Supervisory Geophysicist/Geologist (Center Director
Company: Air Force Institute of Technology
Posted on: April 10, 2021
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current or former Federal employees w/perm comp status; OR those
eligible under a special or noncomp appointing authority (e.g.,
disabled, Pathways Interns & Recent Grads who are elig for noncomp
conversion, etc.); OR current or former employees who are serving,
or previously served, on temp or term appt in a land mgmt agency;
OR veterans with preference or have been separated from the armed
forces under honorable conditions after approx 3yrs or more of
continuous active service. What General Information Do I Need To
Know About This Position?
Salary: $140,428 (Step 01) to $172,500 (Step 10);
This is an interdisciplinary position and is being advertised
concurrently with the following announcements:
Open to all U.S. citizens under: USGS-DEN-21-11077765-DE-BWB As a
Center Director within the Geologic Hazards Science Center (GHSC),
some of your specific duties will include:
- Ensure effective supervision and development of all GHSC staff,
resolve personnel problems and take necessary disciplinary action
- Manage GHSC resources in accordance with applicable policies
and good management practice and ensure acquisition and
distribution of resources to effectively support GHSC staff and
- Develop GHSC scientific programs/strategies and foster
integrated science partnerships within GHSC and with other USGS,
government, and private science entities
- Actively establish and maintain contacts with external
organizations and ensure dissemination of critical information
- Represent GHSC, Rocky Mountain Region, and USGS at national and
regional meetings, seminars and conferences and actively and
equitably represent and advocate for all GHSC scientists and
scientific capabilities Travel Required 25% or less - You may be
expected to travel an average of 5 nights per month
- Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background
- Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary
- More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other
- Selectee must provide a valid state driver's license & safe
driving record. Are There Any Special Requirements For This
- If selected for this position, you may be required to file one
or more financial statements upon reporting and annually, some of
which may be subject to public disclosure.
- This position requires completion of a one year
supervisory/managerial probationary period, if one has not
previously been completed.
- You will be required to operate a government-owned or -leased
vehicle in the performance of your official duties.? Applicants for
this position must meet the following requirements:?(1) possess a
valid State license, and (2) possess a safe driving record.? If
selected, you will be required to provide proof of a valid State
license & a copy of your driving record.
- 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
- 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.
Qualifications BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FOR GS-1313,
GEOPHYSICIST: Applicants must meet A or B below to satisfy the
basic education requirement for Geophysicist, 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 that included at least 30 semester hours in mathematics
(including calculus) and the physical sciences (geophysics,
physics, engineering, geology, astronomy, meteorology, electronics,
B. A combination of education and experience -- at least 30
semester hours in mathematics (including calculus) and the physical
sciences (geophysics, physics, engineering, geology, astronomy,
meteorology, electronics, etc.), 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)
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FOR GS-1350, GEOLOGIST: Applicants must
meet A or B below to satisfy the basic education requirement for
Geologist, 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 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
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
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.
Examples include: 1) Supervising and managing 50 or more staff
engaged in the execution of a physical science project or program;
2) developing or directly influencing the scientific,
administrative and technical policies, standards, procedures,
and/or instructions necessary for the effective direction and
operation of a geology and/or geophsysics-based science program; 3)
resolving critical problems resulting from the operational
complexities of a multi-disciplinary science study; 4) serving as
the principal contact with other Federal agencies, state and local
government organizations, and other groups that may affect the
success of a science program. The work involved advising or
counseling other technical experts in fields related to geology
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.
- Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate
language or information in their application package will be
ineligible for further consideration for this position.
- 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 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. 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. 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:
- Leadership & Supervision
- Interpersonal Communication
- Customer Service
- Technical Reports
- Scientific Knowledge
- Written Communication
- Program/Project Management--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.
Due weight will be given to performance appraisals and awards
during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring
manager. If referred, all relevant documents including performance
appraisals and awards submitted with your application package will
be forwarded to the hiring official for review.
--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.
To preview the announcement questionnaire, click here:
checks and security clearance Required documents may be: (1)
uploaded directly from your desktop; or (2) uploaded directly from
your USAJOBS stored attachments.
--If this position requires specific educational course work to
qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education,
you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts
(undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which
includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing
date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further
consideration. Please ensure that all documentation is legible.
Current & Former Federal Employees
--If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal
employee OR a former Federal employee who has reinstatement
eligibility? you must submit the following by the closing date of
this announcement, or you will not receive consideration as such:
- a copy of a recent SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action"
documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position title,
occupational series, grade level and step?; and
- your most recent performance appraisal (if you do not have your
most recent performance appraisal, please submit an explanation as
to why it is unavailable); and
- if applicable, a list of any awards you received in the last 5
years (i.e., superior performance awards, special act or
achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.). Veterans
Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)
--If you are claiming eligibility under the Veterans Employment
Opportunity Act (VEOA), you must submit proof that supports your
claim. This may include:
- A legible copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or
Discharge from Active Duty, member 4 copy or any official
documentation or statement from the Armed Forces that confirms your
dates of service and that your separation, discharge, or release
from active duty was under honorable conditions.
