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Job Title:Meteorological Technician GS-1341-5/6/7/8/9/10 (DE/CR)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:NWS-AR-2013-0023

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$34,204.00 to $74,197.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, July 18, 2013 to Thursday, August 01, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1341-05/10

POSITION INFORMATION:

Competitive: Career/Career-Conditional - Permanent-Full Time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

10

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location(s):
Bethel, AK, USView Map
Cold Bay, AK, USView Map
Kotzebue, AK, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified United States citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Your Career Forecast is Sunny and Bright with the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service (NWS), the world's preeminent weather and atmospheric sciences organization, offers you an opportunity to help protect American lives and property. Since 1870, the NWS has served the public by providing forecasts and hazardous weather warnings while studying the most dynamic forces of nature. Contribute your talents to this tradition. The National Weather Service...Working together to save lives. For more information please visit http://www.arh.noaa.gov/recruitment/

This position will be located in the National Weather Service, Alaska Region, Weather Service Office with 1 vacancy located in Cold Bay,  Alaska,  1 vacancy  located in Bethel, Alaska and 1 vacancy located in Kotzebue, Alaska.  

Salary ranges: 

GS-5: $34,204-$44,461    GS-6: $38,126-$49,562     GS-7: $42,368-$55,083

GS-8: $46,922-$60,995    GS-9: $51,825-$67,368     GS-10: $57,072-$74,197

Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for Alaska is 7.18% of the locality salary, and is not federally taxed. The COLA is not reflected in the locality salaries shown in this vacancy announcement.  At the time of this announcement the cost-of-living allowance for employees in nonforeign areas remain at the 2012 levels.  

This position is also being advertised as a Meteorological Technician, GS-1341-5/6/7/8/9/10, under announcement NWS-AR-2013-0022 (status candidates).  You must apply separately under each announcement to be considered for each announcement. 

Payment of relocation expenses is authorized.

A one-year probationary period may be required.

This is a bargaining position. 

NOTES: Government Housing is a condition of employment;  No more than one pet is permitted in Government Housing; With relocation, no more than one vehicle may be shipped;  Most Alaska region Weather Service Offices (WSO's) are in remote and/or isolated locations and have limited transportation access and amenities.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • Qualification requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.
  • Shift work is required.
  • See Notes in Job Summary section.

DUTIES:

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The individual selected for the position will:

  • Participate in the complete data acquisition and public service programs at the station.  The programs can consist of: upper air, augmentation, editing and backup of the Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS), daily climatological measurements, marine and/or hydrologic observations where applicable.
  • Prepare and disseminate Short Term Forecasts and warnings. 
  • Prepare and conduct weather briefings to aviation, marine and public users via the telephone, radio or in person. 
  • Collect and disseminate marine weather observations from vessels in Alaskan waters. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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.


There is no positive education requirement for this position.

 

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.  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.

Specialized Experience for the GS-5 level:  At least one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-4) in the Federal Service.  Specialized experience includes: Measuring meteorological phenomena with scientific equipment and instrumentation.  Observing and recording atmospheric characteristics, i.e., temperature, air movement, visibility, pressure, air density, and cloud types.  Decoding, plotting, and systematically recording data related to the physical characteristics of the atmosphere, i.e., charts, diagrams, and cross sections.  

OR

Education substitution for specialized experience at the GS-5 level only: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses in meteorology, mathematics, engineering, or physical science. OR, a combination of education and specialized experience (only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours, i.e., beyond the second year,) is creditable. 

Specialized experience for the GS-6 level: At least one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-5) in the Federal Service.  Specialized experience includes: Measuring meteorological phenomena with scientific equipment and instrumentation.  Observing and recording atmospheric characteristics, i.e., temperature, air movement, visibility, pressure, air density, and cloud types.  Decoding, plotting, and systematically recording data related to the physical characteristics of the atmosphere, i.e., charts, diagrams, and cross sections.  Collecting and verifying atmospheric and other meteorological data to confirm and improve accuracy and efficiency. 

