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Job Title:  Meteorologist, GS-1340-9/11 (JW-DEU)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-DO-2013-055

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$50,923.00 to $80,093.00 / Per Year
Monday, June 17, 2013 to Monday, July 08, 2013
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Lakewood, CO, USView Map
80225View Map

All United States Citizens and United States Nationals. 


Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit:

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Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-DO-2013-054 for current federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible.  If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

Reclamation is seeking a professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Meteorologist. Responsibilities include developing and applying criteria, standards, and techniques in the field of hydrometeorology.

Would you enjoy serving as a Reclamation technical staff resource in hydro meteorology? You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with stellar growth potential! Great Benefits Package: paid vacation, sick days, holidays, health and life insurance and an excellent retirement package!

Relocation expenses will not be paid for by the Bureau of Reclamation and are not authorized for this position.

Promotions to the next grade/salary level are neither guaranteed nor automatic, but based on supervisor initiation. 

LOCATION: Technical Services Center, Water and Environmental Resources Division, Flood Hydrology and Consequences Group. 


  • U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National
  • Suitable for Federal Employment, determined by background investigation.
  • You must submit resume and supporting documentation (See How to Apply)
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements; (See Qualifications)
  • You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts.
  • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Required documents


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- Provides assistance Reclamation-wide relative to climatological and meteorological factors affecting hydrologic studies basic to the planning; design, construction, and operation of Reclamation projects.

- Conducts studies leading to the development of improved criteria that are documented in standards and guidelines that establish the policy of Reclamation in the area of hydro meteorology.

- Develops site-specific extreme storm probability and Probable Maximum Storm studies.

- Develops precipitation frequency studies for Reclamation watersheds using criteria obtained from regional hydro-meteorological studies.

- Prepares initial drafts and writes technical reports, research reports and/or memorandums that are reviewed by senior staff.


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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:

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.


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.

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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit:



--Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit:

--Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of the page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit:

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position. Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at 303-445-6349, mail to (DFC) 6th and Kipling Building 67, 3rd Floor, Rm 348, Denver, CO 80225, OR hand-deliver to HR Office: Denver Federal Center (DFC) 6th and Kipling, Bldg 67, Rm 348, Denver, CO 80225. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

--TRANSCRIPT(S): All applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s). If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to extending an official offer and establishing a date for reporting to work.

--SF-50(s), NOTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL ACTION: Status applicants (transfer, reassignment, reinstatement, promotion, etc.) MUST submit a copy of their SF-50(s), verifying the highest rate of pay held, the full performance grade level obtained or competed for,  and documentation or your career or career-conditional status in the competitive service (Tenure 1 or 2) for which you are claiming eligibility.  FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE SF-50(s) CONTAINING THE INFORMATION NOTED ABOVE – WILL RESULT IN YOUR APPLICATION NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION.

--For candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) you must submit the appropriate DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) documenting your eligibility.

--SPECIAL NON-COMPETITIVE APPOINTING AUTHORITIES: For more information on special non-competitive appointing authorities visit:

CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP-ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application.  To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.  For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:


Jenny Walden
Phone: 303-445-2647
Fax: 303-445-6349
Agency Information:
P.O. Box 25007
DFC, Bldg. 67
Attn: 84-52200
Denver, CO
Fax: 303-445-6349


After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

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