You must meet both the basic education requirement and the specialized experience for the grade to which you are applying.
Basic Education Requirement:
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 co-requisite of calculus for course work in atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics, physics, and differential equations. Calculus courses must be appropriate for a physical science major.
B. Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Specialized Experience Requirements:
To qualify at the GS-12 you must have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-11). Specialized Experience is that which equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as: (1) interpreting and providing guidance on relevant federal or state regulations pertaining to air pollution; (2) using computer software to either prepare dispersion models or review dispersion models prepared by others for air quality impact analyses; and (3) using knowledge of meteorological principles and methodologies to analyze data pertaining to emissions and air quality impacts of industrial activities.
To qualify at the GS-13 you must have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-12). Specialized Experience is that which equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as: (1) interpreting and providing guidance on relevant regulations of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and state regulations pertaining to air pollution; (2) using computer software to either prepare dispersion models or review dispersion models prepared by others for air quality impact analyses; (3) using knowledge of meteorological principles and methodologies to analyze data pertaining to emissions and air quality impacts of industrial activities; and (4) preparing environmental assessments and documentation in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements.
Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPMs website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp
Education: 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 transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements. Failure to provide the documents will result in you receiving an ineligible rating.
Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. 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: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. http://www.sss.gov.
Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veteran's preference, indicate the type of preference you are claiming on your resume, and in the occupational Online Questionnaire Your veteran's preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for this position. Therefore, it is important that your resume supports your responses to the assessment questions.
There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application:
1. Your resume which is part of your USAJOBS profile
2. Your responses to the online questionnaire
3. Your required and supporting documents, as outlined in the announcement
Category Rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Veterans preference rules for category rating will be applied.
Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation, and responses to the (View Assessment Questions) will be made. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position. Our review of your resume and/or supporting documentation must support your responses to the Online Questionnaire to accurately reflect your abilities.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Technical knowledge of meteorology and air quality issues in order to analyze information and provide guidance concerning air pollutants.
Ability to work in a team environment as a technical authority and contributing member of an interdisciplinary team.
Written Communication Skills to write scientifically sound environmental assessments, and technical reports and briefings.
Oral Communication Skills to brief management on highly technical subjects, work with applicants, and give presentations to stakeholders and the public.