PHYSICAL SCIENTIST (AIR RESOURCES)

US Department of the Interior - Anchorage, AK

Full-time | Part-time
Duties
Summary
This position is part of the Bureau of Land Management in Anchorage, Alaska. This position serves as a Physical Scientist (Air Resources) in the Renewable Resources Branch, Division of Resources, in the Alaska State Office. Information about locations within Alaska can be found at: State of Alaska

This announcement is being advertised concurrently under MP-10571277-19-VG for current and former federal employees. You must apply to each announcement separately.

Responsibilities
Serve as the primary adviser and technical support to the State Director, District and Field Office Managers on all matters related to air quality, to include greenhouse gas emissions, and other atmospheric and climate topics.
Provide technical support to headquarters and the National Operations Center as required.
Develop and assist in developing procedures, policies, and regulations that meet all environmental, legal, and technical requirements.
Provide technical air expertise to identify impacts to climate and air quality for meeting BLM's obligations under NEPA, land use planning, oil and gas development, minerals leasing and development, and renewable natural resource management.
Oversee, review and conduct air dispersion modeling for land use plans and impact assessments supporting resource management and planning analysis. Provide technical planning support for other BLM programs (e.g., oil and gas development).
Provide technical support to the Division of Resources District and Field Office staffs, NOC and headquarters.
Provide technical expertise in coordinating with adjacent international and local air agencies, particularly with the State of Alaska.
Develop policy and guidance on air quality and climate data collection, analysis and storage, as well as model application, testing and validation.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Job family (Series)
1301 General Physical Science

Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship Required
Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required
Must provide resume and supporting documents (See required documents)
Direct Deposit Required
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
You cannot hold an active real estate license: nor can you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Lands.
May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.
Qualifications
We must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. 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. To be creditable, this experience must have been for 1 year and equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled. (If the position was seasonal, your resume must show periods worked.

Applicant's must meet the Basic Requirement .

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:Degree: Have a bachelor's or higher degree in 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. Must provide transcripts.

OR

Have a combination of education and experience- courses equivalent to a major, as shown above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Must provide transcripts.

In addition to meeting one of the Basic Requirements listed above, applicants must meet the following Minimum Qualifications Requirement in order to be considered:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience and/or education for the respective grade level(s) in which you are applying:

GS-13
Specialized Experience: One or more full-time years (12-months) of specialized work experience, equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service, performing the following duties:
experience in the disciplines of air quality, meteorology or climatology including: air pollutant emissions, transport and transformation;
conducting air-quality analyses to ensure project or management activities conform with standards promulgated by local, State, and Federal laws and statutes;
conducting and reviewing mathematical modeling to simulate transport of pollutants in the atmosphere;
working with scientific information on controversial issues and maintaining effective working relationships internal and external to the organization; and
experience with budget processes.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".
Education
Foreign Education: If you are using education 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: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

In addition, when reviewing applicant's transcripts, assumptions will not be made. Applicants MUST state which coursework is relevant.

Additional information
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the 10/04/2019
Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx
The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework on a situational basis with supervisor approval.
Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation, Chapter 302, and Departmental policy. The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered.
Career Transition Assistance (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP/ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Best and Well Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.
Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a RPL, you may be given priority consideration.
BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information, Alternate Application

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

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. Answers submitted in the questionnaire must be supported on your resume. If you meet qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

Attention to Detail, Decision Making, Oral Communication, and Writing

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

Required Documents
The following documents are required and must be received by the 10/04/2019 of this announcement:

1. Your Résumé which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, with dates specified in month and year format, and indicate hours worked per week. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade.
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire

3. Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as:
College transcripts(s), if qualifying based on education, if applicable
Any other supporting documentation required for verification as described in the announcement.

Veterans Preference Documentation:
If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions.
If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, & 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15, letter from the VA, and completed SF15.
Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan consideration if you are a displaced Federal employee within the local commuting area. You must include: 1) Proof you are a displaced Federal employee, e.g., RIF Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, etc; 2) SF-50s (Notifications of Personnel Action) showing career/conditional tenure competitive status, promotion potential and duty location; and 3) your most recent performance appraisal. To exercise selection priority, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Benefits

Benefits
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