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Job Title:Oceanographer, ZP-1360-3 (DE/CR)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:OAR-AOML-2013-0004

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

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$60,742.00 to $94,645.00 / Per Year


Friday, March 01, 2013 to Thursday, May 16, 2013




Competitive: Career/Career-Conditional - Permanent/Full Time




1 vacancy - Miami, FL, USView Map


All qualified United States citizens.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) is where science comes to life. Become part of a team that develops innovative ideas and technologies and collaborate with the many talented and dedicated people who work to solve the mysteries of the deepest oceans to the surface of the sun. Explore the facets and trends of the earth's environment that will influence the future. Become a part of the team that provides the nation with scientific information to thrive in an ever-changing world.

This position is located at the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) in Miami, FL. AOML's mission is to conduct basic and applied research in oceanography, tropical meteorology, atmospheric and oceanic chemistry, and acoustics. This position will be filled under the Department of Commerce (DOC) Alternative Personnel System (CAPS).  This System replaces the federal GS pay system and structure. Under the System, positions are classified by career path, series, and pay band. ZP-3 is equivalent to a GS-11/12.  This position is also being announced under vacancy announcement number OAR-AOML-2013-0005(Open to status applicants). You must apply separately under each announcement to be considered for each announcement. A one-year probationary period may be required. Relocation expenses are not authorized.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Qualification reqirements must be met by closing date of announcement.


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The individual selected for this position will: Investigate the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of coral reef ecosystems, and how stressors-in particular ocean acidification - impact these ecosystems.  Disseminate research findings through peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations on topics related to coral reef science and marine ecology. Prepare one primary author paper every other year and one contributing author paper every year.  Develop projects and obtain funding for research activities and support personnel to investigate ocean acidification on coral reef ecosystems.  Serve as the chief scientist on field programs investigating coral reefs, including work with SCUBA.  Lead a team of contractors and post-doctoral associates in reach research program investigating ocean acidification on coral reefs.    


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For more information about the qualifications requirements for the position:

Degree: major study of at least 24 semester hours in oceanography or a related discipline such as physics, meteorology, geophysics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, geology, or biology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of oceanography, physics, geophysics, chemistry, mathematics, meteorology, computer science, and engineering sciences. OR Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Applicants who qualify on the basis of major study in biology or geology must have had at least 6 semester hours in the major directly concerned with marine science or 6 semester hours in oceanography; applicants who qualify on the basis of other physical sciences or engineering must have had differential and integral calculus and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Only successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education is acceptable to meet positive education requirements. Foreign education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs or the education has been accepted by an accredited U.S. Institution of higher learning.

In addition to the education requirements, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-2 (GS-9 equivalent). 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 this position is defined as: (1) Experience developing and managing independent research projects. (2) Experience in investigating the impact of ocean acidification on coral reef ecosystems. (3) Experience in designing, conducting, and publishing research in peer-reviewed, scientific journals;developing and deploying long-term monitoring systems on coral reef ecosystems.   


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 self-assessment questions, 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 function as a principal investigator for a research project. * Ability to interpret oceanographic results in order to produce high impact peer-reviewed publications. *Skill in presenting research findings to colleagues at regional, national or international oceanographic meetings. *Ability to direct personnel to successfully execute field and laboratory projects in coral reef ecology. 5 Knowledge of long-term coral reef monitoring. *Skill in interpreting data from long-term monitoring.  * Ability to successfully perform underwater scientific research tasks. *Ability to write proposals in order to obtain funding to conduct coral reef research.

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

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


More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

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:>CTAP/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 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:>VRA>VEOA>30% or more disabled veteran>ICTAP>Persons with disabilities.







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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 (list e-mail) 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. 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 and must include the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment, the number of hours worked per week, your salary, and grade (for federal positions only). 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-2214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service (Member 4 Copy), 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 Qualifications for more information. Note: You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. However, you must submit all the required documents or you may lose consideration for this vacancy.


Janet Rizzi
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You will be notified of your application status through UASJOBS 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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