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Senior Research Biologist

Position Description           
Coonamessett Farm Foundation, Inc. (CFF) is a small non-profit organization located in East Falmouth, MA that conducts and supports scientific research and educational activities that promote sustainable fisheries operations, local small-scale agriculture and aquaculture, and renewable energy sources. CFF is seeking a motivated senior research biologist with statistical experience in designing sampling protocols and analyzing fisheries data. The preferred candidate will have a history of finding and writing proposals, success in winning grant funding, and publishing scientific manuscripts. The selected candidate must also possess outstanding oral and written communication skills and excellent problem-solving abilities.

The successful candidate must be familiar with multivariate analysis and comfortable executing GLMMs. Candidates with familiarity of sea scallop management priorities in the northwestern Atlantic would be preferable. The position will include analysis of fisheries data, accounting for environmental variables such as depth, temperature and substrate. Familiarity with Microsoft Access and ArcGIS would also be helpful. Additionally, they must demonstrate the ability to work well in a professional, team-oriented environment.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Analyze fisheries datasets collected during research projects.

  • Assume an active leadership role in project development and identification of new research opportunities.

  • Coordinate with collaborators and government entities to ensure successful completion of CFF research projects.

  • Search for funding opportunities and write grant proposals (including budgets and scopes of work for collaborators).

  • Prepare technical reports and manuscripts for publication in scientific journals.

  • Provide support on various other CFF projects as needed.

 

Qualifications

  • PhD in a scientific discipline (e.g. biology, marine science, environmental science, or a related field). An MS and significant experience in fisheries statistics may be substituted for the PhD.

  • Experience with R and other statistical languages and software packages.

  • Knowledge of statistical models and packages used in fisheries (e.g., GLMM) .

  • At least five years of experience conducting research projects.

  • Understanding of NOAA/NMFS fisheries regulations, especially in the northwestern Atlantic.

  • Extensive at-sea experience and seaworthiness and willingness to go to sea preferred.

  • Proven record of winning grant proposals and producing and publishing scientific papers.

  • Excellent writing, communication, strategic thinking, and interpersonal skills.

 

Benefits
CFF offers a competitive benefits package for full-time employees. Compensation is based upon work experience and qualifications.

Application
To apply please submit a cover letter, CV, and list of three references to contact@cfarm.org.

This position will remain open until filled. Start date is negotiable.

http://coonamessettfarmfoundation.org/

 Research Biologist

Position Description
Coonamessett Farm Foundation, Inc. (CFF) is a small non-profit organization located in East Falmouth, MA that conducts and supports scientific research and educational activities that promote sustainable fisheries operations, local small-scale agriculture and aquaculture, and renewable energy sources. CFF is seeking a motivated, experienced research biologist. The biologist will work closely with fellow CFF employees and captains of fishing vessels to participate in offshore research trips for a variety of ongoing projects. The selected candidate will possess at-sea experience and be willing to learn and support fisheries research projects. Additionally, they must be able to work well in a professional, team-oriented environment.

Primary Project

The ongoing project for this position involves conducting fisheries surveys on Nantucket Shoals. The investigator will work closely with the hydraulic clam dredge fishery. This project seeks to improve our understanding of the distribution of living and non-living habitat features within the Great South Channel Habitat Management Area (GSC HMA}, including topographic features, substrates, epifauna, and infauna (i.e. develop habitat maps).

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Utilize a dredge mounted camera system (Go Pro/Dive Lights with room for modification) to record habitat types and species targeted by hydraulic clam dredge fishing gear.

  • Participate in offshore work and manage the data collection efforts of at-sea contractors.

  • Use open source software (e.g. BORIS) to annotate video, identifying habitat features and species.

  • Create habitat maps using GIS software (ArcMap) and analyze data (R, Excel) to address council research priorities.

  • Conduct independent video surveys seasonally using a benthic sled and drop camera to record shifting surficial sediments, and document habitat differences between fished and unfished areas.

  • Manage and apply for Exempted Fishing Permits and Federal Funding Opportunities as they become available. (Currently the work is industry funded)

 

Other Responsibilities

  • Participate in research cruises for various CFF projects. It is anticipated the successful candidate will be at sea for at least 50-60 days/year.

  • Analyze data collected by scientists, observers, and vessel crews and write technical reports

  • Search for funding opportunities and write grant proposals (including budgets and scopes of work for collaborators).

  • Participate in the creation and oversight of outreach programs, video annotation, and support existing CFF projects as needed.

 

Qualifications

  • MS in a science discipline (e.g. biology, marine fisheries, etc.)

  • Multiple years of relevant at-sea experience (observer experience preferred)

  • Ability to manage a heavy workload and participate in one- to seven-day research trips as needed

  • Statistical analysis experience preferred

  • Working knowledge of ArcGIS, R, Solidworks, Microsoft Access a plus

  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs, bend, stretch, and stand for extended periods of time

  • Excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills

Benefits
CFF offers a competitive benefits package for full-time employees. Compensation is based upon work experience and qualifications.

Application

To apply please submit a cover letter, CV, and list of three references to contact@cfarm.org. This position will remain open until filled. Start date is negotiable.

http://coonamessettfarmfoundation.org/

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