Interdisciplinary Fish Biologist / Natural Resource Mgmt Specialist, ZP-0482/0401-2/3 (DE/CR)

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All qualified United States Citizens or Nationals. Full Time; Permanent Competitive; Career/Career-Conditional / This position is with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), West Coast Region located in Boise, ID.
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. Salary increase within pay bands occur through the pay-for-performance system only. The ZP-2 is equivalent to the GS-7/9 grade level and the ZP-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12. For more information on CAPS Click Here.
This position is also being advertised under announcement NMFS-2015-0004 which is open to status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.
A one year probationary period may be required.
This is not a bargaining unit position.
NOTE : This vacancy may be used to fill other Fish Biologist or Natural Resource Management Specialist, ZP-0482-2/3 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).
Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply. Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable ( ). Must be suitable for Federal employment. Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check. Qualification requirements must be met by closing date of announcement. The individual selected for this position will:
Conducts technical natural resource evaluations under Section 7 of the ESA regarding the conservation and/or protection of anadromous salmonids and their habitats;
Provides technical assistance and support with the completion of Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) Essential Fish Habitat consultations to protect habitat for managed species;
Independently evaluates effects of land and/or water development activities, including transportation projects, on anadromous salmonids and aquatic habitat;
Independently writes fisheries related documents and providing input and comments for Fishery Recovery Plans, Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments, and Biological Opinions; and,
Collaborates with Federal, state, and local agencies to provide technical knowledge of fisheries biology that assist with the development and implementation of actions contributing to the recovery of identified species.
To qualify at the ZP-3 or GS-11/12 level: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-2 (GS-09) of the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience:
Collecting, reviewing, and analyzing data related to anadromous fish biology and habitat management;
Implementing fishery management plans in accordance with requirements of salmon, sturgeon, or steelhead management;
Identifying policies, regulation, laws, and/or ordinances that affect water managmeent or reservior operations;
Identifying and/or interpreting policies, laws, regulation or ordinances that impact anadromous fish biology;
Writing biological evaluations or policy plans;
Communicating with team members and external stakeholders.
EDUCATION: Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D degree or Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree in biological sciences or related field for a Fish Biologist or for the Natural Resource Managment Specialist series, Ph.D degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
COMBINATION: A combination of related graduate level education and specialized experience.
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.
NOTE: Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions. For more information about the qualifications requirements for this position click: Natural Resources Or Fish Biology
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 place 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 eligibles 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 about Category Rating, please go to: Category Rating
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies please do not provide a separate written response:
Knowledge of natural resource management, agriculture, fish biology, or Pacific salmon or sufficient to evaluate aquatic conservation or habitat plans.
Knowledge of applicable statutes and legislation governing individual programs (including Endangered Species, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation Act, etc.)
Knowledge of analytical methodology and techniques to make recommendation on a range of fishery and issues.
Ability to interpret and assess the protection, or restoration of aquatic habitats to identify the potential effects of actions on viability and attainment of program objectives.
Skill in interpersonal skills, i.e., working with others to represent the organization's mission and goals.
Skill in oral communication.
Skill in written communication.
To preview questions please click here. This position has a positive education requirement, transcripts must be submitted. CANDIDATES MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
For the Fish Biologist - Degree: A. Major in biological science that included:
At least 6 semester hours in aquatic subjects such as limnology, ichthyology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, fish culture, or related courses in the field of fishery biology; and
At least 12 semester hours in the animal sciences in such subjects as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, entomology, parasitology, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or research in these fields. (Excess course work in aquatic subjects may be used to meet this requirement when appropriate.)
Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), of which a minimum of 6 semester hours were in aquatic subjects and 12 semester hours were in the animal sciences, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
For the Natural Resource Management Specialist - Degree -A. biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS applicants must posses 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.
To qualify at the ZP-2 or GS-7/9 level: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-1 (GS-05) of the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience:
Evaluating fisheries data;
Completing assignments in accordance with requirements of salmon, sturgeon, or steelhead management;
Identifying or interpreting policies, laws, and/or ordinances that affect water management or resevior operations;
Researching or monitoring policies, laws, regulation, or ordinances that impact related species under the Endangered Species Act;
Writing biological assessments, evaulations, or plans;
Communicating with team members and external stakeholders.
EDUCATION: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree _or_ master's or equivalent graduate degree in a biological science or related for a Fish Biologist or for the Natural Resource Managment Specialist series, a graduate degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
COMBINATION: A combination of related graduate level education and specialized experience.
Qualification requirements in 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 OPM's website at: Qualifications.
Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at USAJOBS. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.
To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at USAJOBS and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.
If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at or phone at . The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 am, to 7:00 p.m. ET.
For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact . A complete application consists of the following:
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 should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment, the number of hours worked per week, your salary, and grade of any federal position/s held. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s)
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 to show type of discharge or other valid proof of eligibility. 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 the Vet Guide.
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. Military Records.

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. 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- Foreign Credentials. 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. You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at: USAJOBS and clicking on "Application Status". The four points of notification are:
1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or ineligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official) and
4. Selected or Not Selected.
By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.). ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they 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 Management's Career Transition Resources website at: ICTAP
ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
2. 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.;
3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
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