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Job Announcement: Communication, Education, and Outreach Assistant Coordinators, ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System

Date: 08/31/2021

Sent on behalf of Robert de Groot, U.S. Geological Survey:


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.

YOU MUST APPLY ON-LINE AT: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/612063400

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: http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/sw/quals/