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Job Title:Geologist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:13-10050000-0537G-JS

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$42,368.00 to $67,368.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, June 17, 2013 to Friday, June 28, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1350-07/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

9

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Juneau, AK View Map
Ketchikan, AK View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current permanent federal employees with competitive status, reinstatement eligibles, persons with disabilities, VEOA/VRA eligibles, certain military spouses, 30% or more disabled veterans, former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers, CTAP and ICTAP eligibles, and Farm Service Agency permanent employees of county committees.   

JOB SUMMARY:

The Tongass National Forest was established in 1902 and covers nearly 17 million acres in Southeast Alaska. It is the nation’s largest National Forest. The Tongass stretches nearly 500 miles from its boundary with the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in the north, to the Canadian boundary in the south. It is a forest of islands including the Alexander Archipelago, and the mainland. The unique forest landscapes of the Tongass vary dramatically in topographic relief and include a mosaic of forest, peat lands, steep rocky areas, glaciated mountains and other non-forested lands.

Alaska’s magnificent scenery, vast forests, and abundant natural resources match the size of the forest. The Tongass makes up ninety percent of Southeast Alaska and is a land of glaciers, mountains, waterways and thousands of islands separated by straits and channels. The islands and mainland create 11,000 miles of shoreline where regal mountains rise from the tidewater to overlook a mostly undeveloped and isolated landscape. The geography of the Alexander Archipelago presents a transportation challenge and most of the Tongass is isolated from the continental road system. You will find yourself boating or flying in a floatplane to most field locations. Visitors arrive by cruise ship, ferry or commercial airplane.

This position is with the Tongass National Forest; Recreation, Lands, Minerals and Heritage Staff.

The duty station for this position will be Juneau or Ketchikan, Alaska. Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Sarah Samuelson at 907-789-6274 or ssamuelson@fs.fed.us.

This position has a positive education requirement; therefore, a legible copy of your college transcripts is required. Transcripts must be attached to your application or faxed to 866-339-1808 prior to the closing date of the announcement; please include your name and the announcement number on all documents. Applicants who fail to submit their transcripts with their application will not be given credit for their education.

TELEWORK Statement: This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. However, it is not a virtual position and the duty station will be in Juneau or Ketchikan, AK.

Please read the vacancy announcement thoroughly and follow all instructions to ensure proper consideration. If you are unable to apply on-line or have questions about the meaning of items in the vacancy announcement, please contact Human Resources Management at 1-877-372-7248.

The ability to obtain and maintain weapons certification is a condition of employment in this position as the incumbent will be required to carry a firearm. To maintain employment in this position the incumbent must receive a negative pre-certification drug test result, pass a minimum background investigation, pass firearm classroom training, pass the shooting proficiency test and be enrolled in the random drug testing pool while employed in this position.

Salary may be adjusted to include a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA). See the OPM website at: http://www.opm.gov/oca/cola/index.asp for additional information about the continuation of COLA after December 31, 2012.

OVERSEAS SERVICE AGREEMENT: Employees who transfer to the Alaska Region from continental United States (CONUS) are required to sign FS-R10-6500-0002, Initial Overseas Employment Agreement before the hiring process is complete. This form documents the employee’s agreement to serve 12 months in an overseas location in return for the Government’s agreement to pay all available transfer of station entitlements for the transfer to Alaska and at least a partially-funded return to the CONUS point of hire. Employees who transfer to another Government position will generally receive all available transfer of station entitlements.

RETURN RIGHTS TO CONUS: Until December 31, 2013, employees who report to a duty station in Alaska are eligible to have Region 10 partially fund their transfer from Alaska to another Forest Service (non-Research) position in the continental United States. The transfer-of-station costs the Alaska Region will pay for the employee and eligible family members are one-way transportation by Alaska Marine Highway System or commercial airline, transportation and storage of household goods, and movement of a privately-owned vehicle via Alaska Marine Highway System. For employees who transfer to another Forest Service position and the reporting date is after December 31, 2013, the gaining unit will pay the transfer-of-station costs. The entire cost of a transfer to a position in another Federal Agency will be paid for by the gaining Federal Agency, as indicated in the vacancy announcement. For additional information, please request a copy of Alaska Region Pamphlet R10-RG-057.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service
  • Subject to a negative drug test prior to entrance on duty.
  • Subject to random drug testing while in the position.
  • Transcripts are required.

DUTIES:

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The GS-07 is the trainee level for the full performance level of GS-09. This position provides services to the Tongass National Forest through the Tongass Minerals Group, located at the Juneau Ranger District office. This position reports to the Tongass Minerals Program Manager. The incumbent will be working with a more experienced geologist (9/11) to provide forest-level support in minerals administration for large & small locatable (hard rock) mine and exploration operations, as well as for leasable commodities and mineral material sales. The incumbent will participate in a diverse range of Minerals planning projects and conduct inspections for compliance and reclamation on existing operations and exploration activities. The incumbent will work cooperatively with other employees of the Tongass National Forest, as well as employees of other Federal, State, and local agencies. The incumbent works to educate the interested public about mining and environmental laws and policies as they apply to Forest Service lands.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must meet the basic requirement, plus additional experience and/or education described below.

 Basic Requirement:

 A. Degree: geology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological science, structural, chemical, civil, mining or petroleum engineering, computer science, planetary geology, comparative planetology, geophysics, meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, physical geography, marine geology, and cartography.

