This position is located in the Department of Commerce (DOC),
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National
Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Office of International Affairs &
Seafood Inspection (OIASI), with one vacancy in Silver Spring,
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As a Fishery Policy Analyst, you will perform the following
- Support U.S. interests in the conservation and management of
living marine resources and their habitats, especially in cases of
migratory/transboundary fish stocks and protected species with the
aim of adopting advantageous fisheries agreements with other
countries and effective conservation and management measures in
regional fishery management organizations (RFMOs).
- Implement the terms of fisheries agreements with other
countries and conservation and management measures adopted by
RFMOs, particularly through the preparation of regulations and
supporting analyses as needed under applicable statutes and
- Maintain up-to-date information on emerging environmental
science, analytical techniques, and other bodies of knowledge.
- Provide administrative and logistical support, such as
administrative and technical support to advisory bodies, project
management, meeting arrangements, budgeting, procurements, and
Occasional travel - Up to 15% of domestic and foreign travel may
0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
- Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint
- Must be suitable for Federal employment.
- Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable
- Qualifications requirements must be met by closing date of
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.
The full performance level of the position is ZP-3 or
Category Rating, Veterans Preference and traditional rating and
ranking of applicants do not apply to this Public Notice.
- A one year probationary period may be required.
- Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
- This position is not in the bargaining unit.
- This position requires a Low Risk Security Clearance.
- This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other
Fishery Policy Analyst, ZP-0401-3 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
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: https://www.opm.gov/policy.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: This position requires applicants to meet
the 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 found minimally
qualified. You MUST meet one of the following basic education
To qualify at the 0401 series:
A. DEGREE: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource
management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the
B. COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Courses equivalent
to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or
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 in the analysis of scientific data used to develop
positions and proposals that prepare briefings for U.S.
commissioners and delegations; and
- Contributing to the development of fisheries agreements and
conservation measures for marine habitats.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: 3 years of progressively higher level
graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A combination of
education and experience as described above.
NOTE: Only graduate education in excess of two years is
qualifying for combination.
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.