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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.
CSS is recruiting for a Marine Biologist to conduct biogeographic research in the Marine Spatial Ecology Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) research laboratories in Charleston, South Carolina.
Responsibilities: The successful candidate will join an experienced scientific research team in NOAA’s Deep Coral Ecology Lab (DCEL) to conduct: 1) quantitative spatial analyses of geographic data, and 2) genetic analyses of coral tissues for connectivity and phylogenetic studies, in order to contribute to the development of informational products for marine resource managers. Specific responsibilities include: 1) statistical and analytical support for DCEL projects that characterize and assess deep-sea ecosystems and the spatial distributions of fish and invertebrate biota; 2) produce detailed statistical summaries and analyses of collected data, including manual and code-based QA/QC of large, multi-parameter datasets; 3) evaluate and analyze data to create GIS maps of benthic habitats and species distributions, as well as managed areas, fishing effort, ports and harbors, and navigational data from submersible vehicles; 4) conduct genetic and morphological analyses of coral tissues collected at sea and from museums, to support phylogenetic and connectivity studies; 5) assist with writing, figures, reviews and layout of technical reports and journal articles; 6) participate in field surveys to collect images, tissue samples, and water chemistry data, and manage these data consistent with federal standards; and 7) collaborate and travel to agencies (federal, state, academic) that may provide data or expertise to vet analytical approaches or products.
CSS, Inc. is seeking a Marine GIS Analyst 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 science (biology, oceanography, ecology, geology) or hydrographic survey, can create benthic habitat maps of the seafloor using multibeam or remote sensing software, and can manage data and deliverables to NOAA standards. The successful candidate must be available to travel on small inshore or large offshore research vessels to conduct mapping missions two to three times a year for up to four weeks at a time.
- Provide field mapping support for remote sensing and seafloor mapping projects.
- Help prepare field equipment and operations for seafloor mapping surveys
- Support data acquisition aboard research vessels and collection of samples in the field
- Process remotely sensed data (multibeam, side scan, LiDAR, orthoimagery) for habitat mapping
- Provide data analysis support for ecological assessments and habitat mapping.
- Perform quality assurance and control (QA/QC) on collected data
- Produce basic descriptive reports and statistical summaries of collected data
- Develop cartographic products, databases, and metadata from spatial data
Duties: Ensure general contractor’s compliance with all safety rules and procedures. Able to provide oversite to multiple construction projects at the same time and able to work independently without constant supervision. Utilize OSHA and Army Corps of Engineers regulations and write recommendations based on findings from daily walkthrough on project sites and follow up to ensure compliance. Able to crawl, climb over obstacles, walk on uneven surfaces such as ramps, roof tops and able to climb ladders without assistance. Be able to enter a confined space or work on high elevated task locations. Attend weekly project progress meetings and bring up safety issues with staff. Capable of delivering clear, concise verbal or written communication about an issue. Teach Safety related classes and perform accident investigations or investigate near misses. Write weekly project reports with deficiencies noted as well as corrections. Advises contractor supervisor of noncompliance, stops work in imminent danger situations and report actions to supervisor as well as immediately notifying COR. Able to achieve “Secret” level clearance when requested services to other facilities are required.
Duties: Background in record keeping and computer skills and able to enter technical data. Experience with Microsoft Office, Excel and Word software programs as well as understand data entry/record systems such as MAXIMO, Tririga and iCompass. Able to answer phones and transfer calls. Manage the conference room’s schedule. Sort documents into approved filing systems and in accordance with document retention policy. Archive documents for long term storage as required. Schedule appointments for “Fit for Duty” physicals for new and existing workers based on their job description with the onsite clinic. Maintain personal exposures to chemical, physical, and biological agents which may be scanned to pdf and delivered to onsite clinic. Maintain Government equipment calibration and update master list.
Seeking an engineer to join our Design and Sampling team in support of the Research Laboratory Support (RLS) contract with the U.S. EPA National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) – Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division (APPCD) located in Research Triangle Park, NC. The ideal candidate will have professional skills and specialized academic training in a technical field that will be used for and will lead to considerable amount of independent, self-managed work. The ideal candidate’s duties will also develop into the management of tasks and possibly projects.
Responsibilities may include:
- Collaboration with environmental scientists, planners, engineers, and other specialists, to address environmental problems.
- Design of control systems including building circuit boards and Arduino based platforms.
