[ES_JOBS_NET] Supervisory Chemist, USGS, Lakewood, CO
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.
* 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
- 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:
*QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:*Back to top
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 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
*HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:*
*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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