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Supervisory Research Ecologist, NOAA

This position is located within the Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) with (1) vacancy located in Ann Arbor, MI or Muskegon, MI.

This position is also announced under vacancy number OAR-GLERL-23-12145362-ST, which is open to Status Candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

Salary: $136,908 – $183,500 per year

Pay scale & grade: ZP 5

1 vacancy in the following locations: Ann Arbor, MI and Muskegon, MI

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

Service: Competitive

Promotion potential: None

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

  • Serve as Branch Chief of the Ecosystem Dynamics (EcoDyn) Branch. Oversee long-term biological observations, ecological monitoring, forecasting of harmful algal blooms, aquatic nuisance species and food web dynamics. Conduct targeted fundamental research on ecological processes and provide data to develop models in understanding ecosystem structure and function. Provide leadership and advice within the agency and to other agencies and contract scientists/vendors on complex aquatic ecology problems.
  • Coordinate review and set standards for the work performed and provide technical advice. Develop short and long-range plans, including new approaches to problems and required resources. Analyze and manage program and project resources, objectives, schedules, and reports.
  • Provide advice and coordination with partners. Participate in working groups to ensure technical direction and coordination and ensure products and services meet specifications. Represent organization on scientific committees.
  • Provide administrative and technical supervision over a subordinate staff for accomplishing the work of the branch. Plan and manage work assignments. Evaluate work performance and provide feedback on performance. Resolve complaints and effect disciplinary actions. Ensure staff is appropriately selected, utilized, recognized, and developed.
  • Job Type: Staff
  • Application deadline: 10/26/2023
  • Organization: NOAA and Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
  • Qualifications: Requirements 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-5 is equivalent to the GS-15. Salary Ranges: Ann Arbor: $150,858- $183,500 Muskegon: $136,908- $177,978 NOTE: * A three year probationary period for research positions may be required. * A one year supervisory probationary period may be required. * Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized. * Payment of relocation incentive may be authorized. * Payment of recruitment incentive may be authorized. * This position is not in the bargaining unit. Must be a U.S. Citizen. More requirements are listed under Qualification and Other Information. Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable ( 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. Qualifications 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 in order to be found minimally qualified. Transcripts must be submitted with your application package. You MUST meet one of the following basic education requirements: To qualify for the 0408 series: EDUCATION: Degree: biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences. 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-5 or GS-15 level: 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-4 or GS-14 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following: Planning or overseeing research in conducting biological observations to assess the ecology of harmful algal blooms, aquatic nuisance species, or food web dynamics; Participating in presenting ecological research findings through publications, technical reports, and meeting presentations; Contributing to the development or analysis of mathematical models (analytic or simulated) of ecological processes; and Distributing, prioritizing, balancing work assignments and evaluating the accuracy of work products of a subordinate staff (e.g., as a team lead, project manager, supervisor, etc.).
  • How to apply: Apply on website:
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI and Muskegon, MI
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