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Job Title:Research Fish Biologist, ZP-0482-3/4 or Research Mathematical Statistician, ZP-1529-3/4 (DE/CR)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:NMFS-NEFSC-2012-0066

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$62,758.00 to $137,410.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 to Tuesday, October 02, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

ZP-0482/1529-3/4

POSITION INFORMATION:

Permanent Career/Career Conditional - Full-time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

4

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Woods Hole, MA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

* All qualified United States citizens.

JOB SUMMARY:

NMFS is dedicated to stewardship of our nation's living marine resources, and the habitat on which they depend, through scientific research, management and enforcement. NMFS provides effective stewardship of these resources to benefit the nation, through domestic and international programs supporting coastal communities that depend upon them, while providing safe and healthy seafood to consumers and recreational opportunities for the public.

This position is in the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), Research Evaluation and Assessment Division (READ), Populations Dynamics Branch (PDB) located in Woods Hole, MA. This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. The ZP-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12, the ZP-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14. This position may require a 3-year probationary period.

Salary ranges for ZP-3:  $62,758 - $97,787    ZP-4:  $89,449 - $137,410

Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized. 

This position is also announced under vacancy number NMFS-NEFSC-2012-0065 (open to status candidates).  If you wish to be considered under both announcements, you must apply to each one separately.

This is a non-bargaining position.

Additional vacancies may be filled under this announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable(www.sss.gov).
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Qualification requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.

DUTIES:

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The individual selected for this position will: * Provide analytical support for the overall mission of the Population Dynamics Branch to assess the status of exploited fishery populations and to assist implementation of science based management;  * Provide professional and scientific work on the design and adaptation of mathematical and statistical models for stock assessments of commercial and recreation fisheries in the Northeast; * Carries out projects as a full member of a research team or as an independent researcher under general direction and guidance on project objectives, limits, work plans, and conclusions, assessing accuracy and reliability of results and documenting assignments according to accepted principles and methods; OR investigates and evaluates the applicability, efficiency and accuracy of the theory and methods used by subject-matter specialists or other statistician in various studies.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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.


CANDIDATES MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS : For the Research Fish Biologist, ZP-0482-3/4: Applicants must 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. For the  Research Mathematical Statistician, ZP-1529-3/4:  Degree:  that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics. OR a combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown  above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

This announcement requires transcripts.

*You must provide all transcripts from all degrees received (unofficial copies are acceptable) by the closing date of this announcement. Individuals who are selected must be prepared to provide official transcripts. 

*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.

IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS ABOVE: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. 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. Specialized experience for the ZP-3 level is defined as : Experience in fisheries biology and in real world stock assessments; AND Experience in statistics or mathematics, software commonly used in fisheries, and in working with diverse technical groups OR SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  Master's or equivalent directly related graduate degree.  Specialized experience for the ZP-4 level is defined as: Produce reliable results from stock assessment or other statistical models used in biology; AND apply stock assessment or other statistical models to difficult problems or in novel ways; AND conduct research and publish results in scientific journals; AND lead or work as part of a team; AND have oral and written communication skills with technical and lay audiences. OR SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Master's or equivalent directly related graduate degree. Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.

For more information about the qualifications requirements for this position:

http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0400/0482.htm

http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/iors/gs1500/1529.asp   

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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 population dynamics, fishery stock assessment and related research. 
  • Knowledge of marine or aquatic ecology and fishery biology. 
  • Skill in conducting real-world stock assessments. 
  • Ability to use software commonly used in fisheries stock assessment. 
  • Knowledge of statistics and biometrics. 
  • Skill in publishing scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. 
  • Ability to communicate technical information orally to a wide variety of audiences. 
  • Skill in working with diverse technical groups.

For more information on category rating, please go to: http://hr.commerce.gov/s/groups/public/@doc/@cfoasa/@ohrm/documents/content/dev01_006408.pdf


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BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

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 ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

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 the National Guard Bureau of 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 last performance appraisal including your rating; and

4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:

http://www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vetguide.asp#30Disabled

http://www.opm.gov/disability/

* http://www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vetguide.asp#VRA-Authority

* http://www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vetguide.asp#VeteransEmploymentAct1998

* http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ctap



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 another format, please contact the HR Personnel noted on the announcement.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

A complete application consists of the following:  

* 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 should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week.  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 assessment tool(s). 

* Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/

* Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).

* 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.  Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements.  Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information.

Note: You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. You must provide all the required documents by the closing date of the announcement or you may lose consideration for this vacancy.

* Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries 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 at http://www.2.ed.gov/students/prep/college/diplomamills/diploma-mills.html?exp=6

Qualifications. 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Diana Cordell
Phone: 816-426-3840
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: diana.k.cordell@noaa.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
WFMO/Client Services Division
601 East 12th Street
Room 1737
Kansas City, MO
64106
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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.).

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Job Announcement Number:

NMFS-NEFSC-2012-0066

Control Number:

327385000