DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
NAVY FIELD OFFICES
Vacancy Announcement Number: 01- NB52-BDH-0382A1
Opening Date: 03/28/2001
Closing Date: 06/28/2001
Position: INTERDISCIPLINARY GEOPHYSICIST
Salary: $23633 per year - $46546 per year
Promotion Potential: GS-09
Duty Location: 1 vacancy at NAVOCEANO, MS
Applications will be accepted from:
Open to all U.S. Citizens. Priority consideration will be given to
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) applicants who meet
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
PAY SCHEDULE: GS-05-$23,633-$30,726 PER ANNUM
GS-07-$29,273-$38,053 PER ANUUM
GS-09-$35,808-$46,546 PER ANNUM
A1-Amended to add GS-07. All other provisions remains the same.
SPECIAL NOTE: First cutoff date will be April 30, 2001, Second cutoff date
will be May 29, 2001, Final cutoff date will be June 28, 2001.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: PLEASE NOTE – LEGIBLE COPY OF COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT
REQUIRED, FAILURE TO SUBMIT WILL RESULT IN AN INELIGIBLE RATING. Applicants
must submit a separate application for each series and grade level you wish to
be considered. Applicants MUST indicate the SERIES and GRADE level they are
applying for. If you do not specify which grade level you are applying for,
you will be considered for the lowest grade level. Failure to indicate which
series you are applying for, may result in non-consideration. Applicants must
be able to obtain and hold a security clearance. Sea duty physical is
required. Travel for 50 percent of the work year is required.
Major Duties: GS-05/07 – This position is that of a Physical Scientist or
Oceanographer on the staff of the Survey Operations Department, Naval
Oceanographic Office, Stennis Space Center, MS. The incumbent must spend
eight months during the calendar year participating in at-sea oceanographic or
hydrographic operations. The incumbent receives indoctrination and
developmental assignments related to the specific scientific principles and
techniques applicable to the work of the office to which assigned. Assists
senior scientists in performing a variety of tasks in support of the
oceanographic or hydrographic mission, such as observations, measurements,
computations, and analysis work. Exercises judgment in locating and
selecting the most appropriate guides and references to apply. Participates
in the collection and management of oceanographic or hydrographic data.
Incumbent guidance from senior personnel in performing a variety of tasks in
support of the oceanographic or hydrographic mission, such as observations,
measurements, computations, and analysis work. The incumbent makes routine
decisions but refers situations requiring significant deviation to the
supervisor or a senior scientist.
GS-09 – The incumbent must spend eight months during the calendar year
participating in at-sea oceanographic or hydropraphic operations. Normally
the incumbent will be assigned a to a watch section during all aspects of data
collection using multi-oceanographic sensors, navigation systems, data
collection systems, and post-processing software. He/She will be under an
Oceanographer, or Physical Scientist GS-11/12, but on surveys of relatively
limited complexity, may assume the duties of Watch Leader providing guidance
to lower grade Technicians, Oceanographers, or Physical Scientists. The
incumbent must have the ability to understand oceanographic or hydrographic
data collection and at-sea data processing procedures. The incumbent
participates in the collection and management of oceanographic or hydrographic
data. He/She assists senior personnel inn developing techniques/software for
the collection, processing quality control, archival and export of
oceanographic or hydrographic data. The incumbent assists in the development
of data files/data bases and writes programs to access and update the files.
GS-1301: Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included
24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering sciences such
as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
GS-1313: Degree: that included at least 30 semester hours in mathematics
(including calculus) and the physical sciences (geophysics, physics,
engineering, geology, astronomy, meteorology, electronics, etc.).
GS-1360: Degree: major study of at least 24 semester hours in oceanography or
a related discipline such as physics, meteorology, geophysics, mathematics,
chemistry engineering, geology, or biology, plus 20 additional semester hours
in any combination of oceanography, physics, geophysics, chemistry,
mathematics, meteorology, or computer science, and engineering sciences.
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 qualifiy on the
basis of other physical sciences or engineering must have had differential and
integral calculus and at least 6 semester hours in physics.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting basic education requirements,
applicants must have specialized experience. Specialized experience is defined
a experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills
and abilities listed to perform successfully the duties of the position, and
that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.
Superior Academic Achievement: Achievement is based on (1) class standing, (2)
grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.
Grade Level Requirements:
GS-05 Level: Basic requirements.
GS-07 Level: Basic requirements plus superior academic achievement, one year
of graduate education or one year of specialized experience equivalent to at
least the GS-05 level.
GS-09 Level: Basic requirements plus two year of progressively higher level
graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent
graduate degree, or one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least
the GS-07 level.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet
the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is
comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the
United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when
Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of
whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a
part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to
be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on
the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants
wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature
of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours
a week spent in such employment.
