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CSS on contract to NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management is looking for a management liaison (also called technical program officer) to support the implementation of two NOAA programs in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI): the Coral Reef Conservation Program (Coral Program) and the National Coastal Zone Management Program. The staff member will be employed by CSS, who is under contract with NOAA Office for Coastal Management’s (OCM) and NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program. In support of the Coral Program, the liaison will deliver regionally relevant coral conservation services to USVI and its partners. The liaison will also support the implementation of USVI’s coastal management program approved by NOAA under the Coastal Zone Management Act. For both roles, the liaison will provide place-based and regional technical assistance related to coastal management and coral conservation. The position will be located on St. Croix, USVI.
Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Serve as the NOAA Coral Reef Management Liaison to the U.S. Virgin Islands:
- Provide management assistance to USVI’s coral reef management program to maintain programs and meet all program requirements
- Provide technical assistance in the areas of coral reef conservation, planning, and management; disease response; restoration ecology; climate change adaptation and planning; marine protected area implementation; and watershed management.
- Coordinate with jurisdiction coral reef point of contact (POC) and other appropriate agencies and coral reef practitioners on NOAA Coral Program activities in the region.
- Support the USVI Coral Reef POC and Territorial Coral Reef Coordinator to update coral reef management priorities for the USVI, support the implementation of the identified priorities, and communicate those priorities to NOAA CRCP leadership and other relevant programs within NOAA working with the CRCP.
- Work closely with NOAA federal partners to provide support for post-disaster assessment, triage, and recovery work, including interactions with FEMA and DOI to amass information for Stafford Act policy considerations for corals. Provide coordination support and technical assistance for the USVI’s efforts to track and respond to the spread of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease in the Territory.
- Coordinate with federal partners in the development and implementation of initiatives in priority areas that are consistent with Coral Program’s Strategic Plan.
- Communicate regularly and sufficiently with NOAA CRCP and OCM leadership and involved staff to ensure there is a clear understanding of areas of major time investment, priority projects, partner needs, and any issues or circumstances that may affect NOAA CRCP and OCM efforts to conserve coral reef resources in the USVI.
- Support annual and triennial Coral Program planning processes, including: fielding questions from, and coordinating calls with, potential principal investigators and local partners; conducting technical reviews of proposals; and providing implementation support to awarded projects.
- Support development and implementation of initiatives in the USVI that support the NOAA CRCP Strategic Plan, local action strategies, and other identified strategic priorities for coral reef management and conservation in the USVI.
- Provide support for efforts to develop and manage marine protected areas and build management capacity, when appropriate.
- Conduct site visits or fieldwork to assist or assess Coral Program activities.
- Coordinate with USVI and NOAA’s federal program officer to negotiate, process, amend, and monitor the cooperative funding agreements; and provide technical reviews of other Coral Program funding grants and agreements.
- Provide guidance to USVI on their responsibility to ensure documentation on all coral reef projects, including permits; completion of financial requirements and environmental compliance; and adequate monitoring of ongoing coral reef management and restoration projects is realized.
- Assist with the development of the NOAA CRCP Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement and programmatic consultations by providing information on the types of activities NOAA CRCP has funded in the USVI in the past and is likely to fund in the future, and support additional environmental compliance requirements as needed for USVI-based activities.
- Provide information to outreach and communications staff for the development locally-tailored coral reef outreach and education materials.
- Provide support for National Coral Reef Management Fellowship Program and for the Fellow that is placed in the USVI to facilitate their integration into the USVI coral reef conservation community and inform and support the development and effective implementation of their work plan.
- Work closely with NOAA CRCP Fisheries Liaison for the USVI (placed with the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office) to ensure effective coordination of CRCP-funded efforts in the USVI.
Serve as the NOAA Coastal Zone Management Liaison to the U.S. Virgin Islands:
- Provide support and assistance to USVI’s implementation of its coastal zone management program approved under the Coastal Zone Management Act.
- Coordinate with USVI and NOAA’s federal program officer to negotiate, process, amend, and monitor cooperative agreements and grants; provide technical reviews for other proposals as necessary.
- Support USVI in the implementation of Coastal Zone Management Program activities, including: review and analysis of proposed program policy changes; program evaluations required under the CZMA; and the development, review and approval of five-year assessments and strategies.
- Provide subject matter expertise and regional coordination support.
- Identify USVI’s coastal management program highlights and other opportunities to communicate partner success stories.
- Identify and facilitate programmatic synergies across the Coral and Coastal Zone Management programs to enhance execution and results, and/or identify joint projects.
Essential Duties: The successful applicant will conduct research in support of the Coastal Aquaculture Siting and Sustainability (CASS) Program headquartered at the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) laboratory in Beaufort, North Carolina. The successful applicant will be responsible for supporting development of marine spatial planning research and products related to screening and siting of aquaculture in coastal waters of the U.S. This position is located at the NOAA National Ocean Service in Beaufort, North Carolina.
