• Marine Ecologist

    Posted Date 1 week ago(1/10/2019 1:46 PM)
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Full-Time 40
    US-MD-Silver Spring
    Security Clearance Level
    National Agency Check (Client Initiated)
  • Responsibilities

    CSS is seeking a Marine Ecologist for full-time employment to support NOAA’s Marine Spatial Ecology Division/Biogeography Branch National Center for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in Silver Spring, MD. The successful applicant for this position will work with NCCOS and partners to develop ecosystem assessments and geospatial data products from a diversity of biological, physical, and socioeconomic datasets. The output and products will contribute to understanding the distribution of living marine resources and their habitats in the context of ecosystem management and ocean planning. 


    Core Responsibilities include:

    • Substantially contribute to data management, statistical analysis, and development of maps and other visual tools, co-lead writing and preparation of project presentations, reports, peer-reviewed publications, and outreach to communicate the outcomes in professional and public venues.
    • Use established and novel approaches to conduct ecological assessments using acoustic telemetry systems, bio-physical monitoring data, remote sensing, and optical systems.
    • Collect and/or manage large biological and environmental datasets.
    • Create spatially explicit species- and habitat-distribution models and ecological forecasts.
    • Acquire and analyze fisheries independent data from research boats in marine and estuarine ecosystems.
    • Organize and manage data and results to ensure that products and metadata are delivered according to project timelines.
    • Travel for field work and extended research cruises is expected.


    Required Qualifications:

    • M.S. degree in marine science.
    • Marine policy experience in the Federal Government.
    • Experience in writing peer reviewed journal articles and government reports.
    • Training and experience in presenting results to international scientific groups as well as non-scientific audiences.
    • Experience with software packages that handle spatial data (ESRI ArcGIS) and video or image processing (Davinci Resolve, ImageJ, CoralNet).
    • Training in species distribution modeling, multivariate statistics, and the ability to write reproducible code for data handling and analysis in R statistical software.
    • Experience with acoustic telemetry data, systems (VEMCO), networks (OTN, ACT, FACT), and analysis software (e.g., VUE Vemco User Environment, VEMBU).
    • FACT member with access to- and familiarity with- using the Research Workspace.
    • Field experience in Caribbean reef fish identification.
    • The successful candidate will be organized, detail-oriented, manage time to achieve project objectives to meet deadlines, and work both independently and collaboratively as part of a large team located across a wide geographic area.
    • Processing of a National Agency Check and fingerprinting will be required.
    • Must be available to start on or about February 1, 2019.


    CSS, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.




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