NSMP Field Operations Manager

Website usgs.gov US Geological Survey

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) seeks motivated candidates for a position in the National Strong Motion Project (NSMP), part of the Earthquake Monitoring Project.  The NSMP installs and operates instrumentation in structures such as buildings, dams, and bridges and in free-field sites.  These data provide the basis for studies of large-scale seismogenic failure, for studies of crustal and localized wave propagation, for mitigation of earthquake hazards through improved earthquake resistant design, and for improved emergency response through rapid notification of shaking on and near manmade structures.

This position oversees the operation of National Strong Motion Network and supervises field staff who are responsible for the design, test, calibration, installation, operation, and maintenance of sensors, dataloggers, and communications infrastructure.  The position manages schedules, directs field operations, troubleshoots station and telemetry issues, and assists with metadata verification and data quality assessment.  It negotiates and administers complex agreements with multiple federal, state, regional, and private organizations for the design, installation, operations and maintenance of structural monitoring systems.

This position is being offered in Menlo Park (soon to be Moffett Field) or in Pasadena, CA.  Openings for this full-time, permanent position are being advertised as Physical Science Technician at the GS-12 level, with an annual salary range from $ 87,612 (step 1) – $ 113,900 (step 10) in Pasadena and $ 93,587 (step 1) – $ 121,668 (step 10) in Menlo Park/Moffett Field.  US citizenship is required.  Only online applications will be accepted.  The federal government is an equal opportunity employer.

Apply online at

DEU [open to all US citizens]: SAC-2020-0226

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/566972100

Merit Promotion [open to current & former federal employees with status]:  SAC-2020-0225

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/566971800

Please be sure to submit all the requested materials, including complete transcripts by May 21st – and please do not wait until the last minute to apply.  Please carefully follow the instructions and resume guidelines when applying. The resumes MUST include detailed information for current and past positions: job title, name of company/agency, month/yr to month/yr, (e.g., March 2012 – June 2013), number of hours worked per week, supervisor’s name and # (can include statement, “can call/do not call/contact me before calling,”) and narrative (not bullet list) of duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Earl Emerson at 916-278-9399 or  pacsac1@usgs.gov.  It is highly recommended that you e-mail the contact person in the vacancy announcement to confirm that your documents uploaded correctly.  Sometimes the documents submitted are blurry and hard to read or the file is corrupt and can’t be accessed.  No late documents are accepted.

To apply for this job please visit www.usajobs.gov.