ECS Federal is seeking a Marine Biologist to work in our Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico office.
Duties: ECS Federal, Inc. has an immediate opening for a mid-level marine biologist to support the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in providing programmatic and technical support for the activities outlined below. This position will be a 12 month temporary placement with potential for long term employment. Responsibilities
Provide technical assistance in the areas of coral reef conservation and planning, restoration ecology, and fisheries science/ecology.
Provide technical and field support for coral reef data gathering and analysis efforts that target specific management needs.
Coordinate development and implementation of fisheries-related goals, priorities, and objectives from jurisdictional Coral Reef Management Priorities and Local Action Strategies (LAS).
Conduct site visits of proposed water resources development projects or completed or on-going permitted projects. The goal is to protect Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed species and their habitat toward the conservation of ESA-listed sea turtles, whales, and corals. Expected to review approximately 25 projects per year and visit at least 7. Comments and consultations should include input from partners such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NMFS Habitat Conservation Division, Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER), and the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (CFMC), as appropriate and necessary.
Identify new management and research opportunities to support Puerto Rico’s coral reef fisheries management efforts, coral reef ecosystem management, and assist DNER in the development of project proposals and budgets for species of concern such as bonefish and permit.
Assist in the development of proposals and project work plans for coral reef management projects in support of Puerto Rico’s priorities and LAS activities. This includes ensuring that all documentation for CRCP projects is complete; matching fund requirements are met; projects are realized in compliance with applicable environmental laws and any permit requirements are met; project deadlines are met; and products are in keeping with project scopes of work and proposal requirements. This requires direct coordination with the NOAA Fisheries CRCP Coordinator in the Caribbean Field Office and the submission of written weekly updates.
Work with DNER and other partners to modify existing surveys and methodologies for the collection of recreational catch data to meet DNER’s needs related to quantifying effort, target species, and other information relevant to the management of recreational fishery resources in Puerto Rico.
Provide technical assistance in the areas of marine resource conservation and planning and fisheries science/ecology to support the adoption and implementation of research and management plans, analyze the effectiveness of reserves, and develop educational products in Culebra, Guánica, Cabo Rojo, the Northeast Corridor, and other marine reserves in coordination with DNER.
Assist DNER in the development and implementation of a recreational fisher educational program as the recreational fishing license program is put in place. The structure of the program will be similar to DNER’s hunter education program and also modeled on the program for recreational fishers in Key Biscayne.
Work with DNER to develop and implement a refresher course for commercial fishers due to changes in fishing regulations at the Puerto Rico and federal level. Create a training plan so the course can be updated for use indefinitely.
Compile results of fisheries studies for Puerto Rico (from the Caribbean Coral Reef Institute, Sea Grant, DNER, NOAA, CRCP, universities) in a single reference collection and translate key information for managers.
Assist DNER to identify strategies to enhance marine enforcement capabilities, such as through the development of a training plan for DNER and other law enforcement entities as appropriate and through the implementation of enforcement and education action plans for DNER-managed reserves and LAS priority areas.
Attend and participate in Caribbean Fishery Management Council meetings in Puerto Rico as a non-voting member and CFMC education and outreach program meetings toward the management of sustainable fisheries resources in Puerto Rico.
Attend and participate in NOAA CRCP, Coral Reef Task Force, Puerto Rico coral reef ecosystem, and local coral reef-related committees and interest group meetings when applicable to provide technical expertise and fishery input. Attend and participate in LAS work groups on Land-Based Sources of Pollution, Recreational Use (including boating), and others as appropriate to represent a fisheries management perspective.
Facilitate and strengthen partnerships with The Nature Conservancy and other non-governmental agencies such as Sea Grant and fishing associations to advance fishery management concerns of LAS work groups. Identify new research and management opportunities that NOAA and DNER can pursue to augment existing funds that support Puerto Rico’s LAS. Assist NOAA and DNER in the preparation of proposals in response to these opportunities.
• Master’s Degree in marine biology, fisheries, coral reef ecology, or a related field.
• Security Clearance: A security clearance is not required. However, a national agency check and other background checks will be conducted.
• 5 years of related work experience.
• Experience with fisheries, coral reef management, marine protected areas, or ecosystem ecology.
• Knowledge of the development and implementation of strategic plans.
• Experience facilitating training and workshops.
• Experience with the development of outreach materials and implementation of outreach strategies.
• Experience with environmental laws and regulations and/or permitting and working cooperatively with federal and state agencies.
• Ability to fluently speak, read, and write in Spanish and English.
• Organized and process oriented with a strong attention to detail.
• Motivated, proactive, and self starter.
• Ability to work in field settings that may require hiking and snorkeling.
• Experience in research, monitoring, proposal writing and evaluation, and/or marine resource project evaluation.
• Travel Requirements: Local travel will be required, and some travel outside of Puerto Rico may be required.
ECS Federal, Inc. is a proud Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. ECS Federal embraces diversity by providing equal employment opportunities for all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and status as an individual with a disability or protected veteran. ECS Federal, Inc. also maintains a drug-free workplace.
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