PIFSC Technical/Scientific Editor

Ocean Associates

Ocean Associates

Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2024

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Ocean Associates Inc. (OAI) is seeking an applicant to provide media and communications support to the Alaska Regional Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries in Juneau, AK. OAI is a Virginia corporation established in 2003 that provides consulting and technical services to the U.S. government, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and the private sector. We specialize in scientific program and project management, strategic planning, professional and technical services, and stakeholder engagement, supporting government contracts. We are seeking applicants for this position prospectively, which is dependent on award of contract.


NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region’s mission is the science-based stewardship of living marine resources and their habitat in the waters of the North Pacific and Arctic Oceans off Alaska. The Region’s mission responsibilities include supporting sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, recovering and conserving protected species, and promoting healthy ecosystems and resilient coastal communities. The Communications Program—comprised of one full time communications officer—supports the entire Alaska Region, approximately 130 people. The program has been experiencing increasing demand for communication products and services for and by Alaska Regional employees as well as external audiences.


The primary objective is to provide communications and media support to assist with the development of communications materials including written and visual products (graphic design, photography, videography), web-based and social media content, education and outreach activities, and responding to media inquiries to support the NMFS - Alaska Regional Office Public Affairs Program.

Tasks and Deliverables

The employee will be required to perform the following tasks. The work is to be conducted in a fast-paced environment. All deliverables shall be completed in the format prescribed and by due dates specified in the individual work assignments. The employee is responsible for scheduling the work to be done each day, within the work schedule of the NOAA Fisheries Project Leader.

Task 1 – Written Communication and Media Pieces

Writes and/or edits news releases, communication plans, talking points, web stories, speeches, editorials, accomplishment reports and other written materials, adhering to plain language guidelines and consistent with agency style, grammar, and punctuation. Deliverable: Timely production of high quality communication products, including written, web, and social media materials such as web stories and news releases, social media campaigns, monthly and quarterly reports to support communication objectives.

Task 2 – Social Media Coordination

Plans and implements social media campaigns. Coordinates with agency headquarters social media programs to amplify agency messages. Produces multi-media content for website and social media platforms such as X, Instagram and Facebook. Manages Alaska Region social media accounts according to agency social media policy; and uses analytical tools to produce monthly reports to evaluate the effectiveness of web and social media communications efforts/products. Deliverable: Accurate posting of cleared materials to web and social media; distribution of materials as specified and through appropriate and effective channels.

Task 3 – Fisheries Education Council Participation

Participates on the Fisheries Education Council, tracking regional activities and reporting accomplishments; works with staff to plan and implement educational activities. Deliverable: Monthly and quarterly reports evaluating the success of web and social media products using analytical tools (e.g., Foresee, Google Analytics, and Twitter Analytics).

Task 4 – Support for Outreach Activities

Plans and participates in outreach activities such as Sea Week, local STEM events and stakeholder engagement workshops and listening sessions. Deliverable: Organization and tracking of educational and outreach events, with after action reports to inform planning for future activities.

Task 5 – Video/Photography Support

Provides photographic/videography support of events and activities, edits and manages image and video files, archives so that visual materials are easily retrieved when needed. Deliverable: High quality visual materials to compliment or stand-alone illustrating the wide range of mission requirements and highlighting the best work of AKR employees.

Start Date: Contingent upon award of contract.

Location: Alaska Regional Office in Juneau, AK.

Travel: May require limited travel (2-3 trips to Alaska or Lower 48 locations) for special assignments such as education and outreach events, conferences, and/or regional fishery council meetings..

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time position with benefits. Salary, commensurate with experience, between $25-$45 per hour.


Applicants should possess a minimum of 2 years of communicating scientific and/or marine policy to the public. In addition, the applicant should also possess the following skills and abilities:

  • Proficient in writing and editing skills for multi-media, including knowledge of writing and editing for Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and with ability to come up with several iterations of post copy to grow following on social media platforms.
  • Experience in use of Content Management Systems like Drupal for posting web content such as web stories and news releases;
  • Experience in Photoshop and In-Design to curate photos, create graphics, and perform layout of communication materials to provide graphic design support.
  • Experience with photography/videography to capture regional events and activities, develop short films, edits and manages image and video files, archives so that visual materials are easily retrieved when needed.
  • Familiarity with use of analytical tools such as Google analytics, Foresee and social media analytics to track communications program activities/output success.
  • Knowledge and experience in planning events, particularly for educational and outreach purposes.
  • Ability to manage projects involving many people, tracking, and maintaining a schedule.
  • Ability to take directions from both senior communications and regional staff and the ability to exercise independence and judgment.
  • Ability to provide general office support to successfully perform the requirements under this task order.
  • Basic computer skills (MS Office, etc.).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and collaboratively in a team/group setting.
  • Ability to receive constructive feedback and implement appropriate action.

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

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).

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.