Physical Scientist (Air Quality

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.


Date posted

Feb. 26, 2024 11:30 am

Application deadline

Mar. 5, 2024 5:00 pm


Department of the Interior BOEM


  • United States

Job description

This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, Office of Environment. This position may be filled in Jefferson, Louisiana, or remote location determined upon selection.

This position is being advertised as both location negotiable after selection and with a duty station of Jefferson, Louisiana, with the option of telework. If applying to "negotiable after selection", this means that your duty station will be based off your home address and you will be a full-time remote worker. If applying to a specific duty station, you may be allowed to telework a set number of day(s) per pay period, with supervisory 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 a regional expert and advisor to senior management decision-makers on air quality regulatory, policy, and scientific research, including greenhouse gases (GHG), climate change, and air emissions related to Bureau Program activities (e.g., oil and gas, renewable energy, carbon capture, marine minerals, and alternative uses).
  2. Represents the Bureau as a regional expert on air quality and coordinates internally and externally with other Federal and state agencies and stakeholders on air quality related issues, including greenhouse gas (GHG) and climate change.
  3. Keeps abreast of new developments in the air quality field, including, but not limited to air pollution, air emissions monitoring and detection, air quality modeling, meteorology, greenhouse gas (GHG), and climate change, through current literature, attendance at meetings and seminars, and communication with other experts.
  4. Proposes and manages the procurement of scientific research or data to address data gaps associated with proposed Bureau Program activities or the current state of the Gulf of Mexico as related to air quality, greenhouse gas (GHG), and climate change.
  5. Prepares the necessary analysis and supporting documentation, writes, and/or reviews air quality related sections of major, complex environmental documents associated with Bureau Program activities. Documents may include, but are not limited to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents (environmental impact statements (EIS) and environmental assessments (EA)), consistency determinations (CD) under the Coastal Zone Management Act, and technical documents such as lease sale packages. Makes sure the analysis within those documents complies with all relevant regulations, policies, and guidance.
  6. Reviews site-specific activity plans, permit applications, and pipeline decommissioning applications for potential impact of emissions to air quality and for compliance with all relevant regulations and guidance.
  7. Mentors and trains junior staff.


Minimum Qualification Requirements:
To qualify for this position you must meet the (1) Basic Educational Requirements AND (2) Specialized Experience for the series/grade to which you are applying.

(1) Basic Educational Requirements:
In addition to the specialized experience requirements for this position, applicants must meet the Education Requirements described below:

A. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
B. Combination of education and experience: education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

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