CSS is seeking a Remote Sensing Specialist/Research Associate for full-time employment to support NOAA’s Beaufort Laboratory, National Center for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in Beaufort, NC. The primary focus area for this position will be to work with NCCOS and partners to develop geospatial products describing habitats in the coral reef ecosystems of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS). The products will be generated from a variety of remotely sensed data sources, including satellite imagery, LIDAR, and multibeam sonar.
- Use established and novel approaches to interpret and model benthic habitat information and classify seafloor geomorphology from remotely sensed data using a variety of software products. The habitat classification will be informed by field observations including underwater video from drop cameras or remotely operated vehicles and still images collected by SCUBA divers.
- Take a leadership role in data organization and management to ensure that data products and metadata are delivered according to project timelines.
- Substantially contribute to data management, statistical model development, organizing meetings and webinars with partners, co-lead writing and preparation of project presentations, reports, peer-reviewed publications, and outreach to communicate the outcomes in professional and public venues.
- If funding allows, travel to the Florida Keys may be required for partner meetings and field sampling.
- M.S. in ecology or biology, with course work in remote sensing and GIS; or B.S. in ecology or related science, and 2 or more years of demonstrated relevant work experience.
- Demonstrated experience in software packages that handle gridded or polygonal data including: ESRI ArcGIS (Pro, Online, &/or Dashboard), digital image processing software such as ENVI, Erdas Imagine or eCognition, and Adobe illustrator.
- Demonstrated ability to write reproducible code in Python, and/or R statistical software preferred.
- The successful candidate will be organized, detail-oriented, able to multi-task, manage time to achieve project objectives to meet deadlines, and work both independently and collaboratively as part of a large team located across a wide geographic area.
- The candidate should also have ability to lift equipment less than 40 pounds and demonstrated experience on small boats and navigation with the aid of GPS.
- Processing of a National Agency Check and fingerprinting will be required.
- Must be available to start on or about June 1, 2018.