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Scientist 3-Fisheries Recovery & Enhancement

Posted on: June 27, 2018

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking a Scientist 3 to provide support to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), in Santa Rosa, CA.  OAI supplies personnel support services on contract to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species.  This position will support the NMFS West Coast Region California Coastal Office in promoting the protection, conservation, and recovery of anadromous fish and their habitat.  Specifically, the incumbent will work on implementing the statutes and mandates of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)by carrying out activities associated with the regulatory permitting of fisheries enhancement actions, including rescue and rearing operations, and development of Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans. This is an excellent opportunity for a person with a strong background in anadromous fish ecology to contribute to NOAA's West Coast fisheries enhancement and recovery planning.


For the North-Central Coast Office Salmonid Enhancement Support project, the incumbent shall work on implementing the statutes and mandates of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with particular emphasis on Sections 4, 7, and 10(a)(1)(A), and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The incumbent shall carry out activities associated with the regulatory permitting of fisheries enhancement actions, including rescue and rearing operations, and development of Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans. The incumbent will also provide appropriate review and oversight of such activities consistent with ESA Sections 4(d) and 10(a)(1)(A), and NEPA. Associated tasks include:
• Assisting applicants with preparation of applications and reports.
• Participating in site visits.
• Participating in meetings with permittees, special interest groups, state officials, and tribal representatives.
• Reviewing applications and reports.
• Drafting comments on and writing technically and legally-sound draft biological opinions and NEPA documents consistent with NOAA/NMFS policies and procedures.

Additional support may be required on section 7 consultations, recovery planning, habitat conservation plans, monitoring efforts, conservation banking, and safe harbor agreements.  Associated tasks include:
• Reviewing and evaluating enhancement permit applications and annual reports.
• Drafting appropriate signature quality written products (e.g., NEPA assessments, ESA section 10 Permits, Federal Register Notices, or letters requesting additional information). 
• Conducting juvenile salmonid monitoring and habitat surveys to evaluate the performance of enhancement activities and assist with implementation of enhancement programs.
• Compiling, organizing, and providing all relevant records that comprise the official record. 
• Participating in meetings or site visits concerning projects assigned. 

Expected position start date: ASAP

NMFS North-Central Coast Office in Santa Rosa, CA

Salary and Benefits
This is a full-time 40 hr/week position with excellent employee benefits, including medical insurance, holiday, vacation, and sick leave. Salary commensurate with experience.

Required Knowledge and Experience
• Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university in a related field of study with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology plus one (1) year of experience in a related field or combination of such totaling five (5) years combined education/experience.
• Knowledge of biology, anadromous fishes, ecology, habitat requirements, and fish biology.
• Knowledge of evaluation, planning, and analytical methodology and techniques to make in-depth evaluations and analyses of potential effects to aquatic habitats associated with a range of situations and issues.
• Experience working in the field conducting juvenile salmonid surveys (i.e., snorkel and electrofishing sampling) and habitat surveys.
• Efficiency in using word-processing, spreadsheets, and database programs.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Knowledge and Experience
• Knowledge of captive rearing activities and their potential effects to fish.
• Knowledge and experience with NEPA, drafting Federal Register Notices, and Section 7 and 10 of the ESA. 
• Experience working successfully with interdisciplinary teams.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please APPLY THROUGH OUR ADP WEB PORTAL, AT THE LINK AT THE TOP RIGHT OF SITE PAGE (website below).

For Application Submission
• Include your name in the document file name.
• Sending your resume in readable (not scanned) PDF or Word format is preferred.  
• When applying for this position you will be asked to upload your resume at the end of this online application. 

Applicants should submit a resume that includes the following:
• Cover letter
• Work history for past 10 years or since last full-time education.
• Education.
• Previous experience or training with similar requirements.
• Three professional references.  

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States, complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire, and successfully complete a federal government background check. Ocean Associates Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law. 

OAI is a government contractor and is required by law to invite applicants to self-identify their race, gender, national origin, disability status and veteran status. OAI is required to use the information it collects as part of its future affirmative action efforts in hiring. The information is collected anonymously by computer and is not connected to your application. You will see a place to check certain boxes in OAI's online application. Even though the information is anonymous, self-identification is voluntary. You can always check the box that says you decline to self-identify.  

Note:  If you are not selected, your materials may be retained for present or future opportunities. We may use your resume in bidding on a project and if we are awarded the work we will contact you before seeking further applicants. If you do not wish us to retain or use your resume to seek work for you, please let us know in the "Notes" section on the second page of the online application.

position stops accepting applicants: 08/01/2018