Minimum Education Requirement:
Applicants must meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:
A. Degree in geology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological science, structural, chemical, civil, mining or petroleum engineering, computer science, planetary geology, comparative planetology, geophysics, meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, physical geography, marine geology and cartography;or,
B. A combination of education and experience with course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
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.
In addition to meeting Basic Education, applicants must have specialized experience or additional education as defined below:
GS-07: Applicants who meet any of the following may qualify for the GS-7: (1) One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service; or, (2)completion of one-year graduate level education directly related to the work of the position; or, (3) Superior Academic Achievement: Applicants can qualify for GS 07 on the basis of Superior Academic Achievement in one of three ways: (1) GPA 2.95 or above for all courses for the entire curriculum or for courses completed during the final 2 years. As an alternative, the GPA may be 3.45 or higher for courses in the major field of study either all major courses or major courses during the final 2 years. (2) Class Standing Applicants must rank in the top third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision. (3) Honor Society Membership in one of more than 65 nationally recognized scholastic honor societies may qualify.
GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service OR two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent master's or graduate degree in the field of geology.
GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service; or, three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in the field of geology.
Definition of Specialized Experience: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:
GS-7: Experience assisting geologist in geolgoical studies, planning or performing field investigations to obtain geological data needed for the design, construction, or monitoring of civil engineering structures. Experience interpreting geological field data and assisting in the preparation of exploration logs, geologic maps, cross sections and statements of findings. These examples are not all inclusive.
GS-09: Experience performing geological surface and subsurface field investigations needed for design, construction or monitoring site conditions of civil engineering structures; experience interpreting and evaluating field data and preparing drawings, maps, sections depicting engineering or geohydrologic field conditions. These examples are not all inclusive.
GS-11: Experience planning and performing geological field investigations in support of the design and construction of engineering structures or in the operation and maintenance of dams, canals, and appurtenant works; experience in geologic evaluation of dam foundations and embankments; experience in geohydologic studies and investigations such as dewatering, safe yield studies, ground water models. These examples are not all inclusive.
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 may result in you being rated not qualified for the position.
Applicants must meet all qualifications, and as applicable, time-in-grade, and selective factor requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Human Resources will review resumes and transcripts to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 60 minutes. Applicants determined best-qualified will be referred to the selecting official.
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. Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category.
-Best Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications, are highly proficient in the major requirement(s) of the position, and proficient in most of the remaining -aspects of the position.
-Well Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and are proficient in most aspects of the position.
-Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and possess only a few aspects of the position.
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through their resume and responses to the online questions.
1. Knowledge of principles and theories of geology and geohydrology used in accomplishing exploration projects related to the design and construction of engineering structures, dam foundations and embankments, and ground and surface water considerations.
2. Knowledge of geotechnical exploration methods and techniques, including; geologic mapping, drilling methods; geophysical methods; geohydrologic investigations; instrumentation for monitoring facility performance.
3. Skill analyzing geological data; and presenting data and project information in technical documents and verbally to others.
Applicant's answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration.
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