Biologist (Marine)

Department of the Interior

Jefferson , Louisiana

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.

The incumbent serves under the supervisor of the Biological Sciences Unit (BSU) within the Biological and Social Sciences Section (BSSS) of the Office of the Environment (OE). The incumbent will support the functions and mission of the OE as one of the regions expert on matters related to the marine and coastal environment (e.g., coastal habitats and related communities, coastal and marine birds, beach mice, and other protected or endangered species) affected by offshore oil and gas, mineral extraction, and renewable energy activities associated with the Gulf of Mexico and the east coast of the United States. Incumbent will also serve as lead for the region and serve on the national BOEM coastal teams that establish criteria for impact assessment methodologies and to develop specialized data on coastal habitat.

This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico Region, Office of Environment, Biological/Social Sciences Section, Biological Sciences Unit, in Jefferson, LA.

This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.


Major Duties: (The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position.)

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

  • Is the lead for the region and serves on the national BOEM coastal teams that establish criteria for impact assessment methodologies and to develop specialized data on coastal habitat.
  • Serves as senior advisor and consultant to Supervisor, Section Chief, Regional Supervisor, Regional Director, BOEM Headquarters office, and Departmental decision-makers on technical matters related to coastal habitats and related communities, and for technical matters related to the environmental studies program for those studies under incumbent’s areas of expertise.
  • Advice, interpretations, and recommendations are considered authoritative and may result in policy decisions or administrative actions with direct the course of BOEM minerals resource management within the Gulf of Mexico Region (GOMR) or nationally.
  • Plan, organize, and coordinates data collection to assess the impacts from offshore activities (oil, gas, and renewable energy; marine minerals extraction) interacting with coastal/benthic habitats.
  • Participates in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process; Tasks include: participating in scoping and planning process; performing environmental analysis; writing sections of NEPA documents, and attending/participating in public meetings; and performing technical reviews of environmental analyses by BOEM staff and other Federal, State, and local entities.
  • Briefs and defends Agency technical programs, policies, and conclusions to other Federal, State, local government, industry or private agencies or persons.
  • Participates in BOEM information transfer meetings.
  • Promotes communications and coordinates with Federal, State, professional, industry, academic, and general public agencies or individuals interested in marine and coastal environments information needs relative to offshore oil and gas, mineral extraction, sand and gravel, and renewable energy activities.
  • Responsible for entire procurement cycle to include; recommending type of study and initial study design and refinements; insure that proposed plans enhance interagency cooperation and are non-duplicative; prepares procurement package; evaluates technical proposals and negotiations with offerors; conducts award briefings of successful offerors and debriefings of unsuccessful offerors; as designated, serves as Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) or
  • Project Officer (PO). May also serve as a Contract Inspector (CI) and review studies for technical merit.
  • Incumbent has full authority over contracts and other agreements assigned as COR/PO for administration of technical aspects of study (as opposed to procurement or “business” aspects of contract/agreement management) with limited supervisory oversight. Supervises technical performance of contractors, considering such factors as competence, thoroughness, timeliness, effectiveness of work being performed; participates in progress reporting meetings and conferences; review and inspect deliverable items; accepts personal responsibility for technical adequacy of products, conducts final reviews to assure that all contractually required goods and services have been satisfactorily received and all contract requirements have been adhered to prior to contract/agreement close-out.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
In addition to the specialized experience requirements for this position, applicants must also meet the Basic Education Requirement as described below:

Basic Educational Requirements:

Degree: Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree that include a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


Combination of education and experience: Appropriate combination of education and experience that is equivalent to a major, as shown in “A” above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

NOTE: You must submit your transcripts to show that you meet this requirement. Failure to submit your transcripts will result in an “Ineligible” rating. When you submit your transcripts, please circle the courses that show how you to meet this requirement.

In addition to the Basic Educational Requirement for this position, applicants must also meet the Specialized Experience described below to qualify for this position:

(2) Specialized Experience:

NOTE: You may NOT substitute Education for Experience at the GS-13 grade level. Only specialized experience will be acceptable.

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 in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience:

1) independently, and/or as part of a team, conduct environmental analysis and consultations for projects with respect to the marine and coastal environments and the impacts resulting from offshore activities (e.g., oil and gas energy, renewable energy, marine minerals, and alternative use);

2) identifying areas for research and/or coordinating the procurement of environmental studies related to the marine and coastal environment (e.g., coastal habitats and related communities, coastal and marine birds, beach mice, and other protected or endangered species);

3) interpreting federal laws and regulatory activities concerning offshore land and/or minerals management and the relationship to coastal habitats and related species;

4) conducting environmental analysis and consultations for large, complex and/or controversial projects studying the impact of energy development in the marine environment; and

5) maintaining current and accurate information for environmental or technical analyses pertaining to offshore oil and gas development operations.

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. 


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