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Grade: 05
DESCRIPTION OF COURSEWORK REQUIRED FOR THE METEOROLOGY SERIES: Your degree must have included 1. 24 semester/36 quarter hours in meteorology/atmospheric science that included a. a minimum of 6 semester hrs of atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics; b. 6 semester hrs of analysis and prediction of weather systems (synoptic/mesoscale); c. 3 semester hrs of physical meteorology; and d. 2 semester hrs of remote sensing of the atmosphere and/or instrumentation. 2. 6 semester hours of physics, with at least one course that includes laboratory sessions. 3. 3 semester hours of ordinary differential equations. 4. 9 semester hrs of course work appropriate for a physical science major in any combination of 3 or more of the following: physical hydrology, statistics, chemistry, physical oceanography, physical climatology, radiative transfer, aeronomy, advanced thermodynamics, advanced electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and computer science.

* 1.I meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the 1340 Meteorology Series because I have:
  1. A degree in meteorology, atmospheric science, or other natural science major. (See the required coursework information statement below.)
  2. Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in the coursework information statement below, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. I do not meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the 1340 Meteorology Series.


* 2.Have you assessed the current and forecast state of the atmosphere based upon a scientific process which integrates information from meteorological and hydrological data?
  1. I have performed this task on the job, or as college level labwork. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor, or instructor at an academic institution.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or academic instructor.
  3. I am considered highly skilled in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise. Alternatively, I have taught or instructed in this task in a college lab.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 3.Have you utilized surface and upper air observations from a wide range of observing systems to support warning and forecast services?
  1. I have performed this task on the job, or as college labwork. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor, or instructor at an academic institution.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or academic instructor.
  3. I am considered highly skilled in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise. Alternatively, I have taught or instructed in this task in a college lab.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 4.Have you taken, encoded, and transmitted all required elements of a manual surface observation?
  1. I have performed this task on the job, or as college level labwork. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor, or instructor at an academic institution.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or academic instructor.
  3. I am considered highly skilled in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise. Alternatively, I have taught or instructed in this task in a college lab.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 5.Select the response that best describes your level of knowledge of the technical parameters associated with satellite systems, radar systems, fixed and mobile communications (including transmitter, receiver, and antenna parameters).
  1. I have performed this task on the job, or as college labwork. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor, or instructor at an academic institution.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or academic instructor.
  3. I am considered highly skilled in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise. Alternatively, I have taught or instructed in this task in a college lab.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 6.Have you reviewed and evaluated climate data from observing networks?
  1. I have performed this task on the job, or as college level labwork. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor, or instructor at an academic institution.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or academic instructor.
  3. I am considered highly skilled in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise. Alternatively, I have taught or instructed in this task in a college lab.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 7.Have you conducted a real-time weather watch through a hydrometeorological analysis of observing system information such as from weather radars, satellites, or in-situ observations?
  1. I have performed this task on the job, or as college level labwork. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor, or instructor at an academic institution.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or academic instructor.
  3. I am considered highly skilled in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise. Alternatively, I have taught or instructed in this task in a college lab.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 8.Select the statement that best describes your experience preparing analyses, reports, proposals and recommendations for technical solutions and needs, both orally and in writing to senior management.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


Grade: 07
DESCRIPTION OF COURSEWORK REQUIRED FOR THE METEOROLOGY SERIES: Your degree must have included 1. 24 semester/36 quarter hours in meteorology/atmospheric science that included a. a minimum of 6 semester hrs of atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics; b. 6 semester hrs of analysis and prediction of weather systems (synoptic/mesoscale); c. 3 semester hrs of physical meteorology; and d. 2 semester hrs of remote sensing of the atmosphere and/or instrumentation. 2. 6 semester hours of physics, with at least one course that includes laboratory sessions. 3. 3 semester hours of ordinary differential equations. 4. 9 semester hrs of course work appropriate for a physical science major in any combination of 3 or more of the following: physical hydrology, statistics, chemistry, physical oceanography, physical climatology, radiative transfer, aeronomy, advanced thermodynamics, advanced electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and computer science.

