Physical Scientist, ZP-1301-3/4 (Direct Hire)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Silver Spring, Maryland
Posted
Jan 20, 2022
Closes
Jan 25, 2022
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

As a Physical Scientist, you will perform the following duties:
  • Serve as the Senior Expedition Coordinator. Lead and advise junior team members under general guidance from division leadership on policy, resource planning, and producing reports or publications. Conduct/direct an advanced program and exercise leadership in developing and evaluating concepts of operations and troubleshooting and tracking issues. Mentor and train junior team members and manage operating procedures and assessing accuracy of results.
  • Lead sea-going expeditions that utilize deep submergence and hydrographic systems on NOAA and non-NOAA ships. Develop and ensure completion of team's reporting including cruise and data acquisition reports, and products. Utilize geospatial software and geographic information systems (GIS) databases to analyze and collect GIS data.
  • Ensure effective completion of the division's exploration, science and technology objectives. Improve operations and efficiency, evaluate new technologies and improvements. Provide guidance on, organize, and review technical documents (e.g. procedures manuals and standard operating procedures). Evaluate data necessary to contribute to program objectives. Identify deficiencies and make recommendations as requirements change.
  • Develop regional partnerships and collaborate to refine requirements, establish priorities, and achievable outcomes. Communicate scientific information to technical and non-technical audiences (verbally and in writing) at outreach and educational events. Participate in port events, ship tours, and live interactions.

These duties are described at the full performance level of the ZP-4; the ZP-3 is developmental leading to such performance.

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)
  • Qualifications requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.


· As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.

· Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 45 days. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency's telework policy.

This position requires a Moderate Risk Security Clearance.

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-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12.

The ZP-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14.

The full performance level of the position is ZP-4 or GS-14.

Category Rating, Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to this Public Notice.

* A one year probationary period may be required.

* Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

* This position is not in the bargaining unit.

Qualifications

(Continued from Requirements Section)

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

This position requires the operation of a Federal Motor vehicle. This position has physical requirements
  • All persons embarked on a NOAA ship must be able to perform normal work functions and possibly personal emergency response functions while the ship is underway.
  • Able to work up to 12 hours per day of variable hours while deployed to field units, for up to 50 days including weekends & holidays.
  • Ability to work aboard moving vessels & lift/wear/perform in equipment that weighs up to 50 lbs.
  • May require use of government vehicle to transport gear to vessels.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid driver's license to operate a government vehicle in completion of assigned tasks i.e. site visits, field research, etc.

NOTE:

*This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Physical Scientist, ZP-1301-3/4 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g. within the same geographic locations, same grade/band and requires the same qualifications and specialized experience as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

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 has a positive Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of Specialized Experience OR substitution of education for experience OR combination (if applicable) in order to be found minimally qualified. Transcripts must be submitted with your application package. You MUST meet the following requirements:

To qualify for the 1301 series:

EDUCATION:

A. Degree: 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

B. Combination of education and experience: education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

AND

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.

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.

To qualify at the ZP-3 or 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:
  • Assisting or participating in at-sea ocean exploration or ocean research projects (i.e. ocean mapping, hydrographic survey, ocean exploration, oceanography, marine geology, benthic ecology, marine science, geophysics, deep sea science, marine science, geophysics, biology, GIS, geography, marine archaeology, or a related ocean science discipline) and utilizing geospatial and GIS software;
  • Acquiring and/or processing data from ocean mapping and/or science projects and/or research cruises/expeditions; and
  • Supporting communication and outreach activities, such as interacting with school groups and working across different academic or industry partnerships, and delivering reports, briefings, and/or presentations to various audiences.

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 two years is qualifying for combination of education and experience.

To qualify at the ZP-4 or GS-13 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-3 or GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:
  • Leading and/or providing guidance for the execution of at-sea ocean exploration or ocean research projects (i.e. ocean mapping, hydrographic survey, ocean exploration, oceanography, marine geology, benthic ecology, marine science, geophysics, deep sea science, marine science, geophysics, biology, GIS, geography, marine archaeology, or a related ocean science discipline) and utilizing geospatial and GIS software;
  • Synthesizing, analyzing, and/or evaluating data from ocean mapping and/or science projects and/or research cruises/expeditions;
  • Participating and collaborating in outreach activities, such as interacting with school groups and working across different academic or industry partnerships, and delivering reports, briefings, and/or presentations to various audiences; and
  • Providing support in ensuring the effectiveness of ocean exploration or ocean research projects and recommending improvements (i.e., evaluating new technology and methodologies, developing and reviewing technical procedures manuals, and/or developing standard operating procedures (SOPs)).


Education

College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.

Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.

Additional information

CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have met the minimum qualifications for the position. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: Employee Guide to Career Transition

CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your specific RIF notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

  • ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

  • 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.