MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:
FOR CIVIL ENGINEER (HYDROLOGIC) (series 0810):
A. (1) Professional engineering degree from a school of engineering with at least one or more curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus AND courses (advanced beyond first year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics;(b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
B. 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; (2) Written test - evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer in Training exam or the written test required for professional registration; (3) 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 paragraph A; or (4) Related curriculum - successful completion of curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, provided the applicant has at least one year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
FOR HYDROLOGIST (series 1315)
A. Degree: 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
B. Combination of education and experience – course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Qualification Requirements, applicants must have additional specialized experience as defined below:
For GS-9: In addition to the basic educational qualifications listed above, applicants must also possess the following additional qualifications: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree OR 1 year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the federal service OR a combination of education and experience. Specialized experience is experience using existing hydrologic models such as surface water, groundwater, reservoir system, climate change, or water quality computer models.
For GS-11: In addition to the basic educational qualifications listed above, applicants must also possess the following additional qualifications: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree OR 1 year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the federal service OR a combination of education and experience. Specialized experience is experience in developing hydrologic models such as surface water, ground water, reservoir system, climate change, and water quality computer models, including writing computer code.
For GS-12: 1 year of Specialized Experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience with planning, coordinating, and executing complex hydrology-related investigations related to water supply, power supply, and distribution including model development and execution.
If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications. An official transcript bears the University Seal and a signature certifying its authenticity and must be provided from the institution awarding the degree. Academic transcripts certified by notary publics are NOT official. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to reporting to work as a condition of employment. Failure to submit official transcripts may be grounds for dismissal or rescission of the job offer.
This position has a mandatory education requirement; 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 by the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Category rating and selection procedures will be used to evaluate applications from this announcement. 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 45 minutes to complete.
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)” through your resume and responses to the online questions.
1. Knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of hydrology and/or hydrologic engineering as applied to the investigation of multipurpose water resource projects.
2. Knowledge of a variety of modeling techniques, especially those involved with determining the effects on water resources due to climate change scenarios.
3. Ability to communicate both in person and in writing to a variety of individuals and groups.
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. To preview questions please click here.