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Research Associate at Electronic Consulting Services

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Type: Full Time
Location: silver spring, Maryland





Job Description:

ECS is seeking a Research Associate to work in our Silver Spring, MD office.


Job Description:

BACKGROUND
The Department of Commerce, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Sustainable Fisheries has a requirement for a Research Associate to support the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Management Division. The HMS Management Division is considering fishery management plan (FMP) and regulatory amendments for HMS fisheries addressing spatial management, bycatch reduction, habitat conservation, and ecosystem-based fisheries management.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The Office of Sustainable Fisheries is a Headquarters program office of NOAA s National Marine Fisheries Service. The Office of Sustainable Fisheries works to manage fish stocks important to commercial, recreational and subsistence fisheries through guidance and support of Regional Offices and Regional Fishery Management Councils. The Office of Sustainable Fisheries also strives to facilitate effective communication between and among constituents.

OBJECTIVE
Obtain technical support in modeling Atlantic HMS (e.g., tunas, swordfish, billfishes, and sharks) distribution and habitat and in preparing supporting documents, as needed, for these potential FMP or regulatory amendment changes.

ACTIVITIES

* Assist in designing and documenting complex scientific geographical information systems to model and predict species distribution.

* Compile and integrate HMS spatial data and environmental covariates from various NOAA offices and programs.

* Develop species distribution and predictive habitat models consistent with HMS management priorities.

* Evaluate model performance and their utility for fisheries management.

* Assist with developing scientific processes and analysis protocols.

* Assist in the testing of the scientific and analytical procedures used.

* Provide theoretical analysis to assist in solving problems efficiently.

* Assist with problems in terms of user requirements, input data and form, output data and form, processing turnaround requirements, input and output checking, and overall problem schedule requirements.

* Create spatial tools and products to inform HMS fisheries management decisions.

* Develop and write scientific processes and analysis instructions, including a user dictionary, that are required to run the model and compile the data.

* Prepare technical reports, publications, and presentations as needed.

* Support fisheries and environmental impact analyses as requested.


Required Skills:

* Must have a Bachelors degree

* Five years of experience performing routine design, coding, and documentation of scientific processes and analyses used for scientific projects.

* Experience developing spatial analyses by using Geographical Information Systems.

* Experience and working knowledge using statistical software such as R, SAS, SPSS, etc.

* Knowledge of existing species distribution modeling methods, tools, and data sources.

* Demonstrated proficiency for the following skill sets:

* Project management for complex and technical scientific programs

* Coordinating and leading diverse project teams to develop, improve, and achieve program goals

* Excellent verbal and written communication skills (including visual presentation) with both scientific and non-scientific audiences

* Working with diverse groups of individuals under strict timelines to accomplish goals

* Working independently with strong time management skills

* Adaptability to quickly changing priorities

* Attention to detail


Desired Skills:

* Graduate degree preferred

* Familiarity with fisheries management, HMS issues, or ecosystem modeling (such as EcoCast) is preferred.

ECS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate or allow discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. ECS promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.

ECS is a leading mid-sized provider of technology services to the United States Federal Government. We are focused on people, values and purpose. Every day, our 2300+ employees focus on providing their technical talent to support the Federal Agencies and Departments of the US Government to serve, protect and defend the American People.