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: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
This position has a positive education requirement, transcripts must be submitted. CANDIDATES MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: 1370, CARTOGRAPHY SERIES:
Degree: cartography; or a major that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in cartography and/or directly related science, and related mathematics. Such course work includes, but is not limited to, cartography, astronomy, geodesy, photogrammetry, physical and geological oceanography, computer science, land surveying, geophysics, physical geography, and remote sensing. The 30 semester hours must have included at least 6, but no more than 15, semester hours of college level, non-business mathematics or statistics (i.e., college level algebra, trigonometry, calculus, or scientific mathematics or statistics requiring equivalent college-level courses as prerequisites).
OR Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in cartography, or a major that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in cartography, and/or directly related science, and related mathematics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (ZP-01 or GS-5) 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-02 or GS-7/9:
One full year (52 wks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 of the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience:
OR Superior Academic Achievement
- Assisting in the production of nautical products within the highest degree of accuracy in compliance with professional cartographic principles, standards, and procedures.
- Assisting with the application of topographic and hydrographic data sources.
- Assisting with writing and following of detailed Standard Operating Procedures.
- Seeking and providing thoughtful and deliberate feedback.
- Demonstrating communication skills to express oneself in a clear, concise and logical manner.
- Exercising initiative and originality in problem solving.
as demonstrated by a bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university with either:
- a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale;
- a 3.5 GPA based on a 4.0 scale for required courses completed in a major field of study during the last two years of undergraduate study;
- class standing of upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision of the college;
- membership in a national Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association of College honor Societies, excluding freshman honor societies;
one year of graduate-level education in cartography and/or directly related science, related mathematics, astronomy, geodesy, photogrammetry, physical and geological oceanography, computer science, land surveying, geophysics, physical geography, and remote sensing.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.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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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 three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed 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 eligibles 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:
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- Knowledge of professional cartographic theories, concepts and principles.
- Ability to produce nautical products within the highest degree of accuracy in compliance with the accepted principles, standards, and procedures.
- Knowledge of customer/clients requirements and intended use of nautical products and services to promote safe navigation.
- Skill to communicate with strategic partners to benefit the nautical charting program and provide a quality product/priority service to meet their needs.
- Ability to identify the existence and cause of a particular problem; to analyze problems, test solutions and evaluate results; consider change impact and potential consequences; to express new ideas and concepts to improve current procedures.
- Knowledge of cartographic methods and practices sufficient to complete specified portions or minor phases of cartographic projects.