Job Overview


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These positions are with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Office of Law Enforcement (OLE). For more information about OLE, please Click Here

These positions may receive administratively uncontrollable overtime (AUO) pay as a percentage of the employee's annual rate for work which requires substantial amounts of irregular or overtime hours in excess of the normal 8 hour workday and cannot be controlled administratively.

These positions 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. The ZA-2 is equivilant to the GS-7/9, the ZA-3 band level is equivalent to the GS-11/12 on the Federal General Schedule salary table.

**These positions are not covered under the Law Enforcement Retirement system and have specific CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT. Please review these conditions under the Requirements section of this announcement. **

Salary is based on Rest of U.S. CAPS pay schedule. Rates of pay vary depending on location.

Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for Alaska is 5.57%, for Honolulu, HI it is 12.25% and for Guam the COLA is 14.16% of the locality salary, and is not federally taxed. The COLA is not reflected in the locality salary shown in this vacancy announcement. The applicant selected for Guam, may be eligible for a differential. In areas where it has been authorized such as Guam, both a cost-of-living allowance (COLA) and a post differential, the Government pays the full COLA and a partial differential so as not to exceed 25 percent of the employee's hourly rate of basic pay. COLAs are exempt from Federal income taxes; post differentials are not.

Positions are also announced under vacancy number NMFS-OLE-2014-0014, which is open to status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

A one-year probationary period may be required.

This position is not in the bargaining unit.

Shift work is required. Must be able to work weekends, Holidays, and rotating shifts.

NOTE: This vacancy may be used to fill other ZA-2/3 Enforcement Officer 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 an Enforcement Officer deterring and detecting violations of NOAA statutes by conducting visible, uniformed patrols and inspections within the officers assigned area of responsibility; duties include but are not limited to:
  • Boarding commercial and recreational fishing vessels in port or from patrol vessels at sea, and conducting detailed inspections of vessels and/or dealers;
  • Inspecting shipments of marine resource products entering the United States at ports of entry (e.g., border crossings, airports and harbors);
  • Documenting all apparent violations of NOAA statutes detected during the course of patrols and inspections, while collecting, identifying and preserving evidence (including witness statements) associated with any violation and assembles a complete case report fully;
  • Conducting arrest, searches and seizures in accordance with the U.S. Constitution, pertinent laws, regulations, directives and court decisions;
  • Complying with all existing policies, procedures and guidelines (including the use of force policy) pertaining to use, display, safety, and maintenance of firearms and intermediate weapons.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Frequent travel is required for this position.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be authorized.
  • Additional Duty Location Info

    Many vacancies in the following locations

    • Anchorage, AK
    • Dutch Harbor, AK
    • Homer, AK
    • Juneau, AK
    • Ketchikan, AK
    • Kodiak, AK
    • Petersburg, AK
    • Seward, AK
    • Sitka, AK
    • Alameda, CA
    • Arcata, CA
    • Long Beach, CA
    • San Diego, CA
    • Panama City, FL
    • Saint Petersburg, FL
    • Agana, GU
    • Honolulu, HI
    • Lafayette, LA
    • Gloucester, MA
    • New Bedford, MA
    • Berlin, MD
    • Ellsworth, ME
    • Portland, ME
    • Rockport, ME
    • Portsmouth, NH
    • Marmora, NJ
    • Wall Township, NJ
    • Bellport, NY
    • Astoria, OR
    • Coos Bay, OR
    • Newport, OR
    • Galveston County, TX
    • Newport News, VA
    • Bellingham, WA