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Job Title:  Meteorological Technician
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  PH-14-JP-1182182

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$31,628.00 to $56,406.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 to Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Pago Pago, AS View Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates
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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.  

Salary shown does not include entitlement for 25% Post Differential and Home Leave.

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


  • Not Required


  • Yes
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses are authorized for only current status employees.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • 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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As a Meteorological Technician, you will:

  • Perform and record observations; compute and prepare information. 
  • Disseminate meteorological information; distributes severe weather warnings. 
  • Selects, verifies and evaluates technical accuracy and applicability of data;
  • Transmit information to the user in the required format, including substitutions for missing data.
  • Analyze weather data and maps; arranges material in print format for publication.
  • Prepare reports; furnishes advice, interpretations of instructions and answers questions concerning data.


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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To qualify for this position you must meet both the specialized experience and selective placement factor as defined.


For the grade GS-05:  A. You have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-04 level work in the Federal service that includes: assisting in the collection of basic meteorological data; assisting in the measurement of phenomena using various scientific equipment and/or instrumentation; -OR- B. You have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses in meteorology, mathematics, engineering, or physical science; -OR- C. You have a combination of experience as described in A and education as described in B that, when combined, equal 100% of the total requirement. (Please note that only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours, i.e., beyond the second year may be used in this calculation.)
For the grade GS-06:  You have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-05 level work in the Federal service that includes: collecting meteorological data; and assessing collected meteorological data for completeness;

For the grade GS-07:  You have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-06 level work in the Federal service that includes: collecting meteorological data from various sources; analyzing data in order to accomplish objectives; and interpreting basic meteorological data for leadership.
For the grade GS-08:  You have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-07 level work in the Federal service that includes: analyzing difficult or complex data; interpreting meteorological data for leadership; and adjusting meteorological data when appropriate.

You are proficient with recording and broadcasting statements, watches, and warnings bulletins on Weather Radio in both Samoan and English.

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.    

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 education/experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
  • Status candidates must meet time-in-grade/band requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period. 
  • Recruitment/Retention Incentive:  The American Samoa is considered an Isolated Area and therefore the selectee will be entitled to "Post Differentials" which is in the amount to 25% of one's salary, as well as, Home Leave.


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:  

  • Technical Competence
  • 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 Tuesday, August 26, 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. Transcripts, if qualifying based on education 

5. Other supporting documents (submit if applicable to you):      

  • CTAP/ICTAP documents
  • Veterans' documentation
  • 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.
  • Non-Competitive documentation

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 1182182.   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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