Pathways Recent Graduate, Cartographer, ZP-1370-2/3 (GRAD)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Norfolk, Virginia
Posted
Sep 18, 2019
Closes
Sep 21, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This is a re-advertisement of NOS-NGS-2019-0010. You must apply to this announcement to be considered for this vacancy.

This position is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Geodetic Survey (NGS) with two vacancies in Norfolk, VA.

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Responsibilities

As a Cartographer, you will perform the following duties:
  • Perform field work on geodetic surveying projects including research, reconnaissance and recovery.
  • Operate a variety of GPS and classical surveying instruments, and test surveying equipment and software to understand proper use communicating results.
  • Perform data reductions and process various forms of surveying data with a variety of software.
  • Interpret and apply multiple forms of cartographic and mapping data to various geodetic control projects or studies, and evaluate survey results to ensure compliance with data and/or project instructions and survey specifications.

These duties are described at the full performance level of the ZP-3; the ZP-2 is developmental leading to such performance.

Travel Required

50% or less - Up to 50% of domestic and foreign travel may be required for this position for meetings, site visits, and responding to incidents.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
3 - If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you may be non-competitively promoted if you perform successfully and if recommended by management.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov)
  • Must sign a Pathways Programs Participant Agreement.
  • A minimum one year trial period will be required.


This position requires a Public Trust Security Clearance.

This position is being recruited with an opportunity for non-competitive conversion eligibility to a permanent OR term position upon completion of all Recent Graduate program requirements. Conversion is not mandatory nor guaranteed (see Other Information).

This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band. The ZP-2 is equivalent to the GS-09/10. The ZP-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12.


* Applicants will be on a trial period for the duration of the appointment.

* Relocation/Moving expenses will not be authorized.

* Student Loan Repayment will not be authorized.

* This position is not in the bargaining unit.

NOTE:

This vacancy may be used to fill other Cartographer, ZP-1370-2/3 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: the same qualifications and eligibility requirements as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

Condition of Employment: This position requires the operation of a Federal motor vehicle. Incumbent must possess a valid driver's license to drive a federal motor vehicle on a regular and recurring basis.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to carry 30lbs or more; carrying such items as batteries, sandbags and other related equipment needed to perform general duties. Work may include standing or walking for long periods of time when assigned to field projects.

College Transcript: Applicants must submit a copy of their college transcript that lists college courses, course title, and number of credit hours. If you have a future graduation date, you must provide a letter from the school registrars's office that includes the name of the student/applicant, the name of the school, and verification of your anticipated graduation date. The transcripts or letter must indicate that the degree has been conferred. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process, but an official certified copy must be received before you can report to duty.

Qualifying Education Institution: Any of the following educational institutions or curricula that have been accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/

Qualifications

Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: https://www.opm.gov/policy .

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: This position requires applicants to meet a Basic Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of specialized experience or a substitution of education for experience in order to be found minimally qualified. You MUST meet one of the following basic education requirements:

A. Degree: cartography; or a major that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in cartography and/or directly related science, and related mathematics. Such course work includes, but is not limited to, cartography, astronomy, geodesy, photogrammetry, physical and geological oceanography, computer science, land surveying, geophysics, physical geography, and remote sensing. The 30 semester hours must have included at least 6, but no more than 15, semester hours of college level, non-business mathematics or statistics (i.e., college level algebra, trigonometry, calculus, or scientific mathematics or statistics requiring equivalent college-level courses as prerequisites).

OR

B. Combination of education an experience: courses equivalent to a major in cartography, or a major that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in cartography, and/or directly related science, and related mathematics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

AND

To qualify at the ZP-2 or GS-09 level:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-2 or GS-07 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:
  • Assisting in conducting geodetic surveys, processing and analyzing survey data and results;
  • Operating GPS and leveling instruments/equipment in accordance with accepted scientific research practices, methods and data specifications with minimal supervision;
  • Preparing data for data reduction to transform survey information into a corrected, ordered and simplified form; and
  • Assisting in verifying completeness and accuracy of survey data.

OR

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.

OR

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A combination of education and experience as described above.

NOTE: Only graduate-level education in excess of 1 year is qualifying for combination of education and experience.

To qualify at the ZP-3 of GS-11 level:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-2 or GS-09 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:
  • Conducting geodetic surveys, processing and analyzing survey data and results;
  • Operating GPS/GNSS (static and real-time) and all classical surveying instruments/equipment in accordance with accepted scientific research practices, methods and data specifications with no supervision;
  • Interpreting and assimilating data transcribed from cartographic and mapping data;
  • Verifying completeness and accuracy of survey data; and
  • Performing data reduction and processing for various forms of surveying data with a variety of software common to the surveying field.

OR

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

OR

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A combination of education and experience as described above.

NOTE: Only graduate-level education in excess of 2 years is qualifying for combination of education and experience.

Education

Additional information

PROGRAM COMPLETION AND CONVERSION: Upon completion of the minimum 1-year career development program, Program participants may, at agency discretion, be non-competitively converted without a break in service, to a career or career conditional appointment. There is no guarantee for conversion.

To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must:
  • Successfully complete the developmental minimum one year period indentified.
  • Demonstrate successful job performance.
  • Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.
  • Complete 40 hours of formal interactive training within developmental period.
  • Sign a Pathways Programs Participant Agreement upon appointment.
  • Meet established goals outlined in the Recent Graduate's Individual Development Plan (IDP).
  • Recommended by supervisor/manager for conversion to permanent OR term position.

NOAA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your resume, supporting documents and responses to the online questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you meet eligibility and minimum qualification requirements. Veterans' preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with CFR, Part 302.

ALL GRADES:
  • Ability to plan and conduct field geodetic surveys.
  • Knowledge of methods and practices associated with performing field survey reconnaissance and recovery.
  • Ability to operate GPS and classical survey instruments.
  • Ability to test survey equipment and software.
  • Ability to plan and prepare data for data reduction.
  • Knowledge of software used to support collection of survey data and facilitate comprehensive analyses.

ZP-2:
  • Ability to analyze survey data and present feedback and results.
  • Knowledge of quality assurance practices to ensure survey data integrity.

ZP-3:
  • Ability to interpret and apply multiple forms of cartographic and mapping data to geodetic control projects.
  • Ability to evaluate survey results to ensure compliance with data and project specifications.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

  • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume must include information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including: job title, duration of employment (mm/dd/yy - mm/dd/yy), hours per week, duties and accomplishments, salary, and your education. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position/s. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.
  • If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Member 4 DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service or other valid proof of eligibility (i.e., statement of service that shows service dates AND character of service). If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp#VeteransEmploymentAct1998 .
  • Active Duty Service Members You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records
  • To verify Pathways Recent Graduate eligibility requirements Applicants MUST submit a copy of unofficial transcripts or proof that degree is conferred. Transcripts must show date degree was conferred, name of the student/applicant and the name of the school. The absence of this information will result in an ineligible rating. You will be required to submit a copy of your official college transcript if you are selected.
  • Education This position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a letter from your college or university with your graduation date. NOTE: Students who anticipate graduating within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement may apply with submitted unofficial transcripts and enrollment verification. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities: Must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.
  • Superior Academic Achievement If claiming Superior Academic Achievement, you must submit a letter from the university/college with your class standing. It must be on the university/college letterhead OR a letter from the Scholastic Honor Society as proof of eligibility.
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) if applicable (see other information).


If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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