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    As the Federal Government's foremost natural science organization, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; to minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; to manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and to enhance and protect our quality of life. The mission is accomplished through data collection, research, and comprehensive studies and information services in the broad disciplines of hydrology, geology, biology, and geography.

    The Senior Science Advisor for Science Applications position is located in the Office of the Director and serves as the principal staff advisor to the USGS Director, Deputy Director, and the USGS Executive Leadership Team for major national Earth science programs that cross Mission Areas and involve substantial external coordination with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, private industry, and public interest groups.

    This is a multidisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the occupational series advertised.

    Pay is set based on consideration of the selectee's current salary and other factors.

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    The Senior Science Advisor provides advice on program planning, analysis, and coordination of USGS programs and projects, and those of the Department of the Interior (DOI) and other government agencies that relate to the Earth science mission of the USGS. Responsibilities include:

    • Represents the USGS on the DOI Science Advisory Council.
    • Exercises broad overview and provides scientific leadership of a wide variety of USGS special projects at the discretion of the Director.
    • Serves as the USGS principal advisor on Earth science engineering and geology matters of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy, and Corps of Engineers. Examples include site selection and evaluation processes for potentially hazardous facilities such as nuclear power plants, dams, chemical facilities, and munitions storage facilities.
    • Serves as senior official for ensuring that the Bureau’s activities are in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act requirements, and oversees the Bureau’s Hazardous Materials activities, including actions concerning the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act and the Resource Conservation Recovery Act.
    • Provides advice, counsel, and supervision to the USGS and the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science liaison to ensure top Department officials are informed on issues pertaining to USGS programs and initiatives.
    • Serves as the liaison between the USGS and the Intelligence Community (IC) to include ODNI, NGA, CIA, NRO, DARPA, and others to ensure that applicable USGS activities are addressed and considered in the areas where there are mutual interests.
    • Oversees all USGS classified programs to ensure all guidelines are met concerning activities relative to the IC and to USGS missions.
    • Participates in Civilian Applications Committee (CAC) activities to advise the CAC Chair on CAC issues and assist in accomplishing the USGS CAC mission and the mission of CAC members. Serves as Principal Alternate to the CAC Chair and Vice Chair.
    • Advises and oversees USGS International Programs with projects having DOD or a classified component. Serves as the USGS TISTI representative.
    • Serves as Principal Alternate to the Director for all White House National Science and Technology Council Committees
    • Serves as the Departmental Principal Alternate to the White House Committee on Homeland and National Security, and USGS Principal on all Committee on Homeland and National Security subcommittees.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - `

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Current/former Federal employees with permanent competitive status; OR individuals eligible under a special or noncompetitive appointing authority (e.g., disabled, eligible Pathways Intern within conversion period, former Intern noncompetitively converted to a term appt, Returning Peace Corps Volunteer, etc.). Veterans with preference or have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after approx 3yrs or more of continuous active service. Addtl info: VetGuide.

    Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/453005000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.