Physical Scientist

Geological Survey
Published
July 29, 2022
Location
Lakewood, CO
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Job Type

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Summary General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position This is a term appointment not to exceed 13 months/years with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition. Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service. Salary GS-7 : $49,322 (Step 1) to $64,114 (Step 10); GS-9 : $60,331 (Step 1) to $78,432 (Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01. Responsibilities As a Physical Scientist within the Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry Science Center of the USGS, some of your specific duties will include: Perform data input (e.g., digitizing, scanning, import, and conversion) to identify and resolve minor registration, accuracy, or formatting issues. Apply opensource programming languages to transfer data among several software systems. Assist higher level staff in preparation of multi-disciplinary GIS databases of maps. Perform basic raster and vector analyses of spatial data by combining datasets generated across disciplines to assist with the generation of unique research products. Use ArcGIS as primary software for storing and sharing data and analyses. Help prepare digital map databases for electronic publication by assembling GIS files, maps and figures, and all accompanying metadata. Populates databases that will provide a scientific basis for a better understanding of the regional geologic framework. Use computer programs to prepare a variety of geologic and geochemical maps. Prepare geologic data for display and analysis using commercial database and spreadsheet programs as well as ArcGIS software and similar programs. Compile and analyze scientific data and information from field and laboratory investigations. Prepare displays of information on maps, cross-section, graphs, or tables as appropriate. Interprets significance of data in line with overall project goals. Assist in compiling physical science data for automation into GIS databases. Source materials may include maps, photographs, data tabulations, computer data files and digital remote sensing images. Assist in executing automation of GIS databases including use of relational databases for tabular data, selection of scales, information content, and interrelation of overlays, and presentation formats for physical science data. Assist in writing and modifying sections of computer programs and other software applications to provide retrieval, display and reporting of tabular and physical science data from GIS databases. Participate in physical science projects which result in publishing of formal reports by cooperating agencies, USGS professional papers and scientific journals. Assist scientists with the preparation of scientific reports. Assist in training others in use and applications of GIS technology. Requirements Conditions of Employment Key Requirements: 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. Special Requirements For This Position If selected you may be asked to provide information regarding your COVID-19 vaccination status for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols, such as those related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. 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. Qualifications This vacancy is limited to the first 100 applications received and will close at midnight Eastern Time on the day this application limit is reached regardless of the closing date specified in this vacancy announcement. Any application received prior to midnight Eastern Time of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. You are strongly encouraged to submit all required supporting documents at the time of application should the vacancy close earlier than stated in this announcement due to the applicant limit being reached. Supporting documents will not be accepted once the vacancy announcement closes. BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Applicants must meet A or B below to satisfy the basic education requirement for Physical Scientist, all grade levels. 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. GS-07: In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-07 level: Possess 1 year of successfully completed graduate level education (18 semester hours, 27 quarter hours or the equivalent) in physical science or other directly related field of study if it provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. *OR Possess Superior Academic Achievement based on undergraduate study. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT). *OR Possess one year of appropriate professional experience that is in or related to the duties of the position to be filled is qualifying if it is equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal service, and if it equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Examples of GS-5 level experience include (1) using computer programs to prepare a variety of geologic and geochemical maps; (2) employing ArcGIS as primary software for storing and sharing data and analyses; (3) assisting in compiling physical science data for automation into GIS databases; and (4) processing and quality-checking geospatial and other data inputs for assessment models. *OR Possess a combination of successfully completed graduate level education, as described above, and professional experience, as described above. (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE GRADUATE EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE) GS-09: In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-09 level: *Two years of progressively higher-level graduate education (36 semester hours, 54 quarter hours or the equivalent) leading to a master's degree in physical science or other directly related field of study or master's or equivalent graduate degree in physical science or other directly related field of study if it provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of the position to be filled. *OR One year of appropriate professional experience that is in or directly related to the duties of the position to be filled is qualifying if it is equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service, and if it equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Examples of such experience include: (1) planning and conducting independently or overseeing difficult, exhaustive, multi-phase studies which address critical problems in earth sciences; (2) using knowledge of a broad range of disciplines in order to plan and conduct in-depth studies and projects involving the applications of geological, remote sensing and GIS methodologies; (3) conducting seminars, workshops, and other training activities to increase stakeholder knowledge and efficiency; and (4) utilizing knowledge of principles, theories, and techniques of Earth science to address complex interdisciplinary problems. *OR A combination of successfully completed progressive graduate level education, as described above, that is beyond the first year of graduate study and professional experience, as described above. (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE GRADUATE EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE) You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement. Education 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: www.usgs.gov/about/organization/science-support/human-capital/how-foreign-education-evaluated-federal-jobs . Additional Information Other Information: Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position. Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties. 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. The Department of the Interior (DOI) places a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspectives and encourages applications from all interested eligible candidates. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) are fundamental principles that guide the Department and allow us to successfully achieve our mission. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Agency Benefits: USGS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework in accordance with the DOI Telework policy and 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: www.doi.gov/telework/policies. 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.

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