Biologist (Marine)

  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • Apr 16, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Environmental Planning - NEPA Environmental Science - Engineering Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Management

Job Description


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: 

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. 

Salary Info:
GS-13: $87,252 to $113,428 per annum. 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-MMLL-18-KS-062(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 telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

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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: 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Briefs and defends Agency technical programs, policies, and conclusions to other Federal, State, local government, industry or private agencies or persons.
  6. Participates in BOEM information transfer meetings.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1-5 nights per month.

Closes 04/30/2018

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$87,252 to $113,428 per year. Pay scale & grade GS 13.