Research Associate

Employer
ECS Federal, LLC
Location
Silver Spring, Maryland, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Nov 29, 2022

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Sector
Academic / Research, Consultancy/Private Sector
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Fisheries
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
ECS is seeking a Research Associate to work in our Silver Spring, MD office.

Job Description:

ECS is seeking one full time person with experience analyzing data; experience in analyzing fisheries data is desirable. ECS supports the Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Office of Science and Technology (ST) and requires an Economics and Human Dimensions Program Support Services Research Associate with qualifications and experience in data analysis, development of technical documentation, data processing, formatting reports, and developing and delivering presentations.

Detailed Description:
The Research Associate will have advanced experience with the R statistical software package, including experience in manipulating large databases, exploratory data analysis, graphical analysis, and script writing and documentation. The Research Associate will conduct a statistical analysis of existing commercial fishery observer and commercial fishery discard logbook data from the U.S. South Atlantic region. The data will be provided by Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) personnel. The analysis is to be completed in the R statistical software program. Familiarity with fisheries data collection and analysis will be required to understand and properly account for reporting issues in the datasets. The data analysis will investigate data structure, patterns and identify potential outliers from each respective dataset. The Research Associate will produce complete annual time series estimates of commercial discards of red snapper and associated uncertainty levels. Results from both observer and logbook data should be compared and contrasted to understand potential biases in estimates of discards derived from each data source. All analyses should be documented and coded scripts provided for repeatability of the analyses. A final report suitable for publication as a Technical Memorandum or SEFSC scientific report should be written to document the methods, results, and conclusions. Presentations (e.g. MS Powerpoint) of results may be necessary to help explain the results to scientists and managers. A laptop computer and access to the data will be provided by SEFSC. The Research Associate will need to obtain an approved non-disclosure agreement for access to confidential data.

Program Description:
The NOAA Fisheries Economics & Human Dimensions Program conducts data collection, assessment and research to evaluate the benefits and costs of alternative management actions, to prioritize management needs, and to facilitate policy design that sustainably maximizes societal benefits from ocean and coastal resources. Important functions of the Program include, but are not limited to, monitoring status and trends in performance of the commercial and recreational fishing sectors, including assessing regional economic impacts (sales, value-added and job impacts), analyzing critical fishery management issues (such as evaluating the economic performance of catch share programs), assessing marine spatial management options, and assessing protected species bycatch reduction strategies.

Objective and Tasks/Deliverables:
Analyze data, write and edit technical documentation, develop data processing programs and analyze in R, format reports, proof-read, and present findings.
Results of analysis of existing commercial fishery observer and commercial fishery discard logbook data from the U.S. South Atlantic region.
Complete annual time series estimates of commercial discards of red snapper and associated uncertainty levels.
Documentation of analyses and coded scripts.
A final report suitable for publication as a Technical Memorandum or SEFSC scientific report documenting the methods, results, and conclusions.

Location Note: Silver Spring, MD, but Remote work/telework will also be considered.

Required Skills:

Bachelor's degree in fisheries science or related environmental science.
Experience conducting statistical analysis of data in R, including statistical analysis of medium to large data sets, and formatting results in reports and presentations.
Experience with R statistical software or other statistical software, MS Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and Adobe Acrobat.
Familiarity with fisheries data collection and analysis.
Excellent organizational skills.
Strong written communication and analytical skills.
Detail oriented and able to work independently.

Desired Skills:

Master's degree in fisheries science or related environmental science

ECS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate or allow discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. ECS promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.

ECS is a leading mid-sized provider of technology services to the United States Federal Government. We are focused on people, values and purpose. Every day, our 3000+ employees focus on providing their technical talent to support the Federal Agencies and Departments of the US Government to serve, protect and defend the American People.

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