Ocean Career: Ocean Associates Inc NOAA CO-OPS Coastal Modeler

Ocean Associates Inc. (OAI), together with our teaming partner, IBSS, seeks full-time Coastal Modelers to support National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) in Silver Spring, MD.

CO-OPS is the authoritative source for accurate, reliable, and timely tides, water levels, currents, and other coastal oceanographic and meteorological information. If you are looking to be an instrumental part of a growing, employee and customer-focused company working on exciting issues in environmental science and other marine/coastal resources, we want to hear from you!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist CO-OPS with the transition and implementation of a new hydrodynamic coastal model based historical reanalysis system, simulating water levels and waves for the past 40 years
  • Assist and contribute to upgrades to the coastal model.
  • Lead the development of new CO-OPS products, and enhance existing products, using the hydrodynamic model output.
  • Analyze the output from coastal models (those in operation or development) to assess the skill of the nowcast and forecast guidance
  • Evaluate model predictions against observations, or assess the integration of model output with other products and services
  • Act as a subject matter expert on nearshore water level and wave observations used for model validation

Required Skills /Education/ Certifications & Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in oceanography, meteorology, hydrology, or a closely related discipline plus eight years of relevant experience in hydrodynamic modeling on high-performance computing systems. A PhD and four years of experience in one of the above fields may be substituted for the master’s degree and eight years of experience.
  • Must understand oceanographic principles, theories, and practices, as well as oceanographic, atmospheric, riverine, and/or hydrologic models.
  • Extensive computing skills (e.g., Python, shell scripts, Fortran, MATLAB).
  • Experience with High Performance Computing systems.
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems, Microsoft Office applications, and Google’s Collaboration Suite (e.g., Docs, Sheets, and Slides).
  • Experience in oceanographic and model data analysis, validation, and assessment using statistical methods.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team, are required.
  • Must have strong organization skills, attention to detail, and a demonstrated ability to self-manage their workload and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and collaboratively in a team/group setting.
  • Ability to receive constructive feedback and implement appropriate action.
  • Applicants must have a Green Card, Permanent US Residency, or US Citizenship to gain access to Supercomputer capabilities required for CO-OPS Coastal Modeler positions.


  • Familiarity with ADCIRC, SWAN, and Similar hydrodynamic models (e.g., the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS), Finite Volume Coastal Ocean Model (FVCOM), SCHISM).
  • Experience transitioning hydrodynamic models into operational applications.
  • Experience with AWS or other cloud computing platforms.
  • General database and query experience.


This is a full-time position. Wage range is $39.00 to $44.00 per hour. Overtime is not anticipated. Comprehensive benefits package.

Location: Telecommute and/or remote.

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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