GS-09: To qualify at the GS-09 grade level, you must possess 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree, or master's or equivalent graduate degree -OR- 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in Federal service OR a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience.
Specialized Experience for the GS-09: Specialized experience is defined as experience using existing hydrologic models such as surface water, groundwater, reservoir system, or geologic logging models.
GS-11: To qualify at the GS-11 grade level, you must possess 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in Federal service OR a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience.
Specialized Experience for the GS-11: Specialized experience is defined as experience in developing hydrologic models such as surface water, groundwater, reservoir system, or water quality computer models, and includes writing computer code.
GS-12: To qualify at the GS-12 grade level, your resume must reflect 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in Federal service.
Specialized Experience for the GS-12: Specialized experience is defined as experience with planning, coordinating, and executing complex hydrology-related investigations related to water supply, power supply, or distribution and includes model development and execution.
This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). 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.
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, including any selective placement factors, by the closing date of this announcement.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must first meet the Basic Requirements listed below:
1. 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 natural resources. 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.
2. Combination of education and experience -- course work shown in 1. above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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 30 minutes to complete.
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)” through your resume and responses to the online questions.
KSA 1. Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of hydrology as applied to stream flow measurements, surface water hydrology, river basin simulation modeling, groundwater modeling, aquifer modeling, statistics, and data analysis.
KSA 2. Ability to develop and implement a variety of approaches for analysis of groundwater modeling and studies to include designing production and groundwater monitoring wells in networks to determine groundwater usage impacts and surface/groundwater interaction.
KSA 3. Ability to interact professionally, through written reports, oral presentations, and serving on interdisciplinary teams with colleagues and counterparts (to include federal, state, local agencies and entities, landowners and the general public.
KSA 4. Skill is using project management concepts, principles, methods, and practices in order to meet project goals and alleviate delays, scheduling conflicts, lack of funds or materials, or other challenges.
Your answers to questions will be verified against information provided in your online resume. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to the online assessment 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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