Ocean Career: Physical Scientist at NOAA

This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office of Coast Survey (OCS), Navigation Services Division, with one vacancy in Miami, FL.

This position is also announced under vacancy number NOS-OCS-2021-0005, which is open to all US Citizens or Nationals. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.


As a Physical Scientist, you will perform the following duties:

  • Provide a focal point for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) coastal partner interaction at the regional, state, and local levels while serving as the senior agency official and topical expert for navigation services issues related to national and regional for NOAA Navigation Services and other coastal and ocean programs for Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders, and serve as the primary liaison to the NOAA Navigation Services Division, other NOAA navigation managers, coastal managers, planners, educators, scientists, and other partners ensuring office goals align with broader agency goals.
  • Process, analyze, and interpret scientific, oceanographic, or hydrographic survey data using common industry software from both NOAA and non-NOAA sources for nautical chart products to adhere to appropriate chart policy and resolve nautical charting inquiries and discrepancies related to the NOAA nautical chart suite.
  • Produce a variety of reporting products to present and visualize results from analysis of NOAA and non-NOAA data sources including cartographic, hydrographic, satellite derived, and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) products, charts, graphs, and related reports using Geographic Information System (GIS) software.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Up to 10% of domestic travel may be required for this position.

Salary: $98,151 to $150,777 per year

Application Deadline: April 5, 2021


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 here.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: This position has a positive Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of Specialized Experience OR substitution of education for experience OR combination (if applicable) in order to be found minimally qualified. Transcripts must be submitted with your application package. You MUST meet the following requirements:

To qualify for the 1301 series:


A. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.


B. Combination of education and experience: education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, 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.

Learn more about NOAA, the requirements of this position and how to apply.

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