National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fish and Wildlife Administrator ZP-0480-05 (CTAP/ICTAP) in Lacey, Washington

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

This position is located within National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), West Coast Region (WCR), Sustainable Fisheries Division (SFD), Lacey, WA.

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-05 is equivalent to the GS-15.

The full promotional level of this position is ZP-05.

  • A one year supervisory probationary period may be required.

  • Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

  • This position is not in the bargaining unit


This vacancy may be used to fill other Fish and Wildlife Administrator ZP-0480-05 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band requires the same qualifications as indicated in this vacancy announcement).


The individual selected for this position will:

  • Coordinate the development of U.S. positions at national meetings/negotiating sessions regarding the management of fisheries in the West Coast Region.
  • Serve as the Assistant Regional Administrator for the Sustainable Fisheries Division, West coast Region advising the Regional administrator and supervising a professional staff engaged in implementing fishery management policy consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Act and Endangered Species Act, treaty Indian fishing right, and other authorities.
  • Provide biological, and economic or social analysis to support national fisheries and marine resource policy development and implementation.
  • Leads negotiating sessions and/or serve on negotiating committees to develop regional fishery management agreements for Western Coast Region fisheries.
  • Develop and execute budgets; evaluates work performance of subordinates; supporting office-wide strategic planning, management, and policy development.
Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
  • Domestic and International up to 7 days at a time may be required.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Only the following are eligible to apply to this announcement:

  • CTAP/ICTAP eligibles in the commuting area of Lacey, WA only. Proof of eligibility is required.
  • Veterans who are preference eligible, or separated from the U.S. Armed Forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service, may apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).

Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Proof of ICTAP/CTAP eligibility required.
  • Must be a US Citizen or National.
  • 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.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.

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 requires applicants to meet a Basic Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of Specialized Experience OR substitution of education for experience OR combination in order to be found minimally qualified. You MUST meet the following basic requirements:


Degree: Biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, or at least 30 semester hours in courses, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


Experience:Four years of experience that demonstrated that the applicant acquired knowledge and understanding of one or more of the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or related disciplines equivalent to that which would have been acquired through completion of a 4-year course of study as described in A above.


*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 to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

To qualify at the ZP-05:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-04 or GS-14 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:

  • Serving as a senior program leader, providing expertise that includes biological, and economic or social analysis to support national fisheries and marine resource policy development and implementation.
  • Demonstrating proficiency in the initiation, coordination, and assimilation of scientific, economic, political and legal information related to the development of positions at national meetings/negotiating sessions regarding the conservation and management of living marine resources and their habitats and implementing these negotiated agreements domestically via regulation and policy pursuant to Federal statute such as, (Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act).
  • Supervising subordinates to complete work activities and overseeing execution of budget, personnel, and other administrative activities for a highly specialized technical analytic program.
  • Leading or conducting decision making and organizational meetings.
  • Writing and presenting scientific or technical reports, papers, policy statements, correspondence, biological assessments, and/or peer-reviewed articles.

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.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on “Track Your Online Application.” The four points of notification are:

  1. Application Received or Application Incomplete
  2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Not Met;
  3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and
  4. Selected or Not Selected. By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans’ preference, disability, etc.)


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Other Information

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 out of 100. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources website at:

CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  1. 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).
  2. A copy of your SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action”, noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
  3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  5. 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;

  6. 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;
  7. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  8. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. 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.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-17 to 2017-07-24

Salary: $128,802 to $161,900 / per year

Pay scale & grade: ZP 5

Series: 0480 Fish And Wildlife Administration

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time / Career or Career-Conditional

Job announcement number: NMFS-WCR-2017-0024

Control number: 474607900