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    Jeff Ribeira

    Job Title: Hydrologist, GS-1315-12 (SRM-DEU)
    Department: Department Of The Interior
    Agency: U.S. Geological Survey
    Sub Agency: US Geological Survey
    Job Announcement Number: PAC-2011-0139

    $73,420.00 – $95,444.00 /year
    Tuesday, January 25, 2011 to Friday, March 04, 2011
    Permanent Full-Time
    1 vacancy(s) in one of the following locations: Tacoma, WA
    United States Citizens

    USGS Science for a Changing World.

    *Do you want to be part of an innovative research science organization?

    *Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking incentives?

    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!

    Will Travel and Relocation Expenses be Paid?


    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 an unbiased, multi-disciplinary science organization that focuses on biology, geography, geology, geospatial information, water, the U.S. Geological Survey is dedicated to the timely, relevant, and impartial study of the landscape, our natural resources, and the natural hazards that threaten us. The USGS is the Nation’s largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, who collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. For more information about the USGS, visit:

    What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

    Open to current or former Federal employees: PAC-2011-0140

    Number of Positions to be Filled: Only one position anticipated to
    be filled; however, more than one vacancy may be filled from this


    * Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
    * Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
    * Overnight travel of 3 nights per month may be required.
    * Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
    * More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

    Additional Duty Location Info:

    Tacoma, WA

    As a Hydrologist within the Washington Water Science Center, your primary duties will include:

    -Maintaining a high level of competence in surface-water quality, surface-water modeling and a working competence in other technical disciplines.
    -Developing project proposals for surface water-quality studies that are complex.
    -Responsibility for quality control of all field data collected and used in surface water-quality investigations, especially those associated with emerging organic contaminants.
    -Selecting, and modifying the appropriate hydrologic and/or water-quality models for simulating transport of chemical constituents.
    -Writing scientific reports documenting results of analyses and interpretations of hydrologic and water-quality data.

    Qualifications and Evaluations
    For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click on the following:

    In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must meet the following to qualify for the GS-12 level:

    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-11 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 include planning and executing complex hydrologic studies, which usually involved intensive investigations into recognized phenomena. This work typically involved conventional methods & techniques though it required going beyond clear precedents, and required adapting methods to the problems at hand and interpreting findings in terms of their scientific significance. At this level, Hydrologists have a very good knowledge of the principles of hydrology and their application, and the ability to independently perform scientific work of considerable difficulty.

    You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.
    If 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/or 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”). If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.

    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:

    Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

    You will be required to operate a government-owned or -leased vehicle in the performance of your official duties. Applicants for this position must meet the following requirements: (1) possess a valid State license, and (2) possess a safe driving record. If selected, you will be required to provide proof of a valid State license and a copy of your driving record.

    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.


    Vacancy Related Questions: As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge skills, abilities and/or competencies:

    Surface Water Scientific Knowledge, Program/Project Management, Scientific Knowledge, Modeling Knowledge, Technical Reports, and Written Communication.

    Basis of rating:Category rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The quality categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you are eligible, your on-line responses to the application questions will determine your placement in the appropriate quality category described above. Your responses must be substantiated by your resume. If you do not respond to the application questions you may be rated ineligible. Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied.

    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.

    For further information regarding this posting, including how to apply, please visit:,+GS-1315-12+%28SRM-DEU%29&q=project+manager&where=Washington&brd=3876&vw=b&FedEmp=N&FedPub=Y&pg=4&rad=50&rad_units=miles&re=3&AVSDM=2011-01-25+00:03:00

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