Ocean Career: Marine Resources Management Specialist at NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

This position is located in the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), Fishery Monitoring Research Division (FMRD), Data and Information Systems Branch (DISB) with two vacancies in Woods Hole, MA or Narragansett, RI. This is a Direct Hire Public Notice.


As a Marine Resources Management Specialist, you will perform the following duties:

  • Lead research projects and monitor fisheries in collaboration with the fishing industry and scientific community.
  • Analyze and apply data to support fisheries monitoring and research, to include conducting advanced statistical analyses and modeling that evaluates changes in various biological and environmental factors, as well as the operational dynamics of fisheries in the Northeast Region.
  • Develop, manage and evolve fisheries monitoring and research projects and programs through support project planning, staffing, acquisitions, supply and equipment management, and performance evaluation.
  • Communicate technical and programmatic information orally and in writing with diverse stakeholders (e.g., industry, managers, policy makers, and scientists), including through technical reports, publications, outreach events, and presentations at scientific, management, and industry meetings.
  • Support the development and implementation of technology and data products (including advanced technologies) in support of fishery monitoring and reporting, and data processing and integration.


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.

The ZP-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12.

The full performance level of this position is ZP-3.


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.

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:

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.



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:


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:

Supporting fisheries monitoring and/or research projects that involve collaboration with the fishing industry, policy makers, and the scientific community.


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 listed above.


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.

Salary: $74,129 - $115,510 per year
Application Deadline: May 16, 2022

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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