*This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Research Marine Biologist, ZP-0401-3/4 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).
Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
Qualification requirements in the 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 the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: https://www.opm.gov/policy.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: This position requires applicants to meet a Basic Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of specialized experience OR substitution of education for experience OR combination (if applicable) in order to be found minimally qualified. You MUST meet one of the following basic education requirements:
To qualify for the 0401 series:
A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
B. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: 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.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
To qualify at the ZP-3 or GS-11 level:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-2 or GS-09 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:
- Participating in research on the use of Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF) and/or coastal ecosystem restoration to increase the resilience to adjacent coastal communities;
- Contributing to management of research projects, including participating in organizing workflows and participating in budget development or budget execution;
- Networking with stakeholders in order to build collaborative relationships; and
- Assisting with the development of written scientific products used for community outreach or distribution of information between an organization and partnerships.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: Master's or equivalent graduate degree.
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A combination of education and experience as described above. Note: Only graduate education in excess of one year is qualifying for combination.
To qualify at the ZP-4 or GS-13 level:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-3 or GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:
- Utilizing knowledge of coastal ecosystem resilience and Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF) for mitigating associated issues, and/or habitat restoration practices to design and performing research projects related to increasing resilience to adjacent coast communities;
- Performing basic statistical and spatial analyses, and utilizing models and other tools to identify patterns and relationships of and provide forecasts on future impacts to resilience and distribution of coastal habitats;
- Leading resilience/restoration research to include defining research problems in collaboration with stakeholders and policy makers, designing investigations to address the identified problems, writing project proposals, and developing/managing project budgets; and
- Developing and leveraging external partnerships to multiply the efficacy of a research program, to include maintaining relationships and developing interagency agreements.