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    IMPORTANT APPLICATION DEADLINE: The first referral of candidates from this announcement will be made from applications received by 11:59 PM EST, Monday, April 16, 2018. Subsequent cut off dates may be established as requested by management.

    This position is located in the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), Office of Satellite Product Operations (OSPO) and is for eight vacancies located in Suitland, Maryland.

    This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band.

    The ZT-4 is equivalent to the GS-11/12.

    This position is also announced under vacancy number NSDIS-OSPO-2018-0018, which is open to status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

    *A one year probationary period may be required.

    *Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

    *This position is in the bargaining unit.


    This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Physical Science Technician ZT-1311-4 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band and requires the same qualifications and specialized experience as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

    *The incumbent must be able to work a 24/7/365 rotating crew shift schedule.

    *The incumbent will fill a Mission Essential Position and designated an Emergency and Continuity of Operations (COOP) employee.

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    As a Physical Science Technician, you will perform the following duties:

    • Monitor real time and archived spacecraft telemetry; review, analyze and initiate commanding and controlling for a mission ground computer system for a satellite constellation; support newly launched satellites, satellites maneuvers, and other required special operations through the use of computers, computer programs and databases.
    • Determine the most effective methods to apply in establishing, modifying, and enhancing satellite data management; manage the flow of satellite data received from antenna ground sites to satellite ground systems.
    • Participate in cross-training to another satellite mission area discipline to achieve a broader knowledge base of satellite operations; directly train new employees following approved training plans to achieve qualification & certification in a satellite mission area.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 15% of domestic travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    * All qualified United States Citizens or Nationals;

    * CTAP/ICTAP eligibles.

    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/495658900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.