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Job Title:Supervisory Fish and Wildlife Administrator, ZP-0480-5 (MAP)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:NMFS-PR-2013-0012

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, May 08, 2013 to Wednesday, May 22, 2013




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




1 vacancy in the following location:
Silver Spring, MD, USView Map


*Current Federal employees serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service; *Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility; *CTAP/ICTAP eligibles; *Applicants eligible under special hiring authorities; *Veterans who are preference eligible, or separated from the US Armed Forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service, may apply under Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).


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-2013-0011  (Open to public). You must apply separately under each announcement to be considered. Payment of relocation expenses is authorized. This is not a bargaining unit position.

*A one year supervisory probationary period may be required.


  • Applicants must be a US citizen.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Register for Selective Service if applicable (
  • Financial Disclosure Form (OGE 450) is required.
  • Time in Grade must be met by the closing date of announcement.
  • Must be able to obtain a Non-critical Sensitive Security Clearance.


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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.


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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 Requirements:

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.


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 implementing Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act; Experience supervising and/or leading a team; and experience with the development and implementation of a marine resource conservation or management program.

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). However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire questions, 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.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

* Knowledge with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act. 

* Knowledge of natural resource legislative mandates.

* Ability to develop policy for a major program.

* Knowledge of program management, including budget execution and strategic planning.

* Ability to plan, direct, and evaluate work of subordinate managers, employees, and/or others.

* Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing as a representative of an agency to present ideas, concepts, policies and procedures.

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.


Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement.

CTAP 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 CTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: CTAP.
CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
1. A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating;and
4. any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
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 your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; 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: • VEOAPersons with DisabilitiesCTAP and 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 "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 ( 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.


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).
* SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," supporting your eligibility.
* Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) documentation, if applicable. For more information, please go to VETGUIDE.
* Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and 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.
* Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment, (severely disabled, eligible veterans, certain military spouses, etc.)
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.


Debbie Allen
Phone: 816-426-3044
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
DOC/NOWFMO/KC Staffing Division
601 East 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 "Application Status". 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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