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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 need for a Regional Geospatial Coordinator to support NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM). The successful applicant will provide remote sensing and geospatial coordination technical support in the Southeast and Caribbean region (NC, SC, GA, FL, USVI and PR). He or she will assist 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. This opening is for one (1) full-time position located in Charleston, SC.
Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Support product development as identified by regional partners and OCM regional leads. The following projects and products are included: The Digital Coast and its Partnership, 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 direct 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 OCM regional team and other National Ocean Service and NOAA regional programs.
- Identify partner needs and requirements and communicate that information to project teams to inform the development of OCM products and services.
- Regular travel throughout the region will be required, as well as to Silver Spring, Maryland.
- Prepares and analyzes environmental samples for organic environmental analysis using GC/MS, GC/ECD, or LC/MS/MS instrumentation.
- Performs a variety of chemical tests and is knowledgeable of instrumental techniques.
- Screens and logs in samples into LIMS, prepares samples for laboratory analysis, maintains equipment, orders supplies.
- Uses LIMS and ChemStation software to perform data analysis.
- Participates in planning & strategy meetings.
- Suggests modifications to existing protocols & standing operating procedures, equipment, processes or techniques.
- Performs new analytical methods development.
- Participates in evaluation process to include set up, operation & monitoring of equip & apparatus, & more complex experimental procedures involving novel samples.
- Performs laboratory maintenance.
- Summarizes & records data in official notebooks, orders supplies & maintains a safe working environment. Performs a variety of tasks.
- Works under minimal supervision and reports to the PHILIS Supervisor/Lead Chemist.
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.
CSS Inc. has an immediate opening for an Industrial Hygienist to provide industrial hygiene, occupational safety, and environmental services at our client site, the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Candidates should have experience and knowledge in assessing workplace hazards, developing and implementing ES&H programs, and preparing comprehensive reports to document findings.The Industrial Hygienist will be responsible for performing a variety of tasks including Indoor air quality and mold investigations, oxygen monitoring system evaluation, and general safety and health hazard assessments. The position requires a team-oriented professional with strong organization skills as well as excellent writing and oral communication skills.
Responsibilities include: determining the physical and chemical properties of environmental samples using quantitative and qualitative analyses in physical or organic chemistry using gas chromatography with mass spec (GC/MS) instrumental analytical equipment housed in several mobile laboratory trailers; performing a variety of EPA analytical methods, such as SW-846 8260, 8270, 8081, 8082 and other methods; screens and logs in samples, prepares samples for laboratory analysis, maintains equipment, orders supplies and assists chemists when requested; participates in planning and strategy meetings; suggests modifications to existing protocols and standard operating procedures (SOPs), equipment, processes or techniques; participates in evaluation of processes, including set up, O&M of equipment and apparatus, and more complex experimental procedures involving novel samples.
The primary function of the units is to provide on-site and remote chemical analysis during an Incident of National Significance – analysis on-site of all sample matrices (air, soil, water, and surface wipe) for the presence of toxic industrial chemicals, chemical warfare agents and their breakdown products. This position will require a background screening and US citizenship, and participation in medical monitoring. Some travel will be necessary.
CSS-Inc. is seeking a critically thinking Program Analyst with expertise in Coastal Ecology for a full-time contract position with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in Silver Spring, MD. The Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act (HABHRCA) authorizes NOAA to advance the scientific understanding and ability to detect, monitor, assess, and predict harmful algal bloom (HAB) and hypoxia events. NCCOS leads NOAA’s commitments to meeting HABHRCA directives, including administering the national competitive programs authorized by HABHRCA – ECOHAB (Ecology and Oceanography of HABs), MERHAB (Monitoring and Event Response of HABs), PCMHAB (Prevention, Control, and Mitigation of HABs), and CHRP (Coastal Hypoxia Research Program). Within NCCOS, the Competitive Research Program (CRP) oversees the execution and transition of “research to application” projects supported by Federal Research Grants.
The successful candidate will assist with oversight and reporting of accomplishments from NCCOS CRP research programs authorized by the HABHRCA; devise mechanisms to transfer HAB and hypoxia information and technology to natural resource managers; collate and report project outputs and coastal management-based outcomes from HAB and hypoxia research; and work in conjunction with the current NCCOS HAB and hypoxia program managers to support grant execution, reporting, project oversight, and transition activities. The position will include the following core responsibilities.
- Assist with developing future program plans focused on HABs and hypoxia research
- Engage HAB / hypoxia Program Managers and partners in prioritizing research processes through stakeholder workshops or synthesis of published priorities.
