Fisheries Observer Program Assistant Area Lead Needed
Integrated Statistics is looking for an Assistant Area Lead 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 Area Lead works directly with the Fisheries Sampling Branch chief in the following areas:
- Assisting in the planning and execution of the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program seaday schedule.
- Tracking the completion of observer coverage, and identifying challenge assessments and mitigation measures to attain coverage.
- Assisting with training of observers in specialized and developing areas, such as regulatory compliance and conflict resolution.
meetings with Fisheries Sampling Branch and observer provider companies
to improve communication and develop shared goals.
- Engaging with
stakeholders such as scientists, state biologists, fishery managers,
policy makers, etc. on developing observer and monitoring needs.
- Serving as a collaborative liaison with the fishing industry, vessel owners, fish dealers, and fisheries enforcement.
- Supporting observers with the more challenging aspects of that job.
- Communicating the value and applications of observer data.
- Helping to inform decision making on setting priorities for developing and competing data collection programs and initiatives.
in developing outreach materials, communication plans, port visits,
public meetings to provide informational materials to the fishing
industry, fishery partners on upcoming and new requirements or levels of
coverage or monitoring.
- A Bachelor of Science degree.
- Excellent communication skills, including experience in public speaking, customer service, outreach, or education.
- Knowledge of observer programs or domestic commercial fishing, and at-sea data collection experience is desired.
- Interest in fishery science and fishery management. Knowledge of Federal and/or State fishery management process.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Windows Office suite (Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint).
- Prior recent Federal employment or contracting for a Federal agency would be beneficial (given the various security training and clearances).
The position is full-time. The rate of pay is $23-26/hr, depending on experience and qualifications. The position may potentially offer up to 3 days per week of telework. Up to one week per month of travel may be needed, from Maine to North Carolina. 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.
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. For assistance with accessibility of applications, posters, forms, and/or documents, please email the Integrated Statistics office.