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USGS Science for a Changing World. Do you want to be part of an innovative research science organization? Would you like to work with a team of professionals committed to preserving our natural resources and environment? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this job is for you. Join the USGS and be on your way to a rewarding future.

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Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit
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This position requires completion of a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.
Open to current or former Federal employees: PAC-2014-0659.


As a Supervisory Geophysicist within the Earthquake Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

-The incumbent has broad responsibility for coordinating the recording, processing, reporting, data archiving, and system development of all projects related to the (Northern California Seismic Network) NCSN, (National Strong Motion Project) NSMP, induced seismicity deployments, and temporary aftershock deployments.

-The incumbent directs and supervises a staff of about 30 geophysicists, software and electrical engineers, communications specialists, and technicians.

- Coordinates the rapid and reliable delivery of seismic data and earthquake products to state emergency-services agencies, cooperating networks of the California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN), USGS National Earthquake Information Center, NOAA Tsunami Warning Centers in Alaska, Hawaii, and the public.

- Provides scientific guidance to improve data processing efficiency, earthquake detection and location, data quality control, and earthquake information products.

- Responsible for compliance with relevant regulatory requirements and agency policies.

- Serves as an agency spokesperson to the media following significant earthquakes in northern and central California.

-Serves as a recognized authority on the operation of seismic networks to the California Integrated Seismic Network, Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS), high level managers and officials within the agency, and to various U.S. and foreign government agencies.

The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at:

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Overnight travel of 3-5 nights per month may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • A relocation incentive MAY be authorized in filling this position.