The U.S. Geological Survey Water Mission Area is hiring multiple Physical Scientists and Interdisciplinary Data Scientists. This is a cluster hire for permanent federal positions at multiple levels of experience (GS11/12 and GS12/13). Apply online at USAjobs.gov, where the positions are anticipated to open to applicants in mid- to late-February. We will continue to update this page with information, including direct links to the vacancies as soon as they are available.
These vacancies will have application caps. When the applicant count reaches 75 applications, the vacancy will close at 11:59 PM ET on the day 75 applications are submitted. All applications received before that time will be accepted. For all positions, an unofficial transcript and detailed resume summarizing job qualifications and relevant skills are needed. Please be sure to include any additional documentation listed on the USAjobs vacancy to ensure your application is considered.
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About the positions
This cluster hire is part of a continued investment in advanced modeling and statistical capabilities, geospatial capabilities, strong data management, data infrastructure and workflows, product management, effective data analysis and dissemination, communication, and decision-making. There are 4 position announcements, which will funnel to multiple roles within the organization. Applicants may apply to and be considered for multiple announcements, as long as they meet the minimum qualifications for the grade and job series.
These opportunities are with the Earth Systems Processes Division (ESPD), Integrated Information Dissemination Division (IIDD), Integrated Modeling and Prediction Division (IMPD), and Observing Systems Division (OSD).
Interdisciplinary Data Scientists
We are seeking multiple Interdisciplinary Data Scientists for roles in ESPD, IIDD, and IMPD. Positions will focus on the following areas: physical, hydrologic, biological, natural resources, or geospatial data and/or information delivery, and use of a variety of data collection and processing methods, reproducible data pipelines in modern programming languages (e.g., R, Python), data visualization, artificial intelligence / machine learning models, statistical/applied mathematical skills as applied to water resources problems, and/or advancing current data users’ workflows
There will be two job announcements for Data Scientists – one for GS11/12 positions and one for GS12/13 positions. Interdisciplinary Data Scientists may qualify as a physical scientist (1301), biologist (0401), or mathematical statistician (1529).
We are seeking multiple Physical Scientists for roles in ESPD, IIDD, IMPD, and OSD. Positions will focus on the following areas: physical, hydrologic, or geospatial data and/or information delivery, and use of a variety of data collection and processing methods, reproducible data pipelines in modern programming languages (e.g., R, Python), data visualization, software development techniques, artificial intelligence / machine learning models, and/or advancing current data users’ workflows
There will be two job announcements for Physical Scientists – one for GS11/12 positions and one for GS12/13 positions. Physical Scientists must qualify under the physical science job series (1301).
Applying for the job
Qualifying for GS 11, 12, or 13 –
For qualifications please see the following link for the appropriate grade and series you are interested in: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=Occupational-Series See USGS tips for combining graduate education and experience and spell out how you meet the grade and job series qualifications. We are advertising a combination of Biologist, Physical Scientist, and Mathematical Statistician job series.
Materials – You’ll need a resume, educational transcripts, and any additional documentation listed on the USAjobs vacancy. Unofficial transcripts are OK, if selected you will be required to provide official transcripts. To make sure HR can see that you’re qualified, make sure your resume explicitly ties your experience to each of the qualifications listed for the grades you are applying for and also the Specialized Experience section.
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