*Vacancy Announcement*: Marine Spatial Analyst
*Educational Level*: M.S.
*Location*: Silver Spring, Maryland
*Agency*: NOAA's Center for Coastal Monitoring & Assessment
*Start Date of Appointmen*t: Immediate
A person with academic training in marine biology, oceanography, spatial or landscape ecology and/or conservation planning is being sought for a full-time contract position with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA) Biogeography Branch. The Branch conducts ecological studies that map, characterize, assess, and model the spatial distributions and movements of estuarine and marine organisms across habitats throughout
the United States and Island Territories. The successful candidate will have the following core responsibilities:
1) Provide GIS, statistical, and analytical support to projects mapping marine ecosystems and biotic distributions in Samoa and American Samoa:
a) Produce basic descriptive statistical summaries of collected data
b) Evaluate and analyze field data to create maps of benthic habitats and species distributions
c) Develop cartographic products and metadata from spatial data
d) Assist with MPA network analysis
e) Assist with analysis of alternative network scenarios
f) Assist with development of technical reports and journal articles
2) Provide GIS, statistical, and analytical support for other Biogeography Branch projects
. Good written and oral communication skills
. Relevant experience or academic training in Geographic Information Systems, especially ArcGIS
. Knowledge of marine biology and spatial ecology
. Graduate training in statistics and experience with multivariate statistics
. Experience with ArcGIS editing and the use of ArcGIS extensions, such as Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst and Geostatistical Analyst.
. Experience with statistical software e.g., SAS, Primer and/or JMP
. Knowledge of coral reef ecosystem ecology.
. Knowledge of ocean circulation and larval transport
. Knowledge of MPA design issues
This is not a federal position. The successful candidate will work
full-time under a Consolidated Safety Services, Inc. (CSS) contract. The candidate will be hired for the NOAA office in Silver Spring, MD. CSS, Inc. is a full-time equal opportunity employer with benefits for full-time employees including Medical/Dental Insurance, Disability and Life Insurance, 401K, and Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs).
Please email resume, salary requirements, and the names and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 20, 2010. Please include the words "marine spatial analyst" in the subject line of your email application. The salary for this position is commensurate with experience.