Data Auditor

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 full-time Data Auditors to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), in Falmouth, MA.


The Data Auditor will work closely and cooperatively with NEFSC to write and implement tests to be run on data as well as making corrections to the data as necessary prior to making the data available for end users.


Duties will include:

  • Contractor shall assist with monthly data audits and tests.
  • Contractor shall assist with pre- and post-load data checks, including the development of new checks.
  • Contractor shall conduct research on nature of database errors and make recommendations for corrections.
  • Contractor shall perform database queries designed to identify individual error projects.
  • Contractor shall perform as project lead as requested with other contracted staff on specific error related projects.
  • Contractor shall assist data processing staff as needed with associated tasks, including occasional informal data requests.
  • Contractor shall update original data logs to ensure consistency and accuracy of data.
  • Contractor shall assist with database migration projects and any associated research.
  • Keeps data processing lead, area leads and data quality lead informed of important and controversial data, data quality and compliance issues.
  • Contractor shall assist with manual changes by reviewing and commenting on changes as they relate to observer protocols.
  • Contractor shall assist in the tracking of certification of newly trained observers.
  • Contractor shall review boarding reports sent in by observers, following up for additional information as needed and track completion prior to making available to Observer Program staff.
  • Contractor shall assist in the tracking of priority trips, late trip submissions and training trips and notify appropriate Observer Program staff of pending issues as needed.
  • Contractor shall track observer certifications and contact information in SQL database tables.
  • Contractor shall document changes to observer protocols as they arise.
  • Contractor shall assist in the training of newly hired Data Debriefers
  • Contractor shall assist with other data quality projects and data editing, when requested.
  • Contractor shall deploy as needed on shadow trips, trip trainer trips and probation/priority (Data Quality) trips.
  • Contractor may be assigned periodic regional outreach events.
  • Participates on research cruises aboard NOAA research vessels.
  • Contractor shall provide observers with guidance for data quality improvement when necessary by providing feedback.


  • B.S. degree in Marine Biology, Fisheries Biology/Management, or a related field
  • Must have a minimum of one (1) year of relevant experience
  • Biological research experience at the college or professional level is desired
  • An interest in fisheries science, fisheries management, and a general knowledge of marine mammal, sea turtle, and sea bird identification and sampling procedures
  • Other protected species experience is desired (marine mammal, sea turtle, or sea bird research, educational experience, husbandry, etc.)
  • Strong SQL experience.
  • Previous experience as a fisheries observer is highly desirable
  • 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
  • HTML, XML, SAS, GIS skills and experience
  • 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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