Key duties/responsibilities include:
- Development of custom geoprocessing tools and data models to support high-end spatial analysis, data analytics, and visualization applications to support decision making
- Perform geospatial and geostatistical analyses
- Organize and input data into databases, maintain accurate detailed records of observations, measurements and results
- Write reports and peer review journal articles
- Set and meet deadlines for completion of work in timely manner
- Work collaboratively in a team environment and contribute to other relevant projects as directed
CSS has an immediate opening for an experienced Geospatial Analyst or Remote Sensing Specialist to support NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM). The successful applicant will provide technical expertise and assist with oversight of land cover data production activities associated with NOAA’s Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP). This is a full-time position located in Charleston, SC.
Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Coordination and participate in oversight of land cover development to ensure timely completion and that specifications are met
- Lead or assist with in-house land cover production activities (classification, modeling, manual editing)
- Perform quality assurance of multispectral imagery, lidar derived elevation data, multiple sources/types of ancillary data and other land cover production inputs
- Perform quality assurance/quality control of multiple resolutions of land cover, land cover change products and associated derived data sets
- Lead or participate in the accuracy assessment of final land cover products
- Create and update of metadata records
- Assist with the management of internal data assets and file management
- Assist with the development of derivative products for use of land cover data (ex. Story Maps, web apps)
CSS is seeking to fill a one year postdoctoral position to work on our contract with NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in the NCCOS Charleston Coral Health and Disease Program. The successful candidate will conduct research on the newly described disease, Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD), affecting over 20 shallow-water coral species in south Florida and in other Caribbean locations. Depending on the expertise of the incumbent, the line of research may be focused on epidemiology, treatment/intervention/prevention strategies, and/or pathogenesis of the disease. The incumbent will design a research project in their area of expertise in collaboration with the principal investigator.
The incumbent must be able to work with a significant degree of independence and responsibility that is commencerate with the position. This will require the ability to search, read and synthesize primary scientific literature to generate innovative ideas and experimental approaches that will provide insights into the origin of the disease, drivers in the disease dynamics and/or interventions to stop the transmission and ultimately insights for prevention of future outbreaks and productive avenues for restoration of endemic zones.
The research is primarily laboratory based but does have a portion of work that involves field missions to investigate coral and environmental conditions at specific locations experiencing SCTLD, domestically and internationally. The incumbent is expected to participate both technically and intellectually in the preparation of written reports of research findings and presentations when appropriate. The research will be conducted as a member of an interdisciplinary research team of scientists under the direction of the principal investigator.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES
- Apply scientific knowledge, techniques, instrumentation and methods necessary to achieve project goals, including designing and conducting experiments, and analyzing and interpreting data under the general oversight of the principal investigator.
- Design and conduct near-term experiments on SCTLC, and these can include transcriptomics and proteomics of SCTLD affected species and trials of novel intervention strategies.
- Participate as needed on weekend duty to conduct extended duration experiments. Emergency situations with storms and/or power outages also may require the incumbent to assist others if coral facility staff are not available or additional help is needed.
- Keep accurate written records of all methods, procedures, and experimental results, documents observations of unusual or abnormal appearance, and prepare data reports. Laboratory data acquisition also often involves photodocumentation and photomicrograph documentation.
CSS is seeking a lead facilities maintenance technician to provide support at NOAA’s Marine Laboratories (Hollings and CCEHBR) in Charleston, SC. World-class marine science is conducted at these facilities, and this full-time position will provide hands-on support in maintaining the research infrastructure. CSS is an employee-owned company committed to the long-term success of our employees. We provide generous health and welfare benefits, training, professional development, and participation in the employee owned stock plan.
Responsibilities: The successful candidate will provide leadership to other CSS facility technicians and work with the NOAA lab manager in providing facility technical support. Specific responsibilities include:
- Plan weekly and daily tasks of facility team based on status of ongoing projects, preventative maintenance schedules, job hazards, and repair requests received from research scientists and other onsite staff.
- Troubleshoot failed electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems and make recommendations as to whether repairs can be made in house or by an outside specialty contractor. Recommend replacement parts to repair broken systems.
- Repair lab facilities and equipment, including plumbing, HVAC, and electrical systems, following OSHA safety procedures.
- Ensure code compliance by inspecting and testing electrical systems, equipment and components to identify hazards or needed repairs.
- Oversee safety program with other CSS facility staff and provide safety guidance. Perform safety checks throughout the facility, including installed systems, to ensure a safe and clean environment for the patrons of the facility and eliminate any hazards.
- Perform routine, daily inspection and maintenance to laboratory building exterior/interior
- Perform installation, maintenance, repair, and construction in the building maintenance trades, such as carpentry, painting, electrical, plumbing, locksmith, carpet, and mechanics.
- Maintain facility records, including preventative maintenance schedules, Safety Data Sheets and training records, and contribute to reports on activities and repairs completed each month.
- Maintain shelving, tool area, in clean and orderly condition.
Health and Safety Manager needed to provide support for EPA emergency response mobile laboratory program. responsibilities include preparation of H+S Plans and SOPs; development of policies and procedures; tracking and reporting of H+S compliance; travel to specified on-site locations of mobile analytical laboratories according to prearranged schedules; training project staff; coordination of activities with Program Manager and Chemists; and providing activity reports.
