Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualifications standards. This handbook is available on OPM's website at: Qualification Standards
This position has a positive education requirement, transcripts must be submitted. CANDIDATES MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
1. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
2. Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, 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 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-4 or GS-13/14 level:
One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-3 or GS-11/12 of the Federal service. Experience in:
- Evaluating hydroclimate and snow within climate models.
- Performing advanced analysis techniques with applications to hydroclimate problems.
- Working with observational data and collaborating with a team of scientist.
If you are qualifying based on education, 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 the three pre-defined categories. The categories are gold, silver and bronze. However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, 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 eligible 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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- Skill in understanding and predicting seasonal to decadal regional variations and changes in hydroclimate, particularly over the U.S.A., including variations in snowpack and extremes.
- Skill in developing and evaluating metrics for seasonal to decadal climate predication performance.
- Knowledge of analyzing model-generated predictions against measurements and observations for accurate quantification of skill and processes, with a particular focus on extreme hydroclimate events particularly winter storms, and snowpack, on seasonal to decadal time scales.
- Skill in evaluating the character of and the factors governing the variations of the climate system, and its impacts on seasonal decadal regional hydroclimate, extremes and snow.
- Skill in analysis and design numerical experiments with global climate models to diagnose variations and changes of regional hydroclimate and snow on seasonal to decadal time scales.
- Ability to quantify the impact of multiple factors on regional hydroclimate, including extremes, and snow variations on seasonal to decadal time scales.
- Ability to present seminars, and participate in national international radiation meetings and workshops to advance the knowledge on climate variation and predictability.
- Ability to prepare scientific results for peer-reviewed publications and see the publications through the entire review/publication process.