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Announcement Number:
NMFS-AKC-2019-0064
Hiring Agency:
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
Position Title:
Research Fish Biologist, ZP-0482-3 (Direct Hire)
Open Period:
09/09/2019 - 09/16/2019

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
ZP - 0482 3
Salary:
USD $67,816 - USD $105,672
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
ZP-3
Promotion Potential Explanation:
This position is not eligible for a promotion potential.
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Seattle, WA, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Sonia Kapoor
816-426-2039
Sonia.Kapoor@noaa.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All qualified United States Citizens or Nationals; CTAP/ICTAP eligibles.
Security Clearance Required:
Other
Appointment Type
Permanent
Marketing:
About the Agency
Summary:

This position is located within the Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Resource Ecology & Fisheries Management Division, Age & Growth Program, with one vacancy in Seattle, WA.

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Less than 10% of foreign and domestic travel may be required.

Duties

As a Research Fish Biologist, you will perform the following duties:



  • Conduct fisheries and ecological research of fish populations relating to life history.

  • Develop new and innovative approaches for the determination of fish age from otoliths and other hard structures, including the application of techniques in spectroscopy.

  • Assist in implementing new or modifying existing methods of fisheries data collection, and update schematics, blueprints, or participate in conferences to share findings.

  • Serve as a Lead researcher of the development and application of techniques to study the fish life history of north Pacific fish age, reproduction, maturity, and the effects of climate change.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

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-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12.  

The full performance level of the position is ZP-3 or GS-11/12. 



Category Rating, Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to this Public Notice.

* A three year probationary period for research positions may be required.

* Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

* This position is in the bargaining unit.

NOTE:

*This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Research Fish Biologist, ZP-0482-3  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).


Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

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)
  • Qualifications requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.
  • Education 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.
    Evaluations:
    We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

    Veteran’s Preference does not apply to direct hire recruitment procedures.

    Any selections made under this notice will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. Therefore, Current Federal employees would be given new appointments to the civil service and may have to serve a new probationary period under CFR 315.802 (b).

    NOTE: A one year year probationary period will be required under the Direct Hire Authority unless you are a current Department of Commerce employee and are in the same line of work and with no more than a 30 day break in service. 
    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: https://www.opm.gov/policy.

    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: Applicants must show that they have a degree with major study in biology, zoology, or biological oceanography that included at least 30 semester hours in biological and aquatic science and 15 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences. This course work must have included:



    • At least 15 semester hours of preparatory training in zoology beyond introductory biology or zoology in such courses as invertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, histology, physiology, embryology, advanced vertebrate zoology, genetics, entomology, and parasitology; and

    • At least 6 semester hours of training applicable to fishery biology in such subjects as fishery biology, ichthyology, limnology, oceanography, algology, planktonology, marine or fresh water ecology, invertebrate ecology, principles of fishery population dynamics, or related course work in the field of fishery biology; and

    • At least 15 semester hours of training in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, or statistics.



    -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-3 or GS-11/12 level:  


    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-2 or GS-09 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following: 



    • Providing multi-day, multi-disciplinary research cruises and preliminary data analysis, statistical data analysis, or report synthesis;

    • Implementing and ensuring compliance of specific fishery management regulatory programs to conserve fishery resources; and

    • Conducting research on living organisms and their distribution, characteristics, life processes, adaptions, and relationships with the environment.



     -OR-

    SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: Master's or equivalent graduate degree

     -OR-

    COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A combination of education and experience.


    NOTE: Only graduate education in excess of one year is qualifying for combination.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    Agency Benefits:

    NOAA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at Benefits

    Other Information:

    CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have met the minimum qualifications for the position. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources website at: 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 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.

    • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation if applicable (see additional information).

    • College Transcript (if applicable) 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.

    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 Ineligible (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.).