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    This position is located in the National Ocean Service (NOS) Office of Coast Survey (OCS), Hydrographic Survey Division (HSD) with four vacancies in Silver Spring, MD.

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    As a Physical Scientist, you will perform the following duties:

    • Research historical information, survey requests, national priorities, and other relevant information to define a survey project area, and develop draft project instructions and statements of work using GIS and other tools.
    • Assist senior team members with research and planning of hydrographic surveys.
    • Acquire, process, and analyze hydrographic data, including all the ancillary data used to transform raw bathymetric soundings to chart datum.
    • Search for improved techniques and better technologies.
    • Deploy up to 180 days a year to survey vessels to maintain proficiency.

    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 ZP-2 is equivalent to the GS-07/09 grade levels, however is only being advertised equivalent to the GS-09 grade level. The ZP-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12. 

    These duties are described at the full performance level of the ZP-3; the ZP-2 is developmental leading to such performance.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - Up to 50% of domestic travel may be required. Occasional foreign travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    3 - If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you may be non-competitively promoted if you perform successfully and if recommended by management.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/509239200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.