Opportunity

Ocean Career: Scientist at Ocean Associates, Inc

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking an individual to provide salmon habitat restoration analysis support to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), Fish Ecology Division (FED).

OAI supplies personnel support services on contract to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species.

Background

The Fish Ecology (FE) Division at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center conducts scientific research on threatened and endangered salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest and California, including watershed assessments to aid in restoration planning and habitat monitoring to meet NMFS statutory obligations under the Endangered Species Act. NOAA requires support to collect and analyze habitat data in the Western Region, and develop and implement salmon life cycle models for restoration planning. The analyses will focus on collection of habitat and/or fish data in river basins and nearshore waters of the Western Region, and assisting with habitat analyses and development of salmon life cycle models.

Duties

Assist with collection of habitat and/or fish data in river basins and nearshore waters of NMFS Western Region, and assisting with habitat analyses and development of salmon life cycle models to help managers identify and prioritize habitat restoration actions for salmon and steelhead.

Task A

  • Description: Assist with gathering of landscape and habitat data for habitat change assessments, including, but not limited to, existing suitable data sets
  • Deliverable: Habitat data sets in a format suitable for habitat change analysis, and written documentation of data for reports.

Task B

  • Description: Conduct habitat change analysis (historical and current habitat conditions) to develop habitat scenarios for life cycle models.
  • Deliverable: Results of habitat change analysis suitable for use in life cycle models, and written documentation of analysis for reports.

Task C

  • Description: Assist with gathering of fish population data, including, but not limited to, existing data sets for life cycle model development.
  • Deliverable: Fish population data sets in a format suitable for life cycle model development, and written documentation of data for reports.

Task D

  • Description: Adapt or revise previously developed life cycle models for river basins in the Pacific Northwest, and run alternative habitat scenarios for habitat restoration planning.
  • Deliverable: Life cycle model results documenting restoration alternatives in studied river basins, and draft report chapters or manuscript components.

Start Date: May 10, 2021

Location: The position will be hosted by the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA, or the associated Manchester Research Station in Manchester, WA. During the COVID pandemic, work may be primarily or entirely off site/telework as required for public health.

Travel: Travel is anticipated depending on pandemic restrictions. Travel locations include field sites throughout WA, OR, and ID as well as fish passage and trapping facilities for field sampling efforts. Travel may also be required for regional meetings and conferences to discuss and present project related research in WA, OR, ID, CA or British Columbia, Canada.

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time position with benefits. The rate of pay will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Minimum Required Knowledge and Experience

  • Basic computer skills (MS Office, etc.)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills,
  • Bachelor's degree or higher, Master’s degree preferred, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, geology, natural science, hydrology or environmental sciences. Two years of relevant experience may substitute for master’s degree.
  • Three (3) years of experience related to the task order, including
  • Conducting quantitative and spatial analyses in R
  • Conducting quantitative and spatial analyses in ARC GIS
  • Analysis of salmon habitat data
  • Development and use of salmon life cycle models
  • Scientific writing

Learn more about this position and how to apply.

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