Please note, this position is not geographically limited and may be of interest to those local to Edison, NJ, Erlanger, KY and Denver, CO.
Essential Duties: The successful applicant will provide communications and administrative support for the Coastal Aquaculture Siting and Sustainability (CASS) Program headquartered at the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) laboratory in Beaufort, North Carolina. This position will support a communications portfolio related to coastal aquaculture.
Specific duties include:
1. Organize and develop materials for briefings with NOAA leadership and the public
2. Develop communications products including infographics, weekly news articles, webpage content, and short videos.
3. Develop and manage web content and graphics
4. Develop and finalize figures, tables, other graphics and layout for publications
5. Organize and input data into databases and maintain accurate detailed project records
6. Prepare information related to travel, purchasing, and project-level tracking
7. Assist with meeting preparation and scheduling
8. Conduct scientific literature reviews
9. Review and prepare documents for publication
10. Set and meet deadlines for completion of work in timely manner.
The selected candidate will provide research support for the Coral Health and Disease Program located at the NOAA, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) laboratory in Charleston, SC. The research support will encompass a variety of aspects of coral health and disease that include physical chemical and biological disturbance to their health. The position requires that the individual be able to work with a degree of independence and responsibility. This will require the ability to search, read and understand primary scientific literature to a degree they can contribute both in technical and scholarly aspects to discussions with the team lead or PI to establish daily goals and objectives within an assigned project. The research is primarily laboratory based but does have a portion of work that involves field missions to investigate coral and environmental conditions at specific locations domestically and internationally. The individual is expected to participate both technically and intellectually in the preparation of written reports of research findings and presentations when appropriate. The research will be conducted as a member of an interdisciplinary research team of scientists under the direction of the principal investigator.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Assist in the implementation of project proposals and the development or adaptation of diagnostic methods related to achieving program objectives.
- Applying scientific knowledge, techniques, instrumentation and methods necessary to achieve project goals, including designing and conducting experiments, and analyzing and interpreting data under the general supervision of the principal investigator.
- Expected near-term experiments include sea urchin fertilization and development assays and conducting microbiology-based mutagenesis assays.
- Assist the Project manager with the oversight of the day-to-day running of routine lab operations and performing routine maintenance operations on equipment as needed and keep the laboratory safe and orderly. Also assists in the design and implementation of laboratory protocols and practices. Conducts quality control measures in the laboratory including upkeep and routine maintenance of assigned equipment and adheres to safety protocols while conducting work assignments.
- This work requires occasional weekend duty to conduct extended duration experiments or assistance in the coral culture facility in the absence of assigned personnel. Emergency situations with storms and/or power outages also may require staff to assist others if coral facility staff is not available or additional help is needed.
- Keep accurate written records of all methods, procedures, and experimental results, documents observations of unusual or abnormal appearance, and prepares data reports. Laboratory data acquisition also often involves photo-documentation and photomicrograph documentation.
- Assist in maintaining inventories of laboratory supplies, specimens and equipment including chemicals, biological materials, liquid nitrogen, as assigned by the team lead or PI.
- Equipment, vehicles, boats, and facilities at the NCCOS Charleston Laboratory will be used for this assignment by the incumbent. All government equipment, including vehicles, boats, computers, telephone access, are to be used to for official government business only.
Essential Duties: The successful applicant will conduct research in support of the Coastal Aquaculture Siting and Sustainability (CASS) Program headquartered at the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) laboratory in Beaufort, North Carolina. This position will support data acquisition and processing of marine spatial planning data supporting aquaculture screening and siting in U.S. coastal waters.
Specific duties include:
1. Acquire biogeophysical data for coastal U.S. waters
2. Create and update of GIS data layers as requested for use in GIS applications
3. Organize and process data at various resolution and spatial scales
4. Integrate GIS with various existing datasets
5. Establish data rules and relationships to maintain data integrity and to simplify data entry through defining network and topology rules
6. Assign and maintain domains and subtypes. Ensure best available data is being used across the spectrum of GIS datasets
Entry Level Scientist to support air exposure studies at the US EPA Research Traiangle Park, NC facility.
General responsibilities include:
- Perform portions of applied scientific activities relative to the research, design and modification of lab and field projects under the direction of experienced professional and scientific personnel.
- Participate in the collection and analysis of data utilized for the determination of needs, requirements and operations for (test) project design and support.
- Perform other technical activities, as necessary.
Field Site responsibilities will include:
- Visual inspection of air quality measurement devices
- Data retrieval
- Instrument troubleshooting (if necessary)
- Clear documentation of all inspections and troubleshooting activities in the field notebook
- Strict adherence to safety rules and proper use of PPE
- Following protocols according to program QA standards
Data processing responsibilities will include:
- Data download to PC
- Preliminary data validation, using Excel spreadsheet templates
- Data review summary reports
Communications-related responsibilities will include:
- Download and handling of raw data files
- Completion of data validation spreadsheets
- Data summary reports
- Transcription of field notes