• Marine Habitat Specialist

    Posted Date 5 months ago(3/4/2019 7:57 AM)
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Full-Time 40
    Security Clearance Level
    National Agency Check (Client Initiated)
  • Responsibilities

    CSS is seeking a Marine Habitat Specialist to conduct research for the Coastal Aquaculture Siting and Sustainability Program headquartered at the NOAA National Ocean Service laboratory in Beaufort, North Carolina. Work from a remote location is possible. The research will focus on identifying and quantifying aquaculture interactions with sensitive habitats including sea grasses, corals, and hardbottom areas at local, regional, and ecosystem scales. The successful applicant will conduct studies on environmental interactions of aquaculture on sensitive habitats that range from assessing negative impacts and ecosystem services. Studies will also be conducted at the landscape-scale capable of informing sustainable coastal aquaculture development. Specific responsibilities include:

    1. Perform policy analysis and contribute to the development of recommendations on scientific policy issues relevant to aquaculture, fisheries, protected resources and habitat conservation.
    2. Utilizing the best scientific information, identify locations for ecologically beneficial aquaculture.
    3. Collaborates with multiple parties and interests to develop policy and procedural guidance documents.
    4. Conduct literature reviews and analyze global datasets to understand the environmental, economic, and social parameters that result in ecologically beneficially commercial aquaculture.
    5. Conducts scientific, technical and editorial reviews. Prepares responses to taskers, develops white papers and other scientific policy related documents.
    6. Develop assessments, environmental consultations, and products for NOAA.
    7. Organize and input data into a database, maintain accurate detailed records of observations, measurements and results.
    8. Write peer review journal articles and other information for public dissemination.


    Minimum requirements include:

    1. M.S. degree in Marine Biology or related field plus nine years of related work experience, OR Ph.D. in Marine Biology or related field plus five years of related work experience.
    2. Demonstrated ability to conduct innovative aquaculture research or environmental monitoring programs that involve complex variables and result in the development of public policies.
    3. Comprehensive, expert knowledge of the provisions of the Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act (including all associated regulations and permit processes), and the ability to address threatened and endangered species regulations related to coastal and offshore aquaculture development.
    4. Knowledge of the theories, principles, and methods of fisheries and habitat conservation.
    5. Knowledge of biological sciences and techniques pertaining to ecology, marine and anadromous fisheries, and aquatic habitats.
    6. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in multifaceted groups, clearly articulate scientific principles in an easy to understand manner, and ability to obtain concurrence between a variety of groups with differing interests.
    7. Demonstrated experience conducting a major habitat related ecological research effort with a high level of independence
    8. Experience writing peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and technical reports
    9. Experience working with or knowledge of large environmental datasets
    10. Effective verbal and written communication skills, including demonstrated experience presenting to/ leading discussions with leading science experts.
    11. Ability to be flexible in responding to changes in schedules and job priorities.
    12. Ability to follow safety standards and conduct work in an environmentally conscientious manner.
    13. Ability to work flexible hours, including some long days and infrequently on weekends.
    14. A valid US driver’s license.
    15. Able to work in the US without sponsorship.

    Physical requirements include the ability to work proficiently with computer keyboards and screens 


    To apply, please submit your resume with a cover letter attached outlining how you specifically meet the requirements of the postion.



    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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