Research Ecologist ZP-0408-03/04 (DE/CR)

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All qualified United States Citizens or Nationals Permanent/Full-Time Competitive: Career, Career-Conditional / This position is with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC), located in either Seattle, WA or Newport, OR.
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, ZP-4 to the GS-13/14. For more information on CAPS Click Here
This position will also announced under vacancy number NMFS-NWC-2014-0019 (status candidates). You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.
Salary Ranges - Seattle, WA - ZP-3 $61,867 - 96,398 ZP-4 $88,179 - 135,456. Newport, OR - ZP-3 $57,982 - 90,344 ZP-4 $82,642 - 126,949.
This is a non-bargaining position.
A three year probationaly period may be required.
NOTE : This vacancy may be used to fill other (Research Ecologist, ZP-0408-3/4) 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 United States citizen or National to apply Suitable for Federal employment. Registered for Selective Service, if applicable ( ). Qualification requirements must be met by closing date of announcement. Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check. The individual selected for this position will:
Manage and lead high-level research on ecosystem indicators and processes relevant to the Fisheries and the Environment (FATE) program.
Transform FATE-relevant research results incorporating climate, oceanography, lower trophic level, and ecosystem production data into formal fisheries management procedures.
Publish results in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Provide advice, administer, and perform professional work required for the design, development, and updating of an existing web page that is devoted to "Ocean Conditions and Salmon Forecasting," and leading and participating in biweekly and other oceanographic survey cruises off Newport, OR and in the northern California Current.
Basic Requirements: To qualify for this position you must meet the individual occupational requirement provided below:
Degree: biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.
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-3 or GS-11/12: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE : One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the (ZP-2 or GS-9) is defined as experience:
Conducting ecological and/or conservation based research which included fieldwork observing, capturing and handling, sampling and collecting data from living marine resources or marine species.
Conducting fisheries research and applying statistical techniques to identify and synthesize patterns in multivariate data sets.
Developing and executing research proposals or work plans.
Publishing and presenting ecological research.
Presenting scientific research results and/or advice to managers, stakeholders, members of the public and/or other individuals and groups.
OR EDUCATION: Master''s or equivalent graduate degree in biology, or related field of science underlying ecological research.
OR Combination of graduate level education and specialized experience.
To Qualify at the ZP-4 or GS-13/14: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE : One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the (ZP-3 or GS-12) is defined as experience:
Managing fisheries research.
Applying statistical techniques to identify and synthesize patterns in multivariate data sets.
Conducting ecological and/or conservation based research which includes fieldwork observing, capturing and handling, sampling and collecting data from living marine resources or marine species.
Developing and executing research proposals or work plans.
Publishing and presenting ecological research, presenting scientific research results and/or advice to managers, stakeholders, members of the public and/or other individuals and groups.
College Transcript : If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript (from ALL degrees received) 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.
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 Here
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 three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume and/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 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. The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
Knowledge of the biology of fish, marine ecology or biological oceanography.
Skill to analyze qualitative indicators for ecosystem and/or stock assessments for relevant data types for living marine resources.
Skill to develop and construct ecological models sufficient to forecast parameters and population states under varying conditions.
Skill to design and implement research projects using established and new methods for a field-orientated research program.
Skill in collecting and analyzing ecological data using statistical methods, models, and spatial analysis software programs.
Skill in oral communications.
Skill in interpersonal skills sufficient to collaborate across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals; treats other with courtesy, sensitivity and respect.
Skill in written communication.
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To preview questions please click here. 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: . 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 "Update Application" 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 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.
For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact the Human Resource Personnel listed in this announcement. 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 Eligible (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.). More than one selection may be made from this announcement. 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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