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Grade: All Grades

METHODS OF CONSIDERATION: COMPETITIVE MERIT PROMOTION: This includes current Federal employees who serve under a competitive career or career-conditional (status) appointment in the competitive service, and reinstatement eligibles (former Federal employees who served under a career appointment in the competitive service), applying to a position at a higher grade or with more promotion potential than previously held on a permanent basis. This also includes VEOA eligibles (veterans with preference and veterans who have been honorably discharged and substantially completed at least 3 years of continuous active duty service). You must provide qualifying documentation (i.e. - SF-50 and/or veterans documentation).
NON-COMPETITIVE & SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITIES: This includes applicants that have previously held or currently hold the equivalent full performance level of the grade/band of the vacant position. This also includes candidates eligible under special hiring authorities such as 30% Disabled Veterans, Certain Military Spouses, Peace Corp, AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), Federal employees in excepted positions covered under an interchange agreement, etc. For more information about non-competitive appointments and special hiring authorities, visit: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp . You must provide qualifying documentation for a noncompetitive appointment or special hiring authority.
SCHEDULE A: This authority is for certain applicants with disabilities. To qualify for employment under Schedule A, an applicant must provide proof of disability. As proof of disability, applicants may provide records, statement, or other appropriate information issued from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional duly certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e. State or private); or an Federal agency, State agency, or an agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits. Proof of disability must be included in the application package. For more information and proof required see http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp
1 From the description above please select how you want to be considered for this vacancy. Answer to this question is required
  • Competitive Merit Promotion
  • Non-Competitive or Special Hiring Authorities
  • Schedule A
2 Have you held a permanent Career/Career-Conditional appointment in the Federal Government at the full performance level of this position as stated in the promotion potential section of this announcement? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    2.1 If you are currently or have previously held a permanent Career or Career Condidional position in the Federal Government, what is the highest GS equivalent grade level you have held? Your response MUST be supported by a SF-50 submitted with your application.
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8
    • 9
    • 10
    • 11
    • 12
    • 13
    • 14
    • 15
  • No
3 Have you served in the previous five (5) years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 If you are a Federal employee, is your most recent performance rating equivalent to a "Pass", "Fully Successful", "Satisfactory" or better? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
  • I am a Federal employee but have not received a performance rating.
  • Not applicable, I am not a Federal employee.
5 In the past three years, have you had one or more of the following Awards: monetary, time-off, or other? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
6 I authorize the sharing of my application for other similar positions from this job announcement within NOAA. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
7 Do you have experience in using comprehensive knowledge of fish biology, marine biology, marine ecology, marine affairs, environmental affairs, and disciplines of marine habitat science to apply to the effective management of living marine resources? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
8 Which of the following environmental acts do you have experience implementing for various management plans, consultations, assessments, regulations, or permits (select all that apply). Answer to this question is required
  • Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA)
  • Marine Mammal Protection Act(MMPA)
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA)
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • None of the above
9 Do you have experience implementing regulations with or between agencies or organizations to ensure compliance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA) or Magnuson-Stevens Fishery and Conservation Management Act (MSA)? Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least five years of experience implementing regulations with or between agencies or organizations to ensure compliance with the above statutes.
  • I have at least three years of experience implementing regulations with or between agencies or organizations to ensure compliance with the above statutes.
  • I have at least one year of experience implementing regulations with or between agencies or organizations to ensure compliance with the above statutes.
  • I have no work experience performing this task.
10 Do you have experience establishing and maintaining NEPA records management document systems, including organization, tracking and quality control of documents? Answer to this question is required
  • I have supervised the performance of this task or am consulted by others for assistance in performing this task because of my expertise.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job with little or no supervision.
  • My experience is limited in performing this task.
  • I do not have experience performing this task.
11 What best describes your knowledge and experience of the implementation of the Endangered Species Act, specifically interagency section 7 consultations and section 10 permits? Answer to this question is required
  • I have work experience in addressing ESA-listed species concerns through conducting ESA section 7 consultations or issuance of section 10 permits.
  • I have had formal course work or training specific to the ESA.
  • I have researched the ESA and have a general understanding of the law.
  • I do not possess any specific experience or knowledge about the ESA.
12 I have a knowledge of the following Magnuson Stevens Act requirements (select all that apply): Answer to this question is required
  • Determining the status of fish stocks with respect to fishing mortality (overfishing) and stock abundance (overfished).
  • Annual catch limits to prevent overfishing.
  • Rebuilding overfished stocks.
  • None of the above.
13 Do you have experience designing, implementing, or assessing conservation programs that address natural and anthropogenic threats to species protected under the Endangered Species Act or the Marine Mammal Protection Act (e.g., fishery interactions, harmful algal blooms, pollution, vessel interactions, illegal feeding, depredation)? Answer to this question is required
  • I have considerable experience designing, implementing, or assessing conservation programs that address natural and anthropogenic threats to the species protected under these acts, and am often consulted for my knowledge and expertise on these topics.
  • I have general knowledge regarding natural and anthropogenic threats to the species protected under these acts, and limited experience designing, implementing, or assessing conservation programs that address these threats.
  • I have limited knowledge regarding natural and anthropogenic threats to the species protected under these acts and have no experience designing, implementing, or assessing conservation programs that address these threats.
  • I have no knowledge or experience regarding natural and anthropogenic threats to the species protected under these acts.
14 Describe your experience in evaluating the impact of human activities and coastal/wetland development on marine, estuarine, and anadromous fish habitats? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
15

