The Baldwin Group Baldwin Group Blog Linked In facebook page Twitter
Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

The Baldwin Group work environment encompasses positions ranging from scientists to programmers to administrators, yet is small enough to provide a feeling of family and friendship. While the pace is fast and energetic, The Baldwin Group understands the importance of work life balance and encourages staff to maintain that balance. Both diversity and teamwork are integral to work at The Baldwin Group. New ideas and perspectives are always welcomed and encouraged, making TBG a company where everyone's voice is heard. TBG's employee benefits are equivalent to those enjoyed by their Government counterparts.

Current Opportunities

Hawaii Fishery Extension Agent - Honolulu, HI

Subject Matter Expert (Oceanography) - Washington, D.C.

Hawaii Fishery Extension Agent - Honolulu, HI

The Habitat Conservation Division of the National Marine Fisheries Service's Pacific Islands Regional Office works cooperatively with the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program to enhance the conservation of coral reef habitat throughout the U.S. Pacific Islands. The goal of the Coral Reef Conservation Program is to reduce threats to coral reef ecosystems and associated resources. In support of this effort, The Baldwin Group's contract with this program is looking for a fishery extension agent. Position will be located at the NOAA Inouye Regional Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The successful candidate will work directly with the Habitat Conservation Division's federal project lead, who is located at this center.

Position Background:

Coral reef resources continue to decline from anthropogenic, cumulative effects associated with climate change, land based sources of pollution, and unsustainable fishing practices. In 2006 during a series of public meetings and fisher's forums in Hawaii, the public voiced interest in receiving help from marine resource managers on issues related to coral reef resources. Several challenges were identified that hindered collaboration among coral reef stakeholders, including mistrust, difficulty with the exchange of accurate information, and difficulty in building relationships among stakeholder groups.

In response, the state's Division of Aquatic Resources and NOAA collaborated to develop a fisheries extension agent position to improve communication and collaboration. The agent is similar to agriculture extension agents, who have a long history of providing similar services to local farmers.

This agent's purpose is to advance the long term protection and sustainability of coral reefs and coral reef resources. In order to accomplish this, the agent must establish trust as an unbiased source of accurate information. User groups in regional and stakeholder communities respond better to one-on-one interaction than to large, formal meetings. The agent would meet with these smaller groups to provide factual information about issues of interest. Because issues will vary greatly with different stakeholders, the agent must be knowledgeable on a wide range of topics and willing to seek the information if it is not known or available.

The agent serves as a liaison between the fishing, management, and scientific communities. Examples of serving in this role might include attending a fishing club meeting to discuss a proposal to designate a marine protected area; responding to scientists requesting help in recruiting fishers to a tagging program; or providing survey-design guidance for managers attempting to measure fishing efforts in an area.

By interacting directly with communities, the agent shall help communities understand the need and reasoning behind protecting coral reefs and coral reef resources and will assist stakeholders in contributing to research and management processes.

The agent should plan to spend time on difficult subjects that include fishing licensing, marine protected areas, gear restrictions, and size restrictions as well as fisheries-science subjects, such as reproduction and recruitment.

Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Secures annual funding, primarily through the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program's Internal Spend Plan
  • Manages programs and project contracts and budgets that foster a favorable relationship with the local nearshore fishing community throughout the Hawaiian Islands. The scientist and fishermen exchange meetings are an example of such a project. The agent should host two to five meetings per year.
  • Formulates a variety of approaches to gain the trust and confidence of fishers and other resource users and shares information of mutual interest to fishers and coastal and marine resource managers
  • Attends regular meetings of fishing clubs (casting, boating, trolling, and diving) and other fishing-related organizations to address topics of concern
  • Sets up meetings, such as talk story sessions, with the fishing community and resource agency personnel to provide more detailed discourse or promote discussion and information sharing
  • Serves as a member for fisheries-related groups, such as Fisheries Local Action Strategy Hawaii and Makai Watch steering committees, and attends annual meetings to provide input from the Fisheries Extension Agent Program
  • Serves as a liaison and neutral information conduit among various groups performing fishery outreach activities. These include federal, quasi-federal, and state governments as well as non-governmental, private, and other organizations.
  • Travels the state to attend 8 to 10 fishing tournaments, community events, and outreach activities per year
  • Develops, prints, and produces reports, articles, outreach materials, or guidance documents for fishery-related issues
  • Maintains the Hawaii Fish Measurement Guides, including their production and distribution, collaborating with the communication team of the Division of Aquatic Resources and Pacific Islands Regional Office
  • Uses social media and other outlets to keep the fishing community informed regarding resource management efforts by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources and Pacific Islands Regional Office
  • Conducts outreach and education on fisheries management with local schools
  • Helps to develop and implement shared internship programs with partners, including federal, state, educational, nonprofit, and private organizations
  • Attends meetings and events at night, on weekends, and on holidays when necessary
  • On occasion, travels to the continental U.S. to attend trainings or conferences
  • Conducts in- and on-water activities, including snorkeling and transport (riding only) via boat

Qualifications

Required:

  • Bachelor's degree in marine science, coral reef or fishery management, coastal management, or related field, plus three years of related experience
  • Knowledge of issues confronting coral reef conservation
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with management, colleagues, community, and nonprofit organizations and external partners
  • Ability to plan, lead, and facilitate community meetings
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-starter with ability to work in a team environment
  • Technical writing skill and ability to synthesize technical information
  • Travel will be required to neighboring islands and might be required to the continental U.S.
  • Work will be required on weekends and evenings
  • As the NOAA Inouye Regional Center is located on Joint Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam, operated by the Department of Defense, elected applicants must pass a background check and be issued a Common Access Card (CAC) in order to be able to access this military based and enter the NOAA Inouye Regional Center.

Preferred:

  • Master's degree in marine science, coral reef or fishery management, coastal management, or related field
  • Experience working with state and federal agencies, Native Hawaiian communities, academia, and nongovernmental organizations
  • Previously demonstrated community engagement experience
  • Demonstrated group facilitation skill sets and techniques
  • Experienced with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign

Equal Opportunity, Equal Access, Affirmative Action, Pro-Disabled, and Pro-Veteran Employer
To apply: send resume to hr@tbgva.com.



Subject Matter Expert (Oceanography) - Washington, D.C.

The Baldwin Group, Inc. seeks a subject matter expert with proven knowledge of oceanographic, marine science, and environmental engineering methodologies and principles to address technical issues in complex technical projects.

Responsibilities:

  • Applies oceanographic and/or environmental engineering methodologies to principles, practices, theories, technology, technical specifications, and other relevant concepts toward complex technical project objectives involving tides and currents
  • Develops, assesses, designs, and reviews technical specifications, approaches, and concepts
  • Communicates problem statements, design or analysis methods, and results obtained to team members and public
  • Provides technical project management and/or direction to technical project teams for complex, multi-faceted projects

Requirements:

  • Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree plus 9 years of experience
  • Master's Degree may be substituted for 3 years of experience
  • A recognized industry certification can be substituted for an additional 3 years of relevant experience

Equal Opportunity, Equal Access, Affirmative Action, Pro-Disabled, and Pro-Veteran Employer
To apply: send resume to hr@tbgva.com.



