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: http://www.opm.gov/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. OR
B. Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
*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.
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.
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-12) 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. Specialized experience is defined as: Performs a wide range of assignments of considerable difficulty and complexity in forecasting or climatology; prepares and issues forecast and severe weather warnings for aviation, marine and storm surge warnings, public weather forecast; consults with a wide variety of government and other officials to determine specific needs for climatological services; devises techniques and procedures to assure uniform processing system that is responsive to those needs; provides technical guidance on climatological projects such as preparing monthly, seasonal, and annual cross sections of temperature, pressure and density from pole to pole. NOTE: Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions. For more information about the qualifications requirements for this position: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs1300/1340.htm
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:
- Mastery of the theories, methods and techniques of professional meteorology, suffficient to serve as senior forecaster for a wide variety of products.
- Knowledge of the integration of technology, services and organizational resources for meteorological programs.
- Ability to explain, advocate, and negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally.
- Knowledge of state of the art aviation impact variables, meteorology analysis, forecast techniques, information systems, and their impact on the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System.
- Ability to lead and/or participate in project teams.
For more information on category rating, (Per HR Bulletin FY11-44) please go to: http://hr.commerce.gov/s/groups/public/@doc/@cfoasa/@ohrm/documents/content/dev01_006408.pdf To preview questions please click here.