[ES_JOBS_NET] Meteorologist (Research), NOAA, Boulder, CO

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Sun Aug 2 11:25:28 MDT 2015


*Job Title:*Meteorologist (Research), ZP-1340-03 (DE/CR)

*Department:*Department Of Commerce

*Agency:*National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

*Job Announcement Number:*OAR-ESRL-2015-0005


	$62,850.00 to $97,938.00 / Per Year


	Wednesday, July 29, 2015 to Wednesday, August 5, 2015




	Career/Career-Conditional - Permanent




	1 vacancy in the following location:
Boulder, COView Map <https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/411307700#>


	All qualified United States Citizens or Nationals.


	Public Trust - Background Investigation




About the Agency <http://www.noaa.gov/>

The Physical Sciences Division (PSD) of the OAR Earth System Research 
Laboratory (ESRL) in Boulder, Colorado conducts weather and climate 
research to observe and understand Earth's physical environment, and to 
improve weather and climate predictions on global-to-local scales.

The position is located in the David Skaggs Research Center, Department 
of Commerce Campus in Boulder, Colorado.

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-03 is equivalent to the GS-11/12.

*A three year probationary period may be required.
*Payment of relocation expenses*is not*authorized.
*This position*is not*in the bargaining unit

*This vacancy may be used to fill other Meterologist, 1340, ZP-03 
positions throughout NOAA.
The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, 
same grade/band requires the same qualifications as indicated in this 
vacancy announcement).


  * Occasional Travel
  * May be required to travel 10% each month


  * No


  * 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.



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The individual selected for this position will:

  * Carry out independent weather and climate research using field
    studies, observations, and modeling to advance the understanding,
    explanation and prediction of extreme events, mesoscale phenomena
    and boundary layer processes.
  * Participate in the planning and execution of observational and
    modeling studies as part of an interdisciplinary research team.
  * Prepare and publish papers in refereed journals and present findings
    at scientific conferences.
  * Work to transition research advances into local, regional, national
    and international operations/applications



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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 

This position has a positive education requirement, transcripts must be 

*BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS*: Degree: meteorology, atmospheric 
science, or other natural science major that included:

 1. At least 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of credit in
    meteorology/atmospheric science including a minimum of:

     1. Six semester hours of atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics;^*
     2. Six semester hours of analysis and prediction of weather systems
     3. Three semester hours of physical meteorology; and
     4. Two semester hours of remote sensing of the atmosphere and/or
 2. Six semester hours of physics, with at least one course that
    includes laboratory sessions.^*
 3. Three semester hours of ordinary differential equations.^*
 4. At least nine semester hours of course work appropriate for a
    physical science major in any combination of three or more of the
    following: physical hydrology, statistics, chemistry, physical
    oceanography, physical climatology, radiative transfer, aeronomy,
    advanced thermodynamics, advanced electricity and magnetism, light
    and optics, and computer science.

* There is a prerequisite or corequisite of calculus for course work in 
atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics, physics, and differential 
equations. Calculus courses must be appropriate for a physical science 


Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A 
above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

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.

To qualify at the ZP-03 or GS-11 level:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized 
experience equivalent to the/ZP-02 or GS-09/of the Federal service in 
all of the following:

  * Prepare and publish scientific papers in refereed journals
  * Prepare and deliver presentations to scientific groups
  * Prepare large multi-format observational and/or model output data
    sets for meteorological observational campaigns
  * Participate in planning, execution and/or analyses associated with
    numerical meteorological model studies
  * Work to transition research advances into local, regional, national
    or international meteorological operations/applications
  * Develop proposals, secure funding, and organize/manage research
    teams to meet project goals
  * Serve as the lead Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI, or
    participate as a member of an interdisciplinary,
    cross-organizational meteorological team
  * Conduct independent research in the areas of climate dynamics and
    attribution of extreme events or synoptic and mesoscale meteorology
    related to extreme precipitation


Possession of a Master's or equivalent graduate degree in meteorology or 
a related field.


You possess a combination of specialized experience as described in A 
and graduate level education as described in B that, when combined, 
equal 100% of the total requirement. (Please note that only graduate 
education in excess of the first 36 semester hours may be used in this 

**College Transcript:**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.**If your physics lab is not identified on your transcripts, you 
must submit a course description stating that the lab was included in 
your physics course.*

*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.**


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.

We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting 
documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for 
the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the 
vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter 
and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored 
occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice 
questions) and place you in one of the three pre-defined categories. The 
categories are “gold”, “silver” and “bronze”. However, your resume or 
optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored 
occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates 
place in the “gold” category will be identified for referral to the 
hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each 
category, those entitled to veterans’ preference will be listed at the 
top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference 
eligible with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be 
listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on 
the position and grade level of the job. For more information on 
Category Rating, please go toCategory Rating 

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following 
competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

  * Knowledge of general Meteorological Research processes and practices.
  * Ability to carry out independent high-impact research as evidenced
    in a publication record.
  * Ability to carry out complex meteorological and climate analyses and
    diagnostic studies using large integrated data sets.
  * Ability to effectively communicate research advances to various

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You can review our benefits 


ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have 
exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at 
least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is 
on the Office of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources 

ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

 1. 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;
 2. 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;
 3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
 4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion

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.



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Your complete application, including required documents, must be 
received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this 

To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by 
accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click 
the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the 
prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and 
submit all required documents.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at 
http://www.usajobs.gov and click on "Application Status." Click on the 
position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including 
problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help 
Desk by e-mail at mgshelp at monster.com or by phone at 866.656.6831. The 
help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET

For instructions on submitting your application in an alternate format, 
please contact the WFMO Staffing number listed in this vacancy announcement.


  * *Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional*. Your
    resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for
    Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume
    must include information about your paid and nonpaid work experience
    related to this position including: job title, duration of
    employment (mm/dd/yy – mm/dd/yy), hours per week, duties and
    accomplishments, salary, and your education. For work in the Federal
    service, please include the grade level for the position/s. Your
    resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored
    occupational questionnaire.

  * *If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are
    claiming 5-points veterans' preference,*you must submit a copy of
    your Member 4 DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character
    of service or other valid proof of eligibility (i.e., statement of
    service that shows service dates AND character of service).*If you
    are claiming 10-point veterans' preference,*you must also submit an
    SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference"*plus the
    proof required by that form.*For more information on veterans'
  * *Active Duty Service Members--*You must submit a statement of
    discharge/certification of release or an official written document
    from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be
    discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces
    under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the
    announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military
    identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the
    appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge
    status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this
    job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access
    to your DD-214 online please

  * *Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and
    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)
    documentation*if applicable (see other information).
  * *Education.*If this position requires proof of higher education, you
    must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that
    includes the following information: name of accredited institution,
    grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours
    earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities must
    be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S.
    colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part
    in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including
    transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an
    equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these
    accredited organizations can be found on the Department of
    Education's website. You must provide a copy of the letter
    containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course
    by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide
    such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will
    result in lost consideration.


WFMO Staffing
Phone: 816-426-2039
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: wfmostaffing at noaa.gov

Agency Information:
WFMO Staffing Division
601 E 12th Street
Room 1713
Kansas City, MO
Fax: 000-000-0000


You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four 
points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the 
status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website 
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on “Track Your Online Application.” The four points of notification are:

 1. Application Received or Application Incomplete
 2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Not Met;
 3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or
    Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and
 4. Selected or Not Selected.

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the 
information contained in your application. If you make a false statement 
in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be 
terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After 
making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security 
background investigation.

You will be required to submit official documentation prior to 
appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on 
your application (i.e., degree, veterans’ preference, disability, etc.).
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