Information Specialist – USGS


As an Information Specialist within the St. Petersburg Coastal & Marine Science Center, some of your specific duties will include: 

  • Assisting USGS Coastal Change Hazards and US Coastal Research Program (USCRP) to improve communication through development of journal papers, briefing documents, web pages, social media content, and press releases.
  • Organizing and leading stakeholder meetings designed to identify user needs and share USGS and USCRP activities, products, and opportunities.
  • Creating and managing database to organize information associated with the USCRP funding opportunities and other program activities.
  • Organizing program meetings, science seminars, and other internal activities for staff and leadership within federal agencies, universities, and NGOs.
  • Developing and implementing communication plan and evaluating the effectiveness of communication efforts.
  • Operating a government owned or leased vehicle as an incidental driver.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – Overnight travel of up to 2 nights per month may be required.


Conditions of Employment

Key Requirements:

  1. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  2. Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  3. Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
  4. More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
  5. Selectee must provide a valid state driver’s license & safe driving record.

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

  • Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued.
  • A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
  • You will be required to operate a government-owned or -leased vehicle in the performance of your official duties. Applicants for this position must meet the following requirements: (1) possess a valid State license, and (2) possess a safe driving record. If selected, you will be required to provide proof of a valid State license & a copy of your driving record.
  • Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.


In order to qualify for the GS-11 you must meet one of the following:  

One year of appropriate professional experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in Federal service. Examples of such experience may include: assisting in the planning and development of scientific web page designs; disseminating scientific information through websites, presentations, social media and other multi-media outlets; writing basic web based scientific content for multi-media outlets; preparing educational and scientific exhibits for conferences, briefings, or workshops.

**OR  Possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 years of progressively higher-level graduate education (54 semester hours or 81 quarter hours or the equivalent) leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or LL.M., in the field of study which provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.

**OR  Possess 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 EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE).

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.


  • 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: .

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.