Sociocultural Specialist


Vacancy ID: 783841   Announcement Number: BOEM-EW-12-MM783841(DEU)   USAJOBS Control Number: 330882600

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

By submitting your application to this vacancy, please be aware that you are agreeing to the following statement regarding your application: I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information on and attached to this application is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. I understand that I must not leave any questions "blank", or unanswered. I understand that false or fraudulent information on or attached to this application may be grounds for not hiring me or for firing me after I begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment. I understand that any information I give may be investigated. Please answer the following questions honestly and accurately. All answers must be reflected in your resume.

1. I understand that my resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination as to whether or not I meet the specialized experience requirements for each grade level(s) for which I am applying. My work experience can be assumed to be FULL-TIME, unless I note otherwise. If my work schedule is something OTHER THAN full-time, I have annotated the hours/week worked for that experience. I understand that if the experience used to qualify me is part-time, and does NOT equal 52 weeks, I will be removed from consideration for employment.

A. Yes, I understand this statement and my resume complies with it.

2. Please select the statement that best describes how you meet the Basic Education Requirement for this position.

A. I possess a bachelor's or higher degree in behavioral or social science or a related discipline appropriate for the position.
B. I am within 9 months of completing a bachelor's or higher degree in behavioral or social science or a related discipline appropriate for the position.
C. I have a combination of education and experience that has provided me with knowledge of one or more behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a degree in the field.
D. I have four years of appropriate experience that demonstrates that I have acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a degree in the field.
E. I do not have the education/experience described in the above choices.

3. Do you have at least one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled? Specialized experience is defined as: Identifying and analyzing relevant information to support sociocultural and/or environmental impact analyses; assisting with the development of scientific documents related to environmental analysis; and reviewing and commenting on environmental documents prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

A. Yes. I have performed these duties for at least ONE year, and this experience is clearly reflected in my resume.
B. No, however, I am substituting education for specialized experience: I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate degree in a behavioral or social science, or a related discipline appropriate for the position, or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or an LL.M., if related.
C. No, however, I am substituting a combination of education and experience for specialized experience: I have an appropriate combination of experience and education, in excess of the first two years of progressively higher level graduate education, to qualify for this position.
D. My experience is not reflected in any of the statements above.

4. Do you have at least one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled? Specialized Experience is defined as: Identifying and analyzing relevant information to evaluate the impact of energy development activities on an area's subsistence, culture, and resources; preparing sections of environmental impact analyses under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements; and evaluating the impact of activities on historic properties under the National Historic Preservation Act.

A. Yes. I have performed these duties for at least one year, and this experience is clearly reflected in my resume.
B. No. I do not have at least one year of experience performing the duties described above.

For the next tasks, please select the choice which best matches your experience. Please make sure the experience you claim is clearly reflected in your resume or you may not receive credit for your answer.

A- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
B- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.

5. Do you have experience interpreting and applying Executive Order 12898 concerning Environmental Justice?

6. Do you have experience interpreting and applying Executive Order 13175 "Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments"?

7. Do you have experience analyzing the impacts of the offshore energy industry and associated activities?

8. Do you have knowledge of and experience studying the subsistence, culture, and archaeological resources of the North Slope and/or south-central Alaska?

A. Yes
B. No, but I have this experience in other regions of Alaska.
C. No, but I have this experience outside of Alaska.
D. No, I do not have this experience.


For the next tasks, please select the choice which best matches your experience. Please make sure the experience you claim is clearly reflected in your resume or you may not receive credit for your answer.


A- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
B- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
E- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.

9. Do you have experience interpreting and applying National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) requirements, guidelines, and procedures to deal with complex and varying situations?

10. Do you have experience writing concise, scientifically defensible assessments of potential Environmental Justice effects and?

11. Do you have experience providing assistance or technical advice to others on environmental study initiatives and environmental assessments?

12. Do you have experience analyzing the impacts of energy development activities on Native communities?

13. Have you identified and made recommendations for future research or data needs concerning impact assessments?

14. Have you written analysis on subsistence activities, cultural systems, and archaeological resources for environmental fact finding or for a type of publication?

A. I have done this as a regular part of a job.
B. I have done this on occasion, but not as a regular part of a job.
C. No. I have not performed this task.

15. Have you prepared responses to public comments concerning environmental or sociocultural impact issues?

A. I have done this as a regular part of a job.
B. I have done this on occasion, but not as a regular part of a job.
C. No. I have not performed this task.

16. Have you successfully helped complete an environmental analysis or reached a group goal in the environmental arena as a contributing member of a team?

A. Yes
B. No

17. Do you have experience working on a multidisciplinary environmental team made up of members from varying occupations or specialties?

A. Yes
B. No

18. Have you had to collaborate with peers, supervisors and higher management to foster and maintain effective cooperative relationships to complete assignments and to facilitate timely accomplishment of work group activities?

A. Yes
B. No

Please indicate your pay plan, highest grade held, and dates held below (e.g. GS-13; 08/15/11-08/15/12). If you have never been a federal employee, please type "N/A".