Marine Resources Management Specialist

NOAA Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries

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Posted on Friday, February 2, 2024


These 2 positions are located within the Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). One is with the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) at one of the following locations: Gloucester, MA; New Bedford, MA; Annapolis, MD; or Narragansett, RI. The other is with the West Coast Region (WCR) at one of the following locations: Sacramento, CA; Long Beach, CA; Santa Cruz, CA; Arcata, CA; or Santa Rosa, CA.

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

  • Serve as the Aquaculture Coordinator for the Region, coordinating all regional aquaculture and mariculture program issues. Ensure regional and national aquaculture program goals are achieved.
  • Coordinate regional outreach activities with NMFS Office of Aquaculture and other NMFS offices or science centers as appropriate, which includes meetings with stakeholders and partners, producing reports or publications as needed.
  • Attend and/or facilitate meetings with private, federal, state, local, and tribal entities to improve efficiency and effectiveness of aquaculture permitting processes and public understanding of aquaculture issues.
  • Identify, develop, and distribute NOAA and NMFS reports and other informational materials, publications, and fact sheets related to aquaculture.

Note: The duties are at the full ZP-4 performance level and the ZP-3 is the developmental grade level leading to such performance.



Conditions of Employment

This is a Direct Hire Public Notice. Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.

This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel Systems (CAPS). This system replace the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band.

The ZP-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12.
The ZP-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14.

Salary Ranges:
Gloucester, MA: ZP-3: $81,963 - $127,707 ZP-4: $116,820 - $179,462
New Bedford, MA: ZP-3: $81,963 - $127,707 ZP-4: $116,820 - $179,462
Annapolis, MD: ZP-3: $82,764 - $128,956 ZP-4: $117,962 - $181,216
Narragansett, RI: ZP-3: $81,963 - $127,707 ZP-4: $116,820 - $179,462
Sacramento, CA: ZP-3: $80,217 - $124,988 ZP-4: $114,332 - $175,641
Long Beach, CA: ZP-3: $84,366 - $131,452 ZP-4: $120,246 - $184,725
Santa Cruz, CA: ZP-3: $90,310 - $140,713 ZP-4: $128,717 - $191,900
Arcata, CA: ZP-3: $72,553 - $113,047 ZP-4: $103,409 - $158,860
Santa Rosa, CA: ZP-3: $90,310 - $140,713 ZP-4: $128,717 - $191,900

* A one year probationary period may be required.
* Payment of relocation incentive may be authorized.
* Payment of recruitment incentive may be authorized.
* This position is not in the bargaining unit.

Key Requirements:

  1. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  2. More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
  3. Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  4. Selectee must provide a valid state driver's license & safe driving record.
  • This position requires the operation of a Federal motor vehicle. Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid state driver's license to operate a government vehicle in completion of assigned tasks as there is limited public transportation available.
  • A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
  • Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.


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:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: This position has a positive Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of Specialized 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 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-3 (GS-11) grade level:
Specialized experience: Applicants must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-2 (GS-9) in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:
  • Supporting a team effort to accomplish the project goals and objectives;
  • Supporting outreach activities with scientific organizations, stakeholders, or the public; and
  • Providing technical or policy advice on natural resource issues.


SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: GS-11: 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 as described above.

To qualify at the ZP-4(GS-13) grade level:
Specialized experience: Applicants must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-3 (GS-12) in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:
  • Managing assigned project(s) based on overall objectives, milestones, expected results, and constraints in support of program functions or designated area of responsibility;
  • Coordinating outreach activities with scientific organizations, stakeholders, or the public on coastal or marine issues; and
  • Providing technical or policy advice on aquaculture or marine resource science and management issues, including the coordination, development, or review of biological, economic, or social analyses.
NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the ZP-4 (GS-13/14) level.


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.

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.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: 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 MUST 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. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated visit: OPM Foreign Education Evaluation.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

Veteran's Preference does not apply to direct hire recruitment procedures.

Any selections made under this notice will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. Therefore, Current Federal employees would be given new appointments to the civil service and may have to serve a new probationary period under CFR 315.802 (b).

NOTE: A one year probationary period will be required under the Direct Hire Authority unless you are a current Department of Commerce employee and are in the same line of work and with no more than a 30 day break in service.

NOTE: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible and/or not qualified.

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Required Documents

Required documents may be: (1) uploaded directly from your desktop; or (2) uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments.

A complete application package includes a resume, required documents and completion of the vacancy announcement questionnaire. Please see this guidance: What to include in your resume

You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder to ensure all required information is included in your Resume. If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose, for each work experience at a minimum, your resume must include; job title(s) (including job series and grade, if federal); description of duties or work performed; education; starting and ending dates (month and year); and hours worked per week and/or full-time or part-time. If identifying as part-time you must state the number of hours per week. (NOTE: A full-time work schedule requires most employees to work 33-40 hours during the work week. A part-time schedule requires an employee to work less than full-time, but for a specific number of hours (usually 16-32 hours per administrative work week) on a prearranged scheduled tour of duty.)


If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. Please ensure that all documentation is legible.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) & Inter-agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Eligibles

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof by the closing date of this announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330 Subpart F for CTAP and 5 CFR 330 Subpart G for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. This includes:

  • copy of the agency notice;
  • your most recent Performance Rating; and
  • your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

If you are a CTAP or ICTAP eligible, you will be considered well qualified if you earn a minimum score of 85. For more information on CTAP/ICTAP please click here.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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.

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.


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NOAA Office of Human Capital Services (OHCS)
1315 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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