ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Qualification Requirements, applicants must have additional specialized experience as defined below:
GS-09: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 level in Federal service.
GS-11: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-09 level in Federal service.
DEFINITION OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:
GS-11: In addition to the specialized experience required at the GS-09 level, examples of specialized experience for the GS-11 level include: experience with severe storm meteorology and associated flood hydrology used as loadings in a risk analysis process; performing complex precipitation-frequency analyses; experience with statistics and automated data processing techniques; and interpreting results from mathematical models that simulate physical meteorologic systems; and authoring computer code to support the efficient development of precipitation and flood frequency models; and experience originating and editing technical reports, studies, memorandums, and guidelines in the scientific area of hydrometeorology.
GS-09: Examples of specialized experience for this level include: preparing rainfall frequency and Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP) studies; development of regional extreme storm probability and PMP criteria; atmospheric data collection and climatic dataset management; collection and interpretation of radar data; performing independent study and applied research in the field of severe storm meteorology; and providing meteorological assistance in a team/project environment. Specialized experience necessary for this level also includes experience with the compilation, review, and analysis of hydrologic data and experience with hydrologic modeling techniques.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Applicants may also qualify on the basis of education as follows:
GS-9: Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.
GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree
COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet the total experience requirements. One full academic year of study (30 semester hours) beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience.
COMBINATION OF GRADUATE EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized may be used to meet total experience requirements. Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be combined with experience. For example, one-half of the requirement for a doctorate's degree plus 6 months of experience equivalent to a GS-09 may qualify for the GS-11. For more information on quality of experience, substitution of education and/or a combination of education and experience, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp
This position has a mandatory education requirement; you MUST furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable for the application process). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:
A. Degree: meteorology, atmospheric science, or other natural science major that include:
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.
This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience. You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable for the application process) to support your education if you are substituting education for experience. Transcripts MUST include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.
Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants 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.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete.
Applicants determined best qualified will be referred to the selecting official. Applicants are evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) through your resume and responses to the online questions.
(1) Knowledge of, and skill in applying, the theories, principles, and practices as they relate to the determination of extreme event meteorology and associated extreme floods. Knowledge and Skills in state-of-the-art methods for computing precipitation-frequency and flood discharge-frequency analyses, statistical hydrology and climatological processes, and rainfall-runoff studies.
(2) Ability to develop, adapt, modify, and apply (1) complex mathematical models that simulate hydrologic and meteorologic systems, e.g. snowmelt, rainfall-runoff, and (2) statistical and data analysis programs applicable to meteorologic and hydrologic problems.
(3) Knowledge and ability to prepare written technical reports, deliver oral presentations, to work with others in a team setting, and to apply Project management practices within a professional work environment.
Applicant’s answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position.
Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered. To preview questions please click here.