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: Qualifications.
Basic requirements: 1360, Oceanography Series: There is a Positive Educational Requirement applicants to GS-1360 positions must meet
Degree: major study of at least 24 semester hours in oceanography or a related discipline such as physics, meteorology, geophysics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, geology, or biology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of oceanography, physics, geophysics, chemistry, mathematics, meteorology, computer science, and engineering sciences.
OR Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Applicants who qualify on the basis of major study in biology or geology must have had at least 6 semester hours in the major directly concerned with marine science or 6 semester hours in oceanography; applicants who qualify on the basis of other physical sciences or engineering must have had differential and integral calculus and at least 6 semester hours in physics.
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.
In addition to the 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 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.
Candidates for the ZP-05 level must possess at least one year specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-04/GS-14. Specialized experience at this level includes: *Experience in leading a research organization OR group with the goal of conducting scientific research on environmental variability and its effects on marine systems.
NOTE: Your resume must clearly document specialized experience and support your responses to the assessment questions. For more information about the qualifications requirements for this position: Click Here.
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:
- Ability to write complex, integrated research project proposals relating to marine science.
- Ability to develop and manage a highly technical, multi-disciplinary, integrated research plan that addresses agency goals and resource management objectives.
- Ability to supervise and manage staff, and provide leadership through guidance, motivation, mentoring, outreach innovation, vision and example.
- Ability to link research goals and objective to agency priorities.
- Skills in managing budget formulation and execution for a large organization.
- Ability to communicate effectively and make presentation to external constituents.
- Ability to prepare and review manuscripts, reports and other documents. To preview questions please click here.
For more information about Category Rating, please go to: Category Rating