The Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game works to preserve the state's natural resources and people's right to conservation of those resources, as protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. To carry out this mission, the Department exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth's marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them.
The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries serves Massachusetts’ citizens by protecting, restoring, and enhancing fishery resources and their habitats, while providing sustainable fisheries related recreational and commercial opportunities.
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The Department of Fish and Game, Division of Marine Fisheries (MADMF) is accepting resumes and applications for the Stock Assessment Specialist position (Aquatic Biologist III) assigned to the South Coast, New Bedford Office.
- This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
The Stock Assessment Specialist is responsible for conducting, in cooperation with other state and federal agencies, stock assessments for both commercially and recreationally important finfish species landed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and serving on several technical committees related to these species. Responsibilities will also include identifying data inadequacies, and implementing projects to address these inadequacies, resulting in improvements to assessment and management. The incumbent will serve as a stock assessment specialist with a focus on multi-species groundfish stocks. The incumbent will work with local and state personnel and agencies, and non-governmental organizations planning and writing project proposals, grant applications and contracts. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule including occasional weekends and evenings. This position is based in New Bedford.
DETAILED STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Serves as the Massachusetts representative to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Technical Committees, New England Fisheries Management Council, and Mid Atlantic Fisheries Management Council as needed for species important to the Commonwealth. Represents agency on the other ASMFC and federal scientific/technical committees.
Attend and participate in stock assessment committees, monitoring committees, and plan development teams. Work collaboratively to conduct and improve stock assessments, and apply new assessment models.
Communicate results of these meetings to DMF managers and assist them in understanding analysis and basis for recommendations.
Maintain frequent contact with Massachusetts groundfish industry members to develop a thorough understanding of the operation of those fisheries, and to learn and understand their perspectives on management/research requirements and transmit those perspectives to technical committees and DMF managers/researchers.
Develop research projects in collaboration with DMF staff and other university and federal fisheries professionals to develop better data for use in the understanding and assessment of groundfish and their associated fisheries.
Communicates project results to the public, fishing industry, and fisheries professionals.
Interacts with fisheries personnel from universities, and state and federal agencies
Pursues external funding opportunities and oversees the implementation of grant projects, including accurate accounting for expenditures and in-kind match
Perform related duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED AT HIRE (List knowledges, skills, abilities):
A degree with a strong background in population dynamics and related skills in mathematics, experimental design, statistics, computer science, and modeling.
Good communication skills and excellent organizational ability.
Good quantitative knowledge and skills particularly in stock assessment (population dynamics) and statistical data analysis (descriptive and inferential).
Good knowledge in managing/maintaining data bases.
Ability to work independently.
Experience with conducting stock analysis on fish species.
GIS knowledge and familiarity, and experience in spatial analysis.
Demonstrated skills in oral and written communications, including a strong aptitude to communicate and work with peers, the fishing industry and the general public.
Considerable ability to speak effectively at public and technical meetings and to write technical and non-technical correspondence and reports.
Ability to develop grant proposals.
Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with researchers from other agencies, organizations, and stakeholders including the fishing industry.
Experience with using the R statistical package
Knowledge of the recreational fish and fisheries of Massachusetts and surrounding areas.
Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator’s Class D license or equivalent license from the state in which you reside.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, para-professional or technical experience in marine biology or fisheries management work, of which (B) at least two years must have been in a professional capacity and of which (C) at least one year must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
I. A Bachelors degree with a major in marine, fisheries or wildlife biology; fisheries or wildlife management; marine science or oceanography may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.*
II. A Graduate degree with a major in marine, fisheries or wildlife biology; fisheries or wildlife management, marine science or oceanography may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.*
- Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Aquatic Biologist III
United States-Massachusetts-New Bedford -838 S R Frch Blvd
Department of Fish And Game
Mar 13, 2020, 2:13:07 PM
Number of Openings:
61,255.74 - 90,084.80 Yearly
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