Lead Physical Scientist, ZP-1301-4 (MAP)
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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1 vacancy in the following location:
Silver Spring, MD 1 vacancy
Yes as determined by agency policy
This position is located in the National Ocean Service (NOS), Center
for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (COOPS) with one
vacancy in Silver Spring, MD.
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As a Lead Physical Scientist, you will perform the following duties:
- Serve as the Team Lead for the Configuration and Operational
priorities to achieve project objectives, milestones, and
- Oversee configuration and review of observing systems, and
Operating Procedures (SOPs). Perform project management
responsibilities to include planning, coordinating and managing
- Review differential leveling operations at water level stations
- Plan, deploy, operate, maintain and configure oceanographic
stations, and buoys.
- Develop standard operating procedures, technical standards and
information in written, oral, and geographical formats to a
variety of audiences.
Occasional travel - Up to 10% domestic travel may be required for
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- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
- Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint
- Must be suitable for Federal employment.
- Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable
- Time-in-grade/band must be met by closing date of announcement.
**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-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14.
\* A one year probationary period may be required.
\* Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
\* This position is not in the bargaining unit
College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education,
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.
**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.**
**Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a
complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME (ET) on the
closing date of this announcement.**
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 at: https://www.opm.gov/policy.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: This position has a positive Education
Requirement in addition to at least one year of Specialized
Experience in order to be found minimally qualified. Transcripts
must be submitted with your application package. You MUST meet the
To qualify for the 1301 series:
Basic Requirements: This position requires applicants to meet a
Basic Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of
specialized experience in order to be found minimally qualified. You
MUST meet one of the following basic education requirements:
A. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that
included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related
engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of
materials, and electronics.
B. Combination of education and experience -- education
equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at
least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related
engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess 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. 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
To qualify at the ZP-4 or GS-13 level:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Basic
Requirements above, applicants must also possess one full year (52
weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-3 or GS-12
level in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include
all of the following:
- Planning, coordinating, or leading assigned
overall objectives, milestones, expected results, and
constraints in support of program functions;
- Developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), technical
oceanographic/meteorological observing systems;
- Providing support for the planning, deployment, operation, and
- Configuring, reviewing, and providing feedback on oceanographic
documentation (i.e. water level stations, meteorological
sensors, station components, current meters, or buoys).
Substitution of education for specialized experience is not
applicable to this vacancy.
Well-qualified for CTAP and ICTAP eligibility includes those
candidates who have been determined to exceed minimum qualifications
for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85, but otherwise
may or may not be among the highly or best-qualified candidates.
Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of
Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at:
CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
1. A copy of your specific RIF notice; notice of proposed removal
for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation
(CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization
or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a
notice eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or
2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting
current position, grade level, and duty location;
3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your
4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current
ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
1. A copy of your RIF separation notice; not...