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    This position is located within National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC), Fish Ecology Division, Newport, OR.

    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.

    The ZP-03 is equivalent to the GS-11/12.

    The full performance level of this position is ZP-04.

    This position is also announced under vacancy number NMFS-NWC-2017-0072, which is open to all US Citizens or Nationals. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

    * A three year probationary period may be required.

    * Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

    * This position is in the bargaining unit.

    *Amount of time away from the office conducting research can range up to no more than 10 consecutive days away from port on extended ocean cruises.

    *Must be able to lift up to 35 lbs. unassisted, ascend and descend ladders, enter and exit small boats (e.g., 20 ft. in length), haul lines and equipment, and stand and/or walk on uneven surfaces for extended periods of time.


    This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Research Ecologist ZP 0408-03 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band and requires the same qualifications and specialized experience as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

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    The individual selected for this position will:

    • Plan, conduct and evaluate ecological research dealing with the biology, ecology, and environmental drivers of the Northern California Current, especially as it pertains to interactions with the Columbia River estuary and federally managed species.
    • Collaborate, cooperate, help plan, organize, evaluate, and participate in field ecological research including extended ocean research cruises and other collection activities.
    • Analyze, model, interpret, and evaluate data collected during field operations.
    • Coordinate and collaborate with other NWC biologists and researchers, as well as external researchers, management groups, Native American Tribes, and stakeholders on all facets of research projects.
    • Prepare and submit research proposals and grants on marine ecology and ecosystems, estuarine and marine use of ecosystems, climate change and its effect on biota and ecosystems.
    • Communicate results to professionals and the public using both oral communication and writing.
    • Participate in the collection of field-based data in diverse aquatic environments, and/or aboard sea-going vessels during ocean research cruises.
    • Perform duties on research vessels of different classes and sizes (15 ft. to 300 ft.), in potentially harsh weather conditions.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Foreign and domestic required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    All qualified United States Citizens or Nationals.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

  • Job family (Series)

    0408 Ecology

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/481898800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.