Ocean Career: Resource Protection Coordinator at NOAA

This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), Western Regional Center, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) with one vacancy in San Francisco, CA.

As a Resource Protection Coordinator, you will perform the following duties:

  • Directly support national marine sanctuaries through policy formulation, analysis, coordination and evaluation for resource protection, conservation science, and collaborative management in support of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) mission and vision.
  • Establish new, or strengthen existing partnerships with key constituents on policy priorities, and matters of shared interest. Assure close cooperation and coordination on management priorities within ONMS, and with key external governmental and non-governmental partners interested in improving sanctuary management.
  • Provide technical expertise to advise the Superintendent on opportunities for programmatic advancement and maturation, internal ONMS history, analysis of other organizations, and proactive participation in training or other learning opportunities. Recommend initiatives or actions to senior leadership that support the timely and effective development and implementation of priority policy objectives.
  • Represent the Superintendent, as needed, at appropriate meetings, conferences, or other events with relevant government entities, private organizations, academia, and other key partners.


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.
  • Time-in-grade/band must be met by closing date of announcement.

Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. NOAA received notice of reintegration to occur on April 25, 2022. As employees are permitted to return to the office, you will need to follow management’s guidelines on the expectation of reporting to the duty station listed on this announcement. You may be eligible to request to telework depending upon the terms of the agency’s telework policy.

This position requires a Moderate Risk Security Clearance.

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 ZA-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14.


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 here.

EDUCATION: There is no positive education requirement for this position.

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 ZA-4 or GS-13 level:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-3 or GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:

  • Analyzing and compiling marine sanctuary and/or environmental resources management policies in order to develop reports and papers;
  • Collaborating with governmental and non-governmental partners for the improvement of resources management for a marine sanctuaries or environmental program; and
  • Presenting reports and recommendations related to environmental resources or marine sanctuaries programs and policies to a variety of internal and external partners.


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

Salary Range: $115,928 - $176,300 per year
Pay Scale & Grade: ZA 4
Application Deadline: June 28, 2022

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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