Are you a Research Geologist looking for a position in the Federal workforce? *Do you have a passion for supporting science working to mitigate the impact of natural hazards? *Do you want to be part of an important mission of the Federal Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking research? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this is the job for you! Come join the USGS and start doing the job you've always dreamed of!
Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?
Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit http://www.usgs.gov.
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$105,335 (Step 01) to $136,936 (Step 10),
$124,475 (Step 01) to $161,817 (Step 10);
First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.
There is one vacancy however, this announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if they become available.
As a Research Geologist within the Earthquake Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:
- Perform field-based paleoseismic research to characterize the chronology of past earthquakes or slip rates on faults in the greater San Andreas fault system in northern California.
- Perform geological research to characterize crustal deformation in northern California and elsewhere. This may include studies of fault slip rates, characterization of location, extent and style of crustal deformation, and/or characterization of active historical and prehistoric deformation using geological, geophysical, and/or remote sensing techniques.
- Use principles and practices of modern research methods in studies of Quaternary faulting in late Pleistocene and Holocene time, including methods in fault zone mapping, tectonic geomorphology, remote sensing, and geochronology to develop understanding of plate boundary processes and their associated hazards.
- Communicate research results and interpretations to colleagues, non-scientists, and the public. Present research results and technical materials to technical and non-technical audiences including both oral and written forms of communication via presentations at scientific or technical meetings, technical committee work, and communications to the media and public.
- Collaborate with scientists, stakeholders, and funding agencies to identify high-priority research, acquire resources required to execute the research, and develop collaborative teams to address fundamental questions in natural hazards research.
The following are the Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs) required for this position.
If you meet the basic qualification & eligibility requirements of this position, you will be contacted via email after the announcement closes & given 10 calendar days to submit narrative responses that address the following KSAs required to perform the duties of this position. You will be rated based on the information you provide in your resume & the responses you submit to the required KSAs. Veterans' preference rules will apply.
1. Ability to perform field-based paleoseismic research to characterize the chronology of past earthquakes & slip rates on faults in the greater San Andreas fault system in northern CA. Please describe your paleoseismology research experience. List your significant publications associated with paleoseismology work, & clarify your particular role in any multi-person investigation or study.
2. Perform geological research to characterize crustal deformation in northern CA. & elsewhere. This may include studies of fault slip rates, characterization of location, extent & style of crustal deformation, &/or characterization of active historical & prehistoric deformation using geological, geophysical &/or remote sensing techniques. Please describe your experience studying crustal deformation & list your relevant publications.
3. Knowledge of & experience with principles & practices of modern research methods in studies of Quaternary faulting in late Pleistocene & Holocene time, including methods in fault zone mapping, tectonic geomorphology, remote sensing & geochronology to develop understanding of plate boundary processes & their associated hazards. Please describe your experience & role in conducting these types of studies in strike-slip & other tectonic settings including the research methods applied, novel approaches developed, & your record of reports, presentations, & publications that disseminate research results.
4. Ability to communicate research results & interpretations to colleagues, non-scientists & the general public. This includes presentation of research results & technical materials to technical & non-technical audiences including both oral & written forms of communication via presentations at scientific or technical meetings, technical committee work, & communications to the media & general public. Please document your level of experience in presenting research results & technical materials to technical & non-technical audiences; consider oral & written forms of communication. Include any presentations at scientific or technical meetings, technical committee work, & communications to the media or general public.
5. Ability to collaborate with scientists, stakeholders, & funding agencies to identify high-priority research, acquire resources required to execute the research & develop collaborative teams to address fundamental questions in natural hazards research. Please describe your experience working with research teams to address scientific challenges relevant to stakeholders in the public or private sectors. Please describe your roles in scientific teams & your abilities to work with colleagues & management in any organizations you have been a part of. Please detail any successful efforts to obtain funding for research activities.
Occasional travel - Overnight travel of 4-5 nights per month may be required.
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Conditions of Employment
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
Selectee must provide a valid state driver's license & safe driving record.
Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?
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.
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.
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.
This position requires specific educational course work to qualify. Applicants must meet A or B below to satisfy the basic education requirement for Geologist, 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 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.
B. 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 HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE)
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.
In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must have one year of appropriate professional experience in geology that is equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service.
Such experience must include planning, conducting, and publishing geological research utilizing field remote sensing, geochronological and stratigraphic data related to earthquake geology.
In the examples listed above, this research is based on expertise in earthquake geology that must be adapted to each study area. Various remote sensing data, field mapping, and geochronological methods are used in the research. The supervisor assists the research to identify research scope and objectives. However, the incumbent researcher must demonstrate ability to clearly define problems, plan, develop and execute research plans, establish work priorities, and produce acceptable reports of results.
Applicants must have one year of appropriate professional experience in geology that is equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service.
Examples of Specialized Experience for GS-14, Research Geologist: One year of professional geology research experience comparable to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal Service, e.g., develop and implement new research objectives, establish project priorities, define methods of approach, and execute the study; conceive, formulate, conduct, and/or lead research studies; contributions are recognized by the scientific community as significant to the field of earthquake geology; primary authorship of publications of considerable interest and value to the geology field; and provide consultation to other researchers who are respected in their fields of study.
You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.
- 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.
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.
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 .
Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.
The full performance level for a Research position is GS-15; however, promotion eligibility is dependent upon the scientific contributions of the incumbent as evaluated by a peer panel.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Basis of Rating:
Category rating will be used in the ranking & selection process for this position. The categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, & Qualified. If you meet the basic qualification & eligibility requirements of this position, you will be contacted via email after the announcement closes & given 10 calendar days to submit narrative responses that address the knowledge, skills, & abilities (KSAs) required to perform the duties of this position. You will be rated based on the information you provide in your resume & the responses you submit to the required KSAs. Veterans' preference rules will apply. The KSAs required for this position are listed in the Duties Section of this announcement.
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Background checks and security clearance
- This position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible.
- If you are claiming veterans' preference you must provide a legible copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, member 4 copy or any official documentation or statement from the Armed Forces that confirms your dates of service and that your separation, discharge, or release from active duty was under honorable conditions (i.e., Honorable or General Discharge). Note: If you have more than one DD-214 for multiple periods of active duty, submit a copy for each period of service.
- If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans’ preference and that your character of military service is honorable.
- If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the documents specified above, you must also submit documentation that supports your claim, e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs (dated 1991 or later) or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability, or the award of the Purple Heart, etc. The overall rating must be identified on your certification letter or separation orders.
- Documentation must be received by the closing date shown in this vacancy announcement. If you fail to submit any of the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans’ preference. Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in the VetGuide .
- If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof by the closing date of this announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330 Subpart F for CTAP and 5 CFR 330 Subpart G for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. This includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Required documents may be faxed, uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information"). If you are a CTAP or ICTAP eligible, you will be considered well qualified if you earn a minimum score of 85 (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference points). For more information on CTAP/ICTAP please click here .
- Required documents may be: 1)faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact Information") 2)uploaded directly from your desktop 3)uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4)hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see 'Contact Information').
- Auto-Requested Fax : allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .
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 station identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty location on a regular and recurring weekly 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 .
Working for the U.S. Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave , and holidays ; health, life, dental, vision, and long term care insurance, flexible spending accounts , and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System .
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