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Job Title:  Research Program Officer
Agency:  Marine Mammal Commission
Job Announcement Number:  WA-993771-AS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$51,630.00 to $67,114.00 / Per Year
Thursday, December 12, 2013 to Thursday, January 09, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Bethesda, MD View Map
United States Citizens
Q - Nonsensitive


Do you want to make an impact on marine mammal conservation?


1) All U.S. Citizens - please apply under occupational specialty 001 if you don't meet any of the criteria listed below.

2)   Status Candidates  - please apply under occupational specialty 002.  This includes current Federal employees who serve under a competitive career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service, reinstatement eligibles (former Federal employees who served under a career appointment in the competitive service) and VEOA eligibles (veterans with preference and veterans who have been honorably discharged and substantially completed at least 3 years of continuous active duty service.  Please apply under occupational specialty 002 if you meet the criteria mentioned above; and

3) Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities  - please apply under the occupational specialty 003.  This includes applicants who are eligible for noncompetitive or special appointment authorities such as: 30% or more compensably disabled veterans, Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA - for positions at GS-11 and below), and persons with disabilities (Schedule A), military spouse preference, Federal employees in excepted positions covered under an interchange agreement, and other eligible special hiring authorities (such as Peace Corps, Boren Fellows, etc.). This also includes applicants who previously held, or currently hold, this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this position. For more information about special hiring authorities, visit Please apply under occupational specialty  003  if you meet the criteria mentioned above.  

Documentation to verify your eligibility under  Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities  or as a Status Candidate needs to be submitted with your application in order to be considered.

Full Performance Level: GS-11


  • Occasional Travel
  • 1-5 nights a month


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service


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·    Administers the research grants and contracts awarded by the Commission under the direction of the   Assistant Scientific Program Director.

·    Assists with management of the Commission's research program including: solicitation of research proposals, process  and review of proposals, drafting of statements of work for new grant awards, liaising with principal investigators and financial officers, and maintaining scientific files of all grant related correspondence.

·    Assists with the Commission's annual survey of federally funded marine mammal research and conservation activities

·    Provides scientific and administrative support to the Commission's Science Program and the Commission as a whole.


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In order to qualify for this position the applicant must meet one the minimum qualifications described below:

A. You must have (1) at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-07 grade level or higher, in the federal service in which you are responsible for the administration of federal grants or contractsincluding duties such as soliciting grant proposals; processing and reviewing proposals; administering research grants; drafting statements of work for new grant awards; serving as a liaison with principal investigators and financial officers of institutions submitting proposals and receiving grants; maintaining electronic files of all correspondence with grant applicants and recipients; maintaining a database of current and past research projects; AND

(2) at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-07 grade level or higher, in the federal service (not necessarily concurrently) in which you are responsible for providing scientific program support with relevance to marine mammals and conservation issues: including tasks such as compiling and reviewing scientific information for content; maintaining bibliographic files; contributing to document preparation; supporting sponsored scientific projects and/or workshops; reviewing and analyzing activities that affect marine mammals; preparing requests for data from agencies; managing correspondence, error checking, analyzing, and preparing reports of data from agencies.


B. You must have at least two full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a master's degree in science (M.S.) or equivalent graduate degree (such as a Masters in Environmental Management) in marine mammal biology, marine mammal ecology, marine environmental science, marine environmental management, or marine environmental policy, or equivalent with marine mammal or similar specialization. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that your institution has determined to represent one year of full time study.   If that information cannot be obtained from your institution, 18 semester hours will be considered as one year of full-time graduate study.  


C. You must have a combination of successfully completed graduate education as described in response option B above, AND specialized experience as described in response option A above that totals at least one year.   If you are selected, you understand that you may be required to submit proof of your educational claim.

Education: For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descript courses listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research"), please indicate through your resume or attachment memorandum from an academic professor how each course fulfills the specific education requirement, i.e., state number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned.

NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. Applicants can verify accreditation at

Special Instructions For Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit

All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.


Candidates who apply under All U.S. Citizens procedures (occupational specialty 001) will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category, and veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:


·    Best Qualified  - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;

·    Well Qualified  - applicants possessing experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job; and

·    Qualified  - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.


Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures (occupational specialty 002) will undergo a quality review to determine if they are highly qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Highly qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.


Candidate who apply under Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities procedures (occupational specialty 003 will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.


All candidates will be evaluated against the following competencies:

1.  Education in marine mammal biology/ecology, or marine environmental science/management/policy, and professional experience with marine conservation issues of relevance to marine mammals.

2.  Knowledge of and experience with pertinent laws, regulations, policies and precedents for awarding and administering federal grants and contracts.

3.  Ability to create, manage and analyze relational databases of survey data and information.

4. Writing




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If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF-15 found at If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at

If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.

If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15, and if applicable, a completed SF-15. If you don't have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at or call 1-800-827-1000.

Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.  Your Résumé and other supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section below.

2.  A complete Assessment Questionnaire

A complete Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of  Thursday, January 09, 2014.


* To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other documents and complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.

* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the job announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 993771. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:

1.  Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and

2.  Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire  and

3.  Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:


1.       Your Résumé

2.       A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3.       Other Supporting Documents (No Photos Please):  

·    Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable.

·    College transcripts, if qualifying based on education.

·    Current or former Federal employees MUST submit a copy of their SF-50 Form which shows position title, pay plan, series, grade, tenure group, position occupied (competitive/excepted), agency, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form(s) which demonstrates serving 52 weeks at the next lower level, or at the highest grade level achieved. If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof. THERE MAY BE SITUATIONS WHERE MORE THAN ONE SF-50 IS NEEDED TO VERIFY TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS AS WELL AS ELIGIBILITY FOR CONSIDERATION. IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT SUFFICIENT REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION AS A STATUS CANDIDATE.

·    Documentation of your eligibility to apply as a Noncompetitive candidate or under a Special Appointing Authority, if applicable. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment. THERE MAY BE SITUATIONS WHERE MORE THAN ONE SF-50 IS NEEDED TO VERIFY ELIGIBILITY FOR CONSIDERATION. IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT SUFFICIENT REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION AS A NONCOMPETITIVE CANDIDATE.


If you are a displaced Federal employee within in the local commute area of this announcement, you must include ALL the following documents to receive Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan consideration for this vacancy:

1. Proof you are a displaced Federal employee under 5 CFR 330.702, e.g., one of the following: RIF Separation Notice; Notice of Proposed Removal for Declining a Transfer of Function; Agency certification of inability to place after termination of work-related disability compensation; OPM Notice of Termination of Disability Annuity; or certification of a Military Reserve Technician or National Guard Technician special disability retirement annuity.
2. SF-50s (Notification of Personnel Action) sufficient to show all of the following: 1) that you held career/career-conditional competitive status in your position of record; 2) the promotional potential of your position of record; and 3) the duty location of your position of record. NOTE: You may need to submit more than one SF-50.
3. Most Recent Performance Appraisal. This requirement does not apply if you qualify for ICTAP due to injury compensation or disability annuity.

Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan (I/CTAP):  To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above in accordance with the agency's merit promotion procedures on the rating criteria for this position. For further information about the I/CTAP programs, visit


Washington Services Branch
Phone: (202)606-2575
Agency Information:
Please do not send mail
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. You will receive notice via email or mail when this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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