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    Summary

    NOAA is seeking bright, innovative, results-oriented students who are pursuing a degree or certificate program in an accredited educational institution for our Intern Program.  The NOAA Pathways Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a degree-seeking or Certificate program at least on a half-time basis. (Applicants who do not meet the definition of student by the closing date of the announcement will not be considered). 

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    Responsibilities

    Monster Government Solutions (MGS) will be performing scheduled maintenance between Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th. You may not be able to complete the application process during this time. The scheduled maintenance will end 6:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, November 18th.

    The incumbent of this position is a participant in the Pathways Intern Program serving under an indefinite excepted appointment. This is a student trainee position located within the National Weather Service (NWS), Meteorological Development Laboratory (MDL). The MDL conducts and sponsors applied research and development for the improvement of diagnostic and prognostic weather information; data depiction and utilization; warning and forecast product preparation; and data and forecast evaluation. Projects involve modern physical, dynamical, and statistical techniques implemented on operational computers. Emphasis is placed on integrated suites of guidance and final products for Weather Forecast Offices, River Forecast Centers, and National Centers. The Laboratory collaborates with other laboratories and centers within and outside of NOAA and actively seeks to identify new techniques in response to NWS mission requirements. The Laboratory provides meteorological support to other elements of the Office of Science and Technology Integration, as required.

    The purpose of this position to provide the incumbent with training in a variety of meteorological duties designed to develop prerequisite background skills and experience in the field of meteorology. The incumbent will receive advanced on-the-job and formal training to provide experience in various NWS operations; familiarization with NWS programs, policies, and procedures; and an opportunity to perform progressively more responsible assignments as experience is gained.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    07

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National
    • Must be at least 16 years of age at the time of appointment
    • Must be suitable for Federal employment
    • If male, must be registered for Selective Service (www.sss.gov)
    • Qualifications must be met by closing date of the announcement
    • Selectee will be required to sign a Pathways Programs Participant Agreement

    Upon successful completion of the Pathways Internship Program and completion of their academic degree or Certificate program, individuals may be non-competitively converted to a Term position or permanent position in the Competitive Service.  

    This position is located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Applicants must be available to work there for the duration of the appointment. 

    *Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. All travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the sole responsibility of the selected employee.

    *A one year trial period may be required.

    *This position is not in the bargaining unit.

    Employment Requirements

    • Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation.  The position may require a background investigation at the time of appointment, and may be subject to reinvestigation every five years thereafter.   A favorable adjudication of the background investigation is a condition of employment.
    • If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on you entry-on-duty-date will be verified through the DHS “E-VERIFY” system.  Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.  Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. 
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice via Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer. 

    If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. Additional information can be found here:  https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

    Qualifications

    ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  

    • U.S. Citizen or U.S. National;
    • Must be at least 16 years of age at the time of appointment;
    • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a student at least on a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution in a certificate, degree, or diploma program;
    • Be in good academic standing as defined by the educational institution;
    • Provide an official certified school transcript or proof of enrollment; and
    • If selected, must sign a Pathways Programs Internship Program Agreement after being appointed.  Official transcripts will be required before you can report to duty. 

    The ideal candidate for this position is pursuing a degree in meteorology and has course work or experience working with large databases; FORTRAN programming; and Python, NetCDF, GRIB2, and scripting as well as knowledge of statistics and statistical post-processing.

    QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

    Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards.  To be eligible for conversion to a term or career conditional appointment a candidate must meet the requirements for the 1340 series. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1300/meteorology-series-1340/ 

    To qualify at the GS-07 level:

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS: This position requires applicants to meet a Basic Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of specialized experience or substitution of education for experience or a combination of education and experience in order to be found minimally qualified. You MUST meet one of the following basic education requirements:

    A. Degree: meteorology, atmospheric science, or other natural science major that included:

    1. At least 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of credit in meteorology/atmospheric science including a minimum of:
      a. Six semester hours of atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics; *
      b. Six semester hours of analysis and prediction of weather systems (synoptic/mesoscale);
      c. Three semester hours of physical meteorology; and
      d. Two semester hours of remote sensing of the atmosphere and/or instrumentation.
    2. Six semester hours of physics, with at least one course that includes laboratory sessions. *
    3. Three semester hours of ordinary differential equations. *
    4. At least nine semester hours of course work appropriate for a physical science major in any combination of three or more of the following: physical hydrology, statistics, chemistry, physical oceanography, physical climatology, radiative transfer, aeronomy, advanced thermodynamics, advanced electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and computer science.

