Physical Scientist/Chemist


Vacancy ID: 837063   Announcement Number: WO-COAB-13-837063-DE   USAJOBS Control Number: 337932700

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837063
1. Title of Job

Physical Scientist/Chemist
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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10. Lowest Grade

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20. Occupational Specialties

001 Physical Scientist
002 Chemist

21. Geographic Availability

081435059 Lakewood, CO

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Individual Occupational Requirements for General Physical Science Series, 1301 or Chemistry Series, 1320.

Read all responses before making your selection. If you select more than one response per question, or leave a question blank you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these requirements, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position.
TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS ANNOUCEMENT YOU MUST SUPPORT THE ANSWER YOU CLAIM UNDER THIS AND OTHER QUESTIONS. IF NOT, YOU WILL BE FOUND NOT QUALIFIED.

1. From the descriptions below, select the one response that best describes how your background meets the basic education requirements for the GS-1301 Physical Scientist Series.

A. I possess a bachelors degree or higher in: 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.
B. I possess a combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in "A" above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
C. I do not possess the education or experience as listed above.

2. From the descriptions below, select the one response that best describes how your background meets the basic education requirements for the GS-1320 Chemist Series.

A. I possess a bachelors degree or higher in: physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics.
B. I possess a combination of education and experience -- course work equivalent to a major as shown in "A" above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
C. I do not possess the education or experience as listed above.

3. From the descriptions below, select the one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience requirements for Physical Scientist/Chemist (Monitoring Specialist), GS-1301/1320-12, position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave this question blank you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these requirements, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal Service that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience for this position include documented examples of experience in three of the following areas of expertise:
• measurement principles and techniques of gaseous, particle, and visibility monitoring, quality assurance and control procedures, and routine data analysis techniques
• atmospheric photochemistry of secondary gaseous and aerosol formation
• Analysis of air quality data to establish spatial and temporal trends and pollutant exposures to natural resources and identify sources of pollutants
• provide expert advice or consultation (chemistry and or engineering)
• Representation of an organization in interagency, professional, and public forums
B. I do not meet the above specialized experience requirement.

4. From the descriptions below, select the one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience requirements for Physical Scientist/Chemist (Monitoring Specialist), GS-1301/1320-13, position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave this question blank you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these requirements, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal Service that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience for this position include documented examples of experience in ALL of the following areas of expertise:

• measurement principles and techniques of gaseous, particle, and visibility monitoring, quality assurance and control procedures, and routine data analysis techniques
• atmospheric photochemistry of secondary gaseous and aerosol formation
• Analysis of air quality data to establish spatial and temporal trends and pollutant exposures to natural resources and identify sources of pollutants
• provide expert advice or consultation (chemistry and or engineering)
• Representation of an organization in interagency, professional, and public forums
B. I do not meet the above specialized experience requirement.

Please read the following statement carefully. To be considered eligible you must demonstrate this information in your resume.

5. I have demonstrated experience overseeing the operation of multi-pollutant ambient air quality monitoring network or experience designing and operating special purpose ambient air quality monitoring networks .

A. Yes
B. No

For the task statements below, please select from A through E to indicate the skill level that you possess for each task listed. The task statements were developed based on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies needed to perform the work of this position.
Be sure to describe the experience that supports your responses to the task statements below in your resume or application materials. Each of your responses must be supported by your education, training, and/or specific work experience you describe in your application packet submitted for this position (application form or resume, transcripts, list and description of training completed and/or other items you submit). If not, your score will be lowered or you will be found not qualified. The information you provide will be verified. Exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing this task as monitoring specialist professional or I have less than 3 years of experience using or performing this task as a regular part of a job.
C- I have 3 years but less than 4 years of experience using or performing this task as a regular part of a job OR My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have 4 years but less than 5 years of experience using or performing this task as a regular part of a job OR I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I have 5 or more years of experience using or performing this task or I am regarded as an expert in the performance of this task and/or have trained others (or am consulted by others) on how to do it because of my expertise.

6. Oversight or operation of an ambient air quality gaseous pollutant monitoring network

7. Oversight or operation of a speciated particulate monitoring network

8. Oversight or operation of an atmospheric deposition monitoring network

9. Oversight or operation of an optical monitoring network, using nephelometers or transmissometers

10. Coordination of a multiagency visibility, deposition or ambient air quality monitoring network

For the task statements below, please select from A through E to indicate the skill level that you possess for each task listed. The task statements were developed based on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies needed to perform the work of this position.
Be sure to describe the experience that supports your responses to the task statements below in your resume or application materials. Each of your responses must be supported by your education, training, and/or specific work experience you describe in your application packet submitted for this position (application form or resume, transcripts, list and description of training completed and/or other items you submit). If not, your score will be lowered or you will be found not qualified. The information you provide will be verified. Exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from senior employee.
E- I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others (or am consulted by others) on how to do it.

11. Professional experience using traditional practices of physical science, atmospheric science, environmental science or chemistry.

12. Familiarity determining atmospheric photochemistry of secondary gaseous and aerosol formation.

13. Operation and maintenance of continuous and non-continuous air pollution monitoring systems, particularly ozone, carbon monoxide and sulfer dioxide monitors and particulate samplers and meteorological monitoring equipment.

14. Knowledge of chemical analytical methods such as ion chromatography, gas chromatography, and mass spectrometry.

15. Operating and maintaining portable ozone monitors

16. Using NOX monitoring techniques or NOY monitoring techniques

17. Familiarity with ammonia monitoring techniques.

18. Using Environmental Protection Agency approved metrological monitoring guidance for regulatory monitoring results

19. Determining the elemental composition of samples using X-ray florescence

20. Observing Environmental Protection Agency reference or equivalent method techniques of ozone monitoring or of sulfur dioxide monitoring

21. Providing consulting services on the feasibility of new monitoring methods on a system-wide or special study basis.

22. Providing quantitative interpretation of Interagency Monitoring of Protected Visual Environments (IMPROVE) data, Chemical Speciation Network (CSN) data, Clean Air Status and Trends Network (CASTNet) data or National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) data

23. Writing a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP)

24. Using data analysis to ascertain systematic network errors

25. Monitoring atmospheric chemistry data for air pollution or climate change

26. Performing statistical analyses of air quality data

27. Performing quality assurance for an air quality monitoring network

28. Performing quality assurance for air quality sites and instruments

29. Interpreting ambient air quality monitoring data in support of natural resource management

30. Developing scopes of work for contracted air quality services

31. Responding to proposals for contracted air quality services

32. Administering fiscal, administrative and technical oversight of projects

33. Presenting air quality information and analysis at interagency, professional, and public forums

34. Serving as a representative for cooperative agreements with scientists or academic institutions

35. Providing technical direction to team members, both scientific and non scientific

36. Communicating complex technical information to policy makers & the public

37. Presenting scientific information in contentious forums

Verification statement - Failure to agree to the statement below will disqualify you from further consideration for the position.

38. As previously explained, your ratings in this Occupational Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency during the probation period. Please take this opportunity to review your ratings to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you: 1) understand this warning; 2) have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy; and 3) verify that your responses accurately describe your current level of experience and capability.

A. Yes, I verify that all of my responses to this questionnaire are true and accurate. I accept that if my supporting documentation and/or later steps in the selection process do not support one or more of my responses to the questionnaire that my application may be rated lower and/or I may be removed from further consideration.
B. No, I do not accept this agreement and/or I no longer wish to be considered for this position.