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

Job Title:Research Geographer/Ecologist (Landscape), GS-0150/0408-12 (AT-DEU)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Geological Survey

Job Announcement Number:PAC-2014-0227

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$75,908.00 to $98,677.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 to Monday, March 10, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0150/0408-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Permanent - Full-Time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Anchorage, AK View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

USGS Science for a Changing World. Do you want to be part of an innovative research science organization? Would you like to work with a team of professionals committed to providing reliable scientific information and understanding our natural resources and environment? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this job is for you. Join the USGS and be on your way to a rewarding future.

Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?
Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit http://www.usgs.gov.
What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?
This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled as a Research Geographer GS-0150-12 or Research Ecologist (Landscape) GS-0408-12.

The incumbent of this position is entitled to a cost of living allowance (COLA) of 5.57% in addition to the salary. COLA may be subject to change at any time.

Open to current or former permanent Federal employees:  SEE PAC-2014-0224 (AT-MP).

One vacancy may be filled from either announcement; however, either announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if they become available.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Overnight travel of 1-3 nights per month may be required.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses will be paid.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

DUTIES:

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As a Research Geographer or Research Ecologist (Landscape) with the U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Collaborates in and leads multidisciplinary research on landscape ecology, land change science and effects of climate change and disturbances such as wildfire on environmental processes and patterns in boreal and arctic regions.
  • Provides briefings for USGS and partner agencies and academic institutions; presents findings at professional conferences; participates in workshops and on science panels on landscape ecological studies in boreal and arctic regions; and publishes results of research in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Identifies research problems and existing or new approaches that respond to a broadly defined research agenda on landscape ecology in boreal and arctic regions.
  • Develops statistical and spatially explicit models that take advantage of remote sensing and geographic information system technology and existing and emerging modeling techniques to explain and/or predict effects of climate change and ecological disturbances on environmental processes and patterns in boreal and arctic regions.
WORK ENVIRONMENT

Research may be conducted in vast and remote regions of Alaska. Field work is performed in rugged, remote terrains with severe wind, cold, and snow even during summer. Lifting and carrying heavy equipment various distances over rugged terrain is required. There may be no roads to field sites; transportation may include helicopter, fixed-wing aircraft, or watercraft. Field work may be conducted on such aircraft or watercraft. Field work is conducted in areas with wild animals, and firearms are typically carried for self-defense.

The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at: http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/pb/telework.html.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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This position is interdisciplinary and may be filled as a Research Geographer or Research Ecologist (Landscape). Each of these occupational series requires specific educational coursework to qualify.   You must meet the requirements under one of these series to qualify

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FOR RESEARCH GEOGRAPHER

Applicants must meet A or B below to satisfy the basic education requirement for Geographer. Submit or upload all of your transcripts that show you meet the following:

A. Degree in geography; or related physical or social science such as geology, meteorology, economics, statistics, sociology, anthropology, political science, history, cartography, computer science, urban studies, or planning that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields. *OR*

B. A combination of education and experience-- courses equivalent to a major in geography, or a related field that included at least 24 semesters hours in geography or related fields, as shown in "A" above, plus appropriate experience and/or additional education. The education or combined education and experience must be comparable in type, scope and thoroughness to that acquired through successful completion of a 4-year course of study as described in "A" above.

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FOR RESEARCH ECOLOGIST

Applicants must meet the following to satisfy the basic education requirement for Ecologist. Submit or upload all of your transcripts that show you meet the following:

Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in biology or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours or the equivalent in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours or the equivalent in ecology, and 12 semester hours or the equivalent in physical and mathematical sciences.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE GS-12 GRADE LEVEL

In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, candidates must have at least 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the GS-11 level that is in or related to the duties described above, and that has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience includes knowledge and experience in landscape ecology, remote sensing, and geographic, environmental, and/or biological sciences for carrying out complex research assignments; conducting and analyzing research data; utilizing GIS and image processing systems, relevant statistical methods and programming languages to model and interpret landscape system processes and land cover change; and presenting, publishing, and disseminating results from research. OR

Candidates must have successfully completed all of the requirements for a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree. This graduate study must have provided the knowledge, skill, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. OR

Combination of graduate education in an appropriate field of study and appropriate specialized experience as described above.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.


If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.
Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/foreign.html.

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?
A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

You will be required to operate a government-owned or -leased vehicle in the performance of your official duties. Applicants for this position must meet the following requirements: (1) possess a valid State license, and (2) possess a safe driving record. If selected, you may be required to provide proof of a valid State license and a copy of your driving record.

Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Vacancy Related Questions: As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge skills, abilities and/or competencies:  Scientific Knowledge; Modeling Knowledge; Written Communication; Interpersonal Communication; and Program/Project Management.
Basis of rating:Category rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The quality categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you are eligible, your on-line responses to the application questions will determine your placement in the appropriate quality category described above. Your responses must be substantiated by your resume. If you do not respond to the application questions you may be rated ineligible. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.
NOTE: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/pb/index.html

 Working for the U.S. Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position. 

The full performance level for this Research position is GS-15; however, promotion eligibility is dependent upon the scientific contributions of the incumbent as evaluated by a peer panel.

Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position. USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.
The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to the Internet. If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance.
Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement: 1)Click the blue "Apply Online" button. 2)If you are not a registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the instructions to complete your application process. If you are a registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile. 3)As a registered user, select a stored resume and select one or more of your stored documents to attach to your application. 4)Check the "Certification" box and click the "Apply for this position now!" button located at the bottom of the screen. 5)Address the eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire containing questions and/or task statements that address the knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy. 6)Submit required documents using one of the available methods listed below. 7) If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, by the closing date of this announcement. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans preference and that your character of military service is honorable. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). If you fail to submit any of the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans preference. Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in the VetGuide.

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof by the closing date of this announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330 Subpart F for CTAP and 5 CFR 330 Subpart G for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. This includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Required documents may be faxed, uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information"). If you are a CTAP or ICTAP eligible, you will be considered well qualified if you earn a minimum score of 85 (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference points). For more information on CTAP/ICTAP please click here.

If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under a special appointing authority, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof of eligibility by the closing date of this announcement.

Required documents may be: 1)faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact Information") 2)uploaded directly from your desktop 3)uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4)hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see 'Contact Information').
Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.
For additional information on special appointing authorities, visit: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/non_competitive.html

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Beverly Ledbetter
Phone: 916-278-9399
Fax: 916-278-9406
Email: pacsac2@usgs.gov
Agency Information:
INTERIOR, Geological Survey
3020 State University Drive East
Modoc Hall, Suite 2001
Sacramento, CA
95819
US
Fax: 916-278-9406

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you are rated as one of the most highly qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 30-45 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified via email of the outcome. You can also go to "My Account" within USAJOBS to review your Application Status.

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Job Announcement Number:

PAC-2014-0227

Control Number:

361918800