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 FOR THIS SERIES:
A. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
B. Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
This announcement requires transcripts.
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.
In addition to the basic requirements listed above, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (ZP-3 or GS-12).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.
For the ZP-4 level:
Experience in enhancing or improving methods and programs related to the access of environmental information (especially climate-related information) across both national and international agencies and organizations. Experience in communicating verbally and in writing to coordinate with scientists, data managers, and other key decision makers for external groups (e.g., agencies, organizations, scientific institutions, data centers, steering committees, and/or scientific panels) on a national and international level about climate and global change information with decision-support.
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/gs1300/1301.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:
- Knowledge of climate observing systems and climate data and applications.
- Ability to coordinate competing scientific inputs into a single point of access for decision makers.
- Knowledge of climate data management (access/delivery).
- Ability to formulate and implement plans and budgets for staffing and training.
- Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
- Ability to act as an authority on programmatic and policy regarding USGRP.
- Ability to create strategic plans.
For more information on category rating, please go to: http://hr.commerce.gov/s/groups/public/@doc/@cfoasa/@ohrm/documents/content/dev01_006408.pdf To preview questions please click here.