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    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?

    This is a term appointment for which all qualified applicants with or without Federal status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed 13 months with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition.

    Salary: GS-09: $58,132 (Step 01) to $75,567 (Step 10); GS-11: $70,333 (Step 01) to $91,433 (Step 10). NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

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

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    As a Physical Scientist, some of your specific duties will include:

    • Lead coordinator for Geographic Information System (GIS) and remote-sensing data to serve the research needs of the Coral Reef Project, Marine Geomorphology, Evolution, and Habitats project, and associated projects in Hawaii, California and the U.S. Pacific Islands.
    • Acquire and maintain geospatial databases for the Coral Reef Project and Marine Gemorphology, Evolution, and Habitats Project using ArcGIS and other various software packages.
    • Act as the primary contact for project researchers, researchers from other cooperating agencies, and researchers from universities regarding project geospatial data holdings and data compatibility.
    • Design and execute figures and maps for publication, produce video sequences, and manage Coral Reef Project and Marine Gemorphology, Evolution, and Habitats Project public relations, including scientific conference presentations and public liaison work. Serve as a digital archivist for project presentations given by additional team members.
    • Performs underwater tasks during fieldwork which requires scuba diving.
    Physical Demands

    Most work is sedentary and involves interactive procedures with computers. However, project work may require several weeks or more per year of field operations involving data gathering and geologic or oceanographic sampling. Good eyesight and hand dexterity are required for collection and analysis of data using sedimentological and geophysical sampling equipment and computers. Occasional bending and lifting of moderate loads is required. Because of the sensitive electronic equipment and photographic materials being used, incumbent must be able to work in a non-smoking environment. Some work is done using boats in coastal waters. Fieldwork may require snorkeling or SCUBA diving from shore or from boats. This work requires good free diving and SCUBA diving skills, and comfort in and around the water.

    Work Environment

    Performance of laboratory/office duties is primarily sedentary and involves continuing interaction with computers, maps and photographs, analytical equipment, and samples. On occasion, coastal work must be carried out under uncomfortable weather conditions, on a moving platform, and/or in less-than-ideal living conditions where temperature and weather extremes may be encountered.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Overnight travel of 1-5 nights per month may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/459229800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.