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Physical Scientist

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U S Department of Interior

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Summary This is a Permanent Career\/Career-Conditional Full-time position. Who May Be Considered: All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required. This position is located in , in the Resource Division. Please visitfor additional park information. Responsibilities Geology and Hydrology are what make Zion spectacular. As the Physical Scientist you will be responsible for providing technical expertise, data and recommendations on a range of physical science areas including hydrology, geology, soil science and climate science. This position reports to the Chief of Resources and Research, and will work with people from a wide range of disciplines in three NPS units in southwest Utah and northernmost Arizona (Zion NP, Pipe Spring NM and Cedar Breaks NM). Duties will be quite diverse and will include such elements as monitoring provisions of the Zion National Park Water Rights Settlement Agreement, evaluating the impacts of proposed water rights adjustments or transfers, advising park on the best locations of new facilities such as buildings or trails, responding to water quality issues, advising Zion group managers on risk management associated with rock falls, floods and geologic hazards, evaluating the impacts to physical resources of all park projects, and providing the best available sound science in the service of park management. Support for Pipe Spring NM will be essential to address recognized impacts to groundwater and the diminished flow from the springs. Incumbent will also work with NPS and outside researchers to facilitate effective research, to apply results to park management and to evaluate impacts of research activities to the park resources. Incumbent will maintain productive working relationships with engineers and resource management staff from state agencies, local water conservancy districts, other federal agencies, Indian tribes, and other NPS offices. Travel Required 25% or less - Travel may be required to attend trainings, conferences, workshops, and\/or field visits. You may be required to obtain a government charge card for travel purposes. Requirements Requirements Conditions of Employment U.S. Citizenship required. Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication. Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males. Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program. A financial institution must be identified within 30 days of entrance on duty. You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued driver's license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued driver's license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year, or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State driver's license. You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided. If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period. Qualifications To qualify for this position at the GS-11 grade level, you must possess the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement: Basic Education Requirement: Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and\/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. -OR- Combination of education and experience: education equivalent to one of the majors shown in 1. above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and\/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education to total four years. - AND - Experience: In addition to the basic education requirement, in order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. Specialized Experience Requirement: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: work developing and preparing major portions of resource management plans; preparation of specific action plans; identifying research needs, preparation of proposals, and oversight of research; design, develop, test, and implement scientific monitoring protocols; developing scientifically credible protection, mitigation, and restoration projects; or developing and carrying out statistically valid data collection protocols. You must include hours per week worked. -OR- EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least three years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. You must include transcripts. Volunteer Experience: 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. You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and\/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as \varies\. Education You MUST submit a legible copy of transcripts from an with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work. If you are using to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. Additional information This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate. Physical Demands: Position may require strenuous physical activity including periods of standing, walking, climbing, and lifting and carrying heavy objects. Some activities will occur in physically dangerous areas or settings. Documentary research and report writing work is sedentary, entails the ability to concentrate and write for long periods of time. Working Conditions: Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Assignments may be performed in potentially hazardous areas including steep slopes, rocky terrain, volcanoes, caves, firelines, arctic environments, swamps, deserts, and forests. Flying in fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters is possible. The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information, . How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating. Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans with a service connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories: Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job. You will be evaluated on the following competencies: Earth ScienceGeologyHydrologyProject ManagementResearch Background checks and security clearance

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In 1789 Congress created three Executive Departments: Foreign Affairs (later in the same year renamed State), Treasury, and War. It also provided for an Attorney General and a Postmaster General. Domestic matters were apportioned by Congress among these departments.

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