[ES_JOBS_NET] Research Geologist, USGS, Lakewood, CO

Christine Wiedinmyer christine.wiedinmyer.ucar at gmail.com
Fri Nov 9 16:40:19 MST 2018



.        Responsibilities

As a Research Geologist (Climate Change) within the Geosciences and
Environmental Change Science Center, some of your specific duties will

o   Serves as a technical expert in using biomarkers, such as levoglucosan
and fecal sterols, in ice and sediment cores to determine the timing and
interpretation of climate and human events related to fire.

o   Develops project plans, research objectives, assessment of research
progress, and effective communication of research results in peer-reviewed
scientific journals, at scientific meetings and informal meetings.

o   Prepares descriptive and interpretive scientific reports on the results
of research activities for USGS publication and administrative use.

o   Works directly and responsibly with scientists of other federal and
state agencies and universities on technical issues related to the research

o   Operates a government motor vehicle on a regular and recurrent basis to
conduct field work.

Physical Demands:

Work may include periodic work in laboratories requiring adherence to
standard laboratory practices and safety procedures and potentially long
periods of standing.

Work Environment:

Field work is conducted outdoors and may involve physically strenuous
activity under adverse weather conditions including heat, rain, cold and
snow. Field work is often physically challenging requiring hiking long
distances over difficult terrain and exposure to dangerous weather
conditions and unpredictable wildlife.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Overnight travel of up to 3 nights per month may be

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

15 - The full performance level for a research/development position is
GS-15; however, promotion eligibility is dependent upon the scientific
contributions of the incumbent as evaluated by a peer panel.

.        Job family (Series)

 <https://www.usajobs.gov/Search/?j=1350> 1350 Geology

.        Requirements

 <https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/job-announcement/requirements/>  Help


Conditions of Employment

o   Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.

o   Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background

o   Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.

o   More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

o   Selectee must provide a valid state driver's license & safe driving

o   This position requires medical examination at Federal expense.

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

o   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.

o   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 both of these.

o   This position requires completion of a medical examination at Federal

o   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.

o   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.


BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Applicants must meet A or B below to satisfy
the basic education requirement for Geologist, all grade levels.

12. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited
college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in geology.
In addition to the geology course work included in the degree, it must also
have included or been supplemented by 20 additional semester hours in any
combination of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological science,
structural, chemical, civil, mining or petroleum engineering, computer
science, planetary geology, comparative planetology, geophysics,
meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, physical geography, marine geology,
and cartography.


13. A combination of education and experience-course work as shown in "A"
above (24 semester hours or the equivalent in geology plus 20 additional
semester hours or the equivalent in any combination of courses as specified
in "A" above), plus appropriate experience and/or additional education for a
total of 4 years. The education or combined education and experience must be
comparable in type, scope and thoroughness to that acquired through
successful completion of a 4-year course of study as described in "A" above.
(CLICK  <https://www2.usgs.gov/humancapital/sw/quals/undergrad2p.html#5>

In addition to the basic education requirement described above, in order to
qualify, you must also meet the following selective placement factor:

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: The incumbent is a technical expert in using
biomarkers, such as levoglucosan and fecal sterols, in ice and sediment
cores to determine the timing and interpretation of climate and human events
related to fire.

In addition to the basic education requirement and selective factor as
stated above, you must also meet one of the following to qualify at the
GS-12 level:

--one year of appropriate professional research experience in geology that
is equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Examples
of such experience include planning and executing complex geologic studies,
involving developing project plans, research objectives, assessment of
research progress, and effective oral and published written communication of
research results. The work of this position requires knowledge of the
principles and techniques for using biomarkers to help determine the timing
and interpretation of climate and human events related to fire, and
experience in their application through detailed stratigraphic and
chronologic investigations of ice and sediment cores, and analysis of
chemical, isotopic, and/or physical data using existing techniques and
developing new approaches and methods as needed.


Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a directly related field of study.


A combination of successfully completed progressive graduate level education
that is beyond the second year of graduate study and professional
experience, as described above.

Research experience is defined as: Experience which has involved scientific
inquiry or investigation and has shown creative and outstanding research
that has led or can lead to major advances in a specific area of research.
The work must have been creative in the sense that it developed a basic
principle, product, concept, method, approach, or technique, or provided a
body of basic information that opened the way for a major advance in the
discipline or field of science. This work may have been achieved by
providing a method of solving problems, opening areas of research or
providing the means of exploring the application of science in a major area.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the
position by the closing date of the announcement.


o   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.

o   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:

Additional information

o   Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or
information in their application package will be ineligible for further
consideration for this position.

o   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.

o   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.

o   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 corporations.

o   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.

o   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  <http://www.dhs.gov/E-Verify>


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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
qualifications above.

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 competencies:

- Scientific Knowledge

- Laboratory Techniques

- Written Communication

- Compile/Analyze Data

- Interpersonal Communication

- Disseminate Data

- Leadership & Supervision

- Goal Setting/Decision Making

- Plan & Organize Work

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 on-line 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.


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