Have you demonstrated expertise in the biology, life history, and habitats of marine mammals, marine fishes, and anadromous fishes, and an understanding of factors affecting their conservation and recovery?

Answer to this question is required
  • I am considered fully proficient in performing this task. I am normally the person who is consulted by other staff to assist them in doing these tasks because of my expertise.
  • I have performed these tasks as a regular part of a job. I have performed them independently and normally without review of a supervisor or co-worker.
  • I have performed these tasks on the job. My work was monitored by a supervisor or co-worker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have no experience in performing these tasks.
16 What experience do you have analyzing and recommending alternatives to reduce or prevent impacts on living marine resources or other natural resources? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
17 Describe your experience assisting in the development and/or implementation of regulations to address fishery management issues. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
18 Do you have experience synthesizing technical material regarding ecosystems and ecosystem fishery management, natural resource, and/or applicable regulations in order to provide written responses on fishery management issues? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
19 Please select the answer that best describes your experience delivering presentations on technical material to peers or other technical experts. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
20 Do you have experience communicating in writing and orally with state and federal organizations, industry groups, environmental groups, non-governmental groups, OR academic audiences, and/or the public on complex issues related to natural resource issues in general or the Endangered Species Act specifically? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience communicating about the natural resources issues.
  • I have some experience communicating about natural resource issues.
  • I have some experience communicating about natural resource issues with many of these groups.
  • I have extensive experience communicating about natural resource issues with many of these groups.
21 Do you have the ability to communicate in writing with an emphasis on acquiring, synthesizing, and presenting data or information in written products for regulatory processes under the MMPA, NEPA, and/or ESA? Answer to this question is required
  • I have extensive analytical writing experience including drafting or managing the preparation of MMPA, NEPA, and/or ESA documents for internal and external use.
  • I have experience assisting with the drafting of MMPA, NEPA and/or ESA documents for internal and external use.
  • I have training in MMPA, NEPA, and/or ESA document preparation but have not used it on the job.
  • I have no training or experience performing this task.
22 Indicate the type of supervisory/leadership functions you have performed: (Check all that apply.) Answer to this question is required
  • Leads task forces/project teams in advanced systems software/hardware project efforts.
  • Provides functional/technical expertise in all assignments in work unit.
  • Evaluates performance of work unit to determine that it meets performance measures.
  • Plans work for team or unit members.
  • Sets short-term and long-term work priorities for team or unit members.
  • Develops performance standards and evaluates work performance of subordinates.
  • Identifies developmental and training needs of employees.
  • None of the above.
23 Please indicate which of the following leadership responsibilities you have had experience performing. Answer to this question is required
  • I have established program direction(s).
  • I have set priorities and made tactical decisions related to program development.
  • I have developed and implemented a strategic plan.
  • I have led efforts to change a scientific, engineering, or technical program.
  • I have led multi-disciplinary teams.
  • I have built partnerships within the agency as well as with other stakeholders.
  • I have promoted cooperation, flexibility and teamwork among employees.
  • I have enforced compliance with policies and procedures.
  • I have reviewed, monitored, and evaluated organization performance.
  • I have experience in long range technology forecasting.
  • My experience does not match the choices provided.
24 Which of the following best reflects your experience in directing, coordinating, and leading group activities or in leading a team consisting of multiple people performing different functions whether formally or informally, in order to complete projects or fulfill other official responsibilities in a timely and successful manner? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.

Grade: 4

1 ZP-4: In addition to the meeting the Individual Occupational Requirement, do you have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower pay band (ZP-3) or GS-12 grade level in the federal service? (See the "Qualifications" section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience.) Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No