Temporary Sea Going Fisheries Technician Needed
Integrated Statistics is looking for a Temporary Sea Going Technician to work with the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) in Woods Hole,
MA. The position is with NOAA's Ecosystems Surveys Branch. The Ecosystems Surveys Branch (ESB) collects fishery-independent data during
standardized research vessel surveys from Cape Hatteras to the Scotian
shelf. These surveys and other data collection programs also provide
oceanographic and plankton data for monitoring the health and status of
marine resources and their habitat. The branch gathers data on
abundance, distribution, feeding ecology, size and age composition of
stocks of economically and ecologically important species. The data is
vital for assessment, management and a wide variety of research
The Temporary Sea Going Technician supports the ESB mission by providing practical research support services at sea, assisting on multispecies bottom trawl surveys, sailing as members of the scientific party to assist with data collection for up to 61 total sea days. Sea-days are separated by legs with the actual consecutive time at sea ranging between 10-20 days.
The scheduled dates for each survey leg are tentative and may change slightly. Currently, they are:
Leg 1: September 5-22
Leg 2: September 26-October 6
Leg 3: October 11-27
Leg 4: October 31- November 14
The at-sea data collection duties include the following:
The successful candidate will have these qualifications and skills:
- Serving as a member of the scientific field party, standing watch for up to 12 hours per day, and lifting of up to 50lbs.
- Sorting, weighing, and measuring northwestern Atlantic marine fish and invertebrates.
- Conducting biological sampling of marine fish and invertebrates, including:
- Species identification
- Otolith extraction, scale and ilicium removal
- Fish and invertebrate sex and gonad maturity classification
- Fish stomach dissection and content identification
- Bagging and tagging of collected biological specimens and samples
- Assist with other biological sampling as necessary
- Computer data entry
- General assistance with shipboard sampling activities, organization and clean up.
The position is temporary, for the duration of the survey legs listed above. The rate of pay is $17/hr. Overtime
is paid at 1.5 times the base hourly wage after 40 hours in a given week.
- Bachelor's Degree with at least 24 semester hours in scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, animal husbandry, physics, agriculture, and/or mathematics.
- Ability to stand 12 hour watch at-sea on deck of a research vessel and lift up to 50lbs.
- Basic computer skills.
- Ability to meet NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) health criteria for sea duty on NOAA vessels.
- Knowledge of Northwest Atlantic fish species, fishing gear types, and practices is helpful.
Integrated Statistics is an equal opportunity employer and will not
discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age,
color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, gender
identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification
protected by federal, state, or local law. Consistent with its
obligations under federal law, Integrated Statistics is committed to
taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified
women, minorities, disabled individuals, special disabled veterans,
veterans of the Vietnam era, and other eligible veterans.
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