Geological Survey Oceanographer in Woods Hole, Massachusetts
What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position. This is a term appointment not to exceed 13 months/years with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition. Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service. Salary for GS-09: $58,909 (Step 01) to $76,583 (Step 10);
Salary for GS-11: $71,274 (Step 01) to $92,655 (Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.
As a Oceanographer within the Woods Hole Coastal & Marine Science Center, some of your specific duties will include: Provide expertise and lead field activities for collection of hydrodynamic, bathymetric, and sedimentologic field data. Lead or participate in the design, planning, and organization of multifaceted data collection. Prepare instrumentation for deployment, deploy and retrieve instruments, and download data. Operate small boats ( Analyze hydrodynamic and sediment transport data. Organize and process field data with existing code and modify or develop new processing code as needed. Evaluate data quality and identify conditions which may produce anomalies in the data. Write code to quantitatively compare data to theoretical relationships. Interpret data, integrate the implications of different data types, and evaluate the impact of results. Disseminate results, both independently and as a team member. Author or coauthor data releases and peer-reviewed publications. Prepare data, illustrations, and maps for publication in reports, journal articles, and for public and scientific presentations. Present project results at meetings and conferences. Serve as a source of information for scientists. Publish field data and model results. Test, evaluate, and establish protocols for operation and data processing of new oceanographic instrumentation. Lead or participate in developing new instrumentation and deployment platforms as required to accomplish research objectives. Operates a government owned or leased vehicle as an incidental driver. Physical Requirements & Work Environment: Fieldwork may require moderate to strenuous activities such as hiking, swimming, carrying up to 50 pounds, driving vehicles with trailers, and operating small vessels. Endurance and agility are required to perform field studies. Fieldwork at sea is subject to extreme weather conditions, high noise levels and a moving platform and may include work in the water.
Conditions of Employment
Key Requirements: 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. Selectee subject to successful completion of a pre-employment medical exam. 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.
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Applicants must meet A or B below to satisfy the basic education requirement for Oceanographer, 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 with major study of at least 24 semester hours or the equivalent in oceanography or related discipline such as physics, meteorology, geophysics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, geology, or biology, plus 20 additional semester hours or the equivalent in any combination of oceanography, physics, geophysics, chemistry, mathematics, meteorology, computer science, and engineering sciences. B. A combination of education and experience-course work as shown in "A" above (24 semester hours or the equivalent in oceanography or a related discipline as specified in "A" above, 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) NOTE: Applicants who qualify on the basis of major study in biology or geology must have had at least 6 semester hours in the major directly concerned with marine science or 6 semester hours in oceanography; applicants who qualify on the basis of other physical sciences or engineering must have had differential and integral calculus and at last 6 semester hours in physics. GS-09: In addition to the basic requirement stated above, applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-09 level: Posses 2-years of progressively higher-level graduate education (36 semester hours or 54 quarter hours) leading to a Master's degree in oceanography or other directly related field of study or Master's or equivalent graduate degree in oceanography or other related field of study if it provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of the position to be filled. *OR Posses 1-year of appropriate professional experience in oceanography that is equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service. Examples of such experience may include: 1) reviewing technical records to codify information on ocean stations; 2) plotting significant results of ocean surveys on charts; 3) preparing ocean station technical descriptions; 4) calculating temperature, salinity, oxygen and depth from Nansen bottle observations; 5) analyzing bathythermograph observations, graphing hourly recordings taken at fixed positions which depict change in the thermal structure of the water and internal waves; 6) analyzing ocean circulation data from drift bottle studies; 7) preparing computer programs for processing oceanographic data. For examples 1-7, the work involved receiving fairly close supervision and following established methods and procedures, or detailed instructions; using some judgment in locating and selecting the most appropriate guides and references to apply; and independently completing recurring assignments, but referring deviations, problems and unfamiliar situations to a designated person for decision or help. *OR Possess a combination of successfully completed graduate level education, as described above, that is beyond the first year of progressive graduate study and professional experience, as described above. GS-11: In addition to the basic requirement stated above, applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-11 level: Posses 3-years of progressively higher level graduate education (54 semester hours, 81 quarter hours or the equivalent) leading to a Ph.D. degree in oceanography or other directly related field of study or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in oceanography or other directly related field of study if it provided the knowledge, skill and abilities necessary to do the work of the position to be filled. *OR Possess 1-year of appropriate professional experience in oceanography that is equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Examples of such experience may include: 1) planning, conducting and analyzing parachute drogue and surface float and depth observations to determine the nature of the tidal and non tidal currents in calculating the mass transport of ocean circulation within a limited ocean area; 2) planning and conducting continuing drift bottle studies of limited areas of the ocean to obtain information on the surface characteristics of circulating water masses; 3) planning, developing and preparing seismic sea wave travel-time charts and data used in implementing the seismic sea wave warning system, requiring computation of directional courses and time increments based on ocean depth studies; 4) preparing tentative wave and ice forecasts for limited areas based upon analysis of synoptic charts; 5) preparing continuous temperature and dept profiles, searching for unusual anomalies, and make preliminary conclusions. For examples 1-5, the work involved selecting and making minor adaptations to procedures and accepted practices and handling unexpected conditions arising in the normal course of the work. At this level, oceanographers have the ability to independently perform moderately difficult and responsible scientific work. *OR Possess a combination of successfully completed graduate level education, as described above, that is beyond the second year of progressive graduate study and professional experience, as described above. You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position 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. 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: https://www.usgs.gov/about/organization/science-support/human-capital/how-foreign-education-evaluated-federal-jobs .
Other Information: Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position. 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. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Agency Benefits: USGS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework in accordance with the DOI Telework policy and 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: https://www.doi.gov/telework/policies. 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.