In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, all applicants must possess one year of specialized experience. To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined below:
GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level. Examples of specialized experience for this position includes taking measurements and collecting information; learning to take proper samples, conducting routine calculations, plotting, and checking of numerical data; preparing graphs and data; and accomplishing routine analysis in the field of geology.
GS-9: one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level. Examples of specialized experience for this position includes performing observations, measurements, computations and analyses to assist geologists in carrying out assignments; following established methods and procedures, or detailed instructions using judgment in applying basic principles and procedures; possessing a good general working knowledge of geology.
GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level. Specialized experience for this position includes performing field and office duties for the collection and analysis of geologic data.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE:
Applicants may also qualify on the basis of education as follows:
GS-07: 1 year of graduate-level education in geology or other directly related field or superior academic achievement.
GS-09: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree in geology or other directly related field or master's or equivalent graduate degree.
GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree in geology or other directly related field or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
COMBINATION OF GRADUATE EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be combined with experience. For example, one-half of the requirement for a master's degree plus 6 months of experience equivalent to a GS-07 may qualify for the GS-09.
Degree: geology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological science, structural, chemical, civil, mining or petroleum engineering, computer science, planetary geology, comparative planetology, geophysics, meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, physical geography, marine geology, and cartography.
Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Evaluation of Experience: Acceptable experience may have been gained through geological field or laboratory work that provided a means of obtaining professional knowledge of the theory and application of the principles of geology and closely related sciences, e.g., geophysics, geochemistry, or hydrology. Such work generally must have involved making close observations, taking samples, handling various types of instruments and equipment, assembling geologic data from source materials, and analyzing and reporting findings orally and in writing. Experience that involved only one phase of geology work, e.g., collecting samples, would not be acceptable as providing the required professional knowledge of the theory and principles of geology. In some situations, professional scientific experience in other fields may be accepted in part as professional geological experience. Such experience must have been preceded by appropriate education in geology or by professional geological experience, and must have contributed directly and significantly to the applicant's professional geological competence. Examples include some positions in geophysics, mining engineering, soils science, physical oceanography, hydrology, climatology, biology, analytic or experimental chemistry, metallurgy, and comparable fields where the normal duties or results of investigations have been extended to the solution of geologic problems by the applicant. Ordinary functions of positions such as seismic, computer, petroleum or mining engineer, mine superintendent, or metallurgist generally are not considered professional geological experience. To receive credit for geological experience obtained in positions that are not full-time professional geological positions, the applicant is responsible for indicating clearly the actual time or percentage of time devoted to geologic duties within such positions, and for giving adequate descriptions of the geologic functions.
**If qualifying with education, you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.
Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.
You must meet all qualification requirements, including any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete. To preview questions please click here.
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following "Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)" through your resume and responses to the online questions.
1. Professional knowledge of the principles and theories of geology and related sciences in the collection, measurement, analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of geologic information.
2. Professional knowledge of geologic concepts, principles, and practices applicable to a full range of duties related to ground-water engineering and studies.
3. Knowledge of field and office techniques for the collection and analysis of geologic data.
4. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Applicant’s answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.