* 1.I meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the 1340 Meteorology Series because I have:
  1. A degree in meteorology, atmospheric science, or other natural science major. (See the required coursework information statement below.)
  2. Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in the coursework information statement below, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. I do not meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the 1340 Meteorology Series.


* 2.GS-07: Do you have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level OR 1 full year of graduate level education OR superior academic achievement OR a equivalent combination of education and experience?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Have you utilized surface and upper air observations from a wide range of observing systems to support warning and forecast services?
  1. I have performed this task on the job, or as college labwork. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor, or instructor at an academic institution.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or academic instructor.
  3. I am considered highly skilled in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise. Alternatively, I have taught or instructed in this task in a college lab.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 4.Have you been involved in quality control and verification activities with hydrometeorological services, such as review of written products and briefing services?
  1. I have performed this task on the job, or as college level labwork. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor, or instructor at an academic institution.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or academic instructor.
  3. I am considered highly skilled in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise. Alternatively, I have taught or instructed in this task in a college lab.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 5.Have you conducted a real-time weather watch through a hydrometeorological analysis of observing system information such as from weather radars, satellites, or in-situ observations?
  1. I have performed this task on the job, or as college level labwork. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor, or instructor at an academic institution.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or academic instructor.
  3. I am considered highly skilled in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise. Alternatively, I have taught or instructed in this task in a college lab.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 6.Have you coordinated with other offices and customers the collection and preparation of hydrometeorological forecasts and warnings?
  1. I have performed this task on the job, or as college level labwork. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor, or instructor at an academic institution.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or academic instructor.
  3. I am considered highly skilled in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise. Alternatively, I have taught or instructed in this task in a college lab.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 7.Do you have experience collecting meteorological data into real-time and archive databases, and evaluating the data to ensure data integrity?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 8.Which of the following best describes your experience as it relates to using Doppler radar data to interpret and analyze weather conditions?
  1. I am experienced in performing this task and provide guidance and supervision to others in this area.
  2. I have performed this task on the job independently and without the review of a supervisor.
  3. I have had training or education directly related to this task, but I have not performed it on the job.
  4. None


* 9.Please indicate the level of experience you have in taking observations and performing quality control of meteorological data:
  1. I have experience in both areas
  2. I have experience with taking observations, but not performing quality control
  3. I have experience with performing quality control, but not with taking observations
  4. I do not have experience in either area


* 10.Do you have demonstrated experience developing, or modifying computer software for an operational meteorological environment using C, PERL, Java, PHP, or the Python programming language?
  1. I have demonstrated experience developing, or modifying computer software for an operational meteorological environment in 4 or more languages.
  2. I have demonstrated experience developing, or modifying computer software for an operational meteorological environment in 1 to 3 languages.
  3. I have no demonstrated experience developing, or modifying computer software for an operational meteorological environment.
  4. I have no demonstrated experience developing, or modifying computer software for an operational meteorological environment though I have formal training in at least 1 language.


* 11.Have you participated in community weather and/or flood preparedness activities and education programs?
  1. I have performed this task on the job, or as college level labwork. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor, or instructor at an academic institution.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or academic instructor.
  3. I am considered highly skilled in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise. Alternatively, I have taught or instructed in this task in a college lab.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


Grade: 09
DESCRIPTION OF COURSEWORK REQUIRED FOR THE METEOROLOGY SERIES: Your degree must have included 1. 24 semester/36 quarter hours in meteorology/atmospheric science that included a. a minimum of 6 semester hrs of atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics; b. 6 semester hrs of analysis and prediction of weather systems (synoptic/mesoscale); c. 3 semester hrs of physical meteorology; and d. 2 semester hrs of remote sensing of the atmosphere and/or instrumentation. 2. 6 semester hours of physics, with at least one course that includes laboratory sessions. 3. 3 semester hours of ordinary differential equations. 4. 9 semester hrs of course work appropriate for a physical science major in any combination of 3 or more of the following: physical hydrology, statistics, chemistry, physical oceanography, physical climatology, radiative transfer, aeronomy, advanced thermodynamics, advanced electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and computer science.

