Oceanographic and GIS Program Analyst

Ocean Associates

Ocean Associates

Silver Spring, MD, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

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Ocean Associates Inc. (OAI) is seeking a full-time Program Analyst to support National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office of Coast Survey (OCS). OCS is the nation’s nautical chart maker. 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. If you are looking to be an instrumental part of a growing, employee and customer-focused company working on exciting issues in environmental science and other marine/coastal resources, we want to hear from you!

We are recruiting for this position prospectively for an anticipated need.

OCS is mandated by Congress to collect, manage, and compile data and information necessary to maintain the national suite of more than 1,000 nautical charts. In addition, OCS conducts hydrographic surveys that measure water depth and produces coastal maps and vector shoreline series and historic maps and charts. These products support commercial shipping, the fishing industry, United States Navy and Coast Guard operations, state and local governments, geographic information system (GIS) users, and recreational boaters throughout the United States.

The OCS’s Coast Survey Development Laboratory (CSDL) manages the development and improvement of charting, hydrographic, and oceanographic systems used by OCS, the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, and other NOS offices/programs. CSDL reviews and interacts with research and development programs in private industry, universities, and government, both nationally and internationally. Based on its awareness of state-of-the-art technical developments, CSDL recommends and develops future methods and systems to enhance NOAA and the quality and usefulness of its products. The Coast Survey’s National Bathymetric Source (NBS) team within CSDL is charged with building the national bathymetry. The NBS is a “one-stop” database of curated, regularly maintained hydrographic data collected by NOAA and other Federal providers. The Program Analyst position will provide overall support to this team and assist in the design, development and improvements of all NBS infrastructure and workflows.

Baseline Responsibilities:

  • Perform analytical tasks either independently or as part of a team of analysts.
  • Prepare a variety of reports, assessments or evaluations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide mid-level subject matter expertise in cartographic or hydrographic science and GIS application as it directly relates to bathymetry, under guidance of senior staff.
  • Complete bathymetric source data discovery through coordination with the Marine Chart Division.
  • Research chart source as identified by NBS chart comparisons.
  • Create geopackages with original sounding values drawn from the Electronic Navigational Chart.

Start Date: TBD

Salary and Benefits: Full time. Salary commensurate with experience, $18 to $24 per hour. Generous employee benefits.

Location: Work will be performed at the NOAA Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland

Required Skills /Education/ Certifications & Qualifications: (If you lack a “Required Skill/Education, etc.” but believe you have equivalent credentials, please justify this belief in your cover letter or the application. Applicants with required items will be eligible for higher pay than those less-qualified.)

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, oceanography, Geographic Information Systems, cartography, hydrography, or closely related discipline; or 2 years of college + 2 years of directly related experience; or 4 years of directly related experience;
  • Familiarity with standard concepts, practices, and procedures of the fields of cartography, hydrographic science and GIS;
  • Expertise with Microsoft Office applications and Google’s collaboration suite (e.g., Docs, Sheets, Slides);
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to convey complex scientific information clearly and succinctly;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Strong attention to detail, ensuring that all work is complete, timely and accurate according to policy guidance and standard operating procedures;
  • Demonstrated ability to self-manage workload and meet variable (but often short) deadlines for multiple concurrent tasks; and
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to work independently as well as with others to develop, revise, and share information.
  • 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 the past 10 years or since the 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.