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Job Title:Interdisciplinary

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Job Announcement Number:SCGT12337423814723D

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 to Wednesday, January 09, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0150/0401/0801/1301/1315/1370/1373-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 13 months

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Charleston, SC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission.  They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:

This is an interdisciplinary position which may be filled under any of the following titles and occupational series, depending on the qualifications of the applicant and needs of the agency:

  • Geographer, GS-0150
  • Biologist, GS-0401
  • General Engineer, GS-0801
  • Physical Scientist, GS-1301
  • Hydrologist, GS-1315
  • Cartographer, GS-1370
  • Land Surveyor, GS-1373

 

The position is located in Charleston, SC, a historic city that is a well-known tourist destination with many cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities. Surrounding areas offer good opportunities for recreation and are noted for abundant fish and wildlife. The Charleston area is one of the best places to live in the nation. The metropolitan area is comprised of Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties, and stretches some 50 miles inland, with 90 miles of oceanfront. In addition, arts, recreational and cultural opportunities are abundant. Charleston was just voted number 1 tourist destination in America from readers of the widely read Conde Nast Traveler. http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2011/oct/11/charleston-named-top-tourist-stop/

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has maintained Charleston Harbor for more than 130 years and has dredged it every year during that time to ensure the channel is at the required Federal project depth, removing 2-3 million cubic yards of maintenance material from the harbor floor each year. Currently, the Charleston District is in the process of conducting a feasibility study for deepening Charleston Harbor, known as the Post 45 project. The district will determine if it is both economically beneficial and environmentally acceptable to the nation to deepen the harbor in preparation of the new Post-Panamax ships being built around the world. The Charleston District operates the St. Stephen Powerhouse, producing 84 megawatts of power – enough to supply the energy needs for 30,000 homes. As part of this project, the Charleston District designed and constructed the state of South Carolina’s only fish lift, which provides safe passage for fish migrating upstream to spawn. The Charleston District also provides a variety of services through regulatory permits, civil works, military construction and international and interagency support. Beyond these duties, the Charleston District stands ready to respond to natural disasters and deploys several employees each year in support of Overseas Contingency Operations in Afghanistan.

 

At the following link please find the US Army Corps of Engineers Home Page for additional information about the District: http://www.sac.usace.army.mil/ 

 

This position is a TERM position NTE 13 months. It is temporary and may be extended up to a maximum of four years.

 

Who May Apply:

  • US Citizens

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is NOT authorized.
  • Temporary Duty (TDY) travel is 25 percent.
  • Personnel security investigation required.

DUTIES:

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Serve as a Geographical Information System (GIS) technical expert for the Charleston District Operations Division. Plan, develop and manage the SDSFIE compliant geodatabases and tasks needed to interface all spatial data for proper operation of the GIS Program. Provide technical expertise and oversight for planning, development and management of GIS products and digital databases in support of operations and maintenance programs including emergency management, asset management, navigation and dredging operations, vegetation mapping and monitoring, watershed and ecosystem restoration studies. Evaluate the availability and technical adequacy of existing digital data including data from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), US Geological Services (USGS), US Army Corps of Engineers Engineering Research and Development Center, Topographic Engineering Center Imagery Office (ERDC TEC), private sector, and individuals for utilization on local projects. Routinely utilize resources and data available through the Internet via FTP and web sites, including imagery, software updates and extensions, news groups, list servers, etc. Maintain liaison with national, state and local governments; the private sector; professional organizations; and other individuals concerned with GIS. Ensure all mapping and GIS products adhere to relevant standards and regulations. Ensure all appropriate geospatial data metadata files are completed and submitted to the National Spatial Data Clearinghouse. Incorporate GIS technology into an enterprise Geographic Information System (eGIS) that is used to support management decisions. Advise and assist project managers, biologists, engineers and scientists in developing geospatial databases for utilization of GIS. Functional responsibilities include database management, system programming, data entry, and system analysis. Gather, input, interpret, analyze and prepare data on environmental and ecological conditions; prepare complex multi-layered computer generated maps, charts and tables; interpret and evaluate historical and current data to project future impacts and analyze trends; and utilize a variety of computer hardware and software, especially Windows and Unix based systems (ESRI ARC/INFO, ArcView, and ArcView extensions) to analyze, maintain and update spatial information. Develop and evaluate training materials and conducts training sessions in the area of GIS use and applications. Acquire and create GIS coverages. Generate reports, statistical summaries, digital/hardcopy maps, digital images and other customer-requested products. Maintain and manage the database ensuring system security and integrity to include ensuring systematic backups of data.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Specialized experience:

To qualify, applicants must meet the basic educational requirements identified below in addition to the one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level (GS-9) or equivalent in the Federal government. Specialized experience is defined as: work that involved Geographical Information System (GIS) data acquisition, digital imagery, cartography and environmental studies; developing and maintaining SDSFI compliant geodatabases used in studies of water resources as well as natural and cultural resources; performing database management, system programming, data entry and system analysis ensuring system security and integrity to include ensuring systematic backups of data; gathering, inputting and preparing data on environmental and ecological conditions; and preparing complex multi-layered computer generated maps, charts and tables utilizing a variety of computer hardware and software, such as Windows and Unix based systems (ESRI ARC/INFO, ArcView, and ArcView extensions).

