Job Title:Meteorologist (Meteorologist Intern)
Department:Department Of Commerce
Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:PH-15-RCS-1405398
|$27,982.00 to $55,116.00 / Per Year|
|Friday, May 29, 2015 to Friday, June 12, 2015|
SERIES & GRADE:
|Full Time - Permanent|
|Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Calera, AL View Map
Wichita, KS View Map
Saint Charles, MO View Map
Carolina, PR View Map
Charleston, WV View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
|US Citizens and Status Candidates|
Science, Service, and Stewardship
*Applicants currently occupying a 1340 series position in the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration who are applying under merit promotion in-service placement procedures do not need to submit transcripts. Transcripts are required to be submitted for all other non-in-service appointing authority (i.e. open to U.S. Citizens, Schedule A, Veterans Recruitment Appointment, etc.)
This position is located in the National Weather Service Division of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration.
Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens and Nationals, and merit promotion candidates.
You are eligible under merit promotion procedures, if you meet one of the following criteria:
• Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service.
• Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointment in the excepted service and under an Interchange Agreement.
• Former Federal status employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous Federal service.
• Displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).
• Veterans eligible for the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), who are preference eligible or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service.
• Veterans eligible for a non-competitive appointment under the Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) Authority, who are preference eligible or recently separated from the military. Applies to grades GS-11 and below.
• Individuals with disabilities under Schedule A hiring authority - Refer to "Other Information" section for eligibility details.
• Applicants entitled to non-competitive appointment authorities or special hiring authorities, e.g., Peace Corps; Americorps VISTA, Boren Fellows; military spouse preference; and applicants who previously held, or currently hold, this grade with the same promotion potential of GS-11 or higher (SF-50(s) must show proof of this), etc.
Additional vacancies may be filled through this vacancy announcement if they become available.
Pay varies by Geographic location, to see the pay in a specific geographic location, click on the following link:
- Occasional Travel
- 10% Travel required
- You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
- Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for selective service.
- Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section).
- Required to pass background investigation and fingerprint check
- A one-year probationary/trial period may be required.
- For Carolina, PR location you must speak and write with fluency in Spanish
DUTIES:Back to top
The individual selected for this position will serve as an intern with increasing responsibility and independence at each higher grade level; working rotating shifts and participating in the
full range of WFO programs and functions to acquire on-the-job experience necessary for advancement. The
forecast program duties include but are not limited to the following:
• Training in hydrometeorological forecasts including public, aviation, fire weather, flood, and marine
• Participate in the watch/warning program and assist in issuing severe weather and flood related
• Provide public service and other briefings as required.
• Receive instructions in the interpretation of the WSD-88D products and provide oversight and operate
radar to ascertain the types of echoes, and associated hydrometeorological parameters including
macroscale, mesoscale, and microscale features.
• Participate in the observation program, including upper air and surface programs.
• Operate AWIPS and other communication systems to interpret and analyze model and other data sets.
• Prepare various hydrometeorological observations, and assist with preparation of forecasts, and warning
products for distribution to customers and other users.
• Operate NOAA Weather Radio and other dissemination systems.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Selective placement factor for Carolina, PR location only: Must be able to communicate both orally and in writing in Spanish.
Basic Occupational Requirement:
Applicants who meet the basic requirements described in the individual occupational requirements are fully qualified for the specified entry grade (GS-5).
You must have a degree in meteorology, atmospheric science, or other natural science major that included: (1) at least 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of credit in meteorology/atmospheric science including a minimum of: (a) 6 semester hours of atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics; (b) 6 semester hours of analysis and prediction of weather systems (synoptic/mesoscale); (c) 3 semester hours of physical meteorology; and (d) 2 semester hours of remote sensing of the atmosphere and/or instrumentation. (2) 6 semester hours of physics, with at least one course that includes laboratory sessions. (3) 3 semester hours of ordinary differential equations. ((4) at least nine semester hours of course work appropriate for a physical science major in any combination of three or more of the following: physical hydrology, statistics, chemistry, physical oceanography, physical climatology, radiative transfer, aeronomy, advanced thermodynamics, advanced electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and computer science. Note: There is a prerequisite or co-requisite of calculus for course work in atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics, physics, and differential equations. Calculus courses must be appropriate for a physical science major.
Have a combination of education and experience -- course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Currently occupy a GS-1340 Meteorologist position in the Federal government. (See the announcement for more details to determine if this clause may apply to you.)
Applicants who wish to qualify for positions at higher grade levels (GS-7 and GS-9) must also meet the requirements shown in the specialized experience factor for the respective grade levels.
Specialized Experience- GS-07
You must have a bachelor's degree in meteorology, atmospheric science, or other natural science major AND meet one of the following provisions for superior academic achievement , S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.Grade-point average (G.P.A.)-- Applicants must have a grade-point average of:
- 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or
- 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.
Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9.0. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor society.
Have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service. (This experience could have been gained in non-federal service). Specialized experience at this level includes: assessing the current and forecast state of the atmosphere; interpreting effects of surface and upper air atmospheric conditions and other meteorological phenomena; observing and recording atmospheric and hydrological conditions; interrogating data from remote sensors such as satellite, radar; operating computer systems used to disseminate information.
1 year of qualifying graduate-level education in meteorology, atmospheric science, other natural sciences or another field closely related to this position that provided me with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform in this job.
Possess a combination of specialized experience as described and graduate education as described, that when combined, equal 100% of the total requirement
Specialized Experience- GS-09
You must have at least one year of specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to GS-07 level work in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience includes: • Preparing and issuing statements for the service area (and coastal waters, if applicable) concerning a number of hazardous weather conditions such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and other server storms. • Maintain a radar surveillance of the service area using the NEXRAD system • Participating in the conduct of local studies.
Have completed a master's or equivalent graduate degree in meteorology, atmospheric science, or other natural science; or have 2-full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.
Possess a combination of specialized experience as described and graduate level education as described hat, when combined, equal 100% of the total requirement. (Please note that only graduate education in excess of the first 18 semester hours may be used in this calculation.)
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.
ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date of the announcement.
Translated transcripts are required.
Only education/experience obtained by 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
Current and former career and career-conditional Federal employees must meet the time-in-grade/band requirement of 52 weeks at the next lower grade. Applicants must meet all the eligibility requirements (e.g.,time-in-grade and qualification requirements) by the closing date of the announcement.
Current career and career-conditional Federal employees must submit a copy of their most recent SF-50, which shows competitive service appointment, tenure group, grade, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in the next lower grade level. (NOTE: Federal employee applicants must submit SF-50s, which demonstrate how they meet all announcement requirements. Examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade/range increases, and SF-50s one or more years old.)
You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.
Applicants applying under Delegated Examining (all U.S. citizens) procedures will be rated under NOAA's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your score may be lowered and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Gold, Silver, or Bronze. Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager for further review and consideration.
Applicants applying under merit promotion procedures will be rated in accordance with the Merit Staffing plan of NOAA. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.
You will be rated based on the following knowledges, skills, abilities (KSAs) or competencies:
- DECISION MAKING
In order to be rated as meeting the minimum qualifications, we must be able to determine from your application package that you have the education and/or specialized or general experience that is required. Applicants who have qualifying experience performed on less than a full-time basis must specify the percentage and length of time spent in performance of such duties.