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Fishery Policy Analyst, ZP-0401-3 (Direct Hire)

Company: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Location: Silver Spring
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

  • Duties




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, MD.

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

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As a Fishery Policy Analyst, you will perform the following duties:

  • 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 mandates.
  • 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 grants.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Up to 15% of domestic and foreign travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

  • 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.

The full performance level of the position is ZP-3 or GS-11/12.

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 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.


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 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 requirements.


To qualify at the 0401 series:

A. DEGREE: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


B. COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

  • AND-

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 doctoral degree.


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.

Keywords: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring , Fishery Policy Analyst, ZP-0401-3 (Direct Hire), Other , Silver Spring, Maryland

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