In addition to meeting the basic educational requirements listed in this announcement, applicants must also have the following:
To qualify for the GS-05 in Federal service you must have:
One year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-4 level. Experience at the GS-4 level is demonstrated by: Gathering hydrologic data and performing tests and calculations in the field and in the office. Additionally, observing and recording conditions and circumstances that may affect the data and perform inspection and maintenance of data collection devices.
Combination of education and experience -- at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Calculus and physics, as described above, are requirements for all grade levels.
To qualify for the GS-07 in Federal service you must have:
One year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-5 level. Experience at the GS-5 level is demonstrated by: Taking measurements and collecting information; learns to take proper samples; conducts routine calculating, plotting, and checking of numerical data; prepares graphs and data profiles; and accomplishes routine analyses. The following is illustrative of acceptable experience: Assist survey staff in data collection, verification and quality control, processing and archival. Assist in developing snow survey products such as Surface Water Supply Indices, Reservoir Operating Guides, snowpack and precipitation products, soil moisture products, and streamflow models.
In addition to meeting the basic educational requirement, I have successfully completed one full year (18 semester hours) of graduate education or possess a master's degree or higher graduate degree with a major field of study as listed in Education Requirements below.
Combination of education and experience that qualify me for consideration as a GS-07. Graduate level education for this grade must exceed the amount required for the next lower grade level.
D. Meet the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement AND have a Bachelor's degree with a major field of study as listed in Education Requirements (Refer to the instructions in the vacancy announcement for information on the Superior Academic Achievement provision).
In addition to meeting the basic educational requirement, possess one full year of relevant employment as a Student Trainee with at least one work period of not less than 60 days as a GS-5.
To qualify for the GS-09 in Federal service you must have:
One year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-7 level. Experience at the GS-7 level is demonstrated by: Performance of scientific functions related to the study of water resources, based on and requiring a professional knowledge of related sciences and the consistent application of basic scientific principles to the solution of theoretical and practical hydrologic problems. The following is illustrative of acceptable experience: field or laboratory work that would require application of hydrologic theory and related sciences such as geology, geo-chemistry, geophysics, or civil engineering to making observations, taking samples, operating instruments, assembling data from source materials, analyzing and interpreting data, and reporting findings orally and in writing. In some cases, professional scientific experience that is not clearly water resource experience may be acceptable if such experience was preceded by appropriate education in hydrology or by professional hydrology experience.
Have at least 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master's degree (36 semester hours) or higher graduate degree with a major field of study as listed in Education Requirements.
Have a combination of education and experience that qualify for consideration as a GS-09. The combination of education and experience must exceed what is required for the next lower grade level.
This position has a positive education requirement which means you must meet the basic requirements to be considered.
Degree: physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Calculus and physics, as described above, are requirements for all grade levels.
- Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
For institutions on a QUARTER HOUR schedule: one QUARTER hour is equivalent to .67 of a SEMESTER UNIT/HOUR as described above. If it not clear from your transcripts that your units are either semester or quarter, please indicate the type of units you earned on your application.
IMPORTANT - How to document your education and experience:
Documenting Education: IT IS MANDATORY TO SUBMIT COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS TO DOCUMENT YOUR EDUCATION. Photocopies are acceptable. Failure to submit transcripts will result in removal from further consideration. Please ensure your transcripts show proof of degree (when applicable) and contain enough information to show you meet educational requirements (list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average). If it is not readily apparent from a course title that a specific class meets the requirements for this position, please submit a course catalog description or other supporting documentation. If we cannot determine, from the materials submitted, that a class meets the requirements listed above, we will not credit that class and you may be rated as ineligible for this position.
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Note the processing of this vacancy announcement will not be held/delayed pending your evaluation of foreign education. You must adequately document that you meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
- Travel is required 80% of the time during the months of June through September
- Status Applicants must meet 12 months/52 weeks of service equivalent to the next lower grade in the normal line of progression for the position to be filled.
- You will need to work outdoors, often under adverse weather conditions and with exposure to wildlife.
- You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
- You must have a valid state driver's license to be qualified for this position.
- You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.
- Due to the physical nature of this position you will be required to pass a physical prior to placement in the position
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated based on your responses to the on-line questions, specialized experience documented in your resume, and college transcripts. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. All the information you provide may be verified by a review of your application, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for lowering your rating, not hiring you, or for removal after employment begins.
In describing your experience, please be clear and specific, we will not make assumptions regarding your experience. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
The on-line occupational questionnaire that you will complete will address the following knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for this position. Your resume should support your responses to the questionnaire.
1. Knowledge of hydrologic principals utilized in measuring snow pack and precipitation conditions.
2. Skill and ability to collect and analyze hydrologic data from many sources.
3.Skill and ability to interpret climatic data to assess data quality and to utilize computers for managing data to assure accuracy and efficiency.
4. Skill and ability to work on weather stations in rugged backcountry terrainin harsh weather conditions.
5. Skill and ability to interpret hydrologic data and create meanful products for water users.
6. Skill and ability to work as part of a team to effectively communicate technical information.
7. Physicall ability to perform rigorous physical labor and lift up to 50 lbs when working in the field.
8. Ability to travel 80% of the time from June through September during field season.
9. Vehicle Operation - ability to operate various vehicles including 4X4's, ATV's and Snowmobiles.
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Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questionnaire. We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. If you are basically qualified for this position, we will evaluate your application package, using a panel of subject-matter experts or HR Specialist to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position. We will then place you in one of the following categories and only those in the Best Qualified category will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.
Best Qualified: Applicants possess all of the job related competencies identified as important for successful job performance.
Well Qualified: Applicants possesses a majority (i.e., more than half) of the job related competencies needed for successful job performance.
Qualified: Applicants meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, but does not meet the definition of Well-Qualified or Best Qualified describe above.
Please Note: You may be contacted after the closing date of the announcement to provide additional information in the selection process to differentiate between quality levels. You may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but is not limited to; responses to the knowledges, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or be contacted for an interview.
Veterans preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Veterans preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements are placed in the appropriate category and are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles. Veteran preference eligibles that have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher.
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