Geological Survey Interdisciplinary Research Physical Scientist/Chemist/Geologist, GS-1301/1320/1350-12/13 (MP-YBD) in FEW vacancies Hawaii National Park, Hawaii
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What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is located on the rim of Kilauea Caldera, in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on the island of Hawai'i. It is somewhat remote with the nearest city being Hilo, which is 30 miles away. *Salary: *GS-12 $73,962 (Step 01) to $96,153 (Step 10); GS-13$87,949 (Step 01) to $114,333 (Step 10) NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired atthe Step 01.
The incumbent of this position is entitled to a cost of living allowance (COLA) of 5.39% for 2017 in addition to salary.
This is an interdisciplinary research position and may be filled as a Physical Scientist, GS-1301; Chemist, GS-1320; or Geologist, GS-1350.
Open to U.S. Citizens: SAC-2017-0240.
There is one vacancy; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if they become available.
As an Interdisciplinary Scientist within the Volcano Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:
Plans and conducts original, high-impact research on the quantity and composition of gases released prior to, during, and after volcanic eruptions in Hawai'i and other locations of active volcanism.
Develops procedures for and conducts field measurements, laboratory studies, and monitoring activities that support research goals.
Provides improved and integrated understanding of volcanic degassing and related volcanic processes to inform volcanic hazard assessments with particular application to the active volcanoes of Hawai'i.
Prepares reports for internal use and publishes research results reviewed by USGS scientists and academic volcanic gas experts worldwide.
Oversees operation of a geochemistry laboratory.
- Occasional Travel
- Overnight travel of 1-2 nights per month may be required.
- Relocation expenses are authorized.
- Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
- Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
- Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
- More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
- Selectee must provide a valid state driver's license & safe driving record.
- Selectee subject to successful completion of a pre-employment medical exam.
Basic Education Requirement: Applicants must meet A or B below, based on the series they are applying under, to satisfy the basic education requirement for the Interdisciplary Scientist position, all grade levels.
GS-1301, Physical Scientist
A. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours or the equivalent in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
B. A combination of education and experience--education equivalent to one of the majors shown in "A" above (24 semester hours or the equivalent in physical science, engineering, or mathematics) that included at least 24 semester hours or the equivalent in physical science and/or related engineering science as described above, plus appropriate experience and/or additional education for a total of 4 years. The education or combined education and experience must be comparable in type, scope and thoroughness to that acquired through successful completion of a 4-year course of study as described in "A" above. *(CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE)*
A. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours or the equivalent in physics.
B. A combination of education and experience-course work equivalent to a major as shown in "A" above (24 semester hours or the equivalent in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering), including at least 30 semester hours or the equivalent in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours or the equivalent of physics, plus appropriate experience and/or additional education for a total of 4 years. The education or combined education and experience must be comparable in type, scope and thoroughness to that acquired through successful completion of a 4-year course of study as described in "A" above. (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE)
A. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in geology. In addition to the geology course work included in the degree, it must also have included or been supplemented by 20 additional semester hours in any combination of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological science, structural, chemical, civil, mining or petroleum engineering, computer science, planetary geology, comparative planetology, geophysics, meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, physical geography, marine geology, and cartography.
B. A combination of education and experience-course work as shown in "A" above (24 semester hours or the equivalent in geology plus 20 additional semester hours or the equivalent in any combination of courses as specified in "A" above), plus appropriate experience and/or additional education for a total of 4 years. The education or combined education and experience must be comparable in type, scope and thoroughness to that acquired through successful completion of a 4-year course of study as described in "A" above. (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE)
In addition to the basic education requirements, you must have 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service as described below:
GS-12:1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 level, that is in or related to the duties described above, such as conducting and publishing research on topics related to volcanic gas geochemistry using field or laboratory generated data sets. Such work must have shown planning and executing complex research studies, which usually involved intensive investigations into recognized phenomena. This work typically involved conventional methods and techniques though it required going beyond clear precedents, and required adapting methods to the problems at hand and interpreting findings in terms of their scientific significance. This work requires the ability to independently perform scientific work of considerable difficulty.
GS-13: 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 level that is in or related to the duties described above, such as: a demonstrated role in planning, conducting and publishing research on topics related to volcanic gas geochemistry using self-generated, project and external geochemical or petrologic data sets. Such work must have shown creative research that has led or can lead to advances in a specific area of research. The work must have been creative in the sense that it contributed to the development of a basic principle, product, concept, method, theory, approach, or technique, or provided a body of basic information that opened the way for advancement in the discipline or field of science. This work may have been achieved by providing a method of solving problems, contributing to the opening areas of research that provide the means of exploring the application of science in a major field.
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: http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/sw/quals/foreign.html.
Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?
- 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.
What To Expect Next
- If you meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements of this position, you will be contacted via email after the vacancy announcement closes and given a period of time to submit narrative responses that address the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required to perform the duties of the position. Then, if you are rated as one of the most highly qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45-60 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified via email of the outcome. You can also go to "My Account" within USAJOBS to review your Application Status.
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- USGS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty station identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty location on a regular and recurring weekly basis.
- For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at: http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/pb/telework.html.
- Working for the U.S. Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; health, life, dental, vision, and long term care insurance, flexible spending accounts, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.
- Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.
- The full performance level for a Research position is GS-15; however, promotion eligibility is dependent upon the scientific contributions of the incumbent as evaluated by a peer panel.
- Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.
- USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.
- The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
- DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.
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Salary Range: $73,962.00 to $114,333.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-1301, 1320, 1350-12/13
Promotion Potential: 15
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: Current or former Federal employees with permanent competitive status; individuals eligible under a special or noncompetitive appointing authority (e.g., VRA,, disabled, eligible Pathways Intern within conversion period, former Intern noncompetitively converted to a term appt, Returning Peace Corps Volunteer, etc.). Veterans with preference or have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after approx 3yrs or more of continuous active service. Addtl info: .
Control Number: 472250300
Job Announcement Number: SAC-2017-0241