 OR

 B. Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 In addition to the basic requirement, applicants must meet the following:

 GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level, 18 semester hours of graduate level education with courses related to the position, a combination of experience and education, or Superior Academic Achievement.

GS:09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level, 36 semester hours of graduate level education with courses related to the position, and/or a combination of experience and education.

 Specialized experience for the GS-07 is defined as: Assisting in the preparation of documents and visual aids related to geological studies/programs or mineral resource studies or assessments; assisting in the routine observation, measurement, inventorying, and recording of scientific data used to support geological studies; and/or gathering information and researching data for geological studies using a variety of established methods, procedures, and techniques where tasks involved research and analysis of data.

 Specialized experience for the GS-09 is defined as: Serving as an advanced trainee specializing in geology and performed common qualitative and quantitative analysis of soil and rock samples; assisting in carrying out a range of analytical/scientific geological assignments that included researching and analyzing data, issues, and information that supported geological programs/studies; and/or assisting in monitoring mineral activities, including oil and gas leasing, mineral exploration, sale of mineral materials, and operating mining.

Superior Academic Achievement: Placement in the upper third of the graduating class of a college or university or one of its major subdivisions; or a member of a national scholastic honor society that meets the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies (excluding freshman honor society); or have a 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on my official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum (GPA will be rounded to one decimal place, e.g., 2.95 rounds to 3.0 and 2.94 rounds to 2.9).

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.


REQUIREMENTS:

Must be 18 years of age


May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period. 

DRUG TESTING: This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use. This announcement constitutes 30 days advance notice.


This position requires that the incumbent meet initial and continuing qualifications in the use of firearms as outlined in the Gun Control Act of 1968, amended by the Lautenberg Amendment of 1996.

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:

GS-07

  1. Ability to collect and analyze geological data
  2. Knowledge of geology
  3. Ability to communicate in writing
  4. Ability to communicate other than in writing

GS-09

  1. Ability to collect and analyze geological data
  2. Knowledge of geology
  3. Ability to communicate in writing
  4. Ability to communicate other than in writing
  5. Ability to administer mineral activities

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.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the “Apply Online” button to the right.
To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=53a18f0b-9c3e-4783-9da2-a19400c421ba


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:  http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation expenses are authorized.

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.  


This is a bargaining unit designated position.


This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.


If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.


Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.


Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.

You must complete the application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Assistance is available during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be received no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step1 – Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2 - Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3 - Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.

You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

The following documents are required of ALL APPLICANTS:

  1. Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade, if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
  2. College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required. Transcripts are not required if applying to the same series and specialty currently serving in or previously served in.

Other required documents may include:

  • Current/Former Career/Career-Conditional Eligibles:MUST submit a copy of your most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, as well as the highest grade (or promotion potential) held, on a permanent basis, your federal status, position title, series and grade AND the most recently completed annual performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) which identifies the employee’s official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
  • VEOA Eligibles: MUST submit Veteran's Preference documentation, for consideration: DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.
  • Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems Eligibles: MUST submit documentation of eligibility as listed in each individual interchange agreement.
  • VRA or 30% Disabled Veteran Eligibles: MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), VA letter, SF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference OR if you currently on active duty, a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.
  • Peace Corps Volunteers/Personnel Eligibles: MUST submit documentation of no less than 36 months of continuous service without a break in service of 3 days or more and separated within the last 3 years.
  • Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities Appointment Eligibles: MUST submit a copy of your Sch A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing your eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u).
  • Non-Competitive Reassignment/Transfer/Reinstatement Eligibles: MUST submit a copy of your most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) in the competitive service with the same or higher promotion potential as this position.
  • Miscellaneous Authorities Not Regulated by the Office of Personnel Management Eligibles: (Postal Career Service Employees, Postal Service Commission Employees, GAO, US Courts, etc.), MUST submit a copy of your current non-award Notification of Personnel Action (or equivalent) that reflects your eligibility.
  • Certain Family Members Eligible under E.O. 12721: MUST submit a copy of your most recent non-award SF-50 and performance appraisal.
  • Certain Military Spouses Eligible under E.O. 13473: MUST submit a copy of your Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, issued within the last 2 years, that lists you as authorized to accompany the military member to the new duty permanent station; OR  verification of the member's 100% disability (VA Letter); and/or verification of the member's death while on active duty (DD-1300 and Death Certificate) AND verification of the marriage to the service member (i.e., a marriage license or other legal documentation verifying marriage).
  • Foreign Service Eligibles: MUST submit a copy of your most recent Foreign Service Notification of Personnel Action, showing that you were/are serving under an unlimited, career-type appointment AND have completed at least 1 year of continuous service without a break of a workday under one or more nontemporary Foreign Service appointments.  
  • CTAP/ICTAP Required Documentation Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.  Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50. Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.

For more information on different appointment eligibility and requirements for documentation, click here.

NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HRM Contact Center
Phone: 877-372-7248
Fax: 866-339-1808
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: fsjobs@fs.fed.us
Agency Information:
USDA, Forest Service
Do not send applications, see How To Apply tab for instructions
Albuquerque,
87109
United States
Fax: 866-339-1808

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an acknowledgement email that the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and if you were selected or not selected.  If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application.  Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.   Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate

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Job Announcement Number:

13-10050000-0537G-JS

Control Number:

345727200