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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
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
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
CSS, Inc. seeks a full-time Marine GIS Analyst with experience in coastal science and marine resources management, spatial ecology, and oceanography for a full-time contract position with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS). NCCOS’ Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Forecast Branch conducts collaborative projects with partner agencies such as NASA, CDC, and NOAA’s IOOS, Oceans & Human Health, and National Marine Sanctuary Programs. These projects analyze and model satellite and other remotely sensed oceanographic and meteorological data to develop products that can support monitoring and forecasts of HABs, water clarity, and water depth to inform coastal managers and the public. The successful candidate will develop and use computer programs to streamline satellite data processing steps that produce NCCOS’ experimental products; provide support in python and other open-source languages in implementation of algorithms; collect, process, and analyze field radiometry data to help validate experimental HAB forecasts; provide ArcGIS support; review scientific literature on water quality parameters and HABs; and help transition experimental forecast products into automated Operational Forecast Systems.
- Developing processing capabilities for testing and implementing products from satellite data
- Coordinate collection of water quality and radiometry data in freshwater or riverine systems
- Develop streamlined storage and processing system for field radiometry, to allow for easier analysis and distribution of the data.
- Assemble and review water quality and phytoplankton data from in situ samples and assist in the validation of remotely-sensed image products
- Provide scientific support for NOAA annual HAB Cyst Cruises
- Conduct statistical analyses of water quality, radiometry, and satellite data to help develop forecast bulletins for HAB blooms
- Assemble and distribute weekly experimental HAB Forecast Bulletins to track the development of Microcystis blooms in Lake Erie
- Create computer programs (e.g., python) to transition the procedures for creating HAB Forecast Bulletins into ArcGIS or cloud computing and produce georeferenced PDFs with accessible metadata for dissemination to users
- Assist with manuscript preparation (reports and peer review publications), basic statistical analysis, poster & presentation development
- Assist with outreach and education activities to engage coastal resource managers and enhance their experience with using HAB Forecast Bulletins
CSS, Inc. has an immediate opening for a Systems Engineer with a focus on Microsoft Azure cloud technologies to support NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM). This is a full-time position located in Charleston, SC.
Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Support and improve existing on-premises and Microsoft Azure Cloud infrastructure
- Design and implement new on-premises and Microsoft Azure systems while implementing best practices and industry standards to meet contract requirements
- Migrate on-premises infrastructure to Microsoft Azure cloud
- Configure Microsoft Azure monitoring and alerts for cloud resource availability
- Manage on-premises and cloud based Windows and Linux virtual servers
- Work closely with application development and data engineer teams on day-to-day tasks along with project planning and implementation
- Administration of Cisco switches, routers, firewalls, and other network devices