Job as Biologist / Hydrologist at USGS
Summary: Job as Biologist / Hydrologist at USGS
*Are you a professional scientist with an interest in helping oversee the planning, development, coordination, and implementation of a large-scale river science program?*Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking initiatives? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then this is the job for you! Come join the USGS and start doing the job you’ve always dreamed of!
Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?
Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation’s largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit http://www.usgs.gov
What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?
This is an interdisciplinary position and is being advertised concurrently with the following announcements:
This position is also being advertised to all qualified candidates concurrently under announcement: DEN-2016-0414.
As the Supervisor of the Southwest Biological Science Centers Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, some of your specific duties will include:
- Coordinates planning, development, coordination, and implementation of GCMRC monitoring and research activities in the biological and/or physical sciences
- Providing oversight of the budget and tracking current fiscal year expenses
- Reviewing work of technical contractors
- Overseeing hiring of new staff
- Directly supervising senior scientists and technical staff who, in turn, supervise technicians and other staff
- Ensuring compliance with safety instructions and regulations
Field trips may be required to investigate sites during the formulation or execution of science program activities. Field work involves some degree of risk as well as exposure to moderate to high levels of discomfort from such extremes as heat, cold, and inclement weather. Field work involves extreme exertion, including hiking in Grand Canyon; withstanding both extreme heat and potential hypothermia conditions; walking over rough, rocky, or uneven terrain; lifting and carrying equipment and supplies; wading in streams in all types of weather; long hours; nighttime work; and off-road driving.
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 location identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this location on a regular and recurring 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.
- Occasional Travel
- 2-4 nights per month may be required.
- 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.
- For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click on the following:
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.
GS-1315-13: One year of specialized experience at or equal to the GS-12 grade level. Examples of this experience may include, but are not limited to: planning, executing and reporting on original hydrologic studies or ongoing hydrologic studies requiring a fresh approach to resolve new problems. The complexity of this work typically required extensive modification and adaptation of standard procedures, methods, and techniques, and the development of totally new methods and techniques to address novel or obscure problems for which guidelines or precedents were not substantially applicable. At this level, Hydrologists have extensive knowledge of the principles of hydrology and highly developed ability in their application, and wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment to perform scientific work of marked difficulty and responsibility.
GS-1315-14: One year of specialized experience at or equal to the GS-13 grade level. Examples of such experience could include serving as a senior expert involved in hydrologic work for which technical problem definitions, methods and/or data were highly incomplete, controversial, or uncertain and whose evaluations and recommendations were accepted by others as those of a technical expert in hydrology. At this level, Hydrologists typically represent an authoritative source of consultation for other scientists and program specialists, are called upon to resolve issues that significantly affect hydrologic programs, make long range and controversial proposals and defend their findings and recommendations in public or high level forums.
GS-0401-13: One year of specialized experience at or equal to the GS-12 grade level. Examples of this experience may include, but are not limited to:Examples of specialized experience may include: 1) planning and coordinating biology projects of considerable depth and/or breadth; 2) analyzing and interpreting biological related project data with novel and obscure problems; 3) developing new or significantly modified biological techniques, methods, or criteria; 4) providing advisory, planning, or reviewing services as a technical specialist on a biological issue. For examples 1-4, the work provided wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment to perform scientific work of marked difficulty and responsibility.
GS-0401-14: One year of specialized experience at or equal to the GS-13 grade level. Examples may include: 1) planning and leading biology projects of substantial depth and/or breadth; 2) analyzing and interpreting biological related project data with novel and obscure problems and publishing or preparing results of findings; 3) developing new or significantly modified biological techniques, methods, or criteria; 4) providing advisory, planning, or reviewing services as a technical specialist on a biological issue. For examples 1-4, the work provided wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment to perform scientific work of marked difficulty and responsibility.
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.
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. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see “Required Documents” and/or “Contact Information”). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.
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/ohr/oars/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.
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. Possession of a valid State driver’s license, and 2. Possess a safe driving record. If selected, you will be required to provide proof of a valid State License and a copy of your driving record.
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.
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