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 EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: A. Degree: meteorology, atmospheric science, or other natural science major that included: 1. At least 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of credit in meteorology/atmospheric science including a minimum of: a. Six semester hours of atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics; b. Six semester hours of analysis and prediction of weather systems (synoptic/mesoscale); c. Three semester hours of physical meteorology; and d. Two semester hours of remote sensing of the atmosphere and/or instrumentation. 2. Six semester hours of physics, with at least one course that includes laboratory sessions. 3. Three semester hours of ordinary differential equations. 4. At least nine semester hours of course work appropriate for a physical science major in any combination of three or more of the following: physical hydrology, statistics, chemistry, physical oceanography, physical climatology, radiative transfer, aeronomy, advanced thermodynamics, advanced electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and computer science.
*There is a prerequisite or corequisite of calculus for course work in atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics, physics, and differential equations. Calculus courses must be appropriate for a physical science major.
B. Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States you 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.
*All transcripts must be provided to be considered for this announcement.
In addition to meeting the basic education requirements above, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade/band (GS-11) 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.
Examples of specialized experience include any of the following: analyzing and assessing the current and forecast weather situation(s) at both synoptic and mesoscale levels; and/or devising and formulating analysis, warning, advisory, and forecast products and hydrologic service products; and/or conducting weather watch involving interpreting Doppler radar data and satellite imagery, and/or the analysis of other meteorological and hydrologic data, including output from a variety of numerical models; and/or providing advice and assistance to peers and lower grade staff members.
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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:
* Knowledge of theoretical meteorogy, which includes knowledge of the dynamic of the atmosphere, mesoscale meteorology, and the application of computer methods of numerical weather analysis and prediction.
*Knowledge of operational meteorology and applied meteorology.
*Knowledge of numerical weather prediction models and their use in preparing forecasts.
*Knowledge of operational chracteristics and ability to use complex electronic and electro-mechanical equipment utilized in data acquistion, communications, and service programs.
*Ability to communicate orally and in writing. To preview questions please click here.
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