For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click on the following: http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/sw/quals/1313.html.
If you are qualifying based on specialized experience, you must meet the requirements listed below: For GS-15: In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must have one year of appropriate professional experience in geology that is equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal Service. Examples of such experience could include investigations that involved highly unstructured problems involving both difficult technology and complex human relations or programmatic issues. The results of these investigation had significant effects over a wide region of the United States, or may have included responsibility for new technology especially critical to the organizationss programs. This work involved other recognized senior technical expe5rts asking the scientist for advice or counsel due to his/her personal reputation in the field. For GS-14: In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must have one year of appropriate professional experience in geology that is equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal Service. Examples of such experience may include: planning and leading multidisciplinary projects of substantial depth and/or breadth; analyzing and interpreting multi-disciplinary related project data with novel and obscure problems and publishing or preparing results of findings; developing new or significantly modified geological techniques, methods, or criteria; providing advisory, planning, or reviewing services as a technical expert on a multidisciplinary issue. At this level a scientist exercises a wide latitude of independent judgment to perform scientific work of marked difficulty and responsibility. 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?
If selected for this position, you may be required to file one or more financial statements and/or a procurement integrity certification of compliance upon reporting and annually, some of which may be subject to public disclosure.
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 drivers license, and (2) possess a safe driving record.
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.
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: 1.) Compute/Analyze Data, 2.) Flexibility, 3.) Information Management, 4.) Interpersonal Communication, 5.) Leadership & Supervision, 6.) Program/Project Management, 7.) Scientific Instrumentation, 8.) Scientific Knowledge, 9.) Written Communication, 10.) Oral & Written Communication.
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.
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