Job Overview


Science, Service, and Stewardship 

Unlock secrets in deep oceans, track rapidly moving storms, operate state-of-the-art environmental satellites, chart the Nation's waterways, formulate models to forecast climate trends, protect and preserve our living marine's all in a day's work at the  NOAA!  Join a dedicated workforce committed to a vital mission: safeguarding the public, protecting natural resources, strengthening the economy.  A career that makes a world of difference!

This position is located in the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, which is responsible for creating international tsunami guidance for more than half of the world's coastlines.

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


As a Geophysicist or Oceanographer, you will serve as the Shift Lead on a rotation basis as part of the tsunami and earthquake investigation team.  Your duties will include:

  • Supervising the investigation of potential tsunami activity and providing technical guidance to other team members; 
  • Evaluating a variety of geophysical and oceanographic data to identify the degree of threat for a tsunami and taking appropriate action based on that threat; 
  • Operating a variety of software to gather, analyze, and report on key data; 
  • Conducting applied research to test original theories and conceptual models related to tsunami warning operations; 
  • Collaborating with national and international agencies to provide training, deliver briefings, or share data; and
  • Conduct outreach to a variety of non-technical sources, such as the media and the general public 

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel estimated to be 5% of the time

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • PCS authorized for current Federal employees only

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

US Citizens and Status Candidates

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