This position is located in the National Weather Service (NWS),
Southern Region, Weather Forecast Office (WFO) with one vacancy in
each listed location: Calera, AL and Albuquerque, NM.
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The working title for this position is Senior Service
Hydrologist. As a Senior Service Hydrologist, you will perform the
- Provide technical and administrative support for the Weather
Forecast Office (WFO) hydrologic service program(s) in a
geographically or organizationally complex support area.
- Develop, maintain, and update a diverse and sophisticated suite
of local hydrometeorologic models, data management procedures, and
information exchange activities required to provide hydrologic
forecasts and information to a geographically or organizationally
diverse group or offices outside the National Weather Service (NWS)
such as state emergency management and water resources agencies and
to NWS offices.
- Oversee the WFO portion of the National Flood Verification
Program which includes writing flood damage assessments, flood
reports, and monthly reports of river and flood conditions.
- In cooperation with other senior level Hydrologists,
Forecasters, and Program Managers, liaise with local, state, and
Federal agencies regarding existing hydrologic data networks and
data exchange activities; and coordinate and provide appropriate
levels of hydrologic training for WFO staff in the designated
- Work operational forecast shifts, working with senior
forecasters and coordinating forecast products for
25% or less - Up to 25% of domestic travel may be required.
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
- Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint
- Must be suitable for Federal employment.
- Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable
- Time-in-grade/band must be met by closing date of
This position requires a Public Trust (Moderate Risk) Security
- A one year probationary period may be required.
- Payment of relocation expenses is authorized.
- This position is in the bargaining unit.
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.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: All operational forecasters at the WFO are
required to work long arduous hours when hazardous conditions are
expected or occurring. Such duty requires the ability to make quick
and accurate decisions during extended periods of stressful
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Working on rotating shifts is
routinely required with the WFO in operation 24 hours a day, seven
days a week.
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.
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.
BASIC 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:
A. Degree: physical or natural science, or engineering that
included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses
in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry,
engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology,
atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the
management or conservation of water resources. The course work must
have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both
differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours
in physics. Calculus and physics, as described above, are
requirements for all grade levels.
B. Combination of education and experience -- course work as
shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional
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 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 the GS-12 in the
Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the
- Analyzing and assessing hydrologic modeling data; and
- Preparing and issuing hydrologic forecasts, warnings and
Substitution of education for specialized experience is not
applicable to this vacancy.