Science Analyst I; Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI)

Job Title: 
Science Analyst I
Job Location: 
Woods Hole, MA or Narragansett, RI

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking a candidate to support the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), Ecosystem Dynamics and Assessment Branch (EDAB). OAI conducts research, offers policy advice, and provides personnel support services to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species.   


The Ecosystem Dynamics and Assessment Branch (EDAB) conducts a research program focused on developing ecosystem-level knowledge and advice to support informed decision-making. Research conducted by the Branch encompasses climate science, ecology, process-oriented ecosystem research, and marine population dynamics and ecosystem modeling.   

The Branch supports the application of Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE), a stakeholder driven process that allows various management procedures to be tested in silico before implementation. This includes the use of analytical tools developed as part of the ecosystem and statistical modeling focal area. The Branch provides technical expertise to management entities, such as a Regional Fishery Management Council, in order to conduct an MSE. A typical application of an MSE consists of using an operating model or set of models that incorporate sufficient complexity to simulate variability in a state process (e.g., fish population, ecosystem or economic dynamics) along with an estimation model to perform a simulated analysis based on virtual data collection. The results of the estimation model are fed back into the operating model based on predetermined management procedures. In this way, performance of alternative management strategies can then be examined across a suite of pre-specified objectives. Stakeholder engagement is critical to clarify objectives and performance metrics, parameterize the human component of the system, and to ensure investment in the process.   


  • Provide technical support during a Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) (often under tight time constraints) for models developed under Ecosystem and Statistical Modeling Development focal area.    
    • Collaborate broadly with NEFSC, clients, and others as applicable to strategize and prioritize tasks.   
    • Coordinate acquisition, formatting, and data quality checking of new information identified by stakeholders and required for MSE model development.   
    • Identify and prioritize software in need of updates and maintenance.   
    • Update and/or work with software developers to ensure model tools meet MSE needs.    
  • Assist with planning and logistics of program and project team meetings/workshops and help develop agendas, written documents, meeting minutes, presentation, or other materials as required.   
  • Support communications and outreach activities.    
    • Provide written contributions to outreach products, including responses to questions, reports, scientific documents, and web-based communication for audiences both within and external to NMFS.   
    • Communicate the results of projects and activities to general and scientific audiences in written and oral formats.    
  • Organize and participate in symposia at national and international conferences and workshops.    

Other Duties:   

  • Publications related to MSE (technical memoranda, peer-reviewed papers)   
  • Outreach and communication products[JS1]  
  • Metadata for any products generated   
  • Monthly progress report to include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:    
    •  Accomplishments: issues encountered, travel (including purpose, significant outcomes, action items), recommendations, if applicable     


START DATE: July 2020 or as soon thereafter as possible   

LOCATION: NEFSC, Woods Hole, MA Laboratory (preferred); OR Narragansett, RI Laboratory (option).   

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package.   


  • Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree with two (2) to three (3) years’ experience (directly related to marine science, fisheries, quantitative ecology, oceanography, or similar).   
  • Ability to interact effectively and diplomatically with a wide range of stakeholders (fishing industry, recreational interests, environmental NGOs, managers, interested public) during public workshops and meetings.   
  • Knowledge and/or experience with statistical software, such as R, python, SAS, MATLAB, and others.   
  • Experience and understanding of code versioning software, such as Git, SVN, mercurial, and others.   
  • Experience in linking existing oceanographic and ecological models or ecological and economic models together is highly desirable.   
  • Demonstrated proficiency for the following skill sets:    
    • Project management for complex and technical scientific programs   
    • Coordinating and leading diverse project teams to develop, improve, and achieve project goals   
    • Communication both verbally and using written materials (including visual presentations) with a variety of audiences including technical, scientific, and the general public   
    • Independent worker with strong time management skills   
    • Adaptability to quickly changing priorities and strict timelines   
    • Attention to detail     

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please APPLY THROUGH OUR ADP WEB PORTAL, AT THE LINK AT THE TOP RIGHT OF THIS PAGE.  

Only qualified applicants that meet minimum experience or background requirements stated above need apply. When applying for this position you will be asked to upload your resume at the end of this online application.

Applicants should submit a resume that includes the following:   

  • Cover letter that briefly describes how you meet the required and preferred qualifications listed.  
  • Work history for past 10 years or since last full-time education.  
  • Education.  
  • Previous experience or training with similar requirements.  
  • Three professional references.  
  • Include your name in the document file name.  
  • Upload your resume in readable, not scanned, PDF or Word format (PDF is preferred).   

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States, complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire, and successfully complete a federal government background check. Ocean Associates Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran or any status or condition protected by federal or state law.  

Ocean Associates Inc. is a government contractor and is required by law to invite applicants to self-identify their race, gender, national origin, disability status and veteran status. Ocean Associates Inc. is required to use the information they collect as part of their future affirmative action efforts in hiring. The information is collected anonymously by computer and is not connected to your application. You will see a place to check certain boxes in the online application for this position. Even though the information is anonymous, self-identification is voluntary. You can always check the box that says you decline to self-identify.  

Note: If you are not selected, your materials may be retained for present or future opportunities. We may use your resume in bidding on a project and if we are awarded the work we will contact you before seeking further applicants. If you do not wish us to retain or use your resume to seek work for you, please let us know in the "Notes" section on the second page of the online application.  

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