Supervisory Habitat Resource Specialist, ZP-0401-05 (DE/CR)

Washington D.C.
Aug 04, 2017
Aug 21, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position is located in the Office of Habitat Conservation (OHC), Restoration Center in the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This position can be located in Silver Spring, MD, Baton Rouge, LA, or St. Petersburg, FL.

NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is responsible for the management, restoration, and protection of living marine resources and their habitats within the United States Exclusive Economic Zone. NOAA Fisheries also plays a supportive and advisory role in the management of living marine resources in coastal areas under state jurisdiction, provides scientific and policy leadership in the international arena and implements international conservation and management measure, as appropriate.

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-05 is equivalent to the GS-15.

The full performance level for this position is ZP-05.

Salary ranges will vary based on the location. Please visit: OPM Salary Charts for specific salary information related to a specific location.

This position is also announced under vacancy number NMFS-HC-2017-0005, which is open to status candidates. 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 a relocation incentive is not authorized.
*Recruitment incentives is authorized.
*This position is not in the bargaining unit.
*This position requires the submission of a Financial Disclosure Form, SF 450.
This vacancy may be used to fill other Supervisory Habitat Resource Specialist, ZP-0401-05 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band and require the same qualifications as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

  • Occasional Travel
  • Approximately 10% of Domestic Travel may be required.

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  • 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.
  • 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 has a positive 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 found minimally qualified. Transcripts must be submitted with your application package. You MUST meet the following requirements:


    Degree: 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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


    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-05:

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-04 or GS-14 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:

    • Establishing and maintaining collaborative partnerships within the organization and between academia, other government agencies, industry, and the general public.
    • Understanding habitat conservation or ocean and coastal resource management legislation.
    • Revising policies and procedures to ensure the effective implementation and execution of programs.
    • Coordinating landscape-scale habitat conservation initiatives or programs.

    COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be combined with 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.

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    The individual selected for this position will:

    • Lead and oversee the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Program by managing teams that will plan, develop, and implement vital coastal and marine restoration projects to restore natural resources and habitats that were injured and/or lost from the DWH oil spill.
    • Ensure effective coordination and collaboration with federal, state and regional partners.
    • Identify and prioritize personnel and funding needs associated with DWH restoration planning and implementation.
    • Identify and lead opportunities for communicating NOAA priorities and accomplishments to the public, DHW partners and NOAA leadership.
    • Supervise Federal employees responsible for DWH NRDA restoration planning and implementation.

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