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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
CSS, Inc. seeks an exceptional individual to provide remote sensing and geospatial coordination and technical support for the West Coast region. The successful candidate will support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management (OCM). The position will be located in Oakland, CA.
The successful candidate will serve as the West Coast regional geospatial coordinator assisting in the development and implementation of regional activities, coordinating and directly providing geospatial technical assistance in the region, and participating in other GIS and remote sensing projects.
Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Identify partner needs and requirements and communicate that information to project teams to inform the development of OCM products and services
- Support product development as identified by regional partners and leads. The following products are included: Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) land cover data and trend information; sea-level rise visualization tools; topographic and bathymetric data; and the creation and analysis of geospatial data and maps
- Respond to geospatial technical assistance requests and coordinate and share information with other technical staff members outside the region
- Develop case studies of applications of NOAA data, tools, or training to address specific coastal management outcomes
- Develop contextual maps, such as ESRI's story maps, that will be hosted on the Digital Coast website
- Attend and participate in relevant geospatial and regional meetings. This includes participating in regional geospatial work groups; assisting with coordination of state and federal mapping and application efforts; developing geospatial tools, information, and regional data coordination work; and providing technical assistance
- Coordinate projects and programs in the region with a focus on helping coastal states and communities make informed decisions for the use of their lands and waters
- Identify relationship-building opportunities in coordination with the West Coast team and other National Ocean Service and NOAA regional programs
Regular travel throughout the region is required as well as to Charleston, South Carolina, and Silver Spring, Maryland.
CSS Inc. has an immediate opening for a Safety and Health Specialist to provide industrial hygiene, and occupational safety services at our client site, the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Candidates should have experience and knowledge in assessing laboratory hazards and collecting pertinent data to document findings. The Safety and Health Specialist will be responsible for establishing contact with the laboratory personnel; obtaining basic information on processes, hazards and controls; and ensuring laboratory personnel are aware of safety resources and general requirements. The information collected will be used to prioritize follow up assessments and potential exposure monitoring. The position requires a team-oriented professional with strong organization skills as well as excellent writing and oral communication skills. Specific tasks will include the following:
- Obtaining and reviewing facility utilization maps to identify laboratories for assessment
- Creating an announcement of the laboratory assessment program for distribution through the Safety Committee
- Conducting a hazard assessment of identified laboratories that includes:
- Documenting the type of laboratory (e.g. analytical laboratory, optics testing laboratory, clinical, medical laboratory)
- Identifying major processes (e.g. use of centrifuges, tissue processors, GC, HPLC)
- Identifying particularly hazardous substances in use or other significant chemical hazards
- Entering laboratory information into laboratory assessment program database
- Sending a follow up email to the laboratory manager to provide information about safety resources & requirements