You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.
Degree: physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Calculus and physics, as described above, are requirements for all grade levels.
Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Evaluation of Experience: Acceptable experience must have included performance of scientific functions related to the study of water resources, based on and requiring a professional knowledge of related sciences and the consistent application of basic scientific principles to the solution of theoretical and practical hydrologic problems. The following is illustrative of acceptable experience: field or laboratory work that would require application of hydrologic theory and related sciences such as geology, geo-chemistry, geophysics, or civil engineering to making observations, taking samples, operating instruments, assembling data from source materials, analyzing and interpreting data, and reporting findings orally and in writing. In some cases, professional scientific experience that is not clearly water resource experience may be acceptable if such experience was preceded by appropriate education in hydrology or by professional hydrology experience.
Applicants with related experience in hydrology gained through earlier Federal Government employment might have gained that experience in one or more occupational series. Such series include Soil Conservation, GS-457; Forestry, GS-460; Soil Science, GS-470; Civil Engineering, GS-810; Chemistry, GS-1320; Meteorology, GS-1340; and Geology, GS-1350. Comparable non-Federal experience may be given similar credit.
In addition to the basic requirements, the following additional education and/or experience must be met to qualify.
One year of specialized experience equivalent to a least the GS-11 grade level.
GS-12: Examples of specialized experience for this position include - Selected standard methods and procedures to plan and carry out routine hydrologic projects, prepared reports on a variety of hydrologic studies, and reviewed reports developed by other federal agencies. Served as part of an interdisciplinary team, providing hydrologic functional and technical support and advice to be used in project plans, reviewed projects or activities on-the-ground to analyze hydrologic impacts as a result of such activities. Interpreted and implemented policy directives or program materials from higher authority or regulatory agencies, involved appropriate regulatory agencies in the development and administration of Forest activities which involve potential hydrologic impacts.
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements with 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your resume, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:
- Ability to collect and analyze hydrology and data and apply guidelines, methods and techniques
- Ability to prepare complex hydrology related and/or ecological environmental reports, studies, and makes recommendations
- Ability to communicate orally
- Ability to communicate in writting
Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. All Quality candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Non-Competitive and special hiring authority candidates need to meet minimum qualification requirements to be referred.
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