Specialized experience for the GS-7 level: At least one (1) year of specialized experience, as described above, equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-6) in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: Measuring meteorological phenomena with scientific equipment and instrumentation.  Observing and recording atmospheric characteristics, i.e., temperature, air movement, visibility, pressure, air density, and cloud types.  Decoding, plotting, and systematically recording data related to the physical characteristics of the atmosphere, i.e., charts, diagrams, and cross sections.  Collecting, analyzing, and verifying atmospheric and other meteorological data to confirm and improve accuracy and efficiency.

Specialized experience for the GS-8 level: At least one (1) year of specialized experience, as described above, equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-7) in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: Measuring meteorological phenomena with scientific equipment and instrumentation.  Observing and recording atmospheric characteristics, i.e., temperature, air movement, visibility, pressure, air density, and cloud types.  Decoding, plotting, and systematically recording data related to the physical characteristics of the atmosphere, i.e., charts, diagrams, and cross sections.  Collecting, analyzing, interpreting, adjusting, and verifying atmospheric and other meteorological data to confirm and improve accuracy and efficiency.

Specialized experience for the GS-9 level: At least one (1) year of specialized experience, as described above, equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-8) in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: Measuring meteorological phenomena with scientific equipment and instrumentation.  Observing and recording atmospheric characteristics, i.e., temperature, air movement, visibility, pressure, air density, and cloud types.  Decoding, plotting, and systematically recording data related to the physical characteristics of the atmosphere, i.e., charts, diagrams, and cross sections.  Collecting, analyzing, interpreting, adjusting, and verifying atmospheric and other meteorological data to confirm and improve accuracy and efficiency.  Experience providing weather briefings to partners and customers.

For the GS-10 level: At least one (1) year of specialized experience, as described above equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-9) in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: Measuring meteorological phenomena with scientific equipment and instrumentation.  Observing and recording atmospheric characteristics, i.e., temperature, air movement, visibility, pressure, air density, and cloud types.  Decoding, plotting, and systematically recording data related to the physical characteristics of the atmosphere, i.e., charts, diagrams, and cross sections.  Collecting, analyzing, interpreting, adjusting, and verifying atmospheric and other meteorological data to confirm and improve accuracy and efficiency. Experience providing weather briefings to partners and customers.  Experience adapting existing forecast products to localized areas.

NOTE: Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.

If substituting education for specialized experience: *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.

For more information about the qualifications requirements for this position: Click Here.

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 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 to 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 assessment tool will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

  • Knowledge of Meteorological operations, products and services.
  • Skill in collecting, analyzing, interpreting, adjusting and verifying complex and conflicting meteorological information and data.
  • Skill in following meteorological procedures and systems.
  • Knowledge of weather observation programs. 

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.


BENEFITS:

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



OTHER INFORMATION:

ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, certification from the National Guard Bureau of Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.

2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;

3. A copy of your last performance appraisal including your rating; and

4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: * http://www.opm.gov/disability/30% or more disabled veteran, * http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ctap* http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at USAJOBS. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at USAJOBS and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue. If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at mgshelp@monster.com or phone at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 am, to 7:00 p.m. ET. For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact the HR Personnel listed in this announcement.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

A complete application consists of the following

* Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional.  Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59.  Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week.  For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s).  Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). 

* Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: http://www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vetguide.asp.

*  Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation,  if applicable (see other information).

* Education.  If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information:  name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.  Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements.  Please refer to  http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information.

 You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. 

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities.  Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.  A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.  You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Marcy McAdams
Phone: 816-426-3044
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: marcy.mcadams@noaa.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
WFMO/Kansas City Staffing Division
601 E. 12th Street
Room 1737
Kansas City, MO
64106
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will be notified of your application status through UASJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at: USAJOBS and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." The four points of notification are: 1. Application Received or Application Incomplete; 2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met; 3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official)' and 4. Selected or Not Selected. By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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Job Announcement Number:

NWS-AR-2013-0023

Control Number:

347837000