[ES_JOBS_NET] Geodesist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Boulder, CO; Silver Spring, MD

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Tue May 12 05:26:49 MDT 2015

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-Boulder, CO

Science, Service, and Stewardship

*This position is located in the Geodetic Research Division, National 
Ocean Service of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration.*

*Who May Apply:*U.S. Citizens and Nationals, and merit promotion candidates.

You are eligible under merit promotion procedures, if you meet one of 
the following criteria:

• Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in 
the competitive service.

• Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointment in the 
excepted service and under an Interchange Agreement.

• Former Federal status employees with reinstatement eligibility based 
on previous Federal service.

• Displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection 
consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the 
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).

• Veterans eligible for the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act 
(VEOA), who are preference eligible or who have been separated under 
honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service.

• Veterans eligible for a non-competitive appointment under the Veterans 
Recruitment Appointment (VRA) Authority, who are preference eligible or 
recently separated from the military. This applies to grades GS-11 and 

• Individuals with disabilities under Schedule A hiring authority - 
Refer to "Other Information" section for eligibility details.

• Applicants entitled to non-competitive appointment authorities or 
special hiring authorities, e.g., Peace Corps; AmeriCorps VISTA, Boren 
Fellows; military spouse preference; and applicants who previously held, 
or currently hold, this grade with the same promotion potential of or 
higher (SF-50(s) must show proof of this), etc.

Additional vacancies may be filled through this vacancy announcement if 
they become available.

This announcement is advertised for to two vacancies:

*Boulder, CO. - 1 position, Salary = 62,850.00-97,938.00*

*Silver Spring, MD.-1 position, Salary = 63,722.00 - 99,296.00*


  * Occasional Travel
  * Required to travel 5% for meetings and job related duties


  * No


  * You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  * Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for selective service.
  * Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section).
  * Required to pass background investigation and fingerprint check
  * A one-year probationary/trial period may be required.

*DUTIES:* This position serves as a Geodesist, involved in observing, 
reducing, adjusting, and analyzing geodetic survey data to produce 
latitudes and longitudes; and orthometric, geoidal and ellipsoidal 
heights. The duties include but are not limited to the following:

· Conducts research and development of techniques, products, and 
services that support and improve defining, maintaining, and accessing 
the National Spatial Reference System.

· Develop physical models that accurately describe the orbital mechanics 
of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), the propagation of their 
radio signals, and the dynamics of the national and international 
tracking networks to improve GNSS data processing software.

· Maintain and improve the International Terrestrial Reference Frame 
(ITRF) as the fundamental basis for the National Spatial Reference 
System (NSRS).

· Use engineering and scientific programming to develop, test, maintain, 
and refine GNSS software in order to improve station positioning, GNSS 
orbit estimation and reference frame maintenance.

*QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:*Back to top*Basic Requirements:*

A. Degree: geodesy; or 30 semester hours in any combination of geodesy, 

physics, astronomy, engineering science, surveying, geodetic surveying, 
photogrammetry, or geophysics. The course work must have included 
differential and integral calculus. (Must submit copies of Transcripts) 
for eligibility.

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

appropriate experience or additional education.

*In addition to meeting the BASIC REQUIREMENT**, applicants must meet 
the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE by one of the following:*

A. Possess one year experience equivalent to at least the ZP-1372-02 
level or a GS-09 level in the federal government in providing technical 
advice to internal and external stakeholders on; Global Navigation 
'Satellite Systems (GNSS) orbital analysis, reference frame definition, 
and analysis of international GNSS Service (IGS) and Continuously 
Operating Reference Station (CORS) Networks sites; experiential 
knowledge of least squares adjustment, orbital mechanics, and linear 
algebra; and communicating complex issues pertaining to the science of 
geodesy to a broad range of stakeholders.


B Possess a PhD or equivalent degree in in geodesy, engineering, 
physics, mathematics or a closely related field that provided the 
knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully complete the 
work of the position. (Must submit copies of Transcripts for eligibility.)


C. 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 calculation.)

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.

or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless 
otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you 
may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and 
credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST 
on the closing date of the announcement.

completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification 
requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been 
evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation 
of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed 
equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or 
full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college 
or university. For further information, visit: 
*Translated transcripts are required.*

Only education/experience obtained by 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date 
of this announcement will be considered.

Current and former career and career-conditional Federal employees must 
meet the time-in-grade/band requirement of 52 weeks at the next lower 
grade. Applicants must meet all the eligibility requirements (e.g., 
time-in-grade and qualification requirements) by the closing date of the 

Current career and career-conditional Federal employees must submit a 
copy of their most recent SF-50, which shows competitive service 
appointment, tenure group, grade, and salary. If you are applying for a 
higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of 
time you have been in the next lower grade level. (NOTE: Federal 
employee applicants must submit SF-50s, which demonstrate how they meet 
all announcement requirements. Examples of appropriate SF-50s include 
promotions, with-in grade/range increases, and SF-50s one or more years 

You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

*HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:*Once the application process is complete, a 
review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and 
compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to 
determine if you are qualified for this job.

*Applicants applying under Delegated Examining (all U.S. citizens) 
procedures*will be rated under NOAA's Category Rating and Selection 
Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to 
determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this 
announcement. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your resume and 
supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the 
Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is 
supported by your application materials, your score may be lowered 
and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is 
determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application 
will then be placed in one of three categories:*Gold, Silver, or 
Bronze.*Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' 
Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference 
eligible. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified 
for referral to the hiring manager for further review and consideration.

*Applicants applying under merit promotion procedures*will be rated in 
accordance with the Merit Staffing plan of NOAA. Your resume and 
supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the 
job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you are minimally 
qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be 
compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you 
rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, 
your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from 
consideration for this job If you are found to be among the top 
candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for 
employment consideration.

You will be rated based on the following knowledge, skills, abilities 
(KSAs) or competencies:

· Knowledge of physics and mathematics sufficient to understand geodetic 
principles, geophysical processes, and mathematical adjustment of 
physical data.

· Knowledge of physics sufficient to understand satellite orbit 
mechanics, atmospheric propagation, and earth's orientation and surface 

· Ability to work with programs in FORTRAN, C/C++, and PERL as well as 
scripting in KSH (Korn Shell) and CSH (C Shell).

*BENEFITS:*Back to top NOAA offers a comprehensive benefits package that 
includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; life insurance; 
health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement 
System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered 
to Federal employees http://www.usa.gov/Federal-Employees/Benefits.shtml .

*OTHER INFORMATION:**If you are a veteran*with preference eligibility 
and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a 
copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. 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’ preference 

*Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA):*To be eligible for a VEOA 
appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a 
veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service 
performed under honorable conditions. ( you must submit a DD214-member 
copy 4 ).

*Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective 
Service (see http://www.sss.gov/ ).*

*Career Transition Assistance Programs (CTAP/ICTAP):*For information on 
how to apply as an CTAP/ICTAP eligible see 
http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap . To 
be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, 
displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating 
criteria for this position.

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain 
information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a 
noncompetitive appointing authority:

*Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A*

*Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans*

*Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses*

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