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Supervisory Research Biologist, NOAA

Salary: $115,118 – $176,842 per year

Pay scale & grade: ZP 4
1 vacancy in the following location: Highlands, NJ
Remote job: No

Telework eligible: Yes—as determined by the agency policy.

Travel Required: 25% or less – You may be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation expenses reimbursed: No

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-time

As a Supervisory Research Biologist, you will perform the following duties:

  • Perform full range of supervisory duties, including but not limited to: planning and distributing work to be accomplished by subordinates; setting and adjusting short and long term priorities and preparing schedules for the completion of work.
  • Provide scientific leadership and effective management of personnel, budget and other resources to support the Branch’s mission.
  • Lead, design, initiate and execute research projects and analyses for living marine resources in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Identify, conduct and lead research on fisheries and ecology, especially with respect to anthropogenic alterations and climate change.
  • Communicate specialized findings to pertinent fishery management councils, commissions Center, Regional Office, and constituents. Represent the agency on various Committees and/or technical working groups (e.g. Council – Scientific and Statistical Committees or various Federal, state, international or professional organizations).

Conditions of Employment
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-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14.

* A three year probationary period for research positions may be required.
* A one year supervisory probationary period may be required.
* These probationary periods may be served concurrently.
* Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
* Payment of relocation incentive maybe authorized.
* Payment of recruitment incentive maybe authorized.
* This position is not in the bargaining unit.

Key Requirements:

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • 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 i.e. site visits, field research, etc.
  • 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.
  • Job Type: Staff
  • Application deadline: 10/27/2023
  • Organization: NOAA
  • Qualifications: To qualify for the 0401 series: BASIC REQUIREMENTS: This position requires applicants to meet the Basic Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of specialized experience OR substitution of education for experience OR combination (if applicable) in order to be found minimally qualified. Transcripts must be submitted with an application package. You MUST meet one of the following basic education requirements: A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. -OR- 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-4 or GS-13: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-3 or GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following: Leading groups to achieve mission goals; Participating in the design and execution of research projects regarding living marine resources; and Contributing to reports or peer-reviewed publications to communicate research results to internal and external stakeholders.
  • How to apply: Apply on Website:
  • Location: Highlands, NJ
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