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Job Title:  Enforcement Officer ZA-1801-2/3 (DE/CR)
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NMFS OLE-2014-0015

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$39,179.00 to $90,344.00 / Per Year
Friday, August 15, 2014 to Thursday, August 28, 2014
Career/Career Conditional - Permanent Full-Time
Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Anchorage, AK View Map
Dutch Harbor, AK View Map
Homer, AK View Map
Juneau, AK View Map
Ketchikan, AK View Map
More Locations  (29)
*All qualified United States Citizens or Nationals.


About the Agency

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).


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


  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be authorized.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Motor Vehicle Operation: must possess and maintain a valid drivers license.
  • Qualification requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.


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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.


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Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on OPM's website at: Qualifications.

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government:

To qualify at the ZA-2 or GS-7-10 level: Experience:
One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-1 (GS-5) of the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as:

  • Studying, observing, or writing about local, State, and/or Federal statutes and regulations for the conservation and management of natural resources and;
  • Performing prevention, monitoring, and/or compliance activities related to public use and/or access to natural resources; examples include work as a Park Ranger, Coast Guard Boarding Officer, Marine Patrol officer, Fish and Wildlife inspector, Customs Inspectors, or other similar jobs related to the law enforcement/police/management, conservation or protection of natural resources.

Education: One year of graduate-level education in any field such as Law Enforcement, Criminology, Criminal Justice (Private and Homeland Security), Natural Resources or other directly related graduate field of study.


Superior Academic Achievement as demonstrated by a bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university with either:
  1. a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale;
  2. a 3.5 GPA based on a 4.0 scale for required courses completed in a major field of study during the last two years of undergraduate study;
  3. class standing of upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision of the college;
  4. membership in a national Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association of College honor Societies, excluding freshman honor societies;

Combination: A combination of related graduate level education and specialized experience.

To qualify at the ZA-3 or GS-11/12 level: Experience:
One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-2 (GS-9) of the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as:
  • Assuring public understanding of, and compliance with local, state, and/or federal statutes and regulations for the conservation and management of natural resources (e.g., performing inspections, investigations, or advisory work);
  • Performing prevention, monitoring, and/or compliance activities related to public use and/or access to natural resources; examples include work as a Park Ranger, Coast Guard Boarding Officer, Marine Patrol officer, Fish and Wildlife inspector, Customs Inspectors, or other similar jobs related to the law enforcement/police/management, conservation or protection of natural resources;
  • Advising and providing training to partners in areas of federal regulations and priorities;
  • Designing and implementing plans to prevent, mitigate, or eliminate enforcement problems.

A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or-3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or; - LL.M., if related.

College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. 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.

Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.

There is no positive education requirement for this position.

Medical Requirement: If selected for this position you will be required to pass a pre-employment physical examination and psychological examination. Position is subject to random drug testing.


Working conditions: Enforcement Officers may perform duties that are dangerous and physically demanding under arduous or hazardous conditions. Working, walking, standing and climbing stairs and ladders requires a certain amount of physical ability, sure-footedness, judgment and constant awareness of the potential dangers. In addition to the normal law enforcement duties, all OLE's Officers may be called upon to provide emergency assistance as necessary. In general, working conditions may include life threatening situations or serious injury. This work requires a high level of mental alertness and is both physically and mentally stressful. The officers may be exposed to weapons and hostile individuals. Working hours may be irregular and include prolonged or non-traditional shifts. Also, they may be exposed to infectious diseases.

Firearms Requirement: You will be required to carry a firearm while performing duties of this position. Maintaining firearm proficiency is also mandatory.

Lautenberg Amendment: This position is covered by the 1996 Lautenberg Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968. A person convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence are not eligible for the position. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1001).

Training Requirement: Incumbent must successfully complete the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's (FLETC) Uniform Police Training Program (UPTP) or Criminal Investigators Training Program (CITP), or its equivalent. Failure to pass the training program will result in separation from this agency.

Mobility Agreement: This position may require the incumbent to be reassigned to a different geographic location. Accordingly, the incumbent will be required to sign a mobility agreement, which will remain in effect while assigned to this position as an enforcement officer.


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) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job.

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

  • Knowledge of law enforcement patrol techniques in a marine environment.
  • Ability to enforce fish and wildlife laws.
  • Ability to perform inspections and investigations.
  • Ability to collect and analyze data.
  • Ability to prepare case files and reports, for submission/adjudication, monitor progress.
  • Ability to communicate in both written and oral formats.
  • Ability to perform computerized research using law enforcement data base systems.
  • Skill in the input, review, and maintenance of data in law enforcement data bases.
For more information on category rating, please go to: Category Rating

To preview questions please click here.


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ICTAP candiddates will be eligible if it is determined that they exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Managements Career Transition Resources website at: ICTAP

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, 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.

NOAA participates in e-Verify. E-verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.


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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 Apply Online 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 am, to 7:00 p.m. ET.

For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact the HR Personnel 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).
  • If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 to show type of discharge or other valid proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see the Vet Guide.
  • Active Duty Service Members-- You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit Military Records.
  • 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. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities 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. 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.
Note: You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.


Marcy McAdams
Phone: 816-426-2038
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Kansas City Staffing Division, Room 1713
601 East 12th Street
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.).

Additional Duty Location Info

Many vacancies in the following locations:
Anchorage, AK View Map
Dutch Harbor, AK View Map
Homer, AK View Map
Juneau, AK View Map
Ketchikan, AK View Map
Kodiak, AK View Map
Petersburg, AK View Map
Seward, AK View Map
Sitka, AK View Map
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