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Scientist 7 (Fisheries)

Posted on: June 20, 2018

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking a Scientist VII to provide support to the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) West Coast Regional Office (WCRO) in Seattle, WA. OAI supplies personnel support services on contract to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species. The person filling this position will conduct important consultation activities aimed at protecting and preserving living marine resources of the Pacific Northwest. This is an exciting opportunity to promote conservation efforts across the region, working with an experienced team of federal managers and scientists.

NMFS is responsible for implementing the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), and the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA). NMFS also engages in ESA-listed species protection through the multi-party Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensing process. Through programs conducted under each of these statutes, NMFS seeks to protect and preserve our nation's living marine resources through scientific research, fisheries management, enforcement, and habitat conservation. To achieve this mission and advance sound stewardship of these resources, NMFS works closely with tribes, local, state and federal agencies, our stakeholders, and partners to find science-based solutions to complex ecological issues. The Oregon-Washington Coast Area Office advances these ends through a variety of interagency consultations with Federal Agencies and their representatives or applicants on their actions that might affect protected animals, their habitat, or both. NMFS branches within the area office respond to a high volume of requests to consult from these agencies and then must document each consultation in a timely manner.

This is a full time labor-hour/non-personnel service task order. Government personnel will be responsible for the overall scheduling of project activity and will provide the Contractor's liaison/project manager with scheduling information as appropriate.


  • Respond to inquiries from action agencies and their representatives or applicant, providing pre-ESA consultation technical assistance to action agencies and their representatives or applicants during regular business hours.
  • Review ESA consultation initiation packages for completeness and develop requests for further information sufficient to support initiating consultation under each of statute, as needed.
  • Consult with action agencies and their representatives or applicants as required ensuring action agency compliance with each statute, as needed. Communicate with the Geographic Branch Chief for the North Puget Sound Branch to coordinate NMFS response to each consultation.
  • Coordination with NMFS and other agency staff on FERC or other hydro power project reviews and ecological evaluations for ESA-listed species under NMFS jurisdiction.
  • Prepare appropriate documentation for each consultation and follow West Coast Region protocol for quality assurance.
  • This position might involve opportunities to consult in the field, but it consists mainly of species and habitat evaluations and regulatory compliance duties.
  • Regular coordination with NMFS Geographic Branch Chief for the North Puget Sound Branch on assignments and work products.


Selected individual(s) must have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of the specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus five (5) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling nine (9) years combined education/experience. Master's Degree in related field plus one (1) year experience or Ph.D. may be substituted for experience.

Additional required qualifications include: 

  • Experience with or knowledge of the requirements of the ESA, MMPA, and/or MSFCMA, FERC and the consultation processes.
  • Computer skills including basic word processing, spreadsheet creation and manipulation. 

 Additional preferred qualifications include: 

  • Personal initiative and creativity; strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong working knowledge of Puget Sound salmonid species and their habitat.
  • Experience working on interdisciplinary teams and a background in biology, natural resource management, and salmonid and/or marine mammal species.
  • Previous database experience in support of scientific applications.

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 THIS PAGE

  • 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

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: