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    *Are you an Geography or Geology professional looking for a position in the Federal workforce? *Do you have an interest in mapping studyng lava flows from volcanoes? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this is the job for you! Come join the USGS and start doing the job you've always dreamed of!

    Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?
    Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit http://www.usgs.gov

    What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

    The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is located on the rim of Kilauea Caldera, in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on the island of Hawai'i. It is somewhat remote; the nearest city is Hilo, which is 30 miles distant.

    Salary: GS-9: $50,022 (Step 01) to $65,023(Step 10); GS-11: $60,520 (Step 01) to $78,676 NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

    The incumbent of this position is entitled to a cost of living allowance (COLA) of 6.05% for 2016 in addition to salary.

    Open to current or former Federal employees: SAC-2017-0054.

    There is one vacancy; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if they become available.

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    As a Geographer/Geologist within the Hawai'ian Volcano Observatory (HVO), Hawai'i National Park, Volcano Science Center (VSC), some of your specific duties will include:

    • Record and analyze lava flow and other field data to produce geologic maps, hazards maps and other graphical products related to ongoing eruptions.
    • Plan and conduct field mapping and sampling of lava flow and other eruptive products.
    • Locate, recognize, describe, sample and interpret volcanic features and phenomena in the field. Makes recommendations on scientific significance based on collected geologic data.
    • Perform GIS data entry, map creation and analysis, and database management. Generate digital media metadata suitable for publication.
    • Prepare written and oral summaries of activities and eruptions for HVO staff and for use in peer-reviewed publications.
    • Assists gas geochemistry, deformation, seismic and outreach teams with field data gathering, map and figure preparation, and analysis of monitoring data to interpret signficance.
    • Prepare hazard assessments and provide information to the public and other stakeholders regarding eruption activity and hazards
    • Field work requires moderate to strenuous activities such as hiking, lifting and carrying a pack up to 40 lbs, using a 4 wheel-drive vehicle and travel by helicopter to reach remote sites. Able to walk long distances over rough, sometimes steep terrain, near active lava flows and vents, often in adverse weather conditions. Field work involves occasional exposure to volcanic gases including high levels of sulphur dioxide.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel on average 1 night per month is required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/456203500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.