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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Supervisory Physical Scientist, ZP-1301-4 (DE/CR) in Seattle, Washington


This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office of Response and Restoration (ORR),Emergency Response Division (ERD), with 1 vacancy in Seattle, WA.

This position is also announced under vacancy number NOS-ORR-2020-0005, which is open to Status Candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.


As a Physical Scientist, you will perform the following duties: Supervise and oversee quality and timeliness of technical support to NOAA spill response efforts.

Supervise and oversee quality and effectiveness of spill related research & software development activities.

Set program directions and priorities, supervise employees and contracted projects, and maintain a staff and program able to provide scientific support to stakeholders.

Utilize scientific information to develop and author scientific and technical documents and publications in support of complex and unique pollution response and preparedness tools and processes.

Communicate scientific information to technical and non-technical audiences (verbally and in writing) to senior executives, school students, stakeholders, international partners, domestic non-governmental organizations and academic institutions.


Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.

Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.

Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (

Qualifications requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.

Must be suitable for Federal employment.

If selected, required to complete OGE Form 450 financial disclosure.

This position requires a Public Trust 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 ZP-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14.*A one year supervisory probationary period may be required.

*Payment of relocation expensesis notauthorized.

*This positionis notin the bargaining unit.

KEY REQUIREMENT:Maintain a staff and program able to provide 24x7 scientific support to stakeholders.


This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Supervisory Physical Scientist, ZP-1301-4 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band and requires the same qualifications and specialized experience as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

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.


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 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 1301 series:

A. Degree:physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.


B. Combination of education and experience--education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, and appropriate experience or additional education.

ANDSPECIALIZED 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-4 or GS-13 level:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:In addition to meeting one of the Basic Requirements above, applicant must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-3 or GS-12 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following: Supervising or leading a staff responsible for emergency response efforts, research or software development;

Developing and authoring scientific or technical documents and publications, or scientific software models;

Planning and managing projects related to environmental pollution or emergency response efforts; and

Supporting communication and outreach activities to enhance and generate program support.


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

Additional Information

CTAP and ICTAPcandidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceededthe minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources website at: Employee Guide to Career TransitionCTAPapplicants MUST submit the following documents: 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).

A copy of your SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action”, noting current position, grade level, and duty location;

A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and

Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents: 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;

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;

A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and

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.