This position is located in the (NMFS), West Coast Region, with six vacancies in: Santa Rosa, Long Beach, Sacramento, and Arcata, CA; Moscow, ID; Portland and La Grande, OR; and Seattle, Lacey, and Ellensburg, WA.
This position is also announced under vacancy number NMFS-WCR-2018-0028, which is open to status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.
As a Natural Resource Management Specialist, you will be performing the following duties:
Analyze the biological aspects of fishery and protected species conservation or management problems or issues and recommend fishery and protected species management plan amendments or regulatory amendments upon fish, protected resources, and habitat that would resolve the problem or accomplish the stated conservation or management objective;
Prepare original regulatory documents (biological opinions, letters of concurrence or EA/EIS) and resource management plans (recovery plans, status reviews or fishery management plans) and issues advisories (executive briefings);
Manage the internal review process for fishery and protected species management plan amendments or regulatory amendments to ensure that the documents are completed, reviewed, approved, and implemented within established deadlines; and, develop professional consensus regarding the effects of proposed actions; and
Analyze the impact of proposed fishery and protected species management plans or regulatory amendments on the human environment, the fishing industry, communities, the public, and other affected parties. Perform scientific literature research.
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Conditions of Employment
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
Qualifications requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.
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-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12.
The full performance level of this position is ZP-3.
A one year probationary period may be required.
Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
This position is not in the bargaining unit.
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.
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: .
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 level or GS-11:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the basic requirements above, applicants must 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:
Compiling and analyzing scientific data and technical information relevant to determining biological impacts on marine or aquatic species/habitats;
Evaluating effects of proposed fisheries, land management actions, or water project operations on marine or aquatic species/habitats to determine compliance and consistency with applicable laws, regulations, and policies; and
Drafting regulatory documents in prescribed formats pursuant to the Endangered Species Act or National Environmental Policy Act, or other natural resource conservation statutes.
Education Substitution: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
Combination of Education and Experience: An equivalent combination of graduate level education and specialized experience is qualifying. Note: Only graduate education in excess of two years is qualifying for combination.
CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have 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:
CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
A copy of your specific RIF notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
A copy of your SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action , noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;
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;
A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
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.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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 the three pre-defined categories.
The categories are gold , silver and bronze . However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, 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 eligible 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. For more information on Category Rating, please go to .
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
Knowledge of ecology, biology, and habitat requirements for managed West Coast fishes or other living marine resources.
Ability to analyze a problem and recommend proposed solutions.
Knowledge of the laws, executive orders, statutory and regulatory requirements, practices, and procedures governing Federal fisheries and protected species conservation and management in order to develop and implement complex fishery and protected species management actions and regulations.
Skill in English language writing of both scientific and government regulatory genres; use and manipulation of text, tables and graphics; and, implementing guidance regarding composition format, content and tone.
Ability to develop and maintain rapport with colleagues from diverse backgrounds; and develop team consensus.
Ability to perform original searches for scientific literature that is relevant to an assigned effects analysis; and discern applicable results and conclusions.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
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 must include information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including: job title, duration of employment (mm/dd/yy mm/dd/yy), hours per week, duties and accomplishments, salary, and your education. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position/s. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.
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 stating disposition of discharge or character of service or other valid proof of eligibility (i.e., statement of service that shows service dates AND character of service). 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 .
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
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and 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. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: 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.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
This job originated on . For the full announcement and to apply, visit . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.
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