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Physical Scientist (GIS) | Helena, MT or Cheyenne, WY

U.S. Geological Survey

GENERAL INFORMATION

For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/467235000.

Salary:

GS-07 $19.49 per hour (Step 01) to $25.34 per hour (Step 10);

GS-09 $23.85 per hour (Step 01) to $31.00 per hour (Step 10);

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

Embark on an exciting career at the Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center: https://wy-mt.water.usgs.gov/

ELIGIBILITY

In order to be eligible for an appointment under the Pathways Internship Program:

-you must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree or certificate program on a full- or half-time basis as defined by the school (certificate program means post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum); and

-enrollment is with a qualifying educational institution such as a high school or state-approved homeschool; or accredited technical or vocational school; a 2- or 4-year college or university; a graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or a post-secondary home school curriculum; and

-students currently enrolled must be in good academic standing maintaining a 2.0 grade point average on a cumulative basis; and

-the duties of this position should be related to your academic or career goals.

You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of your appointment under the Pathways Internship Program.

During the school year part-time hours will apply; however, during school breaks and the summer period, full-time hours may apply.

In order to be eligible to receive consideration for this position, you must be able to: (1) report to the duty station location listed in this vacancy announcement, if selected; and (2) be available to work the schedule identified.

DUTIES

The USGS Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center is seeking a graduate or Ph.D level student working towards a degree Geography, Geographic Information Science, Remote Sensing, Engineering, or Geology to gain practical experience inGIS Technology, geospatial metadata compiliation, creating two- and three-dimensional digital data, and geo-processing information for earth science data.

As a Student Trainee (Physical Science) you will serve in a trainee capacity, performing routine and recurring development assignments to acquire knowledge and understanding of functions, principles, practices, and methods used in the area of Physical Science.

Duties include:

–Using GIS technology to create maps containing scientific data.

–Analyzing two- and three-dimensional geospatial data.

–Planning, developing, and implementing geospatial data analysis software.

–Converting geographic information from one format to another.

–Compiling, testing, and evaluating the performance of geo-processing tools for geospatial data analysis.

–Constructing and testing datasets for special purpose applications.

–Developing customized scripts for GIS and remote sensing data entry, format conversion, editing, analysis, and display.

USGS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty location identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this location on a regular and recurring basis.

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.

Travel Required
-Occasional Travel
-Average travel of 2 nights per month.
Relocation Authorized
-No

KEY REQUIREMENTS
-Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
-Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
-The entire period served under the Intern Program counts as a trial period.

Housing will not be provided.
More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

QUALIFICATIONS

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

A. 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 physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours or the equivalent in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. **OR

B. A combination of education and experience–education equivalent to one of the majors shown in “A” above (24 semester hours or the equivalent in physical science, engineering, or mathematics) that included at least 24 semester hours or the equivalent in physical science and/or related engineering science as described 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.

For the GS-07: In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-07 level:

A. One year of successfully completed graduate level education (18 semester hours, 27 quarter hours or the equivalent) in physical science or other directly related field of study if it provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of the position to be filled. **OR

B. Superior Academic Achievement based on undergraduate study. **OR

C. One year of appropriate professional experience that is in or related to the duties of the position to be filled is qualifying if it is equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal service, and if it equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Examples of GS-5 level experience could include taking measurements and collecting information; learning to take proper samples; conducting routine calculating, plotting, and checking of numerical data; preparing graphs and data profiles; and accomplishing routine analyses. This work experience would have involved receiving clear, specific, and detailed instructions as to the methods, procedures, and guidelines to use. **OR

D. A combination of successfully completed graduate level education, as described above, and professional experience, as described above.
For the GS-09: In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-09 level:

A. Two years of progressively higher-level graduate education (36 semester hours, 54 quarter hours or the equivalent) leading to a master’s degree in physical science or other directly related field of study or master’s or equivalent graduate degree in physical science or other directly related field of study if it provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of the position to be filled. **OR

B. One year of appropriate professional experience that is in or directly related to the duties of the position to be filled is qualifying if it is equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service, and if it equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Examples of such experience may include performing a variety of observations, computations, compilations and analyses in assisting higher-level scientists in carrying out physical science assignments. This work experience would have involved following established methods and procedures, or detailed instructions; using some judgment in applying basic principles and procedures; and independently completing recurring assignments, but referring deviations, problems, and unfamiliar situations to a designated person for decision or help. **OR

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

All applicants must meet qualification and eligibility requirements 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.

If this position requires specific educational coursework to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) by the closing date of this advertisement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed, mailed, document uploaded or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see “Contact Information”). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts.

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.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

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.

Students who successfully complete the internship program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent appointment or a term (1-4 years in duration) appointment without further competition.

Eligibility requirements for conversion: must be a U.S. Citizen; complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program (*may waive up to a total of 320 hours under specific conditions); successfully complete your degree or certificate requirements from a qualifying institution; meet the qualification requirements for the position to which you will be converted; meet agency-specific requirements as outlined in the Participant’s Agreement; and must have performed successfully in your position as documented through performance evaluations. *NOTE: To learn more about the conditions under which a portion of the work experience hours may be waived, visit http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/sw/studentinterns.html.

If converted to a permanent or term appointment, the anticipated target position will be Physical Scientist with full performance level of GS-12; however, the target position and FPL may change based on the need of the organization at that time. Interns must meet the qualification requirements for the position to which converted.

If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts &/or letter from the school stating you are enrolled in a degree/certificateprogram on at least a half time basis in good standing and your expected graduation date.

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.

Selected candidate must obtain a pre-employment medical certification at Federal expense.
Selectee must submit a valid state issued drivers license and a copy of safe driving record.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov.

For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/467235000.

Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Contact
Dina Cookus
Phone: 703-648-7416
Email : pathways@usgs.gov

To apply for this job please visit the following URL: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/467235000 →


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