Incidental Take Lead

Posted Date 4 months ago(12/5/2019 2:08 PM)
Job ID
# Positions
Full-Time 40
Security Clearance Level
National Agency Check (Client Initiated)


CSS is recruiting for a full-time Incidental Take Lead to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), in Falmouth, MA.


The Incidental Take Lead works with the FSB of the Fishery Monitoring and Research Division of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center to perform biological analysis and assessment of commercial sea sampling data collected during commercial fishing trips. The Incidental Take Lead acts as the point of contact for all incidental take and pelagic species samples, i.e. mammal, turtle, seabird, and highly migratory species biological samples for the NEFSC. The Incidental Take Lead takes responsibility for managing incidental take tissue samples or whole animals, organizing photographs, participating in the evaluation of incidental take data quality, acting as a fisheries data debriefer, and training fisheries observers in incidental take protocols.


Duties will include:

  • Monitor and evaluate incidental take data, and overall fishery observer performance as it relates to the collection of incidental take data.
  • Monitor and evaluate incidental take collection methods, sampling gear, data documentation and adherence to protocols. Evaluating protocols and reporting suggestions for improvements in data quality or processing.
  • Edit observer trip data as needed, and assisting with other data quality projects.
  • Provide guidance and feedback to observers on all incidental take related protocols. Assisting with manual changes that relate to incidental take logs/protocols.
  • Compare paper log or electronic data received with incidental takes documented in real-time databases or other databases, to ensure consistency.
  • Organize updates to incidental take data in the database from past training necropsies.
  • Work to develop innovative methods to identify trends in incidental take data collection.
  • Check-in, process, and disseminate biological samples. Assist with the management of sample storage freezer space throughout the region.
  • Assist FSB staff with sea turtle serious injury annual determinations.
  • Process photos collected by observers, including troubleshooting camera issues, working to confirm species identification, entering data into a database, contacting NEFSC staff to confirm identification of photos, and debriefing observers on identification.
  • Carry an after-hours cell phone to field calls from observers and facilitate delivery of incidental take samples. Cell phone duty is expected every other weekend.
  • Communicate effectively with data quality lead, area leads and Branch Chief informed of important and controversial data, data quality, data collection performance, and compliance issues.
  • Work with FSB training staff to develop innovative and effective methods for training observers on incidental take protocols.
  • Assist in observer training, including: teaching topics and modules such as: marine mammal identification, incidental take, protected species labs/necropsy sessions, sea turtle workshops, and seabird sampling; associated educational duties (developing presentations and training materials; distributing specialized gear; assisting with evaluations of observer performance; preparing observer exercises, homework assignments, workshops, quizzes, exam questions and audiovisuals; reviewing and correcting exercises, quizzes and assignments; preparing training aids, audiovisuals, gear models, etc.); tracking and ordering additional incidental take gear for distribution at training.
  • Contractor may be assigned periodic regional outreach events.
  • Participates on research cruises aboard NOAA research vessels.
  • Contractor shall deploy as needed on shadow trips, trip trainer trips and probation/priority (Data Quality) trips.



  • B.S. degree in Marine Biology, Fisheries Biology/Management, or a closely related field
  • Must have a minimum of one (1) year of relevant experience
  • Biological research experience at the college or professional level
  • Previous or current NEFOP observer experience
  • Demonstrated interest in fisheries science and/or fisheries management
  • General knowledge of marine mammal, sea turtle, and sea bird identification and sampling procedures.
  • In-depth knowledge of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as it relates to the data collection needs of the FSB and observer duties.
  • Ability to go to sea and perform the duties of a fishery observer. These duties involve flexible work/sleep schedules, ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds repeatedly, and the ability to work well with fishing community members, at times under difficult conditions.
  • Previous experience as a fisheries observer is highly desirable.
  • Other protected species experience is highly desirable (marine mammal, sea turtle, or sea bird research, educational or outreach experience, husbandry, etc).
  • Experience with computers and databases, including networked systems, ORACLE relational databases, ARCVIEW. etc.
  • Mentoring training or experience.
  • Conflict Resolution training or experience.
  • Program planning and management in a team environment.
  • Developing performance metrics and milestones.
  • Working with diverse interagency teams.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Developing and monitoring resource investment strategies.
  • Working with marine fisheries information programs or other science-based programs.
  • Proficient in current MS Office software programs.
  • Ability to go to sea and perform the duties of a fishery observer. These duties involve flexible work/sleep schedules, ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds repeatedly, and the ability to work well with fishing community members, at times under difficult conditions.

Required skills, certifications, and credentials:

  • First Aid CPR AED (Red Heart Association or equivalent).
  • Bloodborne Pathogen training
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • NSC Defensive Driving Course
  • NOAA Safety I, II and/or III Advanced Observer Marine Safety Training
  • NOAA Small Boat Component Certification Course


Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed