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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
INTERIOR, Geological Survey
Position Title:
Senior Science Advisor for Earthquakes and Geologic Hazards (MP)
Open Period:
02/01/2019 - 04/01/2019


SL - 1301A,1313A,1350A 00
USD $126,148 - USD $189,600
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Reston, VA, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Office of Human Resources


Hiring Path:
• Individuals with disabilities
• Competitive service
• Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
• Land & base management
• Military spouses
• Family of overseas employees
• Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA
• Special authorities
• Veterans
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Open to current or former Federal employees w/perm comp status; OR those eligible under a special or noncomp appointing authority (e.g.,VRA, disabled, Pathways Interns & Recent Grads who are elig for noncomp conversion, etc.); OR current or former employees who are serving, or previously served, on temp or term appt in a land mgmt agency; OR veterans with preference or have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after approx 3yrs or more of continuous active service.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Required
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
About the Agency

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

This is an interdisciplinary position and is being advertised concurrently with the following announcements:

Open to all U.S. citizens under: SL-2019-0001

The closing date of this announcement has been extended from 3/18/2019 to 04/01/2019.  Applicants who have already applied do not need to reapply.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

Relocation expenses authorized.

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional overnight travel required.


The incumbent of this position serves primarily as the Program Coordinator for the USGS Earthquake Hazards, Global Seismographic and Geomagnetism Programs. In addition, the incumbent advises the Associate Director for Natural Hazards to set direction and encourage collaboration among all geologic hazards activities across the Bureau, including coordination for implementation, reporting, and leveraging of both funding and expertise. Responsibilities include:

    • Coordinating all USGS programmatic activities relating to earthquake, volcanic, landslide, geomagnetic storm, and tsunami hazards and their effects, and coordinates work with other Program Coordinators, Science Center Directors, and Regional Directors who are involved in developing project plans, assembling project teams, and making programmatic decisions affecting priorities and funding.

    • Representing the Earthquake Hazards, Global Seismographic Network and Geomagnetism Programs to congressional members and staff. Serves to facilitate collaboration and integrate all geologic hazards program development across the Bureau, including coordination for implementation, reporting, and leveraging of both funding and expertise. Develops plans for these programs to achieve the strategic goals.

    • Defining needs for Earthquake Hazards, Geomagnetism, and Global Seismographic Network Programs, prepares new funding initiatives and allocates funding. Responds to congressional inquiries about programmatic activities and funding. Oversees a program council of regional and topical coordinators, which contribute to the development of new initiatives, program review, and strategic program planning.

    • Overseeing the development of the Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS), including the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system, and develops strategic partnerships.

    • Overseeing development of program descriptions and status reports for use by Congress, Office of Management and Budget, the Government Accountability Office, and high-level USGS and DOI management staff. Gives briefings as required to USGS, DOI, OSTP, National Security Council, and other Federal senior managers and officials.

    • Representing USGS in discussions and deliberations regarding such matters as inter-program coordination and cooperative activities; alignment of earthquake, tsunami, and space weather hazards priorities with those of the discipline, USGS, and DOI; collaborative efforts with other agencies; various facilities, staffing, and other resources issues; and program monitoring. Conveys related program information and actions to other employees in the assigned program(s).

    • Managing a staff of scientific managers and support personnel.

    • Supervising the execution of the external research support component of the Earthquake Hazards Program.

    • Carrying out USGS statutory responsibility to coordinate NEHRP post-earthquake scientific investigations on behalf of the four NEHRP agencies and other federal and state government and university partners.

    • Representing the USGS programs and interests on a variety of committees.



Qualifications and Evaluations


Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

  • Within 30 days after selection, the incumbent is required to file a Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) and supplemental form, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interest (DI-278).

  • Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment.  Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued. 

  • A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

  • This position requires completion of a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.

  • Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.

  • OPM must authorize employment offers made to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or non-career SES employee in the executive branch.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years held these appointments, you must disclose that to the Human Resources Office.

  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, upon selection you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.

Key Requirements:
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
  • Education Requirements:

    As part of the online application process, you will need to provide narrative response to a series of questions designed to assess your knowledge skills, abilities and/or competencies. Applicants who meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated by a panel of executives who will determine which applicants are best qualified. This information will be obtained from the application package. The Department’s Executive Resources Board will review results and make recommendations on final selection to the appointing authority. Verification of performance, suitability, and security information will be taken into consideration when making an offer of employment. 

    --NOTE: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.


    As a basic requirement, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership, science program management, knowledge of budget formulation policies and procedures, and have knowledge of science concepts as they relate to earthquake hazards, surface faulting and earthquake-induced ground failures, earthquake seismology, geomagnetism, tsunamis, and field and laboratory research in volcanic hazards, geothermal energy, and geochemistry in order to coordinate a major hazards program. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with State or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. To meet the minimum qualifications, you must meet the education requirement and clearly show that you possess the technical qualifications (TQ) below. Failure to meet or address each mandatory TQ will disqualify an applicant.

    Please provide a written narrative describing your experience that has equipped you for this position. Your examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives, and level of contacts. Be specific in describing results achieved for each of the factors. EACH TQ MUST BE ADDRESSED SEPARATELY. Narrative Statements for the TQs must not exceed two pages each. Applicants who refer to their resume as a response will not receive consideration.

    Technical Qualifications (Mandatory):

    1. State-of-the-art science knowledge of geologic hazards and geomagnetism.

    2. Ability to advance new geoscience concepts in geologic hazards.

    3. Ability to formulate geologic hazards science goals and objective.

    4. Ability to define the direction of diverse research (basic and applied) and investigation programs in geologic hazards of nationwide scope and responsibility.

    5. Skill in written communications, interpersonal liaison, and organizational representation.

    You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
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    Agency Benefits:
    Other Information:

    • Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.

    • USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.

    • The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

    • DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit


    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    --Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to the Internet. If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance.

    --Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement: 1)Click the blue "Apply Online" button. 2)If you are not a registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the instructions to complete your application process. If you are a registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile. 3)As a registered user, select a stored resume and select one or more of your stored documents to attach to your application. 4)Check the "Certification" box and click the "Apply for this position now!" button located at the bottom of the screen. 5)Address the eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire containing questions and/or task statements that address the knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy. 6)Submit required documents using one of the available methods listed below. 7) If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk.
    Required Documents:

    You must provide a complete application package which includes: 1. REQUIRED. Your resume – it must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement. Insufficient information will result in a not qualified rating. It is recommended that you include the following information: Full name, mailing address, telephone numbers, bar membership information, Educational information, information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position. 2. REQUIRED. A narrative statement addressing each of the technical qualifications. Each technical qualification must be addressed separately. TQ narrative statements must not exceed 2 pages for each individual TQ. 3. REQUIRED. If you are a current Federal employee, a copy of a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that indicates Federal status, grade, tenure, and type of service. Please remove your social security number and date of birth. 4. REQUIRED: This position requires specific educational course work to qualify. You are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible.5. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. A copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (from either the Federal or private sector). Please remove your social security number.

    --If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility,​ you must submit a copy of a recent SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position title, occupational series, grade level and step​ by the closing date of this announcement or you will not receive consideration.

    --If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof by the closing date of this announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330 Subpart F for CTAP and 5 CFR 330 Subpart G for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. This includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Required documents may be faxed, uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information"). If you are a CTAP or ICTAP eligible, you will be considered well qualified if you earn a minimum score of 85 (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference points). For more information on CTAP/ICTAP please click here.

    --If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under a special appointing authority, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof of eligibility by the closing date of this announcement.  For additional information on special appointing authorities, visit:

    --If you’re applying as a current or former employee of a land management agency  i.e., Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, or U.S. Forest Service who is serving or previously served on a temporary or term appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (see:, you must submit the following documentation by the closing date of this vacancy announcement in order to receive consideration:

    1. SF-50(s), Notification of Personnel Action, that documents your service under competitive examining procedures in time limited appointments that totals 2 or more years at land management agencies; and

    2. Documentation of satisfactory performance such as performance evaluations or references by supervisors or other documents, e.g., memorandums of record, whereas the supervisor documented an acceptable performance level.

    --Required documents may be: 1)faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact Information") 2)uploaded directly from your desktop 3)uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4)hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information")

    --Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

    Next Steps:

    We will conduct a qualifications evaluation of applicants who supply all requested material. Qualified applicants will be rated by a panel. Best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome after approval of the selectee by our Executive Resources Board.