 

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of ArcGIS techniques
  • Knowledge of GIS implementation
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and evaluate GIS work
  • Knowledge of ArcGIS Server Basic
  • Knowledge of ArcGIS Server Enterprise


Education requirements:

Applicants must meet the basic qualifications for one of the series listed below:

 

Geographer GS-0150-11

  • Bachelor's or higher level degree in geography; or related physical or social science such as geology, meteorology, economics, statistics, sociology, anthropology, political science, history, cartography, computer science, urban studies, or planning that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields.
  • OR a combination of college level education or training that provided courses equivalent to a major in geography, or a related field that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 

Biologist GS-0401-11

  • Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a related discipline. 
  • OR a combination of education, with courses equivalent to a major as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 

General Engineer GS-0801-11

  • Bachelor's degree in professional engineering from a college or university accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). 
  • OR a combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
  1. Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
  2. OR Written Test -- Evidence of having succesfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements above. Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.
  3. OR specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in A.
  4. OR related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

 

Physical Scientist GS-1301-11

  • Bachelor's or higher-level degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. 
  • OR a combination of college level education or training that provided education equivalent to one of the majors shown above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 

Hydrologist GS-1315-11

  • Degree from an accredited college or university with a major 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 requirements for all grade levels.
  • OR a combination of education and experience with course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Acceptable experience must have included 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. Professional scientific experience that is not clearly water resource experience may be acceptable if such experience was preceded by appropriate education in hydrology or by professional hydrology experience.

 

Cartographer GS-1370-11

  • Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in cartography; or a major that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in cartography and/or directly related science, and related mathematics. Such course work includes, but is not limited to, cartography, astronomy, geodesy, photogrammetry, physical and geological oceanography, computer science, land surveying, geophysics, physical geography, and remote sensing. The 30 semester hours must have included at least 6, but no more than 15, semester hours of college level, non-business mathematics or statistics (i.e., college level algebra, trigonometry, calculus, or scientific mathematics or statistics requiring equivalent college-level courses as prerequisites). 
  • OR a combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major in cartography, or a major that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in cartography, and/or directly related science, and related mathematics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 

Land Surveyor GS-1373-11

  • Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in land surveying; or civil engineering with a surveying option/emphasis. The civil engineering major must have included at least 6 semester hours of surveying, 3 semester hours of land law, and 21 additional semester hours in any combination of the following: surveying, photogrammetry, geodetic surveying, geodesy, route surveying, remote sensing, cartography, survey astronomy, land information systems, computer-aided mapping, aerial photo interpretation, and survey analysis and adjustments. 
  • OR a combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major in land surveying or civil engineering as described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. 
  • OR a current registration as a land surveyor in a State, territory, or the District of Columbia obtained by written examination. Such registration must have been obtained under conditions outlined in the National Council of Engineering Examiners (NCEE) Unified Model Law for Registration of Surveyors.

Other Requirements:
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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements.  Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.

 

Basis for RatingQualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

 

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).  The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

 


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:
  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment to include use of Telework and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.


  • OTHER INFORMATION:

    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
    • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at http://www.cpms.osd.mil/ASSETS/E8AB932EA1E44617BAC7222922E42A62/DoDl140025-V300.pdf.

    • In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives.)

    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

    • Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work experience.



    HOW TO APPLY:

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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Your resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    2. Your responses to the questionnaire.
    3. Additional required documents (see Required Documents section below).

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, January 09, 2013.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 


    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID814723.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

     

    If you cannot apply online, you will need to provide the same information obtained in the online process.  You will need three documents to complete this process:  the Occupational Questionnaire, the scan response form, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Occupational Questionnaire (OPM Form 1203-FX), and a separate document described in item #3. below. 

    1. Download the scan response form, OPM Form 1203-FX, from http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.

    2. View Occupational Questionnaire.  Use this information to guide you in completing the OPM Form 1203-FX.  Note that you may be instructed to leave some responses blank on the scan response form.

    3.  On a separate document, please identify which position(s) on your resume (include title, organization, and employment dates) support any response of “E” ("I am considered an expert in performing this task...."). 

    4. Fax the completed OPM Form 1203-FX, along with your required and supporting documents, to 1-478-757-3144. Your OPM Form 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    PLEASE NOTE: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire.  Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX continuously numbers from number one, while the Questionnaire starts each section of questions with number one.  When entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence.  This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.

     

    It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.  Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.

     

    The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    The following documents are required:

    • Resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    • If the position has an education requirement or you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience or solely on education, you must submit your college transcripts with your application.
    • If you are claiming Veterans Preference or Military Spouse preference (MSP), to verify your preference claim you MUST submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to:   for MSP claims, PCS orders and marriage certificate; for verification of Veteran Preference, DD214 (which indicates character of service), SF-15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.

    • If you are currently serving on active duty: You MUST submit a certification from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. If you supply a certification at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified prior to appointment.   For more information about Veteran's Preference, please click this link:

       http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp.   Please upload veteran's documents under the appropriate category.

       

    If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and will not be considered any further.

     

    PLEASE NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents like military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for other than the applicant.These documents may be sanitized to remove such personal information before submission with the application. Applicants may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents upon selection to confirm eligibility.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Email: USARMY.APG.CHRA-NE.MBX.APPLICANTHELP@MAIL.MIL
    Agency Information:
    DA SCR USACE Charleston District
    Civilian Personnel Advisory Center
    ATTN PECH SCR Q Room 113
    69A Hagood Avenue
    Charleston, SC
    29403-5107

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. 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 of this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


    To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


    For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact the Army Applicant Helpdesk at usarmy.apg.chra-ne.mbx.applicanthelp@mail.mil.


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