Thread: Physical Scientist Job Opening at the USGS

Started: 2021-09-10 10:23:57
Last activity: 2021-09-10 10:23:57
Danielle Sumy
2021-09-10 10:23:57
*Physical Scientist – Communication, Education, and Outreach Assistant
Coordinators, ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System *

United States Geological Survey, Department of Interior

Earthquake Science Center

Mountain View, CA and Seattle, WA

The U.S. Geological Survey is seeking Communication Education and Outreach (
CEO) professionals to join the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning (EEW)
system CEO team. The ShakeAlert EEW system is a mission-critical,
distributed system that rapidly detects earthquakes and generates
ShakeAlert Messages so that distribution partners can develop and deliver
alerts to trigger automated systems and/or the public. ShakeAlert is
currently operational in California, Oregon, and Washington. These
positions are located at ShakeAlert system centers in Mountain View, CA and
Seattle and will report to with staff in Pasadena, CA. The CEO team
implements the ShakeAlert CEO and technical engagement program and provides
real-time communications support in the event of an earthquake or other
event involving ShakeAlert. Applicants who have experience in public
outreach programs and/or classroom teaching specifically in a STEM learning
environment such as a school, museum, or park visitor center are encouraged
to apply.

Appointment is Permanent, Full-Time

These positions are with the USGS, Earthquake Science Center. One position
is located in Mountain View, CA and the other in Seattle, WA.

**U.S. Citizenship is required.* *

*Valid driver’s license is required. *

Salary Range: $84,886.00 to $122,884.00 / Per Year

First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the lower
end of this range.


Search for announcement number: USGS-SASC-21-11095786-DE-LS

*Closing date is September 20, 2021 *or* when 50 applications are received,
whichever comes first.

Please carefully follow the instructions and resume guidelines when
applying. Your resume must include current and past positions including job
title, name of company/agency, dates, hours worked per week, salary,
supervisor’s name, and contact info, as well as a narrative (not bullet
list) of duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities.


As a Physical Scientist within the Earthquake Science Center, some of your
specific duties will include:

- Assists with leading the effort to develop and execute training and
education programs and materials to promote the public and institutional
acceptance and ongoing implementation of the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early
Warning System.
- Develops new methods and products for dissemination of educational
materials in a manner that is multidisciplinary, cost effective, and
consistent with existing hazards education efforts.
- Initiates, facilitates, and coordinates meetings, workshops, and other
stakeholder interactions.
- Leads committees of partners in Federal, State, and local agencies in
developing and implementing long-term public ShakeAlert communication,
education, and outreach protocols and plans.
- Coordinates with various USGS groups to ensure appropriate
collaboration and teamwork is achieved, specifically issues surrounding
media and Congressional relations.
- Coordinates long-term interaction with ShakeAlert technical partners
and CEO partners throughout the West Coast and other regions as needed.
- Establishes cooperative agreements and technology transfer agreements
that may require negotiation to reach compromise among the parties.
- In coordination with the CEO coordinator, serves as the ShakeAlert
communications point of contact after earthquakes and other events
involving ShakeAlert.
- Operates a government vehicle.

*Note*: Position requires availability for 24-hour on-call duty rotations
about every third week in order to serve as the primary communications
contact for the ShakeAlert system. Also, in the event of an earthquake or
other event involving ShakeAlert, the candidate must be able to work
extended hours over the course of many days which might involve travel.


For GS-12:In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above,
applicants must meet the following to qualify for the GS-12 level: One year
of appropriate professional experience that is in or directly related to
the duties of the position to be filled is qualifying if it is equivalent
to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service, and if it equipped the
applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully
the duties of the position.

Examples of such experience may include program coordination ranging from
facilitating working groups to overseeing multi-year projects involving
several key stakeholders. This work typically involves the use of education
and communication strategies and tactics, as well as the development of
inclusive educational resources for diverse non-specialist and technical
audiences. Experience in public outreach programs specifically in a STEM
learning environment such as a school, museum, or park visitor center.
Experience communicating about hazards (such as earthquakes, volcanoes,
etc.) preparedness, mitigation, planning, response, and recovery.
Experience in assisting with emergency management protocols, procedures,
and structures. Experience working with complex issues to aid in planning
and coordinating activities and response, as well as making adjustments
when required.

For more detail see:


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