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Participate as a support chemistry technician for CSS in team-oriented research projects related to ecosystem monitoring and assessment on our contract at the US EPA Western Ecology Division in Corvallis, OR. The research incorporates the analysis of surface water, biological tissues, soils, and sediments. Perform the following tasks: 1) routinely receive, log-in, and prepare water samples, including: filtration and preservation, digestions, dilutions, preparation of sample containers, and storage of samples; 2) analyze samples to determine pH, conductivity, turbidity, alkalinity, total suspended solids and color using standard operating procedures; 3) assist with labware washing and preparation, and laboratory housekeeping , 4) maintain laboratory records; 5) enter and process experimental data using Excel; assist with the production of reports of experimental activities, procedures and results; and 6) assist chemists with other tasks as needed.
This is a full-time summer position beginning in early summer to mid-September. Flexible part-time work may be available during the school year.
CSS, Inc. has an immediate opening for a Geospatial Data Analyst to support NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM). The successful applicant will perform processing, quality assurance, documentation, and management of remote sensing and geospatial data and services. This is a full-time position located in Charleston, SC.
Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Quality assurance of lidar datasets
- Quality assurance of Digital Elevation Models
- Running automated tasks for creating inundation datasets
- Assisting with publishing and managing map services
- Writing metadata records
- Managing and uploading tile cache services to the Azure Cloud
- Assisting with elevation data discovery and documenting source information
- Ground point classification of older lidar datasets
- Assisting with the development of derivative products for using our data (ex. Storymaps, web apps)
- Assisting with update and quality assurance of new SLR viewer visualization images
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 Gulf of Mexico region. 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 is opening is for one (1) full-time position located in Stennis Space Center, MS.
Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Support GIS product development as identified by regional partners and leads.
- Potential products may include: 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 Gulf 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 Charleston, South Carolina, and Silver Spring, Maryland.
CSS is seeking a Marine Habitat Specialist to conduct research for the Coastal Aquaculture Siting and Sustainability Program headquartered at the NOAA National Ocean Service laboratory in Beaufort, North Carolina. Work from a remote location is possible. The research will focus on identifying and quantifying aquaculture interactions with sensitive habitats including sea grasses, corals, and hardbottom areas at local, regional, and ecosystem scales. The successful applicant will conduct studies on environmental interactions of aquaculture on sensitive habitats that range from assessing negative impacts and ecosystem services. Studies will also be conducted at the landscape-scale capable of informing sustainable coastal aquaculture development. Specific responsibilities include:
- Perform policy analysis and contribute to the development of recommendations on scientific policy issues relevant to aquaculture, fisheries, protected resources and habitat conservation.
- Utilizing the best scientific information, identify locations for ecologically beneficial aquaculture.
- Collaborates with multiple parties and interests to develop policy and procedural guidance documents.
- Conduct literature reviews and analyze global datasets to understand the environmental, economic, and social parameters that result in ecologically beneficially commercial aquaculture.
- Conducts scientific, technical and editorial reviews. Prepares responses to taskers, develops white papers and other scientific policy related documents.
- Develop assessments, environmental consultations, and products for NOAA.
- Organize and input data into a database, maintain accurate detailed records of observations, measurements and results.
- Write peer review journal articles and other information for public dissemination.
CSS, Inc. has in immediate need for a management liaison (also called Technical Program Officer) to support the implementation of two NOAA programs in Guam: the Coral Reef Conservation Program (Coral Program) and the Coastal Zone Management Program. The staff member will be employed by CSS, who is under contract to NOAA. In support of the Coral Program, the liaison will deliver regionally relevant coral conservation services to Guam and their partners. The liaison will also support the implementation of Guam’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 coastal management and coral conservation. This full-time position will be located on Guam.
Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Serve as the contract liaison for Guam’s Coral Reef Conservation Program:
- Provide management assistance to Guam’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, restoration ecology, climate change adaptation and planning, and watershed management.
- Coordinate with jurisdiction coral reef points of contact and other appropriate agencies on NOAA Coral Program activities in the region.
- Coordinate with federal partners in the development and implementation of initiatives in priority areas that are consistent with Coral Program goals and objectives.
- Support annual Coral Program planning process, 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 local action strategies initiatives in coral jurisdictions.
- 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 Guam 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 Guam 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.
- Provide an interface between Guam’s work to address coral reef conservation and coastal management challenges.
- Provide information to outreach and communications staff for the development of locally-tailored coral reef outreach and education materials.
Serve as the contract liaison for Guam’s Coastal Zone Management Program:
- Provide support and assistance to Guam’s implementation of its coastal zone management program approved under the Coastal Zone Management Act.
- Coordinate with Guam and NOAA’s federal program officer to negotiate, process, amend, and monitor cooperative agreements and grants; and provide technical reviews for other proposals as necessary.
- Support Guam 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 on coastal management issues.
- Identify Guam’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.
CSS is seeking a Program Analyst for full-time employment to support NOAA’s National Center for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in Silver Spring, MD This position will support the program coordination and communication branch in advancing NCCOS’ mission and goals. 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 providing a wide-variety of planning, coordination and communication support for NCCOS programmatic activities.
Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following tasks:
- Coordinate and communicate across NCCOS to identify activities and upcoming accomplishments worthy of promoting. Draft and edit stories and topics for the NOS Weekly reports, NCCOS website and social media. Responsible for generating outreach materials targeted to different audiences such as Congress and stakeholders. Provide advice to Program Coordination and Communication Branch Chief on more effective communication approaches and implement as appropriate.