Future Opportunities

NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

The Baldwin Group, Inc. (TBG) has been awarded an IDIQ contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for professional, scientific, and technical services. The contract provides services for the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC), Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC), West Coast Region (WCR), Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC - Hawaii) and the Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO). Staffing requests for the different locations are received weekly and must be submitted to NOAA in a very short timeframe (sometimes a week or less). Therefore, TBG is creating a candidate database from which to select appropriate personnel for submission.

TBG may have a need for personnel to fill the positions listed below in Alaska; Hawaii; Washington; and California.

Biological Technician (Junior)
Biological Technician
Chemist
Data Archivist
Economist
Field Research Leader
Field Research Technician
Fisheries Research Scientist
GIS Specialist
Information Systems Specialist
Local & Traditional Knowledge Specialist (Alaska)
Local & Traditional Knowledge Specialist (Hawaii)
Molecular Geneticist
Natural Resource Specialist

Ocean Engineer
Project Manager
Publications Assistant
Scientific Editor
Scientific Illustrator
Scientific Information Specialist
Scientific Technical Writer
Scientist
Scientist (Scuba Diver)
Social Scientist
Statistician
Technical Program Assistant
Wildlife Veterinarian
Wildlife Veterinarian Technician

If you are interested in being included in our data base, please send us your resume or CV, identify the position(s) you are interested in, and include your salary requirements and location preference(s). When one or more positions become available, we will contact you to verify your interest and salary requirement. Please forward your information via email to Fay Woolwine, NOAA/NMFS Program Coordinator, at fay@tbgva.com. Thank you in advance for your interest in working with The Baldwin Group, Inc.


BIOLOGICAL TECHNICIAN (JUNIOR)

General Description:

Performs a variety of tasks, such as field sampling and data collection, curating biological samples, general laboratory upkeep, database entry, and staging equipment for field operations.

Education/Experience:

Grade I - High school graduate or GED.

Grade II - High school graduate or GED and at least 1 year of college level education.


BIOLOGICAL TECHNICIAN

General Description:

Performs a variety of tasks including: in-water field sampling and data collection; participating as an observer during cruise and/or aerial scientific surveys; conducting biological, oceanographic, and/or acoustic laboratory experiments, field experiments and/or data analyses; biological sample curation; laboratory upkeep; staging equipment for cruise or fieldwork; and writing summary reports. May be required to go to sea or conduct field work in remote locations for up to five (5) months at a time.

Education/Experience:

Grade I - High School graduate with four (4) years of college level education including courses in the biological or scientific field.

Grade II - Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology.

Grade III - Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus one (1) year of experience in related field or combination of such totaling five (5) years combined education and experience.

Grade IV - Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus two (2) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling six (6) years combined education/experience.

Grade V - Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus three (3) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling seven (7) years combined education/experience. Master's Degree may be substituted for experience.

Grade VI - Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus four (4) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling eight (8) years combined education/experience. Master's Degree plus one (1) year experience in related field or Ph.D. may be substituted for experience.


CHEMIST

General Description:

Performs tasks such as: analyzing organic and inorganic compounds to determine chemical and physical properties, composition, structure, relationships, and reactions, utilizing chromatography, spectroscopy, and spectrophotometry techniques; induces changes in composition of substances by introducing heat, light, energy, and chemical catalysts for quantitative and qualitative analysis; develops, improves, and customizes products, equipment, formulas, processes, and analytical methods; compiles and analyzes test information to determine process or equipment operating efficiency and to diagnose malfunctions; studies effects of various methods of processing, preserving, and packaging on composition and properties of foods; prepares test solutions, compounds, and reagents for laboratory personnel to conduct tests; confers with scientists and engineers to conduct analyses of research projects, interpret test results, or develop nonstandard tests; writes technical papers and reports.

Education/Experience:

Grade I - Bachelor degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included at least thirty (30) semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least six (6) semester hours in physics and one (1) year demonstrated experience as related to the task order.

Grade II - Bachelor's degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included at least thirty (30) semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least six (6) semester hours in physics and three (3) years demonstrated experience as related to the Task Order. Note: A Master's degree may be used as a substitute for the required two (2) years of experience.

Grade III - A Master's degree or Ph.D. from an accredited college or university with a major in chemistry, engineering or related physical/life sciences and minimum of three (3) years leading and conducting analytical methodology development and application of methods to field collected samples. Note: A Ph.D. may be used as a substitute for the required three (3) years' experience.

Additional Duties/Requirements:

Grade I - Evaluates the chemical and physical properties of various organic and inorganic substances in order to investigate their applications to the fields stated above. Has knowledge of commonly- used concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. This person relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job and works under immediate supervision. Primary job functions do not typically require exercising independent judgment. Conducts daily research activities according to established protocols.

Grade II - Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Works under general supervision; typically reports to a supervisor or manager. A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required. Performs as a subordinate-level professional involved in the performance of each Task Order. Conducts daily research activities according to established protocols.

Grade III - A high degree of knowledge about standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. A large degree of creativity and latitude is required. Performs as a team leader in the performance of each task order. Directs and conducts daily research activities according to established or newly developed protocols.


DATA ARCHIVIST

General Description:

Support data management functions at the NMFS including: managing the organization, documentation, storage, backup, and accessibility of legacy and current scientific data collections to ensure their security, integrity and availability to NMFS researchers and other data users; implementing federal procedures for management of records, including conversion of paper-based data records to digital formats and adherence to required document disposition schedules; manages and maintains data and metadata filing systems; and performs other duties as assigned.

Education/Experience:

Grade I - Bachelor's Degree in Information Science or Data Science from an accredited four (4) year college; Two plus years of post- university work experience in data management, preferably involving scientific and technical data; Knowledge of data storage formats and media; Skill and experience in use of databases, database software, digital scanning and related software tools such as Adobe Acrobat; Demonstrated knowledge of computer file systems and database concepts; and Demonstrated skills in organization, teamwork and inter-personal communication.


ECONOMIST

General Description:

Industry Economist - This specialization includes the study and analysis of the production, distribution and consumption of particular commodities or services; of the organization, capitalization, markets, and other economic conditions affecting the industries which produce these commodities or services; or the interrelationship between the forces of the economy as a whole and the economics of a particular industry (e.g., tuna and swordfish fisheries, sardine fisheries and salmon fisheries). The industry economist is concerned with all factors bearing on the economics of the industry of assignment: sources and supply of raw materials, methods of manufacture, availability of labor force, capital funds, machine tools, transportation or power, nature of the demand, sales methods, or any other condition or institution affecting the production, distribution, or consumption of the commodity. Most of these factors involve other facets of the economy and the industry economist must be aware of these implications and be able to relate economic facts from other sectors of the economy to his industry of assignment.

Regional Economist - Economists in this specialization are concerned with the economy of a particular region. The region assignment may be a political division such as a state or nation, it may be a geographical region such as a coastal area or expanse of ocean, or it may be an economic area, for example, an Exclusive Economic Zone. The region of assignment may be either domestic or foreign. Regional economists are highly informed specialists on all factors bearing on the economics of the region of assignment -- not only economic factors, but all of the non-economic conditions which affect the economy as well. These non-economic factors may be cultural, geographic, historical, sociological or other types of conditions. The understanding and assessment of such contributing factors involve specific knowledge not usually required of professional economists, and may influence the specific qualifications required for individual positions within this specialization.

International Economist - This specialization is provided for economist positions concerned primarily with the study of the interplay of economic forces between and among the nations of the world. These economic forces include movement across national borders (1) of goods and services (i.e., international trade); (2) of people -both consumers and labor; (3) of money; and (4) of ideas, particularly technological ideas but including also social, cultural, or political ideas when pertinent to economic activity. International economists are concerned with the facts related to these international movements of economic forces, that is, with statistics and factual data on the extent, volume, frequency, nature, distribution, etc., of such movements; they must understand and evaluate the variety of factors and institutions affecting these international economic movements, factors such as national tariffs, national and international law, transportation systems, climatic conditions, geographic, historic or cultural considerations, etc.; and they must anticipate and interpret the implications and trends in such economic activity, measuring the interrelated effect of these forces.

Education/Experience:

Grade I - Two (2) years of accredited college education with a major clearly in a related field of study with emphasis in economics, and one (1) year experience related directly to the individual task order.

Grade II - A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in economics or a related field of study with emphasis in economics and one (1) year of experience related directly to the individual task order.

Grade III - A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major clearly in a related field of study with emphasis in economics or a clearly related field of study and a minimum of two (2) years' experience related directly to the individual task order. A Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major clearly in a related field of study with emphasis in economics or a clearly related field of study may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

Grade IV - A Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in economics or a related field of study with emphasis in economics with a minimum of two (2) years' experience related directly to the individual task order. A Ph.D. from an accredited college or university with a major in a related field of study with emphasis in economics or a clearly related field of study may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.

Grade V - A Ph.D. from an accredited college or university with a major in economics or a related field of study and a minimum of three (3) years' experience conducting economic research projects.

Additional Duties/Requirements:

Grade I - Performs as an entry-level professional involved in the performance of each task order. Conducts daily research activities according to established protocols.

Grade II - Performs as a mid-level professional involved in the performance of each task order. Conducts daily research activities according to established protocols. Grade III and IV - Performs as an independent professional involved in the performance of each task order. Conducts daily research activities according to established protocols.

Grade V - Performs as an independent professional involved in the performance of each task order. Develops daily research activities in accordance with established study designs and protocols. Submits written progress reports on a regular basis.


FIELD RESEARCH LEADER

General Description:

Performs planning and preparation for field work, conducting field studies, and post-field data summary. One field research leader serves as the senior person in a camp. Leads field personnel in camp preparation, collection, entry and editing of data. Responsible for: quality and timeliness of the field team's work; daily maintenance and operation of field camp; maintaining a safe working environment for field personnel; ensuring all necessary equipment and supplies for remote research camp are prepared; and return of field equipment and supplies at the end of field camp season. Other duties include: collecting census and life history data on mammal species of interest, depending on the project; producing annual report(s) at end of field season; and conducting boating operations when applicable. May collaborate with scientists within NMFS to conduct and analyze field studies.

Education/Experience:

Bachelor's or Associate's degree with two (2) years field experience. Five (5) years' experience may be substituted for the education requirements.

Grade I - No previous experience as field research leader in marine mammal programs or other field research programs.

Grade II - One (1) year of experience as field research leader in marine mammal research programs.

Grade III - Two (2) years' experience as field research leader in marine mammal research programs.

Grade IV - Three (3) years' experience as field research leader in marine mammal research programs.

Additional Duties/Requirements:

Good communication, leadership and decision-making skills. Working knowledge of personal computers, including use of word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; ability to perform basic data analysis. Ability to swim. Must be able to pass pre-deployment training requirements, including field first aid and survival training before being deployed to remote field sites. Ability to operate small boats and conduct routine maintenance. Ability to work in remote locations for extended periods of time. Must be able to work long hours in severe weather (direct sun, extreme heat or cold). Must be able to walk long distances of up to seven (7) miles or more in the sand, or on rough terrain, carrying twenty-five to thirty-five pounds (25-35 lbs.) of field gear. Must be able to manually restrain seals, marine turtles and other fauna, weighing up to two hundred pounds (200 lbs.) or more each. Must be able to obtain medical clearance for working on NOAA research vessels. Desirable qualities include prior field experience in a field camp or other seal camp experience.


FIELD RESEARCH TECHNICIAN

General Description:

Assists researchers with daily research field activities according to established protocols. Conducts daily research field activities according to established protocols. Submits written progress reports on a regular basis. Under guidance of field camp leader and/or NMFS personnel, the technician: assists in camp preparation, collection, entry and editing of data; maintains a safe working environment for field personnel; participates in daily maintenance and operation of field camp; assists with return, repair and clean-up of field equipment and supplies at the end of camp. Also collects various types of data on seals or other marine species, and may conduct boating operations.

Education/Experience:

Grade I - No previous experience or (1) year of experience as field research assistant in pinniped programs, or other marine mammal programs.

Grade II - Two (2) years' experience as field research assistant in pinniped programs, or other marine mammal field research programs.

Grade III - An Associate's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a related field of study with an emphasis in science and a minimum of two (2) years demonstrated experience related directly to each individual task order. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major clearly in a related field of study with emphasis in science may be substituted for experience.

Grade IV - A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major clearly in a related field of study with emphasis in science. A minimum of one (1) year demonstrated experience related directly to each individual Task Order. Nine (9) semester hours of graduate studies from an accredited college or university with a major in science, or a clearly related field may be substituted for the required experience.

Grade V - A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in science, or a related field. A minimum of two (2) years' demonstrated experience related directly to each individual task order. One (1) full year, or eighteen (18) semester hours, of graduate studies from an accredited college or university with a major in science, or a related field may be substituted for the required experience.


FISHERIES RESEARCH SCIENTIST

General Description:

Performs a variety of functions including: managing or developing fishery resources; resolving and/or advising on a variety of fish resource problems in such areas as assessment of projects or license applications on fishery resources; developing policies, agreements and restrictions for the conservation and management of fishery resources or assuring compliance with fishery management plans; developing and maintaining liaisons and effective working relations with groups and individuals, agencies, and the public to encourage cooperative management strategies or to develop information and interpret findings. Studies fishery resources and environmental conditions affecting them, such as radioactivity or pollution by: identifying, classifying, and studying structure, behavior, ecology, physiology, nutrition, culture, and distribution of plant and animal species; researches environmental effects of present and potential uses of land and water areas, determining methods of improving environmental conditions or such outputs as crop yields; measures salinity, acidity, light, oxygen content, and other physical conditions of water to determine their relationship to aquatic life; collects and analyzes biological data about relationships among and between organisms and their environment; cultivates, breeds, and grows aquatic life, such as lobsters, clams, or fish; develops methods and apparatus for securing representative plant, animal, aquatic, or soil samples; studies reactions of marine species to parasites; and programs and uses computers to store, process and analyze data. Position is often involved in extending or modifying existing frameworks to new work situations or applications. May be recognized as a technical specialist in a specific area and contributes advice and assistance to others, making recommendations or developing plans relative to this area of expertise.

Education/Experience:

Grade I - A Master's or Ph.D. from an accredited college or university with a major in fisheries or related natural science. A minimum of three (3) years' experience leading and conducting scientific research projects. Note: A Ph.D. may be used as a substitute for the required three (3) years' experience.

Grade II - A Master's or Ph.D. from an accredited college or university with a major in fisheries or related natural science. A minimum of five (5) years' experience leading and conducting scientific research projects. Note: A Ph.D. may be used as a substitute for three (3) years of the required experience.

Additional Duties/Requirements:

Grade I - Performs as project leader in the performance of each task order. Develops and directs daily research activities in accordance to established study design and protocol. Oversees and/or coordinates other contractor personnel as appropriate. Submits written progress reports on a regular basis.

Grade II - Performs as project leader in the performance of each task order. Develops and directs daily research activities in accordance to established study design and protocol. Oversees and/or coordinates other contractor personnel as appropriate.


GIS SPECIALIST

General Description:

Performs independently as a GIS professional and is able to independently design and develop GIS projects in consultation with scientific staff. This position is typically involved in a variety of tasks such as field sampling and data collection, analysis of data, creating GIS and mapping products, assisting staff in locating and displaying data. All work performed will be for a specified fishery management, resource protection, habitat conservation project or a specified scientific research project.

Education/Experience:

Grade I - Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in geography or field of study relating to the specific task order and one (1) or more years of demonstrated experience in the field directly related to each individual task order study.

Grade II - Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in geography or field of study relating to the specific task order and three (3) or more years of demonstrated experience in the field directly related to each individual task order study.

Grade III - Master's degree from an accredited college or university in geography or field of study relating to the specific task order and three (3) or more years of demonstrated experience in the field directly related to each individual task order study.


INFORMATION SYSTEMS SPECIALIST

General Description:

Performs various duties related to the development and maintenance of data and information systems and services used in the automated acquisition, storage, manipulation, management, movement, display, interchange, transmission, assurance, or reception of data and information. This includes designing, implementing, and testing of databases and database management system software, and related services. Assesses accuracy and reliability of results and produces documentation using accepted standards and methodologies.

Education/Experience:

Grade I - One (1) to three (3) years of experience as an Information Systems Specialist or in a similar position.

Grade II - Three (3) to five (5) years of experience as an Information Systems Specialist or in a similar position.

Grade III - Five (5) to seven (7) years of experience as an Information Systems Specialist or in a similar position.

Grade IV - Seven (7) to nine (9) years of experience as an Information Systems Specialist or in a similar position.

Additional Duties/Requirements:

Grade I - Carries out limited professional assignments in a technical professional field under close technical monitoring on all phases of assignments. Works as a member of an Information Management (IM) development team that administers, develops, delivers, and supports information systems and services to carry out assigned projects.

Grade II - Carries out professional assignments in a technical professional field under intermittent technical monitoring on all phases of assignments. Works as a member of an IM development team and assists in the administration, development, delivery, and support of information systems and services to carry out assigned projects.

Grade III - Administers, develops, delivers, and supports information management systems and services. Carries out projects independently or as a full IM team member and works under general guidance and direction on project objectives, limits, work plans, and conclusions.

Grade IV - Manages, leads, administers, develops, delivers, and supports information management systems and services. Work is conducted under general guidance on policy, resources, and planning. Produces reports that will address key projects/issues. May supervise and direct subordinates in all phases of the program.


LOCAL AND TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE SPECIALIST (ALASKA NATIVE COMMUNITY)

General Description:

Position provides local and traditional knowledge expertise in support of field studies of Alaska Native subsistence species and/or the marine ecology of subsistence harvesting areas surrounding Alaska Native communities. Typically works closely with biologists to enhance the success of field studies by taking account of local knowledge of patterns in sea ice, weather, and animal behavior.

Education/Experience:

The experience and education required for these positions is typically obtained through traditional Alaska Native ways of living and teaching that do not lead to formal degrees or certifications. The extent of previous experience in similar work on scientific projects, and evidence of stature as a marine mammal expert within the Alaska Native community are used to distinguish qualifications for the three levels, below:

Grade I - Expertise and competence in local navigation and hunting practices as evidenced by a recommendation from a local tribal or regional non-profit authority.

Grade II - Expertise and competence in local navigation and hunting practices as evidenced by a recommendation from a local tribal or regional non-profit authority, and prior experience as a participant in three or more scientific projects in collaboration with one or more government agencies or universities.

Grade III - Documented previous experience as a leader of a community- based team of marine mammal experts and field assistants on a scientific project in collaboration with one or more government agencies or universities. Evidence of high stature as a marine mammal and local ecology expert, demonstrated by a history of appointments to Alaska Native marine mammal, co-management, or other subsistence resource organizations.

Additional Duties/Requirements:

Grade I - Assist with deploying nets or other marine mammal capture equipment. Maintain field equipment and supplies. Assist with restraining, sampling, and deploying instruments under direction from biologists and local field team leaders.

Grade II - Operate small boats, plan strategies for approach and capture of individual or small groups of marine mammals, deploy nets or other marine mammal capture equipment, maintain field equipment and supplies, assist with restraining, sampling, and deploying instruments under direction from biologists and local field team leaders.

Grade III - Work closely with agency field research leaders to plan daily activities in consideration of local sea ice, weather, and water conditions. Serve as local field team leader; direct local field team participants and logistics. Provide guidance to ensure the project activities do not conflict with local subsistence harvest practices.

Apply specialized local and traditional knowledge to enhance prospects for successful capture, handling, and sampling of marine mammals.


LOCAL AND TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE SPECIALIST (HAWAII)

General Description:

Position provides local and traditional Hawaiian knowledge and cultural expertise in support of field studies and management activities of marine protected species in the Hawaiian Archipelgo.

Education/Experience:

The experience and education required for these positions is typically obtained through traditional Native Hawaiian ways of living and teaching that do not always lead to formal degrees or certifications. The extent of previous experience in similar work on scientific projects, and evidence of stature as a cultural practitioner or traditional resource manager within the Native Hawaiian community are used to distinguish qualifications for the three levels, below:

Grade I - Expertise and competence in cultural practices related to marine resources or familiarity with a particular target community/island as evidenced by previous experience or a recommendation from a local individual or organization recognized as a Hawaiian cultural authority.

Grade II - Expertise and competence in cultural traditions and practices related to marine resources or familiarity with a particular target community/island as evidenced by previous experience or a recommendation from a local individual or organization recognized as an Hawaiian cultural authority and prior experience as a participant in three or more scientific and/or management projects in collaboration with one or more government agencies or universities.

Grade III - Documented previous experience as a leader of a community- based team of marine resource experts and field assistants on a scientific and/or management project in collaboration with one or more government agencies or universities. Evidence of high stature as a marine resource and local ecology expert, demonstrated by a history of leadership in Native Hawaiian cultural organization(s) engaged in marines resources research and/or management.

Additional Duties/Requirements:

Grade I - Assist with deploying nets or other marine mammal capture equipment. Maintain field equipment and supplies. Assist with restraining, sampling, and deploying instruments under direction from biologists and local field team leaders. Assist in planning and conducting meetings among Native Hawaiians and between Native Hawaiians, other local community members, NMFS and partner government agencies, non-government organizations, and volunteers engaged in marine protected species conservation.

Grade II - Operate small boats, plan strategies for approach and capture of individual or small groups of marine mammals, deploy nets or other marine mammal capture equipment, maintain field equipment and supplies, assist with restraining, sampling, and deploying instruments under direction from biologists and local field team leaders. Plan and facilitate meetings among Native Hawaiians and between Native Hawaiians, other local community members, NMFS and partner government agencies, non-government organizations, and volunteers engaged in marine protected species conservation.

Grade III - Work closely with agency field research and/or management leaders to plan daily activities in consideration of local natural environmental conditions (terrain, weather, water, etc.) and local cultural traditions and practices. Serve as local field team leader; direct local field team participants and logistics. Provide guidance to ensure the project activities do not conflict with local resource uses and cultural practices. Apply specialized local and traditional knowledge to enhance prospects for successful marine mammal research and management activities. Document, analyze, and interpret local knowledge, understanding, attitudes, and concerns regarding marine protected species conservation issues, and research and management activities.


MOLECULAR GENETICIST

General Description:

Position core function includes establishing genotypes (the genetic make-up of individuals) and using diagnostic procedures and tests to detect genetic diseases. Associated duties include using laboratory techniques such as: PCR (polymerase chain reaction) to multiply a small amount of DNA for testing; mutation detection techniques, such as SSCP (single strand confirmation polymorphism); denaturing HPLC (high performance liquid chromatography); southern blotting; DNA sequencing and fragment analysis, using capillary electrophoresis; and the laser detection of fluorescent dyes. Other responsibilities include: writing reports on investigation strategies; interpreting the results of routine tests on DNA extraction work, developing and devising new investigation strategies, taking account of the clinical problems of genetic disease and the clinical relevance of inherited or acquired genetic abnormalities; conducting research and development, designing new molecular genetics techniques and assays for genetic disease; and interpreting quality control and quality assurance data.

Education/Experience:

Grade I - A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major clearly in a related field of study with emphasis in molecular biology, population genetics, forensic science or a clearly related field and a minimum of three (3) years demonstrated field capability and related directly to the individual task order. A Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major clearly in a related field of study with emphasis in molecular biology, population genetics, evolutionary biology, forensic science or a clearly related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience. Three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or Ph.D. from an accredited college or university with a major clearly in a related field of study with emphasis in molecular biology, population genetics, evolutionary biology, forensic science or a clearly related field may be substituted for the required experience.

Grade II - A Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a clearly in a related field of study with emphasis in molecular biology, population genetics, evolutionary biology, forensic science or a clearly related field and a minimum of four (4) years demonstrated field capability and related directly to the individual task order. Three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or Ph.D. from an accredited college or university with a major clearly in a related field of study with emphasis in molecular biology population genetics, evolutionary biology, forensic science or a clearly related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.

Grade III - A Master's degree from an accredited college or university in a related field of study with emphasis in molecular biology, populations genetics, evolutionary biology, or forensic science or a clearly related field and a minimum of five (5) years demonstrated field capability and experience related directly to the individual task order. Four (4) years of progressively higher graduate education leading to a Ph.D. from an accredited college or university with a major in a field of study with emphasis on molecular population genetics, evolutionary biology, forensic science or a clearly related field may be substituted for three (3) years of required experience.

Grade IV - A Master's degree from an accredited college or university in a related field of study with emphasis on molecular biology, population genetics, evolutionary biology, or forensic science or a clearly related field and a minimum of six (6) years demonstrated field capability and experience related directly to the individual task order. Four (4) years of progressively higher graduated education leading to a Ph.D. from an accredited college or university with a major in a field of study with emphasis on molecular population genetics, evolutionary biology, forensic science or a clearly related filed may be substituted for three (3) years of the required experience.

Additional Duties/Requirements:

Grade I - Performs as a subordinate-level professional involved in the performance of each task order. Conducts daily research activities according to established protocols.

Grade II - Performs as a subordinate-level professional involved in the performance of each task order. Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular area as described above. Relies on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks but still may require general supervision; typically reports to a supervisor or manager. A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required.

Grade III - Performs as subordinate-level professional involved in the performance of each task order. Directs daily research activities according to established protocols. Coordinates with other Contractor personnel as appropriate. Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures, but is also capable of establishing new techniques, protocols, and quality control measures in response to new developments in the field. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks independently with little supervision; typically reports to a supervisor or manager.

Grade IV - Performs as a team leader involved in the performance of each task order. Directs and performs daily research activities according to established protocols and oversees other Contractor personnel as appropriate. Capable of establishing new techniques, protocols, and analyses to further research in the field. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.


NATURAL RESOURCE SPECIALIST

General Description:

Responsible for performing a variety of complex scientific tasks such as: field sampling and data collection; analysis of data; information collection; synthesis and analysis; report writing; organizing activities and representing the NMFS at meetings. All work performed will be for a specified fishery management, resource protection, habitat conservation project or a specified scientific research project.

Education/Experience:

Grade I - Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in biology or field of study relating to the specific task order and one (1) year experience in related field.

Grade II - Bachelor's degree and three (3) years' experience or Master's degree and one (1) year experience from an accredited college or university in biology or field of study relating to specific task orders.

Grade III - Bachelor's degree and four (4) years' experience or Master's degree from an accredited college or university in biology or field of study relating and two (2) years' experience relating to specific task order.

Grade IV - Bachelor's degree and six (6) years' experience or Master's degree from an accredited college or university in biology or field of study relating and four (4) years' experience relating to specific task orders.


OCEAN ENGINEER

General Description:

Performs a variety of tasks such as: development, evaluation, and maintenance of in-situ instrumentation and monitoring systems for deployment in marine environments; design and fabrication of new technologies and/or modifies existing products, and develop and maintain documentation of technical specifications for maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting; and provides technical services, including project management, systems management, knowledgeable in system interoperability, configuration, and operational capability and limitations. Serves as Principle Investigator and oversee the research, design, development, and testing of advanced technology systems, which includes evaluating the effectiveness of the equipment and systems, including sensor integration and data processing solutions. Participates in research cruises and surveys to deploy, evaluate, support, and train personnel in the use of scientific instrumentation and research equipment in a field setting. May be required to go to sea for upwards of one hundred twenty (120) days per year.

Education/Experience:

Grade I - High School graduate with four (4) years of college level education including courses in the engineering or scientific field.

Grade II - Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in marine engineering or oceanography, plus one (1) year of experience in related field or combination of such totaling five (5) years combined education/experience.

Grade III - Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in marine engineering or oceanography, plus three (3) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling seven (7) years combined education/experience. Master's Degree may be substituted for experience.

Grade IV - Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in marine engineering or oceanography, plus four (4) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling eight (8) years combined education/experience. Master's Degree in related field or Ph.D. may be substituted for experience.

Grade V - Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in marine engineering or oceanography, plus six (6) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling twelve (12) years combined education/experience. Master's Degree in related field plus two (2) years' experience or Ph.D. may be substituted for experience.


PROJECT MANAGER

General Description:

A Project Manager (PM) is required to be available for each contract awarded during normal business hours (approximately 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) local site time. The individual shall be responsible for all aspects of project performance (i.e., technical, contractual, administrative and financial). The PM shall be the Contractor's primary administrative representative having full authority to act on matters pertaining to the performance of the services required under this contract. The PM is the liaison between the Government Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) and the Contractor to assure successful completion of all awarded task orders. The PM is responsible for oversight of all Contractor employees and is responsible for dealing with all personnel and administrative issues of Contractor employees. Each site PM shall manage all contractor personnel under the task orders awarded for each site, on all aspects of project activity, organization and assignment responsibilities.

On-site supervision of Contractor employees by the PM is not required however the PM shall be available to work with the COR to address and remedy issues should they arise.

The Contractor shall notify the COR at least thirty (30) days in advance of any designation changes of the PM. The Contractor shall provide resumes of any proposed substitute to the CO for approval prior to any change or replacement of the PM. Any proposed substitute PM shall have qualifications equal to or better than that of the originally approved PM for this contract.

Education/Experience:

Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university and five (5) years of progressively responsible program management experience in a scientific environment. The Project Manager shall have experience in the scientific environment with emphasis on the scientific disciplines that will be required for this contract.


PUBLICATIONS ASSISTANT

General Description:

Supports publications and editorial functions of the NMFS through: managing the publications tracking system and publications metadata related to journal manuscripts, technical reports, and other scientific documents produced by scientists; assembly and reporting of lists of publications for periodic reports at the request of the Science Director; managing the publications filing system and database for publications metadata; proof-reading and editing draft manuscripts and technical reports; formatting technical reports for in-house publication; editing conference abstracts and other scientific and technical material at the request of the Scientific Editor; and managing printing requests for staff through GPO contract printers.

Education/Experience:

Grade I - Bachelor's Degree in English from an accredited four (4) year college; Two plus years of post-university work experience in editing and assisting in the publication of professional English- language documents; One plus years of post-university work experience as a scientific and technical editor; Skill and experience in copyediting and markup and use of Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat; Demonstrated knowledge of computer file systems and database concepts; Basic knowledge of printing technology and online manuscript processing; Demonstrated skills in organization, teamwork and inter- personal communication.


SCIENTIFIC EDITOR

General Description:

Supports editorial and publications functions of the NMFS and manages the editorial processing. Responsibilities include: editing and/or managing scientific manuscripts, technical reports, news articles, and other documents submitted by staff for publication in peer reviewed journals, internal report series or web pages, and other outlets; editing draft documents to ensure the quality of information disseminated by the NMFS; coordination of the editorial and publications process and management of online document processing systems; advising research staff on technical writing requirements, guidelines and best practices; managing production of internal publications and the assembly and submission of material for offsite printing; organization and maintenance of databases and file systems for publications and associated metadata; and developing and implementing editorial and publications management procedures. Also writes material with scientific and technical content for progress reports, newsletters, and web pages as needed.

Education/Experience:

Grade I - Bachelor 's degree in English from an accredited four (4) year college; Three (3) years of responsible post-university work experience in editing English-language publications; Two (2) years of work experience as a full-time scientific and technical editor; High levels of skill and experience in copyediting and markup and use of Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat; Working knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style; Basic knowledge of printing technology and online manuscript processing; Skill and experience in publications design and layout using Adobe InDesign; Proficiency in technical writing; Demonstrated skills in teamwork and inter-personal communication.

Grade II - Bachelor 's degree in English from an accredited four (4) year college; Four (4) to five (5) years of responsible post- university work experience in editing English-language publications; Two (2) years of work experience as a full-time scientific and technical editor; High levels of skill and experience in copyediting and markup and use of Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat; Working knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style; Basic knowledge of printing technology and online manuscript processing; Skill and experience in publications design and layout using Adobe InDesign; Proficiency in technical writing; Demonstrated skills in teamwork and inter-personal communication.

Grade III - Bachelor 's degree in English from an accredited four (4) year college; Five plus years of progressively responsible post-university work experience in editing English-language publications; Three plus years of work experience as a full-time scientific and technical editor; High levels of skill and experience in copyediting and markup and use of Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat; Working knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style; Basic knowledge of printing technology and online manuscript processing; High level of skill and experience in publications design and layout using Adobe InDesign; High level of proficiency in technical writing; Demonstrated skills in teamwork and inter-personal communication.

Grade IV - Bachelor 's degree in English from an accredited four (4) year college; Six plus years of progressively responsible post- university work experience in editing English-language publications; Three plus years of work experience as a full-time scientific and technical editor; High levels of skill and experience in copyediting and markup and use of Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat; Working knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style; Basic knowledge of printing technology and online manuscript processing; High level of skill and experience in publications design and layout using Adobe InDesign; High level of proficiency in technical writing; Demonstrated skills in teamwork and inter-personal communication.


SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATOR

General Description:

Responsibilities include: preparing detailed drawings for technical or scientific publications, such as journal articles, textbooks, and manuals; and illustrating specimens of fish, including eggs, larvae and bones using a camera lucida attachment to a dissecting microscope according to general guidelines of scientific illustrating which require accuracy, clarity and consistency of style.

Education/Experience:

Grade I - Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in biology, natural sciences or a related field of study and a minimum of one (1) year hands-on experience drawing specific life stages of fish, including knowledge of accurately representing three dimensional organisms on a two dimensional sheet of paper and the use of shading and stippling techniques used to accurately depict pigmentation. Completion of a scientific illustration credential program may be substituted for the required experience.

Grade II - Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in biology, natural sciences or a related field of study and a minimum of two (2) years hands-on experience drawing specific life stages of fish, including knowledge of accurately representing three dimensional organisms on a two dimensional sheet of paper and the use of shading and stippling techniques used to accurately depict pigmentation. Completion of a scientific illustration credential program may be substituted for the required experience.

Grade III - Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in biology, natural sciences or a related field of study and a minimum of three (3) years hands-on experience drawing specific life stages of fish, including knowledge of accurately representing three dimensional organisms on a two dimensional sheet of paper and the use of shading and stippling techniques used to accurately depict pigmentation. Completion of a scientific illustration credential program may be substituted for the required experience.

Grade IV - Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in biology, natural sciences or a related field of study and a minimum of four (4) years hands-on experience drawing specific life stages of fish, including knowledge of accurately representing three dimensional organisms on a two dimensional sheet of paper and the use of shading and stippling techniques used to accurately depict pigmentation. Completion of a scientific illustration credential program may be substituted for the required experience.

Grade V - Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in biology, natural sciences or a related field of study and a minimum of five (5) years hands-on experience drawing specific life stages of fish, including knowledge of accurately representing three dimensional organisms on a two dimensional sheet of paper and the use of shading and stippling techniques used to accurately depict pigmentation. Completion of a scientific illustration credential program may be substituted for the required experience.

Grade VI - Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in biology, natural sciences or a related field of study and a minimum of six (6) years hands-on experience drawing specific life stages of fish, including knowledge of accurately representing three dimensional organisms on a two dimensional sheet of paper and the use of shading and stippling techniques used to accurately depict pigmentation. Completion of a scientific illustration credential program may be substituted for the required experience.

Grade VII - Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in biology, natural sciences or a related field of study and a minimum of seven (7) years hands-on experience drawing specific life stages of fish, including knowledge of accurately representing three dimensional organisms on a two dimensional sheet of paper and the use of shading and stippling techniques used to accurately depict pigmentation. Completion of a scientific illustration credential program may be substituted for the required experience.


SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION SPECIALIST

General Description:

Supports research by NMFS scientists regarding the management of fisheries data including data processing for confidential commercial fishery statistics and scientific research data and their incorporation into Oracle databases.

Education/Experience:

Grade I - Bachelor's degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university with extensive coursework in English writing; Two plus years post-university experience writing and editing technical statistical reports and procedures for technical and scientific data processing; One (1) year experience entering and verifying technical and scientific data using a PC-based electronic data entry system; One year maintaining computer and software systems for a data management work group; Proficiency in standards and procedures for electronic data entry, verification, and other processing of scientific data; Knowledge of technical editing, technical writing, and preparation of technical and statistical reports; Demonstrated ability to manage technical process to produce timely results; Ability to write clearly and concisely in English; Ability and skill in maintaining software applications running under MS-DOS and maintaining personal computers and peripherals.

Grade II - Bachelor's degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university with extensive coursework in English writing; Three (3) to five (5) years' experience writing and editing technical statistical reports and procedures for technical and scientific data processing; one (1) to three (3) years' experience entering and verifying technical and scientific data using a PC-based electronic data entry system or supervising student assistants in a scientific data entry program; (1) to three (3) years maintaining computer and software systems for a data management work group; Proficiency in standards and procedures for electronic data entry, verification, and other processing of scientific data; Knowledge of technical editing, technical writing, and preparation of technical and statistical reports; Demonstrated ability to manage technical process to produce timely results; Ability to write clearly and concisely in English; Ability and skill in maintaining software applications running under MS-DOS and maintaining personal computers and peripherals.

Additional Duties/Requirements:

Grade I - Implements procedures for capture, validation, quality control, and other functions of data processing for confidential commercial fishery statistics and scientific research data and their incorporation into Oracle databases.

Grade II - Reviews, develops and improves the procedures mentioned above; as well as interprets, codes, and edits fishery statistical records and scientific data to ensure their accuracy. Schedules and monitors data processing operations. Ensures timely availability of accurate fishery statistics and scientific data for NOAA scientists and fishery managers. Coordinates the entry and verification of confidential fisheries statistics and research data into Oracle enterprise databases. Writes and edits technical content for fishery statistical reports and other scientific information products including technical documentation for data processing procedures and related software applications. Ensures operational readiness of computers, associated hardware, and software systems needed for data processing services.


SCIENTIFIC TECHNICAL WRITER

General Description:

Performs a variety of tasks related to the preparation and review of scientific technical reports and papers. All work performed will be for a specified fishery management, resource protection, habitat conservation project or a specified scientific research project.

Education/Experience:

Grade I - Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a related field of study with emphasis in biological or social sciences and one (1) or more years demonstrated experience in editing manuscripts, proofreading materials, and working with other professionals in clarifying information.

Grade II - Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a related field of study with emphasis in biological or social sciences and three (3) years demonstrated experience in gathering data and/or materials from multiple sources and preparing documents, scientific papers or technical reports. Master's degree and one (1) year experience may be substituted for above education.

Additional Duties/Requirements:

Grade I - Edits, reviews, formats and drafts scientific technical reports and papers.

Grade II - Prepares and reviews scientific technical report and papers, based on input provided by each individual task order.


SCIENTIST

General Description:

Performs a variety of tasks, such as: field sampling and data collection, including participating as an observer during cruise and/or aerial scientific surveys, conducting biological, oceanographic, and/or acoustic laboratory experiments and field experiments and/or data analyses; biological sample curation; laboratory upkeep; staging equipment for cruise or fieldwork; conducting NEPA and other environmental analyses; providing scientific and technical support to research projects; coordinating scientific meetings; managing scientific data and implementing data systems; developing documents and providing support for resource protection, habitat conservation, and fisheries management plan projects; and writing summary reports. Serves as Principal Investigator for research projects. May be required to go to sea or conduct field work in remote locations for up to five (5) months at a time.

Education/Experience:

Grade I - High School graduate with four (4) years of college level education including courses in the biological or scientific field.

Grade II - Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology.

Grade III - Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus one (1) year of experience in related field or combination of such totaling five (5) years combined education and experience.

Grade IV - Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus two (2) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling six (6) years combined education and experience.

Grade V - Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus three (3) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling seven (7) years combined education and experience. Master's Degree may be substituted for experience.

Grade VI - Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus four (4) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling eight (8) years combined education/experience. Master's Degree in related field or Ph.D. may be substituted for experience.

Grade VII - Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus five (5) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling nine (9) years combined education and experience. Master's Degree in related field plus one (1) year experience or Ph.D. may be substituted for experience.

Grade VIII - Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus six (6) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling ten (10) years combined education and experience. Master's Degree in related field plus two (2) years' experience or Ph.D. may be substituted for experience.

Grade IX - Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus six (6) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling twelve (12) years combined education and experience. Master's Degree in related field plus four (4) years' experience or Ph.D. may be substituted for experience.


SCIENTIST (SCUBA DIVER)

General Description:

Performs a variety of tasks, such as: in-water field sampling and data collection, including participating as an observer during cruise and/or aerial scientific surveys; conducting biological, oceanographic, and/or acoustic laboratory experiments, field experiments and/or data analyses; biological sample curation; laboratory upkeep; staging equipment for cruise or fieldwork; conducting NEPA and other environmental analyses; providing scientific and technical support to research projects; coordinating scientific meetings; managing scientific data and implementing data systems; developing documents and provide support for resource protection, habitat conservation, and fisheries management plan projects; and writing summary reports. Serves as Principal Investigator for research projects. May be required to go to sea or conduct field work in remote locations for up to five (5) months at a time.

Education/Experience:

Grade I - High School graduate with four (4) years of college level education including courses in the biological or scientific field.

Grade II - Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus one (1) year of experience in related field or combination of such totaling five (5) years combined education and experience.

Grade III - Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus three (3) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling seven (7) years combined education and experience. Master's Degree may be substituted for experience.

Grade IV - Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus four (4) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling eight (8) years combined education and experience. Master's Degree in related field or Ph.D. may be substituted for experience.

Grade V - Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus five (5) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling nine (9) years combined education and experience. Master's Degree in related field plus one (1) year experience or Ph.D. may be substituted for experience.


SOCIAL SCIENTIST

General Description:

Social scientists possess sound knowledge of methods specifically related to the description, validation, explanation, and application of knowledge about human social and cultural processes. Social scientists examine patterns of behavior that are characteristic of various occupational groups, including fishing fleets and communities, informal social groups, formal institutions, culture groups, regions, and nations. Applied social scientists use systematic means for collecting and analyzing various forms of primary and secondary source information to help solve complex social problems and to contribute to sound policy decisions, including those relating to human interaction with the marine environment. Because individuals in human societies continually transact goods and services in various sociocultural contexts, social scientists possess a working knowledge of economic principles and culture-related variability in economic phenomena.

Social scientists focus on topical areas including but not limited to: ongoing changes in the character, size, distribution, and composition of human populations; social mechanisms for enforcing compliance with widely accepted norms and for controlling deviance; social and cultural phenomena relating to human interaction with the physical environment, including the marine environment; the structure and operation of informal and formal groups and organizations; complex interrelationships between the individual and the larger society or culture; systems and patterns of belief and meaning as manifest within and across societies and cultures present and past; patterned similarities and differences in terms of socioeconomic class, gender, ethnicity, and nationality; and social, cultural, and human-ecological changes over time.

Education/Experience:

Grade I - Two (2) years of accredited college education with a major clearly in a related field of study with emphasis in a recognized social science, such as anthropology, sociology, or behavioral science, and one (1) year experience related directly to the individual task order.

