Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. For more information about the qualifications requirements for this position: Click Here.
Degree: 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.
Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in 1 above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
This announcement requires transcripts. Applicants who meet the basic education requirements for this position MUST submit a copy of all college transcripts. Unofficial copies are acceptable; however, individuals who are selected MUST be prepared to provide official college 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.
In addition to the basic education requirements, 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 equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position, and which is in or related to the work of this position.
To qualify for the GS-9: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 which is defined as experience with weather forecasting and/or space weather forecasting, interpretive studies, procedure development, systems support, and/or policy development support. OR master's degree or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
To qualify for the GS-11: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 which is defined as experience in space weather forecasting such as solar activity forecasting, interpretive studies, space weather procedure development, systems support, and policy development support. OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
To qualify for the GS-12: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 which is defined as experience in developing innovative approaches and techniques for specialized space weather applications sufficient to prepare and issue a variety of forecast products (e.g., solar radiation storm, geomagnetic storm, or solar flare products and services), or to determine needs, techniques, and procedures for specific space weather services. Please note: At the GS-12 there is NO substitution of education for specialized experience.
Applicants must meet specialized experience requirements to be referred at these grade levels. NOTE: Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.
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 scored occupational questionnaire, 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 vou 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:
*Ability to assimilate and understand solar and geophysical data.
*Knowledge of space weather phenomena, measures of the phenomena, and the associated morphological behavior.
*Ability to use IT applications.
*Knowledge of space weather impacts and their effects on users and systems.
*Skills in summarizing and commununicating complex information to a diverse customer base.
*Knowledge of engineering or physical sciences fundamentals to solve problems and analyze data.
*Ability to communicate effectively. To preview questions please click here.