ESA/MMPA Support Services; Ocean Associates Inc.

Job Title: 
ESA/MMPA Support Services
Job Location: 
Silver Spring, Maryland
These are full-time positions with benefits. Salary commensurate with experience

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking two candidates to support the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Protected Resources (OPR) development and implementation of measures to reduce threats to right whales, and to assist OPR in other marine mammal management activities as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and Endangered Species Act (ESA).  OAI conducts research, offers policy advice, and provides personnel support services to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species.  


  • Develop National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents (e.g., Environmental Assessment/Finding of No Significant Impact) related to marine mammal management measures for large whales, as needed.
  • Provide OPR general support to meet additional requirements of developing measures to reduce threats to large whales (with a focus on North Atlantic right whales) including, but not limited to, work related to the Paperwork Reduction Act, Executive Orders, the Coastal Zone Management Act, and the ESA. 
  • Work with OPR staff and others to develop outreach and enforcement strategies and associated materials as it relates to reducing threats to large whales (with a focus on right whales) including but not limited to handouts, website materials, visualizations, maps, videos, etc.
  • Provide support for MMPA and ESA related activities to conserve and protect marine mammals, including: developing protocols, guidelines, policies, and briefing material; responding to quick turn-around tasks, and media, public, and congressional inquiries; and management and research efforts.

Start Date: As soon as possible


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field with 2 years of relevant experience. 
  • Knowledge of the MMPA, ESA, and NEPA. 
  • Familiarity with marine conservation issues, especially those relevant to large whales   
  • Ability to work independently, reliable, self-starter, self-motivated and strong attention to detail
  • Strong coordination and communication skills  


  • Familiarity with the Paperwork Reduction Act, applicable Executive Orders, and the Coastal Zone Management Act.
  • Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems, cartography, and graphic arts

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please APPLY THROUGH OUR ADP WEB PORTAL.

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).  
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