Job Title: Biologist, ZP-0401-3 (DE/CR) Term Appointment NTE 1 YearJob Announcement Number: NMFS-AKC-2013-0012
Department: Department Of Commerce
Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.
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/ Per Year
Friday, March 22, 2013 to
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Competitive: Career/Career-Conditional -
1 vacancy in the following location:
Seattle, WA, USView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
All United States citizens.
The 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 will be assigned in the NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC), National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML), and will assist in the support of NOAA Fisheries goals and objectives regarding study of whales.
This is a term position not to exceed 13 months. It may be extended for a total of four years.
This position does not confer competitive status. If you wish to apply for this position and are a current Federal employee in a permanent position, be advised that you are not guaranteed a return to your permanent position upon termination of this appointment.
This position is covered by the Department of Commerce (DOC) Alternative Personnel System. This system replaces the federal GS pay system and structure. Under the System, positions are classified by career path, series, and pay band. The ZP-3 is equivalent to a GS-11/12. For additional information visit CAPS Information.
Must be able to acquire and maintain a boat operating certification.
A one-year trial period may be require.
Relocation is not authorized.
More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
This position is not in the bargaining unit.
- U.S. citizen.
- Registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov).
- Suitable for Federal employment.
- Qualifications must be met by closing date of announcement.
DUTIES:Back to top
In this position the incumbent will:
- 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.
- Coordinate activities relating to Cetacean Assessment and Ecology Program (CAEP) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit including writing permit applications and reports; lead marine mammal aerial and vessel surveys in Alaskan Waters, including developing survey designs.
- Serve as a marine mammal observer in aerial and vessel surveys collecting sightings data, to be used in stock assessments.
- Serve as a small boat operator during sampling procedures; photograph, biopsy, and tagging marine mammals, especially baleen whales; manage CAEP's Alaska humpback whale photographic catalogue for individual identification, including organizing and cataloging photographs, maintaining meta data on the photographs.
- Analyze both real-time and recorded acoustic data from baleen whales including identifying sounds made by baleen whales from other ocean noises.
- Analyze spatial distribution of cetaceans in relation to oceanographic features in a Geographic Information System (GIS) framework; manage and process data from aerial and shipboard cetacean surveys.
- Write manuscripts in standard scientific format (abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, references, tables, and figures) resulting from research activities for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
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 at: QUALIFICATIONS.
A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
Combination of education and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major, 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.
Applicants must possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 or equivalent level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks:Specialized experience for this position is defined as:
Performing marine mammal research activities; collecting photographs and biopsies of marine mammals; reviewing marine mammal permit applications and reports for accuracy and completeness; maintaining a catalogue of marine mammal data; evaluating spatial distribution data of cetaceans; and drafting scientific publications for peer reviewed journals.
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.
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 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 oversee the marine mammal permit, application and reporting process.
* Knowledge of project planning and management theories and principles.
* Ability to plan and conduct marine mammal aerial and vessel surveys in various oceanic climates and conditions.
*Skill in collecting data for marine mammal stock assessments from ships, aircraft, or small boats.
*Ability to manage photographic databases.
*Ability to analyze spatial distribution of cetaceans in relation to oceanographic features in a Geographic Information System framework.
*Ability to analyze both real-time and recorded acoustic data from marine mammals.
*Ability to write scientific publications for peer reviewed journals.
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