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Fisheries Gear Liaison (21-357)

IBSS Corp.
Gloucester, Massachusetts, US
Closing date
Jun 29, 2022

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Conservation science
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Job Title: Fisheries Gear Liaison

Location: Gloucester, MA or Remote

Clearance Required: Public Trust Eligible


IBSS is seeking a Full Time Gear Liaison to work with the fishing industry and other organizations to create and test gear modifications on commercial fishing vessels, effectively communicate operational aspects of the fishing gear and assist in the evaluation of gear testing, provide outreach to assist fishermen in implementing protected species gear modifications.

Key Responsibilities:

Participate in field studies, data analysis, and evaluation of potential solutions on how to mitigate sea turtle and marine mammal bycatch in fishing gear.
Participate with regional and science center gear team in projects directed at reducing large whale, sea turtles (trawl, gillnet, traps/pots) and other protected species bycatch in fixed gear (trap/pots and gillnets) fisheries in Northwest Atlantic waters.
Participate in field studies, data analysis, and evaluations of projects directed at mitigating sea turtle and other protected species bycatch in bottom trawl gear; such as evaluating Turtle Excluder Devices (TED) testing as determined by the GARFO, with input from the NEFSC and Southeastern Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC).
Support compilation and evaluation of project results.
Provide regular outreach including dockside demonstrations of appropriate gear installation.
Support Law Enforcement inspection and compliance monitoring.
Support entanglement gear analysis in collaboration with the Region and Center gear team and gear warehouse curation and record keeping.
Support ALWTR Team meetings.

Required Skills /Education/ Certifications & Qualifications:

Strong organizational skills with ability to work independently and comply with project deadlines.
Strong communication skills and the ability to work well with others, including a diverse array of federal action agencies.
A minimum of 5 years experience in commercial fishing and/or research and liaison work with commercial fishermen, including a strong understanding of gear operations.

Desired Skills:

Knowledge of marine ESA-listed species and their habitats, particularly those found along the east coast.

About IBSS Corp.

IBSS is a Woman-Owned business. Since 1992, IBSS has provided specialized professional, scientific, technical, cybersecurity, IT, and software engineering solutions to the Federal sector. Our clients include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Department of Justice (DOJ). We are committed to serving our clients and employees by delivering service excellence, creating value through technology, and continually improving our skills, services, and processes. Moreover, we maintain an ISO 9001:2015 certification which allows us to optimize current industry best practices to enhance delivery outcomes for our clients.

IBSS offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision and prescription drug coverage with company-paid deductible, paid time off, federal holidays, matching 401K plan, tuition/professional development reimbursement, and Flex-Spending (FSA)/Dependent Care Account (DCA) options.

IBSS is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
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