Scientist 7

  • Ocean Associates Inc.
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • Feb 08, 2018
Full time Research Science

Job Description

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking a Scientist VII to provide support to the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) West Coast Regional Office (WCRO) in Seattle, WA. OAI supplies personnel support services on contract to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species. The person filling this position will conduct important consultation activities aimed at protecting and preserving living marine resources of the Pacific Northwest. This is an exciting opportunity to promote conservation efforts across the region, working with an experienced team of federal managers and scientists.

NMFS is responsible for implementing the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), and the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA). NMFS also engages in ESA-listed species protection through the multi-party Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensing process. Through programs conducted under each of these statutes, NMFS seeks to protect and preserve our nation's living marine resources through scientific research, fisheries management, enforcement, and habitat conservation. To achieve this mission and advance sound stewardship of these resources, NMFS works closely with tribes, local, state and federal agencies, our stakeholders, and partners to find science-based solutions to complex ecological issues. The Oregon-Washington Coast Area Office advances these ends through a variety of interagency consultations with Federal Agencies and their representatives or applicants on their actions that might affect protected animals, their habitat, or both. NMFS branches within the area office respond to a high volume of requests to consult from these agencies and then must document each consultation in a timely manner. 

This is a full time labor-hour/non-personnel service task order. Government personnel will be responsible for the overall scheduling of project activity and will provide the Contractor’s liaison/project manager with scheduling information as appropriate. 


  • Respond to inquiries from action agencies and their representatives or applicant, providing pre-ESA consultation technical assistance to action agencies and their representatives or applicants during regular business hours.
  • Review ESA consultation initiation packages for completeness and develop requests for further information sufficient to support initiating consultation under each of statute, as needed.
  • Consult with action agencies and their representatives or applicants as required ensuring action agency compliance with each statute, as needed. Communicate with the Geographic Branch Chief for the North Puget Sound Branch to coordinate NMFS response to each consultation.
  • Coordination with NMFS and other agency staff on FERC or other hydro power project reviews and ecological evaluations for ESA-listed species under NMFS jurisdiction.
  • Prepare appropriate documentation for each consultation and follow West Coast Region protocol for quality assurance.
  • This position might involve opportunities to consult in the field, but it consists mainly of species and habitat evaluations and regulatory compliance duties.
  • Regular coordination with NMFS Geographic Branch Chief for the North Puget Sound Branch on assignments and work products. 


Selected individual(s) must have the following minimum qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s 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 the specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus five (5) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling nine (9) years combined education/experience. Master’s Degree in related field plus one (1) year experience or Ph.D. may be substituted for experience. 

Additional required qualifications include: 

  • Experience with or knowledge of the requirements of the ESA, MMPA, and/or MSFCMA, FERC and the consultationprocesses.
  • Computer skills including basic word processing, spreadsheet creation and manipulation. 

Additional preferred qualifications include: 

  • Personal initiative and creativity; strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong working knowledge of Puget Sound salmonid species and their habitat.
  • Experience working on interdisciplinary teams and a background in biology, natural resource management, and salmonid and/or marine mammal species.
  • Previous database experience in support of scientific applications.

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.
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