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Announcement Number:
RES-2019-0124
Hiring Agency:
INTERIOR, Geological Survey
Position Title:
Physical Scientist, GS-1301-13 (DEU-MP)
Open Period:
03/22/2019 - 04/02/2019

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 1301A 13
Salary:
USD $96,970 - USD $126,062
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
GS-13
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Reston, VA, US
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
Krista Bley
703-648-7493
kbley@usgs.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Security Clearance Required:
Not Required
Appointment Type
Term appt, NTE 13 mos
Appointment Type Details:
This is a term appointment not to exceed 13 months with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition.  Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service.
Marketing:
About the Agency
Summary:

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

Salary: $96,970(Step 01) to $126,062(Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01. 

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

5 days per month

Duties

The USGS Earthquake and Landslide Hazards Programs provide scientific expertise in response to selected hazard crises abroad, and support projects for capacity-building and disaster risk reduction in developing nations. Work is managed through an Earthquake Disaster Assistance Team (EDAT) in partnership with United States Agency International Development (USAID)’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).


As a Physical Scientist within the Earthquake Hazard Program (EHP), some of your specific duties will include:


Serving as USGS manager, coordinator, and spokesperson for the EDAT, in order to provide programmatic and logistical support for hazard response and capacity-building projects, including developing, managing, tracking, and reporting in coordination with applicable USGS science centers and programs.


Forging and maintaining relationships and collaborations among the USGS, OFDA, and other federal and international partners, in order to conduct joint science and monitoring projects, provide trainings, deliver science and information, and foster productive relationships with scientific counterparts.


Collaborating with OFDA’s Geoscience Advisor on selected projects in support of OFDA’s mission.


Analyzing USGS and partner agency datasets, products, and capabilities, in order to assist, complement, and inform risk reduction efforts in areas such as earthquake or landslide science, remote sensing, civil or geotechnical engineering, and/or disaster risk reduction.


Fieldwork may expose incumbent to potentially dangerous situations and exposure to moderate discomfort from extremes such as heat, cold, and inclement weather, and stressful social situations, particularly on trips in response to natural hazard crises and events.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?



  • 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.

  • 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.

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 trial period.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
  • Selectee must provide a valid state driver's license & safe driving record.
  • Selectee subject to successful completion of a pre-employment medical exam.
  • Education Requirements:
    • Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
    • Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/foreign.html.
    Evaluations:

    --Vacancy Related Questions: As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge skills, abilities and/or competencies:



    • Written Communication

    • Program/Project Management

    • Interpersonal Communication

    • Leadership & Supervision

    • General Abilities & Knowledge

    • Scientific Knowledge



    --Basis of rating:  Category rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The quality categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you are eligible, your on-line responses to the application questions will determine your placement in the appropriate quality category described above. Your responses must be substantiated by your resume. If you do not respond to the application questions you may be rated ineligible. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.

    --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.

    Qualifications:

    For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click on the following: https://www2.usgs.gov/humancapital/sw/quals/1301.html

    In addition to the basic education requirements, you must have 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Examples include:


    One year of appropriate professional experience that is in or directly related to the duties of the position to be filled is qualifying if it is equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service, and if it equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.


    Examples of GS-12 level work might include: 1) Developing, managing, and/or participating in projects that involve international or domestic hazard response and/or capacity-building; 2) coordinating or co-leading scientific or engineering groups or activities that involve multiple agencies or institutions; 3) participating in technical teams responding to hazard crises; 4) developing and delivering training on physical science or engineering, disaster response, or disaster risk reduction; 5) analyzing and interpreting remotely sensed geospatial data relevant to natural hazards. The work would have involved the application of knowledge and techniques from a field such as earthquake or landslide science, seismology, geotechnical or structural engineering, geographic information systems, meteorology, or geophysics.


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

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Agency Benefits:
    Other Information:

    • Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.

    • 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 www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.  

    • THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

    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:

    --If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, 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.

    --If you are claiming veterans' preference you must provide a legible copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, member 4 copy or any official documentation or statement from the Armed Forces that confirms your dates of service and that your separation, discharge, or release from active duty was under honorable conditions (i.e., Honorable or General Discharge).  Note:  If you have more than one DD-214 for multiple periods of active duty, submit a copy for each period of service. 

    --If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans’ preference and that your character of military service is honorable. 

    --If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the documents specified above, you must also submit documentation that supports your claim, e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs (dated 1991 or later) or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability, or the award of the Purple Heart, etc.  The overall rating must be identified on your certification letter or separation orders. 

    --Documentation must be received by the closing date shown in this vacancy announcement.  If you fail to submit any of the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans’ preference.  Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in the VetGuide.

    --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.

    --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:
    --If you are rated as one of the most highly qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 30-45 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified via email of the outcome. You can also go to "My Account" within USAJOBS to review your Application Status.