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Job Title:  Fish and Wildlife Administrator, ZP-0480-5 (DE/CR)
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NMFS-PIR-2013-0006

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$116,077.00 to $150,900.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 to Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Competitive; Career/Career-Conditional - Full Time; Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Honolulu, HI, USView Map
All qualified United States citizens.


National Marine Fisheries Service (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.

The incumbent in this position will serve as Fish and Wildlife Administrator, Assistant Regional Administrator for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the NMFS, Pacific Islands Region, located in Honolulu, HI. 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. Salary increase within pay bands occur through the pay-for-performance system only. The ZP-5 is equivalent to the GS-15.


In addition to the salaries listed above, there is a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for Hawaii in the amount of 12.25%, which is not subject to Federal income tax. This rate is subject to change for 2013.


This position is also being advertised under announcement NMFS-PIR-2013-0005  (Status). You must apply separately under each announcement to be considered. Payment of relocation expenses is authorized.

* A one year supervisory probationary period may be required.

This is not a bargaining unit position.


  • Applicants must be a US citizen.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Register for Selective Service if applicable (
  • Financial Disclosure Form (SF-450) is required.
  • ALL qualifications must be met by the closing date of announcement.


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The incumbent will:

  • Plan, manage and administer the policies/procedures, employees and budget of the Sustainable Fisheries Division necessary for implementation of federal laws and regulations;
  • Provide leadership toward accomplishment of regional goals and objectives in support of NOAA Fisheries Strategic Plan goals and objectives, and administering full range of supervisory responsibilities for multidisciplinary group of employees;
  • Develop, coordinate and implements policies to achieve NOAA Fisheries objectives related to Sustainable Fisheries program requirements in Pacific Island Region.
  • Act for Regional Administrator when absent.


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    Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification (OPM) Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on OPM's website at

    Basic Requirement:

    A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


    B. Combination of education and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major, or at least 30 semester hours in courses, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.OR

    C. Four years of experience that demonstrated that the applicant acquired knowledge and understanding of one or more of the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or related disciplines equivalent to that which would have been acquired through completion of a 4-year course of study as described in A above.


    *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.

    You must have one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-4 level (GS-14). Specialized experience is experience that equips the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. This experience need not have been in the federal government.

    Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Experience includes fisheries/natural resource management experience in work coordinating agency functions with regional and field office programs and activities; coordination and oversight of budget planning and execution; development and execution of major program policies and/or strategic plans. Experience in leading public hearings and/or organizational meetings that require utilizing interpersonal communication skills to discuss or explain controversial issues.NOTE: Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.

    For more information about the qualifications requirements for this position: Click Here.


    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) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume and/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.

    How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job.

    The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response: *Knowledge of fisheries policies and regulations * Skill in organizational management and interpersonal communications *Ability to interpret and communicate technical information in both oral and written forms *Ability to develop and maintain working relationships

    For more information on category rating, please go to: Category Rating.

    To preview questions please click here.


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


    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: ICTAP  

    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 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.

    The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:
    * VRA
    * 30% or more disabled veteran
    * Persons with disabilities
    * ICTAP


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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 USAJOBS. 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 USAJOBS 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 or 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 listed in this announcement.


    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. 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: Veterans
    * 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 Qualifications 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 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.


    Diana Cordell
    Phone: 816-426-3840
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Agency Information:
    WFMO/Kansas City Staffing Division
    601 E. 12th Street
    Room 1737
    Kansas City, MO
    Fax: 000-000-0000


    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 USAJOBS 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 Requirement 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.).

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