Environmental Protection Specialist

  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • Anchorage, AK, United States
  • Oct 29, 2016
Full time Biology/Ecology Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental Science/Engineering Natural Resources Wildlife/Endangered Species

Job Description

The Alaska Outer Continental Shelf(OCS) Region (AKOCSR) is involved in multiple phases of OCS activity, including resource evaluation, leasing, and required studies and environmental analysis to support these phases. Activities pursuant to these management responsibilities include technical oversight of environmental and mineral resource/reserve analyses, development and administration of regional environmental and technical studies, review and potential approval of exploration and development plans and conduct/oversight of monitoring programs to ensure compliances with condition of project approvals.

The incumbent is a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) project lead responsible for managing and coordinating the activities of a multidisciplinary team in the conduct of environmental analyses for specific Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas lease sales, exploration and development/production projects on the Alaska OCS. This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Alaska OCS Region, Office of Environment, Environmental Analysis Section I, Anchorage, AK.

This is a permanent, full-time, career/career conditional appointment. First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

This vacancy is also announced as BOEM-MMJJ-16-KS-151(MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures.

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

At the full performance level (GS-13) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Serves as the NEPA project lead and coordinator of a multidisciplinary team of scientific specialists and regulatory experts writing NEPA documents for the Alaska OCS region.
2. Serves as the NEPA technical expert. Interprets NEPA laws, regulations, policies and guidance for staff, responsible for the consistency, technical accuracy, and quality of Environmental Impact Statements (EISs)/Environmental Assessments (EAs).
3. Plans and recommends to the Supervisor schedules for work to be accomplished by the team. Sets priorities, and assigns work based on priorities, the difficulty of assignments, and employee capabilities.
4. Conducts coordination and public scoping meetings and coordinates public outreach participation activities. Develops alternatives for analysis in environmental documents based on public and agency comments received during scoping.
5. Coordinates, edits and reviews the preparation of EIS/EA sections, drafted by scientific specialists, ensuring interdisciplinary perspective is maintained and administrative viewpoints are reflected in the EIS/EA. Facilitates involvement of Federal, State and other local agencies, as well as federally recognized tribes in the EIS/EA or other environmental documents.
6. Prepares scoping reports and purpose and need, scoping, and alternatives sections in the EIS/EA. Coordinates responses to public review comments on draft EISs.
7. Represents and speaks on behalf of the BOEM to the public, federally recognized tribes, Federal, State and local governments, special interest groups, and industry representatives during public meetings and hearings, as required.

Travel Required
Occasional Travel
Travel 1-5 nights per month.

Closes Friday 11/18/2016
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Job Level



Government- Federal


$77,726 to $120,159/yr. Series & Grade GS-0028-12/13.