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

Job Title:Meteorologist, GS-1340-14 (MAP)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:NWS-NCEP-2014-0019

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$97,657.00 to $126,949.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 to Tuesday, June 10, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1340-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

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

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location:
Kansas City, MO View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

* Current Federal employees serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service; * Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility; * CTAP/ICTAP eligibles; * Applicants eligible under special hiring authorities; and * Veterans who are preference eligible, or separated from the U.S. Armed Forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service, may apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

This position will be located in the National Weather Service, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, Aviation Weather Center, Domestic Operations Branch in Kansas City, Mo. (Platte County).

  • A one-year probationary period may be required.
  • This is a barganing unit position.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • Yes
  • Payment of relocation expenses are authorized.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a United States citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • Time-in-grade requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.
  • Must be able to work weekends/Holidays/rotating shifts.

DUTIES:

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The individual selected for this position will:

  • Have a mastery of the theories, methods and techniques of professional meteorology, sufficient to serve as a lead forecaster for a wide variety of products.
  • Utilize knowledge of the integration of technology, services and organizational resources for meteorological programs.
  • Explain, advocate, and negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally.
  • Knowledge of state of the art of aviation impact variables, meteorology analysis, forecast techniques, information systems, and their impact on the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System.
  • Handles general office administrative matters which may occur on shift and provides direction, guidance, instructions and assistance to staff during a shift. 


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.


A. Bachelor's degree in Meteorology, atmospheric science, or other natural science major that included:

  • 1. At least 24 semester hours (36 Quarter hours) in meteorology/atmospheric science including a minimum of:
  • a. Six semester hours of atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics;*
  • b. Six semester hours of analysis and prediction of weather systems (synoptic/mesoscale);
  • c. Three semester hours of physical meteorology; and
  • d. Two semester hours of remote sensing of the atmosphere and/or instrumentation.
  • 2. Six semester hours of physics with at least one course that includes laboratory sessions*
  • 3. Three semester hours of ordinary differential equations*
  • 4. At least nine semester hours of course work appropriate for a physical science major in any combination of three or more of the following: physical hydrology, statistics, chemistry, physical oceanography, physical climatology, radiative transfer, aeronomy, advanced thermodynamics, advanced electricity and magnetism, light and optics, computer science.
*There is a prerequisite or corequisite of calculus for course work in atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics, physics, and differential equations. Calculus courses must be appropriate for a physical science major.

- OR -

B. Combination of education and experience - course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Applicants currently occupying a GS-1340 series position with the Department of Commerce DO NOT need to submit transcripts.

In addition to the basic education requirements applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade/band 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 for the GS-14 level:  One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the (GS-13) of the federal service:

  • Preparing and issuing warnings, advisories, aviation and other forecasts. 
  • Serving as a staff specialist for aviation meteorology.
  • Performing a wide range of assignments of considerable difficulty and complexity in forecasting or techniques development.
  • Consulting/collaborating with a wide variety of government and other officials.
  • Helping infuse science into operations, and/or leading other special weather programs for an office or the broader organization.
NOTE: Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions. For more information about the qualifications requirements for this position: Click Here.

College Transcript: 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.  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. If your physics lab is not identified on your transcripts, you must submit a course description stating that the lab was included in your physics course. 

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).  However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered.  The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

  • Knowledge of professional meteorology theories, methods and techniques in order to serve as lead forecaster for a wide variety of products.
  • Knowledge of the integration of technology, services and organizational resources for meteorological programs.
  • The ability to explain, advocate and negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally.
  • Knowledge of state of the art of aviation impact variables, meteorology analysis, forcast techniques, information systems, and their impact on the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System.
  • Ability to supervise and mentor a diverse set of forecasters during a shift and lead and/or participate in project teams.

To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap. CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

1. A copy of your specific RIF notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
2. A copy of your SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action”, noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

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, 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; and
4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
 
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 a.m. 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

You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.
  • 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 education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position/s. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.
  • SF-50, “Notification of Personnel Action: If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must provide the most current Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50) that verifies career/career-conditional status, title, series and grade (do not submit an Award SF-50). Also provide the SF-50 that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.
  • Veteran’s documentation: If you are requesting consideration under Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) or Veterans Readjustment Act (VRA) you must submit a copy of your DD-214 to show type of discharge and/or any other required supporting documents (VA Letter).  http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp#VeteransEmploymentAct1998.
  • 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 http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and 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:

Janet.L.Rizzi
Phone: 816-426-2038
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: Janet.L.Rizzi@noaa.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
WFMO/Kansas City, Mo. Staffing Division
601 East 12th Street, Room 1713
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.).

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Job Announcement Number:

NWS-NCEP-2014-0019

Control Number:

371117800