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Supervisory Fish Biologist, ZP-0482-5 (MAP)
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Department of Commerce | Galveston, TX
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This position is located in the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS), Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC), in Galveston, Texas Laboratory and oversees the Lafayette, Louisiana Laboratory. This position has one vacancy in Galveston, Texas.

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-5 is equivalent to the GS-15.

This position is also announced under vacancy number NMFS-SEFSC-2018-0013, which is open to all US Citizens or Nationals. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

* A one year supervisory probationary period may be required.
* Payment of relocation expenses is authorized.
* This position is not in the bargaining unit


This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Supervisory Fish Biologist, ZP-0482-5 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).

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

* Research planning and execution pertaining to the conservation and management of fisheries and protected resources (e.g., shrimp, fish habitats, coastal wetlands restoration, observer oil platforms removal, etc.).
* Guide the design and implementation of fishery observer programs, ensuring they follow sound sampling protocols. Ensure that all relevant data are interpreted, evaluated, organized and summarized in a statistically sound and timely manner.
* Direct or advise on the strategic and budgetary planning over laboratory science programs related to the conservation and management of fisheries and protected resources (e.g., shrimp, fish habitats, coastal wetlands restoration, observer oil platforms removal, etc.).
* Direct the administration and management of operations and maintenance of the lab for safety and environmental compliance.
* Direct staff resources and supervise laboratory staff. Resolve technical and resource issues.
* Exercise effective administration and maintenance of a personal property control and accountability system.
* Evaluate the feasibility and technical merits of research proposals and conclusions.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 20% of domestic travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to… * Status Candidates - Current Federal employees with competitive status or Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility;

* CTAP/ICTAP eligibles;
* Veterans under VEOA or 30% Disabled and certain Military Spouses;
* Individuals with Disabilities (Schedule A);
* Peace Corps, Vista (AmeriCorps) eligibles;
* Those eligible under an OPM interchange agreement or other special appointing authority.

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0482 Fish Biology

* Requirements

Help 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 (www.sss.gov).
* Time-in-grade/band must be met by closing date of announcement.

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.

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.


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: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

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: 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.)


B. 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.

* 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-5 or GS-15 level:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement, the applicant must have one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-4 or GS-14 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:

* Experience designing and managing large, multifaceted research and/or survey programs;
* Knowledge of statistical theories, techniques and survey methods for the gathering and/or interpretation of data;
* Overseeing research pertaining to the conservation and management of fisheries and protected resources (e.g., shrimp, fish habitats, coastal wetlands restoration, observer oil platforms removal, etc.) in order to improve ecosystem modeling or management;
* Directing strategic and budgetary planning over laboratory science programs related to the conservation and management of fisheries and protected resources (e.g., shrimp, fish habitats, coastal wetlands restoration, observer oil platforms removal, etc.) to ensure adequate planning for future lab operations; and
* Determining the direction of staff resources and supervising laboratory staff.


Substitution of education for specialized experience is not applicable to this vacancy.