Biological Technician - Resource Survey Needed
Integrated Statistics is looking for a Biological Technician to work in support of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) located in Milford, CT. This person will be engaged in the development, implementation, and validation of resource survey of nearshore bivalve shellfish populations.
The Biological Technician will work with NOAA laboratory staff in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Agriculture Bureau of Aquaculture (DA/BA) to develop a standardized methodology to map and survey Mercenaria mercenaria and Crassostrea virginica populations in subtidal and intertidal nearshore waters. Surveys will be used to estimate shellfish concentrations on beds under various levels of cultivation, including natural oyster recruitment areas, leased and cultivated shellfish beds, recreational harvest areas, and inactive or uncultivated areas. Methodology may incorporate applications such as towed underwater video, remote sensing, side-scan sonar, commercial hydraulic or manual harvest, and in situ benthic sampling. The Biological Technician will work with DA/BA staff to process samples and analyze video to map and estimate natural shellfish populations in Greenwich.
- Design survey methodology using established methods for shellfish resource assessment in nearshore intertidal and subtidal environments.
- Participate in field surveys to test methodology in Greenwich CT.
- Collect and process video and/or sediment grab samples.
- Record and organize the collected data.
- Prepare tables, graphs, and summary reports.
The position is full-time, with an expected duration of 4-6 months. The
rate of pay will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The
position is eligible for the benefits described on the Integrated
- Experience with resource assessment and familiarity with standard methods for bivalve shellfish surveys in the nearshore environment.
- Demonstrated ability to lead the design, implementation, and validation of resource assessment methods.
- Experience with underwater video imaging and analysis.
- Field experience including work on vessels.
- Master’s or PhD in fisheries, aquaculture, or a related biological field. A Bachelor’s degree with relevant experience may be substituted.
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