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Job opening: Technical Information Specialist

Salary: $45 146 - 72 703 per year
City: Reston
Published at: Jan 03 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
General Information Salary: GS-05 $45,146 (Step 01) to $58,686 (Step 10) GS-07 $55,924 (Step 01) to $72,703 (Step 10) NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.


As a Technical Information Specialist within the Office of Communication and Publishing, some of your specific duties will include: Provides customers, both internal and external, accurate and timely information about USGS science programs, activities, and products using traditional methods and emerging tools to convey information. Reviews, revises, and updates information systems to ensure accurate information is available to internal and external customers. Participates in outreach activities targeting internal and external audiences, including exhibits, educational workshops, technical meetings, and public lectures. Maintains and establishes relationships with USGS science programs and mission areas based on customer service and media initiatives. Reponds and consults with customers by researching publications, searching USGS information systems, or consulting with scientists and researchers in the science programs.



Eligibility Requirements In order to be eligible for an appointment under the Pathways Recent Graduate Program you must meet the following requirements: You must be a recent graduate who has completed, within the previous two years, an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution such as an accredited technical or vocational school; a 2- or 4-year college or university; a graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or a post-secondary home school curriculum. Note: Certificate program is defined as post-secondary education in a qualifying educational institution equal to at least one academic year of full-time study that's part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum. Veterans who were precluded from applying due to their military service obligation begin their 2-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty; however, eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed 6 years from the date on which the degree or certificate was obtained. The date of release or discharge from active duty should be later than the date the degree or certificate was obtained. Qualification Requirements Definitions: EXPERIENCE: One year of work experience is twelve months working full-time (at least 35-40 hours per week). Part-time experience can be pro-rated (i.e., a year at 20 hours per week is credited as 6 months of experience). If your position consisted of mixed duties, experience credit is given for the percentage of time that you spent on qualifying duties (i.e., if you held a position for 2 years, full-time, consisting of 25% personnel work and 75% budget work, and then applied for a budget position you could calculate your experience as follows: 2 yrs = 24 months. 24 months x 75% [percentage of time spent on budget duties] = 18 months of qualifying experience.) UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: A year of undergraduate education is 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours or the equivalent of college study. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university for which high school graduation or the equivalent was a prerequisite. GRADUATE EDUCATION: In the absence of specific graduate program information, a year of graduate education is 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours of graduate level college course work, or the number of credit hours the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full time study. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must meet A, B or C below to satisfy the basic requirement for Technical Information Specialist, all grade levels. A. A full 4-year course of study that meets all the requirements for a bachelor's degree with major study in the subject matter field of the position to be filled. **OR B. Four years of experience that provided a knowledge of the basic principles, theories, practices, techniques, and terminology of a discipline or subject matter field of the position to be filled; an understanding of the standard methods, procedures, and techniques of research and analysis in the subject-matter field of the position to be filled; and where appropriate, ability to read and comprehend nontechnical material in one or more foreign languages. Such experience must have been equivalent to that which would have been gained through a 4-year college curriculum. **OR C. A combination of education and experience as described above. The combined education and experience must be comparable in type, scope and thoroughness to that acquired through successful completion of a 4-year course of study as described in "A" above For GS-07: In addition to the Basic Education Requirement as described above, applicants must meet the following to qualify for the GS-07 level: One full year of graduate-level education related to the position. OR: Superior Academic Achievement based on undergraduate study. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT). OR: one year of appropriate professional experience that is in or related to the duties of this position is qualifying if it is equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal service, and if it equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. Examples of GS-5 level experience could include (1) has education and experience in science discipline; (2) ability to convey scientific information to audiences at diverse levels; (3) utilizes various information systems; (4) functions effectively in a flexible cross-functional customer service work environment; and (5) skill in reviewing, editing, and maintaining database content. OR: a combination of successfully completed graduate level education, as described above, and professional experience, as described above. (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE GRADUATE EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE) You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.


Education Requirements:
  • 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.
  • Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: https://www.usgs.gov/about/organization/science-support/human-capital/how-foreign-education-evaluated-federal-jobs .


  • Address SCIENCE INFO SERVICES 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive Mail Stop 600 Reston, VA 20192 US
  • Name: Michael Battle
  • Phone: 303-236-9556
  • Email: [email protected]