Species Verification 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 Species Verification 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 Species Verification Lead will work closely and cooperatively with the FSB to insure proper identification of samples and photographs of fish, invertebrates, and corals.


Duties will include:

  • Ensure all fish, invertebrates and coral species submitted as verification photos or specimens are identified according to defined protocols and verify they are properly entered into the SVP database.
  • Review, audit, and correct species verification records.
  • Work with Debriefers to address observer ID issues and make appropriate changes to current trips and occasionally a number of trips based upon an observer’s species identification history.
  • Produce documents outlining the formal process for species verification including “NEFOP SVP Description of Process Documentation” and a variety of other process documents.
  • Create and regularly update a photo ID guide for observers called the “Photo Guide to Common Species Encountered in the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program.”
  • Check and recommend updates to common and scientific names species commonly used in the program.
  • Conduct individual reviews of species verification accuracy and SVP compliance with observers during all in-house debriefings.
  • Review comments on trip file worksheets from Data Debriefers to make sure that Data Debriefers are appropriately communication with observers about species verification issues identified by  the species verification program; send out monthly notices to Data Debriefers about any SVP issues not properly documented.
  • Answer calls/questions from observers all about species verification and the SVP.
  • Develop and regularly update a photo library of the best photos for each species commonly encountered in the SVP program so that all the staff and observers will have access to clear examples for communicating about and identifying species.
  • Provide information to training and other staff to improve species verification including identifying common problems to identifying species and information to improve training.
  • Provide summary from SVP for each training class to assist the next class (first three (3) trips) after certification to the Data Quality Team (DQT).


  • B.S. degree in Marine Biology, Fisheries Biology/Management, or a related field.
  • Must have a minimum of one (1) year of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated interest in fisheries science and management.
  • General knowledge of analytical techniques.
  • Fisheries observing experience.
  • UNIX based computers and network systems.
  • Ability to perform at-sea observer related duties.
  • 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 as well as ability to communicate well in both the office and field environments.
  • Working with marine fisheries information programs or other science-based programs.
  • Proficiency in GIS, website development, SAS, other statistical packages, Oracle or other relational database management systems and SQL programming language.
  • Ability to represent NEFOP and NOAA programs in conversations with industry participants and stakeholders.
  • 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


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