Supervisory Physical Scientist ZP-1301-5 (MAP)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Title: Supervisory Physical Scientist ZP-1301-5 (MAP)
Department: Department Of Commerce
Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Sub Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number: OAR-HQ-2010-0076

$123,758.00 – $155,500.00 /year
Thursday, July 22, 2010 to Thursday, August 19, 2010
Competitive: Career/Career-ConditionalPermanent/Full Time
1 vacancy – Silver Spring, MD
Current Federal employees serving under a career or career-conditional appointment, employees with reinstatement eligibility, Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP),Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan(ICTAP)People eligible under special hiring authorities, Veterans that are preference eligible, or separated from the U.S. Armed Forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service, may apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) is where science comes to life. Become part of a team that develops innovative ideas and technologies and collaborate with the many talented and dedicated people who work to solve the mysteries of the deepest oceans to the surface of the sun. Explore the facets and trends of the earth’s environment that will influence the future. Become a part of the team that provides the nation with scientific information to thrive in an ever-changing world.

The incumbent of this position is a senior scientist in the field of ocean acidification. The incumbent is widely recognized by the scientific community through exemplary peer-review publications and or pioneering research endeavors. The incumbent has experience coordinating scientific efforts involving multiple Federal Agencies, academic institutions, and Non-Governmental partners, and is able to communicate with stakeholder communities at all levels. The incumbent is able to write reports to Congress, and respond to Congressional inquiries through written and oral testimonies, or serve as a Government witness in Congressional hearings and expert panels.

This position is covered by the Department of Commerce (DOC) Alternative Personnel System. This System replaces the federal GS pay system and structure. Under the System, positions are classified by career path, series, and pay band. The ZP-5 is equivalent to a GS-15. For additional information, visit

A one-year probationary period may be required.

NOTE:Applicants seeking veteran’s preference or non-status applicants MUST APPLY to vacancy announcement number OAR-HQ-2010-00xx.


Application under this announcement requires the applicant to complete and submit a specially designed USAJOBS application by accessing My USAJOBS at OR clicking on “APPLY ONLINE” button below. Please be sure that you click the “Continue” button at the bottom of each page of your online
application and the “Finished” button on the last page, whether you
have finished or not. You may edit your resume, question responses,
etc,any time while the announcement is open.


* You must be a U.S. Citizen.
* You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (see Other Info)
* You must be suitable for Federal employment.

Additional Duty Location Info:

1 vacancy – Silver Spring, MD

The individual selected for this position will:

-Manage and direct the NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program.

– Coordinate ocean acidification activities with other federal agencies via the Joint Subcommittee on Science and Technology (JSOST) and the Ocean Acidification Interagency Working Group efforts to optimize ocean acidification research efforts.

-Working across NOAA Line Offices and in coordination with other Federal Agencies, lead the development of short and long term research goals.

– Develop collaborating that would allow federal agencies to leverage ocean acidification monitoring, research, and impacts assessment taking advantage of plans and program being undertaken nationally and internationally.

– Develop a national ocean acidification outreach program designed to provide information not only to researchers, but also to policy-makers, teachers, and the public.

– Provide expert advice and assistance to the Director of the Climate Program office.

– Coordinate the ocean acidification program office intra-and extramural solicitations for proposals.

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Operating Manual for Qualification Standards, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on OPM’s website at:
Applicants must have A or B below to qualify for this position

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, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Foreign Education: To received credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. For more information on the evaluation of foreign education, refer to the U.S. Department of Education’s web site at
Applicant must have one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the federal service or non-federal service:

Knowledge of social impacts from ocean acidification, planning documents and reports as required by the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring(FOARAM) Act. Skill in written and verbal communication sufficient to speak and write convincingly to audiences. Skill in linking federal agency programs and plans with those of states, non-governmental organizations, and the international science community. Serve as an expert and technical consultant in the field of ocean geochemistry, specifically ocean acidification. Manage the implementation of a NOAA-wide coordinated strategic plan for ocean acidification.

ZP-5: Must have one year equivalent to the ZP-4 or GS-14 grade level

Must meet the definition of specialized experience as described in the announcement.

Your application will be reviewed to determine if you are eligible and if you are qualified for the position.

Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of:
* Your detailed resume;
* Your responses to the job specific self-assessment questions; and
* The supporting documentation required.

USAJOBS, 26 July 2010. Job advert.

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