* 1.I meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the 1340 Meteorology Series because I have:
  1. A degree in meteorology, atmospheric science, or other natural science major. (See the required coursework information statement below.)
  2. Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in the coursework information statement below, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. I do not meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the 1340 Meteorology Series.


* 2.GS-09: Do you have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level OR master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related a equivalent combination of education and experience?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.In which of the following data sets do you have experience? (check all that apply)
  1. Lightning Data
  2. Model Data
  3. Profiler Data
  4. Radar Data
  5. GOES Imagery
  6. Meteosat Satellite Imagery
  7. Polar Satellite Imagery
  8. None of the above


* 4.Have you supported warning services during potentially hazardous weather or flooding events, i.e. collects and reviews data, provides information to other forecasters, prepares warning products, distributes information to customers?
  1. I have performed this task on the job, or as college labwork. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor, or instructor at an academic institution.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or academic instructor.
  3. I am considered highly skilled in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise. Alternatively, I have taught or instructed in this task in a college lab.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 5.Have you been involved in quality control and verification activities with hydrometeorological services, such as review of written products and briefing services?
  1. I have performed this task on the job, or as college level labwork. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor, or instructor at an academic institution.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or academic instructor.
  3. I am considered highly skilled in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise. Alternatively, I have taught or instructed in this task in a college lab.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 6.Have you kept current with new meteorological methods and procedures to forecast hydro meteorological events?
  1. I have performed this task on the job, or as college labwork. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor, or instructor at an academic institution.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or academic instructor.
  3. I am considered highly skilled in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise. Alternatively, I have taught or instructed in this task in a college lab.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 7.Have you utilized Doppler weather radar information to conduct a weather watch for potential adverse and/or severe weather conditions?
  1. I have performed this task on the job, or as college labwork. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor, or instructor at an academic institution.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or academic instructor.
  3. I am considered highly skilled in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise. Alternatively, I have taught or instructed in this task in a college lab.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 8.Have you utilized AWIPS or any other integrated computer workstation platforms containing hydrometeorological data and information for hydrometeorological analysis and forecasting?
  1. I have performed this task on the job, or as college level labwork. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor, or instructor at an academic institution.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or academic instructor.
  3. I am considered highly skilled in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise. Alternatively, I have taught or instructed in this task in a college lab.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 9.Have you installed and maintained scientific application programs on workstations which have UNIX or Windows operating systems?
  1. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it in a professional setting.
  2. I have performed this task in a professional setting. My work on this task monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  3. I have performed this task in a professional setting as a regular part of my duties. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 10.Do you have demonstrated experience developing, or modifying computer software for an operational meteorological environment using C, PERL, Java, PHP, or the Python programming language?
  1. I have demonstrated experience developing, or modifying computer software for an operational meteorological environment in 4 or more languages.
  2. I have demonstrated experience developing, or modifying computer software for an operational meteorological environment in 1 to 3 languages.
  3. I have no demonstrated experience developing, or modifying computer software for an operational meteorological environment.
  4. I have no demonstrated experience developing, or modifying computer software for an operational meteorological environment though I have formal training in at least 1 language.


* 11.Have you solely prepared UNIX scripts or HTML documents?
  1. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it in a professional setting.
  2. I have performed this task in a professional setting. My work on this task monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  3. I have performed this task in a professional setting as a regular part of my duties. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 12.Have you successfully completed work that regularly required you to lead or facilitate briefings, meetings, or conferences, or formally present technical or other complex information?
  1. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it in a professional setting.
  2. I have performed this task in a professional setting. My work on this task monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  3. I have performed this task in a professional setting as a regular part of my duties. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.