All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Wednesday, November 28, 2012 . Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.
QUALIFICATIONS: To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below.
To qualify for this position you must have the basic requirement of having successfully completed a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors degree in physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Calculus and physics, as described above, are the requirements for all grade levels. NOTE: Transcripts MUST be submitted to document your educational accomplishments. *OR*
You must have a combination of education and experience course work as described (30 semester hours in a combination of courses including 6 semester hours in calculus (both differential and integral), and 6 semester hours in physics, plus appropriate experience and/or additional education equal to a 4 year degree. NOTE: Transcripts MUST be submitted to document your educational accomplishments.
If you meet the basic requirement you are fully qualified for the GS05 level.
In Addition to meeting the basic requirements, to qualify for the GS07 level you must have 1 year of professional hydrology experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service that includes performance of scientific functions related to the study of water resources, based on and requiring a professional knowledge of related sciences and the consistent application of basic scientific principles to the solution of theoretical and practical hydrologic problems. The following is a illustrative of acceptable experience: field of laboratory work that would require application of hydrologic theory and related sciences such as geology, geo-chemistry, geophysics, or civil engineering to make observations, taking samples, operating instruments, assembling data from source materials, analyzing and interpreting data, and reporting findings orally and in writing. *OR
You must have the basic requirement and have 1 year of graduate level education in hydrology or a related field. *OR*
You must have the basic requirement and have a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience described. *OR*
You must have the basic requirement and meet one of the following superior academic achievement provisions: 1) I am in the upper third of my graduating class based on completed courses; 2) I have a 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on my transcript as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of curriculum; 3) I am a member of a national scholastic honor society that has met requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies.
To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Applicants can verify accreditation HERE .
Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.
You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply. For further information click HERE.
1. If new to Federal Civil Service, you will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
2. You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued drivers license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued drivers license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year, or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid drivers licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State drivers license.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your rating will be based on both your responses to the Job Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs)/competencies that are required to perform the work of this position. Only education and experience acquired by the closing filing deadline will be considered.
Please Note: All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. Upon review, if it is determined that your work history, KSAs/competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified or your score may be modified. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers to the KSAs/competencies.
- Knowledge and skill of hydrology components including compiling and analyzing existing hydrologic and ecological datasets, use computers to prepare reports on current knowledge and conditions of water resources.
- Knowledge and skills to effectively implement a monitoring network. Initiate new scopes of work, sampling and instrumentation protocols and visitation schedules.
- Knowledge and skills of hydrology as it relates to natural resource management.
- Knowledge and skills to independently conduct field based activities in isolated outdoor environments involving camping, hiking, backpacking, river running, navigating, etc.
You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".
Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:
Category Group I (Best Qualified) - applicants who possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective factors and all quality ranking factors. Applicants considered best qualified must be highly proficient in all requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position.
Category Group II (Well Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.
Category Group III (Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.
VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veterans Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category. Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.
Order of Consideration: Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications required by the position will be considered in the following order: (1) best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point veterans' preference who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more, best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference, and then all other best qualified applicants, (2) well qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other well qualified applicants, (3) qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other qualified applicants.