You must meet all qualification requirements at the time of the closing date of the announcement.
GS-9: one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level. Examples of specialized experience for this position includes performing observations, measurements, computations and analyses to assist geologists in carrying out assignments; following established methods and procedures, or detailed instructions using judgment in applying basic principles and procedures; possessing a good general working knowledge of geology.
GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level. Specialized experience for this position includes performing field and office duties for the collection and analysis of geologic data.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE:
Applicants may also qualify on the basis of education as follows:
GS-09: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree in geology or other directly related field or master's or equivalent graduate degree.
GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree in geology or other directly related fieldor Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
COMBINATION OF GRADUATE EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be combined with experience. For example, one-half of the requirement for a master's degree plus 6 months of experience equivalent to a GS-07 may qualify for the GS-09.
Degree: 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.
Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.
1. Professional knowledge of the principles and theories of geology and related sciences in the collection, measurement, analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of geologic information.
2. Professional knowledge of geologic concepts, principles, and practices applicable to a full range of duties related to land use planning , NEPA and EA procedures.
3. Professional knowledge and execution of minerals management regulations.
4. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Evaluation of Experience: Acceptable experience may have been gained through geological field or laboratory work that provided a means of obtaining professional knowledge of the theory and application of the principles of geology and closely related sciences, e.g., geophysics, geochemistry, or hydrology. Such work generally must have involved making close observations, taking samples, handling various types of instruments and equipment, assembling geologic data from source materials, and analyzing and reporting findings orally and in writing. Experience that involved only one phase of geology work, e.g., collecting samples, would not be acceptable as providing the required professional knowledge of the theory and principles of geology. In some situations, professional scientific experience in other fields may be accepted in part as professional geological experience. Such experience must have been preceded by appropriate education in geology or by professional geological experience, and must have contributed directly and significantly to the applicant's professional geological competence. Examples include some positions in geophysics, mining engineering, soils science, physical oceanography, hydrology, climatology, biology, analytic or experimental chemistry, metallurgy, and comparable fields where the normal duties or results of investigations have been extended to the solution of geologic problems by the applicant. Ordinary functions of positions such as seismic, computer, petroleum or mining engineer, mine superintendent, or metallurgist generally are not considered professional geological experience. To receive credit for geological experience obtained in positions that are not full-time professional geological positions, the applicant is responsible for indicating clearly the actual time or percentage of time devoted to geologic duties within such positions, and for giving adequate descriptions of the geologic functions.
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