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Natural Resource Management Specialist, Zp-0401-3 (Map)

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Department Of Commerce Long Beach , CA 90802

Posted 4 months ago

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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-2018-0029, which is open to all US Citizens or Nationals. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

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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.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status


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    0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

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HelpRequirements 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 (

  • Time-in-grade/band 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:

To qualify for the 0401 series:

Basic Requirements:
This position requires applicants to meet a Basic Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of specialized experience in order to be found minimally qualified. You MUST meet one of the following basic education requirements:

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.

  • AND -

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 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.


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Natural Resource Management Specialist, Zp-0401-3 (Map)

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