Physical Scientist

Company Name: USGS NV Water Center

Website: https://www2.usgs.gov/humancapital/sw/quals/1301.html

Title: Physical Scientist

Location: Carson City, NV
Description: 

The incumbent serves as a staff member specializing in Geographic Information System (GIS) Science in the Nevada Water Science Center (Center). The GS-7/9 geographer supports development and management of GIS databases including but not limited to topographic, geologic, soils, land use, and hydrologic data compiled from a variety of local, State, and Federal agencies. This position supports specialized hydrologic research projects in the Center with geographic data collection and analysis, automation of tasks using Python or similar appropriate scripting languages, development of Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) compliant documentation for a variety of data sets and data types, and development and generation of maps and map figures for publications and presentations.

Major Duties
The incumbent’s duties will fall into two major types of activities: (1) Geographic data management, documentation, and publication and (2) project and Center support of GIS activities. Both activities include specialized work that relates GIS and hydrologic and earth sciences.

Geographic data management, documentation, and publication
● Under general supervision, adds, maintains, updates, and refreshes GIS data stored in the Center’s Enterprise Geospatial Data Library (GDL). Advises Center staff on use of GDL data holdings.

● Automates GIS and other data management tasks using Python, IDL, and other suitable scripting languages.

● Follows standard operating procedures for update and maintenance of data in the GDL

● Documents GIS and other datasets with FGDC compliant metadata. Assists and guides Center staff with proper data management, documentation, and publication under USGS fundamental science practice guidelines.

Project and Center support including specialized activities relating GIS and hydrologic science
● Under general supervision, supports hydrologic studies in the Center. Advises Center staff on appropriate use of GIS datasets, software, tools, and analysis techniques. Manages GIS data and performs analysis needed to support project and study needs. Performs general help desk duties to assist Center staff with GIS data, automation, and software questions.

● Analyzes and manages geographic data as advised by senior GIS staff and under common operating procedures for the Center. This includes adhering to data management and documentation guidelines outlined by USGS or NVWSC policy, the supervisor, and senior GIS staff.

● Develops GIS data and analyses from hardcopy or digital datasets using appropriate and sound GIS principles and techniques.

● Generates maps and map figures conforming to USGS standards for publications and presentations

Minimum Qualifications: 

For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click on the following: http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/sw/quals/1301.html.

In addition to the basic education requirements, you must have 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Examples include:

For GS-07: One year of appropriate professional experience that is in or related to the duties of the position to be filled is qualifying if it is equivalent to at least the GS-5 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 GS-5 level experience could include taking measurements and collecting information; learning to take proper samples; conducting routine calculating, plotting, and checking of numerical data; preparing graphs and data profiles; and accomplishing routine analyses. This work experience would have involved receiving clear, specific, and detailed instructions as to the methods, procedures, and guidelines to use.

For GS-09:

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-7 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 may include performing a variety of observations, computations, compilations and analyses in assisting higher-level scientists in carrying out physical science assignments. This work experience would have involved following established methods and procedures, or detailed instructions; using some judgment in applying basic principles and procedures; and independently completing recurring assignments, but referring deviations, problems, and unfamiliar situations to a designated person for decision or help. **OR a combination of successfully completed progressive graduate level education, as described above, that is beyond the first year of 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.

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT:

Applicants must meet A or B below to satisfy the basic education requirement for Physical Scientist, 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 in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours or the equivalent in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.

**OR

B. A combination of education and experience–education equivalent to one of the majors shown in “A” above (24 semester hours or the equivalent in physical science, engineering, or mathematics) that included at least 24 semester hours or the equivalent in physical science and/or related engineering science as described 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.

Desired Majors: Geology, Geophysics, Hydrogeology, Geological Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering

Position Type:  Full-Time Employment

Hours per week:  40

Salary & Benefits: $44,767 to $71,189 per year

Application Process: 

Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line via https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/488966400 BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to the Internet. If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance.

 

Application Deadline: 2/1/2018