Grade II - A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in social science or a related field of study with emphasis in a recognized social science, such as anthropology, sociology, or behavioral science.

Grade III - A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in social science or a related field of study with emphasis in a recognized social science, such as anthropology, sociology, or behavioral science and one (1) year experience related directly to the individual task order.

Grade IV - A Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a social science or a related field of study with emphasis in economics with a minimum of two (2) years' experience related directly to the individual task order. A Ph.D. from an accredited college or university with a major in a related field of study with emphasis in a recognized social science, such as anthropology, sociology, or behavioral science, or a clearly related field of study, may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.

Grade V - A Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in social science or a related field of study with emphasis in social science with a minimum of four (4) years' experience related directly to the individual task order. Three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master's degree, or a Ph.D., from an accredited college or university with a major in a related field of study with emphasis in a recognized social science, such as anthropology, sociology, or behavioral science, or a clearly related field of study, may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.

Additional Duties/Requirements:

Grade I- Performs as an entry-level professional involved in the performance of each task order. Conducts daily research activities according to established protocols.

Grade II - Performs as a mid-level professional involved in the performance of each task order. Conducts daily research activities according to established protocols. Grade III and IV - Performs as an independent professional involved in the performance of each task order. Conducts daily research activities according to established protocols.

Grade V - Performs as an independent professional involved in the performance of each task order. Develops daily research activities in accordance with established study design and protocol. Submits written progress reports on a regular basis.


STATISTICIAN

General Description:

Typical duties include: applying sampling techniques and/or utilizing complete enumeration bases in order to determine and define groups to be surveyed; designing research projects that apply valid scientific techniques and utilize information obtained from baselines or historical data in order to structure uncompromised and efficient analyses; developing and testing experimental designs, sampling techniques, and analytical methods; evaluating sources of information in order to determine any limitations in terms of reliability or usability; evaluating the statistical methods and procedures used to obtain data in order to ensure validity, applicability, efficiency, and accuracy; examining theories, such as those of probability and inference in order to discover mathematical bases for new or improved methods of obtaining and evaluating numerical data; identifying relationships and trends in data, as well as any factors that could affect the results of research; planning data collection methods for specific projects, and determine the types and sizes of sample groups to be used; processing large amounts of data for statistical modeling and graphic analysis, using computers; reporting results of statistical analyses, including information in the form of graphs, charts, and tables; developing an understanding of fields to which statistical methods are to be applied in order to determine whether methods and results are appropriate; preparing data for processing by organizing information, checking for any inaccuracies, and adjusting and weighting the raw data; and analyzing and interpreting statistical data in order to identify significant differences in relationships among sources of information.

Experience/Education Required:

Grade I - A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in biological or social sciences that included twenty- four (24) semester hours in statistics and a minimum of one (1) year experience related directly to the individual task order. One (1) year of graduate education may be substituted for the required experience.

Grade II - A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in biological or social sciences that included twenty-four (24) semester hours in statistics and a minimum of two (2) years' experience related directly to the individual task order. Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master's degree that included twenty-four (24) semester hours in statistics may be substituted for the required experience.

Additional Duties/Requirements:

Grade I - Analyzes and interprets data from various sources. Compiles reports, charts, and tables based on established methods. Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Performs a variety of tasks. Works under general supervision.

Grade II - Analyzes and interprets data from various sources. Compiles reports, charts, and tables based on established statistical methods. Familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures. May direct and lead the work of others. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. Typically reports to a manager or head of a unit/department.


TECHNICAL PROGRAM ASSISTANT

General Description:

Responsible for supporting management with the oversight of administrative duties in a program and/or division. Duties may include: assisting in the preparation of planning documents and other information for inclusion in routine or special program reports; monitoring the status of actions and providing additional information when necessary; maintaining confidentiality on actions and pending activities discussed or in process; and assisting in the oversight of budgets/procurement/staffing. Knowledge of PC and Macintosh systems with Microsoft Windows '95/'98, Microsoft Office Programs, WordPerfect programs, and Netscape is desirable.

Experience/Education Required:

Grade I - A minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a clearly related field of study and one (1) year of advanced study (i.e. graduate program, certificate program etc.) is required. An emphasis on fisheries science or natural science is desirable. A minimum of five (5) years demonstrated experience related to administration of science-related programs is required.


WILDLIFE VETERINARIAN

General Description:

Performs functions typical of an experienced marine mammal wildlife veterinarian. Duties include: participating in marine mammal, turtle, or seabird research, conservation activities, stranding response, and necropsies; the capture, handling and sedation of animals for biomedical sampling and deployment of satellite tags and other instruments; working with NMFS biologists to develop or refine procedures for safe capture, restraint, or sedation of animals; analyzing samples and publishing papers on the health and disease aspects of mammal ecology; working with cetaceans include necropsies and stranding response; and working with turtles including capture and handling, instrumentation, and necropsies. May require up to three months in the field conducting field studies or conservation work.

Education/Experience:

Grade I - Doctoral degree in veterinary medicine, plus one (1) year of experience with basic biological sampling procedures and sedation.

Grade II - Doctoral degree in veterinary medicine, plus three (3) years of marine mammal/turtle veterinary experience. Marine mammal experience includes the restraint, sedation, anesthetizing and biological sampling of seals/cetaceans. Turtle experience includes surgery, necropsies, or health and disease research of marine turtles.

Grade III - Doctoral degree in veterinary medicine, plus five (5) years of marine mammal/turtle veterinary experience. Marine mammal experience includes the restraint, sedation, anesthetizing and biological sampling of seals/cetaceans. Turtle experience includes surgery, necropsies, or health and disease research of marine turtles.


WILDLIFE VETERINARIAN TECHNICIAN

General Description:

Performs functions typical of an experienced marine mammal wildlife veterinarian. Duties include: participating in research and conservation activities, cetacean necropsies, or research, and conservation activities; working with pinnipeds including the capture, handling and sedation of pinnipeds for biomedical sampling and deployment of satellite tags and other instruments; assisting with surgeries and necropsies, as needed; analyzing samples and publishing papers on the health and disease aspects of mammal ecology; working with cetaceans include necropsies and stranding response; and working with turtles including capture and handling, instrumentation, and necropsies. May require up to three (3) months in the field conducting field studies or conservation work.

Education/Experience:

Grade I - Bachelor's degree, or higher in veterinary medicine, plus one (1) year of experience with basic biological sampling procedures and sedation.

Grade II - Bachelor's degree, or higher in veterinary medicine, plus two (2) years of marine mammal/turtle veterinary experience. Marine mammal experience includes the restraint, sedation, anesthetizing and biological sampling of pinnipeds/cetaceans. Turtle experience includes surgery, necropsies, or health and disease research of marine turtles.

Grade III - Bachelor's degree, or higher in veterinary medicine, plus three (3) years of marine mammal/turtle veterinary experience. Marine mammal experience includes the restraint, sedation, anesthetizing and biological sampling of pinnipeds/cetaceans. Turtle experience includes surgery, necropsies, or health and disease research of marine turtles.


"I want to congratulate you on being a unique team of energetic and talented professionals... you make a real difference to clients."

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

"...Thank you again for the success we had in dealing with the difficult task of reorganizing the council." ...