1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

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-2014-0003

SALARY RANGE:

$34,545.00 to $74,936.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, November 25, 2013 to Friday, November 21, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1341-05/10

POSITION INFORMATION:

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

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

10

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Annette, AK View Map
Barrow, AK View Map
Bethel, AK View Map
Cold Bay, AK View Map
King Salmon, AK View Map
More Locations  (7)

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified United States citizens or Nationals.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

These positions will be located with the National Weather Service, Alaska Region, Weather Service Office. This is an open continuous vacancy which will expire on November 21, 2014.  Applications will be evaluated periodically during the open period and qualified candidates referred to selecting officials as vacancies occur in the following locations: Annette, Barrow, Bethel, Cold Bay, King Salmon, Kodiak, Kotzebue, McGrath, Nome, St. Paul Island, Valdez and/or Yakutat, AK.

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.

These positions are also being advertised under announcement number NWS-AR-2014-0004, which is open to status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want 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. 
  • Shift work is required.
NOTES:
  • Most Alaska region Weather Service Offices (WSO's) are in remote and/or isolated locations and have limited transportation access and amenities.
  • Government Housing is a condition of employment; however, there is NO housing available at the Kodiak, AK location.
  • No more than one pet is permitted in Government Housing.
  • No dogs are permitted on St. Paul Island.
  • With relocation, no more than one vehicle may be shipped and the shipping cost may not exceed vehicle value.
     
*This vacancy may be used to fill other (Meteorological Technician, GS-1341-5/10) positions throughout NOAA.  The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band requires the same qualifications as indicated in this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • Qualification requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • 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: QUALIFICATIONS.


There is no positive education requirement for these positions.
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.

To qualify at the GS-5 level:  One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience, equivalent to the (GS-4) is defined as experience: 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.
To qualify at the GS-6 level:  One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience, equivalent to the (GS-5) is defined as experience: 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.
To qualify at the GS-7 level:  One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience, equivalent to the (GS-6) is defined as experience: 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.
To qualify at the GS-8 level:  One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience, equivalent to the (GS-7) is defined as experience: 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.
To qualify at the GS-9 level:  One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience, equivalent to the (GS-8) is defined as experience: 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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

To qualify at the GS-10 level:  One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience, equivalent to the (GS-9) is defined as experience: 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: Category Rating
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they 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: ICTAP
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 your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or 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 latest performance appraisal including your rating.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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: 
*VRA * 30% or more disabled veteran  *Persons with Disabilities *CTAP and ICTAP
NOAA participates in e-Verify.  E-verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.

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, the number of hours worked per week, your salary, and grade of any federal position/s held. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 to show type of discharge or other valid proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see:  Veterans
Active Duty Service Members:  You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit Service Records.
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 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.  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
DOC/NOAAWFMO/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.).

Additional Duty Location Info

Few vacancies in the following locations:
Annette, AK View Map
Barrow, AK View Map
Bethel, AK View Map
Cold Bay, AK View Map
King Salmon, AK View Map
Kodiak, AK View Map
Kotzebue, AK View Map
McGrath, AK View Map
Nome, AK View Map
Saint Paul, AK View Map
Valdez, AK View Map
Yakutat, AK View Map

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Job Announcement Number:

NWS-AR-2014-0003

Control Number:

356113400