Physical Scientist, AST - Science Program Management (Direct Hire)

Hampton, Virginia
Dec 01, 2022
Dec 06, 2022
Full Time

  • Duties described below are at the full-performance level. Duties assigned at a lower grade level will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity; duties will be commensurate with the grade of selected employee.
  • Contribute to the strategic formulation and documentation of a concept and framework for a new branch of Fire Management Services based on concepts of a prescribed fire landscape and thriving with wildfires by adapted communities.
  • Assist in the re-alignment, evaluation and readiness, and identification of quantitative targets for Wildland Fire Program-sponsored-projects working closely with Program Associates.
  • Liaison between program and the private sector with a priority on the Insurance/Reinsurance Sector and the Energy/Utility Sector, providing recommendations and feedback.
  • Communicate with broad stakeholder communities-of-practice and represent program portfolio and interests through conferences, committees, and briefings in support of the Program Manager.
  • Work with NASA-sponsored Wildland Fire investigators to create and include specific application user tasks documented, tracked, and reported routinely within the sponsored projects and program overviews.
  • Coordinate with FireSense Program Managers to assist in portfolio synthesis, work plans and evaluation.
  • Support the Wildland Fire Management program website, Actionable Fire Science Information hub, and creation of a quarterly newsletter.
  • Provide tactical leadership and strategic recommendations informing Langley's implementation and support to Applied Sciences and its programs.


Conditions of Employment

  • This position is open to U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation.
  • You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • If selected, you will be required to complete a financial disclosure statement.


In addition to the Basic Education Requirement (in the Education section below), to qualify for this position you must meet the requirements below and have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

GS-14: To qualify at the GS-14 level, you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the federal sector:
  • Providing models, geospatial tools, and visualizations to projects through briefings and communications support;
  • Designing and developing methods and strategies to connect data and research with program managers and decision makers;
  • Communicating and engaging with stakeholders through conferences, committees, and/or meetings.
GS-15: To qualify at the GS-15 level, you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the federal sector:
  • Identifying and creating partnerships within the wildland fire management community;
  • Identifying projects and collaborating with Applied Sciences Program Managers to align them to program activities;
  • Developing and implementing relationships with collaborative wildfire agencies along with academic and private sector partners.
Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experience statements copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.


Basic Education Requirement: You must have successfully completed a bachelor's degree with a major in one of the following:
a) Engineering from a college or university that has ABET accredited engineering programs
b) Physical Science, Mathematics, Life Science or other field of Science
c) Computer Science that included 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of course work in any combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science with at least half of those hours in mathematics and statistics courses that included differential and integral calculus.

If you did not complete a qualifying bachelor's degree, you may be eligible if you have obtained a graduate degree in an AST qualifying field, as listed above.

Degrees in engineering technology are not considered qualifying for this position.

Engineering degrees earned within the United States: Engineering degrees earned within the United States must be from a college or university that has at least one ABET accredited engineering program. To find out if a school has at least one ABET accredited program, please visit .

Engineering degrees earned outside the United States: Engineering degrees earned outside the United States must be recognized by a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA), often known as accords. These are non-governmental agreements among organizations that accredit academic degree programs. MRAs recognize the substantial equivalence of mature accreditation systems and programs accredited by signatory organizations within their jurisdictions. For a listing of Signatories, please visit,

Science and other related degrees earned within the United States: Science and other related degrees must have been awarded from colleges or universities that are accredited by recognized accrediting organizations. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, go to .

Science and other related degrees earned outside the United States: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs. These education credentials must be deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: .

All degrees must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation.

Additional information

Additional selections may be made for similar positions across NASA within the local commuting area(s) of the location(s) identified in this announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with interested selecting official(s) within NASA. CTAP/ICTAP will be cleared for any additional selection from this announcement.

If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must:

- Indicate your eligibility when applying for a position. The questionnaire asks you to identify your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility.
- Meet the minimum qualifications requirements for the position
- Submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP as indicated in 'Required Documents'

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