- If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide
documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that
verifies entitlement to veterans' preference or that shows length
of service, AND that your character of military service is
honorable.Additional information can be found in the VetGuide .
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) & Inter-agency Career
Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Eligibles
--If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, the Servicing Human
Resources Office must receive proof by the closing date of this
announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330 Subpart F
for CTAP and 5 CFR 330 Subpart G for ICTAP or you will not receive
priority consideration. This includes:
- copy of the agency notice;
- your most recent Performance Rating; and
- your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level,
and duty location.If you are a CTAP or ICTAP eligible, you will be
considered well qualified if you earn a minimum score of 85 (prior
to the assignment of veteran's preference points). For more
information on CTAP/ICTAP please click here .
Land Management Workforce Flexibility Eligibles
--If you are applying as a current or former employee of a land
management agency, i.e., Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land
Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
National Park Service, or the U.S. Forest Service who is serving or
previously served on a temporary or term appointment under the Land
Management Workforce Flexibility Act, you must submit the following
documentation by the closing date of this vacancy announcement in
order to receive consideration:
- SF-50(s), Notification of Personnel Action, that documents your
service under competitive examining procedures in time limited
appointments that totals 2 or more years at land management
- Documentation of satisfactory performance such as performance
evaluations or references by supervisors or other documents, e.g.,
memorandums of record, whereas the supervisor documented an
acceptable performance level.Additional information can be found
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS CONTINUED BELOW IN THE HOW TO APPLY SECTION. 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. A career with the U.S.
Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits
package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have
access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your
federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new window Learn more
about federal benefits . Eligibility for benefits depends on the
type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time,
part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more
information on the specific benefits offered. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
Eligibility for Special Appointing Authorities
If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under a
special appointing authority, you must submit proof that supports
your claim by the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to
submit proof, you will not receive consideration under the special
appointing authority. Below is a list of the most common
authorities and the documentation requirements. If you're eligible
for an authority not listed, you are responsible for submitting
documentation that's appropriate for that specific authority.
--30% or More Disabled Veteran - Submit a legible copy of your
DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty,
member 4 copy; and an official statement from the Department of
Veterans Affairs (dated 1991 or later) or from a branch of the
Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected
disability, , etc. Additional information can be found in the
--Individuals with Disabilities - Submit documentation issued by a
licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation
specialist; or any Federal agency, State agency, or an agency of
the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or
provides disability benefits. Additional information can be found
--Military Spouse - Submit Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders
issued within the last 2 years, that lists you as authorized to
accompany the Military member to the new duty permanent station; OR
verification of the member's 100% disability (official statement
from the Department of Veterans Affairs (dated 1991 or later)); OR
verification of the member's death while on active duty (DD-1300
and Death Certificate) AND verification of the marriage to the
service member (i.e., a marriage license or other legal
documentation verifying marriage). Additional information can be
found here .
--Appointment of Certain Former Overseas Employees - Submit a
SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that confirms your
eligibility and a performance appraisal from that period.
Additional information can be found here .
--Peace Corps & VISTA - Former Peace Corps volunteers or VISTA
members must submit their Certification of Volunteer Service.
Present and former Peace Corps personnel must submit a SF-50,
Notification of Personnel Action that confirms their eligibility.
Additional information can be found here .
--White House Staff - Submit proof that you are a current employee
serving in the immediate Office of the President or Vice-President
or on the White House Staff who has completed at least 2 years of
service. Additional information can be found here .
--Certain National Guard Technicians - Submit proof that confirms
that you were involuntarily separated (other than by removal for
cause on charges of misconduct or delinquency); you served at least
3 years as a technician; and are within 1 year of your separation
date from service as a Guard Technician. Additional information can
be found here .
--Public Land Corps (PLC) - Submit the signed Certificate of
Eligibility for Noncompetitive Hiring Status (PLC) issued by the
PLC Coordinator for the organization where the creditable service
was completed. Additional information can be found here .
HOW TO APPLY:
--Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy
must be received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE midnight Eastern Time
(Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement.
If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be
considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be
granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel
offices can provide access to the Internet. If applying online
poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the
Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR
TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance.
--Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement:
1)Click the blue "Apply Online" button. 2)If you are not a
registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the
instructions to complete your application process. If you are a
registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile.
3)As a registered user, select a stored resume and select one or
more of your stored documents to attach to your application.
4)Check the "Certification" box and click the "Apply for this
position now!" button located at the bottom of the screen.
5)Address the eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire
containing questions and/or task statements that address the
knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy.
6)Submit required documents using one of the available methods
listed below. 7) If you experience technical difficulties during
the online application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk
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candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further
consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection
within 30-45 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. The
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accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable
accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the
way things are usually done that enables an individual with a
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