Scientist 5

  • Ocean Associates Inc.
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • Dec 04, 2017
Full time Admin-Clerical Biotech Consultant

Job Description

Scientist 5 

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking a Scientist 5 to provide support to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), in Santa Rosa, CA.  OAI supplies personnel support services on contract to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species.  This position entails freshwater and estuarine habitat conservation for NOAA trust resources, particularly in central California. The primary objectives are to implement the statutes and mandates of section 7 of the ESA and the essential fish habitat (EFH) provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management Act (MSA) regarding Federal actions that may affect freshwater, estuarine, and marine habitats.

Expected position start date: As soon as Possible


NMFS California Coastal Office in Santa Rosa, CA

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time 40 hr/week position with excellent employee benefits, including medical insurance, holiday, vacation, and sick leave.  Salary commensurate with experience.


  • Lead and complete regulatory reviews and associated Endangered Species (ESA) / Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) consultations for projects with potential impacts or benefits to submerged aquatic vegetation in freshwater and estuarine habitats.
  • Provide technical assistance and expertise regarding the protection and conservation of federal ESA-listed salmonids, green sturgeon, and EFH.

Required Knowledge and Experience

  • Knowledge of salmonid biology, life history and habitat needs.
  • Ability to evaluate effects of proposed federal development actions on fishes and their habitat.
  • Expert knowledge of estuarine and marine habitats, including seagrasses and kelp.
  • Knowledge of evaluation, planning, and analytical methodology and techniques to make in-depth evaluations and analyses of potential effects to aquatic habitats associated with a range of situations and issues.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Knowledge and Experience

  • Knowledge and experience with Section 7 of the ESA and MSA Essential Habitat regulations.
  • Experience working successfully with interdisciplinary teams.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, you MUST APPLY THROUGH OUR WEBSITE ONLY. Go to OCEANASSOC.COM, click on Now Hiring, find the position you wish to apply for, click the 'For More Information' link for that position, follow instructions on the page to apply. (no emails)

  • When applying for this position you will be asked to upload your resume at the end of the online application.
  • Include your name in the document file name.
  • Sending your resume in readable (not scanned) PDF or Word format is preferred.