Fisheries Gear Research Technician Needed
Integrated Statistics is looking for a Gear Research Technician to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS).
The Gear Research Technician will work with the Gear Research Group, which conducts research on sea turtles, marine mammals, and other protected species to develop, test, and evaluate gear modifications. This person will focus on the Mid Atlantic region, from New Jersey to North Carolina.
The Gear Research Technician will work directly with the fishing industry and other organizations to test gear modifications on commercial fishing vessels. The technician will communicate operational aspects of the fishing gear and receive user/tester feedback to assist in the evaluation of experimental gear and approaches.
- Participate in field studies, data analysis, and evaluation of potential solutions on how to mitigate sea turtle and marine mammal bycatch in vertical lines of fishing gear.
- Participate in projects directed at reducing sea turtle and other protected species bycatch in large mesh gillnets commonly used in Mid Atlantic waters.
- Participate in field studies, data analysis, and evaluations of projects directed at mitigating sea turtle and other protected species bycatch in bottom trawl gear; such as evaluating TED testing as determined by the GARFO, with input from the NEFSC and SEFSC.
- Compile, analyze, and evaluate project results as needed.
The position is full-time for one year. The rate of pay will depend on skills and experience, and the position is eligible for the benefits described on the Integrated Statistics website. The position requires travel, and field work, mostly within the Mid Atlantic coastal states but also extending to the Northeast region.
- More than 50 hours of previous experience with the identification of North Atlantic marine mammals and sea turtles.
- Experience in working with the commercial fishing industry.
- Fishing vessel safety training.
- Experience with entering data into a computerized data entry program while at sea on a commercial fishing vessel.
- A Bachelor’s degree in fishery science, marine biology, or a closely related field. Fisheries experience may substitute for part of the educational requirement.
- Experience in conducting gear research project on commercial fishing vessels is desired.
- Ability to meet the physical requirements of the job, which include:
- Spending up to two (2) weeks on board a commercial fishing vessel, working up to 16 hours per day.
Providing necessary medical clearance and required safety training certificates before research activities.
- Ability to lift 40 lbs. on a rolling vessel in a safe manner.
- Corrected 20/20 vision.
- Ability to work on small boats for periods of up to 12 hours at a time.
- Ability and willingness to stay at hotels for up to eight (8) weeks at a time.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a team member.
- Ability to work independently when conditions preclude collecting the targeted data.
- Understanding of scientific method, experimental design, and implementation under challenging conditions.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint). Experience with statistical analysis is a plus.
- Ability to work independently and within a team.
- Strong time management skills and attention to detail.
- Excellent communication skills both verbally and using written materials (including visual presentations) with a variety of audiences including technical, scientific, and the general public.
- Ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities and strict timelines.
- Ability to comply with EO 14042.
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