Bioclimatologist/Physical Scientist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
May 22, 2022
Closes
May 23, 2022
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

  • Duties are listed at the full performance level.
  • Review emerging issues of atmospheric and fire weather research as they relate to applied biogeochemical science.
  • Provide advice and guidance to top agency management on the most challenging atmospheric resources, fire/atmospheric and bioclimatic related problems.
  • Serve as liaison between agency officials and other federal agencies on critical issues involving national policies.
  • Prepare and direct preparation of national reports summarizing research progress in atmospheric and fire weather research.
  • Serve as agency, departmental, and/or federal representative on national and international work groups, task forces, and committees.
  • Develop national research strategies, standards, and guides related to atmospheric and fire weather research.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served
  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify.
  • One-year supervisory/managerial probationary period (unless prior service is creditable). New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required new supervisory training program before the end of their probationary period.


Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided. Provide university course descriptions to clarify content of coursework as necessary.

This is an interdisciplinary Atmospheric Sciences and Fire Weather Bioclimatologist/Physical Scientist position.

To qualify for this position, you must meet the Basic Education Requirement for one of the series below.


Biological Scientist (0401) series. For a detailed explanation of qualifying education and experience, visit: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs0400/0401.htm

Degree: successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

--OR--

A combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Physical Scientist (1301) series. For a detailed explanation of qualifying education and experience, review the information in the vacancy announcement or visit: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs1300/1301.htm.

Degree: successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.

--OR--

Combination of education and experience: 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, you must also possess experience in the amounts listed below. Graduate level education alone is not qualifying for the grades advertised.

Specialized Experience Requirements for the GS-14 level:

At least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. To qualify at this grade level, this specialized experience must include all the following:
  • Coordinating and facilitating atmospheric and fire weather science research and aiding in the development of strategic research plans;
  • Directing long-term research projects of regional or national scope;
  • Serving as a recognized expert in the field of atmospheric and fire weather sciences, with a record of publication; AND
  • Leading natural resource research projects and building coalitions to achieve timely and high-quality results to advance science, and the management of scientific research

Specialized Experience Requirements for the GS-15 level

At least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. To qualify at this grade level, this specialized experience must include all the following:
  • Serving as a consultant and advisor to policy and decision makers as a recognized authority in atmospheric and fire weather sciences research;
  • Providing strategic network leadership to establish natural resources research program vision and build coalitions locally and nationwide; AND
  • Building strategic alliances with other agencies and organizations to enhance delivery of programs, science, and information related to forest management


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

There is no substitution of education for specialized experience.

Additional information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) : To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors.

Selections made under this authority will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. If selected, current civil service employees will be given a new appointment.

If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management; however, promotion is not guaranteed.

This is not a bargaining unit position.

This position may be eligible for telework.

Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses - 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115-97. Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email SM.FS.asc_tos@usda.gov