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Job Title:Supervisory Research Fishery Biologist, ZP-0482-4 (DE/CR)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:NMFS-SEFSC-2013-0014

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$86,575.00 to $132,995.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 to Monday, February 11, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ZP-0482-4

POSITION INFORMATION:

Competitive Service; Career/Career Conditional - Permanent; Full-Time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

4

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Miami, FLView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

*All Qualified United States citizens.

JOB SUMMARY:

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.

This position is in the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC), Sustainable Fisheries Division (SFD), located in Miami, FL. This position is covered under the Department of Commerce Alternate Personnel System (CAPS). CAPS replaced the Federal General Schedule (GS) pay plan and structure. Under this system, positions are classified by career path, series and pay band. Pay Band ZP-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14 level.

This position is also being advertised as a Supervisory Fishery Biologist, ZP-0482-4 under announcement number NMFS-SEFSC-2013-0009 (status candidates). You must apply separately under each announcement to be considered for each announcement.

Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized.

A one-year supervisory probationary period may be required.

A three-year probation period may be required.

This is a non-bargaining position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • United States citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • All qualification requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.
  • This position requires travel several times a year.

DUTIES:

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The individual selected for this position will:

  • Be responsible for planning, evaluating, supervising, and coordinating assessments of Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean fishery resources as part of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Branch of the Sustainable Fisheries Division (SFD) at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center.
  • Coordinate SFD participation in the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) process and other assessment-related activities such as answering queries from the Southeast Regional Office and affected Councils.
  • Cultivate collaborative relationships with adjacent nations that potentially share the same stocks (e.g., bilaterally with Mexico or through multinational organizations such as the Caribbean Fisheries Mechanism).
  • Represent the SEFSC on various Fishery Commissions and/or technical work groups (such as Council scientific and statistical committees, plan development teams, or the working groups of various Federal, state, international or professional organizations).
  • Plan and conduct research related providing high quality stock assessments; evaluating existing methods and data and developing innovative solutions to any identified deficiencies.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Qualification requirements in 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 OPM's website here.


BASIC EDUCATION Requirements FOR THIS SERIES:

A. Degree: major in biological science that included: At least 6 semester hours in aquatic subjects such as limnology, ichthyology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, fish culture, or related courses in the field of fishery biology; and At least 12 semester hours in the animal sciences in such subjects as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, entomology, parasitology, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or research in these fields. (Excess course work in aquatic subjects may be used to meet this requirement when appropriate.)

OR

B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in biological science(i.e., at least 30 semester hours), of which a minimum of 6 semester hours were in aquatic subjects and 12 semester hours were in the animal sciences, as shown in A 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 basic requirements above, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower band/grade level (ZP-3/GS-12) 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.

For the ZP-4, specialized experience includes one or more of the following:  Experience in directing and conducting full stock assessments; Experience managing large, multifaceted research programs; Experience teaching courses such as ecology, mathematical modeling, population dynamics, statistics or sampling design at the university level; Experience with publications relating to population dynamics, ecology and stock assessment.
Education cannot be substituted at the ZP-4 level.
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.   

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) 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. Candidates placed in the"gold" category 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:

  • Ability to supervise and mentor scientific and technical staff.
  • Skill in directing programs relating to data collection, stock assessments, or natural resource management.
  • Knowledge of fishery stock assessment techniques, including statistical catch at age models, and analytical software packages.
  • Skill in developing advice for fishery conservation and management programs under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management Act, Endangered Species Act, and /or Marine Mammal Protection Act.
  • Skill in communicating technical information to scientific and lay audiences.
  • Skill in conducting statistical analyses with fish or ecological data.
  • Skill interacting with natural resource agencies; industry; environmental and scientific groups.

To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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



OTHER INFORMATION:

Additional vancancies may be filled from this announcement.

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, 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.
The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: • VRA30% or more disabled veteranPersons with DisabilitiesICTAP



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 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 "Update Application" 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 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 Human Resource Assistant listed in this 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, the number of hours worked per week, your salary, and grade of any federal position/s held. 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. If the education requirement includes a specified number of credit hours in specific disciplines, your transcript must reflect the required coursework. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to Application of Standards 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- Foreign Credentials. 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:

Tonya Johnston
Phone: 816-426-5017
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: tonya.l.johnston@noaa.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
WFMO/Kansas City Staffing Division
601 E. 12th Street
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://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 Requirement 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-SEFSC-2013-0014

Control Number:

337088200