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Job Title:Cartographer, ZP-1370-2 (DE/CR)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:NOS-OCS-2013-0002

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$44,176.00 to $73,917.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 17, 2013 to Friday, January 25, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ZP-1370-2

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full time - Permanent - Career/ Career Conditional

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

3

DUTY LOCATIONS:

few vacancies in the following location:
Silver Spring, MD, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified United States citizens.

JOB SUMMARY:

National Ocean Service (NOS) is a scientific and technical organization whose mission is to preserve and enhance the nations coastal resources and ecosystems and advocates coastal and ocean stewardship. It achieves this through scientific research; monitoring, observing, and predicting scientific phenomena; preserving and restoring ocean and coastal areas; establishing and enhancing state and local governments coastal resources; mapping and charting; and responding to hazardous substance spills.

These positions are located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office of Coast Survey (OCS) in Silver Spring, MD. These positions will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band.  ZP-02 is equivalent to a GS-7/9. For more information, visit http://hr.commerce.gov/Employees/Compensation/DEV01 005974

A one-year probationary period may be required. This position is also being advertised under Announcement Number: NOS-OCS-2013-0003 (open to status candidates). 

You must apply separately under each announcement to be considered for each announcement.

Additional vacancies may be filled under this announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov)
  • Must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • This is not a bargaining unit position.

DUTIES:

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The incumbent is responsible for: - Creating new editions of nautical charts and analyzes data from a variety of providers resulting in incremental changes to the nautical product suite. - Interacting with various internal and external partners to collaborate and resolve data related issues as they arise. - Learning to establish procedures and contributes toward making recommendations and decisions that provide inefficiencies to the nautical charting program.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards.  This handbook is available on OPM's website at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications


EDUCATION For the ZP-2 education may be substituted for experience as follows: 1. 1 full year of graduate-level education; or superior academic achievement.  This position requires a degree in cartography from an accredited university or college 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 -- 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.

This announcement requires transcripts.

*You must provide all transcripts from all degrees received (unofficial copies are acceptable) by the closing date of this announcement. Individuals who are selected must be prepared to provide official transcripts. 

*If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal service ZP-01 or GS-05.  Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.  This experience need not have been in the federal government. 

For the ZP-2 level:  Specialized experience at this level includes: Assisting with the planning, designing, and researching of maps and charts. Providing assistance in evaluating mapping and charting systems, products or technology. Applying Cartographic theories and principles to geographic data. 

NOTE: Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions. 

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. 

For more information about the qualifications requirements for this position: www.opm.gov/qualifications.

 

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.  If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories.  These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze."  However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. 

How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility:Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed.  Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job.  

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

  • Knowledge of professional cartographic theories, concepts and principles.
  • Knowledge of principles, methods, and techniques pertaining to individual stages of map/chart-making process.
  • Knowledge of practices of related disciplines, such as geography and computer science, as they apply to cartography.

For more information on category rating, please go to: http://hr.commerce.gov/s/groups/public/@doc/@cfoasa/@ohrm/documents/content/dev01_006408.pdf


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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NOAA offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at Benefits.

OTHER INFORMATION:

ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: ICTAP  

ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement. 2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:
* VRA
* 30% or more disabled veteran
* Persons with disabilities
* ICTAP



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. 

To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov>USAJobs.  To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. 

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/>USAJOBS and click on "Application Status."  Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue. 

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at mgshelp@monster.com or phone at 866.656.6831.  The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. 

For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact the HR Personnel listed in this announcement.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

A complete application consists of the following

*Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59.  Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week.  For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s).  Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). 

*Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: Veterans.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).

* Education. If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information:  name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.  Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements.  Please refer to www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp>Qualifications. for more information. 

 Note: You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. You must provide all the required documents by the closing date of the announcement or you may lose consideration for this vacancy. 

* Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website Qualifications. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application.  Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Debra Allen
Phone: 816-426-2088
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: Debra.s.allen@noaa.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
NOAA Workforce Management Office
601 E 12th St
Rm 1737
Kansas City, MO
64106
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable.  You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov>USAJOBS. and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." The four points of notification are:

  1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
  2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
  3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Ineligible (Application Not referred to the Selecting Official); and
  4. Selected or Not Selected.

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

 

You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment.  The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

 


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Job Announcement Number:

NOS-OCS-2013-0002

Control Number:

335963000