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Job Title:  Meteorologist (Sea Ice)
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  PH-14-JP-1176378

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$90,264.00 to $117,343.00 / Per Year
Monday, August 4, 2014 to Friday, August 15, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Anchorage, AK View Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates
Not Applicable


Science, Service, and Stewardship

The National Weather Service is a component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is an Operating Unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce

Our headquarters office for the National Weather Service (NWS) is located in Silver Spring, MD with regional headquarters located in Kansas City, Mo.; Bohemia, N.Y.; Fort Worth, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Anchorage, Alaska; and Honolulu, Hawaii. With some 5,000 employees in 122 weather forecast offices, 13 river forecast centers, 9 national centers, and other support offices around the country, NWS provides a national infrastructure to gather and process data worldwide.  Each year, NWS collects some 76 billion observations and issues approximately 1.5 million forecasts and 50,000 warnings.  Visit us at

Salary includes 24.695 locality.  Pay will also include non-taxed 5.57% COLA.

Additional vacancies may be filled through this vacancy announcement or, if they become available. 


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.


  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized for only status candidates.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for selective service.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section).
  • Required to pass background investigation and fingerprint check


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  • Provides expert analyses and forecasts of pack and shore-fast sea ice in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions and expert analyses and forecasts of Sea Surface temperatures in the Arctic Ocean, Bering Sea, and the North Pacific Ocean.
  • Evaluates and integrates applied research into an operational meteorological sea ice environment.
  • Provides expert briefings for other scientists, NOAA management, marine customers, and other managers outside the organization.
  • Participates in related scientific, technical and management conferences and workshops.
  • Collaborates and coordinates with other scientists, and scientific groups, and other entities both inside and outside the organization such as the National Ice Center and the Canadian Ice Service. Must work effectively with a diverse customer group including indigenous populations in remote areas.
  • Contacts users to determine the effectiveness of NWS products and dissemination methods and to recommend changes or additional products; and-
  • Work rotating shifts, including weekends and holidays, with the WFO/NSC in continuous operations 24 hours, seven days a week.

    Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. The handbook is available on OPM's website


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    Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of experience, education, training completed, and potential based on the information provided within their application/resume, and detailed responses provided on the job elements to determine those who are minimally qualified and those who are best qualified. The job elements are included in the Supplemental Questionnaire, located further in this vacancy announcement. Failure to submit a complete application package will result in a determination of not qualified.  You are encouraged to complete and submit the Supplemental Questionnaire as part of your application package, experience and training you claim must be reflected in your application/resume. 


    To qualify candidates must meet both the basic requirements and specialized experience as defined. 


    Basic Requirements 

    A. You  must have a degree in meteorology, atmospheric science, or other natural science major that included: (1) at least 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of credit in meteorology/atmospheric science including a minimum of: (a) 6 semester hours of atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics; (b) 6 semester hours of analysis and prediction of weather systems (synoptic/mesoscale); (c) 3 semester hours of physical meteorology; and (d) 2 semester hours of remote sensing of the atmosphere and/or instrumentation. (2) 6 semester hours of physics, with at least one course that includes laboratory sessions. (3) 3 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, and computer science. Note: There is a prerequisite or co-requisite 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. You have a combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. -AND-


    You must have at least one year of specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to GS-12 level work in the Federal service that includes: analyzing and forecasting of Sea Surface temperatures in the Arctic Ocean, Bering Sea, and the North Pacific Ocean; validating large data sets of remotely sensed observations in the Earth's atmosphere by comparing them with observations from other sources; and collaborating with other scientist, a wide variety of external organizations and management officials.

    ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement. 

    SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: 
    Only education/ experience obtained by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

    Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

    Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).

    You may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.

    Relocation authorized for only status candidates.

    Shift work required.


    Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. Applicants applying under Delegated Examining (all U.S. citizens) procedures will be rated under NOAA’s Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Gold, Silver, or Bronze. Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles. Applicants applying under merit promotion procedures will be rated in accordance with the Merit Staffing plan of NOAA. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. You will be rated in the following areas: 


    • Modeling & Simulation
    • Decision Making
    • Oral Communication  

    In order to be rated as meeting the minimum qualifications, we must be able to determine from your application package that you have the specialized experience required as described above.  Applicants who have qualifying experience performed on less than a full-time basis must specify the percentage and length of time spent in performance of such duties.


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    NOAA offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees


    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans’ preference see

    Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. (you must submit a DD214-member copy 4).

    Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ). 

    Career Transition Assistance Programs (CTAP/ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an CTAP/ICTAP eligible see To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


    Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:

    Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A

    Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans

    Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses 

    Other Special Appointment Authorities


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    You must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, August 15, 2014. 

    * To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire. 

    * Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. 

    * It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

    * To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    * To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: 

    1. Your Résumé showing relevant experience; cover letter optional 

    2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire 

    3. 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 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.

    4. Transcripts- are required;

    5. Other supporting documents (submit if applicable to you):        
           - CTAP/ICTAP documents, if applicable;         
           - Veteran  documentation; if applicable   

    Your resume should 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 each position. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.          

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 1176378.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. 

    If you cannot apply online

    1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and 

    2. Print this 1203-FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and 

    3. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203--FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


    Philadelphia Services Branch
    Phone: (215)861-3074
    Agency Information:
    Philadelphia Services Branch
    US Office of Personnel Management
    600 Arch Street
    Philadelphia, PA


    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. You will receive notice via email once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).   

    You will be notified of your application status at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You may check your application status by accessing the USAJOBS website and clicking "Application Status".   

    The amount of notices that each applicant receives may vary.  The four points of notification are: 

    •  Application Received or Application Incomplete 
    •  Minimum Qualification Requirement Met/Not Met 
    •  Eligible (Application Referred) or Eligible (Application Not referred) 
    •  Selected or Not Selected


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