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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Research Statistician GS-1530-12 (TERM-LMD)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Geological Survey

Job Announcement Number:ATL-2012-0687

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$61,612.00 to $80,093.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, August 20, 2012 to Friday, August 24, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1530-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Term Appointment, - Full-Time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Collins, CO, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Are you a Research Statistician looking for a professional position in the Federal workforce? Do you have a passion for ecological response modeling relative to researching climate impacts.? Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking science initiatives? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this is the job for you! Come join the USGS and start doing the job you've always dreamed of!

Will Travel and Relocation Expenses be Paid? NO

Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?

Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit http://www.usgs.gov.

 

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

This is a term appointment for which all qualified applicants with or without Federal status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed 4 years.

This position has a full performance level (FPL) of a GS-12.  Ther salary range at the FPL GS-12 ranges from $73,848.00 up to $96,001.00.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • This position does not require overnight travel..
  • Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year trial period.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

DUTIES:

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As a Research Statistician within the North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC) located within Colorado State University, Fort Collins, some of your specific duties will include: 

  • Conduct, and publish original basic and applied research, and consultation in
  • the following primary areas: appropriate and cost effective integration of climate model output into ecological response models;  
  • Advise, consult, coordinate, and arrange for assistance with analysis and interpretation of proposed and completed research;
  • Maintain currency in the field of species distribution modeling, climate downscaling techniques, and statistical analysis relative to the intersection of climate science, resource management, and ecology;
  • Maintain a working knowledge of computers, operating systems, statistical software packages,  programming languages and simulation modeling;
  • Develop, design, and conduct statistical protocols necessary to analyze spatial and temporal data in raster and vector format;
  • Collaborate with other NC CSC scientist;
  • Develop, modify, evaluate and implement species distribution models;
  • Design, develop, validate and implement sound model selection and model diagnostic techniques, and lead the development of publish results of research in relevant scientific journals.

Administrative responsibilities include collaborating on research proposals to procure funding for projects; developing approved statistical plans for the NC CSC work; and complying with agency administrative policies and guidelines regarding procurement, personnel, contract administration, quality assurance, animal welfare (in studies), and publication of research results.  


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements:

 

Degree: that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing.

OR

Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.

 

The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.

 

Experience and Education requirements for a GS-11 level;

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience at the GS-9 level and/or directly related education with a Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree.

 

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.


If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.

Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/foreign.html.

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Basis of Rating: Category rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The quality categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. If you meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements of this position, you will be contacted via email after the vacancy announcement closes and given calendar days to submit narrative responses that address the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required to perform the duties of this position. You will be rated and ranked based on the information you provide in your resume as well as the responses you submit to the required KSAs. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied. The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position are as follows:

 

1. Skill and proficiency in species distribution modeling, coupled Land-Ocean-Atmosphere General Circulation Models and regional downscaling of those related projections, statistical model selection and model diagnostic techniques, methods for handling large data volume, and statistical inference related to climate model uncertainty as it propagates through impact and ecological response analysis. 

2. Skill and ability to conduct statistical support and research activities of the NC CSC by developing custom statistical tools for integrating climate information with ecological response models and providing information to resource managers.

3. Skill in providing advice, consultation, and coordination on the statistical analysis and interpretation of data resulting within the context of a large, regional effort with multiple collaborators coming from academia, government labs, state agencies and non-government agencies.

4. Demonstrate proven proficiency in computer operating systems, with very strong R programming skills; and experience and proficiency with LaTeX, Fortran, Java, C, WinBUGS, Matlab, SAS, MySQL, Python and VisTrails;  with a particular emphasis on species distribution and simulation modeling and software and programs to develop, design, and conduct statistical protocols necessary to analyze spatial and temporal data.

5. Skill in written and verbal communication of research results, including articles in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific meetings.

 

NOTE: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.


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BENEFITS:

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Working for the U.S. Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position. USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.

The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to the Internet. If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance.

Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement: 1)Click the blue "Apply Online" button. 2)If you are not a registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the instructions to complete your application process. If you are a registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile. 3)As a registered user, select a stored resume and select one or more of your stored documents to attach to your application. 4)Check the "Certification" box and click the "Apply for this position now!" button located at the bottom of the screen. 5)Address the eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire containing questions and/or task statements that address the knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy. 6)Submit required documents using one of the available methods listed below. 7) If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, by the closing date of this announcement. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans preference and that your character of military service is honorable. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). If you fail to submit any of the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans preference. Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in the VetGuide.

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof by the closing date of this announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330 Subpart F for CTAP and 5 CFR 330 Subpart G for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. This includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Required documents may be faxed, uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information"). If you are a CTAP or ICTAP eligible, you will be considered well qualified if you earn a minimum score of 85 (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference points). For more information on CTAP/ICTAP please click here.

If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under a special appointing authority, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof of eligibility by the closing date of this announcement.

Required documents may be: 1)faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact Information") 2)uploaded directly from your desktop 3)uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4)hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see 'Contact Information').

Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

For additional information on special appointing authorities, visit: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/non_competitive.html

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Office of Human Resources
Phone: 303-236-9569
Fax: 303-236-5926
Email: ldurlin@usgs.gov
Agency Information:
INTERIOR, Geological Survey
Denver Federal Center
Building 53, Box 25046, Mail Stop 603
Denver, CO
80225
US
Fax: 303-236-5926

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements of this position, you will be contacted via email after the vacancy announcement closes and given a period of time to submit narrative responses that address the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required to perform the duties of the position. Then, if you are rated as one of the most highly qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45-60 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified via email of the outcome. You can also go to "My Account" within USAJOBS to review your Application Status.

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Job Announcement Number:

ATL-2012-0687

Control Number:

324441700