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Job Title:  Physical Scientist
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Job Announcement Number:  R9-14-1188648-CK

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$75,621.00 to $98,305.00 / Per Year
Thursday, August 14, 2014 to Friday, August 22, 2014
Full Time - Term NTE 4 years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
United States Citizens. This is a term appointment not to exceed 13 months. The appointment may be extended at the management’s discretion and will not exceed 4 years.
Not Applicable


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You will serve as a Physical Scientist and as the Service’s liaison to the Department’s Office of Policy Analysis, Ocean and Coastal Activities (OPA-OCA) function, supporting the Service’s interest in administration and implementation of the National Ocean Policy and coordination of ocean and coastal activities within the Department of the Interior for the protection and preservation of ocean, coastal, coral reef, or Great Lakes ecosystems.



  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel will be determined based on the jurisdictions that are associated with the coral reef task force.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • A background investigation is required
  • Appointment MAY include a requirement for 1 year probationary period


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Provides DOI Executive Secretariat services to the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, including planning bi-annual meetings of the Task Force and coordinating work of the Task Force's Steering Committee.

Supports other Departmental activities related to ocean and coastal issues, including staffing for significant meetings such as the ocean resource management and interagency policy committee, staff support for the Department's Senior Ocean Policy Team, acting as the DOI liaison to the Ecosystem based management subcommittee.

In all of these duties works closely with senior staff and policy personnel of other agencies, particularly the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


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You must meet all qualification requirements outlined within this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of this announcement.


To qualify for the GS-12 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower GS-11 grade level in the Federal Service. You must have direct and/or related experience in all of the examples listed below to meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Examples of this experience: Coordinating work and/or policy efforts among Federal and/or State or non-governmental agencies or programs that directly relate to management of ocean, Great Lakes, coastal resources or coral reefs; interacting regularly and directly with senior career (Senior Executive Service) (SES), Directors, Chief Executive Officers and/or political agency leadership or equivalent personnel in State or non-governmental organizations that directly relate to management of ocean, Great Lakes, coastal resources or coral reefs. Experience assisting in planning and conducting policy analysis and preparing policy reports and briefing papers on natural resource issues, especially related to ocean coasts, Great Lakes, and coral reefs. Experience assisting with analyzing, and explaining issues related to topics such as natural resources management,

landscape-scale approaches, and biodiversity, especially related to ocean, coasts, Great Lakes and coral reef.


Selective Service: Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.


Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to the responses you submitted on the assessment section of this vacancy. Your total documented experience will also be reviewed to determine the category in which you will be placed. Eligible candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified.


Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied. Your rating will be based on both your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The Job Specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position:


- Ability to plan and represent agency at interagency meetings, where participates are senior executives and or political appointees.

- Ability to coordinate and staff interagency policy groups where participants are senior executives and/or political agency leadership or their equivalents

- Ability to communicate ocean, coast, Great Lakes or coral reef scientific or policy information to a wide range of audiences.
- Skill in analyzing ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, and coral reef policy decisions or plans.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The category determination is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


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1. If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must meet the well qualified category to be eliglble for ICTAP consideration for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

2. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 (member copy 4) or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required on the SF-15. LACK OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION WILL RESULT IN THE AGENCY'S INABILITY TO RECOGNIZE VETERAN STATUS FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

One or more positions may be filled through this vacancy announcement.


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5) Regular updates on the status of their applications as significant decisions are reached. 
6) A timely decision-making process.


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


1. Your Resume

2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3. Other supporting documents

4. Photo copies of Official Transcript(s) (if applicable) (Unofficial copies will not be accepted)

5. Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable)


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, August 22, 2014 .


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

You may use this link to apply directly to this vacancy announcement or return to a previously saved or incomplete application package. If you are unable to upload your supporting documents, you may fax a completed cover page  along with your documents using the following Vacancy ID R9-14-1188648-CK.  

Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144 If you cannot apply online: Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
  • 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.       


      For this job announcement the following documents are required:



      Assessment Questionnaire

      Photo copies of Official Transcript(s) (if applicable) (Unofficial copies will not be accepted

      Veterans Preference documentation (if applicable)


      Submitting Documents Include the 6-character Vacancy Identification Number R9-14-1188648-CK

      Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application. You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page. Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.


      Your resume must contain the basic information outlined in the usajobs website:

      At a minimum your resume must contain job title (include job series and grade if Federal) duties, starting and ending date (month and year), hours per week worked and salary. If you do not provide the minimum information requested above, this will prevent you from qualifying for this position.


      Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed: Not using the special cover page mentioned above; Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number; Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name.


      Colleen Kirchmaier
      Phone: (703)358-1743
      Agency Information:
      US Fish and Wildlife Service Virginia
      Division of Human Capital
      4401 N Fairfax Dr MS 2000
      Arlington, VA


      Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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