Job Overview


About the Agency

This position is with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC), Resource Assessment and Conservation Engineering Division, located in Seattle, WA. 

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-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12 grade level. For more information on CAPS Click Here

This position is also being advertised under announcement NMFS-AKC-2014-0030 which is open to status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

  • A three year probationary/trial period may be required.
  • Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
  • This is a bargaining unit position.
NOTE: This vacancy may be used to fill other Research Oceanographer ZP-1360-3 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g., within the same geographic locations, same grade/band requires the same qualifications as indicated in this vacancy announcement).


The individual selected for this position will:

  • Serve as a team member of the Midwater Assessment Conservation and Engineering (MACE) Program, which is responsible for conducting annual acoustic-trawl (AT) stock assessment surveys on walleye pollock in the Gulf of Alaska and eastern Bering Sea. 
  • Complete tasks related to AT survey planning, execution, post-cruise analysis, and documentation of results, as well as participation in survey-related research activities. 
  • Develop (and evaluate existing) AT survey designs for new and existing assessment surveys. 
  • Participate in at-sea survey activities in a leadership role as field party chief. 
  • Conduct post-cruise analysis of data, document results in scientific manuscripts and reports, and present findings to the North Pacific Fishery Management Plan Teams and other relevant groups. 
  • Develop AT survey data management systems. 
  • Participate in survey-related research work to test traditional AT survey assumptions, to improve AT survey methods, and to develop new assessment tools (e.g. lowered target strength device, integrated stereo camera-trawl systems, trawl-resistant bottom-mounted echosounding systems). 
  • Operate, troubleshoot and repair various optical and acoustic remote sampling devices.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Must be willing to spend up to 60 days at sea for fisheries research.

Relocation Authorized

  • No