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Grade: 12
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-12: Do you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level or the next lowest pay band in the Federal service? (See the “Qualifications” section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience.)
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Which of the following best describes your experience to assess the current and forecast state of the atmosphere based upon a scientific process which integrates information from meteorological and hydrological data?
  1. I am considered highly skilled in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or have been 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.
  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 have performed this task on the job, or as college level lab work. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor, or instructor at an academic institution.
  4. I do not have education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 4.Which of following best describes your experience performing as a Primary Focal Point or Program Leader (e.g. WSR-88D, AWIPS, Hydrology, CPM, PC/LAN, Fire Weather, Marine, Aviation/Public/Short-term/Long-term forecast, SDM, Verification, CRS, ASOS, Upper Air, Storm Data, Quality Assurance, Skywarn, Diversity, Scientific Research)?
  1. I am considered highly proficient in performing the task(s). I am normally the person consulted by other staff in doing the task(s) because of my level of expertise. I have occasionally been consulted by others outside of my office. Any supervisory review is limited.
  2. I am proficient at performing these tasks independently though normally with only some review by a supervisor or co-worker
  3. I have performed these tasks, with work more closely monitored by a supervisor or co-worker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have no experience in performing this task.


* 5.What best describes your independent experience in the composition and dissemination of quantitative precipitation forecasts (QPF)?
  1. I was primarily responsible for analyzing and interpreting hydrometeorological data and composing and disseminating quantitative precipitation forecasts.
  2. I was a member of a forecast team responsible for analyzing and interpreting hydrometeorological data and composing and disseminating quantitative precipitation forecasts.
  3. I have not been involved in the composition and dissemination of quantitative precipitation forecasts.


* 6.Have you participated or been a member on weather related local, regional, or national team? Please select all that apply?
  1. I have participated as a member on a local weather team.
  2. I have participated as a member on a regional weather team.
  3. I have participated as a member on a national weather team.
  4. I have no experience in performing this task.


* 7.Which of the following best describes your experience designing and implementing procedures that improved accuracy, efficiency, or accessibility of meteorological and/or hydrological information?
  1. I am considered highly proficient in performing the task(s). I am normally the person consulted by other staff in doing the task(s) because of my level of expertise. I have occasionally been consulted by others outside of my office. Any supervisory review is limited.
  2. I am proficient at performing these tasks independently though normally with at least some review by a supervisor or co-worker.
  3. I have performed these tasks, with work more closely monitored by a supervisor or co-worker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have no experience in performing these tasks.


* 8.Which of the following best represents your expertise in forecasting short term winter weather and heavy rain events?
  1. I have operational experience forecasting short term winter weather and heavy rain events and am considered an expert in forecasting short term winter weather and heavy rain events.
  2. I have operational experience forecasting short term winter weather and heavy rain events and am considered extremely familiar with convective storm processes
  3. I have operational experience and some familiarity forecasting short term winter weather and heavy rain events.
  4. I have no operational experience, but am knowledgeable of the theory associated with forecasting short term winter weather and heavy rain events.


* 9.Do you have experience conducting presentations and orally communicating technical details to lay audiences in a manner that they would understand?
  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.


* 10.Select the statement that best describes your experience giving weather presentations at meetings, workshops and/or conferences.
  1. I am considered highly proficient in performing the task(s). I am normally the person consulted by other staff in doing the task(s) because of my level of expertise. Any supervisory review is limited.
  2. I am proficient at performing these tasks independently though normally with only some review by a supervisor or shift leader.
  3. I have performed these tasks, with work more closely monitored by a supervisor or co-worker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have no experience in performing this task.


* 11.What is your experience level with Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models, including the use of ensemble and high resolution mesoscale models?
  1. I am very familiar with NWP model limitations biases, model physics, and parameterizations and use all of these models daily as part of the forecast process. I am considered an expert in their use and application.
  2. I have a working knowledge and interpretational experience of NWP model output and have used them in an operational forecast environment.
  3. I have a basic working knowledge of NWP model output, but never have used them in an operational forecast environment.
  4. I have no knowledge or experience with NWP models, but am familiar with their output and use.


* 12.Which of the following best describes your experience preparing scripts, using web development tools or languages, or other software applications in support of daily operations?
  1. I am considered highly proficient in performing the task(s). I am normally the person consulted by other staff in doing the task(s) because of my level of expertise. I have occasionally been consulted by others outside of my office. Any supervisory review is limited.
  2. I am proficient at performing these tasks independently though normally with only some review by a supervisor or co-worker.
  3. I have performed these tasks, with work more closely monitored by a supervisor or co-worker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have no experience in performing this task.