Senior Analyst: ESA/MMPA Support Services

Ocean Associates

Ocean Associates

IT, Customer Service
Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2024

NOTE: If you are unable to complete this application due to a disability, contact Ocean Associates at 703-388-9548 to ask for an accommodation or an alternative application process.

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking a candidate to assist the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Protected Resources (OPR) Permits and Conservation Division in Silver Spring, MD. OAI supplies personnel support services on contract to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species/

NOTE: A cover letter that describes how your skills, experience and education meet the required qualifications of the position must be included with your resume when submitting the application and is mandatory.


  • Processing and assisting with requests for scientific research, enhancement and photography permits and authorizations pursuant to Section 104 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), Section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act and NMFS' policies, including: reviewing applications; coordinating with applicants; conducting analyses; responding to public comments; and drafting all necessary documents.
  • Conducting and assisting with necessary National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analyses and Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations on the issuance of permits indicated.
  • Critically analyzing and assisting with the compilation and analysis of scientific literature, agency documents, and other applicable information to assess impacts of activities on marine mammals and developing/evaluating mitigation and monitoring to support agency findings under the MMPA, ESA, and NEPA.
  • Communicating program policies, requirements, and issues to the public and other Federal Agencies, as well as to other NOAA programs and leadership.
  • Travel may be necessary on a limited basis to attend meetings or workshops, in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations.

Start Date: ASAP

Location: Remote / Telework

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time position with benefits. Salary: $34.00 to $38.00 per hour.

Required Knowledge and Experience:

  • Bachelor of Science degree or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study. Three (3) years of experience in related field to the stated duties, or combination of education and experience totaling seven (7) years. Education beyond Bachelor’s Degree can be substituted for experience; Master’s Degree and 2 years of relevant experience or PHD and one year of relevant experience.
  • Experience conducting activities related to understanding the biology or ecology of protected species and evaluating the impacts of human activities on protected species (e.g., experience conducting research or enhancement activities on protected species such as corals, marine mammals, or sea turtles) and experience in technical writing and analysis of scientific information.
  • Working knowledge of the ESA, MMPA, and NEPA.
  • Ability to work independently, reliable, self-starter, self-motivated and strong attention to detail.
  • Skill in oral and written communication in order to develop and present scientific assessments and analyses.

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

Only qualified applicants that meet 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 must submit a resume that includes the following:

  • Cover letter that describes how your skills, experience and education meet the required qualifications of the position.
  • 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 and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law.

OAI 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. OAI is required to use the information it collects as part of its 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 OAI's online application. 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.