Job Overview


About the Agency

This is a Social Scientist position located in the Climate Program Office of the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. This position will provide management and support for research, assessments, and climate services development activities designed to bring sound, interdisciplinary science to bear on climate sensitive resource management and adaptation challenges in key sectors and regions.

This position will be filled under the Department of Commerce 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 ZP-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12 grade level.

This position is also announced under vacancy number OAR-ARL-2014-0029 (MAP) which is open to status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

  • This position is not in the bargaining unit.
  • A one year probationary period may be required.
  • Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
This vacancy may be used to fill other Social Scientist, ZP-0101-3 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g., within the same geographical location, same grade/band requires the same qualifications as indicated in this vacancy announcement).


The individual selected for this position will:

  • Support initiatives to integrate intra- and inter-agency priorities into program maanagement framework including participating in the climate Program Offices' broad planning activities.
  • Conceptualizing agenda development for annual RISA meeting to support strategic objectives based on analysis of progress reports and RISA team portfolios.
  • Support research and outreach on science policy, particuarly at the federal level, to help build support for interdisciplinary, use-inspired science.
  • Support research and outreach on coastal resilence and other climate related issues.
  • Execute managing research competitions including writing research priorities, communicating with applicants, reviewing letters of intent nad proposals, and organizing review panels.
  • Interacting with RISA teams and the scientific community at Annual Planning and RISA Meeting, and local, state, and regional workshops to monitor development of cooperative agreements.
  • Support initiatives to improve program visibility in partnership with NOAA Communications and external affairs staff.
  • Maintain strategic relationships with domestic and international partners both federal and non-federal.
  • Assist with administering new financial awards and award continuations for RISA program competitions.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No