[ES_JOBS_NET] Supervisory Chemist, USGS, Lakewood, CO

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Sun Aug 2 11:30:04 MDT 2015

*Supervisory Chemist - GS-1320-12/13 (ATL-DEU-RLS)*
Geological Survey-Lakewood, CO

About the Agency

- Are you a professional Chemist looking for a supervisory position in 
the Federal workforce?

- Do you have a passion for serving as a supervisor, providing technical 
expertise in the analysis of environmental samples?

- Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal 
Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking incentives? 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 (USGS) 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 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?*

Salary: GS-12: $75,333 (Step 01) to $97,938 (Step 10)

Salary: GS-13: $89,580 (Step 01) to $116,453 (Step 10)

*NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at 
the Step 01.*

This position is being advertised concurrently with the following 

Open to current or former Federal employees: ATL-2015-1093.


  * Occasional Travel
  * Overnight travel of up to 5 nights per month may be required.


  * No


  * Applicants must be U. S. Citizens.
  * Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background
  * Selectee may be subject to serving a 1 year probationary period.
  * A surveillance physical examination is required at government expense.
  * More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

*DUTIES:*Back to top

As a Supervisory Chemist within the National Water Quality Laboratory, 
some of your specific duties will include:

- Plans and directs the application and modification of analytical 
procedures and sample preparation.

- Evaluates and interprets analytical results for a wide variety of 
complex analytical matrices and methods.

- Acting as a technical authority in the area of analytical chemistry.

- Communicating effectively verbally and in writing, as well as 
conducting training.

- As a supervisor, exercises a broad range of supervisory responsibility 
over approximately 10-14 employees.

- The work is sedentary, but may require prolonged periods of standing.

- The work is performed in an office and laboratory setting with 
exposure to moderate and high risk situations in a chemical laboratory.

- A surveillance physical examination is required a government expense.

The U. S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this 
position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural 
disaster. 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 .


For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on 
whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please 
click on the following: 
http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/sw/quals/1320.html .


In addition to the basic education requirement stated above, the 
applicant must have 1 year of appropriate professional experience in 
chemistry that is equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal 

Examples of such experience include independently performing the full 
range of chemical analyses and tests. Receives samples or analytical 
requests that consist primarily of difficult or unusual chemical 
problems. Determines approach and methods to use. This work typically 
involves conventional methods and techniques though it requires going 
beyond clear precedents and requires adapting methods to the problems at 
hand and interpreting findings in terms of their scientific 
significance. At this level, Chemists have a very good knowledge of the 
principles of chemistry and their application and the ability to 
independently perform scientific work of considerable difficulty.


In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, 
applicants must have 1 year of appropriate professional experience in 
chemistry that is equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal 

Examples of such experience include planning, executing, and reporting 
on original or ongoing studies in the field of chemistry 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, Chemists have extensive knowledge of the principles of chemistry, 
exhibit a highly developed ability in their application, and have 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.

This position requires specific educational course work to qualify, 
therefore, 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?*

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.

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.

This position requires completion of a 1 year supervisory/managerial 
probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.

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 


*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 

- Research and Interpret Regulations

- Interpersonal Communication

- Laboratory Techniques

- Leadership and Supervision

- Program/Project Management

- Scientific Instrumentation

- Scientific Knowledge

- Technical Reports

- Written Communication

*Basis of rating:*Category rating will be used in the ranking and 
selection process for this position. The quality categories are Best 
Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. 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, your online 
responses to the application questions will determine your placement in 
the appropriate quality category described above. Your responses must be 
substantiated by your resume. If you do not respond to the application 
questions you may be rated ineligible. Veterans' preference rules for 
category rating will be applied.

*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 questions please click here .*

*BENEFITS:*Back to top You can review our benefits at: 

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 .

A recruitment or relocation incentive MAY be authorized in filling this 


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 

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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