Ocean Career: Natural Resource Specialist at NOAA

This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office for Coastal Management (OCM) with one vacancy in Silver Spring, MD.


As a Natural Resource Specialist, you will perform the following duties:

  • As the international lead for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), develop and oversee the implementation of international programs in the Pacific (e.g., Micronesia, the Coral Triangle and Samoan Archipelago) and Caribbean (e.g., Meso-American reef and wider Caribbean) on behalf of the CRCP -- a NOAA Matrix Program, housed within the National Ocean Service Office for Coastal Management (NOS).
  • Serve as NOAA’s Point of Contact for NOAA's Participating Agency Participation Agreement (PAPA) with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Regional Development Mission Asia (USAID-RDMA) and USAID Caribbean.
  • Serve as the NOAA Co-Chair of the US Coral Reef Task Force Steering Committee and support the NOAA Co-Chair of the full U.S. Coral Reef Task Force.
  • Support NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Leadership and represent NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program in major international coral reef conservation and climate meetings and lead associated sessions and workshops.
  • Create strategy for effective domestic and international partnership engagement with the coral reef community for the conservation of coral reef ecosystems.

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)
  • 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.

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:

To qualify for 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.


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-4 or GS-13 level:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, ZP-3 or GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:

  • Participating in the development or implementation of international engagement strategy in the Pacific and/or Caribbean to meet program mission, objectives and goals;
  • Developing and maintaining engagement strategies to promote domestic and international coral conservation efforts between federal agency, not-for-profit organization, or major international coral reef conservation partners;
  • Providing advice and recommendations on international coral reef conservation program development for a federal agency or a not-for-profit organization issue OR communicating coral reef conservation information, concepts, and policy to diverse national and international groups; and
  • Representing a federal agency or a not-for-profit organization in major international coral reef conservation meetings.


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

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: $103,690 to $159,286 per year
Application Deadline: October 12, 2021
Location: Silver Spring, MD

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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