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Job Title:Physical Science Technician, ZT-1311-4 (DEU)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:NSDIS-OSPO-2013-0005

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$62,467.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year


Thursday, February 07, 2013 to Monday, February 18, 2013




Competitive: Career/Career-Conditional - Permanent-Full Time




1 vacancy in the following location:
Suitland, MD, USView Map


All qualified United States citizens.


NESDIS is looking of r good people to manage our world-class operations. Our satellites monitor U.S. and global weather conditions, and we also have three world class data centers. The data from NESDIS's satellites help save lives and resources. Come be a part of NESDIS!

The Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO) manages and directs NOAA's 24x7 environmental satellite operations, acquisition, product development and the distribution of environmental data and derived products to domestic and foreign users, and associated services.  The environmental data, products and services are used to support analyses for environmental watches, warnings, forecasts and long-term climate analyses.  The Office works with the NSDIS Offices and Centers in planning and developing new satellites, ground systems, supporting the transition of research products to operations, and major modifications of existing systems.  The Office provides planning management, and coordination with the National Weather Service, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy and other users for exchange of environmental satellite data.  The Office assesses, recommends, and plans for the acquisition and initiation of environmental satellite products and services with the United States and international community.  The Office manages NOAA's Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking SARSAT system, and coordinates participation in the International Cospas-Sarsat Program.  The Office manages the strategic and tactical environmental and oceanographic ice services at the NOAA Ice Center for the operational requirements of U.S. national interests.

This position will be located in the National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service, Office of Satellite Product and Operations, Mission Operations Division, Support Branch, located in Suitland, MD. For more information click here:

This position is also being advertised as a Physical Science Technician, ZT-1311-4 under announcement number NSDIS-OSPO-2013-0006 (Status). 

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

This position 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.

The ZT-4 pay band level, which is equivalent to the GS-9/10 on the Federal General Schedule salary table.

*A one-year probationary/trial period may be required.

*This is a Non-Bargaining Unit position.

*Relocation expenses are not authorized.

*Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.


  • Must be U.S. citizen.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • 24-hour-on-call support via cell phone required.
  • Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) emergency position.
  • Occasional travel.


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The individual selected for this position will:

  • Schedule operations under general guidance from the team leader to schedule satellite command operations, satellite engineering data recovery, satellite payload data recovery, and ground support equipment.
  • Perform mission planning tasks to support development of operational schedules for routine and contingency commanding, products, site asset support, and testing for the NPP satellite and JPSS series of satellites.


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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:

There is no positive education requirement.

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.  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.

ZT-4: Specialized experience is defined as: Experience using software applications and testing and evaluating new systems and/or software.

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.


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:

  • Skill utilizing computer systems, and software applications
  • Skill in supporting testing and integration of new systems and software and analyzing test results
  • Skill in troubleshooting systems and software problems
  • Ability to develop operational scheduling products working in a real-time production environment
  • Ability to train other personnel functionality and operation of scheduling systems
  • Skill in writing operational procedures and technical reports 

For more information on category rating, please go to:

To preview questions please click here.


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


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, or 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: • VRA30% or more disabled veteranPersons with DisabilitiesICTAP


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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 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 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 ( 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 Human Resource Assistant listed in this announcement.


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, the number of hours worked per week, your salary, and grade of any federal position/s held. 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. If the education requirement includes a specified number of credit hours in specific disciplines, your transcript must reflect the required coursework. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to Application of Standards for more information.

Note: You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

*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- Foreign Credentials. 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.


Janet Rizzi
Phone: 816-426-3044
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
NOAA/Kansas City Staffing Division
601 E. 12th Street
Kansas City, MO
Fax: 000-000-0000


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: USAJOBS and clicking on "Application Status". 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 Eligible (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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