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Scientist 4 - ESA Consultations

Ocean Associates Inc. is seeking a candidate who will provide professional support to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in Honolulu, Hawaii, by conducting various environmental analyses to support Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations through data analyses and writing. Ocean Associates Inc. conducts research, offers policy advice, and provides personnel support services to government and industry clients for marine fisheries, protected species, and habitats.


- Provide support to highly experienced ESA Section 7 staff by conducting literature and data analyses, and writing sections of ESA Section 7 support documents.
- Conduct ESA Section 7 consultations, including internal coordination, working with action agencies, drafting informal Letters of Concurrence and formal Biological Opinions and other activities as needed.
- Carry out ESA-related tasks, including those required by Section 7 of the ESA.
- Compile, organize, and maintain documents for ESA Section 7 decisions.

Minimum experience or background requirements

The candidate must have the following qualifications:

Bachelors 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 these tasks 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.

In addition to the above basic qualifications, the candidate must have the following specific qualifications:

- High degree of familiarity with the ESA, especially Section 7 consultations.
Strong working knowledge and understanding of Indo-Pacific marine biology and ecology, especially within the US Pacific Islands Region, including Hawaii, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), American Samoa, and the Pacific Remote Islands Areas (PRIAs).
- Strong working knowledge and understanding of global threats facing marine life, and local threats facing Indo-Pacific marine turtles, marine mammals, coral reefs and coral reef fishes, especially within the Hawaii, Guam, the CNMI, American Samoa, and the PRIAs.
- Ability to work well both independently, and as part of a team, to accomplish stated objectives.
- Experience with computer programs such as Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
- Advanced technical writing skills.
- Organizational skills.
- Must be able to travel internationally, including being in possession of the required personal documents, such as a valid passport.

Work Location: Honolulu, Hawaii (relocation support is available)

Travel: approx. three weeks a year to Guam, CNMI, Samoa, Hawaiian islands

Work schedule: full-time (average 40 hours per week)

Period of Performance: 1 year with potential to continue based on performance and funding.

Preferred start date: September 15, 2017

Compensation: commensurate with experience benefits. Excellent employee benefits are provided including paid medical insurance, and holiday, vacation and sick leave.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, YOU MUST APPLY THROUGH OUR ADP WEB PORTAL (no emails) located on our website's Job Openings page -

- Include your name in the document file name.
- Uploading your resume in PDF format is preferred.
- When applying for this position you will be asked to upload your resume at the end of this online application.

Applicants should submit a resume that includes the following

- Work history for past 10 years or since last full-time education.
- Education.
- Previous experience or training with similar requirements.
- Three professional references.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States, complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire, and successfully complete a federal government background check. Ocean Associates Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law.
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