Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification (OPM) Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on OPM's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications
This position has a positive education requirement, transcripts must be submitted. CANDIDATES MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
1. Degree: major study of at least 24 semester hours in oceanography or a related discipline such as physics, meteorology, geophysics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, geology, or biology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of oceanography, physics, geophysics, chemistry, mathematics, meteorology, computer science, and engineering sciences.
2. Combination of education and experience: Course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Applicants who qualify on the basis of major study in biology or geology must have had at least 6 semester hours in the major directly concerned with marine science or 6 semester hours in oceanography; applicants who qualify on the basis of other physical sciences or engineering must have had differential and integral calculus and at least 6 semester hours in physics.
IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS applicants must posses 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 ZP-3 or GS-11/12:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the (ZP-2 or GS-9) of the Federal service is defined as:
- Planning, executing, analyzing, and reporting acoustic-trawl (AT) survey results;
- Troubleshooting quantitative shipboard echo sounding systems and/or other remote sensing devices (e.g. optic tools);
- Developing customized software programs to enhance analysis of survey data and survey-related research data via the application of quantitative and statistical techniques; and
- Communicating survey and research findings via peer-reviewed journal articles, reports, or formal presentations.
Master's or equivalent graduate degree in oceanography or a related discipline such as physics, meteorology, geophysics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, geology, or biology. OR COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
A combination of graduate level in a related field and specialized experience.College Transcript:
If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. 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.Note:
Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.NOTE: Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.
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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 the three pre-defined categories. The categories are “gold”, “silver” and “bronze”. However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, 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 for an 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. For more information about Category Rating, please go to: Category Rating
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies please do not provide a separate written response:
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- Ability to work at sea under harsh conditions for extensive periods of time.
- Skill in planning, execution, analysis and reporting of AT survey results.
- Knowledge of underwater acoustics and AT survey methodology.
- Ability to troubleshoot and repair instrumentation.
- Skill in the use of computer application software including programming.
- Skill in the application of quantitative and statistical techniques to data analysis.
- Skill in developing scientific publications.