Hydrologist, GS-1315-12 (SRM-DEU)
Interior, US Geological Survey - Tacoma, WA

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USGS Science for a Changing World.*Do you want to be part of an innovative research science organization?*Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking incentives?If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this is the job for you! Come join the USGS and start doing the job you've always dreamed of!Will Travel and Relocation Expenses be Paid?NoWhy 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 an unbiased, multi-disciplinary science organization that focuses on biology , geography , geology , geospatial information , water , the U.S. Geological Survey is dedicated to the timely, relevant, and impartial study of the landscape, our natural resources, and the natural hazards that threaten us. The USGS is the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, who collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems.

For more information about the USGS, visit: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/great.html .What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?Open to current or former Federal employees: PAC-2011-0140Number of Positions to be Filled: Only one position anticipated to be filled; however, more than one vacancy may be filled from this announcement.KEY REQUIREMENTS:Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.Overnight travel of 3 nights per month may be required.Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.Back to top DutiesAdditional Duty Location Info:Tacoma, WAAs a Hydrologist within the Washington Water Science Center, your primary duties will include:-Maintaining a high level of competence in surface-water quality, surface-water modeling and a working competence in other technical disciplines.-Developing project proposals for surface water-quality studies that are complex.-Responsibility for quality control of all field data collected and used in surface water-quality investigations, especially those associated with emerging organic contaminants.-Selecting, and modifying the appropriate hydrologic and/or water-quality models for simulating transport of chemical constituents.-Writing scientific reports documenting results of analyses and interpretations of hydrologic and water-quality data.Back to top Qualifications and EvaluationsQUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click on the following: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/1315.html .In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must meet the following to qualify for the GS-12 level: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-11 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 such experience include planning and executing complex hydrologic studies, which usually involved intensive investigations into recognized phenomena. This work typically involved conventional methods & techniques though it required going beyond clear precedents, and required adapting methods to the problems at hand and interpreting findings in terms of their scientific significance. At this level, Hydrologists have a very good knowledge of the principles of hydrology and their application, and the ability to independently perform scientific work of considerable difficulty.You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.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/or 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"). If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.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.htmlAre There Any Special Requirements For This Position?You will be required to operate a government-owned or -leased vehicle in the performance of your official duties.

Applicants for this position must meet the following requirements: (1) possess a valid State license, and (2) possess a safe driving record. If selected, you will be required to provide proof of a valid State license and a copy of your driving record.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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: 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:Surface Water Scientific Knowledge, Program/Project Management, Scientific Knowledge, Modeling Knowledge, Technical Reports, and Written Communication.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. To preview questions please click here .Back to top Benefits and Other InfoBENEFITS: Working for the U.S.

Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here . 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.THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.Back to top How To ApplyHOW 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 Core profile 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 you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive your DD-214, SF-15 and supporting documents (e.g., official statement from the Department of Veterans' Affairs) by the closing date of this announcement.

If you fail to do so, you will only be granted 5-point tentative preference if appropriate. Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in the Vet Guide .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 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 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 please see: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/ctap.html and for ICTAP eligibility see http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/ictap.html .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.Required documents may be:1)faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact Information")2)uploaded directly from your desktop3)uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments4)hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see 'Contact Information').Please note that the U.S. Geological Survey will NOT accept supporting documents through the Auto-Requested Fax method. Instructions will appear automatically through the application process but please do NOT utilize this feature.For additional information on special appointing authorities, visit: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/non_competitive.htmlFor phone messages, fax, or e-mail correspondence , please specify this vacancy announcement number, PAC-2011-139 (SRM-DEU) , job title, and location.

Hard copy or e-mailed resumes will not be accepted. AGENCY CONTACT INFO:Derek ZymaPhone: 916-278-9399Fax: 916-278-9406Email: pacsac1@usgs.gov Agency Information:US Geological Survey3020 State University Drive EastModoc Hall, Suite 2001Sacramento, CA 95819Fax: 916-278-9406WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT: 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. Back to topGo to section of this Job: Overview Duties Qualifications and Evaluations Benefits and Other Info How to ApplyAgency Information:US Geological Survey3020 State University Drive EastModoc Hall, Suite 2001Sacramento, CA 95819Fax: 916-278-9406Questions about this job:Derek ZymaPhone: 916-278-9399Fax: 916-278-9406Email: pacsac1@usgs.govJob Announcement Number: PAC-2011-0139 Control Number: 2158984EEO Policy Statement | Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement | Veterans Information | Legal and Regulatory GuidanceSite Map Contact Us Help/FAQs Employers Privacy Act and Public Burden InformationThis is a United States Office of Personnel Management website.USAJOBS is the Federal Government's official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information.

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