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.
In order to be qualified for this position, you must meet the basic education requirement for the series for which you are applying.
To qualify as a Geophysicist, you must possess one of the following:
A. A Bachelor's or higher degree that included at least 30 semester hours in mathematics (including calculus) and the physical sciences (geophysics, physics, engineering, geology, astronomy, meteorology, electronics, etc.). - OR -
B. A combination of education and experience. This includes courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
To qualify as an Oceanographer, you must possess one of the following:
A. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major field of study of at least 24 semester hours in oceanography or a related discipline such as physics, meteorology, geophysics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, geology, or biology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of oceanography, physics, geophysics, chemistry, mathematics, meteorology, computer science, and engineering sciences. - OR -
B. A combination of education and experience. This includes course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
(Please note: For both A and B in this section, applicants who qualify on the basis of major study in biology or geology must have had at least 6 semester hours in the major directly concerned with marine science or 6 semester hours in oceanography; applicants who qualify on the basis of other physical sciences or engineering must have had differential and integral calculus and at least 6 semester hours in physics.)
In addition, all applicants must possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service, evaluating a variety of seismologic, geophysical, and oceanographic data to determine the threat of a tsunami to a given area; conducting applied research to identify methods for improving tsunami forecasting; utilizing a variety of automated systems to analyze geophysical/seismologic data; and delivering scientific or technical presentations at national conferences or meetings.
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:http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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 NOAAs 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 Knowledge - Geophysics/Oceanography
- Problem Solving
- Technology Application
- Oral Communication