<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Office of Science and Technology (OST) with one vacancy in Washington, D.C. <br /><br />This position is also announced under vacancy number NMFS-OST-2019-0014, which is open to status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />As a Research Zoologist, you will perform the following duties:<br /> <ul> <li>Manage a comprehensive scientific research program involving genetics and other advanced technologies to conduct collections-based research on systematic, taxonomy, and evolutionary biology of marine fishes of ecological and economic importance to the United States.</li> <li>Seek funding to build and support an internationally recognized, collaborative research program to advance knowledge of marine fish species by conceiving, developing, and writing complex, integrated project proposals.</li> <li>Act as a subject matter expert answering queries on the biology and ecology of marine fish species,providing technical assistance, and reviewing manuscripts submitted to scientific journals.</li> <li>Engage in a variety of outreach and training activities to support the development of biodiversity scientists, such as teaching courses and mentoring students, providing tours of museum collections,giving public lectures, writing popular essays for general audiences, etc.</li> <li>Assist with the curation of marine fish collections for the National Systematic Lab in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), ensuring that valuable biological specimens are legally deposited into NMNH collections and that they are well cared for.</li> </ul> <br />NOTE: The duties described are at the full performance level of the ZP-4 grade and the duties at the ZP-3 are developmental leading to the ZP-4 level.<br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Up to 20% domestic and foreign travel maybe required for position. <br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 4 – If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you may be non-competitively promoted if you perform successfully and if recommended by management. <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.</li> <li>Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.</li> <li>Must be suitable for Federal employment.</li> <li>Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).</li> <li>Qualification requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><strong>This position requires a Public Trust Security Clearance.</strong><br /><br />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.<strong><br /><br /></strong>The ZP-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12.<br /><br />The ZP-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14.<br /><br /><strong><br /></strong>* A three-year probationary period may be required.<br /><strong><br /></strong>* Payment of relocation expenses<strong> is not</strong> authorized.<br /><strong><br /></strong>* This position<strong> is not</strong> in the bargaining unit.<strong><br /><br /></strong><strong>College Transcript:</strong> 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.<br /><br /><strong>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.</strong><br /><br />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.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />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-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/ <br /><br /><strong>BASIC REQUIREMENTS: </strong>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:<br /><br /><strong>A. Degree: zoology; or a related discipline or field of science that included at least 20 semester hours in zoology and related animal sciences.</strong><br /><br /><strong>OR</strong><br /><br /><strong>B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in zoology, or in a related discipline that included course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.</strong><br /><br /><strong>Graduate Education:</strong> To be qualifying, graduate study must have been in one of the major fields of zoology, or have followed a curriculum or pattern of training that placed major emphasis on one of these disciplines or subject-matter fields, such as nematology or parasitology.<br /> <ul> <li>Graduate study in related fields of science such as microbiology, medicine, veterinary medicine, or plant pathology that involved cross-training in zoology or one of the fields of zoology may also be qualifying, provided there was a sufficient amount of emphasis on zoology.</li> </ul> <br /><strong>-AND-</strong><br /><br />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. <br /><br />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.<br /><br /><strong>To qualify at the ZP-3 or GS-11</strong><br /><br /><strong>SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:</strong> 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:<br /> <ul> <li>Conducting research on living fishes and their distribution, characteristics, life processes, and relationships with the environment;</li> <li>Assisting in seeking and justifying funding for collaborative research programs focused on marine fish biodiversity by participating in the development of project proposals;</li> <li>Collaborating with others in the scientific field by reviewing manuscripts, teaching courses, acting as a mentor, giving lectures, and writing essays, etc; and</li> <li>Assisting in the curation of marine fish specimens to ensure their protection and longevity.</li> </ul> <br /><strong>OR</strong><br /><br /><strong>EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION: </strong>Master's or equivalent graduate degree.<br /><br /><strong>OR</strong><br /><br /><strong>COMBINATION: </strong>A combination of education and experience as described above. NOTE: Only graduate education in excess of one year is qualifying for combination. <br /><br /><strong>To qualify at the ZP-4 or GS-13</strong><br /><br /><strong>SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:</strong> In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-3 or GS-11 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:<br /> <ul> <li>Managing a research program focused on living fishes and their distribution, characteristics, life processes, and relationships with the environment;</li> <li>Developing project proposals to seek and justify funding for collaborative research programs focused on marine fish biodiversity;</li> <li>Collaborating with others in the scientific field by reviewing manuscripts, teaching courses, acting as a mentor, giving lectures, and writing essays, etc; and</li> <li>Assisting in the curation of marine fish specimens to ensure their protection and longevity. </li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 our of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: Employee Guide to Career Transition <br /><br /><strong>CTAP</strong> applicants MUST submit the following documents:<br /> <li>A copy of your specific RIF notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).</li> <li>A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade level, and duty location;</li> <li>A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and</li> <li>Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.</li> <br /><strong>ICTAP</strong> applicants MUST submit the following documents:<br /> <li>A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;</li> <li>A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc;</li> <li>A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and</li> <li>Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.</li> <br />NOAA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of the three pre-defined categories. The categories are "gold", "silver" and "bronze". However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.<br /><br />How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligible with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job. For more information on Category Rating, please go to Category Rating . <br /><br />The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:<br /> <ul> <li>Ability to manage a research program focused on marine fishes.</li> <li>Ability to seek and justify funding for a research program.</li> <li>Ability to communicate expert knowledge on the biology and ecology of marine fish species.</li> <li>Skill in supporting the development of future biodiversity scientists by participating in the scientific community.</li> <li>Knowledge of the process of curation for fishes in order to preserve specimens.</li> </ul> <br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><ul> <li><strong>Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional</strong>. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume must include information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including: job title, duration of employment (mm/dd/yy – mm/dd/yy), hours per week, duties and accomplishments, salary, and your education. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position/s. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.</li> <li><strong>If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference,</strong> you must submit a copy of your DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service or other valid proof of eligibility (i.e., statement of service that shows service dates AND character of service). <strong>If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference,</strong> you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" <strong>plus the proof required by that form.</strong> For more information on veterans' preference see http: www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp#VeteransEmploymentAct1998 .</li> <li><strong>Active Duty Service Members–</strong> You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit http: www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records </li> <li><strong>Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation </strong>if applicable (see additional information).</li> <li><strong>Education.</strong> If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. <strong>Special Instructions for Foreign Education: </strong>Education completed in foreign colleges or universities must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website. You <strong>MUST</strong> provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education . <br /><br />Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.