- Contribute to 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.
- Coordinate content development and distribution the NCCOS internal newsletter on a weekly basis.
Program Support (secondary role)
- Support Program Coordination and Communication Branch Chief, NCCOS Director and Deputy Director in program planning, out year programmatic and budget planning and evaluation process, including routine evaluation of NCCOS contributions to performance measures and in responding to agency, inter-agency and Congressional information requests.
- Support Program Coordination and Communication Branch Chief in carrying out special projects and in support of the NCCOS Director and Deputy Director as assigned including development of presentations and staffing of meetings and workshops.
- As needed, provide back-up support for other members of the Program Coordination and Communications branch.
CSS is currently recruiting Industrial Hygienists to provide industrial hygiene services for our Federal government clients.
- Candidates should also have experience in performing independent evaluations of work environments and industrial processes (e.g. thermal stressors, noise, toxicology, biohazards, ergonomic) involving potentially hazardous environment conditions, analysis of findings and provide recommendations of corrective measures (e.g. non‐engineering controls and engineering controls).
- Candidates should also have experience in performing industrial hygiene assessments (e.g. ergonomic, ventilation, noise surveys/dosimetry) using and calibrating industrial hygiene equipment, and familiarity with sampling techniques for standard chemical and physical hazards.
- The positions require team-oriented professionals with strong organization skills, as well as excellent writing and oral communication skills.
- The position requires approximately 30% travel to client sites located both within and outside of the United States.
CSS, Inc. has an immediate need for a Marine Spatial Modeler 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 of marine and coastal habitats and movement of organisms across habitats throughout the United States and Island Territories. Experience in marine ecological sciences is being considered; however, candidates with strong backgrounds in spatial/geostatistical environmental or geological modeling related to seafloor habitat mapping are preferred. We seek candidates with demonstrated expertise using scientific programming languages (R, Python, Matlab) to fit a variety of advanced spatial/spatio-temporal statistical models to marine ecological data – including both physical and biological aspects of marine and coastal ecosystems. Successful candidates will help conceive and implement solutions to large, complex spatial and spatio-temporal modeling challenges, including primarily modeling of physical, oceanographic, and geological aspects of marine habitat, and secondarily species’ distributions, and/or marine wildlife survey data. Examples of potential projects include spatial modeling of seafloor habitats; estuarine and coastal habitats; marine ecosystem structure (e.g., connectivity, biodiversity); and spatio-temporal distributions of corals, fish, seabirds, and marine mammals in a variety of US jurisdictions.
- Provide statistical, computational, and analytical support for projects that use predictive models, in conjunction with large habitat, ecological survey, and environmental databases, to provide spatially-explicit maps to address questions of marine management and conservation relevance:
- Design and implement spatial and spatio-temporal statistical models of marine habitat (primary), and (secondary) marine ecosystem properties, and marine species’ distributions (e.g., coral, fish, seabird, and marine mammal occurrence and abundance);
- Develop and implement model selection, validation, skill assessment, and ground-truthing algorithms;
- Synthesize and interpret model outputs in the context of applied management and conservation problems.
- Conduct marine environmental data-mining, assimilation, and integration:
- Mine large databases of seafloor, environmental, and oceanographic data to characterize marine habitats;
- Develop statistical and analytical approaches for data integration, including data assimilation and multi-scale approaches;
- Automate data acquisition, data mining, accuracy assessment, and QA/QC.
- Contribute to peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and technical memoranda.
- Provide statistical guidance and scientific programming skills to team members.
- Occasional travel to federal and state laboratories, academic institutions, and field missions as part of collaborative research projects.
- Part-Time Class A CDL driver to transport loads between Edgewood, MD and a variety of locations in CONUS
- Truck and trailer will be provided in Edgewood
- Type of equipment to be hauled - Humvees, Generators, pickup trucks, trailers
- Potential locations - Pine Bluff, AR; Pueblo, CO; Bluegrass, KY; California; other
- Available on an as-needed basis
- Must be prepared to support with two weeks’ notice
- Government permits 12 hours a day with stops
- Although it is not a requirement for Government vehicles, the customer requests the driver stops at weigh stations
CSS is seeking a facilities maintenance technician in support of NOAA’S Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, SC. This is a full-time position with generous health and welfare benefits. CSS is an employee-owned company committed to the long-term success of our employees. We provide training, professional development, and participation in the employee owned stock plan.
Duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Perform routine, daily inspection and maintenance to laboratory building exterior/interior
- Perform a variety of tasks in connection with laboratory operational maintenance, repair and construction. Tasks will support scientific research activities including building scientific support, operational laboratory support, as well as overall facility operations.
- Perform installation, maintenance, repair, and construction in the building maintenance trades, such as carpentry, painting, electrical, plumbing, locksmith, carpet, and mechanics.
- Receive goods and materials and check them against purchase orders and delivery documentation to ensure accuracy and proper condition of merchandise.
- Maintain shelving in clean and orderly condition.
- Inspect properties and communicate with management regarding proper grounds keeping and general cleanup and maintenance.
- Perform daily grounds keeping; inspect outside of Distribution Center areas, insure disposal areas are kept clean and in a safe condition.
- Maintain accurate records of preventative maintenance schedules, and Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
- May perform weekly safety checks throughout the facility to ensure a safe and clean environment for the patrons of the facility and eliminate any hazards.