Knowledges, Skills and Abilities Required:
Candidates should submit a narrative statement on a separate page(s) with
specific responses to the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) in this
announcement. Failure to submit your narrative response to the KSA’s for this
job may negatively affect your eligibility and/or rating for this position.
Applicants meeting basic eligibility requirements will be rated and ranked on
the knowledges, skills and abilities and other characteristics (KSA’s)
required to perform the duties of the position. The KSA’s are listed below.
Include in the write-ups such things as experience in and out of Federal
Service that gave you the specific knowledge, skill or ability; objectives of
your work; and evidence of your success (such as accomplishments, awards
1. Knowledge of oceanography, hydrography, computer science, mathematics,
and/or one of the physical sciences.
2. Ability to use computer systems and software.
3. Ability to participate in field surveys and data collection operations.
4. Ability to interact with other personnel, civilian and military, to
contribute to the success of the project or survey.
Basis of Rating:
Pay, Benefits and Work Schedule:
This is a term appointment, not to exceed (4) year(s). As a condition of
employment, selectees will be required to participate in the Direct
Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer within the first 60 days of employment.
This is the DOD standard method of payment of personnel. Employees will be
subjected to administrative action for failure to enroll unless a waiver has
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: While at sea, will receive regularly scheduled overtime
and shore leave. Incumbent will be eligible for medical insurance and
retirement benefits. Transportation and per diem expenses associated with
survey travel are paid by the government. Incumbents are eligible for
regularly scheduled pay raises (with-in grade increases).
Conditions of Employment:
The office work is mostly sedentary and requires intense concentration
Shipboard work does requires agility and stamina when embarking/debarking, and
working on small boats, etc. The incumbent should not be prone to motion
sickness. The work during periods of TAD may require much walking, climbing
and lifting of objects up to 100 pounds.
The work environment when in the office is a typical office setting. Risks
involved are when working with small boats, etc. working in politically
sensitive areas where military activity is high, operating in health hazardous
areas, and working under adverse weather conditions. This position requires
eight months in travel status aboard survey ships and with detached parties
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 noncitizens only in very limited
circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the
As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959,
must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or
are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
This is not a drug-testing designated position.
This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with
disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any parts of the
application and hiring process, you may call 228-813-1035. The decision on
granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
If claiming 5 point veterans’ preference, a DD-214, Copy 4 must be submitted.
If claiming 10 point veterans’ preference you must submit a Copy 4 of DD-214,
SF-15 (application for 10 point veteran’s preference), and a letter from the
Veteran’s Administration dated within one year showing percentage of
Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive
Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants’
who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your
SSN is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and
others who may know you. Failure to provide your SSN on your application,
will result in your application not being processed.
Before being hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of
the information in your application if you have not done this using an
application form such as the OF612.
If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be
hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine,
imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.
Employees who received a buyout and subsequently return to positions in
Federal agencies whether by re-employment or contracts for personal services,
are generally obligated to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency
that paid it.
Applications submitted in response to this announcement become the property of
the Human Resources Service Center Southeast and will not be returned. It is
recommended that applicants retain a copy of their application for future use.
How To Apply:
Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to
Applications mailed using government postage and/or internal federal
government mail systems are in violation of agency and postal regulations and
will not be accepted.
You may apply by submitting a Resume or an “Optional Application For Federal
Employment” (OF-612) for this vacancy announcement. Resumes must include the
following information (in addition to specific information requested elsewhere
in this vacancy announcement): announcement number, veteran’s preference,
social security number and date of birth. Applications should include, social
security number and date of birth. Applications should also include all
experience, education, training, self-development, awards, commendations,
outside activities, or other information relevant to the announced vacancy.
Applicants who do not submit the required items will not be considered. It is
the applicant’s responsibility to provide documentation/proof of claimed
qualifications, education, veterans’ preference, status (SF-50). Applicants
will not be contacted for additional information if their applications are
incomplete or inadequate.
Materials submitted as a part of your application will not be returned.
FAXED OR HAND DELIVERED APPLICATION/RESUMES’ WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Interagency
Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be “well qualified” for the
position to receive consideration for special priority selection. To be rated
“well-qualified”, ICTAP applicants must attain an eligibility rating on this
examination of (80%) or higher, not including points for veteran’s preference.
Federal employees seeking ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet
the requirements of 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the
agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of
their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty
location. Please annotate in your application that you are applying as a
Mail applications noting the announcement number on the envelope to: HUMAN
RESOURCES SERVICE CENTER - SOUTHEAST, Code 52, 9110 Leonard Kimble Road,
Stennis Space Center, MS 39522-0002. For inquiries forms please call (877)
854-3461 or (877) 854-3462.
For additional information about this position please contact:
Please submit your application package to:
9110 LEONARD KIMBLE ROAD
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, MS 39522-0002
The Federal Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified
candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion,
sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation,
sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor.