Assistant Area Lead /Fishery Biologist Needed
Integrated Statistics is looking for an Assistant Area Lead /Fishery Biologist to work with the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) NEFSC (Northeast Fisheries Science Center) Fisheries Sampling Branch (known as the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program or NEFOP). The Branch provides fisheries observer coverage to several Northeast and Mid-Atlantic federal and state fisheries, training and monitors the performance of fisheries observers who are sampling onboard commercial fishing vessels from Maine to North Carolina, USA. The observers are deployed by an observer service provider. The data that the observers collect is tracked, edited, audited, and uploaded to a master database by NEFOP staff. The results are provided to a variety of end-users and stakeholders for use in fisheries management decision making.
The Assistant works directly to support the Area Lead, assisting with planning, coordinating, executing, and reporting on observer coverage in fisheries throughout the Region. Specific tasks include:
- Assist the Area Lead with planning, coordinating and executing observer coverage in fisheries throughout the Region. Field (dock) visits to meet with vessel captains, observers and Area Coordinators to locate and identify fishing effort by area and gear type, to help vessel captains understand requirements, and to support observers in the field.
- Recommend changes and improvements to data/sample collection procedures and protocols, manage vessel selection letters, ensure that vessel selection is random, equitable, and without bias.
- Monitor and report on compliance in call-in regulated fisheries.
- Assist with evaluating observer performance.
- Observe commercial fisheries that may require outreach, research and/or protocol development, or observe currently covered fisheries to maintain observer certification.
- Schedule and conduct dockside, post-trip interviews with fishing vessel captains to answer questions or concerns, resolve problems, schedule future trips and monitor observer’s performance.
- Provide observers with guidance for data quality improvement when necessary.
- Provide performance and background information for observer debriefings, when requested.
- Conduct exit interviews and six month debriefings, when requested.
- Inform Area Lead of important and controversial data and compliance issues.
- Follow-up on safety deficiency, refusal or other incident reports.
- Keep Area Lead informed of any substandard data collection performance by observers.
- Research and track vessel of concern (VOC) issues and maintains the VOC database.
- Participate on research cruises aboard NOAA research vessels as time allows.
- Provide outreach, meeting with the commercial fishing industry to explain or answer questions concerning the observer program, to help improve industry/observer program relations and facilitate observer placement in fisheries.
- Attend Fishery Management Council meetings or other meetings that are relevant to the coverage of fisheries.
- Provide summaries of those trips to the Area Lead and the NEFOP Branch Chief.
- Conduct training trips for observers seeking certification in new fisheries and act as a trip trainer for newly certified observers.
- Respond to information requests (requests for NEFOP data) and coordinate with Area Lead and Data Processing Lead.
- Coordinate data quality checks with data debriefers and Data Quality Lead.
- Produce monthly seaday coverage reports for NEFOP website.
- Track monthly seaday accomplishments.
- Track tasking request changes and coordinates with Area lead.
- Assist with other reporting tasks, as necessary.
- General office tasks such as: maintaining and producing summary reports for Vessels of Concern database, maintaining weekly Enforcement Summary Report, maintaining Observer Certification Summary Report.
- Research projects as required: gathering information on the internet, researching problems or issues that have arisen needing a response.
- Field testing computer equipment, observer gear or supplies or fishing gear related to fisheries, as required.
- Deploy as needed on shadow trips, trip trainer trips and probationary/priority (Data Quality trips).
- A Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology, Fisheries, or a closely related field is required.
- Excellent communications skills, demonstrated in office and field environments, are required.
- Previous or current NEFOP observer experience, small boat operator, and/or working on commercial fishing vessels is desired but not required.
- Demonstrated interest in fishery science, fishery management, and a general knowledge of analytical techniques.
- Experience with UNIX-based computers and networked systems is desirable.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Windows Office suite (Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint) is desired.
- Proficiency in GIS, Oracle or other relational database management systems and SQL programming language are desired.
- Current CPR/FA is required; current certification as a MSIT and Life Guard is desired. Once hired, the candidate must maintain CPR/FA, MSIT, LifeGuard, Small Boat Component and Motorboat Operator certification.
The position is full-time with an initial period of performance of one year, with the possibility of extension. The rate of pay is $23-26/hr, depending on experience and qualifications. The position is eligible for the benefits described on the Integrated Statistics website.
When you apply, upload a cover letter that details your experience and interest in the position. The letter should describe your observer experience and how it qualifies you for this position; if you have no observer experience, describe other characteristics that you believe qualify you for this position. Describe your research experience and interest in fisheries science and management. Describe your computer and office experience.
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