ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Qualification Requirements, applicants must have additional specialized experience as defined below:
DEFINITION OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:
GS-11: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-09 level in Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include a blend of surface water and climate change modeling experience and experience with how they relate to surface water and groundwater hydrology analysis; experience with complex mathematical models that simulate hydrologic systems and of their use of statistical and data analysis in hydrology and water resources planning and management; and publication of this material as a lead-author.
GS-09: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 level in Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include a blend of surface water and climate change modeling experience and experience with how they relate to surface water and groundwater hydrology analysis; experience with complex mathematical models that simulate hydrologic systems and of their use of statistical and data analysis in hydrology and water resources planning and management.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:
A. Degree: Professional Engineering degree. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one 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 (more advanced than 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:
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.
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.
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.)
Professional Engineering experience is defined as non-routine engineering work that required and was characterized by 1) professional knowledge of engineering; 2) professional ability to apply such knowledge to engineering problems; and 3) positive and continuing development of professional knowledge and ability.
You must meet all qualification requirements, including Recent Graduates Program restrictions by the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. 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 20 minutes to complete
You will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through your resume and responses to the online questions.
1. Ability to develop, adapt, modify complex mathematical models that simulate hydrologic systems (e.g. precipitation, snow accumulation and melt, evapotranspiration, soil moisture redistribution, aquifer recharge, and runoff).
2. Ability to develop, adapt, modify statistical and data analysis programs necessary to assess simulation results in support of planning, design, construction, and operations activities.
3. Knowledge of principles and practices of surface water modeling.
4. Ability to prepare written technical reports, deliver oral presentations, to work with others in a team setting, and to apply project management practices within a professional work environment.
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.