National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Meteorologist, ZP-1340-3/4 (DE/CR) in Las Vegas, Nevada
Summary This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), Air Resources Laboratory (ARL) with one vacancy in Las Vegas, NV. This position is also announced under vacancy number OAR-ARL-2021-0006, which is open to Status Candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both. Responsibilities As a Meteorologist, you will perform the following duties: Serve as a Senior/Lead Research Meteorologist providing expertise in investigations in atmospheric boundary layer processes to increase understanding and solve problems related to mesoscale forecast modeling, atmospheric dispersion modeling as it relates to hazardous material release emergency response, forecasting, and support of operations. Lead and conduct analyses of atmospheric data to determine relationships and trends, for the purpose of developing real-time climate indices, predictive techniques, and evaluations of predictions. Lead and conduct development of techniques for wind analyses for use in dispersion models; conduct modeling for atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) processes and mesoscale forecasts; and transport and dispersion modeling (Consequence Assessment, emergency response). Oversee data collection and data quality assurance for work with meteorological sensors and work to develop high quality data standards and data distribution to improve forecasting techniques. Recommend solutions to long range and short term problems; conduct local meteorological forecasting, conduct weather surveillance, and issuing severe weather s; and disseminate research results through peer-reviewed journal publications and presentations at scientific conferences. These duties are described at the FPL ZP-4 the ZP-3 is developmental leading to such performance. Requirements Conditions of Employment Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply. Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check. Must be suitable for Federal employment. Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov). Qualifications requirements must be met by closing date of announcement. This position requires a Critical-Sensitive Security Clearance. This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band. The ZP-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12. The ZP-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14. A one year probationary period may be required. * Payment of relocation expensesis notauthorized. This positionis notin the bargaining unit. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Perform activities in support of Department of Energy (DOE) critical sensitive operations and activities that require access to classified and/or national security facilities and materials. This position requires the operation of a Federal motor vehicle. Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid state driver's license to operate a government vehicle in the completion of assigned tasks i.e. site visits, field research, etc. NOTES: This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Meteorologist, ZP-1340-3/4 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band and requires the same qualifications and specialized experience as indicated in this vacancy announcement). College Transcript: 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. 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. 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. Qualifications 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/policyBASIC REQUIREMENTS:This position has a positive Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of Specialized Experience OR substitution of education for experience OR combination (if applicable) in order to be found minimally qualified. Transcripts must be submitted with your application package. You MUST meet the following requirements: To qualify for the 1340 series: EDUCATION: A. Degree:meteorology, atmospheric science, or other natural science major that included: At least 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of credit in meteorology/atmospheric science including a minimum of: a. Six semester hours of atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics;* b. Six semester hours of analysis and prediction of weather systems (synoptic/mesoscale); c. Three semester hours of physical meteorology; and d. Two semester hours of remote sensing of the atmosphere and/or instrumentation. 2. Six semester hours of physics, with at least one course that includes laboratory sessions.* 3. Three semester hours of ordinary differential equations.* 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. *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. OR B.Combination of education and experience:course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. AND SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: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.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 qualify at the ZP-3 or GS-11 level: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to theZP-2 or GS-09in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following: Supporting field research or application environments to continue the provision of information and study for consequence assessment functions; and Supporting research on meteorological phenomena with an emphasis on atmospheric boundary layer processes, such as atmospheric turbulence, meteorological data collection, transport and dispersion modeling, air quality modeling, and/or mesoscale modeling. ORSUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION:3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree in a directly related field or Ph.D. in a directly related field or equivalent doctoral degree in a directly related field.ORCOMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:A combination of related graduate education and specialized experience as described above.Note:Only graduate education in excess of two years is qualifying for combination. To qualify at the ZP-4 or GS-13 level: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to theZP-3 or GS-12in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following: Conducting field research or application environments to continue the provision of information and study for consequence assessment functions; Using and analyzing remote and surface based sensing instruments and their derived meteorological products; and Conducting research on meteorological phenomena with an emphasis on atmospheric boundary layer processes, atmospheric turbulence, meteorological data collection and analyses, transport and dispersion modeling, air quality modeling, and mesoscale modeling. Education Additional Information CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources website at: Employee Guide to Career TransitionCTAPapplicants MUST submit the following documents: 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). A copy of your SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action”, noting current position, grade level, and duty location; A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents: 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; 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; A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. 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.