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Job Title:Geodesist, ZP-1372-04 (DE/CR)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:NOS-NGS-2014-0022

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$88,693.00 to $136,246.00 / Per Year


Monday, July 28, 2014 to Tuesday, August 5, 2014




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




1 vacancy in the following location:
Boulder, CO View Map


*All qualified United States Citizens or Nationals


Public Trust - Background Investigation




About the Agency

This position is located in Boulder, Colorado and is posted as a ZP-04, equivalent to the GS-13/14 pay scale. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the senior absolute gravity operator within the Observation and Analysis Division of the National Geodetic Survey (NGS), National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. The incumbent will lead field gravity surveys and provide authoritative technical guidance to senior management.

The NGS gravity program includes both absolute and relative gravity measurements in support of the Gravity for Redefinition of the American Vertical Datum (GRAV-D) Project and for other NGS projects, such as the Geoid Slope Validation Surveys. Support of the GRAV-D project involves absolute and relative measurements to provide gravity ties for airborne surveys, and absolute measurements in regions of rapid geologic change, such as glacial isotactic uplift in NE North America. The Geoid Slope Validation Surveys require both absolute and relative surveys to provide sufficient gravity constraints throughout the measurement line to evaluate the local gravity and to provide gravity values for the determination of orthometric heights.

NOTE: This position is also announced under vacancy number NOS-NGS-2014-0021 (MAP), which is open to status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

*A one year probationary period may be required.

*This position is not in the bargaining unit.

*This vacancy may be used to fill other Geodesist, ZP-1372-04 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band, requires the same qualifications as indicated in this vacancy announcement.)


  • 25% or Greater
  • Position requires frequent travel in support of operations.


  • No


  • Must be a U.S. 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 (
  • Must meet qualifications by closing date of this announcement.


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The individual selected for this position will:

  • Operate absolute gravimeters.
  • Help design and execute terrestrial absolute and relative gravity surveys for an organization.
  • Perform reconnaissance surveys (establish gravity tie and GPS base station locations).
  • Establish and maintain adherence to the best practices standards for conducting absolute relative measurements and surveys.
  • Manage and perform the processing and archival of terrestrial gravity data.
  • Maintain terrestrial absolute and relative gravity meters. This includes any collaborations and test that can be conducted in-house, and coordination with vendors for regular maintenance.


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Qualification requirements in the 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 the Office of Personnel Management's website located at:

This position has a positive education requirement, transcripts must be submitted. CANDIDATES MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS. The Geodesist basic education requirements can be found here.

Degree: Geodesy; or 30 semester hours in any combination of geodesy, mathematics, physics, astronomy, engineering science, surveying, geodetic surveying, photogrammetry, or geophysics. The course work must have included differential and integral calculus.


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

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.

NOTE: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.

IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS POSITION, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade 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 at the ZP-4 level:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-3 or GS-12 grade level of the Federal service or private sector equivalent:

  • Conducting absolute and relative gravity measurement and gravity surveys;
  • Familiarity with the operation of various absolute meters (Micro-g LaCoste FG5 and A10 meters) and the relative meters (LaCoste and Romberg D and G model meters); and
  • Processing relative and absolute gravity data.


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) and place you in one of the three pre-defined categories. The categories are gold, silver and bronze. However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates place in the gold category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligible with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job For more information on Category Rating, please go to Category Rating.

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

  • Skill at operating absolute and relative gravimeters.
  • Skill in executing absolutes and reative gravity surveys.
  • Knowledge of how to archive gravity data.
  • Skilled in managing gravimeter maintenance.
  • Ability to calibrate and perform appropriate in-field repair of gravity meters.

To preview questions please click here.


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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; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; 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.


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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 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 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 or by 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 Human Resources Specialist listed in this vacancy announcement.


  • 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 must include information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including: job title, duration of employment (mm/dd/yy mm/dd/yy), hours per week, duties and accomplishments, salary, and your education. 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.
  • If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Member 4 DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service or other valid proof of eligibility (i.e., statement of service that shows service dates AND character of service). 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
  • 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
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) 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.


Dustin Harrison Rutledge
Phone: 816-426-2038
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
WMFO/Kansas City Staffing Division
601 East 12th Street
Room 1713
Kansas City, MO
Fax: 000-000-0000


You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at 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 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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