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CSS is seeking a full time entry-level statistics analyst to support social science research projects for NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in Silver Spring, MD. The successful candidate must have experience analyzing survey data and applying statistical diagnostics on survey data. Responsibilities include:
- Conduct and draft literature reviews for projects, as requested
- Conduct and document routine quality assurance/quality control assessments of data collected through quantitative surveys
- Perform basic statistical diagnostics and corrections on survey data, as needed
- Conduct basic analysis of clean survey and other data, as directed
- Retrieve secondary data from existing data sources (such as the US Census Bureau, US Bureau of Economic Analysis, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and state/territorial agencies) and prepare the data for routine analysis, as directed
- Input data into existing databases (e.g., Excel)
- Develop and maintain detailed and accurate codebooks for datasets
- Develop and maintain metadata for data collections and archival processes, as directed
- Prepare datasets for archive, as directed
- Record, organize and summarize stakeholder feedback regarding data collections
- Draft written summaries of findings for technical reports of research, as directed
- Adhere to all confidentiality and reporting standards set forth by NOAA including the handling of personally identifiable information and data archival for public availability
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.
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 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 collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology at the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, SC. The project will develop and employ cutting-edge mass spectrometry-based proteomic techniques to investigate the causes of stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) and identify targets of mitigation and treatment. To date, the SCTLD pandemic has infected roughly half the corals in waters off Florida. It is an infectious water-borne disease of unknown etiology with high-mortality that is quickly spreading across coral stocks. The study will include analyzing samples from diseased and healthy corals as well as the microbiome composition of the coral holobiont and surrounding environment. Utilizing state-of-the-art instrumentation at NIST Charleston (including high-resolution mass spectrometry), proteomics will be used to evaluate the molecular progression of SCTLD in different coral species and identify candidate markers of disease, while metaproteomics will be used to provide insight into changes in the microbial community composition and function with disease progression. The post-doctoral candidate should be well-versed in running LC-MS/MS and downstream metaproteomic bioinformatics pipelines. Additional expertise in metagenomics, metatranscriptomics and microbiology is beneficial but not required. We expect these results to directly inform mitigation and policy decisions related to the SCTLD outbreak, in addition to drive new hypotheses and research directions. Analytical instrumentation includes Thermo Scientific Fusion Lumos orbital trap system and a Q-Exactive orbital trap.
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.
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.
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
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, Seattle, WA, or Portland, OR.
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 and leadership in the region, and participating in other GIS and remote sensing projects.
Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the list below:
- Identify partner needs and requirements inform the development of NOAA OCM products and services
- Support product development as expressed by regional partners and leads, including NOAA products Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) land cover data and trend information; sea-level rise visualization tools; topographic and bathymetric data; MarineCadastre.gov; Digital Coast; 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, and provide technical assistance in transferring these, 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
- Participate in relevant geospatial and regional work groups . 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 and develop partnerships in coordination with the West Coast team and other National Ocean Service and NOAA regional programs
- Manage Coastal Geospatial Services Contract (CGSC) task order as needed to support regional geospatial initiatives
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
Recruiting for site assessment and emergency response personnel nationwide to support Superfund Technical Assistance and Response Team (START) contracts
- Perform as a member of the START emergency response team (ERT) providing the EPA client with accurate and pertinent scientific data according to agreed upon methods, procedures, and techniques
- Duties will include rotations as an “on-call” responder available 24hrs a day for a week at a time
- Willingness to participate in the Emergency Response On-Call Program and maintain preparedness for immediate mobilization while on-call.
- Use level D-A PPE to make entries into potentially hazardous areas
- Calibration and maintenance of a variety of multi-media monitoring and sampling equipment.
- Document field activities and prepare daily and final reports for EPA client
- In-field multimedia sampling
- Assist with the writing of technical documents and plans
- Provide timely task status reports and other required reports to Project Managers
- Other duties and responsibilities as assigned