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    These positions are located in the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) with the following vacancies:

    • One position in the Stressor Detection & Impacts Division (SDI), Key Species & Bioinformatics Branch in Charleston, SC.
    • One position in the Stressor Detection & Impacts Division (SDI), Ecotoxicology Branch in Charleston, SC.
    • One position in the Stressor Detection & Impacts Division (SDI), Monitoring & Assessment Branch in Silver Spring, MD.
    • One position in the Marine Spatial Ecology Branch (MSE), Coastal Resilience, Restoration & Assessment Branch in Beaufort, NC.
    • One position in the Competitive Research Program in Silver Spring, MD.

    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-5 is equivalent to the GS-15.

    This position is also announced under vacancy number NOS-NCCOS-2018-0023, which is open to status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

    Please visit: http://hr.commerce.gov/Practitioners/CompensationAndLeave/DEV01_006348 for specific salary information related to a specific location.

    * A one year supervisory period may be required.

    * Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

    * This position is not in the bargaining unit.


    * This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Supervisory Environmental Scientist, ZP-0401-5 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).

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    As a Supervisory Environmental Scientist, you will perform the following duties:

    • Serve as Chief for an assigned branch of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), providing formal supervision of an interdisciplinary staff and managing all administrative and operational activities of the unit.
    • Formulate and design coastal and marine ecosystem research projects that represent a major segment of NCCOS operating programs, supported by environmental, physical, and social science researchers, which include: 1) marine spatial ecology; 2) ecosystem stressor detection & impacts; and 3) coastal vulnerability, mitigation, and restoration.
    • Provide planning, direction, evaluation and timely execution of research portfolio(s) that increase nationwide understanding of coastal and marine resources.
    • Participate in the development and implementation of strategic, legislative, and science communication plans.
    • Work with federal, state, local and private industry partners to address natural resource management challenges related coastal and marine ecosystem issues.

    This position is in the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), part of NOAA's National Ocean Service. NCCOS's mission is to deliver ecosystem science solutions for the stewardship of the nation's ocean and coastal resources in direct support of National Ocean Service science priorities, offices, and customers to sustain thriving coastal communities and economies. NCCOS's research priorities include 1) marine spatial ecology, 2) ecosystem stressor impacts and mitigation, and 3) coastal vulnerability, mitigation, and restoration, supported by environmental, physical, and social science researchers.

    Below is a brief description of the current Branches within NCCOS:

    Competitive Research Program

    The Competitive Research Program supports teams of researchers addressing coastal ecosystem stresses such as harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, sea level rise and habitat change. Research projects are selected through a proposal-driven peer-review process and include the engagement of coastal managers and stakeholders to ensure applicability of the science funded.

    Ecotoxicology Branch

    The Ecotoxicology Branch conducts interdisciplinary (toxicology, chemistry, ecology, marine biology) research to characterize, quantify, and predict chemical contaminant impacts on coastal ecosystems. The branch employs laboratory and mesocosm based methods to determine environmental fate and biological effects thresholds for chemicals of concern.

    Monitoring & Assessment Branch

    The Monitoring & Assessment Branch provides a long term, multidisciplinary coastal and oceanographic assessment program that focuses on contaminants and emerging chemicals of concern. The branch conducts an integrated program of spatial and temporal research and assessments that focus on the presence, status & trends, and fate of contaminants.

    Key Species and Bioinformatics Branch

    The Key Species and Bioinformatics Branch conducts laboratory and field based investigations on stressor exposure and effects to marine organisms such as corals and marine mammals. The branch applies statistical analysis, modeling, and spatial data analysis to stressor related bioeffects in coastal ecosystems.

    Coastal Resilience, Restoration, and Assessment Branch

    The Coastal Resilience, Restoration, and Assessment Branch supports NCCOS research priorities in both marine spatial ecology and coastal change. The branch leverages its experience in field ecology, geospatial analyses, and statistics/models to provide sound information for management decisions concerning ecological conditions and assessments, aquaculture siting, nature-based shoreline protection, and ecosystem restoration.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Up to 10% of domestic travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    * All qualified United States Citizens or Nationals;

    * CTAP/ICTAP eligibles.

    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/500234500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.