Interdisciplinary; GS-0401/1313/1315/1350-15 (MP-KH)

Reston, Virginia
Mar 12, 2019
Mar 12, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - Average 5 nights per month

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
  • Selectee must provide a valid drivers license and safe driving record.
  • Subject to financial disclosure.
  • Pre-employment drug test is required.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
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    • This position is subject to both pre-employment and random drug testing as a condition of employment. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test is received.
    • 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.
    • If you are a Federal employee applying for a promotion (under merit promotion procedures) you must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click the following:

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    In addition to the basic education requirements, as stated in the links for the applicable series above, applicants must have one year of appropriate professional experience in biology, geophysics, hydrology, or geology that is equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal service.

    Examples of GS-14 level work may include: 1) Developing and coordinating major interdisciplinary emergency management projects that may impact regional and national  scientific objectives; 2) developing or directly influencing the scientific, administrative and technical policies, standards, procedures, and instructions necessary for the effective direction and operation of a multi-discipline emergency management program; 3) resolving critical problems resulting from the unprecedented complexities of a multi-discipline scientific and/or emergency preparedness program; 4) serving as the principal contact with other Federal agencies, state and local government organizations, and other groups that may affect the success of major interdisciplinary scientific and/or emergency management activities. The work would have involved advising or counseling other recognized senior technical experts in the physical or natural sciences and related disciplines including biology, geology, hydrology and/or geophysics. 

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

    • 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:

    • Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.
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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    --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:

    • Research & Interpret Regulations
    • Program/Project Management
    • Leadership & Supervision
    • Information Management
    • Written Communication
    • Teamwork
    • Pressure/Deadlines
    • Interpersonal Communication

    --Basis of rating: 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, you will receive a numerical rating based on your on-line responses to the application questions. These responses must be substantiated by your resume. If you do not respond to the application questions you may be rated ineligible.

    --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.

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    Drug test required Yes

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