Ocean Career: Marine Mammal Specialist at NOAA

This position is located within the Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Alaska Regional Office (AKRO), Protected Resources Division (PRD) with one vacancy located in Anchorage, AK.

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

  • Implement conservation and recovery programs for marine mammals and conduct analyses to promote the management and recovery of protected species, in accordance with applicable statutes, regulations, and policies.
  • Work independently and in teams to complete projects related to the sustainable management of marine mammals.
  • Implement marine mammal co-management with Alaska Native organizations, often working in remote locations in rural Alaska.
  • Represent the agency or division in internal and external meetings on protected resources conservation and management issues.


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-03 is equivalent to the GS-11/12.

The Full Performance of this position is a 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. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located here.


To qualify for the 0401 series:

EDUCATION: degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR

Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown 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-3 or GS-11:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must 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:

Working with stakeholders to address natural resource management issues related to living marine resources; Developing written analyses of complex marine resource management issues; and Applying laws and/or regulations related to natural resource management. OR

EDUCATION: Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in biology, natural resource management, or related field appropriate to the position. OR

COMBINATION: A qualifying combination of education and experience as described above.

Salary: $74,317 - $115,803 per year
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Application deadline: August 9, 2022

Learn more about the opportunity and how to apply.

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