- Assist with peer-reviews for the HAB and hypoxia competitive programs including identifying mail and panel reviewers and assisting with Letters of Intent and panel reviews.
- Administer and review progress of funded projects; review progress reports for projects; assist with site visits; ensure that proposed objectives for funded projects and expected outputs and outcomes are met; track budget spending to ensure fiscal propriety of appropriated funds.
- Prepare, facilitate, and develop reports for program manager and stakeholder meetings; maintain communications with principal investigators, managers, and stakeholders to maximize the transition and application of research outcomes.
- Develop outreach material and web-based content to disseminate information on HABS and hypoxia via web pages; produce news stories to highlight findings and activities; issue press releases; provide social media content; and update and maintain relevant publication databases.
CSS, Inc. is seeking a Spatial Ecologist to join the Marine Spatial Ecology Division, an interdisciplinary science team at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS). The Branch specializes in ecological studies that map, characterize, assess, and model the spatial distributions and movements of estuarine and marine organisms across habitats throughout the United States and Island Territories. To be considered for employment, applicants should come from a background in marine-related science (biology, zoology, oceanography, ecology, geology, environmental science) or spatial analysis (geospatial information sciences, spatial statistics and predictive modeling). The successful candidate must have strong statistical data analysis, spatial predictive modeling and computer programming skills, able to work at-sea on research vessels and have existing connections to marine science institutions and organizations on U.S. west CONUS coast and/or Pacific.
- Provide spatial data analysis and statistical modeling support for ecological assessments and habitat mapping.
- Generate spatial analytical products to meet marine management informational needs
- Develop statistical models and predictions denoting the distribution of marine organisms
- Design and implement statistical sampling frameworks in situ
- Assist with at-sea field research.
- Participate in field research on small and large research vessels, multiple times per year
- Collaborate and engage with regional partners.
- Work collaboratively with interdisciplinary set of partners on U.S. west CONUS coast and Pacific
- Produce technical reports, peer-reviewed publications and other outreach materials
- Write proposals with direct management applications in response to partner needs
CSS is seeking a full-time Communications Specialist to support the Program Coordination and Communication Branch within the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in Silver Spring, MD. The Branch is responsible for providing programmatic and communication support for NCCOS activities, as well as assisting NCCOS leadership with the formulation of NCCOS research and budget priorities and Congressional and stakeholder engagement. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development and implementation of external and internal, proactive communications for NCCOS. The successful candidate will work with NCCOS PCC Branch members, the NCCOS Leadership and Management Teams, other NOAA offices, and our partners to develop strategies, content, and tools that reflect the program’s communication needs and priorities.
Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following tasks:
- Contribute to the development of an NCCOS communications strategy. Participate in NCCOS communications planning, tracking and execution of NCCOS science and research accomplishments and events. Coordinate within and outside of NCCOS to develop stories for promoting to Congress, constituents and users. As such lead the development of roll out plans, one pagers, press releases and other communication materials as needed.
- Engage partners and stakeholders, both internal and external, to support and enhance communications efforts and raise awareness of NCCOS activities. Generate outreach materials targeted to different audiences such as Congress and stakeholders.
- With other Branch members, plan and organize NCCOS communications activities, messaging, and branding activities. Contribute to NCCOS communication tool kit through the development of graphics, maps, and other visuals.
- Stay abreast of current communication tools and approaches and advise the PCC branch chief on the most effective approaches to reach identified audiences.
- Foster internal NCCOS communications spanning across NCCOS divisions and geographic locations to effectively promote research achievements. Assist with the identification and telling of NCCOS stories in a compelling manner.
CSS is seeking an experienced Systems Engineer in support of our contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office for Coastal Management in Charleston, SC. This position will provide high level enterprise systems support with a focus on Microsoft Azure cloud technologies.
The successful candidate will possess a wide range of IT knowledge, exceptional customer service skills, and a proven history of providing technical support in a fast paced environment.
Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Supporting and improving existing on-premises and Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure
- Designing and implementing on-premises and Microsoft Azure systems while implementing best practices and industry standards to meet contract requirements
- Migrating on-premises infrastructure, websites, and data to the Microsoft Azure cloud
- Configuring Microsoft Azure monitoring and alerts for cloud resource availability
- Management of on-premises and Azure based Windows and Linux servers
- Working closely with application development and data engineer teams on day-to-day tasks along with project planning and implementation
- Administration of on-premises Cisco switches, routers, firewalls, and other network devices along with Microsoft Azure cloud networking
- Creating new and maintaining existing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for process documentation
- Providing backup support to the other IT team members as necessary