Biologist (Endangered Species)

  • National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Silver Spring, MD, USA
  • May 17, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Management Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description


This position is located in the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS), Office of Protected Resources (OPR), ESA Interagency Cooperative Division with one vacancy in Silver Spring, MD.

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.

This position is also announced under vacancy number NMFS-PR-2018-0010, which is open to all US Citizens or Nationals. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

* A one year probationary period may be required.

* Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

* This position is not in the bargaining unit.


* This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Biologist (Endangered Species), ZP-0401-4 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).

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As a Biologist (Endangered Species), you will be performing the following duties:

  • Work with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to conduct research and identify innovative practices that develop guidance to improve informal and formal Endangered Species Act (ESA) section 7 consultations.
  • Develop programmatic approaches to FHWA projects to create efficiency and increase the conservation benefit of ESA-listed species/designated critical habitat and Magnuson-Stevens Act-Essential Fish Habitat (MSA-EFH) consultations.
  • Ensure regular communication and coordination between FHWA and NMFS in support of ESA section 7 consultations, Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) authorizations, and MSA-EFH implementation.
  • Coordinate and represent NOAA/NMFS’s views with FHWA and other state and Federal partners involved in transportation permitting work.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Up to 10% of domestic travel may be required for this position.

Closes 05/23/2018

Job Level



Government- Federal


$96,970 to $148,967 per year. Pay scale & grade ZP 4.