Job Opportunity with BOEM as Geologist/Oceanographer in Virginia


The mission of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is to manage ocean energy and mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in a manner that balances energy independence, economic development, and environmental protection. Energy resources on the OCS include oil and natural gas, as well as sources of renewable energy. Marine mineral resources include sand, gravel, and other non-energy minerals.

The Marine Minerals Program (MMP) manages the non-competitive use of OCS sand and gravel in qualified projects, as well as the competitive leasing of OCS critical minerals. Major MMP functions include resource mapping and evaluation, mineral leasing and policy development, environmental assessment and study, stakeholder engagement, and responsible resource stewardship. This work is critically important to promote coastal resilience and sustainably manage OCS marine minerals to ensure future availability.

The Marine Minerals Division (MMD), organized within the Office of Strategic Resources (OSR) in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), is responsible for oversight and execution of these MMP functions. The MMD leads the Bureau’s efforts to advance the marine mineral stewardship mission, National Offshore Sand Inventory, and Marine Minerals Information System.

The incumbent serves as a Geologist or Oceanographer in the Office of Strategic Resources (OSR), Marine Minerals Division (MMD). The incumbent specializes in resource evaluation, resource management, and leasing.

Job Role

  1. Provides technical and policy recommendations and develops new and improved procedures related to the exploration, leasing, and stewardship of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) marine minerals.
  2. Contributes to the development of BOEM’s National Offshore Sand Inventory and Marine Minerals Information System.
  3. Coordinates leases and other authorizations related to the use of or exploration for OCS minerals.
  4. Evaluates OCS sand and mineral resources using geophysical, geological, and geospatial data.
  5. Initiates, participates in, and manages research related to identification, characterization, and stewardship of OCS marine minerals.
  6. Supports inter-agency coordination, stakeholder engagement, and research partnerships.
  7. Represent the Bureau or Department concerning matters related to resource evaluation, leasing, or multiple use conflicts.

Closing date: 10/15/19

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