Research Associate on ocean acidification

Location: Silver Spring, MD
Req #: 812
# of openings: 1

Description

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

Job Description:
Background
The NOAA Fisheries Service (NMFS) is mandated by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, and other legislation to conserve and manage our nation’s living marine resources. Within NMFS, the Office of Science and Technology Marine Ecosystems Division coordinates and manages national scale programs to develop and incorporate ecosystem information into resource management. Climate plays a major role in the structure, function and diversity of marine ecosystems and changes in the climate system are impacting marine resources and the people, industries and economies that depend on them. Thus, a key element of Marine Ecosystem Division activities is to understand the effects of climate variability and change on marine ecosystems and incorporating this understanding into the development of products and tools to assist in the management of living marine resources. As part of this national coordination role, the Office of Science and Technology is involved with numerous activities to assess and integrate climate information into the management of living marine resources. Several of these activities, including developing: a methodology for assessing the vulnerability of fish stocks to climate change; an oceans and coasts indicators system; and a national fish, wildlife, and plants climate adaptation implementation plan, require support.

The Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act called for the establishment of the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program and an Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification (IWG-OA). The IWG-OA is charged with developing a strategic research and monitoring plan to guide Federal research on ocean acidification and overseeing the implementation of the plan. The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) is charged with conducting research, monitoring, and other activities consistent with the strategic research and implementation plans developed by the IWG-OA.

Scope
There are several discrete activities that require scientific support. Key tasks include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:
Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification:
• Help coordinate group activities.
• Assist in finalizing the Strategic Plan for Federal Research and Monitoring of Ocean Acidification.
• Participate in coordination and drafting of the Implementation Plan for Federal Research and Monitoring of Ocean Acidification including input into the creation of a National OA Program.
• Participate in domestic and international scientific advisory groups when appropriate.
• Coordinate efforts with non-government scientists on ocean acidification.
Contribute to website content related to the IWG and OAP.
Vulnerability Assessment of Fish Stocks to Climate Change:
• Assist in the development of draft methodology for assessing the vulnerability of fish stocks with input from regional scientists and fishery managers.
• Research current knowledge and identify potential approaches.
Oceans and Coasts Indicator Technical Team:
• Facilitate the development of a prototype indicator system for the U.S. Global Change Research Program, National Climate Assessment and identify research gaps and priorities for the indicator system.
National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy:
• Assist with the development of an implementation plan, potentially including but not necessarily limited to:
Help develop a joint Federal-State-Tribal Implementation Task Force
Encourage adoption and implementation of Strategy actions and promote collaborative activities to implement the Strategy;
Monitor and report on implementation progress; and
Guide future revisions of the Strategy.

Requirements:
• PhD or Master’s degree in Marine Science, Biology or related field.
• 8 years of experience working in fisheries or aquatic sciences, including at least one year of science policy experience
• Working knowledge of relevant Federal, NOAA climate and ecosystem related programs; as well as NOAA staff expertise
• Must currently have an active security clearance or have the ability to obtain a security clearance

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