Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Seattle


Duties Summary This is a Direct Hire Public Notice. Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.

This position is located in the Department Of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC), Resource Assessment and Conservation Engineering (RACE) Division, with one vacancy in Seattle, WA.

Responsibilities As a Research Fish Biologist, you will perform the following duties:

- Conduct and support the Alaska Bottom Trawl Surveys as a biologist, Deck Lead, or Field Party Chief; and apply knowledge of survey design and sampling principles to conduct research trawls, collect accurate data, and validate data with computer assisted applications.
- Conduct independent and team research supporting the development of new and improved mathematical and statistical models for estimating abundance of groundfish in Alaska.
- Evaluate the relationship between the physical, chemical, and biological interactions of marine ecosystems and the living marine resources.
- Prepare written results detailing the data, methods, and outcomes of the research; contribute to and write specialized reports, peer-reviewed papers and publications; and present oral and poster presentations.

Travel Required 25% or less - Up to 25% of foreign and domestic travel may be required.

Supervisory status No

Promotion Potential 3

Requirements 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.
Category Rating, Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to this Public Notice.
* A three year probationary period for research positions may be required.
* Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
* This position is in the bargaining unit.

* This position requires a Low Risk Security Clearance.

*This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Research Fish Biologist, ZP-0482-3 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.


This position requires the operation of a Federal motor vehicle for transporting crew members as needed, and delivering and picking up equipment from sea vessels.

This position requires at-sea deployments for up to 60 days per year at various times of the year are anticipated with individual trips spanning up to 30 days each.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT: Incumbent will perform oceanographic sampling operations while exposed to weather and various sea states, over long, odd hours, and lifting and moving heavy equipment or biological samples (up to 50 pounds) repeatedly during the day, on an unsteady deck, depending on sea state.

Qualifications 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: .
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 minimally qualified. Transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. You MUST meet one of the following basic education requirements:

Research Positions: Applicants must show that they have a degree with major study in biology, zoology, or biological oceanography that included at least 30 semester hours in biological and aquatic science and 15 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences. This course work must have included:

- At least 15 semester hours of preparatory training in zoology beyond introductory biology or zoology in such courses as invertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, histology, physiology, embryology, advanced vertebrate zoology, genetics, entomology, and parasitology; and
- At least 6 semester hours of training applicable to fishery biology in such subjects as fishery biology, ichthyology, limnology, oceanography, algology, planktonology, marine or fresh water ecology, invertebrate ecology, principles of fishery population dynamics, or related course work in the field of fishery biology; and
- At least 15 semester hours of training in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, or statistics.


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:
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:

- Assisting with survey design and sampling principles to conduct research surveys, or to collect and process research samples according to statistical protocols;
- Performing statistical analysis of survey data to derive estimates of the fish population characteristics such as abundance and distribution; and
- Supporting data analysis to determine the nature of ecosystem responses to natural and man-made impacts on the environment.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: Master's degree 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.

Education 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.

Additional information CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have met the minimum qualifications for the position. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources website at: Employee Guide to Career Transition
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.

Read more 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.
Veteran’s Preference does not apply to direct hire recruitment procedures.
Any selections made under this notice will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. Therefore, Current Federal employees would be given new appointments to the civil service and may have to serve a new probationary period under CFR 315.802 (b).
NOTE: A one year probationary period will be required under the Direct Hire Authority unless you are a current Department of Commerce employee and are in the same line of work and with no more than a 30 day break in service.

To preview questions please click here. Read more Background checks and security clearance Security clearance Other

Drug test required No

This job is open to
- Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL) Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

- The public U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Location 1 vacancy in the following location:

- Seattle, WA Seattle, WA 1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

Telework eligible Yes as determined by agency policy

- Open & closing dates Opening and closing dates05/18/2020 to 06/01/2020

- Service Competitive

- Pay scale & grade ZP 3

- Salary $70,120 to $109,264 per year

- Appointment type Permanent

- Work schedule Full-Time

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