STATE OF OREGON
invites applications for the position of:
Natural Resource Specialist 1 (Marine Reserves Research Assistant)
JOB CODE: ODFW18-0132
OPENING DATE/TIME: 12/07/18 12:00 AM
CLOSING DATE/TIME: 01/08/19 11:59 PM
SALARY: $3,187.00 - $4,629.00 Monthly
JOB TYPE: Permanent
LOCATION: Newport, Oregon
AGENCY: Fish & Wildlife-Fish Division
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Unique opportunity to work at the beautiful Oregon coast and be an important contributor to a team of marine reserves science professionals!
Participate as a member of ODFW's marine reserves program, a six person interdisciplinary team responsible for leading the management and scientific monitoring of Oregon's five marine reserve sites. Ecological monitoring is one of the key mandates set by the State Legislature for Oregon's marine reserves. The Governor's Office, Oregon Legislature, and constituents have significant expectations about the successful implementation of this work. This is a complex, multidisciplinary research effort with numerous monitoring and research projects conducted simultaneously designed to meet the state's goals, objectives, and policy mandates for marine reserves. Assist with sample design and planning, leading collection of data at-sea, data entry, data analysis, data management, oral presentations, report writing, and outreach. Major duties and responsibilities are to:
• Assist with assembling, organizing, checking, maintaining, and loading field equipment before and after at-sea fieldwork.
• Lead field technicians and/or volunteers in the field.
• Assist Research Project Leader with sampling design and planning.
• Conduct review of video footage (requires specialized knowledge of fish identification), data entry into a Microsoft Access relational database and or Excel spreadsheets, and data quality control.
• Perform data analyses including the application and analysis of statistical tests (ANOVA, regression, logistic regression, nonparametric tests, etc.).
• Produce summary tables and graphics using spreadsheet, database, GIS, and graphing software.
• Construct basic data summaries using Microsoft Excel, JMP, and Microsoft Access.
• Organize video data library, including video tape archiving onto digital media. Participate in the design and management of databases.
• Draft and provide preliminary reviews for technical and non-technical reports. Audiences may include scientists, stakeholders, general public, and decision makers. Papers for peer-reviewed publication are encouraged.
• Present ecological monitoring information to local community groups, school groups, various associations, and the general public. Present at professional meetings and conferences.
• Provide information and materials to be used in marine reserves and marine science outreach.
• Participate in logistically and operationally complex at-sea fieldwork, as part of a 3-4 person science team. Fieldwork will include conducting visual surveys (e.g., ROV, video lander and video sled surveys), extractive surveys (e.g., hook-and-line), and oceanographic surveys (e.g., CTDs). Tasks will include deploying and retrieving equipment, overseeing back-deck shipboard operations (e.g., providing direction and instructions to vessel captain and crew), and recording field data.
QUALIFICATIONS, REQUIRED & REQUESTED SKILLS:
• A Bachelor's degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science, Marine Science, Oceanography, Natural Resource Management or Policy, or a closely-related Bachelor's degree with at least 45 quarter (30 semester) hours of biological/ecological coursework; OR
• Three years of biological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or wildlife program.
Preference will be given to applicants with experience in the following areas:
• Conducting marine scientific research and/or monitoring, with preference given for experience with Pacific Northwest marine species
• Conducting field work at-sea (open ocean)
• Working at-sea, aboard fishing or research vessels
• Leading field crews in at-sea field work, with preference given for experience working with volunteers in the field
• Conducting multivariate statistical
• Conducting geospatial analyses using ArcGIS