- Designing and troubleshooting Arduino based control systems on a wide variety of projects.
- Designing and modifying LabView based software platforms.
- Operation of air quality instrumentation. Operating, maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing complex sampling equipment.
- Prepare and/or amend written standard operating procedures, quality assurance plans, and work plans as related to air emissions research tasks.
- Conduct field air sampling studies in different parts of the US (0-15% travel possible).
- Air Quality data handling and data analysis.
- Operating environmental test equipment and collecting data, such as gas emissions, flow rates and temperatures.
- Reviewing data to ensure compliance with project data quality goals and to identify areas for improvement in the quality system.
- Maintaining hard-copy and electronic records of measurement results and reports in accordance with Jacobs Technology and EPA records management protocols.
- Performing all laboratory work in accordance with established Jacobs and EPA safety and quality assurance protocols.
- The selected candidate will be continually learning and developing new skill sets as the research objectives change.
Over all care of animals and enclosures and/or performing specialized activities such as administering oral medications, injections, specialized diets, etc. Completes animal care duties and responsibilities including cage wash duties as directed by the manager or their designee. May include training other Animal Care Technicians and /or investigative staff on facility specific procedures and requirements. All actions are completed by strictly and consistently following applicable SOPs including safety procedures and policies. Reports any suspected or actual deviations to SOPs or non-routine situations immediately to the Manager or their designee.
Animal Husbandry - Perform daily animal husbandry related tasks, including but not limited to: feeding/watering animals, cleaning of animal cages/pens/rooms/equipment, and maintaining animal housing/census records.
Animal Health - Perform daily animal health/veterinary care tasks as directed, including but not limited to: daily monitoring of animal health status and reporting, collecting diagnostic samples/specimens, administering prescribed medications/treatments and maintaining veterinary health records.
Research Support - Provide research support to investigators as required, including but not limited to: transporting animals, weighing animals, and collecting samples/specimens.
Facility Maintenance - Perform general animal facility custodial and maintenance tasks as directed, including but not limited to: general housekeeping of all animal facility support areas, and performing scheduled equipment preventive maintenance.
Maintain cleanliness of work area and quality and safety standards. Operate specialized equipment including ventilated rack system, cage washer, and autoclaves.
Assist in weekend and holiday operations and be on-call to advise and resolve issues.
On-call as Essential Personnel and available for work during emergency events, i.e. hurricanes.
Attend animal care training as required.
Other Duties as Assigned.
This position is heavy in manual labor and requires the physical ability to lift up to 50 pounds frequently and in excess of 50 pounds occasionally, repetitive motion, and working in an ABSL-2 facility.
- 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, an experienced NASA/AF contractor with over 25 years of experience supporting mission critical systems for NASA, the USAF, and other government agencies, is actively seeking an Urban Planner to support our Kennedy Space Center, Florida operation. This position will be responsible for performing planning functions that administer and coordinate site plans, excavation permits and technical input to update and maintain the KSC Master Plan in support of the Institutional Support Contract (ISC). The specific duties include:
- Manage work schedules to achieve customer and department goals, which includes project prioritization, tracking and final processing of jobs.
- Ensure consistent implementation of processes and procedures, as well as modifying work instructions and procedures as necessary.
- Provide technical expertise and guidance to Site Services staff regarding projects and field work.
- Interface with the IT contractor for Master Planning and Excavation Permit software applications for maintenance and enhancements. Submit change requests and attend the IT Change Control Board as necessary.
- Perform fieldwork as required, which includes walking long distances, being comfortable in non-urban environments, reading maps and aerial photographs, as well as be able to drive off road in a government furnished 4-wheel drive vehicle.
- Perform, review and or prepare current planning products including site plans, special studies, constraint evaluations, as well as other planning related tasks.
- Enforce current KSC site plan restrictions, criteria, standards and procedures.
- Review engineering designs and attend design review meetings for compliance with NASA and ISC site plan guidance.
- Provide technical input to update and maintain the existing KSC Master Plan in accordance with NASA guidelines.
- Perform excavation permit administrator duties that are required to input and process the permits/waivers, as well as, perform excavation permit reviews, approvals, and field verification checks.
- May conduct physical inventories of NASA-owned property. Verifies the facility capacity, usage, cost and installed equipment (RPIE). Updates the NASA property equipment records.
- Perform all other position related duties as assigned or requested.
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.