<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the National Weather Service (NWS), Analyze, Forecast and Support Office (AFSO), Analyze and Mission Support Division (AMSD), Analysis and Nowcast Branch (ANB) with one vacancy in Silver Spring, MD. <br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />As a Meteorologist, you will perform the following duties:<br /> <ul> <li>Serve as a technical authority on validating various tools and models pertinent to the Analysis and Nowcast for the ANB.</li> <li>Collect, process and analyze forecast field' needs and help develop them into requirements to identify and fill gaps in analysis and short-term (0-18 hour) forecasting.</li> <li>Develop and implement validation algorithms for 0-18 hour forecasting tools and innovations in order to improve critical forecasting capabilities to meet the needs of NWS forecasters.</li> <li>Collaborate with the Office of Science and Technology Integration's OPG (Operations Proving Ground) and NOAA Testbeds on research to operations (R2O) processes to implement tools and techniques for operational use.</li> <li>Communicate with state/local officials, policy experts, and the media to negotiate technical approaches to problems, further preparedness programs, and negotiate and explain service levels.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Up to 10% of domestic and foreign travel may be required. <br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 13 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.</li> <li>Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.</li> <li>Must be suitable for Federal employment.</li> <li>Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).</li> <li>Qualification requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><strong>This position requires a Public Trust Security Clearance.</strong><br /><br />* A one year probationary period may be required.<br /><br />* Payment of relocation expenses<strong> is not</strong> authorized.<br /><br />* This position <strong>is</strong> in the bargaining unit<br /><br /><strong>College Transcript:</strong> If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.<br /><br /><strong>Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.</strong><br /><br />Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: https: www.opm.gov/policy .<br /><br /><strong>EDUCATION:</strong><br /><br /><strong>BASIC REQUIREMENTS: </strong>This position requires applicants to meet a Basic Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of specialized experience in order to be found minimally qualified. You MUST meet one of the following basic education requirements:<br /><br /><strong>A.</strong> <strong>Degree:</strong> meteorology, atmospheric science, or other natural science major that included<br /> <li>At least 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of credit in meteorology/atmospheric science including a minimum of:</li> <br /> a. Six semester hours of atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics;*<br /><br />b. Six semester hours of analysis and prediction of weather systems (synoptic/mesoscale);<br /><br />c. Three semester hours of physical meteorology; and<br /><br />d. Two semester hours of remote sensing of the atmosphere and/or instrumentation.<br /><br />2. Six semester hours of physics, with at least one course that includes laboratory sessions.*<br /><br />3.Three semester hours of ordinary differential equations.*<br /><br />4. At least nine semester hours of course work appropriate for a physical science major in any combination of three or more of the following: physical hydrology, statistics, chemistry, physical oceanography, physical climatology, radiative transfer, aeronomy, advanced thermodynamics, advanced electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and computer science.<br /><br />* There is a prerequisite or corequisite of calculus for course work in atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics, physics, and differential equations. Calculus courses must be appropriate for a physical science major. <br /><br /><strong>OR</strong><br /><br /><strong>B. Combination of education and experience:</strong> course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.<br /><br /><strong>-AND-</strong><br /><br /><strong>SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: </strong>Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.<br /><br />This experience need not have been in the federal government. 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.<br /><br /><strong>To qualify at the GS-13 level:</strong><br /><br /><strong>SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:</strong> In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:<br /> <ul> <li>Analyzing and validating weather forecasting tools and models; and</li> <li>Utilizing desktop or high-performance computing for assimilating, analyzing and exploiting forecast or environmental data.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />Substitution of education for specialized experience is not applicable to this vacancy.<br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />Well-qualified for CTAP and ICTAP eligibility include those candidates who have been determined to exceed the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85, but otherwise may or may not be among the highly or best qualified candidates. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: Employee Guide to Career Transition <br /><br /><strong>CTAP</strong> applicants MUST submit the following documents:<br /> <li>A copy of your specific RIF notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).</li> <li>A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade level, and duty location;</li> <li>A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and</li> <li>Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.</li> <br /><strong>ICTAP</strong> applicants MUST submit the following documents:<br /> <li>A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;</li> <li>A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc;</li> <li>A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and</li> <li>Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.</li> <br />NOAA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of the three pre-defined categories. The categories are "gold", "silver" and "bronze". However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.<br /><br />How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligible with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job. For more information on Category Rating, please go to Category Rating . <br /><br />The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:<br /> <ul> <li>Knowledge of theoretical and operational meteorology, atmospheric dynamics and physics, mathematics, statistical, and computer science.</li> <li>Skill in conducting basic and applied research to the conditions and phenomena of the atmosphere.</li> <li>Skill in testbed/framework design and construction.</li> <li>Skill in data collection, processing and visualization, and webpage construction.</li> <li>Ability to find, verify, validate, and write code to validate new tools and innovations for short-term forecasting.</li> <li>Ability to participate in the evaluations of weather forecast and analysis tools</li> <li>Ability to communicate with internal and external stakeholders.</li> </ul> <br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><ul> <li><strong>Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional</strong>. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume must include information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including: job title, duration of employment (mm/dd/yy – mm/dd/yy), hours per week, duties and accomplishments, salary, and your education. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position/s. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.</li> <li><strong>If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference,</strong> you must submit a copy of your DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service or other valid proof of eligibility (i.e., statement of service that shows service dates AND character of service). <strong>If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference,</strong> you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" <strong>plus the proof required by that form.</strong> For more information on veterans' preference see http: www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp#VeteransEmploymentAct1998 .</li> <li><strong>Active Duty Service Members–</strong> You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit http: www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records </li> <li><strong>Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation </strong>if applicable (see other information).</li> <li><strong>Education.</strong> If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. <strong>Special Instructions for Foreign Education: </strong>Education completed in foreign colleges or universities must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website. You <strong>MUST</strong> provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.