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Announcement Number:
NMFS-NWC-2017-0072
Hiring Agency:
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
Position Title:
Research Ecologist ZP 0408-03 (MAP)
Open Period:
10/13/2017 - 10/27/2017

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
ZP - 0408R 03
Salary:
USD $60,210 - USD $93,821
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full Time / Career or Career-Conditional
Promotion Potential:
ZP-04
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Newport, OR, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Quaniece Clarke
571-858-2203
quaniece.clarke@noaa.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
* Status Candidates - Current Federal employees with competitive status or Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility;

* CTAP/ICTAP eligibles;

 * Veterans under VRA, VEOA or 30% Disabled and certain Military Spouses;

* Individuals with Disabilities (Schedule A);

* Peace Corps, Vista (AmeriCorps) eligibles;

* Those eligible under an OPM interchange agreement or other special appointing authority.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Permanent
Marketing:
About the Agency
Summary:
This position is located within National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC), Fish Ecology Division, Newport, OR.

This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band.

The ZP-03 is equivalent to the GS-11/12.  

The full performance level of this position is ZP-04.

This position is also announced under vacancy number NMFS-NWC-2017-0073, which is open to all US Citizens or Nationals. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

* A three year probationary period may be required.

* Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

* This position is in the bargaining unit.

*Amount of time away from the office conducting research can range up to no more than 10 consecutive days away from port on extended ocean cruises.

*Must be able to lift up to 35 lbs. unassisted, ascend and descend ladders, enter and exit small boats (e.g., 20 ft. in length), haul lines and equipment, and stand and/or walk on uneven surfaces for extended periods of time.

NOTE:

This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Research Ecologist ZP 0408-03 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band and requires the same qualifications and specialized experience as indicated in this vacancy announcement).
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
25% or less

Foreign and domestic Required

Duties

The individual selected for this position will:

  • Plan, conduct and evaluate ecological research dealing with the biology, ecology, and environmental drivers of the Northern California Current, especially as it pertains to interactions with the Columbia River estuary and federally managed species.  
  • Collaborate, cooperate, help plan, organize, evaluate, and participate in field ecological research including extended ocean research cruises and other collection activities.
  • Analyze, model, interpret, and evaluate data collected during field operations.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other NWC biologists and researchers, as well as external researchers, management groups, Native American Tribes, and stakeholders on all facets of research projects.
  • Prepare and submit research proposals and grants on marine ecology and ecosystems, estuarine and marine use of ecosystems, climate change and its effect on biota and ecosystems.
  • Communicate results to professionals and the public using both oral communication and writing.
  • Participate in the collection of field-based data in diverse aquatic environments, and/or aboard sea-going vessels during ocean research cruises.
  • Perform duties on research vessels of different classes and sizes (15 ft to 300 ft), in potentially harsh weather conditions.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
College Transcript:  If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume.  You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.

Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work.  An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.
Key Requirements:
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • Time-in-grade/band must be met by closing date of announcement.
  • Must possess a valid drivers license.
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:
    We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.  If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions).  However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered.  The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response: 
    • Knowledge of the biology and ecology and ecosystem functions of the Northern California Current ecosystems and Columbia River Estuary.
    • Knowledge of anadromous species biology and ecology; marine fish especially those managed by the NMFS and marine and estuarine ecosystem ecology.
    • Knowledge of freshwater ecology, especially as it pertains to anadromous species; biological oceanography; and mechanisms and effects of climate change. 
    • Ability to plan, design, implement, manage and participate in field oriented research projects using established and new methods.
    • Ability to collect and analyze ecological data using appropriate methods, time series analysis, and spatial analysis techniques.
    • Skill in the analysis of ecosystem conditions, fish ecology, effects of climate change, and/or stock assessments for relevant data types associated with estuarine and coastal ocean ecosystems.
    • Ability to analyze and model data obtained during research work using such programming languages as R and MatLab.
    • Ability to develop and construct ecological models sufficient to forecast and evaluate fish population states under varying ecosystem conditions.
    • Ability to use quantitative approaches analyzing spatial and temporal patterns in ecological time series.
    • Skill in interpersonal relationships sufficient to collaborate across disciplinary and management boundaries both within and external to the NWC to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
    • Ability to build relationships and work with diverse groups of researchers and stakeholders.
    • Ability to help mentor students of all levels and colleagues in all aspects of research projects.
    • Skill in written and oral communications, proposal and grant development to include budgeting, and to present results at research conferences and other non-scientific forums.
    • Ability to write up research results for publication in peer reviewed journals, including authoring peer-reviewed publications on such subjects as marine ecology, spatial ecology and ecosystem assessment
     Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR 335.103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager. If referred, all relevant documents including performance appraisals and awards submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the hiring official for review.
    Qualifications:
    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 at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

    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:

    EDUCATION:

    Degree: biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.

    -AND-

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: 

    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.

    To qualify at the ZP-03:

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-02 or GS-09 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:
    • Analyzing data using statistical approaches, life cycle models including individual based models, time series, and spatial analysis to characterize the response of ecosystems and associated biota to natural & man-made impacts on the environment. 
    • Developing management actions for protected species including marine mammals, and endangered fishes.
    • Planning, implementing, and participating in multi-day, multi-disciplinary research cruises, including vessel preparation, multi-sector participant coordination, and logistics.
    • Publishing peer reviewed scientific research articles as senior author. 
     -OR-

    SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION:  Master's or equivalent graduate degree

     -OR-

    COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.
    *Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be combined with experience.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    NOAA offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees.
    Other Information:
    CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100.  Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

    CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
    1. A copy of your specific RIF notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
    2. A copy of your SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action”, noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
    3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
    4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
    ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:                   
    1. A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;
    2. A copy of your SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action” documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc;
    3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
    4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
    NOAA participates in e-Verify.  E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

    To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.gov and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

    If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at mgshelp@monster.com or by phone at (866) 656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET

    For instructions on submitting your application in an alternate format, please contact the Staffing number listed in this vacancy announcement.
    Required Documents:
    • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59.  Your resume must include information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including: job title, duration of employment (mm/dd/yy – mm/dd/yy), hours per week, duties and accomplishments, salary, and your education. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position/s. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.
    • SF-50, “Notification of Personnel Action: If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must provide the most current Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50) that verifies career/career-conditional status, title, series and grade (do not submit an Award SF-50). Also provide the SF-50 that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.
    • Veteran’s documentation: If you are requesting consideration under Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) or Veterans Readjustment Act (VRA) you must submit a copy of your Member 4 DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service or other valid proof of eligibility (i.e., statement of service that shows service dates AND character of service) and/or any other required supporting documents (VA Letter).  http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp#VeteransEmploymentAct1998.
    • Active Duty Service Members: You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html
    • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation if applicable (see other information).
    • Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment, (severely disabled, eligible veterans, certain military spouses, etc.)
    • Education.  If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website. You MUST provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.
    OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS:
    • Performance Appraisal - most recent performance appraisal (dated within last 3 years) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan that does not include this information.
    • Awards - Copies of any award received within the last 3 years.
    Next Steps:
    You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov and clicking on “Track Your Online Application.” The four points of notification are:
    1. Application Received or Application Incomplete
    2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Not Met;
    3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and
    4. Selected or Not Selected.
    By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment.  The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans’ preference, disability, etc.)