Job Overview


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 Supervisory Fish and Wildlife Administrator (Chief), Endandered Species Act Interagency Cooperation Division of the office of Protected Resources.  The Division Chief is responsible for oversight of the development and implementation of programs in support of the recovered and healthy marine and coastal species objective of the Healthy Ocean Goal of the NOAA Strategic Plan; specifically, implementing section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This position in located in Silver Spring, MD.

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. 

This position is also being advertised under announcement NMFS-PR-2013-0009  (Open to status candidates). 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.


The incumbent will:

  • Provides programmatic advice on protected resources issued to NMFS offices, Regions and Science Centers and other Federal and State agencies;
  • Represents the Office and Agency on program activities with Congressional staff, user groups, conservation groups, federal and state entities and others;
  • Oversees development of major protected resources policies, initiatives and positions, focusing on ESA section 7.
  • Provides policy advice to the Office Director in formulation of, or recommendations on, major policy directions;
  • Serves as program authority and advisor to the Office Director, NMFS and NOAA on the implementation of Protected Resources programs and new strategies to improve program performance;
  • Promotes and improves the allocation process for protected species funds consistent with the office-wide approach;
  • Recommends, promotes or conducts program reviews for selected protected species program elements (i.e., EAS section 7) with the goal of improving the quality, effectiveness or efficiencies of the program;
  • Counsels and advises employees, evaluates performance, priorities workload, recommends and approves training and development, recommends recognition and promotion, and initiates appropriate remedial action for performance.