Lead Meteorologist, Gs-1340-13 (Map)

Department Of Commerce Romeoville , IL 60446

Posted 3 months ago

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  • This announcement is open to current Department of Commerce (DOC) employees on a competitive and permanent appointment and DOC CTAP eligibles.

IMPORTANT APPLICATION DEADLINE: A cut off of candidates from this announcement will not be established prior to Monday, July 16, 2018.

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This position is located in the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office (WFO), with potential vacancies across the United States and its territories.

Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau Alaska is 3.74% for Carolina, Puerto Rico is 3.48% and for Barrigada, Guam is 13.01%. The COLA is not reflected in the locality salary shown in this vacancy announcement.

Post Differential may be authorized for Barrigada, Guam for hires outside of the local area. You may be entitled to 20% post differential allowance in addition to the salary.

COLAs are exempt from Federal income taxes; post differentials are not.

Employees filling positions in Guam or San Juan, PR may be eligible for home leave under the provisions of 5 C.F.R. 630.601

Salary ranges will vary based on the location. Please visit: OPM Salary Charts for specific salary information related to a specific location.

  • Applicants currently occupying a 1340 series position in the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and applying under competitive merit promotion procedures are covered under the "Exception" clause and DO NOT need to submit transcripts.

As a Lead Meteorologist, you will perform the following duties:

  • Serve as the shift leader responsible for quality and timeliness of all NWS forecast and service products, warnings, and advisories prepared and issued by the Weather Forecast Office (WFO).

  • Conduct a weather watch which involves interpretation of Doppler radar data, satellite imagery, and the analysis of other hydrometeorological data for the preparation of all WFO warning, forecast and service products, including individual briefings.

  • Serve as the primary contact with other Federal, state, and local agencies such as FAA, FEMA, and emergency management and law enforcement officials over matters involving the initiation and implementation of immediate or emergency public health and safety measures based on NWS forecasts, warnings and watches.

  • Handle general office administrative matters which may occur on shift including augmenting staff, and approve overtime and leave.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Occasional Travel is required

  • 10%.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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    1340 Meteorology

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.

  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.

  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.

  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).

  • Time-in-grade requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.

  • A one year probationary period may be required.

  • This position is in the bargaining unit.


Rotating shift work is required with the WFO in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. During periods of threatening weather or rapidly changing weather conditions, the increase in workload and the necessity for rapid dissemination of weather warnings and updates requires periods of acute mental alertness and produces considerable mental stress. Adverse weather conditions often require the incumbent to work hours longer than the usual shift, adding to mental and physical stress.

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.

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: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: This position requires applicants to meet a Basic Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of specialized experience in order to be found minimally qualified. You MUST meet one of the following basic education requirements:

A. Degree: meteorology, atmospheric science, or other natural science major that included:

  • At least 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of credit in meteorology/atmospheric science including a minimum of:

a. Six semester hours of atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics; *

b. Six semester hours of analysis and prediction of weather systems (synoptic/mesoscale);

c. Three semester hours of physical meteorology; and

d. Two semester hours of remote sensing of the atmosphere and/or instrumentation.

  • Six semester hours of physics, with at least one course that includes laboratory sessions. *

  • Three semester hours of ordinary differential equations. *

  • At least nine semester hours of course work appropriate for a physical science major in any combination of three 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.

  • There is a prerequisite or corequisite of calculus for course work in atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics, physics, and differential equations. Calculus courses must be appropriate for a physical science major.


B. Combination of education and experience: course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

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 following:

  • Analyzing and assessing the current and forecast weather situation at both the synoptic and mesoscale levels;

  • Devising, formulating and disseminating hydrometeorological forecasts, watches, warnings and advisories;

  • Using dual polarization radar to issue forecasts and warnings;

  • Applying professional knowledge of meteorology and hydrology, applied research, or data management techniques, to warning and forecast methods in order to lead or participate in local development activities or local forecast operational techniques development; and

  • Providing briefings to government or other decision makers on hazardous weather or water events.


Substitution of education for specialized experience is not applicable to this vacancy.

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Lead Meteorologist, Gs-1340-13 (Map)

Department Of Commerce