Job Overview


About the Agency

The position is located at the National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) in Palmer, Alaska. Tsunami Warning Centers (TWCs) are responsible for providing tsunami warning, watches, advisories, and information statements to U.S. and international coasts. The two U.S. centers, the NTWC and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centers (PTWC), together provide warning services for a large portion of the worlds coastlines.

In addition to the salaries listed above, there is a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) of 5.57%, which is not subject to Federal tax.

*A one year probationary period may be required.

*This position is in the bargaining unit.

*Rotating shift work, including weekends is required.

NOTE: This vacancy may be used to fill other Interdisciplinary Watchstander GS-1301/1313/1360-11/12/13 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).

NOTE: This position is also announced under vacancy number NWS-AR-2014-0052 (MAP), which is open to status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.


The individual selected for this position will:

  • Make all observations, calculations, and interpretations using all available geophysical, oceanographic, and geographic data, obtained by diverse methods of communications.
  • Locate an earthquake, determine its characteristics, and evaluate its potential for tsunami generation.
  • Evaluate sea level data for degree of tsunami threat.
  • Apply numerical forecast models for impact analysis.
  • Issue the appropriate information.
  • Conduct applied development in which original methods are tested against available data to evaluate the applicability to the tsunami warning system.
  • Assist in maintaining software critical to the functioning of the Center.
  • Ensure the Center is staffed 24 hours a day.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • 10% or less

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

*All qualified United States Citizens or Nationals.

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