    * There is a prerequisite or corequisite of calculus for course work in atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics, physics, and differential equations. Calculus courses must be appropriate for a physical science major.

    OR

    B. Combination of education and experience: course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


    AND

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In additional to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:

    • Using state-of-the-art scientific software programs and operating systems to interpret hydrometeorological data.

    OR

    EDUCATION: One full year of graduate-level education in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science or in a directly related field.

    OR

    Superior Academic Achievement as demonstrated by a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with one of the following. NOTE It is your responsibility to ensure your application clearly states how you meet one of the provisions below

    • A grade point average (GPA) of 2.9 or higher based on a 4.0 scale for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last 2 full years of undergraduate study;
    • A GPA of 2.9 or higher based on a 4.0 scale for required courses completed in a major field of study, or those courses completed in a major field of study during the last two years of undergraduate study;
    • Class standing of upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision of the college;
    • Membership in a national Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association of College honor Societies, excluding freshman honor societies.

    OR

    COMBINATION: A combination of related graduate level education and specialized experience. 

    Education

    Definition of Student:  Student is defined as an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, or certificate) in a qualifying academic institution, on a half or full-time basis.  Half-time is defined by the educational institution in which the student is enrolled.  Students do not have to be in actual physical attendance in school, online curriculums are acceptable as long as the school is accredited by the Department of Education:  

    COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT:  Applicants must submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses, course title, and number of credit hours.  You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process, but an official certified copy must be received before you can report to duty.

    Proof of Enrollment:  NOAA will use applicants transcript as proof of enrollment in the identified college/university. A letter from an educational institution indicating acceptance may be used as proof of enrollment for those students who are continuing studies at a new college or university. An official transcript will be required before you can report to duty. 

    All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx.

    Additional information

    NOAA participates in e-Verify which is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your resume, supporting documents and responses to the online questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you meet eligibility and minimum qualification requirements. Veterans’ preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways Programs authority in accordance with 5 CFR Part 302.
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your application to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted and digitally signed documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

    • Resume must include: 1) personal information; to includes address 2) education; 3 work experience including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; and title, series and grade, if applicable; 4) supervisor’s phone number, e-mail address for each work period listed, and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and 5) other qualifications, such as unpaid volunteer work experience.
    • Proof of enrollment in school or acceptance of enrollment stipulating that you are in good academic standing.
    • A copy of your most recent transcripts which show your field of study, school name, student’s name, current GPA or academic standing, past and current course work, degree program, and major/concentration. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, it selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.
    You must submit the document below if you claim any of the following:
    • If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Member 4 DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service or other valid proof of eligibility (i.e., statement of service that shows service dates AND character of service). If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see the Vet Guide
    • Active Duty Service Members-- You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html
    NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please contact the point of contact on the announcement to verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into NOAA’s staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can transferred. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3 MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    This internship opportunity offers Annual and Sick Leave. After one year of continuous service, the candidate will be eligible for health insurance.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    To apply online, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

    To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.gov and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

    If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at mgshelp@monster.com or by phone at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET

    For instructions on submitting your application in an alternate format, please contact the number listed in this vacancy announcement.

    Agency contact information

    Arthi Chandrasekaran

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    NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
    WFMO Staffing Division
    601 E 12th Street
    Room 1713
    Kansas City, Missouri 64106
    United States
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    Next steps

    This vacancy may be used to fill other Student Trainee (Meteorologist), GS-1399-07 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g. within the same geographic locations, same grade/band and requires the same qualifications as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

    You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov and clicking on “Track Your Online Application.” The four points of notification are:

    1. Application Received or Application Incomplete
    2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Not Met;
    3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Ineligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and
    4. Selected or Not Selected.

    By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans’ preference, disability, etc.).

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/516128600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.