerning BOEM decision-making, rulemaking, and other aspects of OCS activities dealing with environmental issues and assessment.

7. Represents the findings of BOEM's environmental analysis and research to the public, key stakeholders, and other experts at meetings.

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:
GS-09: $59,534 – $77,396 Per annum.
GS-11: $72,030 – $93,638 Per annum.
GS-12: $86,335 – $112,240 Per annum.
GS-13: $102,663 – $133,465 Per annum.

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

This vacancy is also announced as BOEM-MMGG-20-KS-072(DEU) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Competitive Examining procedures.

Travel Required – Occasional Travel – Travel of 1-5 nights per month may be required.

Supervisory Status – No

Promotion Potential – GS-13

Open for Applications: 08/11/2020 to 08/31/2020
Salary: $59,534 to $133,465 per year

How to Apply:
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Agency contact information: HR Assistant,
Phone: 703-787-1446, Email: human.resources6@bsee.gov


Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
45600 Woodland Road
Sterling, VA 20166

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